Getting started and learning about Bitcoin, Cryptocurrency and Blockchain can be a long and complex task. If you’re anything like me and find it easier to learn about a subject by watching YouTube videos or documentaries on the subject, then here is a list I’ve compiled of my top 10 crypto-related documentaries. Depending on your location my top 10 must-watch bitcoin and blockchain documentaries can be found on likes of Netflix, Amazon Prime, and even free on YouTube and should help you learn about history and technology.
I’m sure there are plenty of Crypto and Bitcoin-related documentaries I have missed. So, if there are any you feel should be added to the list please let me know in the comments below!
1. Banking on Bitcoin
Bitcoin is the most disruptive invention since the Internet, and now an ideological battle is underway between fringe utopists and mainstream capitalism. The film shows the players who are defining how this technology will shape our lives.
Banking on Bitcoin documentary was released on Netflix in 2016 and provided many people with their first introduction into the world of cryptocurrency. It stars many of the Bitcoins early adoptors such as Charlie Shrem, Erik Voorhees, and the Winklevoss twins. Director Christopher Cannucciari is currently working on another Bitcoin-related documentary, ‘The Search for Satoshi’.
Director: Christopher Cannucciari
2. Magic Money: The Bitcoin Revolution
Magic Money is a documentary film which explores the mysterious origins of Bitcoin. Staring Bitcoin celebrities Roger Ver and Tony Vays, it looks into the world’s first digital currency Bitcoin and how its role in society, and how this digital currency could reshape the future of our world. For the first time in history, money is no longer controlled by banks and governments, but by the people.
Director: Tim Delmastro
3. The Bitcoin Gospel
Is Bitcoin the blueprint for a bankless currency, or the biggest pyramid scheme ever? What if we could create money ourselves, without the need for banks? Money that can’t be forged, that will appreciate rather than depreciate, and that can be used worldwide without transaction costs. It exists, and some people consider it to be the digital version of precious Gold: Bitcoin.
4. The Blockchain and Us
When the Wright brothers invented the airplane in 1903, it was hard to imagine there would be over 500,000 people traveling in the air at any point in time today. In 2008, Satoshi Nakamoto invented Bitcoin and the blockchain. For the first time in history, his invention made it possible to send money around the globe without banks, governments or any other intermediaries.
Director: Manuel Stagars
5. Bitcoin End of Money as We Know It
For anyone who has not fully understood the controversial Bitcoin yet, this is a concise and informative crash course about Money and Crypto Currencies.
Directors: Torsten Hoffmann (co-director), Michael Watchulonis (co-director)
6. The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin
A computer programmer becomes fascinated with the digital currency Bitcoin, and through his involvement in the Bitcoin community, we learn about the impending global impact of this amazing new technology.
Director: Nicholas Mross
7. Ulterior States [IamSatoshi Documentary]
Ulterior States, an IamSatoshi production, is an argumentative documentary project. The participatory development, production and post ‘guerilla-film-making-methods’, bounced between (non-academic) literature research, video interviews, and studio sessions. This investigative process allowed having real-life conversations with some thought leaders within the Bitcoin ecosystem. In an attempt to portray the community behind the message to adopt a network, being a one-man team allowed for easier access to the subjects. The enthusiasm and commitment that saturate through the lens in many parts of the film, expose how the adopters of Bitcoin want to explore, to probe and, to show the world, something important, otherwise overlooked.
8. The Bitcoin Phenomenon
Produced for SQ1.tv, this Bitcoin documentary looks at the history, the ideologies, and the conflict between the politics of the early-adopters and the VCs/entrepreneurs pushing to take Bitcoin mainstream. SQ1.tv interviewed many of the leaders in the Bitcoin movement including Gavin Andresen, the former lead developer; Jeremy Liew, a venture capitalist; Erik Voorhees, one of the notable libertarians in the movement; Fred Ehrsam, co-founder of Coinbase; Peter Vessenes, head of the Bitcoin Foundation.
9. Deep Web
A feature documentary that explores the rise of a new Internet; decentralized, encrypted, dangerous and beyond the law; with particular focus on the FBI capture of the Tor hidden service Silk Road, and the judicial aftermath.
10. Bitcoin: Beyond the Bubble
Struggling with the jargon-filled world of Bitcoin then Bitcoin: Beyond the Bubble is for you. The film also examines other forms of money throughout history like Gold, Silver and the US dollar. And Bitcoin is just seen as the next obvious evolution of money.
I hope you find my top 10 Bitcoin documentaries list helpful! If you feel I have missed a must-watch documentary related to Bitcoin, Blockchain or Crypto, please let me know in the comments below and I will add them to the list.
Louise created the Every Bit Helps YouTube channel back in 2017, after finding the process of buying Bitcoin difficult. Therefore, in an aim to help others, she hopes that her tutorials will make the process of buying, selling and storing crypto a lot easier for newbies in the future.
After spending 20 years working in London in cyber security, she left the corporate life after having her second child in 2018. Louise now travels the world with her two small children trying to make the most out of life.