One of the blessings of Netflix (or any other streaming platform these days) is that you almost never run out of content to watch. I say that with full confidence, almost 8 months since the start of the pandemic, which forced me to spend much of my time at home. I miss the cinema experience, no doubt about that, but I am using all this free time to catch up on series and documentaries that might interest me. Here’s a list of things that I recommend.
1- Secrets of the Saqquara Tomb 
If you love archaeology or ancient Egypt in general, then look no further than “Saqquara”. This two-hour documentary offers you the chance to go through the process of unearthing an untouched tomb with a team of Egyptian archaeologists. What follows is an attempt to decipher its belongings and the story behind it. It’s fascinating, to say the least, and I can’t think of a better documentary about ancient Egypt to recommend.
2- Guillermo Villas: Settling The Score 
If you love tennis, then this one is absolutely for you. I grew up in the 90’s, which means most of the players I watched weren’t even around when Guillermo Villas dominated the court. This documentary takes us back to the 1970’s, a time where Villas was wrongly denied the number 1 world ranking. Now it’s up to an Argentinian journalist to prove it, decades after Villas’ retirement. With testimonies from players like Boris Becker, Bjorn Borg, Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal, you’re in for something truly special.
3- Fyre 
I missed this documentary when it was released, but it’s never too late to recommend it. I can’t even begin to describe what I witnessed here, but all I can say is that it was uniquely bizarre. If you’re not familiar with the so-called “Fyre” festival, then you absolutely should see the story behind it. Long story short: an entrepreneur teamed-up with rapper Ja Rule and promised people the music festival of a lifetime. Let’s just say that he failed to deliver on every level. “Fyre” is weird and fascinating and I couldn’t stop thinking about it, long after the credits started rolling. It’s a one of a kind experience.
4- Unsolved Mysteries 
This series sells itself. 12 episodes are released so far and each one is about a crime that remains unsolved to this day. Not all stories pull you in in the same way, but if you love investigative documentaries that leave you scratching your head, then you can’t go wrong here.
5- Formula 1: Drive To Survive 
Easily one of the best documentaries on Netflix, “Drive to Survive” will take you on a roller coaster ride through the world of Formula 1. As someone who hasn’t followed the game in years, I was hooked once again. It’s a completely immersive experience, filled with interviews with various teams and drivers that will have you asking for more. If you love Formula 1 or you’re just curious to know more about it, then you should definitely have this on your watchlist. It’s incredible.
Categories: Documentary, Lists, The Twenty-First Century
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