Remember those days where your teacher would roll in a TV and play a documentary? The mix of that slow voice on the documentary and the darkness in the room made for some great nap material. Gone are the days where documentaries make you bored and sleepy. Here are the top ten documentaries on Netflix right now.
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Forks Over Knives
Most of us are aware of the health issue in America and know or are people who suffer from cardiac disease, diabetes, or high blood pressure. What you may not realize is how the food you eat affects your health in drastic measures. It can be the reason for heart diseases, or it could be the reason your heart is healthy. Watch Forks Over Knives to learn common food myths and how you can start eating your way to a healthier life.
Abducted in Plain Sight
This true crime documentary tells the story of Jon Broberg, a 12-year-old girl in small town Idaho. All the people in town are church goers and “good people.” Unbeknownst to the Brobergs, one of their neighbors and best friends are their daughters’ kidnapper. This true story includes insane deceptions and manipulation. You have to watch to believe it.
Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes
Ted Bundy was a notorious serial killer in the 70s. He was responsible for the murder of over 30 women. He was a master manipulator and conman who got away with his crimes for years, even after being put on trial. This documentary follows the Ted Bundy case and presents interviews that have never been heard before.
Oklahoma City is about the terrorist attack on the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in 1995. Prior to the attacks on the Twin Towers on 9/11, this was the most devastating attack in United States history. It is still considered the worst domestic terrorist attack in U.S. history. Follow the story of Timothy McVeigh, an ex-soldier who was influenced by radical ideologies that eventually convinced him to carry out a terrorist attack that killed 168 people and injured more than 670 other people.
A Plastic Ocean
In recent years, America has progressed towards recycling and eliminating some plastic products. While this is a step in the right direction, there is still a serious issue with plastic and how it affects the environment. Journalist Craig Leeson invites viewers to travel to 20 different locations around the world to see how we are destroying the earth’s oceans.
Ava DuVernay's documentary explores the reality of how black Americans are treated and unjustly discriminated against. This documentary shows footage of discrimination, testimonials, the efforts of activists and politicians, interviews of black men and women who were previously in jail, and gives light to the issue that is going on right beneath our noses.
Wild Wild Country
It’s interesting to see how people are able to manipulate others and convince them to become die-hard followers of something that makes little sense. In Wild Wild Country, find out how a cult leader was able to gather a following and convince his cult members to participate in outrageous and sometimes dangerous activities, all in the name of his made-up religion.
The Thin Blue Line
The Thin Blue Line is a bit of an older documentary, but still a gem. It’s about the story of Randall Dale Adams who was charged with murder and sentenced to death. The only problem is he wasn’t guilty. Errol Morris, the directory and investigator in this documentary worked to prove Adams’s innocence before it was too late. Uncover the mysteries in Adams’s case, and see how the influence of this documentary ended up freeing a man and saving him from an unjust death sentence.
Take Your Pills
Many people are abusing medicine that was designed to help with real issues. Some people abuse drugs, such as Adderall, because they believe it will give them better performance and attentiveness. People get too caught up in wanting to do more in their 24-hour day by cramming in more information and less sleep without understanding that the effects are great and real.
Documentaries are one of the best ways to learn information because you can sit back and let the information flow. Will you learn about food and the environment? The prejudice black Americans face? You will learn something amazing whichever
Alizah Acosta is a passionate writer from the cold corner of America, better known as the Northeast. She recently graduated from Clarks Summit University with a bachelors degree. She uses the experiences and skills she has acquired and puts them in her work. Writing is not just a career, but a form of communication and an art. Writing is about showing this art form in a conveying and meaningful way.