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9 Documentaries to Get Schooled on Current Affairs

Browsing the Netflix documentaries section can feel like a bit of a black hole. From fashion documentaries to the Sidekick Series of doggie documentaries, there are just so many options — how are you supposed to know which ones are incredible and which ones are duds before you spend a few precious hours watching them? Well, have no fear, because we’ve scoped out the nine best documentaries you need to see to stay up on current affairs brunch talk. Get ready for some interesting and heavy convos over your Sunday mimosas.

1. Living on One Dollar: Here’s a doc to give you some serious perspective. These young filmmakers travelled to Guatemala and lived for two months on $1 per day, something most Americans can’t imagine. Called a must-watch film by The Hunger Games director, Gary Ross, you’ll see the harsh realities of life for so many impoverished people around the world, but will also be inspired by their strength — and your ability to make a difference.

2. India’s Daughter: This groundbreaking doc shines a light on the epidemic of sexual assault in India and how the country has come together in protest of rape culture in recent years. Banned in India, this heart-wrenching documentary is an absolute must-see, especially for those interested in women’s rights (hello, all of us, right?).

3. Dream, Girl: Women in entrepreneurship is a hot topic right now, thanks in part to Sophia Amoruso’s #girlboss movement. Here’s a doc that harnesses that energy. We mean, it premiered at the White House (yes, that White House), so it’s obviously badass. Learn more about the project in our interview with producer Komal Minhas.

4. Virunga: From executive producer Leonardo DiCaprio, this doc tells the story of a group of people risking their lives to protect the animals in Virunga National Park in the war torn Congo. It’s gripping, heartbreaking and hopeful all at the same time.

5. What Happened, Miss Simone?: So this one isn’t exactly current, but the film’s core, African-American rights, is still a pressing topic. Plus, it’s a beautiful story about Nina Simone’s fierce civil rights activism and her incredible talent — and how the two intersected. “I choose to reflect the times and the situations in which I find myself. How can you be an artist and not reflect the times?” Nina said.

6. Detropia: Detroit has been in a horrible economic state for some time now (the city filed for bankruptcy in 2013), and this film illustrates it vividly. New York Magazine called it “beautiful and quietly devastating.”

7. Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret: Okay, so this one’s a bit of a conspiracy theory doc, but it delivers a super interesting perspective, especially if you’ve been considering going vegan or vegetarian. Cowspiracy focuses on one major force destroying the environment by using massive amounts of land, water and energy — livestock farming.

8. A Ballerina’s Tale: This film tells the story of Misty Copeland, the first ever African-American principal dancer in the American Ballet Theatre. You read that right — the first EVER. In one word: inspiring.

9. Fed Up: This documentary argues that the obesity crisis (which has been debated itself) has very little to do with how active we are and EVERYTHING to do with the food industry’s sneaky ways of pushing unhealthy food on us. This super informative film will stay with you everytime you head to the grocery store.

Which of these films is your next watch? Tweet us your thoughts @BritandCo!

(Feature image via What Happened, Miss Simone?)

Alright, folks. We've officially made it to fall. And if you haven't already started switching out your decor (as long as it's ready by Friendsgiving, right?) you still have time to do so. Draw inspiration from this round-up of new home products that includes harvest-inspired candles, cozy linens and textiles, and a v. practical piece of furniture. One scroll through these, and you'll have all the motivation you need to transition the seasons. Scroll on to start shopping.

Prism x LOREM Collection ($96+): Calling all Cali babes. The popular Long Beach boutique, Prism, announced a boho-fabulous collab with home decor line, LOREM, that we can't get enough of. Shop everything from plant hangers (eight options, to be exact) to artwork, all inspired by the very colorful vibes of the brands. If you were looking for a cheery way to tide you through winter, this. is. it!

Floyd Mattress (Price TBD): Fans of the cult-favorite Detroit-based brand will love their latest launch debuting on October 29. The highly-coveted Floyd Mattress will have the same made-to-last design and superior comfort as their other furnishings, tailored perfectly to fit the line's in-demand bed frame. Additional details for the mattress include a breathable foam material, highly-mobile packaging, and a low-profile design to secure your best night's sleep yet. Check back on the last week of the month to get one for yourself.

Dims 'Composed Vanity' ($595): Small space? No problem! Direct-to-consumer brand, Dims, is giving you a quick and stylish solution to your storage needs with their newest item that doubles as both a desk and vanity. The functional piece is made with non-toxic, chemical-free materials and can be assembled in seven minutes or less. Throw in four sleek shades to choose from, and this may just be your best purchase of 2019 yet!

Saatchi Art x The Citizenry Holiday Collection ($225+): Get ready to deck your walls this holiday season. Saatchi Art partnered with The Citizenry in a one-of-a-kind collection that features a curation of art across styles. Explore everything from modern to abstract creations in a selection so stunning, it's bound to spark a conversation at your next gathering.

NEST Spiced Orange & Clove Collection ($16+): If you haven't experienced the addicting aromas of the beloved NEST fragrance brand, this is the perfect time to get on board! The label recently released their latest scent — spiced orange & clove — just in time for all your gatherings. Inhale festive notes of orange pomander, spiced brandy, cinnamon, and gingered honey across their suite of candles and diffusers to bring all the good vibes to your home.

Bloomingdales x RiLEY Home ($19+): RiLEY Home gets millennials. So they teamed up with Bloomingdales to make shopping their selection more attainable than ever. Now, you can get in on long-lasting, luxurious staples like flannel sheets, bedding, printed throws, premium pet beds, and more, by shopping online and in-stores at the department store. (Trust us: These dream goods are ones you're going to be *glad* you stocked-up on.)

Italic Serene Towels ($12+): The luxury brand that prides itself on using the *same* factories namesake brands (like Calvin Klein and Lacoste) use, but without the price tag behind them, brings you a new product for fall. Treat yourself to Italic's ultra-soft towel set spun from fluffy, 100% Australian cotton, in a convenient set of six. Consider it the perfect indulgence after a long soak in the tub on a cozy FNI (Friday night in)!

Hyascent x Neiman Marcus ($169): 'Tis the season for a delightfully scented home. Warm your abode with scents like bourbon joy, cheeky rose and more in a unique diffuser that doubles more as decor than a fragrance-inducer. Fresh off the (online) shelves of Neiman Marcus, explore nine scents that last up to six months in a specialized hourglass holder. (Shhh! Your friends will never know the secret of why your place smells so darn good!)