I will start off by saying that I apologise for being quiet on here over the last few months. As like everybody else, there’s not much happening in my life at the moment and definitely not much exciting to blog about! I have, however, been watching some great documentaries and as we are on the final stretch to normality, I thought I’d share them here for some watch-list inspiration for the last little bit we have to stay at home.
These films cover a range of topics, so hopefully there’s something here you haven’t seen but that sounds right up your street! I have obviously included a few environmental themed docs, because I just love them but a couple of the films may be surprising. So sit back and read on to discover my top five documentaries that you can watch on Netflix right now.
1. Seaspiracy (2021)
I am kickstarting with Seaspiracy. I have been really excited about this documentary and have been counting down the days until its release. Seaspiracy came to Netflix yesterday and of course, I had to watch it right away.
Unfortunately the film fell a little flat for me. At times it was hard to know what this documentary was really about, other than telling you not to eat seafood. It jumped around to so many different topics from whaling, to sea birds dying due to plastic consumption to coral reefs bleaching, which are definitely real problems that need to be exposed, but it felt rushed at times and the documentary seemed to be trying to cover too much. I understood what this film was trying to do, but honestly it sometimes felt like a “greatest hits” reel of many of the other documentaries out there such as The Cove (2009), Sharkwater (2006) and Blackfish (2013). Seaspiracy does present some hard-hitting facts, some valuable information and has some great interviewees such as marine biologist Sylvia Earle, founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society Paul Watson and journalist George Monbiot. It certainly starts a much-needed conversation around the fishing industry and how reliable “sustainable” food labels are. I just feel as though there should have been a larger focus on this, without the additional information which is already covered so well in other documentaries.
I’d give Seaspiracy a watch, just to make your own mind up about it and if you haven’t seen any of the previously mentioned documentaries, it would serve as a good first, fleeting look before diving in deeper to the issues touched upon. Overall, it’s a good introduction to some really complex issues.
2. Blackfish (2013)
A must-watch. This thought-provoking documentary focuses on the captivity of orcas in the entertainment industry. This in-depth look is an absolutely essential watch and shows everybody why these magnificent creatures belong only in the wild.
Much of this documentary focuses on the deaths of several trainers, who were killed by orcas in captivity. It takes you through how the orcas are captured, separated from their families, contained in tiny enclosures and how they are treated. Blackfish will make you think twice about visiting dolphinariums and whale shows and really gives you the sad reality behind the “entertainment industry” of captive cetaceans.
Blackfish certainly changed my outlook when I first watched it years ago and gave me an insight that I had perhaps never thought of when I was younger. It also encouraged me to follow the story of the orca named Tilikum very closely, until his death in captivity in 2017. I feel so passionate now against the captivity of dolphins and whales and really believe this industry should be completely defunct.
I implore you to watch Blackfish if you haven’t already, it will change everything.
Worth a watch: Born to be Free (2017)
This investigative film looks at the brutal trade and captivity of beluga whales, who have been captured and sold to the entertainment industry. This film is worth a watch if you have perhaps already seen Blackfish.
3. Behind The Curve (2018)
If you’re looking for something that is quite hard to believe, then look no further than Behind the Curve. This documentary takes you on a trip through the outlandish flat-Earth community that has built up in recent years. A lot of it really needs to be seen to be believed.
I loved this one, but the true nature behind it is saddening. It’s easy to laugh at the amounts of money that has been spent by people in the flat-Earth community to prove the Earth is flat, only to prove that it is in fact, a sphere, but the actual amount of people that believe these conspiracies, and that put time, energy and money into them, is horrifying.
My Letterboxd review from 26th January 2021:
“I thought of lots of witty things I could write for this review, but when it comes down to it, it’s quite sad to see how many people believe these conspiracy theories and some of them brainwashed so young. You really get a sense that they all just want to “belong” and be a part of a community and this is the only way they feel they can do that. I completely agree with what’s said in this film, that to mock the people that believe this only others them more. Horrifying and heartbreaking.”
4. Abducted in Plain Sight (2017)
This documentary is so odd. The story is pretty strange and people who I have recommended this to, text me, astounded, with just how weird it actually is. Without giving away too much, I highly suggest you give it a watch because the whole story is just crazy, disturbing and saddening.
My Letterboxd review from 27th January 2021:
“This has to be one of the strangest cases I’ve ever heard about. It’s just downright bizarre, but so incredibly sad.”
5. David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet (2020)
If we take care of nature, nature will take care of us.
David Attenborough’s witness statement. A heartbreaking, raw look at what we, as a species, have done to our planet and what we’ve destroyed. The countless devastating statistics about the damage we have caused and continue to cause is overwhelming and bleak, but David Attenborough shines a light of hope in the way only he can. We need to change our habits and we need to work together to restore the biodiversity of planet Earth, before it’s far too late. Tragic, upsetting but above all, inspiring.
Hopefully this blog has given you some inspiration in deciding what to watch the next time you’re scrolling through Netflix. I love a good documentary and learning new things is a great way to pass the time during lockdown. If you have any documentary recommendations, please share them! There’s so much to choose from on streaming services, that often really great films go unwatched.
Until next time,
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