17 Netflix documentaries perfect for winter break

The list you needed, the causes you care about.

Now that you’ve got a bit more time on your hands, check out these worthwhile Netflix binges. 

Handpicked for you by POINT team members (’cause we love ya), complete with ratings. ðŸŽ¥

1. Planet Earth

IMDb 9.5/10; ðŸ… 98%

“Emmy Award-winning, 11 episodes, 5 years in the making, the most expensive nature documentary series ever commissioned by the BBC, and the first to be filmed in high definition.”

2. The White Helmets

IMDb 7.9/10; ðŸ… 85%

“As daily airstrikes pound civilian targets in Syria, a group of indomitable first responders risk their lives to rescue victims from the rubble.”

3. The Square

IMDb 8.1/10; ðŸ… 100%

“The Square is a 2013 Egyptian-American documentary film by Jehane Noujaim, which depicts the ongoing Egyptian Crisis until 2013, starting with the Egyptian Revolution of 2011 at Tahrir Square.[4] The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 86th Academy Awards.[5] It also won three Emmy Awards at the 66th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards, out of four for which it was nominated.”

4. Sharkwater

IMDb 8/10; ðŸ… 79%

“Arguing that sharks are misunderstood as dangerous creatures, biologist Rob Stewart travels to the Galapagos Islands, Costa Rica and other places where the animals can be found. Underwater, he feeds sharks to demonstrate their fundamentally nonviolent nature. With 90 percent of the shark population destroyed by indiscriminate hunting, Stewart joins forces with conservationist Paul Watson to fight poachers who illegally kill the animals for their fins and sell the meat to the Taiwanese Mafia.”

5. Extremis

IMDb 7.4/10; 🍅 78%

“Doctors, patients and families face harrowing end-of-life decisions.”

6. Girl Rising

IMDb 7.2/10; ðŸ… 89%

“Viewers get to know nine unforgettable girls living in the developing world: ordinary girls who confront tremendous challenges and overcome nearly impossible odds to pursue their dreams. Prize-winning authors put the girls’ remarkable stories into words, and renowned actors give them voice.”

7. 13th

IMDb 8.4/10; ðŸ… 97%

“An in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation’s history of racial inequality.”

8. Blackfish

IMDb 8.1/10; ðŸ… 98%

“The story of Tilikum, a captive killer whale that has taken the lives of several people, underscores problems within the sea-park industry, man’s relationship to nature, and how little has been learned about these highly intelligent mammals.”

9. The True Cost

IMDb 7.7/10; ðŸ… 80%

“The True Cost is a documentary film exploring the impact of fashion on people and the planet.”

10. Winter on Fire

IMDb 8.4/10; ðŸ…91%

“A documentary on the unrest in Ukraine during 2013 and 2014, as student demonstrations supporting European integration grew into a violent revolution calling for the resignation of President Viktor F. Yanukovich.”

11. Mitt

IMDb 7/10; ðŸ…81%

“Filmmaker Greg Whiteley chronicles Mitt Romney’s ultimately failed quest to become president of the United States, from Christmas 2006 to his concession speech to President Obama in 2012.”

12. Food, INC. 

IMDb 7.9/10; ðŸ… 96%

Food, Inc. exposes America’s industrialized food system and its effect on our environment, health, economy and workers’ rights. See the incredible film, learn about these issues and take action.”

13. She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry

IMDb 7.7/10; ðŸ…94

“Filmmaker Mary Dore chronicles the events, the movers and the shakers of the feminist movement from 1966 to 1971.”

14. Vito

IMDb 8.3/10; 🍅 89%

“In the aftermath of Stonewall, a newly politicized Vito Russo found his voice as a gay activist and critic of LGBT representation in the media. He went on to write “The Celluloid Closet,” the first book to critique Hollywood’s portrayals of gays on screen. During the AIDS crisis in the 1980s, Vito became a passionate advocate for justice via the newly formed ACT UP, before his death in 1990.”

15. Fed Up

IMDb 7.7/10; ðŸ… 80%

“An examination of America’s obesity epidemic and the food industry’s role in aggravating it.”

16. Cartel Land

IMDb 7.4/10; 🍅 89%

“Filmmaker Matthew Heineman examines the the state of the ongoing drug problem along the U.S.-Mexican border..”

17. Into the Inferno

IMDb 7.3/10; ðŸ… 90%

“Werner Herzog and volcanologist Clive Oppenheimer travel the globe and visit volcanoes in Indonesia, Ethiopia and even North Korea in an attempt to understand man’s relationship with one of nature’s most violent wonders.”

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