At times, we need a dose of shock, disenchantment, salvation, redemption, or wrath, and it’s time for watching a political documentary. There are a number of documentaries that can change the way you look at the world. They deal with the harsh realities of human conditions from various places around the globe. Such documentaries will expand the horizons of the viewers by setting them free of their prejudiced misconceptions.
Besides, a good documentary is a gem of a human document which makes us a better person. And during these times of hatred and mistrust, it is very important for us to empathize with fellow human beings. Unlike movies, burning pieces of political documentaries are hard to locate and stream. So, here’s the list of really good political documentaries on Netflix that are available to stream right now.
13. 13th (2016)
Ava DuVernay’s intense portrayal of America’s penal system, ‘13th‘ is an in-depth investigation story. The documentary puts the U.S. prison system under scanner and upturns some of the unpleasant pages of American history books. Named after the 13th amendment, ’13th’ examines the laws and culture from which the inhuman and oppressive system emerged. The investigation leads us to the roots of social inequality and prejudices. With the help of a compilation of different views of scholars, activists and politicians, Ava DuVernay gives the viewers a kaleidoscopic view of criminalization of African American identity. The documentary also scrutinizes the facts and figures behind the so-called phenomenon, ‘prison boom.’ ‘13th’ is a heartfelt tribute to the never-ending struggle of people against inequalities.
12. Fire at Sea (2016)
Gianfranco Rosi put forwards one of the haunting challenges of human civilization: illegal migration. ‘Fire at Sea’ presents its deeply humanistic tale as two timelines. In the first, we see the daily chores of the locals in a small Sicilian village on the island of Lampedusa. And, in the next, we travel with the refugees fleeing government forces of militias from African nations burning with political unrest. But the sea never seems generous to the hapless migrants as most of the immigrants struggle with their lives in dilapidated and overloaded boats. ‘Fire at Sea’ points a finger at the decision makers situated at thousands of miles away. Instead of delivering a ready-made answer to the multidimensional issue, the documentary shows how the actions of politicians cause devastating effects on the world’s most hopeless people.