The 15 Best Nature Documentaries on Netflix

The 15 Best Nature Documentaries on Netflix

Source:  Prevention

Our Planet (2019) – Narrated by David Attenborough, this Emmy-winning, nature series offers an up-close look of animals in their natural habitats, whether it’s the ocean, the Siberian tundra, or a tropical rain forest.  Each episode tells a story about a particular area on earth, and for every minute of the film, producers spent 10 days in the field to create it.

Night on Earth: Shot in the Dark (2020) – If you’ve ever wondered what kind of unseen creatures lurk in the dark, this series is for you.  In “Night on Earth: Shot in the Dark,” camera crews climbed, dove, and froze to capture the animals and insects that thrive during evening hours when the rest of the world is fast asleep.

Oceans (2010) – Although released a decade ago, don’t leave “Oceans” off your list.  This nature documentary examines the integral role that water plays in human existence.  The water-themed film explores our planet’s five oceans and the animals and creatures that reside in them.

Chasing Coral (2017) – Shot over the course of three years, “Chasing Coral” features 500+ hours of underwater footage depicting the devastating effects of coral bleaching on these large structures that are home to precious marine life.

A Plastic Ocean (2016) – When a sea-loving journalist discovered the reality of our oceans being polluted with tons of plastic, he set out to make a difference.  Craig Leeson, professional diver Tanra Streeter, and a team of scientists traveled to more than 20 locations over a four-year period to explore the consequences of plastic pollution on marine life, agriculture, and more.

See the rest of the list at Prevention.


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10 food and health documentaries available on Amazon Prime Video

10 food and health documentaries available on Amazon Prime Video

Source:  One Green Planet

Revolution Food (2019) – “Revolution Food” is one of those films that provides hope for our future, focusing on the positive changes taking place in our modern food system.  Instead of looking at what we’re doing wrong, the documentary focuses on real farmers who are growing/raising real food — and the consumers who are demanding it.

The Invisible Vegan (2019) – “The Invisible Vegan” explores the problem of unhealthy dietary patterns in the African-American community.  Providing personal stories and experiences, the “Invisible Vegan” draws primarily from the vegan lifestyle and in-depth research of Jasmine Leyva, a 30-year-old black actress and filmmaker currently based in Los Angeles.

The Biggest Little Farm (2019) – “The Biggest Little Farm” chronicles the eight-year quest of John and Molly Chester as they trade city living for 200 acres of barren farmland and a dream to harvest in harmony with nature.  The focus of their farm is to utilize Mother Nature’s natural system of order instead of relying on pesticides and harmful agricultural practices.

Diet Fiction (2019) – “Diet Fiction” is exactly as the name implies, a documentary that seeks to expose the corruption of the weight loss industry.  From the director of “Food Choices” — Michal Siewierski — “Diet Fiction” takes an in-depth look at our current diet culture and explores issues of food addictions, weight-loss fads, poverty, marketing lies, and manipulation.

Fork Your Diet (2019) – “Fork Your Diet” is an inspiring, feel-good documentary film about plant-based living.  The film documents real-life examples of the healing benefits that a wellness lifestyle can bring and the key role that diet and nutrition play.

See the rest of the list at One Green Planet.


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These 15 New York Times Op-Docs are worth your time

These 15 New York Times Op-Docs are worth your time

Source:  The New York Times

Walk, Run, Cha-Cha – Paul and Millie Cao’s decades-long love story is captured touchingly in this Oscar-nominated film.  After a lifetime of struggle and perseverance, they are rediscovering themselves on the dance floor.

Watch Walk, Run, Cha-Cha

Ten Meter Tower – Filmmaker Maximilien Van Aertryck and Axel Danielson sought to make a portrait of humans in doubt.  A high dive seemed like the perfect scenario in this Oscar-shortlisted film.

Watch Ten Meter Tower

Almost Famous: Kim I Am – Kim Hill was a rising singer-songwriter when she met an emerging hip-hop group.  For a moment in the 1990s, they were the Black Eyed Peas — until she quit.

Watch Almost Famous: Kim I Am

Birth Control Your Own Adventure – After going on the pill at age 11 for painful endometriosis, a young woman says, “I deserve birth control, but I also deserve better birth control” in this Emmy-nominated film.

Watch Birth Control Your Own Adventure

Notes on Blindness – After he went blind, writer and theologian John Hull embarked on a journey to rediscover the world through his other senses.  That astonishing process of sensory rebirth was the subject of this Emmy-winning film.

Watch Notes on Blindness

See the rest of the list at The New York Times.


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11 nature documentaries available on Disney+

11 nature documentaries available on Disney+

Source:  CinemaBlend

Jane Jane Goodall, the English anthropologist known for her work in the field of primatology, is the subject of Brett Morgan’s 2017 documentary “Jane.”  Part biography and part nature film, the stunning documentary pulls from over 100 hours of unseen archival footage of a young Jane Goodall as she conducts research during her exploration of Tanzania.

