8 Compelling Documentaries You Can Stream Now

Documentaries are a fantastic way of getting an in-depth look at certain issues, or learning more about an individual or group of people. As humans, these films help us better understand the world around us and the people and animals we share our planet with.

Streaming services have made it simple to watch a variety of shows, movies and documentaries for free or cheap. Services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime have many documentaries you can access immediately. Here are a few worth watching:

“Prostitution Behind the Veil”
Available on Amazon Prime

Director Nahid Persson Sarvestani focuses on the lives of two Iranian women who support their children, themselves and their drug addictions through prostitution. In Iran, prostitution is illegal and adulterers can face the death penalty if found guilty. To avoid breaking the law, the two women participate in temporary marriages with their clients.

“Living on One Dollar”
Available on Netflix

Four friends and filmmakers take a deeper look at what it’s like to live in poverty. Currently, more than one billion people live on one dollar per day or less. The filmmakers get to know individuals who are living in this kind of poverty, while living on one dollar a day themselves for eight weeks.

“Women on Death Row”
Available on Hulu

Out of 3500 convicted prisoners on Death Row, 53 of them are women. In this documentary, the women on Death Row tell their own stories. Through learning more about these women’s lives, the viewer gains a better better understanding of the United States justice system.

“Miss Representation”
Available on Netflix

In Hollywood, studio senior management is 92 percent white and 83 percent male. Miss Representation takes on how women are portrayed in Hollywood and all over American media and considers what kind of impact this representation has on girls, young women and women all around the country. Instead of being encouraged to pursue leadership roles, women are told their worth is in beauty, youth and sexuality. Interviews, statistics and stories highlight how little women are truly represented in American media.

“Anita”
Available on Hulu

In the early ‘90s, law professor Anita Hill accused Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment. Since then, Hill has become a voice for women; her hearings in the Thomas trial have been an inspiration and cause for a deeper look into gender and race politics. In 2013, a documentary was made about Hill and the impact she made in America.

“Do I Sound Gay?”
Available on Netflix

Director David Thorpe asks if there is such a thing as a “gay voice.” The film breaks down how the way a person talks is connected with his or her sexuality. “Do I Sound Gay?” includes insightful interviews and stories and how a person’s voice – especially how others comment on that voice – can affect their own confidence.

“Food, Inc.”
Available on Amazon Prime

This Academy Award-nominated documentary focuses on how food has turned into a corporation that cares more about profit than the product going to its consumer. By industrializing farms, food production has completely changed not just how food gets processed, but also what we put into our bodies. Food, Inc. uncovers the way factory farms harm the environment, as well as abuse animals and their employees.

“Blackfish”
Available on Netflix

There is a reason why SeaWorld has fought so hard against this film. The raw and troubling documentary uncovers the horrible reality captive orcas face every day. The film investigates a number of trainer deaths at SeaWorld over the years, and specifically hones in on captive orca, Tillikum, who caused the deaths of three people at SeaWorld. These violent outbursts are linked to the kind of torture these orcas face in captivity and how psychologically damaging it is for them.

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Jack Y
Jack Y7 months ago

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Jack Y
Jack Y7 months ago

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John J
John J7 months ago

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John J
John J7 months ago

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Jerome S
Jerome S2 years ago

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Jim Ven
Jim V2 years ago

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Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus3 years ago

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Sarah Hill
Sarah Hill3 years ago

What about "America" by Denish DeSousa? That was excellent.

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Leia P.
Leia P.3 years ago

Noted

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Janis K.
Janis K3 years ago

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