Documentaries have the power to change people's perspectives on things in general because they teach you to be highly attentive. It provides people with a platform to express themselves and raise questions. Not only do documentaries offer the opportunity to understand and connect with the world, but they are also a great way to gather with friends to watch and engage around the crucial issues of the world. Netflix has an extensive collection of documentaries in addition to web series, movies, and TV shows. Not sure what to watch? Here are the top ten documentary films available on Netflix.
1. The Social Dilemma
Many social networks take advantage of human vulnerability by utilizing a technique called intermittent positive reinforcement. The sceptical documentary by Jeff Orlowski is bound to make you question your online habits. The documentary features several big names, including
, Trystan Harris, and Kara Hayward. It's strange how social media is more beneficial for tech giants than people since they can profit from your attention for as long as profit margins are limitless.
2. Trust No One: The Hunt For The Crypto King
A Canadian cryptocurrency exchange shut its doors in 2018, leaving many people helpless. The events eventually led them to believe that the founder, Gerry Cotten eloped with their money, faking his death in order to defraud them. It’s intriguing how director Luke Sewell uses theatrical enactments in an obscure setting to follow his investigation with an enthralling sense of drama and solemnity.
3. The Mind, Explained
It is a five-part docuseries produced by Vox, a site that has made a fortune explaining current events, movies, and TV shows for the last decade. Narrated by
, the documentary focuses on what happens inside a human brain when we dream, have anxiety, or use psychedelic drugs.
4. Downfall: The Case Against Boeing
Directed by Rory Kennedy, the American documentary interviews several people and consists of archival footage of the events which led to the two Boeing 737 Max crashes, killing 346 people. While exposing Boeing's culture of concealment that contributed to the crashes, it investigates both incidents and their aftermath. Rather than melodrama, this film presents its facts with a cold and brutal clarity that best suits the topic.
Nothing beats an entire series dedicated to the world's most famous conspiracy theories. Each episode of this 12-episode series briefly discusses a separate subject and seeks to delve deeper to present contrasting viewpoints on some of the biggest potential coverups in history. The series contains something for everyone, discussing the moon landings, Nazis, the Cold War, and more esoteric topics like aliens, assassinations, and disappearances.
6. Formula 1: Drive To Survive
On and off the racetrack, drivers, managers, and team owners lead lives in the fast lane. This docuseries, produced by Oscar-winner James Gay-Rees (Amy, Senna) and Paul Martin (
), is an innovative, crisp production with plenty of appeal to the general public. Although it never indeed strays from the sports documentary mould, it is nonetheless entertaining.
7. Our Father
If you ever find out that the father you have been referring to isn't your birth father, how would you react? Directed by Lucie Jourdan, this documentary revolves around a real-life story of a Fertility Doctor who used his semen on his patients. Dr. Donald Cline, an Indiana fertility specialist, inseminated dozens of patients with his sperm without their knowledge or consent during the 1970s and 1980s.
8. Dancing With The Birds
The birds of Paradise dance, sway their feathers and gather beautiful rocks to entice a mate. All over the world, they do this deep within exotic woods. A fascinating documentary directed by Huw Cordey and narrated by
that sees birds of New Guinea in their natural environment is a colourful display of their vibrant colours.
9. Human: The World Within
It is a six-episode PBS documentary that takes a deep look at the unique balancing act that humans perform. Narrator Jad Abumrad shares various first-person accounts from around the globe that illustrate how the human body's many intricate systems support people's lives, passions, and ambitions. The process by which the brain and its vast nervous system convert information into action is fascinating to observe.
10. The Great Hack
Netflix's documentary The Great Hack explores the breach of online privacy and how companies like Cambridge Analytica used Facebook data. The documentary is perfect for those who still believe that the news they read on their devices is the actual truth. The truth is far more nuanced than it appears to be. You are only seeing what corporations want you to see.