The best Netflix documentaries right now

Nothing novel is revealed if it is claimed that the documentaries they have experienced a boom and bust time. This partly has to do directly with the increase in the use of plataformas OTT (Over The Top) by the world public (and Mexican), since it is easier for anyone to access these contents on a single audiovisual transmission platform on demand (streaming), which generates stimuli for the documentary maker who will strive to bring his worldviews closer to audiences of all kinds.

In the end, in a supply and demand circle, it is not surprising that of the platforms with the largest share in the Mexican market (according to IFT data), YouTube (80%) and Netflix (35%), are full of all kinds of documentary content.

So much has been the success of these documentales de Netflix, that this type of productions in streaming who strive to show a credible and truthful version of reality, have achieved nominations in important film celebrations such as the Oscars 2021.

For the Latin American public, the Oscars 2021 left a bitter taste in the mouth, as the emotional Netflix documentary “Agent Mole“by Maite Alberti and Marcela Santibáñez (Chile), was not consecrated with the statuette at the end of the night. However, the award did remain in another of the productions of the year of that streaming platform.

The Netflix documentaryMy Octopus Teacher“from Pippa Elrich and James Reed (South Africa) won the award. And without detracting from the work done in that entertaining documentary, the offer that is available on the platform is not only vast, but also appeals to such a diversity of tastes. great that you can hire the service just with the idea of ​​seeing documentaries, devour the catalog week by week and not end up satiated, but jaded. Not all are good, but the vast majority do their job.

It is precisely for that reason that it becomes difficult to decide what documentales de Netflix watch. Especially if one of the reasons is to have something to say without looking like a fool on a bohemian afternoon spiced up with wine, a cheese board and in the company of other snobs. Therefore, here you can see the 5 suggestions of documentales de Netflix to enjoy any day.

5 Netflix Documentary Tips

1. “A full-blown revolution” (Period. End of sentence) by Rayka Zehtabchi (India) 25 min.

This is a short film documental de Netflix of 2018, winner of the Oscar that year. The accolade aside, it’s about menstruation in rural India. With certainty it can be said that if in Western countries with more “open” societies, menstruation is still wrapped in secrecy, shame, mystery and taboo, but in the Asian country, the female period implies prejudice and isolation. The documentary It is very clear when stating that, despite the fact that women do have access to hygiene products, the culture of these regions makes the purchase of sanitary napkins complicated, so the story is told of how they approach an alternative. It is worth reviewing this content the same week that Mexico approves (barely) suppressing the VAT on menstrual hygiene products.

2. “The three deaths of Marisela Escobedo” by Carlos Pérez Osorio (Mexico) 1h 49 min.

Almost 10 years after the death of Marisela escobedo (2010), murdered with complete impunity outside the headquarters of the State Executive Power of Chihuahua (one of the entities with the most cases of femicides), the documental de Netflix takes a testimonial tour of the struggle, as well as the claims of justice demanded for more than two years by Marisela, when her 16-year-old daughter was murdered (2008) in Ciudad Juárez. The culprit, according to investigations by the mother, was the son-in-law. After being acquitted at the conclusion of an untidy judicial process and without time to mourn the death of her daughter, Marisela, along with other mothers of murdered or disappeared women, undertook the task of confronting the authorities, until the day of her murder. This heartbreaking story, told after extensive journalistic investigation, is an unmissable example of the need for justice that is demanded in our country.

3. “How to Become a Tyrant” by Jonah Bekhor and Jonas Bell Pasht (United States) 6 episodes.

This is a series documental de Netflix released as a global product in 2021. During the 6 episodes, the content makes an analysis from a satirical point of view on how the main dictators in the history of humanity managed to amass and concentrate a great amount of power. Taken together, the episodes form a set of rules or manual that any individual must follow if they wish to abuse their nationals from a tyrannical dictatorship. Using biographical segments of the life and career to power of Adolf Hitler, Josef Stalin, Saddam Hussein, Idi Amin, Kim II Sung and Muammar Gaddafi the filmmakers show the most important aspects of the context necessary for anyone to become a tyrant. The voiceover is that of Peter Dinklage, a British actor who played “Tyrion Lannister” in the HBO series “Game of Thrones”.

4. “Private Network Who killed Manuel Buendía?” from Manuel Alcalá (Mexico) 1h 40min.

On May 30, 1984, the journalist Manuel Buendia was assassinated without that after more than 37 years there is certainty or all those involved in the case have been prosecuted. Above all, of the intellectual authors. With the narration of the actor Daniel Giménez Cacho, Buendía’s column tells the story, “Private network”, In which he repeatedly followed cases of abuse of can, drug trafficking, as well as the intervention of the US Intelligence Agency on Mexican soil, the CIA, until the day of the murder of the communicator. In addition, it follows up on the case in Mexican society at that time, both in the media and with the stories of the main political figures and other renowned journalists thanks to interviews. East documental de Netflix (2021), which is not the audiovisual substitution of the unmissable book by Miguel Ángel Granados Chapa (Buendía: The first murder of the narcopolitical woman in Mexico), it gives us a glimpse of the past, but above all to dark times in our country.

5. “As flat as an encephalogram (Behind the curve)” by Daniel J. Clark (United States) 1h 36min.

Given the growing global community of people who “believe” that the earth is flat and that all “efforts” to show it in the collective culture as a sphere is part of a “conspiratorial” effort to keep the world’s society deceived, this documental de Netflix (2018) is given the task of bringing the most “influential” opinion leaders on the scene to this “current” of “thinking” from curiosity and without the prejudices associated with them in digital media. Yet in a shrewd show of balance, the documentary maker makes known the opinion of specialists and scientists who explain, from the perspective of the philosophy of science, why there are so many people communing with the idea “flat earth”And that it is orbited by the sun and the moon. Without being a content that apologizes for this supposed “revelation” of “conspiracy”, Seeks to show that it is only a collective hallucination, even if there are attempts to show otherwise.

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