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7 Amazing Netflix Documentaries For You To Watch In Bed This Evening

By katedemolder

December 20, 2016 at 12:10am


Midweek slump got you down? Look no further than Netflix to sort your weary head out. 

For those of you who want to chill out to a good watch, but also want to learn something along the way, we've got just the thing for you. 

Look at this lovely list of deadly documentaries.

1. How To Survive A Plague

A New York journalist who has covered the AIDS epidemic for 30 years, first-time filmmaker David France has created both a superbly researched record of the fight for a viable treatment protocol and an intimate portrait of the personalities leading the charge. 

A deeply interesting story of human rights, unbridled resilience and heart-wrenching despair, How to Survive A Plague is a tale of survival, and a powerful tribute to those who gave their lives in order to potentially save others. 

2. Jiro Dreams Of Sushi

Jiro Dreams of Sushi is about one of the greatest masters of the culinary world, someone casual foodies have probably never even heard of. 

The film is about 85-year-old sushi master, Jiro Ono, his renowned Tokyo restaurant, and his relationship with his son and eventual heir, Yoshikazu. 

Beautifully filmed, this film is a documentary about three men who have devoted their lives to the pursuit of perfection. 

3. Paris Is Burning

Delving into the subculture of fierce, catwalk-styled posing and the clubs in which it thrived, Jennie Livingston depicts the less-than-glamorous realities of life as a drag queen before RuPaul was mainstream. This documentary deals gender issues, sexual identity, race and utter hatred. 

Perhaps surprisingly, Paris Is Burning is a joyous affair, and a fabulous celebration of what it means 'to be real'. Think Madonna's 'voguing' amped up to about a thousand.

4. Exit Through The Gift Shop

When renowned graffiti artist Banksy took the camera away from Thierry Guetta, the man shooting his biopic, and decided that the subject would become the documentarian, an incomparably zany (and very, very funny) documentary was born.

5. Food Inc.

Food Inc. gives us an unflattering look inside America's corporate controlled food industry. 

The film concludes by claiming the entirety of our food industry is inhumane, and economically and environmentally unsustainable. 

Be prepared to change your eating habits pretty drastically after watching this one... 

6. Virunga 

From director Orlando von Einsiedel and executive producer Leonardo DiCaprio, Virunga is the incredible true story of a group of brave people risking their lives to build a better future in a part of Africa that the world's forgotten and a gripping exposé of the realities of life in the Congo.

7. Man On Wire

Man On Wire is a look at tightrope walker Philippe Petit's astonishing, but illegal, high-wire routine performed between New York City's World Trade Centre's twin towers in 1974. 

Some consider it "the artistic crime of the century'', others look upon it as purely idiotic, while more still find it incredibly inspiring.

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