Thursday, October 5, 2017

Blogtober 5 - My Favorite Documentaries on Netflix

I love watching documentaries and Netflix is a great source for good, interesting documentaries. After watching many, many documentaries I have compiled this list of 5 of my favorite documentaries on Netflix.

The Keepers

*trigger warning: sexual assault, rape*
The Keepers is a Netflix original 7 part documentary about the unsolved murder of a Baltimore nun, Sister Catherine Cesnik. The documentary follows 2 of Sister Catherine Cesnik's former students who investigate her unsolved murder and discover years' worth of sexual abuse covered up by the archdiocese of Baltimore. It's an incredible story that is very riveting and disturbing, but one that I think deserves to be told. The abuse is told from the victims' point of view and they participate willingly in the documentary and also talk about their recovery.

Minimalism: A Documentary

I know minimalism is a bit of a trend at the moment, but it's one that I like. This documentary explores how others have adopted a minimalist lifestyle and what it means for them. It's a good introduction if you're interested in minimalism.


This is a fun and interesting look at how statistics can reveal interesting things about humans and cultural phenomenon. It's based on the book and covers 5 topics from it, including how statistics revealed corruption in the sport of sumo wrestling and why real estate agents get better prices when selling their own homes.

Living on One Dollar

Living on One Dollar follows 4 college age guys who decide to put what they're studying at college into action and go to a small rural village in Guatemala and live on $1 a day for a summer. It's a great documentary that shows the struggles of living in extreme poverty, as well as the humanity of the people.


This is a really interesting and informative look at how the 13th amendment outlawed slavery in the United States, but not forced labor as a legal punishment. It goes through US history since the 1860s to show how the way to oppress African-Americans moved from slavery to imprisonment. 

Do you like documentaries? What's your favorite? Let me know in the comments!