It can be so easy to get trapped in the Netflix cycle of binge watching Gossip Girl or Breaking Bad but really, it just gets boring- and as much as you kid yourself that Making a Murderer is totally educational, in reality there’s a whole other world out there full of stimulating documentaries.
Words: Susannah Keogh
1. Cowspiracy: The Sustainable Secret
Shocking and moving, Girlhood looks at the lives of two adolescent girls in the US juvenile justice system, but it’s so much more than just another troubled teens type documentary. Shanae, who stabbed her friend to death and Megan both have difficult backgrounds, which the film explores, but much of it is dedicated to the trials and tribulations that form part of normal adolescence. For those millennials interested in criminal justice, it’s an eye opening watch.
3. The Hunting Ground
4. That Sugar Film
Ok, so this film inspired me, a diehard sugar fiend, to give up the white stuff. Yeah, I lasted a grand total of three days, but the withdrawal alone was pretty horrendous, and I was truly shocked by how addictive sugar really is. For the documentaries’ experiment, Damon Gameau goes back on sugar, having been successfully sugar free- but there’s a difference.
He isn’t scoffing chocolate bars or pints of Ben and Jerry’s, he’s eating foods purported to be ‘healthy.’ The results are pretty horrendous, and might just shock you into not believing all the ‘low fat’ fads out there.