Netflix Documentaries To Binge During Quarantine
Updated: Apr 20
I know for many of us, the years of mandated school documentaries have left a sour taste in our mouths. I know for years, the memories of monotone voices over dull footage made me think I didn’t like documentaries. That was at least until I found myself bored one day scrolling through Netflix and I thought… Why not? So I thought I would share a few of the films that I have been enjoying lately. These are all nature-based documentaries, but there are many films like this that cover different topics. I have attached the trailers of each film to their titles below.
This is one of my favorite Netflix documentaries because of the cinematography of it. The film focuses on a group of researchers who take the same photos along the Great Barrier Reef. This occurs over the course of many months to show the growing damages of Coral Bleaching. I hadn't heard of this phenomenon before the film, but it struck me how quickly it occurred. The film shows entire ecosystems disappearing due to the bleaching. Creating mass graves where life once coursed through.
This is a movie I would recommend for anyone who is still dipping their toes into documentaries. It features the actor Leonardo DiCaprio as he travels around the world. He listens to groups of people and their struggles with the issue. It also discusses techniques different countries are following to help improve the state of the planet.
This film was a bit emotional, but also very informative on the issues it discusses. The film focuses on trash discarded into the ocean; and how that is harming not only sea life, but human life. The group featured in the film discusses how plastic thrown into the ocean can make its way back into our own food. This is a film I would truly recommend, especially for its educational values.
This film I would recommend for anyone who wants to watch an important but easy movie. The documentary revolves around Dr. Sylvia Earle and her story. While the film does feature many very important topics, Dr. Earle leaves a positive aura. So while this film is educational and speaks on pressing topics; you won’t feel like there is no hope left once the movie ends.
While this movie is no longer on Netflix, I still wanted to mention it for anyone who has an interest. Blackfish is a documentary about the infamous orca, Tilikum. Tilikum was captive for most of his life in SeaWorld, and is rememebered for the death of a SeWorld trainer. The film talks about the psychological damage brought on by his treatment in captivity. It also covers the truth of the SeaWorld incident vs the company's statements. This film does pull at your heartstrings. It discusses the capturing and treatment of captive orcas, and it is a film I truly recommend.
I hope these recommendations help give you something new to watch on Netflix while you're stuck at home. Please let me know how you liked them, and if you have any other recommendations for me!
Hunter J Morgan