Documentaries catch the raw, prompt quintessence of humankind that even totally organized element accounts frequently miss. They offer us the chance to stroll from another person’s perspective for a couple of hours, regardless of whether the path is halfway through the world.
Here’s a compilation by Watch Tank of the op 5 documentaries on Netflix that have come out in recent times.
Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics
When surreal hallucination seems to come to life, and you start questioning it, that is when you know it is a good trip. The documentary, Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics is directed by Donick Cary, takes you through a journey featuring tripping stories by artists, musicians, comedians and actors. Cary does not provoke the use of drugs but uses an impressive amount of self-awareness. The documentary places these famous people in an awkward position as a result of an enjoyable trip only to evoke laughter.
It put forward some genuine questions. Can psychedelics have a powerful role in treating depression?
Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator
Bikram Choudhury examines the dramatic rise and fall of the controversial founder of hot yoga, Choudhury immediately developed and built a global fitness empire that furnished him with extreme wealth. He took the ownership of inventing a series of 26 asanas and two breathing exercises.
Each lie, uncovered, but none more so than the answer to a fundamental question: Did he actually ‘create’ the routine that came to be known as Bikram yoga?
Numerous sexual abuse allegations emerged by the 2010s and Choudhury’s unorthodox teaching style became front-page news. Directed by Academy Award-winner Eva Orner and produced by Sarah Anthony a Netflix original documentary, brings light on the stories of the women who took him down and explored the contradiction of how this healing discipline could simultaneously help and hurt so many.
This documentary is driven by the testimonies of Sarah Baughn and Larissa Andersen — two of the six women who stepped forward with accounts of being assaulted or raped by Choudhury.
Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened
Netflix gives a closer look at the Fyre Festival Scam of 2017. Fyre unpacks the disastrous outcome of luxurious concert experience in the Bahamas. It was an event which was co-founded by Ja Rule and entrepreneur Billy McFarland. It was soon revealed that it was a scam which left numerous investors defrauded and others stranded in an island 1000 miles away from their homes.
The reality of the arriving guest wasn’t as promised. The documentary ranked up 20 million household views. It is to the film’s credit that this aspect of the story is highlighted. The Fyre Festival site was constructed mostly by local labour, most of whom are still unpaid. There is emptiness in this culture.
But behind its slick thrills, Fyre burns with surprising insight. Indeed, the festival revealed the worst tendencies of millennial culture.
Spelling the Dream
The documentary is about Indian- Americans who have been major finalists or winners of the spell bee competition. The documentary starts before the 2019 competition which had a tie with eight competitors, all of whom were Indian-American. Directed by Sam Rega, it is a 90-minute journey with the Spell Bee contenders quite similar to Scripps’ Oscar-nominated Spellbound. Raga touches upon the same concept but with a different perspective.
The documentary brings out the story of each family, especially the immigrants who have moved to America in search of jobs and how their kids managed to have a knack for spell bee. It brings out certain conditions which help Indians excel in this field. Rega portrays the challenges kids and parents face in the process of training them for the Spell Bee competition. Kids before the age of 14 are eligible to participate. Each child has a different learning process, and within that process, they not only learn new words but to accept failure too.
Before we take you to our top 1 pick, a docu-series which deserves a special mention.
One of the best documentaries in recent times maintains the war of drugs, targeting people of colour and America’s trouble with racism. The title is named after the 13th amendment of the United States Constitution. The act had apparently outlawed slavery. However, Ava Duvernay, the director of 13th, found a loophole. The documentary brings out the ugly truth how the loophole still contributes to racism even today. The documentary is both an examination of cruel distortion of law and a passionate call to end its negative impact on black lives.
It was nominated for awards and remained one of the 21st century’s must see documentaries. It was released earlier on Netflix but has ranked top 10 picks in June 2020, since the #blacklivesmatter movement. In the entire documentary, Duvernay interviews journalists, activists, lawyers and politicians about why the system is the way it is even today.
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