Although remaining inside is a good way to protect yourself and others from the coronavirus, and is an important measure to help “flatten the curve” it could lead to a lesser evil: boredom and stir craziness! So what is there to do when you’re sitting at home, bored out of your mind with absolutely nothing to do? – Netflix? Yes! Since we’re stuck at home, let’s make the most of our new reality and dive deep into the reality of documentaries.
The element that most viewers tend to gravitate toward when it comes to documentaries is the essence of real life. Below, are a list of my favourite must-watch Netflix documentary’s that help me beat covid blues.
Bikram: yogi, guru, predator
Filmmaker Eva Orner charts the unsettling life of Bikram Choudhury. The documentary scrutinises the rise and fall of the Indian born American yogi, guru and his plummeting reputation as a Predator. Watch him journey from humble beginnings to building a yoga empire to alleged rapist and sexual harasser.
Jeffree Eipstein: filthy rich
Highlights horror stories from women and underaged girls (at the time) that survived the sex offenders wrath. Jeffree Eipstein used his wealth, power and reputation to carry out his abuses. Filthy rich runs through the infamous financiers mass wealth, lavish and fraudulent lifestyle and well known connection to eminent people like Prince Andrew, Bill Clinton and his partner in crime, Ghislaine Maxwell.
The Great Hack
Explores the ramifications of data company Cambridge Analytica and its role in the 2016 US presidential elections. In the documentary Cambridge Analytica is shown to polarise the subconscious minds of citizens through psyops, violate the privacy and rights of citizens.
Don’t f**k with cats: Hunting an Internet killer
The name says it all. Regular people play the role of sleuths in this docu-series. The story about the sensational case of internet killer Luka Magnotta is brought to light, mentioning gruesome yet ‘what will happen next’ details along with the hunt and long awaited capturing of the gay cat killer. It is laceratingly witty, will keep you on the edge of your seat and leave you wondering- what happened to the kittens and the puppy?
The true story about America’s most diabolical bank heist is about the bizarre and strange murder of Brian wells. The “collar bomb” or “pizza bomber” case is full of twists and turns and portrays a manipulative woman and her ways which all results into the death of an innocent man and shows the helplessness of the federal system which paved the way for a true Evil Genius.
Unabomber: In his own words
Harvard student to one of America’s most famous anarchist Ted Kaczynski famously known as the Unabomber’s opposition against industrialisation and his nationwide bombing campaign is presented in this documentary. It mentions his early life as an academically gifted boy to a man incarcerated in one of America’s toughest federal prisons.
How to Survive a drug scandal
The documentary follows the ripple effects of two state chemists whose faulty drug tests left more than 20,000 defendants in legal limbo. The scandal accentuates the flaws of the work done behind the crime scene and the wrong doings of Sonja Farak and Annie Dookhan. The series also delves into a second, more insidious layer of scandal: the state attorney general office’s efforts to downplay Farak’s liability to past convictions, a slip up in the criminal justice system.