Stand Up Magazine looks at the six best documentaries available now on Netflix.
This is one of the best documentaries ever made. America may have gotten rid of slavery, but replaced it with the prison industrial complex. 13th charts how politics and the law have been weaponised to incarcerate people of colour – and how the situation is getting worse.
Blackfish revolutionised conversations around animal welfare and it has arguably been responsible for the continuing downfall of SeaWorld. Blackfish changed the debate about captivity forever and gave greater understanding of what animals experience. This is a must-watch documentary that will make everyone think about how we treat animals.
3) What happened, Miss Simone?
This documentary is a stunning work, capturing just what made Nina Simone such a powerful force of nature. An ardent civil rights activist and incredible singer, this documentary perfectly encapsulates just what made Simone the amazing character she was.
4) The Ivory Game
You don’t have to be an animal activist to know that killing animals in order to steal their tusks for ivory is wrong. But this documentary shows just how vile and disgusting the people involved in ivory trade are. It’s shocking and incredibly sad, but also offers a unique look at how elephants live.
5) Audrie & Daisy
This documentary explores two separate but very similar stories of sexual abuse. These girls didn’t know each other and lived in different areas of America, but both were sexually assaulted by boys they thought were friends while passed out from alcohol. It’s not an easy watch, but it’s a necessary one.
6) Amanda Knox
You may or may not have followed the story of Amanda Knox when she was trialed, convicted and acquitted of murdering an exchange student in Italy. But this documentary takes you through every important moment and will leave you questioning ‘who the fuck murdered Meredith Kercher?’.
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