7 Mind-Expanding Documentaries to Watch on Netflix

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Yes, Netflix is wonderful for mindless zone-out time, but it’s also a tool for learning. Discover seven documentaries worth your attention, below.

Cooked
Told through the lens of the four natural elements – fire, water, air, and earth – Cooked is a compelling look at how raw ingredients are transformed into food. From the history of food preparation to the evolution of what it actually means in communities around the world, this Netflix documentary takes viewers into the heart of the kitchen with acclaimed food writer Michael Pollan.

Chef’s Table
Also on the culinary front is Chef’s Table, an intimate look at the lives and kitchens of six of the world’s most renowned international chefs. Each episode offers potent visuals and tells the captivating story of the chefs and their culinary journeys, memories, and artistic passions as they create their own signature dishes. Season 2 of Chef’s Table is scheduled to premiere regionally on Friday, May 27th, so it’s the perfect time to start watching.

Life
Taking a closer look at creatures that live in various ecosystems and habitats, Life reveals some of the most unusual yet mind-altering behaviors that animals and plants adopt in order to survive on our ever-evolving planet. From the makers of Planet Earth, this series was filmed over four years – on every continent of the globe – and features crystal-clear visuals.

Sinatra – All or Nothing at All
Told in his own words from archived interviews, this four-hour documentary explores legendary singer Frank Sinatra’s extravagant life, music, and career. Weaving together music, images, and commentary from close cohorts, the film’s narrative is shaped by Sinatra’s song choices for the famous and rarely seen footage of his 1971 “Retirement Concert” in Los Angeles.

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Planet Earth
Narrated by Sir David Attenborough, this breathtaking documentary series features the natural wonders of our world with incredible high-definition footage of jungles, oceans, caves, mountaintops, polar ice caps, and vast deserts and plains.

Zeitgeist the Movie
The first in a three-part documentary, Zeitgeist the Movie presents a number of conspiracy theories about the 9/11 attacks and the Federal Reserve Bank, among others.

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What Happened, Miss Simone?
Opening this year’s Sundance Film Festival, What Happened, Miss Simone is a biopic and tribute to the remarkable American singer, pianist, and civil rights activist. The film reveals never-before-heard recordings and rare archival footage of the “High Priestess of Soul” and a glimpse into the ups and downs of Miss Simone’s world.

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