While it’s easy to get sucked into the reality television and the same old TV standbys, they often don’t provide you any depth or genuine entertainment. Instead, try a documentary film, which can teach you something, and maybe leave you feeling even a bit inspired. Cozy up and dive in; here are five fantastic documentaries to watch on Netflix right now:
Somm: This documentary lets us into the world of expert sommeliers as they work to pass the ridiculously challenging Master Sommelier Diploma Exam. This program is intensely difficult and with only 200 Master Sommeliers in the world, it can seem daunting, so this documentary focuses on the high stakes world of wine and sommeliers.
Jiro Dreams of Sushi: This film takes place in a sushi bar that seems very unassuming in its location in a Tokyo subway. However, the restaurant has been serving some of the world’s most phenomenal cuts of fish for decades and sometimes has reservations booked for over two years out. The documentary examines how Jiro, who inherited the sushi style as a proprietor of Sukiyabashi Jiro, has dedicated his life to perfecting the art of sushi making.
Fed Up: This is an expose on the sugar industry and how greed and power are ruining any chance for us to outlive our parents. It dives deep into government lobbying and how sugar is going to kill us all.
Man on Wire: Talk about a daredevil. This film dives into the story behind an eccentric Frenchman, Philippe Petit who decides to illegally walk a tightrope between the two World Trade Towers in New York in the 1970s. More than just surviving the actual feet, it dives into what made Philippe a man with an unquenchable need for risk taking. This is definitely one of the most riveting documentaries on Netflix right now.
Good Ol’ Freda: At just 17-years old, Freda Kelly was hired as the secretary for The Beatles. For over ten years after she managed the four famous singers and in this film discusses what made them tick. This is a great film for anyone who is a fan of The Beatles, rock and roll culture, and the music industry.
Other fantastic documentaries that can be found on Netflix right now include The Waiting Room, Cutie and Boxer, Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, 20 Feet From Stardom, and Hoop Dreams.
Have you seen any great documentaries lately?