I have to admit that since the lockdown started almost a year ago, I have never watched so many movies or series. Netflix is perfect for forgetting about time and taking your mind off things Netflix is perfect for forgetting about time and taking your mind off things. Because let’s face it, we get pretty crazy with the whole situation!
So to give myself a break once in a while, I recently started planning Netflix days in the weekends, mostly Sundays. Then I crawl into the couch with my favorite pancakes, a few healthy snacks. and we start the movie marathon! And since we’ve already shared many Netflix Guides on Blogzine, I thought it would be a fun idea to share my own favorites from the last few months. Are you ready for a binge watch?
1. Bob Marley’s Documentary
It has been no unknown news that Jamaica is my second home. And as soon as I hear Reggae music, I get all zen. So this documentary I just had to see!
The Bob Marley’s documentary captures the music, life and legacy of reggae legend Bob Marley from his birth in 1945 to his death at the age of 36. It is a story in which you also learn a lot about the country’s culture, lifestyle and history. A must see without a doubt.
2. Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C. J. Walker
A second documentary I watched in one day is Self Made. The story is inspired by the first African-American and female self made millionaire in America, Sarah Breedlove. The miniserie talks about discrimination, ideals of beauty and women’s empowerment. In times of self-isolation this is a serie you need to watch! Not only to educate yourself but also to get inspired by her story.
3. The Kalief Browder story
I’m sure it’s already clear to you that I love watching true stories or documentaries that teach me something. Educating myself and broadening my mind is extremely important to me. For example, I could never (personally) host an entire Netflix day without being able to reflect on the story afterwards. It has to inspire me from start to finish.
And that’s why the series “The Kalief Browder Story” is also in my top 10. The documentary recounts the story of Kalief Browder, a Bronx high school student who was imprisoned for three years. He was accused at 16 of stealing a backpack, and his family was unable to afford his bail, set at $3,000. Two of these years in jail were in solitary confinement on Rikers Island, without being convicted of a crime. Due to this solitary confinement, Kalief has difficulties trusting others again and to find his way back into society.
The story again reflects how flawed the American justice system really is.
4. When they see us
This series is probably already familiar to you and is based on a true story where the lives of five Harlem teens become a nightmare when they are falsely accused of a brutal crime in Central Park.
The young teens, also known as “The Central Park five,” were wrongfully convicted of prison sentences between 6 and 14 years. Twelve years later, in 2001, convicted serial rapist and murderer Matias Reyes confessed that he was the perpetrator of the rape and assault. DNA testing confirmed this and in 2002 the five innocent men were released.
5. The boy who harnessed the wind
This is one of the first movies I had ever seen on Netflix and it has stayed with me immensely to this day.
The film is based on the memoir The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer.
The thirteen-year-old William Kamkwamba is expelled from school when it becomes clear that his parents can no longer pay for his studies. However, he doesn’t give up and dreams of building a windmill so that his village doesn’t suffer from famine. With the help of his father Trywell’s bicycle and knowledge from books, he sets to work.
Het is een aangrijpend en inspirerend verhaal die het lijstje van mijn meest bijblijvende Netflix series aanvult.
So don’t you have any plans yet this weekend and are you ready to spend a whole day with Netflix? Then be sure to watch one of the suggestions above or check them all out. Because trust me, you won’t regret it!