Did you know that Netflix features award-winning documentaries? I’m always on the hunt for a good documentary!
What makes a good documentary?
To me, it’s when the film has made an impact on you in some way. Some films leave my head shaking in disbelief, and other films leave me wanting to learn more about a topic. I love when the conclusion of a documentary leaves you with no real resolution – it can become frustrating to not ever really know the truth – which of course is the beauty of a good documentary.
To show you a side of the story you may have not known. To inspire you, perhaps to educate you, to see a perspective that you would have never seen before. Do you love a good documentary?
Here are 17 mind-blowing documentaries to watch right now on Netflix Canada!
Abstract: The Art of Design
Are you looking for some creative juice? Here is an inspiring documentary to get you going! A series that steps into the minds of the most innovative designers in the world – from architects to graphic designers.
Hip Hop Evolution
I absolutely loved this series on hip hop music. It takes you from the 1970s to the 1990s and interviews a TON of hip hop pioneers – Funk Master Flex, Melle Mel, NWA, Run-DMC, Public Enemy, Ice-T – it is an awesome look into the history of hip hop.
Making a Murderer
If you haven’t seen this yet – what are you waiting for? I got so sucked into this case about Steven Avery and his murder conviction, the twists and turns will leave your jaw dropped and your mind reeling.
Such an astounding look at the history of racism and the prison system in the United States, this documentary is very well done and will leave you thinking long and hard after it’s finished.
Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru
An entertaining and thought-provoking film that goes behind the scenes of Tony Robbins’ annual mega-event, Unleash the Power Within. It can be amazing how he interacts with people and ultimately helps people, as well as the reality of it.
The Fear of 13
This film tells a story in a twisting, turning way, that leaves you wanting more at every step. Nick is an inmate, who after 20 years on Death Row, is petitioning the court to be executed. It’s intense yet hopeful, in a sad way.
The intriguing story of an American women accused of killing her roommate in Italy is the horror story of all live-abroad students.
Ex-members shedding light on a California cult, from the beginnings of when they fell in love with the ideology and group leader, to when it all fell apart for them.
An incredible documentary that gives you a close-up look at two vigilante groups in Mexico that have formed in response to the growing fear of drug cartels. Conspiracy and corruption take place on both sides.
This series, made for foodies, showcases the emotional connection between people and food.
I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead
A behind the scenes look at DJ Steve Aoki’s life, and how his father, Benihaha, inspired and drove him to where he is today.
Winter on Fire
A look at the civil unrest in Ukraine, starting with a peaceful student protest and how that snowballed into a violent revolution.
A beautiful look at the fashion legend, who at 93 is still at the top of her game.
An amazing and sometimes scary look at the world’s changing glaciers, and how it all affects global warming.
Shedding light on factory farming, and how it is decimating the world’s natural resources – and why it’s being ignored by major environmental groups.
An awesome look at the 50-year history of rock climbing and its’ culture, in the Yosemite Valley.
American Crime Story: The People vs. OJ Simpson
Not a true documentary and more of a crime series based on true events, it provides a fresh look on the ‘Trial of the Century’.
And when I say “watch them right now”, I mean seriously, right NOW. Some films are only available on Netflix for a limited time – some of my favourites (not on this list) are not available any longer. So GO! Watch them! NOW! These documentaries are likely available on Netflix US and UK also, so take a quick look in the documentary category on Netflix to see what’s available in your area!
Do you have a favourite documentary?