November 30, 2023

The older I get, the much less motivation I really feel to maintain making an attempt model new Netflix sequence which may get canceled early, which is an enormous motive I’ve been spending extra of my time these days streaming Netflix films — and, particularly, Netflix documentaries. With films, although you don’t all the time know whether or not you’ll get pleasure from them on the entrance finish, at the very least they solely require a pair hours of your time at most. And the identical goes for Netflix documentary sequence, which are likely to solely embrace a handful of episodes. What’s extra, the latter additionally provide a number of the streamer’s most persistently fascinating materials.

All through 2023, for instance, Netflix documentaries have re-introduced us to celebrities like Pamela Anderson, Anna Nicole Smith, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Invoice Russell, and Sylvester Stallone; taken us contained in the Pornhub story; reveled within the majesty of planet Earth; and located thrilling sports activities tales within the worlds of golf {and professional} racing. And there’s nonetheless extra to come back.

This month alone brings one other handful of compelling new Netflix documentaries to contemplate including to your watch record, titles that embrace:

Camp Braveness (Oct. 15)

Picture supply: Netflix

This primary on our record of October’s must-watch Netflix documentaries is a 31-minute story stemming from the Russian warfare in Ukraine.

In Camp Braveness, a younger Ukrainian lady named Milana travels along with her grandmother to a week-long summer season camp that hosts households affected by the warfare. The setting is the Austrian Alps, and it’s meant to check the boundaries of the camp individuals’ bravery. Per Netflix: “Milana and Olga push themselves to satisfy the camp’s mountainous terrain with bravery and hope, and the movie reaches an emotional peak when Milana is confronted with the prospect of overcoming her worry and climbing the ultimate summit.

“Although the battle in Ukraine looms massive over Milana and Olga’s expertise, Camp Braveness isn’t in regards to the warfare itself — as a substitute, it’s in regards to the quiet resilience of the households who’ve to determine learn how to rebuild in its midst and in its wake.”

Life on Our Planet (Oct. 25)

Life on Our Planet on NetflixPicture supply: Netflix

This subsequent 8-episode Netflix documentary sequence from Silverback Movies and Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Tv is constructed round a mind-blowing statistic: There are some 20 million species that decision planet Earth dwelling at present. And as staggeringly excessive as that quantity could also be, it’s nonetheless a drop within the bucket in comparison with the whole variety of species which have come and gone from Earth over the course of historical past.

Extra particularly, 99% of the entire planet’s inhabitants are now not round, and Life on Our Planet is the story of what occurred to these species which can be misplaced to the previous. Bonus: The sequence can be a partnership with Industrial Mild & Magic, which implies the visuals are fairly gorgeous.

Get Gotti (Oct. 24)

Get Gotti on Netflix
A smiling John Gotti gestures as he chats with one among his attorneys throughout his assault trial. Picture supply: Bettmann/Contributor

Lastly, from the creators of Netflix’s Worry Metropolis comes a three-part docuseries charting the rise and fall of Gambino crime household boss John Gotti. Worry Metropolis, about New York’s combat towards the mafia’s 5 crime households there, was a reasonably riveting watch, so I’m particularly anticipating this new launch. Per Netflix: “It’s 1985 and John Gotti is probably the most highly effective man in New York; he’s additionally probably the most surveilled. His public execution of ‘Boss of Bosses’ Paul Castellano units in movement a sequence of occasions that catapults the younger mobster to the helm of America’s strongest mafia household.

“Because the tentacles of Gotti’s legal enterprise prolong deep into the center of the town, regulation enforcement and state prosecutors scramble for his or her probability to carry the charismatic Godfather to his knees.”