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The Best Documentaries to Watch on Netflix

The Best Documentaries to Watch on Netflix
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Olivia Pandora November 28, 2018

Netflix has recently become the go to place for tv shows and movies. However, the endless amount of content can be overwhelming at times if you don’t know what to watch.

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Netflix has recently become the go to place for tv shows and movies. However, the endless amount of content can be overwhelming at times if you don’t know what to watch. Here’s a couple of documentaries that we love.

Wild Wild Country

Wild Wild Country follows the story of a spiritual group called the Rajneeshees, who in 1981 started a town in Oregon. Throughout the documentary, we view the constant dilemmas that occur because of organized religion, politics, and the us vs. them mentality. Wild Wild Country instantly captures your attention and really makes you think about the world around you. With an intriguing and captivating story, I consider this to be a must watch.

Salt Fat Acid Heat

This documentary follows food writer and chef Samin Nosrat around the world as she tries different recipes from different cultures.I think Salt Fat Acid Heat has received such glowing reviews because it finds the hidden joy in food and why we have such a strong connection to something so basic to our existence. Any foodie would love this documentary and it is a must add it to your movie list.

The True Cost

The True Cost goes behind the scenes of the fashion industry and analyzes the impact it has on the planet. For those concerned about the environment and human rights on a global scale, this provides an in depth analysis of what really goes on in the fashion industry. Watching The True Cost can make you a more educated and conscious consumer.


Dogs is a documentary about the special bonds dogs share with their owners. This should be on the watch list of all animal lovers and fans of Animal Planet.

He Named Me Malala

He Named Me Malala shows the life and story of Malala Yousafzai. Malala is a young Pakistani woman who was shot as a teenager while advocating for girl’s education. In the documentary they cover her life, recovery, and plans for the future. This is great to watch for people who champion human rights and want a fresh perspective on what the world is like for some.

Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey

Being Elmo tells the story of Kevin Clash, the puppeteer who voices Elmo from Sesame Street. The show Sesame Street is a major part of American culture and is loved by people of all ages. This is a sweet documentary that will warm your heart.

Ken Burns: The Roosevelts: An Intimate History

The Roosevelts tells the history of President Theodore Roosevelt, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, and President Franklin D. Roosevelt. This documentary is perfect for people who love politics and learning about the unknown secrets of American history.

Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise

This documentary follows the life of the famous poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou. Her words have played a significant part of history, and in this documentary we are able to gain insight about the woman behind those words.

These documentaries are some of the most fascinating things on Netflix and are nice way to discover new perspectives without having to pick up a textbook or travel the world. Enjoy these documentaries this holiday season to better understand our world, and the diversity that exists throughout it.