The Flood The Okavango Delta in Botswana is one of the most fascinating places in the world.  Every year, the delta becomes inundated with water and transforms from barren desert to a wonderland of beauty, life, and plenty of water from the flood river.  Brad Bestelink’s 2018 documentary showcases the wide range of animals who flock to the delta during the annual flood.

Winged Seduction: Birds Of Paradise On the island of New Guinea live the elusive and strikingly beautiful birds-of-paradise.  There are around 40 different species, each with distinctive sizes, shapes, and behaviors.  The BBC documentary “Planet Earth” first introduced millions of people to the birds with their elaborate mating dances, but director Molly Hermann really focused in on the fabled birds with this 2012 documentary.

The Crimson Wing: Mystery Of The Flamingos Every year, Lake Natron in Tanzania becomes the gathering place of over two million lesser flamingos who flock to the hot and salty waters to feed on algae and mate.  The location’s caustic environment gives the birds safety from predators.  Disneynature’s first feature in 2008 captured the annual migration.

African Cats Released on Earth Day in 2011, “African Cats,” directed by Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey, followed a pride of lions and a family of cheetahs across the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya.  Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, the documentary plays more like a traditional movie with the cats named and treated like characters as opposed to subjects.

See the rest of the list at CinemaBlend.


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10 Must-See Errol Morris Documentaries

10 Must-See Errol Morris Documentaries

Source:  Screen Rant

Wormwood (2017) – Errol Morris’s six-part Netflix miniseries is about a recently declassified Cold War-era CIA experiment known as Project MK Ultra.  Along with comprehensive interviews from those involved, ‘Wormwood” features hallucinatory reenactments from well-known Hollywood actors including Peter Sarsgaard, Molly Parker, and Tim Blake Nelson.

Available on Netflix.

Tabloid (2010) – “Tabloid” digs into a strange case that made headlines in the late 1970s; one involving international travel, kidnapping, and Mormonism.  Morris does a fantastic job accentuating the incendiary nature of tabloid journalism while trying to settle upon some semblance of truth.

Available on Amazon Prime Video.

The Unknown Known (2013) – Morris sought out controversial former U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld for this compelling documentary.  While known in recent decades for his role in the post-9/11 U.S. war in Iraq under President George W. Bush, Rumsfeld first served as Secretary of Defense under President Gerald Ford from 1975 to 1977, going on to work as an advisor to four U.S. presidents in total.

Available on Netflix.

Standard Operating Procedure (2008) – “Standard Operating Procedure” uses the photographs of torture and abuse taken by U.S. military police at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison in 2003 as an entry point into a larger examination of what images mean and how they are used in the retelling of history.

Available on Amazon Prime Video.

The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara (2003) – Morris aims his attention at former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara with this documentary feature.  Regarded as the chief architect of the Vietnam War, McNamara is a divisive figure with a complicated legacy.  Morris relies on 20 hours of Interrotron interview footage and archival materials to tell his story.

Available on Amazon Prime Video.

See the rest of the list at Screen Rant.


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10 terrific new documentaries available on Netflix

10 terrific new documentaries available on Netflix

Source:  POPSUGAR

Cheer – This six-part docuseries follows the nationally ranked 40-member Navarro College Cheer Team from Corsicana, TX, as they prepare to compete in the National Cheerleading Championship held annually in Daytona, Florida.  Why does this series have a cult following?  Because Coach Monica Aldama is tough AF, the stories of the cheerleaders on the team will make cry, and — most stressful of all — there are only 20 spots available on the mat.

Watch “Cheer” on Netflix.

Night on Earth – In this six-part nature docuseries narrated by “The Handmaid’s Tale” actress Samira Wiley, cameras that are extra sensitive to moonlight document the behavior of nocturnal creatures after the sun sets.

Watch “Night on Earth” on Netflix.

Nisman: The Prosecutor, the President, and the Spy – This six-part docuseries investigates the suspicious death of Alberto Nisman, an Argentinian lawyer who accused that country’s president of corruption after investigating a 1994 car bombing of a Jewish center that killed 85 people in Buenos Aires.

Watch “Nisman: The Prosecutor, the President, and the Spy” on Netflix.

Pandemic: How to Prevent an Outbreak – This stunningly prescient six-part docuseries introduces the scientists taking on influenza and details their efforts in stopping the next global outbreak — while also fighting underfunding in research and health care, anti-vaxxers, misinformation, and political red tape.

Watch “Pandemic: How to Prevent an Outbreak” on Netflix.

Sex, Explained – Various topics around the subject of sex are explored in this five-part docuseries produced by Vox.  Topics include sexual fantasies, attraction, birth control, fertility, and childbirth.

Watch “Sex, Explained” on Netflix.

See the rest of the list at POPSUGAR.


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