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Top 10 Documentaries on Netflix

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Published June 22nd 2016
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1. Blackfish (2013)

IMDB: 8.1/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 98%

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This documentary shows the life of Tilikum, a bull orca that lives in captivity at Seaworld Orlando. It follows the orca from his capture from the wild (in 1983) right through to his life at Seaworld. With interviews from former Seaworld trainers and witnesses, and a comparison of bull orcas in captivity to those in the wild, this important film shows the full story of Tilikum and the consequences (sometimes deadly) of keeping whales in captivity.

2. Making a Murderer (2015)

IMDB: 8.9/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 97%

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You might remember Making a Murderer from the way it seemed to take over our social media feeds on release. If you haven't seen it already, Making a Murderer is a 10 episode docu-series that follows the life of Steven Avery, through 18 years of jail time for a crime he didn't commit and the prosecution period of a new crime. Throughout the series you will be questioning the evidence and the motives of all involved while trying to determine for yourself if Steven Avery is guilty or wrongly convicted.

3. You Laugh but it's True (2011)

IMDB: 7.4/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 84%

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You may recognise Trevor Noah as the current host of the American late night show "The Daily Show". You Laugh but it's True gives us an insight into Trevor Noah's life, including growing up mixed race in South Africa during the racially-segregated apartheid, and trying to make it as a comedian in a mostly white industry. With snippets of his stand up comedy this film will have you both laughing and emotional at the same time.

4. Chelsea Does (2016)

IMDB: 7.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 79%

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Chelsea Does is a 4 Episode Netflix original show that takes a comedic approach to real issues. Chelsea Handler takes us on a journey as she travels to destinations relevant to each topic and gets opinions from her friends, family, and psychologist. Each episode has a different focus (marriage, racism, silicon valley, and drugs).

5. The Hunting Ground (2015)

IMDB: 7.4/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 93%

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The Hunting Ground is an investigation into sexual assault on college campuses in America and the way college administration handles the claims. Several men and women are interviewed about their experiences of the topic and how their claims were handled (or sometimes ignored) by their colleges.

6. Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret (2014)

IMDB: 8.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 90%

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Cowspiracy explores the environmental impact of animal agriculture and investigates the policies (or lack of) that environmental organisations, such as Greenpeace, have on the issue. A new cut of this documentary was made by Netflix with Leonardo DiCaprio as an executive producer.

7. The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (2007)

IMDB: 8.2/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 97%

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Almost everyone would know about the 1980's arcade game "Donkey Kong". This documentary follows the rivalry between Steve Wiebe and Billy Mitchell, as Steve attempts to take the world high score in Donkey Kong from Billy. It is a surprisingly dramatic journey, with many unexpected twists and turns. Thoroughly entertaining stuff.

8. The True Cost (2015)

IMDB: 7.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 63

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The True Cost explores the relatively new phenomenon of 'fast fashion'; the mass-marketing of cheap, disposable clothing. Andrew Morgan, the director, was inspired to make this film following the topple of a garment factory in Bangladesh which killed over a thousand workers. This film is sure to make one rethink and question the way we increasingly consume low-priced goods.

9. Living on One Dollar (2013)

IMDB: 7.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 75%

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Have you ever wondered what living on $1 a day would be like? Four young men traveled to rural Guatemala to find out just that. The answer: it is immensely difficult. They lived in a village for two months and documented their entire experience of battling hunger, and even parasites. Grueling, yet ultimately uplifting.

10. Cane Toads: The Conquest (2010)

IMDB: 7.1/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 88%

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Introduced in 1935 to eradicate the cane beetles that were devastating sugar cane crops in Queensland, cane toads are widely considered to be one of Australia's biggest environmental disasters. In this film, scientists and farmers give testimonies about the cane toad infestation, and what it has done to the rural Australian landscape. A kind-of "horror" documentary about the bizarre consequences that occur when humans meddle with nature.
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