Netflix has covered some controversial subject matters that has often been neglected by the big boys in the industries – what a beautiful way to look into the real senses of the world. With Netflix Originals, it has brought compelling and thoughtful documentaries to a wider group of audiences. Entertainment is just a click away now!
The countdown of the top Netflix Originals documentaries begins now.
5 Best Netflix Documentaries Original
What Happened, Miss Simone?
Liz Garbus may present himself supporting an argument that it was her mental health was what made Nina Simone a genius, not the causes around her. But the scenes in the documentary betray this, and you may never know if Garbus ever believed in it. What Happened, Miss Simone is a compelling documentary where the actor speaks for herself through the interviews she has given and her diary and performances in various shows. There are moments where different aspects of Simone’s career have been neglected for representing her downfall which seem straight and predictable, but the documentary itself is a marvelous one. Simone, a famous singer in the late 60s, has a powerful tenor and control over her piano. She was later in her matured career, embraced the radical politics rashly, probably the cause of her downfall? She struggled with fame, anger, and politics at times but it did not affect her ability to drive people crazy with her voice. Many people still believe that the answer to What Happened is still unclear in the documentary. But it can be related that the same qualities that escalated her popularity were the primary cause of her downfall. The actual footage of her concert can be seen in the documentary, and it is more than enough for a reason to watch this documentary. Truly one of the best documentaries on Netflix.
This documentary provides accurate insight into the political changes that the Tahrir Square has seen over the years. How the power has shifted from one level of the dictator to another in the making through the revolution has been showcased perfectly through this documentary. The downfall of cynical Hosni Mubarak turned the power to the intolerant Muslim Brotherhood. A new dictator was born in Mohammed Morsi, the new president. The vast mass movement happened for the second time – this time Morsi being ousted. The overhead shots of the mass movement at the peak time were captured very beautifully which shows the swarm of people on all streets all over the city.
The Square takes us to the journey of 3 different peoples who were the part of this history being made. Because the situation is still developing, the documentary becomes more compelling to the viewers.
The Battered Bastards of Baseball
In the 1970s, Kurt Russell halted his acting career for playing baseball professionally in a minor-league team founded by his father Bing, the Portland Mavericks. The Battered Bastards of Baseball is a highly entertaining true story that portrays the glorified history of the Mavericks, a team of ‘rejects and misfits.’ A team which seemed more kind of tailor-made for a sports comedy than reality but to everybody’s surprise, they were a team which chronicled the apex of the success and popularity in the coming days. This documentary is the best of the underdog’s story and can be anyone, not just some sports fan. What adds to the beauty of this documentary? The contemporary interviews that were given by Kurt and other people remembering the glory days of passion and individualism and some wonderfully archived footages. And no surprise, a Hollywood remake is on the way!
The title of the documentary 13th by Ava DuVernay points out the loophole in the 13th Amendment to the American Constitution, which states “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for the crime of which the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States.” 13th is a sweeping documentary which highlights the state of race in America, the imbalance in the way the black people are sentenced based on their crimes as compared to people of white race. Ava creates a masterpiece of illustrious historical synthesis with the incorporation of archival footages and interviews of various activists, politicians, and historians into her heavy-research documentary.
A thriller beautifully filmed in Virunga National Park in Congo, Virunga reflects the story of the struggle between the Park Rangers and various adversaries that include different poachers, goons from the oil company, and Islamic revolutionary army. This documentary can catapult the audience into the struggle of protecting the endangered mountain gorillas from different adversaries mentioned above. This story of protecting the mountain gorillas will break your heart; and at the same time, it will also restore the faith in humanity through the struggle the people face to save the endangered species. The editing is top-notch only matched by the best of Hollywood action movies, Virunga is an intense documentary which also does appreciate the natural beauty of the place.
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