Good documentaries on Netflix

I considered naming this post the 10 most powerful documentaries on Netflix but I decided against it because let’s face it: all documentaries are powerful in their own way, at least for me they are.

It was tough narrowing them down to the ones that really hit home, but I love these docu-films because they alter my views. There are times when I become self-involved or I think a certain way, whether it be right or wrong and in order to challenge my mindset, views and keep my soul compassionate. I try to entertain my intellect beyond my comfort levels. Documentaries may not always give you the warmest of feelings, but that’s not what they are made for. I watch them to find out more about how others live and to learn about the realities of the world.

So here are my top documentaries on Netflix (UK):

Living on one dollar

I watched this with my sister and we both loved it. It’s about a group of college boys who are studying International Development. They figure the best way to understand their vocation is to go and live it. They set off to Peña Blanca, a village in rural Guatemala. They spend 56 days living on a dollar a day, and less. They work, they meet their neighbours, they teach the local kids English and Spanish, they get sick, but like everyone else in town they ride on. The stories of this neighbourhood make it a heart-warming watch. This documentary has made me stop complaining about everything I used to complain about.

This is a beautiful initiative and anyone wishing to make a donation to the people of this village if you are feeling generous you can do so here: 

 She-Wolves – England’s Early Queens

This had an indication of badass-ary to it. Although I’m not a huge fan of some of the earlier Queens, there’s no denying, they ruled, pun intended.  Historian, Dr Helen Castor takes us on a journey back to identify how these women challenged the power of their male counterparts. If you are a fan of Royal history and women power, you’ll find this interesting.  It’s not a one-part film but a series of episodes, so you can duck in and out of the different Queens’ stories.

On The Way to School

My mum tells me stories of how far she had to walk to school when she was a child and she didn’t have shoes or sandals, so when she walked she’d get grazes and stones and all sorts stuck to her skin. I watched this documentary because it sounded familiar. It’s beautifully captured, with scenes of the Schoolkids’ journeys in Morocco, Patagonia, Kenya and India to name a few. It will warm your heart, these kids are so used to their journey and way of life; they don’t view it as difficult, just necessary.

Prescription Thugs

I commend anyone who challenges big Pharmacy because most times pills are really not the answer. It is relativity U.S based but it’s a good insight into how addictive prescription drugs can be, so are doctors so different to back-alley drug pushers? Watch it to find out.

The Hunting Ground

Sometimes I come across college-kid posts on Instagram and I’ll read the most disturbing comments, you wouldn’t believe how many times a guy has out-right said, I’d rape her – I’d block those accounts, even if I don’t have anything to do with them. This documentary, again U.S based, shows how some of the larger college institutions hide sexual assault incidences that happen on their campuses and fail to ‘deal’ with or combat them in a humane manner. The students tell how they have now become anti-rape activists after finding out that boys have admitted what they’ve done and still they get shown little to no consequence.


If global warming is happening now, what is the biggest contribution to it? This documentary reveals that factory farming and the meat industry is a big part of the problem: “At least one acre of rainforest is cleared every second and the leading cause is to graze animals and grow their food crops. That is essentially an entire football field cleared every”. It’s not just a film about cows, it’s a film about how humans shape the environment. By making a few simple changes to our diets we can change the outcome of our planet. I say simple because when you think about it, it truly is. And if you are a fan of Leo DiCaprio, you’ll be happy to know, he is a big supporter of this doc.


I don’t visit the zoo, or any kind of aquarium anymore because it simply breaks my heart to see caged animals, so this one really hit home. This documentary exposes the reality of SeaWorld. It is about a lonesome and over time, emotional killer whale, Tilikum. Tilikum was taken away from his family when he was aged 2 and because of this isolation and anger, he has often lashed out and the result of this has been horrifying. Blackfish shows the consequences of holding/keeping intelligent, yet obscure creatures captive.


I personally think everyone should watch this, just to understand how to can let happiness flow. This documentary asks the question:  what is the meaning of happy and how do people live it? It amazes me that a father from the slums is just as happy as the average American, or that someone who had their face torn apart in an accident was courageous enough to go on and fight her battle. Honestly and truly it goes to show you don’t have to be rich or perfect to be happy, you just have to be.

Bill Cunningham New York

I para-quote Man Repelller here: an interest in fashion does not take away from intellect. Bill Cunningham is a lifelong fashion photographer who was relatively obsessed with taking snaps of the way people dress. No-one knew who this 85 plus photographer was for a long time but they fell in love his eccentric charm, you can see why when you watch him. No excuse for not doing what you love when this guy was still doing it in his eighties.

India’s Daughter

If you have the heart and courage, one documentary I would dare you to watch is India’s Daughter – the story is harrowing; about the most brutal rape the world has known of. You have to be quite resilient to watch the full 57 minutes, but it’s a serious issue, not just in India, but all around the world that still needs addressing. The more people that stand up to this behaviour, the better our girls will be for it.

Do you recommend any other documentaries? Let me know in the comments.

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