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It’s been a long hiatus since I delved into the documentary section of Netflix. There was Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, then it was the holidays, which called for Christmas with the Kranks and Love Actually. Then… I revisited The X-Files for the umpteenth time and fell into a deep commitment to The West Wing. Couple that with golden nuggets of cinema like Zootopia and The Corpse Bridge, I’ve been slacking. But, without further adieu, a list of recently loved documentaries on Netflix.


See the running list of ones worth watching here.


Pervert Park

1h 18m. 2014. Available on Netflix Stream.

Crime/social doc with a dark twist. Not a family watch and was honestly a bit much for me at times. But a fascinating story nonetheless – follows Florida sex offenders who are living in a trailer park with hopes of reentering society.


CT Fletcher: My Magnificent Obsession

1h 41m. 2015. Available on Netflix Stream.

Biographical/sports doc. C.T. Fletcher’s life story to from near-fatal heart attack to a fitness freak who opens his own gym. He’s got one of those dynamic, incredible personalities that bleeds through the screen. We watched for Kent but I ended up liking it even more than he did.


Holy Hell

1h 42m. 2016. Available on Netflix Stream.

Social doc. Made by a former cult member, this doc follows a California cult and it’s leader. It’s beyond fascinating and left me kinda in a daze of “what the hell did I just watch”. It’s an emotional, insane watch.


Inside Job

1h 48m. 2010. Available on Netflix Stream.

If you enjoyed The Big Short and it’s premise, this is a great watch. It looks into the greed & corruption that fueled the 2008 housing collapse and it’s repercussions on the global economy. It won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 2011 and is narrated by Matt Damon.


Babies

1h 18m. 2010. Available on Netflix Stream.

Social doc. If you’re jaded from watching too many gritty docs, this is your antidote. It follows babies from birth in the US, Africa, Europe & Tokyo. It’s sweet, interesting and gave me a healthy reminder of how privileged we are in the US.


Trapped

1h 20m. 2016. Available on Netflix Stream.

Social/political doc and on my list of top 20 favorites. Trapped follows the battle between the government and women’s reproductive health clinics in the U.S. Yes, it’s about abortion clinics. Director Dawn Porter does a phenomenal job of humanizing the battle for reproductive rights and the women and families that depend on it.


After the Spill

1h 2m. 2015. Available on Netflix Stream.

Environmental doc. A quick watch that talks about Louisana post-Deepwater Horizon, the BP oil spill that has caused devastating effects on Louisiana’s citizens, culture and shoreline.

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