Stronger than Fiction: The Best Netflix Documentaries to watch right now

Nana Team
9 May, 2021

Documentaries are now more popular than ever. From uncovering a mysterious truth to finding more about the lives of your favorite K-pop group, the scope of documentaries has expanded over the years. Netflix – one of the world’s popular streaming sites has it all. With a bountiful selection of some great and new documentaries, we list some that have definitely caught our attention.

The Social Dilemma

One of the most talked about documentaries this year is none other than The Social Dilemma. Living in the digital age, it’s easy to notice how much social media has impacted our lives for the better. Instant messages, up-to-date access to the news and more. But what if someone told you a different side to the story? The story of the true intentions behind the great minds of social media. This must-watch documentary sheds light on the dangerous human impact of social networking and is a great one to reflect on our use of social media.

Seaspiracy

We’ve all heard about how much plastic and toxic waste are being dumped into the ocean, yet it seems like we can’t quite grasp the severity of it. The documentary film, Seaspiracy directed by Ali Tabrizi it brings our attention to the human impacts on marine life. It goes further to show the bigger pictures behind some marine conservation organizations and calls them out for an even bigger problem of corruption in the fishing industry and a cover-up for the environmental impact of fishing.

American Murder: The Family Next Door

American Murder: The Family Next Door is an unsuspectingly suspenseful bone-chilling documentary. Directed by Jenny Popplewell, the film uncovers the 2018 Watts family murder which took place in Frederick, Colorado. The use of archival footage throughout the whole film is its unique selling point. Social media posts, police recordings, text messages, law enforcement recordings, and home video footage are not manipulated but instead edited in chronological order, bringing you to become fully immersed into the situation at the Watts house in 2018.

My Octopus Teacher

The winner of the 93rd Academy Awards for Best Documentary Feature is My Octopus Teacher. With 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and rated 8/10 on IMDb it’s a documentary you can’t miss out on. Looking at the relationship between humans and animals, producer Craig Foster shows a moving story of how he personally came to know an octopus in a South African kelp forest. Providing a new perspective to marine biology, this documentary is deeply personal and openhearted, revealing animal behaviors that even scientists may not have known before.

Blackpink: Light Up the Sky

Blackpink has taken the world by storm with their personality, fashion and of course, music. Blackpink: Light Up the Sky is an intimate film covering what it means to be a K-pop girl group as individuals, as a group and their ultimate rise to fame. The documentary takes the audience back four years since Blackpink’s debut and gives an in-depth look at the lives of band members Jisoo, Jennie, Lisa and Rose and how their band came to be.

Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness

Just as documentaries are on the rise, so are docuseries and we can’t talk about docuseries without mentioning Tiger King. You’ve seen the memes, you’ve heard the parodies but it’s time you get on the bandwagon before it’s too late. Controversial, confusing and fascinating, it’s the journey of a lifetime. The seven-episode miniseries spotlights on zookeeper and convicted felon Joe Exotic and animal right activist Carole Baskin. The two pitter-patter as Carole tries to take Joe’s big cat private zoo down. The hit Netflix series was watched by 34.2 million people over its first ten days of release and ranked one of Netflix’s most successful releases to date.

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