11 Must Stream Documentaries on Netflix!

14 Oct

I wouldn’t say top 10, but they are definitely worth watching.  In no particular order — they are all good and you won’t be disappointed! Enjoy! There’s a part 2 to this list here!

1. Waste Land

Renowned artist Vik Muniz embarks on one of the most inspired collaborations of his career, joining creative forces with Brazilian catadores — garbage pickers… more

2. Please Vote For Me
Though China’s government is Communist, the third grade election for the prestigious position of Class Monitor at the Evergreen Primary School in Wuhan is being decided by a democratic vote… more

3. I Think We’re Alone Now

This documentary focuses on two individuals obsessed with 1980s pop star Tiffany: Jeff, a 50-year-old man with Asperger’s syndrome, and Kelly, an “intersexual” who claims to have had an inspirational… more

4. I Like Killing Flies

In this quirky documentary, filmmaker Matt Mahurin peers into Shopsin’s, a hole-in-the-wall Greenwich Village restaurant that’s been dutifully serving comfort food to satisfied customers for more than… more

5. Pressure Cooker

Three Philadelphia high school students negotiate the challenges of the inner city and the demands of their tough-minded culinary arts teacher, Wilma Stephenson, to become contenders in a citywide… more

6. Kings of Pastry

Acclaimed documentarians D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus venture inside the deliciously cutthroat Meilleur Ouvrier de France, the legendary French pastry competition, to capture this fascinating… more

7. The Parking Lot Movie

Over the course of three years, filmmaker Meghan Eckman tracked the comings and goings of a solitary parking lot in Charlottesville, Va., chronicling the lives of the attendants who were working… more

8. Last Train Home

Documentarian Lixin Fan follows a couple who, like 130 million other Chinese peasants, left their rural village for work in the city, leaving their children to be raised by grandparents. The husband… more

9. Mad Hot Ballroom

Ballroom dancing goes from lame to cool for a group of New York City students in this insightful documentary, which follows a group of 11-year-olds as they learn to dance old-school styles including… more

10. Picture Me

Go behind the scenes and experience both the glamour and the darker side of the high fashion industry as filmmaker Ole Schell documents girlfriend Sara Ziff’s rise to international model status in… more

11. Exit Through The Gift Shop

Amateur filmmaker Thierry Guetta’s project to chronicle the underground world of street art takes a fascinating twist when he meets Banksy, an elusive British stencil artist, in this Independent… more

5 Responses to “11 Must Stream Documentaries on Netflix!”

  1. Talton Figgins October 14, 2011 at 11:45 am #

    Also, check out Objectified. http://www.objectifiedfilm.com/

  2. Shelley Lai October 14, 2011 at 12:07 pm #

    Seen that, good one as well! I’ll probably have more lists to follow because I know there’s quite a few more great docs that didn’t get listed.


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