This time of year I watch way more Netflix than usual. I occasionally watch movies and sometimes get into shows (my favorites are Homeland, Scandal, Designated Survivor, Dexter and Sex and the City re-runs) but I reallyyyy love documentaries. I just love learning about new people, places and things and when I spend long stretches (relatively speaking) of time at home, I love transporting myself to other cultures and ways of life. These are a few of my favorites.

Iris – This woman is a total firecracker. Dances to her own beat. Bright, colorful and eccentric. You will fall in love with her too.

#ChicagoGirl – This is an incredible story of a Syrian girl living in Chicago who brought attention to the atrocities in Syria via a social media movement. It is heartbreaking and will bring you to tears but incredibly inspiring – I can only wish I had the heart and bravery of this young woman.

180 Degrees South – I have watched this so many times. The ultimate adventure.

Bill Cunningham New York – Another one of my favorites I have seen many times. Meeting this guy was on my bucketlist – I dreamed of riding my bike for an afternoon with him but he recently died.

The White Helmets – When everyone runs away, these brave guys run to the danger in Syria. This is the story of the rescue teams who risk thier lives trying to save every life they can.

Twinsters – Two identical twins (who didn’t know they were a twin) find themselves on social media. True story. Kinda crazy.

Jiro Dreams of Sushi – This movie makes you appreciate the craft and passion of food.

Anthony Bourdain No Reservations –  I know this isn’t a documentary but I loveeeee Anthony Bourdain anything. I just put it on because it captures everything I love about travel. Interesting conversations, people, culture, food, life, color. Ahhh I love it.

Virunga – Incredible story about the gorillas in the Congo.

Am I missing anything? What are your favorites?? Let me know if you love these too.