Bitcoin needs no introduction. The revolutionary internet money Bitcoin has seen dramatic ups and downs since its inception in 2008.
We all know Satoshi Nakamoto introduced us to the concept of Bitcoin. He showed us how censorship-resistant money can be built. He gave the world an option and opportunity to opt out of the traditional financial system and use an alternative system.
Since Satoshi’s launch of Bitcoin, the world of cryptocurrencies has evolved at a rapid pace. There are new currencies being introduced in this cryptosphere every day, claiming that they are better than the rather popular Bitcoin.
However, despite the big claims, none of them have been able to dethrone Bitcoin from being the king of the cryptosphere.
Also, with the introduction of more cryptos i.e. altcoins, space is becoming more confused and competitive. With every passing day, newbies are losing the sight of why Bitcoin was started in the first place. And why was it made so complex to not allow anyone to be able to take it down so easily?
That’s where numerous Bitcoin documentaries come to rescue. Such documentaries show them a bigger picture of the whole endeavor.
Documentaries being an excellent means of entertainment as well as information, convey the real message of Bitcoin i.e. Bitcoin is real money and it is more than money. It shows that Bitcoin is an amalgamation of Maths, Computer Science, Philosophy, and Economics.
Some Bitcoin documentaries that touched my heart are listed below. You will not just learn about Bitcoin, watching them will also explain reasons as to why it was started and how the traditional banking system works.
So let’s get started…
9 Must Watch Bitcoin Documentaries
1. The Rise & Rise of Bitcoin
You cannot watch anything better than this documentary. It documents Bitcoin’s early days and shows how it continued to rise and fall amidst the Mt. Gox or the Cyprus crisis (2012-2013). It is filmed and written by Daniel Mross, a computer programmer, and two other Bitcoin enthusiasts Patrick Lope and Nicholas Mross.
This documentary features some of the very early adopters and startup builders of Bitcoin namely Gavin Andresen, Brian Armstrong, Margaux Avedisian. Also, it introduces you to how the mining industry evolved during these years and Bitcoin got its physical face.
2. Bitcoin-Shape The Future
This is the first documentary on Bitcoin by China and in the Chinese language (English subtitles) released this year. It is prepared by the Bitkan (an OTC Bitcoin trading platform running in China since 2013).
This documentary features the giants of China’s Bitcoin ecosystem – Bitman, ViaBTC, Huobi, Bixin – and includes sub-topics like “The birth of Bitcoin”, “Who is Satoshi”, “Chinese Bitcoin Exchanges”, ”Grey area of Bitcoin”,”Risk of Bitcoin” and “Chinese government’s regulation towards etc. It also talks about ‘Blockchain‘ technology and the Bitcoin Pizza Day.
3. The Bitcoin Gospel
This is one of the best documentaries you can find on Bitcoin. It clarifies the whole purpose of having Bitcoins, the financial crisis of 2008, and how central banks are afraid of Bitcoin. It features some of the popular Bitcoin proponents like Andreas Antonopolous, Peter Todd, ‘Bitcoin Jesus’ Roger Ver etc.
It awakens people to how our global economy is broken and gives them a better alternative for global cross-border payments which is faster & cheaper. It walks through the mining operations and farms as well as explains why Bitcoin’s worth keeps increasing.
4. The Blockchain and Us
The blockchain is the new airplane of our time.
Bitcoin introduced to all of us what is today called as ‘the blockchain’. But how all of us responded to it was in a devastating variety of ways. Some call it as the rabbit hole that might lead to some more new discoveries, some believe. Still many don’t know what exactly it is but trying to learn from each other’s theories and real-life experiments.
This film features software developers, cryptologists, researchers, entrepreneurs, consultants, VCs, authors, politicians, and futurists from the United States, Canada, Switzerland, the UK, and Australia who all shares what blockchain and Bitcoin mean to them.
5. Bitcoin in Uganda – Empowering People
This is a short but powerful Bitcoin documentary. Powerful because it shows vividly how Bitcoin is helping and empowering people in far-flung areas on the world map. This a beautiful story of a boy in Uganda where he receives money from his family in the US to fund his bachelors in Uganda.
6. Bitcoin Full Documentary (Must See!)
Did you know that Bitcoin was zero dollars after 8 months of its launch? No! Even I didn’t. This documentary tells you how Australia is embracing Bitcoin and why it considers Bitcoin a money for the future. It lets you in, to see the co-working culture of Australia where some really good Bitcoin startups started in its early days. It also introduces Australia’s mining operations and the retail shops in Australia that accepts Bitcoin as payments.
7. Bitcoin Documentary By Discovery Channel
This documentary takes us to early 1929-1930, the time of great economic depression which affected the whole world and it’s curbing of gold standards. It also tells you how the traditional money market works and how it is introduced to the system by the FED.
And lastly, it also talks about how a technology that has the capacity to make anyone and anywhere their own bank without any third trusted party i.e. Bitcoin.
8. The Bitcoin Phenomenon
This documentary is a must-see for people who are interested in knowing the early actions of Satoshi Nakamoto. In the film, Gavin Andresen talks about how he interacted and helped Satoshi Nakamoto and also how he got convinced, after reading the Bitcoin’s whitepaper, that the idea was a brilliant one. It also elucidates why Bitcoin is important i.e. because it is able to solve the double spending problem that other attempts at digital money creation had.
9. Banking On Bitcoin
It introduces you to what actually money is. It tells you that money is simply an accounting system. But what if this accounting system is tampered with and played with over and over again because the system is centralized. Nothing happens after that and the system just becomes a fraud, non-functional, ineffective and corrupt. That’s why this documentary lauds Bitcoin as the only honest money free from tampering and corruption.
Best Bitcoin Documentaries
There are some more interesting documentaries on Bitcoin that try to emphasize on why this invention matters and why this is the most revolutionary invention after the internet.
Some more suggestions about documentaries:-
That’s all from my side in this article of popular Bitcoin documentaries that I personally love.
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