By Sara Da Silva
Finishing university and moving back home could only mean one thing: Netflix. I’ve been on a bit of a documentary binge recently and there are some truly great documentaries on Netflix. So, here’s a list of a few of my personal favourites.
This documentary, which was dairected by Gabriela Cowperthwaite, focuses on the captivity of orca whales in SeaWorld. More specifically, it looks at Tilikum, an orca who was involved in the deaths of three individuals. This eye-opening documentary gives us a behind the scenes look into the awful conditions that the whales face in captivity. After watching this documentary you will never want to visit SeaWorld who, of course, completely denied all allegations made against them. You might even be inspired.
Yaniv “Nev” Schulman, who you probably know from the MTV show Catfish, was involved in his very own catfishing. Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman directed this documentary, which followed Nev’s online relationship with Megan. They later discover that Megan wasn’t who she appeared to be. I won’t give you too many spoilers because this is something you’d want to watch for yourself. There have been critics who have claimed that Catfish is a fake documentary as they question why the filmmakers would obsessively document a seemingly ordinary online relationship. Despite all these allegations, the documentary is still very interesting, so much so that MTV gave them their very own television show.
This documentary will most likely break your heart and leave you angry at the world. You have been warned. It follows the story of Shane Bitney Crone and his same-sex partner, Thomas Lee Bridegroom, who died following an accident. After Bridegroom’s death, Crone was deprived of any legal protection and even threatened and ordered not to attend the funeral. The documentary provides an intense look into the on-going debate over the legal rights of same-sex couples. While this documentary might leave you filled with overwhelming emotion, it’s something that needs to be shared.
4. Craiglist Joe
In order to get over the heartbreak felt while watching Bridegroom, why not watch Craiglist Joe. It is very uplifting and shows the good side to humanity, an aspect that is seldom found in documentaries. Let me first say that that he’s braver than I’ll ever be. This documentary follows Joseph Garner’s travels across the United States as he relies completely on the kindness of strangers on Craigslist. With only a laptop, a cell phone, a toothbrush and the clothes on his back, Garner embarked on a potentially stupid, but nonetheless bold, adventure.
So sit back, avoid all the things that need doing, and go watch some Netflix. The possibilities are endless.