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Best documentaries to watch on Netflix for the socially conscious

Vaibhavi | OTTplay

Vaibhavi | OTTplay
May 12, 2021

Documentaries could be a good escape when you are finished watching all your movies and webseries. But let's get this straight, some of the documentaries available on OTT platforms are entertaining, enlightening and gripping too.

Netflix has a great set of documentaries that will keep you glued to your screens for hours at stretch.

Here are some socially-conscious documentaries you can binge-watch on Netflix

1
The Social Dilemma
7.2OTTplay Rating
The Social Dilemma is a thought-provoking docu-drama that mixes investigation, documentary and narrative drama to showcase the dangerous impact of social media addiction. Consisting interviews with tech experts who ring the alarms on their own creations, this documentary will make you question your own social media presence. Educating the viewers on how big tech companies manipulate users to enhance their addiction, this documentary is a must-watch to learn more about the adverse impact of social media.
2
The Great Hack
7.3OTTplay Rating
This 2019 documentary probes the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal and how the social media giant used personal data generated by its user. One of the most realistic documentaries of the time, The Great Hack deep dives into the world of data that has become the most essential resource today and explores ways of data manipulation to target users. This documentary will definitely leave you speechless and force you to question things.
3
Period. End of Sentence.
7.7OTTplay Rating
Winner of the Academy Award for Best Documentary (short subject) follows the journey of women in a rural area outside of Delhi as they turn away from taboos about their own menstruation and start working for a social cause. The film showcases the journey of young girls setting up a mini-business of selling pads. The documentary is not just realistic but also thought-provoking, making you conscious of the realities of several women.
4
13th
8.7OTTplay Rating
The Oscar-nominated film by Ava Duvernay deals with the vilification of African-Americans and the prison problem in the US. The documentary dissects the horrific racial inequality embedded in the history of America and how the 13th Amendment led to the mass incarceration of black Americans into prisons. This intense documentary is powerful and exasperating, making you look at Americans from an oppressed perspective.
5
Knock Down the House
6.8OTTplay Rating
This documentary encompasses the journey of four first-time congressional candidates during the ground-breaking 2018 Congressional race when 117 women won elections across the US. The behind-the-scene reality of an election campaign including the tears, the support, the struggles and the failures shown in this documentary will give you the strength to believe in yourself. Giving you a perspective on the new age politics, the documentary will make you root for women.
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