It’s no secret that I love to watch movies, but it might surprise you to find out that my favorite genre is actually documentaries. I don’t know exactly what it is, but knowing that a film is featuring the actual people it is based on send chills down my spine. When I was younger, I enjoyed watching True Life. Watching people tell their truths and discovering different paths of life intrigued me to no end. All throughout high school I enjoyed (and still enjoy) watching the Investigation Discovery channel. The ID channel has a full lineup of crime documentaries in the form of TV series, such as A Crime to Remember, Deadly Women, and more. Of course, I started Oxygen’s Snapped and loved their Snapped Sundays. Nowadays, I love to watch documentaries about pretty much everything. The thing I love about documentaries is that they tell true stories. Even if it is a teeny bit biased, it’s still a story that I can look into afterward, do my own research, and form my own opinion on.
The Seven Five
Running Time: 1 hour & 43 minutes
I first watched this documentary last summer during a road trip to Kentucky. The Seven Five (also known as Precinct Seven Five) is about corrupt New York City cops in the 1980s and features interviews from both the cops and gang members that they were working with. I love that this documentary was about a topic that doesn’t get much coverage, especially in the mainstream media. The Seven Five was released in 2014 and centers around the wrongdoings of Mike Dowd, a former police officer known for protecting drug cartels, intimidating their rivals, and accepting money from them. This corrupt behavior also spread to his partners and many other officers in his precinct and NYC. You can find this documentary on Netflix and look out for the feature film adaptation of this documentary, which is currently in pre-production.
Girls Incarcerated: Young & Locked Up
I’m sure that you’ve passed a prison documentary or two while scrolling through Netflix or have even watched Orange is the New Black, but this docu-series is unique because each of the inmates are girls under the age of 18. Also, the girls in the Madison Juvenile Correctional Facility aren’t known as inmates, they’re known as students. The staff of this facility treats it as if it is a school because they feel as though the girls will respond better to that type of environment. This Netflix original features several girls living in the facility as they balance academics, relationships with each other (both platonic and romantic) and family, and bettering their lives. You can watch all eight episodes on Netflix!
The Keepers is a documentary series that I also watched last summer. I made the mistake of watching the early hours of the morning and scared myself. The documentary follows the disappearance and murder of teacher and nun Sister Catherine Cesnik. Taking place in Baltimore, Maryland, this murder mystery uncovers the hard truths of what was going on behind closed doors at the all-girls Archbishop Keough High School. The investigation is led by former students after they began discussing how they confided in Sister Cathy about their experiences. You can check out all seven episodes on Netflix!
I found out about this documentary on Twitter and I was soooo excited about it that I instantly added it to my list on Netflix and started the first episode. I love music, even though I’ve never exactly had the talent for it. One word that I would use to describe this series is inspiring. I use inspiring because as a content creator it was inspiring to see successful artists creating and promoting their content. Rapture features rappers Logic, Nas, Dave East, A Boogie wit da Hoodie, G-Eazy, T.I., Rapsody, 2Chainz, and producer Just Blaze. I loved getting a behind the scenes look at how a few of my favorite artists make their music and how they plan to dominate the music industry and other industries. I also loved that it humanizes our musical idols. I also advise watching every episode, whether you’re a fan of the artist or not because you never know who you could end up connecting with. I really do hope that they continue to make more episodes and if anyone on the team is reading this, please give me an internship/job. Also, I have a few ideas for artists that could be featured in upcoming episodes: Kendrick Lamar, Jay-Z (& maybe even Queen Bey), Lil Kim, Diddy, J. Cole, Nicki Minaj, Mac Miller, Metro Boomin, and Rae Sremmurd. I also suggest making a few of the episodes two hours long. You can watch all eight episodes on Netflix!
Evil Genius: The True Story of America’s Most Diabolical Bank Heist
If you’ve ever seen the film 30 Minutes or Less with Jesse Eisenberg and Aziz Ansari then you’ll already know what case this 4-part documentary is about. The “Pizza Bomber” case is infamous around the country for how bizarre it is. In case you don’t know, in 2003, a pizza delivery man was forced to rob a bank with a bomb attached to his neck. The robbery was successful, however, so was the bomb. Evil Genius follows the heist itself and finding those responsible. I loved watching this documentary because of its wild nature and each of the twists and turns that came with solving the crime. Please take some time out of your day to watch about the Pizza Bomber case that wasn’t completely solved until 2017! You can watch all four episodes on Netflix!
Hot Girls Wanted
Running Time: 1 hour & 24 minutes & 6 episodes
Hot Girls Wanted and Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On are two very interesting documentaries about a very taboo topic: porn. Co-created and co-directed by actress Rashida Jones, Hot Girls Wanted follows several young girls as they work their way into the pornography industry. On the other hand, Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On, the documentary series focuses on how sex and technology have combined. The documentary series covers important topics such as how free Internet porn has affected the industry, dangers in the industry, racism within the industry, the struggles of both men and women in the industry, including more women of color and body sizes in porn, and the violence shown against women in porn. Although this documentary is a little odd, it is much needed because the reality is porn is today’s sex education, especially since most schools aren’t teaching proper sexual education. You can watch both the film and the series on Netflix!
These are just a couple of my favorite documentaries on Netflix and I’m very excited to hear what you think of them! I’m also looking forward to the release of Whitney Houston’s documentary and the documentary about Adnan Syed (a very interesting case about a man wrongfully accused of murder). Keep a lookout for these and take some time to watch the ones above. Let me know what you think about them in the comments!