Fancy a series that dissects a subject in depth to change your ideas during confinement? Here are 10 exciting, fascinating, breathtaking or upsetting documentary series available on Netflix.
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MAKING A MURDERER (2015)
For ten years, Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos have been interested in the incredible story of Steven Avery, hunted down and harassed by the American justice system: cleared by a DNA test after having unjustly spent eighteen years behind bars and while he fights to denounce the police corruption of which he was the victim, Steven Avery is accused and condemned for the murder of Teresa Halbach while he continues to proclaim his innocence. Avery’s nephew, Brendan Dassey, was also charged and imprisoned on the basis of forced confessions. Making a Murderer is an absolutely insane documentary series, which shows in an edifying way the corruption of the police and the American judicial system. The episodes are linked almost irrepressibly and the two seasons devour each other as the characters are endearing for some, fascinating for others, and the incredible succession of events.
NOVEMBER 13: FLUCTUAT NEC MERGITUR (2018)
Directed by Gédéon and Jules Naudet with great intelligence and real restraint, this three-part series gives a voice to people who experienced the attacks of November 13, 2015. Following the chronology of the attacks, he shares the testimonies of those whom the drama affected: survivors, firefighters, police, members of the government. This gives November 13: Fluctuat Nec Megtur – in reference to the currency of Paris – a completely moving documentary, but which, even if it makes us cry a lot and immerses us with great intensity in this evening of horror, remains bright and contains a real note of hope.
On October 16, 1984, the little Grégory Villemin, 4 years old, was found dead feet and fists tied in Vologne, in the Vosges. It is the beginning of a judicial saga which will experience many twists and turns and mark the whole of France, without the killer (s) of little Grégory being never identified. A raven, family secrets that turn to hatred, an infernal gear where legal wanderings fuel rumor, and where media madness will go so far as to push Jean-Marie Villemin to assassinate Bernard Laroche, suspected of the murder of Grégory. Gilles Marchand’s documentary, full of references to Clouzot and rich in numerous archives and unpublished testimonies, sheds new light on the case, which remains one of the most intriguing news items of the last forty years.
TIGER KING – TO THE KINGDOM OF THE BIG (2020)
The success of this astonishing documentary series is due to its myriad of characters all more striking than the others, zoo owners crazy about “big cats”, tigers, lions and other big cats which they breed like pets. by working with American ethics and law. At the head of this flock of madmen, Joe Exotic, country singer in his spare time and hero of his own life, and ready to do anything to destroy his rival, Carole Baskin, whom he accuses of having made disappear her first husband – including sponsoring his assassination. Although the seven episodes of Tiger King drag a bit long, the series reserves some rare moments of television thanks to certain completely surreal scenes.
FORMULA 1: DRIVERS OF THEIR DESTINY (2019)
No need to be addicted to Formula 1 to get passionate about this documentary series. Formula 1: drivers of their destiny offers rare and privileged access behind the scenes of this sport of exceptional intensity. The first season traces the events of the 2018 championship, focusing on drivers, leaders of the smallest teams and F1 leaders. Season 2 is centered on the 2019 championship, and each episode is devoted to a stable and one or two Grand Prix, the rights having been unlocked in the meantime to access the highest ranked teams. And it’s captivating.
OUR PLANET (2019)
The eight episodes of the first season of the spectacular documentary series Our planet explore the world, its breathtaking landscapes and the animal life that populates it, at the rate of one theme per episode, pointing to the capital importance of the oceans and forests and deploring the harmful consequences of human activity, overexploitation and global warming on nature. Difficult not to be caught in the throat and not to question our destructive way of life by noting that these treasures which the planet abounds in are destined to disappear if we do not change anything …
THE KEEPERS (2017)
The Keepers begins with a news story: the murder, in 1969, of a nun who taught English and the theater in a high school in Baltimore. Very quickly, the documentary series takes on a whole new dimension when the poignant testimonies of former students of Cathy Cesnik come to highlight the sexual abuse perpetrated for years by the priest director of the school, Father Joseph Maskell, on his students. The unresolved assassination of the nun, who threatened to reveal these crimes, would it not have been sponsored by the church with the aim of stifling the scandal? A startling investigation, often chilling and sometimes bordering on unbearable, which could make it very hard for you to fall asleep.
Greg Whiteley, who directed the documentary series Last Chance U, who was interested in the daily life of American football teams playing at university, returns with Cheer, who this time follows the intensive preparation of one of the best teams National University Cheerleaders, based in the small town of Texas. For several months, these students, athletes of very high level, bluffing with devotion and passionate about their discipline, train under the guidance of the very demanding Monica Aldama, who coaches them with severity in the hope of landing a new title of champion at the season’s largest national competition, held annually in Daytona, Florida. The least we can say is that the series shows that far from the stereotypes of the cheerleaders, these young people are above all great athletes.
WILD WILD COUNTRY (2018)
Netflix is not outdone when it comes to telling crazy stories. Wild Wild Country follows in the footsteps of these incredible but true tales and tells of the installation of an Indian guru, Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh – today known as Osho -, and his thousands of hippie disciples in a conservative village of Oregon, in the United States, in the 1980s. The establishment of the sect immediately provoked anger from the locals and triggered a real noise at the national level. The six episodes of this documentary mini-series attest to an impressive work of archives, which could lose some spectators on the way, but the case is crazy enough to keep us in suspense and take us to the end of the journey.
THE MOVIES THAT MADE US (2019)
Spin-off of the documentary series The Toys That Made Us, where the creators of the most famous toy franchises have been talking about the rise of their masterpieces for three seasons, The Movies That Made Us gives voice to those who have allowed the most emblematic of Hollywood films to see the light of day. On the program for the first season: Dirty Dancing, Mom, I missed the plane, Ghostbusters and Crystal trap. A nostalgic concentration of anecdotes on these “generational” films which marked our cinephilia, which should delight all nostalgic spectators of the 1980s and the early 1990s.