Last Updated on March 5, 2019.
Whether it’s acquiring knowledge about a new religion, learning new facts about a momentous event, looking into the lives of a successful capitalist or a monstrous serial killer, real-life docs are on a rise in the modern era. Especially, with streaming giants like Netflix producing more content than ever before, we’re fortunate enough to chill on the couch and watch every bit on-screen rather than spending hours reading a book. So, we’ve made up your mind to go-through, curate and select some of the best real-life documentaries Netflix had to offer in terms of quality and content. Here are the results!
Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes
Created by Joe Berlinger, Conversations with a Killer gives you an in-depth look inside the mind of Ted Bundy, America’s most charming and notorious serial killer of the 1970s. Bundy went on to rape, torture and murder 30+ victims and successfully broke out of two prisons in his entire lifetime. And the four-part documentary series analyses the dark inhumane character of a law-school graduate who postured a sweet, loving and a friendly facade in front of others even at his darkest times. A must watch!
Wild Wild Country
On the fascinating side of things, Wild Wild Country is a testament of how easily people can be blindsided and persuaded to do bad things. Revolving around the popular Indian guru, Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh (Osho), who built an entire empire of followers of different ethnicities was deemed controversial and deranged for his thoughts concerning socialism, communism and anarchism. Bhagwan Rajneesh and his one-time assistant, Ma Anand Sheela were also involved in quite a few legal endangerments and so forth and this six-episode utterly spellbinding docu-series covers it all. Watch it if you haven’t already cause I’m sure you’re unaware of everything that went down in the late 70s and early 80s.
Abducted in Plain Sight
Stupidity can fool you once or maybe twice, but, imagine the same thing happening over and over and over again. Abducted in Plain Sight, recounts the anomalous kidnappings of an Idaho teenager named Jan Broberg Felt by her neighbour and goes into detail of how a married man trapped an entire family with lies, deceit, blackmail and charm for a considerable amount of time. This entire 91-minute docu-film will make you go “Wait a minute! How did that happen?” or “How did this family find a way to fall inside the same trap once again?” It’s mind-boggling, and at the same time you can’t help but feel sorry for this normal fun, loving family who have witnessed the worst days of their lives in the 70s.
Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened
On the not-so-sorry side of things, Fyre Festival is a classic example of a modern-day fraud and perfectly exemplifies of what’s wrong with today’s social media influencer culture. Marketed and advertised as the Greatest Party of the Decade, Fyre is a disaster, a debacle from the beginning till the end. Everything you imagine could go wrong went wrong, and it also provides you with a tip-top lecture of how not to organise a gigantic event when multiple big-name celebrities were involved. It is tough to laugh and make fun of people who worked day and night on this project, but, this film will remain as an observation and displays how ignorance, recklessness and non-understanding of the situation can direct you to make blunders.
Making a Murderer
Acclaimed as one of the best documentaries in recent years, Making a Murderer, is an inspiration behind quite a few Netflix shows like Wild Wild Country and even mockumentaries like American Vandal. The series follows the unfortunate journey of Steven Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey, both convicted and behind-bars for a crime they didn’t ‘allegedly’ commit. They’re only a handful of shows which make me emotional and Making a Murderer successfully overawed me by making me feel about these real-life human beings and the anguish that they had to go through every day restricted in a secluded world. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, this is the best thing on Netflix right now, and if you’re one of those ‘binge-watchers’ who hasn’t had the chance to check it out, please do immediately.