COVID-19 has become a global pandemic, forcing governments to lockdown their citizens inside their own houses, This has become a necessity owing to the sharply increasing infection rate in the world.
But what can we do stuck inside our houses?
While some people prefer to stay home, not everyone can stay inside for weeks at the end. Maybe we all can stay home and do something productive, maybe learn a bit about the world we live in.
Below is a list of 17 documentaries that we believe are worth a watch!
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Blue Planet 2
You might have seen the immense effect that this period of lockdown has been having on nature. So why not start with a documentary that showcases nature. Blue Planet is the second version of the series that dives deep into the ocean to reveal all its unseen beauty.
With the brilliant musical score of Hans Zimmer and sensible narration of David Attenborough, this documentary ticks all the boxes of a truly sensible nature documentary.
IMdb rating = 9/10
Watch Blue Planet II here on Amazon Prime.
This documentary is the best example of a father’s love for his children. Dan is a Pharmacist from New Orleans, who finds that his son has died in a suspected cocaine exchange that went wrong. With no support or empathy from the Police, Dan fights it out, until he finds his son’s killer and gets him into prison.
IMDb Rating: 7.8/10
Watch The Pharmacist here on Netflix.
Welcome to Leith
Welcome to Leith is one of those documentaries that is scary and disturbing. It revolves around Craig Cobb, a man who starts purchasing plots of land in a city called Leith in North Dakota. At first, people thought he was just another outsider looking to make a buck out of the state’s oil boom. But as time moves, they slowly understand his true intentions of building a community of white supremacists.
IMDb rating: 7/10
Watch Welcome to Leith here On Amazon Prime.
Last Chance U
What does it take to become a professional sportsman?
This documentary answers it all from the perspective of several collegiate athletes who strive to succeed in their career as a sportsman. Most of these athletes have faced personal problems and immense struggle in their lives. Last chance U gives an interesting take on character and persistence, as these athletes play at junior college level under the guidance of Coach Buddy Stephens, to get a shot at Divisions.
IMDB Rating: 8.5/10
Watch Last Chance U here on Netflix.
Trump: An American Dream
He may not be a great president, but Donald Trump is one of the most successful businessmen in the history of America. Trump: An American dream showcases the five decades from when Donald Trump grew as a successful businessman right up to the time he became the president of The United States of America.
IMDB Rating: 7.1/10
Watch Trump The American Dream here on Netflix.
With several travel restrictions for tourists to even visit the country, North Korea is considered as a dangerous communist nation. With a million rules and regulations, it is hard to even consider visiting the country
But What happens when you escape the country?
Little Pyongyang describes the life of a North Korean national who escapes the crutches of his government and settles in the United Kingdom.
IMDB Rating: 7.3/10
Watch Little Pyongyang here on Amazon Prime.
Three Identical Strangers
It is a story of three triplets who get separated at birth and reunite years later. This documentary explains how they find themselves and try to understand the circumstances in which they were separated and adopted by three different families. One of the reasons being an undisclosed Science Experiment to study the output of “ Nature Vs Nurture “.
Will they accept their circumstance and leave it in the past? Or will they dig up the past to reveal the truth?
Watch Three Identical Strangers here on Amazon Prime.
On a daily basis, millions of innocent people are forced to migrate, leaving behind their land and normal life as far as fetched memories. Human flow is a documentary that explains the refugee crisis from the shoes of someone forced to migrate. Using nothing but iPhones and Drone cameras, this 140-minute documentary takes a look at the root cause of the impending refugee crisis, occurring all over the world.
Watch Human Flow here Amazon Prime.
A Student from the United Kingdom finds out that she has a lookalike person, who works in the Hollywood industry. Reaching out to her through the power of Facebook, she is amazed to find out that this woman was more than a lookalike. She turns to her twin sister.
Watch it here on their official Twinsters Website.
Orcas or killer whales are one of the most beautiful creatures of the marine world. Blackfish is an 83-minute documentary that gives a deep look into the tortured lives of these captive orcas. Watch first hand interviews of witnesses who saw these orca’s attacks humans, as a result of stress.
This documentary later went on to win a BAFTA Award.
IMDb Rating: 8.1/10
Watch it here on their Official BlackFish Movie Website.
Fire in the Blood
Fire in the Blood explains the consequences of blockage in the supply chain of drugs. Especially of the ones used in the treatment of HIV/AIDS. It results in the death of more than 11 million people in the African subcontinent. Even more chilling is the intentional reason for blocking these antiretroviral drugs.
Fire in the Blood is a simple depiction of what happens when humanity becomes lost in the process of making more money.
Watch Fire In The Blood here on Netflix.
Abducted In Plain Sight
This documentary is based upon Jan Broberg, a teenager who was abducted twice. What was interesting is that she was abducted by the same person on both occasions. This mysterious Abductor turned out to be no more than their friendly neighbour.
IMDb Rating: 6.8/10
Watch Abducted In Plain Sight here on Netflix.
Shenzhen: The Silicon Valley of Hardware
Don’t worry as we did not get the wrong name in the title. While the original Silicon Valley is located in San Francisco, Shenzhen is a tech city located on the connecting borders of China and Hong kong. This documentary explains the journey of how the city became a major technology manufacturer in Asia.
Top Documentary Films rating: 8.5/10
Watch Shenzhen: The Silicon Valley of Hardware here on the Official Website of Wired.
Beyond all that fame and fortune obtained from chart bursting pop songs, there exists a voice. A voice that wants to be itself and stand out for the things it believes in. Miss Americana is a sensational documentary that gives a behind the scenes look into the life of a sensational Pop Star – Taylor Swift.
IMDb rating: 7.4/10
Watch Miss Americana here On Netflix.
Amy Winehouse was a British Singer-Songwriter who was at the pinnacle of her career when she lost her life over substance abuse at the age of 27. This documentary explains that fame is not so fun. Maybe even superstars are also just humans with simple needs at the end of the day.
IMDB Rating: 7.8/10
Watch AMY here on Netflix.
The Great Hack
Did you know that Data surpassed oil is a valuable asset in the 21st Century?
Don’t be surprised because each like you make on Facebook and Instagram is likely being recorded and analyzed to get a better idea about the user. Informational Warfare is the main crux of this documentary. The Directors of the Great Hack have done a spectacular job in laying it out the easy way for understanding.
IMDb rating: 7/10
Watch The Great Hack here on Netflix.
Conversations With a Killer: Ted Bundy Tape
We saved the best one for the last.
Charming, well educated and a great conversationalist was all the perceived characteristics of Ted Bundy. But no one ever knew that this top class to-be lawyer would be the reason for the murder of more than 30 beautiful women.
IMDB Rating: 7.8/10
Watch Conversations With a Killer: Ted Bundy Tape here on Netflix.
We would suggest all these documentaries because they all have a lesson to be learnt. These 17 documentaries can bring a different perspective about life and add value to it.
We hope you enjoy watching it.
Until then, Stay Home and Stay Safe!
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