Viewing a Vice documentary is always an exhilarating and numbing experience. Established in 1994, Vice has transformed from a snazzy magazine to a media empire in 20 years, but its trademark intense style has not changed one bit. Here are the top 6 best Vice documentaries! (Spoiler: You are in for the shock of your life.)
Best Vice Documentaries
1. Pakistan’s Gun Markets
The Pakistani city of Darra Adamkhel has been closed to visitors since 2009, as the city is quite popular with local Taliban militants. The reason why terrorists spend much time here is because, it is the biggest illegal gun market in the world. Weapons sold here range from American made Muzzelites to vintage German Lugers, but perhaps the most fascinating story involves a deaf and mute craftsman creating handguns in the good old way by hand.
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2. Britain’s Scariest Debt Collector
Shaun Smith had a shady past as an underworld enforcer taking gangland violence to a gory new level. After serving a short prison sentence, Smith left a life of crime to become a debt collector. In one horrifying scene, Shaun goes to a debtor and threatens him physically.
If the debt is not paid off before the day ends, Smith’s hefty henchmen will pay a visit to the poor debtor. Most of Smith’s henchmen are either mentally disturbed or drug addicts and one of the most notorious gang member, Nat Taylor had been sexually abused as a kid and often cuts himself to vent out anger.
3. Kyrgyzstan’s Bride Kidnapping
Bride kidnapping is a disturbing tradition in Kyrgyzstan though it is technically illegal in the country, nearly half the weddings here happen from such kidnappings. It’s quite horrible to actually watch a woman screaming for help when being kidnapped by ruthless men in a car.
In this disturbing documentary, journalist Morton rides with Kubanti, a young man who tricks his girlfriend into meeting him and then kidnapped and taken to a bridal area. The young woman struggles and screams for her mother while several thugs hold her down.
Afterward she is taken to the groom’s place, where she is adorned. The girl accepts the young man’s proposal which ends in a wedding ceremony followed by feasting. Nobody is quite sure if they happily lived ever after.
4. Sumba’s Blood Sacrifice
“Human sacrifices have become a thing of the past”, is what most of us would think or believe. On the Indonesian island of Sumba, residents still practice an annual ritual involving sea worms, boxing, and spears and often somebody dies.
Every February or March, the festivities start off with a series of disturbing animal sacrifice. This is followed by an extremely violent boxing match. Known as Pajura, fighters from different clans tie bones to their fists and bash their opponents.
During another violent traditional fight, the Pasola, horsemen charge with sharp spears at their opponents. The spears could crush someone’s skull or throat and the more violent and bloody it gets, the Island people will feel better.
5. Sewers Of Bogota
In the sewers of Bogota, Colombia, groups of men, women, and kids struggle with rats, flooding, and darkness every day surrounded by human filth. These poor and downtrodden people are forced to steal to survive, but they feel safe living in the sewers rather than living in the outside world.
In the 1980s, Bogota’s elite citizens decided to exterminate the poor, and armed thugs started hunting down these unfortunate people. The most disturbing scene of all depicts a manhole where 22 poor kids were burned alive by hoodlums.
6. Vice Guide To North Korea
“Inside North Korea” is one of the most surreal and unbelievable documentaries you will ever watch. The documentary follows a Vice reporter who along with a guide, a personal guard, and with a local police is taken on a tour of major North Korean landmarks.
Ensuring avoidance of any signs of imprisonment or poverty, officials escort him to sites like the Pyongyang Metro, captured USS Pueblo, the International Friendship Hall and the Great People’s Library.
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Through the guided tour, the group is threatened several times with immediate arrest. They browse North Korea’s music library and eventually end up at the Arirang Games, an amazing spectacle of coordination and color.
Though this documentary is many years old, not much has really changed in North Korea since the visit. Kim Jong-il passed away and his son Kim Jong-un took his place and things have gone from bad to worse, if you can call that a change.
Now these are the top 6 best Vice documentaries, not your usual normal list of documentaries as evident from the surreal things witnessed in these films. Pass on the buzz to your friend and family for a spine chilling shockfest.