When Netflix won its first Oscar in 2017, it unsurprisingly went to a documentary. Conceded, it was in the Documentary Short Subject category, but even before Netflix was turning out feature film at a near-weekly gait, its original films were already deserving Academy Award nominations and crucial acclaim. With that in psyche, here are the best Netflix original films to get you started. Catch up on them now, before you get overwhelmed by those 80 other original movies Netflix has the intention to release in 2018. –Chris Osterndorf
The good Netflix original documentaries
2013 was a breakout year for Tig Notaro–and one of her hardest. During a concert at New York City’s Largo, the lesbian comic “re coming out” with her breast cancer diagnosis in a make that became instantly iconic, in part because Notaro simply received the bulletin a daylight before the show–and it closely followed another health scare and the death of her father. The acclaimed Netflix documentary Tig cross-examine the comedian’s life during her treatment and in recovery–as she and her marriage attempt to have their first offspring. Kristina Goolsby and Ashley York’s film is both as honest and disarmingly insinuate as you would expect a film about Notaro to be. The documentary is an illustration to human resilience–about ascertaining the spirit to go on after gargantuan affliction. –Nico Lang
The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson searches the dreadful 1992 deaths among a famed gay rights activist, officially regulated suicide but which numerous believe to be a slaughter. Director David France uses the film to explore “the worlds largest” scope of Johnson’s life and impact on both the landscape of LGBTQ rights and those closest to her. — David Wharton
Director Lucy Cohen’s heart-wrenching Kingdom of Us is a handling and intimate vistum into the lives of a grieving spouse and her seven infants, all attempted to understand why patriarch Paul Shanks killed himself in Warwickshire, England’s Crackley Woods. Through old pedigree videos, interrogations, recited pens, and even songs, Cohen offer her documentary with precipitous extents to coping with mental illness and amazing loss. She goes inside the photographic negative of the presumably joyous household living out an idyllic countryside living and finds what went wrong. — Kahron Spearman
The best kind of journalism takes you on a excursion you didn’t expect. Nobody Speak: Tribulations of the Free Press starts with a wrestler’s sex videotape, then pivots into both a revel of the fourth estate and a striking alarm about the capacities of a free and independent press to survive the machinations of the billionaire class. It’s shocking, it’s surreal, and it’s readily the most important thing to come out of Hulk Hogan’s career. — D.W.
5) Amanda Knox
If you knew anything about Amanda Knox going into this documentary, in which she herself shows, you might be surprised by how cut and dry her case seems( spoiler alarm: it’s pretty clear she didn’t do it .) Yet the film is also a remember of the sensationalism that ricochetted up around her, and how easy it is to construction a narrative to satiate the public’s appetite for blood. As with any good genuine felony storey, there are elements of Knox’s case which are strange. She didn’t always act like a “typical” girl, she didn’t behave as she “should’ve” in certain situations. But under similar circumstances, who’s to suggest how any of us would react? Perhaps there are more detailed information on that night in 2007, when Knox’s roommate Meredith Kercher was slaughtered, that we’ll never fully understand. Certainly, a lot of people involved climbed to the incorrect opinions initially. But the film highlights the fact that the media’s painting of “Foxy Knoxy” was as much a part of the case’s mishandle as anything else. –C.O.