The lockdown has been extended and if you are running out of things to do, here are 10 recommendations for docu-series you must watch!
The series focuses on the small but deeply interconnected society of big cat conservationists like Carole Baskin, owner of Big Cat Rescue, and collectors such as Joe Exotic, whom Baskin accuses of abusing and exploiting wild animals. The series also focuses on the little-known, deeply interconnected society of big cat conservationists and collectors in America, exploring the private zoos and sanctuaries they’ve set up for these unusual and deadly pets. The characters are the most interesting and will keep you hooked onto the series.
2. Wild Wild Country
Wild Wild Country is a Netflix documentary series about the Indian guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh (Osho) who has his ashram in Pune now, his one-time personal assistant Ma Anand Sheela, and their community of followers in the Rajneeshpuram community located in Wasco County, Oregon.
3. Conversations with A Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes
The series chronologically traces Bundy’s life, crimes, arrests, his escapes and death in detail. Archival footage, police evidence, personal photos, and Stephen Michaud’s 1980 death row interviews are all present in the series. People related to the Bundy case include surviving victims, witnesses, his family, and former friends, along with officers, officials, and journalists. A look into the mind of a devious psychopath.
Amy is a 2015 British documentary film about the life and death of British singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse. The film was directed by Asif Kapadia. The film covers Winehouse’s life and her struggle with substance abuse, both before and after her career blossomed, and which eventually caused her death.
5. Gaga: Five Foot Two
“Unfiltered, behind-the-scenes access” to a year in the life of Lady Gaga, during which they cover the production and release of her fifth studio album, Joanne. Many events are covered including her experiences with her entourage, her encounters with fans and her struggle with chronic pain caused by the onset of fibromyalgia.
6. Band of Brothers
The series dramatizes the history of “Easy” Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, of the 101st Airborne Division, from jump training in the United States through its participation in major actions in Europe, up until Japan’s capitulation and the end of World War II. One of the highest-rated TV series, it was produced by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg post their hiatus with Saving Private Ryan. Some of the men were recorded in contemporary interviews, which viewers see as preludes to several episodes, with the men’s real identities revealed in the finale.
7. Wild Karnataka
The film was narrated by Sir David Attenborough with theme music composed by Grammy-winning composer and music-producer, Ricky Kej. Wild Karnataka displays the varied habitats and species across Karnataka. The film is story-driven. Subjects include tigers and elephants, along with lesser-known species like the Lion-tailed Macaque, Hornbills, amphibians and reptiles. Wild Karnataka was the first film in India to be narrated by Sir David Attenborough. The documentary took about 4 years to produce from more than 400 hours of footage.
8. Free Solo
The film devotes some time to documenting its own production process, with director Jimmy Chin and his camera crew (all experienced climbers themselves) discussing the challenge of not endangering climber Alex Honnold by distracting him or pressuring him to attempt the climb at all. According to director Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, this was solved with a lot of practice. To record sound from Honnold, who was often too far from the cameras to use a wireless microphone, a special recording device was devised that was carried by Honnold inside his chalk bag.
9. The Great Indian Railways
Nat Geo- Join National Geographic as we journey on one of the world’s largest railways. Since 1853, India’s railway has been a unifying force. Not only did it physically link distant regions, it also connected the myriad of castes, languages, and religions that comprise India. It’s a rich history, riding the sumptuous Palace on Wheels through Rajasthan or the “toy train” to Darjeeling, but sadly, the age of steam is dying. The way the Indian Railways have been showcased will leaving you sighing and wanting to travel soon.
10. Restrepo (Korengal )
The film explores soldiers from Second Platoon, B Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team of the U.S. Army in the Korangal Valley. The 2nd Platoon is depicted defending the outpost named after a platoon medic who was killed earlier in the campaign, PFC Juan Sebastián Restrepo, a Colombian-born naturalized U.S. citizen. The film chronicles the lives of the men from their deployment to the time of their return home and begins with video footage of PFC Restrepo on a train one week prior. The goal of the deployment was to clear the Korengal Valley of insurgency and gain the trust of the local populace. A collection of high octane footage that will answer a lot of questions you have about life.
The lockdown will mostly get over by the time you’re done with all of the documentaries!
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