Documentaries on Netflix You NEED to Watch



Documentaries are the best way to procrastinate because you feel slightly more productive that watching a TV show you "JUST have to" catch up. Documentaries can teach you something, make you feel something and that is why they feel ever so slightly more fulfilling. The word "documentary" has been tarnished with shoddy directing and lazy research - this is really sad. I have seen many documentaries: some brilliant, some awful and some that I just do not want to think about again! I wanted to talk about some of my favourite documentaries, all of which are on Netfilx so you can watch them ASAP!



1) 13TH

I don't even have words for the power of this documentary. Its focus is around the criminal justice system in America and how it revolved around controlling race. Its name comes from the 13th Amendment that says slavery is outlawed unless as punishment for the crime. It is espeically relevent today with the state of America today. This documentary received mass praise and even won an Oscar. This is how a documentary should be done!

My Score 9/10


2) She's Beautiful When She's Angry

I never thought a documentary would inspire as much as this one did. The documentary is a comprehensive recollection of the women’s rights movement in 1960's America. It’s feisty and provocative, I left this documentary feeling inspired!

My Score: 8.5/10

3) Janis: Little Girl Blue

This is a little lighter than other documentaries I have recommended. I am a real big fan of Janis Joplin, but even if you're not this documentary is incredibly touching. You see the rise and decline of such a wonderful woman, narrated by the letters she wrote to her family throughout her career which adds a real personal and authentic touch to the documentary.

My Score: 7/10

4) Blackfish

 This one is iconic by now. It is a brilliantly researched and directed documentary and the only reason that it isn't further up my list is because I'm pretty sure you've already seen it. If you haven't seen it, watch it now. It documents the killings of people at the hands (fins?) of SeaWorld Orca, Tilikum. However, rather than demonizing the animal it reveals mistreatment of the Orcas in SeaWorld that lead to his violent outburst. It sparked mass protest against the encagement of these highly intelligent mammals. It was criticised for being propaganda, but if you watch it with a critical mind you can see that everything that they are saying is researched and logical.

My Score: 8/10

5) The Hunting Ground

A documentary exposing the rape crimes across college campus' across America that were neglected both by the law and the colleges. This documentary is not quite as entertaining as the other political documentaries in the list -13th, She's Beautiful When She's Angry or Blackfish, but it is interesting, provocative and worth a watch.


My Score: 7/10

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