Learn more about the world with these 9 documentaries to watch tonight. This post is brought to you by Netflix as part of my ongoing partnership with them as a member of their Stream Team.
You know by now that each month I post about Netflix. While normally I would be posting a list of shows to watch for escapism, I think it’s also important to be well aware of the world around us.
I live in a nice house in the suburbs, and I’m fairly aware of how lucky I am, and yet I am continually shocked by things that happen across the globe, across the country, and across the state. Knowing our brothers and sisters, as well as our pasts, can serve to help us understand one another and move forward.
Note that most of these films are not for the children in your family. I recommend watching them yourself before deciding if your kids should watch. As is the nature of documentaries, many of them are violent or otherwise disturbing.
The True Cost – Covering the world of “fast fashion” and its effect on the countries that create it, this will do more to convince you to consume less than the somewhat similarly-themed Minimalism.
The Hunting Ground – Sexual assault on college campuses is an epidemic, and the schools that choose to cover it up or push it away are part of the problem.
Food, Inc – From 2008, this documentary on our industrial food system is still relevant today.
Planet Earth – If you need convincing that the place we live is full of beauty and wonder and needs to be preserved, this gorgeously shot series will put you on the path.
She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry – A look at the women who helped shape the fight for gender equality, and how that battle is still ongoing.
13th – An Oscar nominee in 2016, this studies the rise in incarceration and criminalization of black Americans.
Requiem for the American Dream – Noam Chomsky explains how the economy and other aspects of American life favor the rich, and how “getting ahead” keeps getting harder.
Race to Nowhere – We’re putting endless pressures on our children in schools, but to what end? A look at the country’s school system and our demands for achievement.
Audrie & Daisy – Social media has led to a stunning rise in harassment and bullying. This documentary, which is chilling for anyone who has children using the internet, follows what happened to victims of sexual assault and their families.
No, these films are not happy, and they force us to look at hard truths. But hopefully, by confronting those truths, we can figure out how we would like to move forward.