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30 Viral Documentaries

From Farrah Fawcett's Intimate Cancer Documentary to Eco Films

— May 18, 2009 — Social Good
Nearly 9 million viewers tuned in to watch Farrah Fawcett’s documentary that detailed her battle with cancer, a figure that suggests documentaries aren’t strictly relegated to nature films on National Geographic.

Not that those documentaries aren’t interesting or culturally valuable. The average viewer, however, is far more likely to be interested in a Farrah Fawcett documentary. Check out some of the other viral documentaries we’ve featured below.

If you missed the Farrah Fawcett documentary when it first aired, you can watch ‘Farrah’s Story’ here.
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Auctioning Off Innocence
Auctioning Off Innocence
Australian Filmmaker Recruits for Unusual Naughty Documentary
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Documentaries on Election Fraud
Documentaries on Election Fraud
4 Shocking Truths
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Interactive Election Day Documentaries
Interactive Election Day Documentaries
“Video Your Vote” for PBS and YouTube
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Fun Eco Documentaries
Fun Eco Documentaries
Adrian Grenier's 'Alter Eco' is Upbeat and Ecological
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Predatory Political Documentaries
Predatory Political Documentaries
Is ‘Hillary: The Movie' a Campaign Ad or Legit Film?
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Rewarding Impatience
Rewarding Impatience
Microdocumentaries Fill “Need it Now” Niche
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Tango Documentaries
Tango Documentaries
Café de los Maestros
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Geotagged Documentaries
Geotagged Documentaries
A Virtual Trip to South Africa with ‘Mobikasi'
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High Fashion Documentaries
High Fashion Documentaries
Valentino The Last Emperor Is Coming To New York
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Documentary-Style Comparevertising
Documentary-Style Comparevertising
Whopper Virgins Choose Between Burger King & McDonald's B
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Tree-Growing Movie Tickets
Tree-Growing Movie Tickets
Disney Nature Celebrates Earth Day 2009 with 'Earth' Documentary
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Underground Art Documentaries
Underground Art Documentaries
"Died Young, Stayed Pretty" Captures Poster Culture
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Online AIDS Documentaries
Online AIDS Documentaries
Live, Hope, Love: HIV in Jamaica
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On-Demand Documentaries
On-Demand Documentaries
Hulu Adds Short Films and Documentaries to Its Online Library
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Hilfiger Fragrance Inspired by Real Women
Hilfiger Fragrance Inspired by Real Women
Documentaries Inspire Dreaming
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Obama Documentaries
Obama Documentaries
HYPE: The Obama Effect
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Graphic Tech Documentaries
Graphic Tech Documentaries
History of the Internet Told Through Graphics, Icons, Narration
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Documentary-Style Commercials
Documentary-Style Commercials
Nokia's The Fourth Screen
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Activist Shark Documentaries
Activist Shark Documentaries
Sharkwater
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Air Disaster Simulators
Air Disaster Simulators
Richard Moose's Airside Photo-Documentary Is Frighteningly Fascinati
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Child Consumerism Documentaries
Child Consumerism Documentaries
'Kids + Money'
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The Selling of Celebrity
The Selling of Celebrity
Paris Hilton Inc Documentary
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Social Documentary in High Heels
Social Documentary in High Heels
Copenhagen Cycle Chic
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5
Teenwreck Documentaries
Teenwreck Documentaries
Maureen McCormick, Britney Spears Tell All
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Train Wreck Retrospective
Train Wreck Retrospective
Britney Spears Evaluates Past Self in Documentary, Prepares to Relaunch
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Animals as Photographers
Animals as Photographers
Animal Planet Wildlife Documentaries Campaign
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Flickr Documentaries
Flickr Documentaries
Hurricane Gustav
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Animal Fetus Photography
Animal Fetus Photography
Documentary Captures In-Womb Images
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