Film & TV

Netflix Fall Lineup Features Must-See Documentaries

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Making a Murderer

You’ve heard about it; now it’s time to actually watch it.

“Making a Murderer” explores the story of Wisconsin resident Steven Avery who, after spending 18 years in prison for a crime he did not commit, was proven innocent by DNA evidence. Two years after being freed, police arrested him for the murder of Teresa Halbach, an Auto Trader Magazine  photographer whose last known appointment was at Avery’s Auto Salvage. Between Avery’s questionable past and rumors of conniving cops attempting to frame him, this case is anything but ordinary. With more twists than a “Criminal Minds” episode, this unbelievable true story will have you on the edge of your seat and forming an opinion on the case before it even ends. With new bombshells being revealed, the next season, although it has no official premiere date, is undoubtedly going to surpass viewer’s expectations.

The Hunting Ground

If the recent Brock Turner case interested and infuriated you, prepare to be taken to a whole new level of anger. A true eye-opener for any college student, The Hunting Ground exposed the staggering statistics about sexual assault on college campuses and offered actions to be taken to ensure consequences for the perpetrator. The film includes harrowing accounts from victims of sexual assault at colleges who explain the stance their schools took in light of the events. Make sure to visit It’s On Us’ website to discover ways to take action and stop sexual assault on college campuses.

Fed Up

Filmmaker Stephanie Soechtig and journalist Katie Couric investigate the growing problem of obesity and expose how American food makers are seriously contributing to the epidemic. As the result of ambiguous recommended daily sugar intake, the sugar industry and food manufacturers have successfully thwarted attempts to provide healthier mealtime options. This has caused a rise in obesity, illnesses related to poor health and shorter lifespans.  Fed Up will make you question whether or not you really want that candy bar as a snack. More importantly, the film encourages viewers to urge the government to confront the public health crisis our country is facing.

Miss Representation

Miss Representation reveals the media’s problematic, stereotypical portrayals of men and women and its major influence on society. The documentary successfully highlights the harsh reality: that the provocative, inferior and clichéd roles women play in film and television make real women feel incapable of achieving leadership positions. This documentary not only educates viewers on how to become more aware of the media, but also inspires men and women to pursue their goals and refuse to limit themselves because of the inaccurate portrayals in film and television.

Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father

This gut-wrenching documentary focuses on the story of Andrew Bagby, a man murdered by his pregnant ex-girlfriend, and the unbelievable custody battle between Andrew’s parents and his murderer. While Andrew’s parents await the arrest and trial of Andrew’s ex-girlfriend, they are forced to negotiate with the woman who killed their son in order to find solace through the only piece of Andrew they have left: his son, Zachary.

Following Andrew’s death, Kurt Kuenne, his filmmaker friend, decided to commemorate his life through interviews with Andrew’s family, friends and home videos to show Zachary how special father truly was.

This film elicits an overwhelming range of emotions. In the 95 minutes of Dear Zachary, you’ll feel heartbroken for Andrew’s family and friends, frustrated with the criminal justice system and inspired by the strength of Andrew’s parents.

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