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7 artsy documentaries to watch on Netflix this week

Netflix game on.

If you are anything like us, you are probably scrolling through Netflix aimlessly searching for something to watch. Before you know it, 30 minutes have passed, your hot chocolate is now cold and you end up re-watching FriendsTo quell that movie buff inside you, we’ve rounded up some of the best artsy documentaries on Netflix that might just change the way you look at the world. These documentaries are not only insightful but something you wouldn’t feel guilty about watching, either. In line with our theme for April, part of watching a movie is also about appreciating the artists and their work. So, let’s start streaming.

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Have you seen the Listers? 

Embark on an emotional journey with this documentary that paints a candid picture of Australian street artists Anthony Lister. It navigates Anthony’s thriving career and personal hardships, where he battles his own demons. It’ a film about art and falling apart. 

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Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things

We’ve always heard the virtue that less is more, but how much do we actually believe it? This documentary is about those people dedicated to rejecting the American ideal that things bring happiness. Minimalism is a deep insight into people from all walks of life — artists, journalists, entrepreneurs, scientists, and more.

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Abstract: The Art of Design

Step into the minds of innovative designers and perceive the world as they do. This docuseries covers different fields of design including guests like Olafur Eliasson, Tinker Hatfield, Bjarke Ingels, and many more. Bringing the everyday reality behind the scenes to you, this creative and inspiring series will leave you in delight.

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Interior Design Masters

For all designer devotees, this is the perfect binge if you’re interested in interior designing, decoration, or revamping your houses. Originally a BBC Two production, this Netflix competition series follows aspiring interior designers through their challenges of transforming a space to fit a range of styles to win that contract for a top London hotel. Don’t leave yourselves hanging, and start streaming.

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Miss Americana Taylor Swift

If you’ve been through the era of Tear Drops on my Guitar and Lover, then this is a must-watch.

The documentary unfolds how Taylor Swift embraced her role as a songwriter and performer, harnessing the full power of her voice. A courageous, brave, and inspiring documentary. If you aren’t already, you might just become a die-hard fan.

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Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey 

Elmo from Sesame Street is one of the most beloved characters among children. In this documentary, Whoopi Goldberg narrates a biography about the man behind Elmo — creator Kavin Clash — and his remarkable journey from being from a working-class Baltimore neighbourhood to hitting it on Jim Henson’s “Sesame Street”. A feel-good and heartfelt movie. 

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The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes

Traveling the world is probably one of the most luxurious things in life. This British series celebrates exceptional residential architectures around the world through the eyes of architect Piers Taylor and actress Caroline Quentin.

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Feminist: What Were They Thinking?

How far has feminism gone today? We probably ask ourselves all the time. Sure, we have progressed and have come a long way, but the fact that we are still discussing “feminism” speaks loud and clear. Netflix’s documentary is about revisiting the 1970s photos of women that captured a feminist awakening, and explores those women’s lives and examines the continued need for change.

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Alisha Pawa
Alisha is a passionate dancer and is always creating her own choreographies. She is a fan of rom-com novels, a coffee-drinker who loves tea, and is always on-the-go for her midnight chocolate cravings. She hopes to tick-off her never-ending bucket list one day by hosting her own travel show.