If you love watching documentaries, then Netflix has a plenty in store for you. Check out the five best documentaries that you can watch on Netflix with your family and friends.
As always, lists are deceiving: they are never unanimous and therefore could always be almost completely different. It is usually very subjective to choose “best films”. This process depends on the experience of every individual, the personal trajectory of each spectator, his or her private life, age and consequently, his or her maturation. Even so, it is fun to list titles, watching as much as possible to reach an acceptable result (however different it may be from others).
In the case of documentaries, it is very interesting how restrictive this can be. It is obvious that there are documentaries that vary in form and content, the idea of this list, therefore is to meet as broadly as possible a considerable portion of the public:
And it is obvious that in the field for comments, every indication will be welcome! We can make a kind of chain. Thus, more and more good films can reach everyone.
It’s not a perfect documentary. No way. When Miss Representation was released, it suffered complaints about not offering solutions and only highlight the problems of the sexist world. On the other hand, the synthesis of a relevant film often passes through its capacity to intrigue, to make reflect and to think about the subject approached.
On the one hand, the demonstration of how much women have been subjugated to the long run of history and represented as a being of inferior power is a testimony of male weakness, which, in order to feel strong, seems to need the domination of the opposite. Alice Walker, an American writer, and activist quoted in the film could not be more certain: “The most common way people give up their power is to think they have none.”
Jiro Dreams of Sushi
In the basement of a skyscraper in Tokyo, next to a subway station, Jiro Ono serves only sushi in his restaurant. Jiro Dreams of Sushi is a documentary about a man who has sushi as his great love and, at the same time, his great villain. This is because perfectionism disrupts Jiro to the point where he remains in a claustrophobic boundary between lucidity and madness. In the end, the documentary starts from a private man and becomes a treatise on life, on the power of empathy, on how much importance one gives to others can be the remedy for the afflictions of life.
The best of the investigative documentary and with a risky involvement of filmmaker Bryan Fogel, who, with his double work, is taken to Grigory Rodchenkov, head of the Russian anti-doping laboratory. But Fogel, who does not notice in time (or perceives?), Becomes directly involved, in addition to being, from within, a chronicler of the sport’s biggest doping scandal, as details are revealed. The story goes from personal experience to a geopolitical thriller in a matter of scenes. Contaminated urine, unexplained death, and Olympic gold are part of a documentary to watch with eyes glued to the screen.
Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom
Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom is one of those rare films that have the power to make the viewer have a very close relationship through something far away. Thus, it is possible that the feeling of patriotism toward Ukraine will settle in the first 15 minutes. Allied to this fact, the documentary also has enough heart to cause reflections that go far beyond the struggle for freedom that accompanies the subtitle: the struggle is for being human, for all those who want, more than freedom, the most honest happiness for themselves and their families.
The price on winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom is high, it is painful, but at the same time it represents hope for change. It is at least the real and timeless message that we must fight anyway because those who hold power in a selfish, egocentric and deceptive way will not willingly give up. This film, directed by Evgeny Afineevsky, who won the Oscar for Best Documentary in 2016, is already among the best in the 21st century. Therefore, you must remain for a long time.
The Act of Killing
Available on Netflix in its film version (Theatrical Cut), The Act of Killing is a documentary that reveals that evil is born not only from deeds, but arises from oblivion. The perpetuation of evil as a customary thing for the film is the most odious and cowardly act of human nature. Unlike Jiro Dreams of Sushi, which starts from the inside and becomes more comprehensive, The Act of Killing goes from and to meet the particular monstrosity of its characters. In this sense, his most powerful scene is undoubtedly the one in which the character Anwar Congo is closely watched and it is possible to see not only a face but also the abomination that man has always ignored.