Some Of The Most Eye-Opening Documentaries On Netflix Right Now

December 4, 2020 By Jessica Garcia

Before technology made its way to people’s daily lives, it was very difficult to attain information on different topics if one didn’t have access to a library card or a college education. Luckily, that’s all changed. Whether it’s through a podcast, a video on YouTube, or a show on Netflix, all types of information can be quickly consumed nowadays. This includes information on topics such as global warming, economics, politics, social issues, and racism. 

If you want to learn more about social issues, inequality, and racism, here’s some Netflix content you can check out. 

Instead of sitting in a three hour lecture hall, you can now get quick breakdowns of different topics in the Netflix series Explained.

In this episode, US senator Cory Booker, author Mehrsa Baradaran, and other experts discuss how slavery and years of discrimination have led to the current racial wealth gap that exists. 

For a deeper look at the criminalization of Black people in America, check out the documentary 13th

The beginning of this provocative documentary opens with a statistic delivered by Barack Obama in which he states, “The United States is home to 5% of the population, but 25% of the world’s prisoners.” Shocking, right? To learn more about this, check out the full documentary here

If the documentary 13th doesn’t provoke you enough, Netflix series When They See Us definitely will. 

Based on the true story of the “Central Park Five”, this heartbreaking series will take you through the lives of five innocent teenage boys who were falsely accused of a crime they did not commit. 

To watch the entire series, go here

Also based on real life events is the film Fruitvale Station

This film revolves around the shooting of 22-year-old Oscar Grant, who was killed by a BART officer in Oakland, California in 2009. To watch the full movie, go here

To learn about just a fraction, but a very powerful fraction of the civil rights movement, you’ll have to watch the film Loving

Based on real life events, this 2016 film tells you the story of Mildred and Richard Loving. It was this young couple’s interracial marriage that led to a U.S. Supreme Court in 1963. To learn more about the Loving v. Virginia court case and how this young couple left a mark on history, check out the full movie here

For more on the civil rights movement, you’ll definitely have to add the documentary Who Killed Malcolm X? to your Netflix list.  

Led by historian, activist, and journalist Abdur-Rahman Muhammad, this investigative documentary gives you a closer look at the killing of civil rights leader Malcolm X. To follow the investigation, watch the full series here

Another way you can teach yourself about racism and inequality is through some good old satire. Comedy drama series Dear White People will give you just that. 

Created by writer, producer, and director Justin Simien, Dear White People takes you through the journey of a group of Black students who attend a predominately white Ivy League college. To watch the entire series, go here

Hope this Netflix list teaches you something new about racism and inequality that you’ve probably never thought of before. Let us know which one of these Netflix series, documentaries, or films you learned from the most. 

Now with all of the technology and access to information that we have, there’s no excuse not to educate yourself on social issues that impact families, communities, and the world around us. So if you have other recommendations, drop them in the comments below and lets get to learning.