10 free-to-watch documentaries from Netflix

10 free-to-watch documentaries from Netflix


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With most people staying indoors due to the quarantine, Netflix wants to make sure that education doesn’t stop. This is why the video streaming company has uploaded numerous documentaries on its YouTube channel to offer non-subscribers access to educational materials.

Of course, since it’s a public page on YouTube, these titles can be watched free of charge. Below are the titles and their short synopses.

Abstract: The Art of Design

Meet eight of the most creative thinkers and imaginative minds working in the world of art and design today. Journey through their creative process, explore their work, and discover how their innovative designs have profoundly affected our every day lives.


Filmmaker Thomas Balmès criss-crosses the globe to observe and record the first two years in the lives of four infants and their families. Ponijao is the youngest of nine children and lives in a village in Namibia. Bayarjargal’s family lives in Mongolia. Hattie is a San Francisco couple’s first child, and Mari is the first child of a couple living in Tokyo.

Chasing Coral

Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. Divers, photographers, and scientists set out on an ocean adventure to discover why the reefs are disappearing and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world.


News site Vox is behind this series that puts the spotlight on topical issues that impact people’s lives. The docuseries — which features episodes that generally range from 15 to 20 minutes in length — aims to dig deeper into topics, questions and ideas that aren’t often part of the daily news cycle. Among the subjects covered are the rise of cryptocurrency, why diets fail, and the world of K-pop music.

Knock Down The House

A young bartender in the Bronx, a coal miner’s daughter in West Virginia, a grieving mother in Nevada, and a registered nurse in Missouri build a movement of insurgent candidates to challenge powerful incumbents in Congress. One of their races will become the most shocking political upsets in recent American history.

Our Planet

Experiencing the planet’s natural beauty through an examination of how climate change impacts all living creatures in this ambitious documentary of spectacular scope.

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In a village outside Delhi, India, women lead a revolution. For generations, these women didn’t have access to pads. But when a sanitary pad machine is installed in the village, they learn to manufacture their own pads. Their flight is partly enabled by high-school girls in California, who raised the initial money for the machine and created a non-profit called “The Pad Project.”


Filmmaker Ava DuVernay explores the history of racial inequality in the United States, focusing on the fact that the nation’s prisons are disproportionately filled with African-Americans.

The White Helmets

In Aleppo, the most important thing to remember is that all life is precious. The White Helmets search for survivors among the wreckage as bombs continue to fall. These ordinary men are extraordinary heroes.


Born without legs and raised in foster care, one teen finds confidence through competitive wrestling — proving that possibility is a question of perspective.

There are more educational documentaries on the Netflix platform itself, although signing up is already required. Once logged in, you will have access to more titles to accompany you during this quarantine.

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