Let me start this post by saying, no I did not get bangs and I am not sporting a baby bump! I reused some old photos from last year that felt perfect for today’s post about the best documentaries to watch this winter! P.S. these photos were from a post about the best fall movies, which are still worth checking out!
Best Documentaries to Watch This Winter
I love getting cozy, but sometimes after a few weeks of winter it’s easy to feel like a bit of a couch potato. Which is why I like to turn to interesting and informative documentaries. That way I can relax by the fire and feel like I’m watching a movie with Matthew, but can also learn something and expand my horizons a bit! I rounded up the documentaries that are on the top of my list and I’m so ready to start streaming!
For Those Interested in Food
If you’re interested in reducing your meat, dairy, and egg intake but are worried about how that will affect your ability to work out or perform athletically, then this documentary is for you. It was one of the most buzzed about documentaries last year, and for good reason. It illustrates amazing feats of human strength and endurance that can occur on a vegan diet. You’ll be shocked at some of their discoveries!
Forks Over Knives
If you’re interested in how to actually take on a plant based diet, this documentary breaks down how to do that and what the benefits are. Unlike Game Changers, this documentary isn’t about athletic performance, but how to reduce risk of disease and even heal your existing diseases with a plant based diet. They make some pretty convincing arguments!
Jiro Dreams of Sushi
Jiro Ono is a 85-year-old master chef of Tokyo’s Sukiyabashi Jiro. This 10-seat sushi restaurant has earned three Michelin stars and is super beloved. The documentary focuses on Ono’s journey to culinary success and looks at where he is headed next. A must-watch for sushi lovers!
For Those Interested in Art
A Ballerina’s Tale
This documentary could not be more gorgeous and inspiring. It revolves around the career of Misty Copeland, with an emphasis on how she overcame struggles relating to being an African American ballerina. She has truly mastered her art and this watch will give you an extra kick of motivation.
The Pixar Story
Pixar movies have always been the cutting age of animation and have played such a big part of all of our childhoods. This documentary takes a look at the designers and creatives who make the films we all know and love.
What Happened, Miss Simone?
Another inspiring documentary about an exceptionally talented woman! This documentary tracks Nina Simone’s career as an acclaimed singer, songwriter, and activist. It also looks at her rather tumultuous life which influenced her art, but caused struggles for her as well.
For Those Interested In Fashion
Dior and Me
This has got to be one of the dreamiest documentaries of all time. If you’ve ever wondered what goes into making fabulous French couture, look no further. This story chronicles the creation of Raf Simons’ first couture collection at the house of Dior. The cinematography and music is beautiful and you learn so many interesting things about the process of creating couture clothing.
The First Monday in May
Every year, the Met Gala red carpet turns out the most interesting looks in fashion. The event raises an insane amount of money for the Costume Institute at the Met in NYC. This documentary gives an inside look at what it takes to plan an event of this magnitude.
The September Issue
Speaking of Vogue, this documentary is an oldie but a goodie. A camera crew was given access to film in the Vogue offices during the creation of one of their famous September Issues. Of course, the magazine world is not what it used to be, but looking back at the glitz, glamour, and hard work it took to create these magazines will give you an appreciation for the art.
For Those Interested In Self Improvement
Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things
This is literally the perfect New Year’s documentary to watch. It showcases the minimalist lifestyle, by people really living it. And trust me when I say, they take minimalism to an extreme. I wouldn’t want to live like them, but this documentary will inspire you to live with less.
Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator
I love yoga as much as the next girl, but I had no idea about the troubled history of the founder of Bikram yoga until watching this documentary. It’s impressive what the people practicing this type of yoga can do, but we should all be aware of the predatory behavior of the still beloved founder. It’s a bit of a rough watch, but an important one.
This buzzed about documentary sounds like another great watch for the beginning of the year. The basic premise is that Filmmaker Roko Belic travels to more than a dozen countries, searching for the meaning of happiness. How sweet is that? I’m so curious to watch and see what he finds out!
Which documentaries do you think I should add to my list?? Leave them in the comments below!