Netflix is an American entertainment company founded by Reed Hastings and Marc Randolph on August 29, 1997, in Scotts Valley, California.
I have no real overview of what Netflix offers, when it comes to documentaries. Below you find a link to an article that recommends the best documentaries on Netflix and there are many fine names and titles which you can also find, when you go to Netflix itself and click on the documentary section. You find names like Werner Herzog, Ai WeiWei, Banksy, Errol Morris, Marina Abramovic, Nick Broomfield, Albert Maysles and titles like O.J. Simpson, Long Shot, Making a Murderer, Amanda Knox, The Promise, Strong Island – all crime documentaries, not to forget the films on Janis Joplin and Nina Simone… But you have to search thoroughly as they are listed among a lot of tabloid stuff.
Nevertheless – as we are Netflix subscribers in our household – I assure you that the grandchildren already from age 3 know the name Netflix – I watched three documentaries recently, two of which were at Nordisk Panorama competition in Malmø and the third one I picked up because it was the subject of a double page article in a Danish newspaper.
I am referring to Bryan Fogel’s two hour long investigative work, Icarus on the Russian state’s organised doping of athletes taking part in the Olympics. The film’s main character is the man who was leading the laboratory that manipulated the urine tests until he blew the whistle, Grigory Rodchenkov, who left Russia and is now hiding somewhere in the US. He is an amazing character for a film.
Swedish Kasper Collin’s I Called Him Morgan is a film that is based on a sound interview with the trumpeter Lee Morgan’s widow Helen, who shot him one snowy night in a jazz club. And based on great archive material and wonderful music from Blue Note and other famous jazz sources. It’s a love story, it has a fine tone, it has interviews with people who knew the two. One snowy night – there are beautiful images “from” 18.2.1972, when it happened.
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