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Inspiring Documentaries to Watch on Netflix 2021

Inspiring Documentaries to Watch on Netflix 2020: girl in tshirt and socks sits on bed on duvet and pillows to chill and relax and watch TV on Netlflix
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I’ve been in the mood lately to find more sources of inspiration and learning. It’s one of the ways I keep myself feeling energetic and inspired, especially in a time when social interaction is still a little lacking. In my search, I remembered my love for documentaries, which I’ve always found to be a great way to dip your toe into new subjects. I created a watchlist of inspiring documentaries to watch o2n Netflix, which today, I’m sharing with you!

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” – Mahatma Gandhi


Heal explores alternative therapies and the connection between our physical and mental health. It dives into the physical toll that stress and trauma can have on our bodies and how we can best deal with those effects. I came away from this documentary open-minded and curious about ideas I’d never been introduced to before. Not to mention, I felt inspired by the stories the show told and felt a surge of gratitude for and awareness of the connection between my mind and body.

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Short and sweet, this documentary follows ‘The Minimalists’ LINK, the pair that brought the concept of minimalism into the light. Minimalism is something I’ve always wanted to explore. In the last few years, I’ve got more and more into decluttering LINK and making more purposeful, intentional LINK decisions about how I live and what I consume. The documentary dives into the benefits of minimalism and gives a range of examples of how different people apply it to their lives. I loved that this documentary didn’t pressure you to get rid of all your possessions, as minimalism content sometimes can, but just making conscious decisions about what you want, need and actually use. If you need to get rid of some stuff (or if you’re just curious!), this will be a great documentary for you!

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Daughters of Destiny

If you’re looking for some inspiring good in the world, Daughters of Destiny is that. Following the construction of an Indian school built to help some of the country’s poorest children get an education they wouldn’t otherwise have access to. Sometimes the news and our outlook on the world can be quite negative, so finding projects such as this, that bring good into the world is really uplifting!

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Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru

I’ve always found Tony Robbins inspiring. He embodies my favourite style of motivational speaking – he’s uplifting, curious, and overwhelmingly positive. No matter how tragic or sad a person’s story may be, he sends them away empowered and with belief in themselves and the world. His documentary, ‘I Am Not Your Guru’ follows one of his multi-day seminars and covers the stories and journeys of some incredible people who attended. Much of the advice Tony gives can be applied to a wide range of issues, the documentary offers a variety of focuses, and Tony’s advice really digs to the root of people’s mindsets which are usually applicable for a range of issues.

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Joshua: Teenager vs Superpower

This documentary was the first time I’d heard the story of Joshua Wong and I’m upset I’d never heard it before! As a teenager, Joshua started a huge movement against threats to Hong Kong’s autonomy and inspired tens of thousands of people to stand up alongside him. These kinds of stories, to me, are the real-life superhero stories, proving that anybody, even the most unlikely, can do something if only they set their mind to it.

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Tales By Light

I first started watching Tales By Light because I was interested in the photography, but I underestimated how much I’d also love the content. Each episode follows a new photographer telling the story of a little-known place or culture. I’ve always had the heart of a traveller, especially when it comes to learning about foreign cultures. In places and lives so different from our own, the ideas the show presents challenge our own ideas of what happiness means and where it can come from. Exposure to culture, I think, is one of the best ways to grow, change, and challenge your principles and ideas, as well as your tolerance and curiosity towards others. That, to me, is the best way to grow of our person! And, of course, the camera work is phenomenal!

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Have any more recommendations or suggestions for inspiring documentaries to watch on Netflix? Leave them in the comments below!

Enjoy! Love, Ella-Rose xx

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  • Shane Snowdon

    Great suggestions that will keep you inspired, shame NetFlix doesn’t really mention them on what to watch

    • Ella-Rose

      I completely agree! I really wish there was a way to find all of them.

  • Aislinn Short

    I’ve been looking for new things to watch on Netflix and this helps! Thank you for sharing!

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