7 Best Documentaries On Natural Disasters Of All Time

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7 Best Documentaries On Natural Disasters Of All Time
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If you were to die right now of a tornado? What would you do? How would you think? These questions might not be important to you right now. But one day, Natural Disasters are going to bother you, and they will not spare any life around. To intimidate you of some natural disasters, we have made a list of the Best Documentaries On Natural Disasters Of All Time.

Natural Disasters. Such a boring topic! That’s how most of us think about them. Until and unless a person faces such an occurrence, they don’t take them seriously. The most disturbing video that I have watched of all the natural disasters, was of a man caught in the way of two tornadoes coming from opposite directions. There wasn’t much left for him to do anything about it. But we can! We can learn from stories of those who have died and of those who have survived. To help you with that we have brought you this article on Best Documentaries On Natural Disasters Of All Time.  

Best Documentaries On Natural Disasters Of All Time 

  • Bam 6.6
  • Children of Tsunami: No More Tears 
  • The Third Wave 
  • 3.11: Surviving Japan
  • The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom
  • Forces Of Nature
  • Bring Your Own Brigade

One better than the other or should we say one worse than the other, there are different types of Natural Disasters including Flood, Earthquake, Volcanic Eruption, Tornadoes, Tsunamis, Cyclones, etc. Each of them has done its part in shaping the environment. Let us have a look at the documentaries based on Natural Disasters.

Best Documentaries On Natural Disasters

1. Bam 6.6

Bam 6.6: Best Documentaries On Natural Disasters Of All Time
Source: Tehran Times

Based on an earthquake in Iran having a Rictor scale value of 6.6, Bam 6.6 is directed by Jahangir Golestanparast. The format of the film compiles the interviews of the survivors and the people who took the efforts to save humanity around them. This film alone won three awards in the category Best Story, Best Documentary, and Best Director in Noor Iranian Film Festival. 

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2. Children of Tsunami: No More Tears

Children of Tsunami: No More Tears: Best Documentaries on Natural Disaster
Source: BBC

Depicting the lives of 8 young children, Children of Tsunami: No More Tears is a must-watch for watching documentaries on Natural Disasters. In 2004, four Asian countries India, Srilanka, Indonesia, and Thailand were immensely affected by Indian Ocean Tsunami. The story narrates the on-time experiences of the children and is horrifying to the core. One of the children says that she was about to gift her friend a birthday present when the Tsunami came, and she never saw her again. She even said that she didn’t even get a chance to say goodbye to her best friend. Horrifying Enough?

3. The Third Wave

The Third Wave: Best Documentaries on Natural Disaster
Source: Google Sites

Directed by Alison Thompson, The Third Wave was released in 2007 in the United States and Srilanka. The plot of the movie is that four volunteers travel to the post-Indian Ocean Tsunami of 2004, and what they planned to be a journey of only two weeks becomes a year of pain and new life. The Third Wave was screened at the Cannes Film Festival of 2008. It has an IMDb rating of 7.7.

4. 3.11: Surviving Japan

3.11: Surviving Japan: Best Documentaries on Natural Disasters

Christopher Noland directed 3.11: Surviving Japan in 2011. The documentary is based on the Tōhoku earthquake and Tsunami in Japan. Almost 20,000 people died because of it, and about 3000 people were missing. The film explains Noland’s own experience on the day of disaster and followed by experiences of various survivors.

With an IMDb rating of 8.5, this documentary was appreciated by the critics.

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5. The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom

The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom: Best Documentaries on Natural Disaster
Source: Radio West

The survivors share their frightening experiences of the calamity of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and Tsunami. This movie is different from the other ones of the same genre as it gives a ray of hope as the ending arrives. A Cherry Blossom is shown in the middle of all the massive destruction and one cannot ignore that beautiful pink hue in the sea of pain. It’s quite poetic and heart-touching. Its IMDb rating is 7.7 and was nominated for the 2012 Academy Award for Best Documentary (Short Subject).

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6. Forces Of Nature

Forces Of Nature: Best Documentaries on Natural Disaster
Source: Wikipedia

Forces of Nature is a documentary on three different natural disasters around the world. It details the study on the Volcano eruption of 1995 on the Caribbean island of Montserrat, a 1999 Turkish earthquake, and Tornadoes. Directed by George Casey, Forces Of Nature has an IMDb rating of 6.9. 

7. Bring Your Own Brigade

Bring Your Own Brigade: Best Documentaries on Natural Disasters
Source: Film Threat

Directed by Lucy Walker, Bring Your Own Brigade is an American documentary elicited from the fallout of California’s deadliest and most dangerous wildfire. There’s a part in the movie where a woman calls on 911, and you can hear her burning alive! It is said that Bring Your Own Brigade is a very emotionally powerful documentary. It has an IMDb rating of 7.9.

Final Thought

Although watching these best documentaries can be very shocking, you’ll be more aware that how important it is for you to take care of nature. When you watch movies on Natural Disasters, you learn how to react and think about enormous calamities. The most saddening part of all this is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. People who have survived natural disasters never really come out of it. It is intense to that level. We cannot imagine; no, we don’t even want to imagine what it feels like when a loved one dies. There are people in this world whose whole family has died, even worse, are still missing. So it’s time to take Natural Disasters seriously before getting in their way. We hope you learned something by reading the article, and we’ll continue to provide you with more useful and relatable information. 


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