The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now

March 6, 2019

Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes

 

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Normal: conforming to a standard; usual, typical, or expected (Merriam-Webster Dictionary). On the surface, Ted Bundy seemed like the rest of us. The tapes included in Director Joe Berlinger’s Netflix docuseries Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes shed new light on one of America’s most notable serial killers. The real insight comes from those who met with Bundy face to face. Berlinger melds Bundy’s words with interviews of those who looked into the eyes of the man himself, the eyes which witnessed the stark reality of their master’s actions. Starting with Bundy’s childhood and ending with a crowd of people cheering his execution, this docuseries is sure to make you think twice about that quiet kid down the street.

 

 

Remastered: The Two Killings of Sam Cooke

 

                            Photo: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

 

Here’s a question to slide into one of your multiple text chats: Who is Sam Cooke? You’ll likely get more questions than answers. Sam Cooke was soul icon, a civil rights leader, and beloved member of the black community. Cooke died at just the age of 33. Director Kelly Duane de la Vega aims to change the narrative of the soul singer’s untimely death, as well as introduce him to a younger audience in the new Netflix documentary Remastered: The Two Killings of Sam Cooke. Throughout the film, Cooke is portrayed how the black community saw him, how he ultimately should be remembered. It addresses the conflicting accounts of the singer’s murder with both facts and thoughts from friends and family. Even if you’ve never heard of Sam Cooke, this documentary will have you searching for answers.

 

World’s Busiest Cities

 

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Have you ever wondered what it is like to sleep in a room smaller than your mom’s closet? Thousands of people live this way for years in China’s largest city, Hong Kong. Like most of the world’s cities, the cost of living in the largest sea port in human history is rising even faster. The BBC series follows three journalists as they explore the cities of Hong Kong, Mexico City, Moscow, and Delhi. They take on the streets both above and below ground. This docu-series will bring the bustle of the city to your living room while teaching you (and maybe a significant other) some cultural tidbits along the way.

 

Bobby Kennedy for President

 

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Everyone knows about the life and tragic death of former President John F. Kennedy, but can you say the same for his kid brother Robert “Bobby” Kennedy? The docu-series Bobby Kennedy for President spanning four episodes, chronicles Kennedy’s 1968 campaign for President of the United States, the position his brother held until his assassination in 1963. This series features new archival footage, as well as an interview with the late Juan Romero, the busboy who famously stood at Kennedy’s side after the attack on his life, which ultimately killed him, ending his meteoric rise to political stardom. Family and friends of the late New York Senator call for further investigation into the fallen icon’s death. Like his brother’s assassination, many questions remain.

 

In today’s divisive political climate, Bobby Kennedy for President is both a call to action and a reminder that we can all do better.

 

 

Camden is a senior english major at Northern Kentucky University. He enjoys writing poetry and visiting urban environments. In his opinion, Tom Brady is the G.O.A.T. (Greatest of all time) He plans to serve as an AmeriCorps VISTA member in the fall of 2019. “The purpose of life is to contribute in some way to making things better.” – Robert F. Kennedy

 

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