12 Documentaries to Make You Think

A newly defined word sonder is the realization that everyone has a life as involved and full as your own. But so often we become so wrapped up in our own lives we forget this. Brought together here is a collection of documentaries to make you stop and experience the rest of the world.

1. On the Way to School

Many of us live in parts of the world that we never consider the danger in activities as simple as the walk to school. This film follows children on three different continents through their daily trek to receive an education. Miles upon miles of hiking, dangerous animals, and the unwavering love and loyalty of siblings make up the stories that unfold through this documentary. Be reminded what some would give up, others will do anything to have.

2. Jiro Dreams of Sushi

It is said that it takes 10000 hours to become a master. This is a glimpse into a man and his son’s life long dedication to their chosen profession. What effects does this have on their lives? Are you willing to put forth the effort to become a master of something?

3. TEDTalks

TEDTalks maybe one of the most amazing series to have been created in the last decade. Having been organized by Netflix into 28 collections by topic from food to varying fields of science to music and society there is a TEDTalk for everyone to enjoy.

4. Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Throwing away that plastic bottle does not mean it just disappears. While major reform has happened to improve how we dispose of trash and to make recycling programs more accessible in many parts of the world, it is not the case everywhere. Many times that trash ends up in a waterway and eventually makes its way to the ocean. This is an eye opening look at just where that trash is ending up.

5. Alive Inside: The Story of Music and Memory

For a long time it has been said that music affects us in ways we do not understand. This documentary takes a look into the exploration of how music can lead us back to ourselves. At times tear wrenching this heartfelt documentary gives us hope that in the future we will not so easily lose our loved ones to Alzheimer’s disease.

6. Terms and Conditions May Apply

How many times do you just click accept without reading a word? Just throwing away your privacy without a second thought so you can access content. What information are we freely giving consent for corporations to use and access? What are they doing with it? Sit back and take a good look before you click again.

7. Life in a Day

Over seven billion people live on this planet currently. How often do we stop to think about them? This is simply glimpses into people lives, all the on the same day. Enjoy the wonder that everyone is living as complex a life as you are. Most of us will get through to tomorrow, some of us will die and some new ones will join. Simply put, it’s amazing.

8. SuperMassive Black Holes

One of the most incredible things to exist in the universe is black holes. We have so little understanding of what they are and how they exist that we find them absolutely fascinating. Have the leading scientists in the field explain what we do know, while being amazed that we exist alongside them in this immense space.

9. To Be Takei

George Takei has led a prominent life using his popularity as an actor to bring attention to various social issues. He inspires us to do more within our own lives and communities because “It’s Okay To Be Takei!”

10. Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

Women around the world face a huge range of oppressions from being denied the ability to receive an education to lacking being in control of their own bodies. Many female celebrities have taken it upon themselves to use their positions to improve the welfare of women globally and this documentary follows some of their efforts in ten different countries.

11. Bottled Life

Water is life and Nestle uses it to turn a profit in total disregard to the impact they have on the environment, economies and people. This Swiss made film takes a hard look at the company that controls more than half the world’s supply of bottled water.

12. The Other One: The Long Strange Trip of Bob Weir

When one thinks of the Grateful Dead thoughts immediately turn to Jerry Garcia, this documentary is about the other one. The rhythm guitar that was always there to support Jerry’s lead guitar. Follow Bob Weir’s journey from a sixteen year old kid through the amazing rollercoaster that is his musical career.

About The Author Rachel Anderson

Rachel Anderson joined the Netflix NZ Fan site soon after it's launch in 2015 and has been busy writing reviews and recommendations of her favourite shows on Netflix ever since. Her current favourite shows are Love, Flaked and Master of None.

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