Finished Tiger King? There are plenty more documentaries on Netflix to get acquainted with. Netflix has provided the money and platform for documentary filmmakers to explore projects that might not have been pursued otherwise. From true crime to history, and even sports, there are dozens upon dozens of hours and scores of new stories for you to get invested in. The subjects that these documentaries cover are seen by so many people that it inspires actual change within the system (showing you the plight of caged tigers, telling the stories of murderers, busting the myths and conventional-norms ). I purposely jotted down my favourite documentaries present in Netflix since it’s the most popular streaming service in the world right now – With over 182 million subscribers.
Netflix’s six-part docuseries, Pandemic, on the preparations underway to prevent a future pandemic was eerily timed. Three weeks before the series dropped, the first cases of a previously unknown coronavirus were reported in China – the start of an outbreak that would lead to months of lockdown and thousands of deaths. Pandemic looks at the risk of future global pandemics and follows the researchers and medical professionals who will be on the front line when the inevitable happens. Pandemic explores how unprepared we are for any pandemic with underdeveloped countries, underfunded medical facilities and ever-increasing population. You definitely shouldn’t skip this one in the present scenario.
Don’t f**k with cats
Don’t f**k with cats, a three-part docuseries written and directed by Mark Lewis, is a look at how a murderer named Luka Magnotta was tracked down and arrested in 2012, thanks to some very internet-savvy people who were horrified at videos he posted in 2010 of him killing various cats and kittens. Magnotta annoyed the internet by posting a disturbing video anonymously where he kills a cat. As a result, an online hunt to find the guy who did that started. To our surprise, Luka liked it and shared hints of his crimes beforehand online. There’s absolutely no knowing what’s coming next in the series. Each episode adds another twist, and it’s almost impossible to stop watching. After you’re done, you can do some armchair detective work and find out where they all are now.
Note: While the series doesn’t show the worst of Luka Magnotta’s actions, it has some disturbing visuals.
The Game Changers
The Game Changers is a nutrition-based documentary produced by James Cameron, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jackie Chan that documents the explosive rise of plant-based eating in professional sports, mixing real-time, groundbreaking science with cinematic stories of struggle and triumph. The film features some of the strongest, fastest and toughest athletes on the planet – and it’s backed by them too – with additional extended plays including Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton, top-ranked tennis player Novak Djokovic, top-ranked cricketer Virat Kohli and nine-time NBA All-Star Chris Paul.
Directed by Oscar-winner Louie Psihoyos, The Game Changers follows the story of James Wilks – elite Special Forces trainer and winner of The Ultimate Fighter – as he travels the world on a quest for the truth about meat, protein, and strength. Wilks’ journey exposes outdated myths about food that not only affect human performance but the health of the entire global population. It opened lots of debates regarding nutrition science, the most popular one being at Joe Rogan experience podcast where James Wilks goes on head-to-head with Chris Kresser, a palaeolithic diet proponent. At the end of the podcast, Rogan was quoted as “James knocked it out of the park and defended himself and the film quite spectacularly.”
When they see us
Five teenagers were charged for the assault and rape of a jogger in New York’s Central Park in 1989. The group maintained its innocence and spent years fighting the convictions, hoping to be absolved. This limited series spans a quarter of a century, from when the teens are first questioned about the incident in the spring of 1989, going through their exoneration in 2002 and ultimately the settlement reached with the city of New York in 2014. It won two primetime Emmys and was nominated for eleven Emmys. This is a masterful dramatic series that probes the truth about racism, justice system, corruption, politics, media, and the general state of United States in 1989.
Wild Wild Country
Brothers Maclain Way and Chapman Way dissect one of the biggest stories in America at the ’80s as they try and explain how Indian guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh convinced thousands of people to follow him. Wild, Wild Country tells the story of Shree Rajneesh, also known as Osho, an Indian spiritual leader who moves to Oregon from Pune, India. He imports parts of his idyllic lifestyle to willing followers, but his leadership quickly descends into chaos after conflicts with local farmers lead to a terror attack on local water supplies. It’s not just about the community itself, but also the conflict which grew between them and the surrounding towns and people. You won’t be able to stop watching this one.
Conversation with a Killer: Ted Bundy Tapes
Who doesn’t know about Ted Bundy? – America’s most notorious killer of the ’70s who was wanted for more than 30 homicides. Loads of documentaries have been made on Ted Bundy from the 100-hour interview he gave to Stephen G Michaud while claiming wrongful conviction; this documentary isn’t an exception. So if you have seen any of the documentary featuring Ted Bunty, this one won’t add much to your knowledge but it’s brilliantly structured and the latest take on Ted Bundy. Oscar-nominated director Joe Berlinger pieces together archival footage and audio recordings of Bundy that were made while he was on death row to provide the unique perspective of hearing the killer analyze his own life and motives.
Ugly Delicious is defined by the attitude – “Don’t tell me what I can’t eat!” – as well as a sense of curiosity about how food not only gets made, but why we respond to it the way that we do. Award-winning chef David Chang stars in this travelogue that sends him on a journey to culinary hot spots around the world. He is joined by writers, activists, artists, and chefs who use food as a vehicle to break down cultural barriers and tackle misconceptions. Chang and his guests – a list that includes TV host Jimmy Kimmel, comic Nick Kroll and writer Peter Meehan – venture out of polished kitchens into the wider world to explore locales including Houston, Tokyo and Copenhagen. This series is thought-provoking as it challenges conventional norms about what is good food. I highly recommend this series and the arguments that David is bringing forward through this series.
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