You’ve probably found yourself watching a little more TV than usual in 2020. While rewatching your go-to show or binging the newest drama series is fun, diving into a good documentary that will stimulate your mind and really make you think is even better. Being informed and aware of issues within our society is essential if you want to consider yourself “woke.” Here are some documentaries, all available on Netflix, that will keep you informed on some of the biggest social issues of today:
If you’re an Orange Is the New Black fan, Laverne Cox’s Disclosure is a must-see. The Netflix original documentary covers the misrepresentation of the trans community in the media industry. Dating back all the way to 1914, trans people have been present in film but rarely in a positive light. This doc shows how proper representation is important not only as a way for others to learn but as a way for young trans people to see themselves reflected in the movies and shows they watch.
Get Me Roger Stone
This political documentary details the inner workings of the Trump 2016 campaign that successfully landed Trump in the White House. Roger Stone, a prominent political figure since his aid in Nixon’s 1968 campaign, explains how the eye-catching, nearly theatrical actions of Trump were not a mear coincidence, but instead a part of the plan. If you’re looking for a behind-the-scenes look at the world of political campaigning, this is the doc for you.
This riveting doc assesses the history of imprisonment in the United States and how systemic the disproportional number of Black Americans in prison really is. 13th examines the true impact of the passing of the 13th Amendment (abolishing slavery and involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime) and how it led to the prison industrial complex of today.
Climate change is an issue that affects all of us and the damage is soon to be irreversible. In fact, humans are responsible for 100% of global warming since 1950 according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Cowspiracy reveals just how much water waste occurs in animal agriculture and explores alternatives that could help save the planet. You’ll be shocked to know that it requires 660 gallons of water to produce one McDonald’s hamburger.