5 Movies on Netflix that will teach you more about the world

There is so much going on in the world sometimes it feels like you are only getting a taste of what all the issues are. That’s why we found five great documentaries (that you can watch on Netflix right now!) that delve deeper into just a few of these global issues.

So grab some popcorn and spend your next movie night watching one (or all 5!) of these documentaries that are sure to teach you more about the world.

1) Babies


This documentary follows four newborn babies from four different parts of the world through their first year of life. From Mongolia to Namibia, Tokyo to San Francisco, you’ll get to follow each baby through major milestones such as talking, walking, and playing and see how these transitions are different around the world.

You will see various parenting styles at work as well the difference in what families have access to depending on where they live. By the end of the documentary, you will see less of what separates us and more of what brings us all together. Plus who doesn’t want to look at cute babies for 80 minutes!

2) Blue Planet II


A sequel to 2001’s The Blue Planet, this 8 episode series has David Attenborough taking us back to the world’s oceans getting up close to the rare and unusual creatures of the water. The latest technology allows cameras to get even closer to the action, catching some amazing moments in nature, as well as documenting the problems our oceans face.

If you are a keen environmentalist, love animals or just want to learn more about oceans, this series will enthrall you with its beautiful, detailed and up-close shots and some surprising action that will have you on the edge of your seat. You will also learn a bit more about how the animal world has been impacted by things such as climate change and what that means for humankind as well.

3) Jane 


This film tells the story of an early Jane Goodall and her research, it focuses on her groundbreaking field work, her relationship with her husband and the chimpanzees that were the subject of her lifelong studies. It consists of footage from her first trip to Tanzania that was thought to be lost—at the time no previous study of chimpanzees existed—making the work she undertook with such passion so groundbreaking. 

Jane’s researched changed the way we see the world. This film will not only give you a glimpse into her amazing discoveries but the hurdles she faced as a young woman in her research. Seeing how hard she works to prove herself is bound to inspire you to do whatever you can to make a difference, big or small.

4) Feminists: What Were They Thinking?


In 1977, a book of photographs captured women during a time of awakening. Feminists: What Were They Thinking? revisits those photos, those women and those times, offering very candid interviews with women like Jane Fonda, Gloria Steinem, Lily Tomlin and Judy Chicago and tackling topics ranging from sexuality, motherhood, race, abortion, femininity and more.

Be prepared for an emotional roller coaster ride from start to finish, from pride to sadness to anger. It is a reminder of what it took to get the world to the level of equality we are at now and how far we still have to go. You will be inspired to keep fighting and keep marching for the women who have fought in the past, women today and the generations to come.

5) Sustainable 


Sustainable follows a year in the life of American farmers in Illinois who are determined to create a sustainable future in their farming community. It also weaves in expert analysis of America’s food and farming system, revealing some hard truths about environmental protection and sustainability.

It follows the farming process through each season and the challenges that farmers face against industrial food production companies. You will learn more about the impact of processed chemicals on the environment and how it will affect future growth and what the labels on your food are really saying.


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