Netflix and Chill: Top 5 Documentaries

Nowadays, Netflix is the norm on any laptop. During the day, we all slave away at our jobs or school or whatever it is that we do so we can adult properly, but during nights, we become slaves to Netflix and—

Oh wait, is that just me?

Well, this is awkward. 

Okay, it would be if my Netflix obsession didn’t come with a bunch of recommendations for the Netflix noobs (if there are any?). We’re starting a new special series – Netflix and Chill. Only with these – we literally mean chill, not the other meaning. 

So let’s kick start this with the top 5 documentaries to watch on Netflix.

13th

Undoubtedly, this will be one of the best and, for the lack of a better word, “woke” documentaries you’ll see. Given the state of racial prejudice going on in America, this documentary really digs deep into what the word “progress” means and questions whether it even exists in today’s reality. It’s one of those documentaries that leaves you with a lot more questions than answers, forcing you to finally see the root of the problem rather than just the symptom. If there’s only one documentary you watch this year, this is it.




Amanda Knox

Ever since the Amanda Knox case hit the news, I’ve been obsessed. It had everything I loved about any crime story: love, a foreign land, and of course, murder. In case you’ve been living under a rock, Amanda Knox was a college student on exchange in Italy when she (and her Italian boyfriend) was framed for murdering her roommate. What followed was absolutely crazy. This documentary takes you from the very start to the finish of the Knox saga and I love that. As much as I tried to keep up with the news over the years since her initial court hearing in 2007, it got difficult at times so this documentary definitely delivered the entire story in 90 minutes. 

Minimalism

One of my favourite poems from my freshman English class was Wordsworth’s “The World is too Much with Us”; it delivered the idea that (with the start of the Industrial Revolution) human beings forgot to live in nature and instead became obsessed with machines. We spend so much of our time “getting and spending” that we’ve forgotten to see the beauty around us. 

Minimalism is very much about that “getting and spending” behaviour that we display now. It’s all about more, more, more, isn’t it? More money, more things, more of everything. This documentary follows The Minimalists who have adapted a minimalistic lifestyle in order to bring real value into their lives. There are so many times that I’ve looked around my room and felt like stripping it down to its bones because I can’t handle how much stuff I have so this documentary definitely hit it home for me. The idea of minimalism is often misconstrued so if you’re curious about what it is and how you can get started on it, I’d highly recommend this one.

Exit Through the Gift Shop

I’ll just put this out there — I love Banksy. I think he’s one of the few people who observes the way the world is changing and puts it out there for everyone to see in the most simplest and honest way. That being said, although this documentary is directed by Banksy, it’s actually the story of another graffiti artist, Mr. Brainwash (Thierry Guetta), who’s a filmmaker on a quest to document the life and works of various graffiti artist, before becoming one himself. 

I’ll be honest, it’s not a documentary that’s going to change your world, not even slightly. But for those of us who are interested in what drives graffiti artist to use the world as their canvas  and why they do it, it’s pretty damn cool. 

Blackfish

This is a pretty well-known documentary, having put SeaWorld in a lot of hot water (hah, pun maybe intended). It features the SeaWorld killer whale, Tilikum, who was responsible for the 3 deaths between 1991 and 2010. I love this documentary because as a kid, I was so fascinated by all the animal shows that I got to see at parks like MarineLand (in Canada) and it didn’t even occur to me what captivity could mean for the animals that I loved so much. This documentary changed my perspective on how animals should be treated — whether that’s in a zoo or in a water park — and how we should behave towards them. This is definitely one of those documentaries that will stay with you for a long time. 

Have you watched any interesting documentaries lately? If so, which one(s) would you recommend?



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