Can I just add some nice things to your to-binge list? Last night, my sister recommended watching Social Dilemma. While I wait for inspiration to come so I can finally get to it, I would like to share some insightful documentaries that I have previously watched on YouTube and Netflix, for you know, times when you just cannot decide what to click on.
I have to start with a nature documentary, right? The Wonderful World of the Woods explores the life of the German forest across four seasons. Stunning.
Originally aired in German as Geheimnisse den Waldes (it was as if the sky opened when I understood it in German), the English narration is personable and makes you invest in the unfolding magic and mystery of this gorgeous forest.
Highly recommend this free full-length documentary on YouTube for nights when you want to relax and feel safe and secure in the way only nature can provide.
Did you know there is more than chocolate and rich people in Switzerland? In fact, its unique nature is far more valuable. Its landscape is so unique and surprisingly elemental. The vistas and animals are breathtaking, and I mean that literally, not in a travel magazine buzzword way. The next time you feel lockdown fatigue, watch this documentary on YouTube and let wonder take over the claustrophobia.
The vegan elite athletes featured on this documentary are unreal. I have so much respect for their hard work and lifestyle choices. Go watch The Game Changers if you are a sports fan and curious about a plant-based diet.
Obviously, this Netflix documentary is biased towards plant-based diet so use your own judgment. The science it presented is correct but it is not complete. There is also no point in demonizing any food or lifestyle since this rarely brings about sustainable change. Still, informative and fascinating to watch!
It takes zero effort to ignore the fact that too much sugar and salt is bad for our body. But when we see brain cells devouring itself as a response to our poor diet choices, then we start to pay attention.
This DW documentary did an excellent job in communicating its science – simple, accessible, and relatable. Even the smartest documentaries can fall short on that.
I particularly loved its discussion on how our diet choices affect our mental health and the genes we pass to children. I feel it is important to watch We are What We Eat because it gives us an option and helps us to make an informed decision.
David Chang is not Anthony Bourdain but his zeal and curiosity are infinitely entertaining. I came for the food but stayed for the rich exploration of the psyche of his celebrity guests. It was a pleasant surprise, how insightful the episodes were, both the fun and deep ones.
My favorite is the finale: Phnom Penh with Kate McKinnon. I appreciate how it provided a glimpse of the main challenge of the modern man, this truth haunting our core that we often dismiss, or are uncomfortable talking about. I found beauty in the struggle, I suppose, because this is our unexamined lives reflected back at us, well, in between delicious spoonfuls of curry and pho.
I am so interested on your thoughts, if you watch or have watched these documentaries on YouTube or Netflix, or if you have recommendations for the best documentaries I could watch some time, too. Thank you!