As the nights are getting crisp and summer is slowly fading, we’re spending more and more time indoors.

But that doesn’t mean we have to hibernate. As it turns out, Netflix streams a wide range of documentaries that address democracy, political systems, personal data, elections, and citizen movements.

Getting smarter about the world we live in while staying inside with a cup of tea? That is our cup of tea.

1. Knock Down The House (2019)

What is it about? This film tells the story of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Amy Vilela, Cori Bush and Paula Jean Swearengin, four female Democrats who ran for Congress in the 2018 U.S. elections.

Why is it a must-see? The documentary offers a unique behind-the-scenes glimpse of an election that was anticipated and followed across the world, and shines a light on the political ascent of a bartender, a coal miner’s daughter, a mother in grief and a nurse. Also, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who ended up securing her place in Congress, is the youngest woman ever to do so, and has become a role model for girls across the world to get involved in local politics.

Watch it here.

2. The Edge of Democracy (2019)

What is it about? This docufilm takes a closer look at the rise and fall of Brazilian presidents Lula (Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva) and Dilma Rousseff, and the polarisation of the political climate in Brazil.

Why is it a must-see? This personal account of a country slipping from a free and democratic system into right-wing authoritarianism is relevant across the world, as it echoes the movements and sentiments that are currently on the rise in the US and Europe.

Watch it here.

3. Incorruptible (2015)

What it is about? In 2011, Senegalese president Wade decided to change the constitution to prolong his presidency. As a result, a creative youth movement arose to protect the integrity of the democratic system.

Why is it a must-see? Citizens’ trust in democracy is declining worldwide, and we’re bombarded with negative examples every day. This documentary brings a more hopeful story. Besides, it’s not scared to ask the difficult questions: how sustainable is a citizens’ movement really, and what can young people do to help shape their countries?

Watch it here.

4. The Great Hack (2019)

What is it about? In a notorious 2018 data scandal, it was revealed that Cambridge Analytica had used the personal data of millions of non-consenting Facebook users for political purposes. Through the storylines of affected parties from all sides of the scandal, this docu dives deeper into what happens with our personal data online.

Why is it a must-see? Everyone with an online presence has personal data floating around on the web. How is this data protected? And what happens to our data if it’s not? These are questions that are relevant to all of us.

Watch it here.

5. Engaging People

What is it about? This docuseries puts change-makers and involved citizens in the spotlight.

Why is it a must-see? The different stories of these individual citizens taking up active roles to strengthen their communities are inspiring, and they might motivate you to get involved as well!

Watch it here.

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