A documentary is something which is used to showcase reality or glimpses of it through a film. Over the years, many documentaries have been produced and some of them are critically acclaimed all over the world. There are many streaming services, where you can watch documentaries and Netflix is one such streaming service that lets you watch a ton of shows and award-winning documentaries. You have a plethora of options to choose from but if you are wondering what you should watch then here are ten unconventional documentaries which you will love.
1. Medal of Honor
This is a new series of documentaries which deals with the stories of some of America's greatest heroes- the Medal Of Honor recipients. Each episode showcases how these incredible men risked their lives for their fellow countrymen and how some of them single-handedly turned the tide of the battle. The episodes show clips from different wars and interviews with some of the medal of honor recipients.
2. Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things
This one deals with our obsessions with materialistic things in general and also asks how our life might be better with a little less. Interviews have been showcased where people who have rid themselves of their worldly goods talk about their experiences with minimalism and how it has morphed their lives in a good way.
Directed by Ava DuVernay, this documentary deals with the 13th amendment of the United States Constitution. This amendment put a stop to slavery, except as a punishment for a crime. The documentary is a take on how the prison system of the States upholds the 13th amendment. In the film, it has been shown that despite the 13th amendment, the prison is basically a place of slavery. This is proven by the director through some stressful survival stories.
4. Lo and behold: Reveries of the Connected World
If you are fascinated by technology then this is the one for you. It deals with all the effects the internet and artificial intelligence program is having on the humans and their development in general.
5. Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret
It deals with the problems that come with excessive meat consumption and the effect it is having on the world. This film focuses on global warming, deforestation, and ocean dead zones.
6. Encounters at the End of the World
Some people say that as time flies, the old things become obsolete. But this documentary is not one of them. It came out in 2007 and as of today, holds the same relevance. It’s about a person’s visit to Antarctica to capture some of the most amazing footage of penguins and locals.
7. Notes on blindness
It is an account of how John M. Hull lost his sight gradually. He audiotaped his experiences which were later turned into a book in 2016 and after that this documentary was released, which is an Emmy recipient.
8. What the Health
This is all about the adverse effects our dependency on meat and dairy products is having on our health. If you are health conscious then you will like this one.
9. Cuba and the Cameraman
It took director John Alpert almost 42 years to create this documentary. He followed Fidel Castro and three of his families in order to find out what effect their policies had on their lives. The candidness of the film gives it an epic flavor.
10. Chasing Ice
The reason this one is so popular is due to the fact that it was able to capture the calving of a huge glacier on Greenland. It is probably the only film where the largest calving has been captured.