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Top 5 must-watch documentaries on Netflix right now

New semester, new knowledge. Here is a roundup of five of the best documentaries to entertain you, while also increasing awareness on certain cultural issues Millennials encounter today.

1. Exit Through the Gift Shop:

The anonymous artist, Banksy, in his studio.

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If you’re curious about the underground world of street art, watch French filmmaker Thierry Guetta document the intriguing counterculture of artistic expression led by the infamous Banksy. The exclusive look at Banksy’s legendary stencil street-art style and its dangerous process tugs at the idea of right versus wrong and vandalism versus art.

2. Minimalism:

Ryan and Josh exploring and spreading the message on the minimalism movement.

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Not only do Joshua Fields Milburn and Ryan Nicodemus advocate for focusing on the important things, they use hip-hop icon Drake’s quote to do it. From Drake’s “Connect” comes,wish you would learn to love people and use things/ Not the other way around.The eye-opening documentary reminds us to question what we value and to make more room for the necessities and less on the excess. Interviews from an array of people from all walks of life make sense of their approach to living a more meaningful life by owning the least amount of material possessions possible.

3. What the Health:

The poster for the film.

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Maybe “healthy, balanced diets” aren’t as healthy as we’re led to think. If you’re looking for a new perspective, let a curious health-conscious man and an array of health professionals teach the benefits of a plant-based diet. Whether you’re for or against plant-based diets, this film opens room for discussion regarding motives from sponsors and their impact on massive health organization food guidelines. “What the Health” can supplement anyone’s current diet knowledge and allow one to improve from where he or she stands health-wise today.

4. Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru

The high energy event's day of surrender captured in the perfect moment

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Looking for inspiration? An impetus for change? Tony is your guy. This film documents the six-day “Date with Destiny” event led by life and business coach, Tony Robbins. This exclusive content captures the moments of vulnerability and breakthroughs for many attendees. Often leaving viewers with inspiration and moments of clarity, this documentary is for anyone looking to be uplifted and empowered to face your world head-on and lead a successful life.

5. Banking on Bitcoin

Poster for the movie, Banking on Bitcoin

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Ever heard of a cashless society? Banking on Bitcoin presses on implications that a peer-to-peer electronic cash system has on a society. If hyperinflation continues, Bitcoin hopes to keep a valuable dollar that doesn’t need a third party for transactions. The fight between the banks and Bitcoin are battled out in this educational film.

Each documentary provides valuable information that expands upon common knowledge from today’s culture. Films with first-hand knowledge or experience is a perfect way to intertwine the world of education with the world of entertainment.

Alejandra Solorio can be reached at [email protected] or @alesolorio8 on Twitter.

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