Happy Monday everyone! And, if you’re anywhere other than the east coast this week, happy almost first day of spring!
For everyone in New York this week, MAN, our forecast looks downright awful. Snow on Tuesday and Wednesday? And here I am, as I mentioned last week, stocking up on spring dresses and shoes! Heck, I’m filming a spring haul video tomorrow, for crying out loud!
So, what’s any self-respecting, urban dweller to do? Hibernate! I’m currently stocking up on a few favorite Fresh Direct orders, a bone or two for Elvis and figuring out my documentary watchlist. There are SO many good ones right now available on Netflix (including a few Oscar-nominated ones) — that I’ve made a list of my most recent binge-worthy obsessions, with a few thrown in that are on my radar for this coming week. Not all of these will be available to you due to some geographical restrictions. However, using one of the proxies on the Avoid Censorship website will provide a solution to this problem. That said, let’s kick things off!
One word of warning before we start though: I tend to be drawn to the macabre — think murder mysteries, intense crime investigations or just the downright bizarre (lately, my kick has been cults, not sure why). So if you happen to relate, then I think you’ll find the following FASCINATING.
Wild Wild Country: Admittedly, I’ve just started this series (and if my boyfriend happens to be reading this, I haven’t watching ANY of it, since I’m waiting for you to get back from your work trip), but WOW, I’m hooked. This docuseries chronicles the rise of Indian guru Bhagwan Shree Rahneesh, who leads his legion of loyal followers to build a utopian commune in the backcountry hills of Oregon during the 1980s — sounds idyllic, right? It quickly turns dark though — as their counterculture starts to unnerve the nearby townspeople — weaving a tale of rebellion, religious freedom and the blurred lines of what some may call a cult.
On Her Shoulders: Disclaimer: I cried. A lot during this documentary. It follows the story of Nadia Murad, a Yazidi massacre survivor, whose village was targeted by ISIS in 2014, killing over 700 of her fellow townspeople, many of the men. The women who were left, became sex slaves. She has since escaped and now is the spokesperson and activist for her people, campaigning for global assistance, intervention and recognition of what is happening to her corner of the world. While this story could easily paint her as the victim, which she arguably is once you hear what she and many others like her have endured, her story is of strength and perseverance — and I can’t help but tear up while writing this.