Celebrate International Women’s Day By Having a ‘Netflix and Chill’ Session With Some Great Documentaries

Posted in Movies, Netflix by - March 08, 2016

Today, March 8th, you can celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD) with documentaries highlighting incredible tales of strong, ambitious and passionate females with these titles and many more on Netflix Canada.

What Happened, Miss Simone?

This documentary on the incomparable Nina Simone aims to shed light on her personal and musical life. Miss Simone, known for her musical genius, as well as her political activism, is portrayed as having many complexities. Her music came to define her, yet the world knew very little about what was happening behind closed doors.

Genius is complex, and so was Miss Simone. Filmmaker Liz Garbus cannot address all that encompasses who Nina Simone was in this one film. It does, however, give us a glimpse into the complexity of her life, good and bad. For those who are unfamiliar with her history, this is one version of her story is one place to start.what-happened-miss-simone


This documentary began as comedian Tig Notaro’s she announced to her audience she had cancer back in 2012. Directors Kristina Goolsby and Ashley York include recreations of Notaro’s up and downs which led her to turn to comedy as a profession, in order to give us a more intimate look into Notaro’s life and rise to co

The result is an alternately moving glimpse into the comedian’s process turning her worst fears and anxieties into comic gold. A very funny and poignant film.


Girl Eat World

girl-eat-world_80074516Food writer and MasterChef South Africa winner Kamini Pather’s mission is to discover how food is changing the way people think about themselves and their city.

Kamini explores the cultural histories of each city evident in food culture. She visits hidden gems, quiet restaurants, bustling markets, swinging night spots, breweries, pop-up dinners, cocktail bars, street stalls and neighbourhoods in transition. From Bangkok to Berlin, from Sydney to Copenhagen, from delectable haute cuisine to exotic street food, Kamini eats as the locals do, soaking up the history, culture and food story of each city.

These are three documentaries we have chosen to highlight today. Netflix Canada has other documentaries about strong women, which you can watch anytime. Here are a few more suggestions for you.

Venus and Serena
Good Ol’ Freda

Although IWD is today we encourage you to support these films along with others, which celebrate the work and life of extraordinary women, all year-round.

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Heidy has a love of fine art history, films, books, world issues, music and science, leading her to share her adventures on her website (www.hyemusings.ca) , and as a contributor at other outlets. She loves sharing the many happenings in Toronto and hopes people will go out and support the arts in any fashion possible.

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