When you want to kick back, but still feel productive, watch a documentary. It’s the best of both worlds! For emotional, high-quality documentaries, Netflix is here to save the day.

Sit back, relax, and be ready to expand your mind with the help of Netflix documentaries.
Relax and be ready to expand your mind with the help of Netflix documentaries. Photo by Mollie Sivaram on Unsplash.

Netflix Documentary #1: ‘Homecoming’

Beyoncé Knowles is one of the greatest singers, entertainers and people of all time. Duh. So it was only a matter of time before someone made an iconic documentary about Queen Bee.

Here comes the Bey Hive if you don't watch Bey's Netflix documentary.
Here comes the Bey Hive if you don’t watch Bey’s Netflix documentary. Photo by Damien Tupinier on Unsplash.

Homecoming is a documentary about Beyoncé’s 2018 Coachella concerts. This intimate look at her work ethic makes you appreciate her even more.

To call Beyoncé’s performance life-changing is underselling it. I danced, sang and cried while watching her on stage, even if it was through my computer screen.

There were surprise guests, talented dancers and the best crowds you’ve ever seen. The world still has yet to recover. Ask Twitter.

If you’re not already logging onto Netflix to watch Homecoming, then what are you doing?

Netflix Documentary #2: ’13th’

From filmmaker Ava DuVernay, the documentary 13th tackles the truth of the American justice system’s perpetuation of slavery.

This Netflix documentary discusses the U.S. Prison System and its racial injustices.
This Netflix documentary discusses the U.S. Prison System and its racial injustices. Photo by Emiliano Bar on Unsplash.

13th features interviews from activists, public figures and professors on how racial injustice fuels the U.S. prison system. Right away, we learn that 1/4th of the world’s incarcerations are in the United States.

13th also explores how and why America keeps their prison numbers high. DuVernay’s filmmaking sheds light on the injustices black and brown people face in America.

Since it’s 2016 release, this documentary holds critical acclaim.

13th and DuVernay’s other works are essential viewing. DuVernay also stunned audiences with her Netflix series, When They See Us. After you finish 13th, binge When They See Us. You won’t be able to look away.

Netflix Documentary #3: ‘Tell Me Who I Am’

Like the previous recommendations, Tell Me Who I Am is unforgettable. This documentary tells the heartbreaking story of twin brothers, Alex and Marcus Lewis.

They focus this Netflix documentary on the lives of twin boys after one of them lost his memory.
This Netflix documentary focuses on the lives of twin boys after one of them lost his memory. Photo by Fallon Michael on Unsplash.

Alex lost his memory in a motorcycle accident when he was 18. To spare Alex the truth, Marcus doesn’t tell him about their abusive childhood. Instead, Marcus tells Alex pleasant, yet false stories.

But, fourteen years after the accident, their mother dies. Her death unlocks part of the brothers’ past. Unfortunately, that’s not where their story ends.

When the documentary is being filmed, the brothers are 54-years-old. On camera, Marcus is ready to tell Alex everything.

It’s been almost a year since I’ve seen Tell Me Who I Am, and I still remember how I felt watching it. It’s a gut-wrenching documentary.


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