9 mind-boggling documentaries to stream this weekend

2018-09-28 14:03
Judi Dench in My Passion for Trees.

Cape Town - Indulge your passion for sport, art, nature, social justice, movies, history, literature and crazy internet trends by watching these documentary series and movies on internet TV this weekend.

1. Judi Dench: My Passion for Trees (Showmax)

Enter the world of trees with Dame Judi Dench. Filmed over a year, this stunning experience tracks the giants of the plant world as they change over the seasons.

2. Lane 0: Lane of Dreams (Showmax)

A team of swimmers from developing nations try to qualify for the Olympic Games. This stunning movie follows them as they push for glory against all odds.

3. Blurred Lines (Showmax)

Art doesn't always make sense, but this brilliant look at the contemporary art world may just get you thinking differently about why we like what we like. Hint: It’s all about the money.

4. HBO’s Southern Rites (Showmax)

In a town where racial segregation still lives in the hearts of its residents, a shocking murder forces everyone to consider where they stand in this divisive debate.

5. The Fatwa - Salman’s Story (DStv Now)

In 1989, the Ayatollah Khomeini condemned British author Salman Rushdie to death. Rushdie had to spend the next decade in hiding, and this documentary tells the inside story of how Rushdie coped with living for 10 years with a death threat hanging over his head. Watch a clip from an interview on this subject with Rushdie here.

6. Wild Wild Country (Netflix)

The controversial Indian guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh moved his ashram to Oregon, USA, in the early 80s. The young, intellectual, idealistic Rajneeshi, under the direction of the Bagwan’s personal secretary Ma Anand Sheela, set out to change the world - but none of them could have guessed how deadly their conviction would prove to be.

7. Five Came Back (Netflix)

In the Second World War, a handful of Hollywood’s most famous movie makers put their lives on the line to bring the true story of the war to the American people back home. This is their story. Narrator Meryl Streep won an Emmy for her superb performance in this fascinating documentary. 

8. Follow This (Netflix)

Follow the reporters at BuzzFeed as they probe topics ranging from quirky internet crazes to safe injection spaces for opioid users in this fun “pop-doc” series.

9. American Dope: Acid Dreams (Amazon Prime)

Where does the United States’ drug epidemic and its government intersect? This documentary series attempts to answer that question, starting with the CIA’s introduction of LSD into the States back in the 1950s. 

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