4 inspiring documentaries to watch on Netflix right now

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I don’t know about you all, but the recent spate of natural disasters has rattled me to my core. I watched from afar as Houston slipped underwater and as the island where I honeymooned just last year has been ravaged again and again by Cat 5 hurricanes.

In my own city, various wildfires sunk the sky in Seattle this summer. Instead of our usual blue abyss, we had an awful, pinkish ceiling through which the sun looked like a tiny, dim “on” button. Some people had trouble breathing. Some people likened it to densely-polluted cities, which was sobering. It was surreal and terrible and suffocating.

So I feel that now, more than ever, we need inspiration — a reason to believe and imagine and deepen our understanding. I’m sharing five inspiring things that I’ve watched recently that I can’t stop talking about. 🙂

No. 1: Abstract: The Art of Design

I can’t say enough good things about this Netflix series. Each episode delves into the creative process of a specific artist and they range from architects to illustrators to various types of designers. It’s incredibly entertaining and immersive and beautiful.Screen Shot 2017-09-18 at 8.58.04 PM

No. 2: Monkey Planet

This BBC Series is super fascinating — even enlightening! After we watched the first episode, we were grateful that this wasn’t a one-off documentary but a series that could take its time with exploring the various types of primates, their habitats, cultures, familial relationships.

Screen Shot 2017-09-18 at 8.59.27 PMThe succulent-eating Sifaka Lemurs fly from limb to limb in Madagascar … and it’s pretty uplifting:

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No. 3: Watermark

I am so, so happy to see this on Netflix! We saw this documentary at an art film house in Philly about three years ago … and it’s absolutely incredible. As POV Magazine writes: “Positively, this new documentary shows water as a cleansing source, a place of astonishing power, a spiritual force, and as the essence of the human body. By contrast, Watermark harshly reminds us of the pollution that is destroying water, how huge dams are harnessing its power while also destroying natural resources and communities—and perhaps most devastatingly, how water is a harbinger of what can happen to a worldwide industrial system that is creating climate change.”

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4. Sky Ladder

The premise of this documentary immediately intrigued me — a pyrotechnic artist with an ambitious new project?! Cai Guo-Qiang’s art (both pyrotechnic and not) is controversial and bold. When his barge of explosives paints the sky before a big gallery opening, it’s both beautiful and dirty and sort of makes the sky look like the atmosphere on Mars.

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