Netflix is not just full of entertaining TV shows and movies. It’s also a giant online streaming platform which contains award-winning documentaries you can learn a thing or two from. Take these ones for example:

A Life of Its Own: The Truth About Medical Marijuana (2017)

A documentary by journalist, Helen Kapolos, who aims to clarify misconceptions and disprove myths about marijuana which has been labeled a “demon drug”. This documentary tackles the history of cannabis and brings in experts to talk about the medicinal benefits of marijuana based on scientific studies. It also features personal stories such as cancer patient, Dan Haslam, who became an advocate for marijuana in Australia.

Extremis (2016)

Released at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2016 and nominee for Best Documentary Short Subject at the 2017 Academy Awards. Extremis is a short documentary that deals with a taboo subject in the medical industry, end-of-life care. It’s shot at a hospital in California and features different perspectives from the medical professionals, the patients themselves, and their family members.

Forks Over Knives (2011)

Forks Over Knives is an advocacy documentary directed and written by Lee Fulkerson. It promotes a whole food plant-based diet and warns the public of how the consumption of processed and animal-based foods are linked to numerous health diseases (this includes obesity, health problems, and even cancer).

Icarus (2017)

An engaging watch that won Best Documentary Feature in the Academy Awards and a nominee for BAFTA. Icarus is a documentary by Bryan Fogel (director and co-producer), in collaboration with Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov (Director of an anti-doping laboratory in Russia) which investigates the world of sports and the rampant practice of illegal doping.

My Beautiful, Broken Brain (2014)

A personal documentary directed by Lotje Sodderland (and co-directed by Sophie Robinson) which tells her story as a 34-year-old survivor of a hemorrhagic stroke. Despite the successful surgery though, Sodderland suffers from an impairment which negatively affects her ability to read, write, and speak. In My Beautiful, Broken Brain, she shows her journey as she adapts to her new life.

Rotten (2018)

An American docu-series that dives deep into food production and bravely asks the questions we’re too afraid to ask about the things we eat. Rotten is a real stomach-churner brings to light the threats that lurk in every mass-produced food and a staggering amount of waste this industry produces. It also seeks to uncover the level of corruption that endangers not only the workers but every consumer.

Vegucated (2011)

Directed and written by Marissa Miller Wolfson. Vegucated is an American documentary that follows three cheese-loving and meat-eating locals in New York who agreed to adopt a strictly vegan diet for six whole weeks. It showcases the challenges people face when transitioning to a vegan diet and features the realities of animal farming.

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