Most documentaries strive to teach us about worlds we never knew existed, and the very best of them are even capable of changing our lives for the better.
With so many options to wade through, Highsnobiety carefully selected ten documentaries on Netflix that can help transform your outlook on the world in ways you might not have thought possible.
Chasing Coral (2017) – “Chasing Coral” is a call to activism that encourages viewers to reevaluate humanity’s impact on the environment. While it’s easy to feel powerless in the face of climate change, it’s vital that individuals do everything they can to help on a micro level while also supporting public officials who are fighting to change things for the better.
Audrie & Daisy (2016) – The two women featured in this documentary were both sexually assaulted at high school parties and then subjected to a horrific tirade of online bullying in the weeks and months that followed. Through their stories, the filmmakers explore the trauma such crimes inflict while also investigating how the institutions that were supposed to protect them failed to do so.
Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower (2017) – When the Chinese Communist Party reneged on their promises of autonomy for Hong Kong in 2014, teenager Joshua Wong rallied over 100,000 people to hit the streets in protest. At a time when society continues to take some darker turns, it’s inspiring to see that teenagers can make a real difference.
It’s Not Yet Dark (2016) – Narrated by Colin Farrell, “It’s Not Yet Dark” follows Irish filmmaker Simon Fitzmaurice as he directs his first feature film. Using only his eyes and groundbreaking technology, Fitzmaurice doesn’t let an ALS diagnosis stop him from achieving his goals.
Newtown (2016) – More than just a mere reminder of how gun violence can destroy a community, “Newtown” forces the audience to confront their own beliefs regarding gun control by emphasizing the lasting pain that such attacks can provoke.
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