Do you find yourself staring at the movie list for hours? Lost in the jungle of Netflix. Maybe that means it’s time for a change. A time for something a little more real; documentaries! Our knowledge of other cultures may not be as sufficient as we hoped it would be. So, why not spend a little quality time with your TV or laptop and work your way through these documentaries? Grab the popcorn!
1. Making A Murderer
He spent two decades in a prison for a crime he never committed. Shortly after his release, he filed a lawsuit against Manitowoc County. However, he found himself unexpectedly back behind bars. I won’t spoil any more of the story for you, join the mystery of Steven Avery and start this documentary tonight!
2. My Beautiful Broken Brain
In 2011, Lotje Sodderland suffered a hemorrhagic stroke in her sleep and woke up not knowing who she was or how to communicate. Within days, though, she began to document her situation. She records every step of her recovery, which leaves you feeling raw at times.
The story of Tilikum, a captive killer whale that has taken the lives of several people, underscores problems within the sea-park industry. But also man’s relationship to nature, and how little we know about these highly intelligent mammals. It’s a seriously sad story.
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4. OJ: Made In America
This is not just about OJ’s murder case, it first explores Simpson’s early life and a history of race relations in the US, particularly in Los Angeles. Then it continues the story of both the man and the country.
5. West Of Memphis
The fight to stop the state of Arkansas from executing an innocent man. Beginning with an examination into the police investigation into the 1993 murders of three boys in West Memphis, Arkansas. Berg brings to light new evidence surrounding the arrest and conviction of Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jessie Misskelley.
6. She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry
Relevant, empowering and a reminder of the women’s movement throughout the 1960s and 1970s. It’s relevant to everyone. It touches on topics beyond gender inequality like racism, classism, and homophobia. This documentary confronts powerful topics through personal interviews.
Not to be watched if you are a meat lover. Kip Andersen uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today – and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it.
8. Fed Up
A documentary that will make you look at processed food in a whole new way! The film focuses on the causes of obesity in the US. Whilst presenting evidence that reveals that the large quantities of sugar in processed foods are an overlooked root of the problem.
9. Reggie Yates – Extreme South Africa, Knife Crime
Reggie Yates gets up close and personal with three very different communities in contemporary South Africa. By living and working with the doctors and patients, Reggie tries to find out why it is almost inevitable for young men just like him to get into violent scrapes here. It’s a journey that leads him into the heart of the township and the conflict.
10. Amanda Knox
The trial, conviction, and acquittal of Amanda Knox for the murder of an exchange student in Italy. This one causes a mass of arguments, on whether you believe Knox or not. What once was an obvious case, has now changed.
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