Best Documentaries on Netflix
It seems like the cold winter months won't ever pass and the constant rain makes spring seem like it won't ever come along. Gone is the little bubble of excitement and goodwill of November and December. I always find the post-Christmas winter the hardest. I take it upon myself to go into deep hibernation until I see blue skies again. So for the ultimate hibernation day there has to be a lot of blankets, double the amount of candles and your favourite drink and snacks to hand. Once that is in order it's time to choose your programme. Shocking I know, but I do sometimes stray to something that isn't Grey's Anatomy! When I'm not paying for others to watch my Netflix, I often go on there for their documentaries. Something that keeps me engrossed for an hour or 2.
I think Netflix has such a diverse range that make my viewing so varied. In one day I watched Katy Perry's Part of Me, Nick Broomfield's Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer and a documentary called The Bridge about the Golden Gate Bridge in San Fran- see what I mean? Eclectic.
Now My List is still very full of documentaries to watch as well as Glow, When We First Met and Mudblood, but if if you're ever in a Netflix rut or fancy something new I find these documentaries are great to watch more than once.
One of Us// I just happened to land on this and the trailer started playing and it caught my interest. An hour and a half later I was intrigued and my Google search was full of Jewish history and current thoughts of the Hasidic Jews. One of Us follows those who have decided to leave the very secluded and traditional path that they grew up in; that of the Hasidi Jews. The treatment that these people have had to endure once leaving their community is shocking, and something that you shouldn't and wouldn't want to believe still goes on. They have to build their lives from scratch; to essential, find out and see what is it like to live in a western world despite having lived in the shadows and boroughs of New York City. It was a fascinating story of how it all works and sometimes doesn't work.
Team Foxcatcher// I really could not tell you why I chose to watch this- perhaps it was one of those Sunday afternoon viewings when nothing else was on. But my god- I actually think it's my favourite Netflix documentary. I knew very little about Team Foxcatcher; I knew it was successful and they built this little village around their athletes but that was it. I think the key word to describe this doc is compelling. I like learning about people in documentaries and this really honed in on that. Regardless of your interest in sport, I recommend this everyone I talk to, it's worth a watch and a rewatch.
Reggie Yates Extreme// I appreciate that these are actually BBC 3 documentaries but I really caught up with them all on Netflix. My favourite thing about these is Yates' style- he asks really tough questions at times, walks in their shoes, and gives a real insight into situations that we don't always know about or that are sometimes so easily glossed over in the press. The one I found most interesting on Netflix was South Africa: Knife Crime ER.
IRIS// The most light out of all of my recs is Iris. She is just a legend in the fashion world. I love listening to her; learning about her past; how and why she styles herself the way she does and watching her relationship with her husband is just lovely. If you have any interest in fashion on any level Iris is what you should be watching.