From Mitt Romney to Friedrich Nietzsche, Five Must-Watch Documentaries

1. Samsara

Click image to watch the trailer.

This visually striking masterpiece can not be accurately described in words, partly because it uses none. Without dialogue, Samsara weaves an epic tale through powerful imagery of sweeping landscapes and diverse cultures all over the world. I promise it’s worth your while.

The full documentary is streaming on Netflix.


2. Nietzsche – Human, All Too Human

You’ve heard about him. Maybe even read a few books by him in college, but this BBC documentary offers a glimpse into the personal life of the chronically ill genius who called himself the anti-Christ, Friedrich Nietzsche.


3. Mitt

Love him or hate him, Willard Mitt Romney is a peculiar person with the highest of ambitions. Don’t worry. Mitt doesn’t get very political. Its aim is more to humanize the two-time presidential candidate, and if it wasn’t for Jeb Bush, he would’ve tried a third time.

If you’d like to learn a little more about the documentary, I wrote a longer piece, which you can find here.


4. Big Bucks, Big Pharma

Healthcare costs are rampant in America. Even with the recent Affordable Care Act reform, we are far from perfection. Is the industry’s for-profit system to blame? What are the implications of direct-to-consumer drug advertisements?

Watch the full documentary here.


5. Race: The Power of an Illusion Ep. 3: The House We Live In

While the overall documentary is a lengthy three-part series, I recommend the third episode, “The House We Live In.”

This documentary evokes serious questions. If race isn’t biological, what is it? That’s a difficult question, but it does a wonderful job at offering an answer. The third episode focuses on the early stages of the housing market and how it was used to segregate neighborhoods. More affluent whites lived in suburbs far from the working blacks, separated by “red lines,” which were motivated by overt racism. Today, overt racism may have subsided, but house inheritance is a major factor in a person’s overall wealth, and blacks are left largely disadvantaged.

Watch it here.

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