If your plans for the weekend are pretty much Netflix & Chill (in the literal sense), then you’ve come to the right place… because not only are we with 100% with you, but we’ve also got a way that you don’t even have to feel guilty about a binge. That’s right friends, get comfortable, sort your snacks (we’ll be chowing down on this sticky chocolate popcorn) and get set to settle in, because here are 5 Netflix documentaries that we encourage you to binge watch.
This one pretty much goes without saying. Even if you’re sceptical about getting into the nitty gritty of the infamous Steven Avery trial, there’s a totally valid reason that everyone from your co-workers to your uber driver are interrogating you about your thoughts on the series. With 10, 1 hour episodes in the series, make sure you set aside a decent chunk of time… you won’t be able to stop, trust us (just.one.more.episode). Watch the trailer here.
How well do you really know what you’re eating? Documentary filmmaker Robert Kenner will enlighten you, and if you’re anything like us, will probably change the way you do your groceries forever. Exploring every aspect of the food chain in a bid to uncover the truth behind the corporate farming practices employed by mammoth supermarket retailers in America, it will not only stop and make you really think, but will also inspire you to make a difference. Watch the trailer here.
The trailer is hard enough to watch, so just a word of warning… you’ll need a big ol’ box of tissues to make it through this one (I cried in the middle of the office). Black Fish tells the story of Tilikum, a killer whale who has lived in captivity since he was just 2-years old, and has taken the life of two people. The documentary exposes the tragic and confronting reality of life for these beautiful creatures who are captured from the wild and forced into living in confined conditions. You’ll never look at waterparks the same again. Watch the trailer here.
If you’re rolling your eyes at the thought of your impending exams, this documentary will help you to turn that angst into gratitude, because it’s something women in other countries are literally risking their lives for. Girl Rising explores the lives of nine incredibly brave young women from nine different countries around the world, who are trying to overcome cultural and societal restrictions that limit their right and accessibility to education. Watch the trailer here.
It’s pretty much like hitting the inspiration jackpot. You’re pretty hard pressed to find a creative these days who isn’t partial to a good Ted Talk, and Netflix has made it that much easier by rounding up the best of the best and compiling it neatly into one. No more trawling necessary… Watch the trailer here.