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If you’re in the mood to watch something that isn’t the usual Netflix series you’ve been religiously following, how about checking out a documentary that could possibly uplift your spirits and give you a sense of enlightenment. Ahead, we share some of our current Netflix docu obsessions for your viewing pleasure.

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Inspired by the turn of events as the world started going into social isolation due to Covid-19, Italian producer Lorenzo Mieli (The Apartment Pictures), as well as Chilean producers Juan de Dios Larraín and Pablo Larraín (Fabula) dreamed up the ambitious idea of Homemade, a documentary that captures the collective global experiences and stories made during this profound time. The 11-episode ldocu-series brings together artful short films created by international filmmakers, including Hollywood actress, Kristen Stewart.

Abstract: Art & Design

Have you ever wondered what was going on in the minds of the creative geniuses who designed some of the most revolutionary products and artworks that surround us? Well, Abstract: Art & Design answers that question and more. From how the iconic Nike Air Jordans came to be or the extensive work that goes into a concert stage design for the likes of Beyonce from the ground-up, the docu-series puts the spotlight on some of the world’s most highly regarded artists and designers across different practices who share their anecdotal stories about how they got started.

100 Humans

Why does time feel like its flying by when you’re having fun? Are we driven by pain or pleasure? How do we find happiness? If these are some of the questions you’ve been pondering lately, 100 Humans is the docu-series you’ll want to watch. Filmed in a lighthearted manner, the series attempts to understand human behaviours through experiments tested on hundreds of people from all walks of life.

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They say that “dogs are a man’s best friend” and this documentary, Dogs, showcases just that – touching stories of the strong bond and unconditional love shared between owners and their beloved pets.

Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things

Many of us think of minimalism as a movement that’s about eliminating the clutter from our life. This documentary, Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things, tells us otherwise. Following the lives of different self-professed minimalists, be ready to be blown away by their life-changing stories that will get you inspired to take control of your own destiny.

Spelling The Dream

If you’ve ever watched The Spelling Bee, you’ll know how amazing young children such as child prodigy, Akash Vukoti, are at spelling astronomically huge words. How did they do it? This documentary follows the journey of four gifted hopefuls and highlights the incredible efforts these children put into excelling at the bee, as well as the cultural phenomenon of Indian Americans who have been dominating the prestigious Scripps National Spelling Bee since 1999.

Our Planet

While travelling might not be possible in the foreseeable future, Netflix’s Emmy award-winning nature docu-series, Our Planet—filmed entirely in Ultra High Definition across over 50 countries–lets you discover the wonders of Mother Nature from the comfort of your home. Narrated by Sir David Attenborough, each episode focuses on the precious habitats around the world and aims to enlighten viewers on “our changing planet and what we can do to help it thrive.”

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