4 Soothing Netflix Documentaries to Escape 2020
As the year 2020 comes to a close, we reflect on the months behind us and how far we have come since the start of 2020, past the initial anxieties and confusion during the COVID-19 pandemic. With the new year ahead of us, wind down from 2020 and find an escape from residual anxieties through these 4 soothing Netflix Documentaries:
1. My Octopus Teacher (2020)
Bursting on the scene in the midst of COVID-19, this beautiful documentary shot and narrated by Craig Foster moved audiences around the world with its intentional and surreal underwater cinematography. Seemingly suspended in time and space, the documentary acts as an existential reflection on Craig’s relationships with both humans and the creature.
The documentary is also a perfect metaphor for 2020 – with this year’s timelessness grounding us in reality and forcing us to face our own fears and dreams. When you are overwhelmed with human interactions as life returns to (perhaps) normality, take a ride on the wild side, albeit in a soothing and comforting way of ocean noises.
2. Blackpink: Light Up the Sky (2020)
If you haven’t heard of them already, Blackpink is a Kpop girl group that took the world by storm since debuting in 2016, becoming an inexplicable global phenomenon.. Until now. How else best to get acquainted with the hottest girl group by watching the highlight reel of their career and story thus far.
Have an intimate insight into their background stories, group dynamics and work ethic that brought them to their current success. It will definitely be an amazing distraction from our own current realities and who knows, it could even inspire you to start chasing your Kpop idol dreams and activate your passion for some new hobbies!!
3. Chef’s Table
With the dramatic opening sequences, you already know this series is going to take you on a wild, magical ride through its 6 seasons. Open your eyes and minds to the brilliant and inspirational chefs who share their cultures, food creations and lives featured on this culinary documentary series. The rich and colourful career trajectories will be a nice alternative to the constant barrage of stressful content on the news and perhaps in our own daily lives.
In line with learning new things, this documentary could also remind you of those times you were stuck at home trying new recipes during lockdown – and make you even more grateful that we are able to leave our homes and indulge in local F&B, even nightlife establishments, in Singapore.
4. Moving Art
As its name already suggests, filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg creates an outstanding documentary on nature, spanning 3 seasons, with gorgeous artistry found in nature, paired with ultra soothing musical soundtracks. It will remove you from the hustle and bustle of city life, and throw you right smack in the middle of majestic nature.
Although we don’t get much of such natural scenes locally, we can partake and experience such imagery through the documentary, thus taking us far away from our reality in Singapore, despite not being able to travel.