This is the weekend to do something more sombre (read sober) I suppose and there is nothing more sober than giving yourself some good 'ol education, to become smarter in life, perhaps? And by that I don't mean go back to your textbooks or pick up a course or something but to watch some really interesting documentaries on Netflix, which will get your IQ flowing like Salman Khan's unbearable ego. Netflix has a plethora of some good documentaries to choose from, so you never have to have a dull weekend, and they're actually quite informative, made from true facts.
So, if you're feeling a little indoor-sy this weekend, then queue some Netflix documentaries and watch them with your fam, bae or just by yourself.
Here's a list of 5 recommended documentaries on Netflix to watch this weekend:(1) Citizenfour
Academy award winner, the documentary was released in 2014 and is a real life thriller about Laura Poitras and Glenn Greenwald's meeting with Edward Snowden in Hong Kong, as he hands over classified documents containing evidence of mass indiscriminate and illegal invasions of privacy by the National Security Agency (NSA), to them. Trust me, after watching this documentary, you'll try and keep away from your phones, e-mails, credit cards, internet browsers and anything that can be used to keep an eye on you!
Watch the trailer here(2) Dark Net
You'll absolutely love this one because it's quite intriguing. Are you aware of the dark net? You thought the internet is limited to what you can browse through, didn't you? There's a world way deeper and darker than that in virtual space and this documentary exposes every nook and cranny of that world. The film talks about the Silk Road case, bit coins and the politics behind it. The dark net supplies drugs and every illegal product under the sun, but is it easy to get into it and unravel the mystery of the netherworld? Find out by watching this series.
Watch the trailer here(3) Wild Wild Country
Yeah, I bet you knew this was going make it to the list! A Netflix original, this documentary is the most shocking one you'll see, if you haven't already. The series is about the controversial guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, also known as Osho and his personal assistant Ma Anand Sheela and their followers in Rajneeshpuram, a community in Oregon, USA. The film revolves around shocking truths form Osho's life, including his involvement in the world's first case of bio-terrorism. Okay, I am not going to say more, lest you curse me for giving the suspense away! Definitely watch this one though.
Watch the trailer here(4) Placebo
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Placebo is an intriguing documentary which brings about the inherent flaws of the Indian education system. It focuses on things that are lesser known, which happen behind closed doors, at prestigious educational institutes of India. The film is based on AIIMS, one of India's leading medical college and Abhay Kumar's (the diretors) tryst with the nuances of education there, when his brother Sahil smashed his right arm on a glass window, damaging a nerve and losing motor control. The whole documentary focuses on the cause and effect of the education system on Sahil and the sad rat race millions of Indian students are a part of, daily. It's scary how much pressure is too much pressure on a young mind.
Watch the trailer here(5) Liberated: The New Sexual Revolution
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This documentary could classify as a light watch, after all that's been mentioned above but for some it could be as heavy. The New Sexual Revolution talks about the 'hook-up' culture in the western world and it follows the lives of American students while on spring break across the country, indulging in casual, rampant *** with other sexually charged millennials. The film focuses on how *** has become callous and readily available anywhere and how normalization of sexual conduct and gender roles have a huge part to play in this 'hook-up revolution'. The goal of the documentary was to show how sexual conduct is passé today and how it's trickling over everywhere. I put this documentary here because there are some nuances of this culture that we see around us today in India and most of us are okay embracing this culture, openly.
Watch the trailer here
So, here are some really intriguing, dark and unsettling documentaries to keep you over the edge of your seat. Indulge in as many as you can and have a great weekend!