Netflix is certainly popular for binge–watching, but it is also becoming widely known for its vast selection of documentaries. In fact, 78% of the Netflix audience watched a documentary in 2016. That is over 68 million people! With original Netflix documentaries like Amanda Knox, Making a Murderer and 13th, the streaming service has become a go–to for true crime stories, thought provoking films and lifelong learning.
Whether you love going behind the scenes of a fashion show, learning unknown facts about unsolved murders or being inspired by hardworking athletes, Netflix is sure to have a documentary for you. Here are 5 must–watch docs currently streaming on the platform.
1.) The Keepers
Length: 7 episodes
Directors: Ryan White
If you liked Making A Murderer, this is another docuseries that will have you binge-watching episode after episode to discover the truth. The series follows two former students of the Baltimore Archbishop Keough High School as they investigate the unsolved murder of a nun, Sister Cathy Cesnik. From police cover–up conspiracies to the chilling stories of sexual abuse from many former students, this documentary is not for the faint of heart. It is truly an eye–opening account that will leave you with many questions.
2.) I Am Jane Doe
Length: 1 hour 38 minutes
Directors: Mary Mazzio
I Am Jane Doe is a heartbreaking documentary, that will leave you questioning our justice system and the protection of online child sex trafficking. This doc follows the stories of several American women who were sold as sex slaves through Backpage.com, an online classified section and the legal struggles these families have gone through for years, in their attempt to get the adult section of the site shut down to prevent children from being sold and purchased online. This is an important film that is both relevant and shocking.
3.) Losing Sight of Shore
Length: 1 hour 31 minutes
Directors: Sarah Moshman
This documentary is the inspiring account of the team of 4 women (Coxless Crew) that rowed from San Fransisco to Australia (The Pacific), a 9–month journey. You meet the women who took on the task, their stories, their struggles and start to feel their pain throughout the row. This is not just an athletic accomplishment story, but a story about the “pacific” we all cross in our lives, whether that be an illness or a physical challenge.
4.) Hot Girls Wanted
Length: 1 hour 22 minutes
Directors: Jill Bauer, Ronna Gradus
Rashida Jones brings you this 2015 Sundance Film Festival breakout documentary about the amateur porn industry and the women it exploits. This film provides you an inside look at how young women are lured into the amateur porn industry. Following a few young women (18, 19) in there journey, it will open your eyes to how easy it is to create porn in the digital age, the dangers these young women encounter in their job, and the reasons why young women are turning to porn as a job option.
5.) Valley Uprising
Length: 1 hour 38 minutes
Directors: Peter Mortimer, Nick Rosen
Yosemite Valley has a long history of rock climbing, one that is both rebellious and dangerous. This documentary is a bit slow–going, but if you stay with it, you are sure to feel inspired by these men and women’s accomplishments. The story chronicles the rise of rock climbing in the valley, through to today, where the culture and style of rock climbing has changed drastically but the spirt still lives on.
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