5 Must-Watch Documentaries For Your Next Netflix Binge
Oscar Wilde once said “You can never be over-dressed or overeducated.” And bearing in mind how smugly smart we feel after binging on a few documentaries, we’re inclined to agree. So if the usual Netflix shows have got you thinking about switching to Hulu, then try a documentary or two as a ‘last resort.’ We can assure you, you’ll be wishing you’d tried it in the first place.
With all the talk of the streaming service losing subscribers, we’re giving you five great reasons to stay loyal to Netflix.
The Act Of Killing
Nominated for an Oscar, with another 40 nominations and a total of 50 wins, this documentary about the perpetrators and victims of the 1965-66 Indonesian massacres is bound to make an impact on you. The story follows the paramilitary “gangsters” who murdered supposed communists, and challenges the killers to recreate the act. In a sinister confrontation of the human psyche, “The Act Of Killing” will have you questioning everything you know about war.
The Drop Box
In a world of cynics, it’s refreshing sometimes to be reminded that good people really do exist. This documentary, one of the most popular on Netflix, follows the story of a South Korean pastor who built a mailbox through which he has taken in over 600 abandoned newborn babies. Filmmaker Brian Ivie was so convinced of the pastor’s authenticity that he himself converted to Christianity in the process—how’s that for renewed faith?
If you’re looking for a good nature documentary, there is none better than “Planet Earth.” An acclaimed 11-part docuseries, it gives insight into climates from frozen worlds to rainforest jungles, in a phenomenal cinematic experience. If you don’t feel like leaving your comfortable life and venturing out into the world after you’ve gotten through all 11 episodes, then we’ll give you your $8.99 Netflix subscription back.
Another docuseries to satisfy your craving for a new TV show, “Chef’s Table” follows a different culinary master in each episode, from Francis Mallmann in Argentina to Magnus Nilsson in Sweden. Travel across the globe as you get a unique insight into these chefs’ kitchens and their lives. With a rating of one-hundred percent on Rotten Tomatoes, this documentary series will have your mouth watering for more.
This documentary follows Samantha Futerman, an American actress and Anaïs Bordier, a French student studying in London, two women who did not know each other until the age of 25—when they found out they were identical twins, separated at birth. Both born in South Korea to a woman who still denies giving birth to them, the girls embark on a journey of discovery—both of each other and of themselves—as they grapple with the shocking revelation.