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‘Chillin’ like a villain’: Netflix docus to binge-watch this weekend

by Jericho Zafra

AND just like that, it’s the weekend.

The long wait is finally over. It’s Saturday and it’s that time of the week when it’s acceptable to ignore emails, lay on the bed the whole day, and of course, reward yourself with some good series to watch after a bustling week.

Looking for something to watch? Here are some Netflix documentaries to make your weekend more interesting:

Our Father

Total running time: 1 hour and 37 minutes

Director: Lucie Jordan

What would you do if you found out that your father is your mom’s doctor and neither of you knows about it? 

This is the story of Our Father which delves into the case of Donald Cline, a former Indiana-based fertility doctor who illicitly artificially inseminated his sperm into women. Eager to know what happened next? Watch and you’ll be shocked.

The Tinder Swindler

Total running time: 1 hour and 54 minutes

Director: Felicity Morris

Swipe left or swipe right?

Felicity Morris’ true crime documentary The Tinder Swindler is a British production that debuted on Netflix on February 2, 2022. The documentary chronicles the story of Israeli fraudster Simon Leviev (real name Shimon Hayut), who used the online dating application Tinder to meet people who he later emotionally blackmailed and guilt-tripped into supporting his opulent lifestyle under the excuse that he needs the money to flee his foes.

The Keepers

Total running time: 7 hours ( seven episodes) 

Director: Ryan White 

Old school secrets? 

Sister Cathy Cesnik was a teacher at Archbishop Keough High School in Baltimore. She was killed in 1969, and her murder remains unsolved to this day. The Keepers relates the story of her death. More than five decades have passed, and two of her former students are adamant to uncover the truth about what transpired and to fight for justice on behalf of their cherished educator.

FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened

Total running time: 1 hour and 37 minutes

Director: Chris Smith

Luxurious, exclusive, star-studded musical party on the beach? Well, it’s possible – but it never really happened.

The American documentary Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened was released in 2019 and tells the story of Billy McFarland and the unsuccessful Fyre Festival in 2017.

As a result of issues that arose during the first weekend of the Fyre Festival involving safety, food, lodging, medical services, and artist relations, the festival was initially postponed indefinitely and then subsequently canceled completely.

The Great Hack

Total running time: 2 hours and 19 minutes

Directors: Karim Amer and Jehane Noujaim

Do you want to know how social media was used to mechanize political power and in what ways social media users, including their data, were commodified for a corruptive agenda?

The documentary “Great Hack” explains in great depth how social media sites like Facebook and data businesses like Cambridge Analytica capture and use the data of their users to offer customers products and services, including political figures and campaigns.

Abducted in Plain Sight

Total running time: 1 hour and 30 minutes 

Director: Skye Borgman

How far will your trust go?

The Abducted in Plain Sight documentary revolves around the case of Jan Broberg, then 12 years old, who was drugged and kidnapped from her home in a connected, religious village in Idaho by a reputed neighbor and close family friend. It took place in 1974.

Broberg was held captive in Mexico by Robert Berchtold for a period of five weeks, and during that time he sexually assaulted Broberg and coerced her into marrying him.

Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes 

Total running time: 3 hours and 55 minutes (four episodes)

Director: Joe Berlinger

The documentary follows Ted Bundy’s felonies, imprisonment, getaways, and death. The series includes archival material, official evidence, private images, and Stephen Michaud’s 1980 interviews conducted while he was on execution row.

On January 24, 1989, Ted Bundy was put to death in an electric chair. The notorious serial killer was given the death penalty in Florida State Prison after killing over 30 women. 

Can’t decide what to watch from the list? Why not watch them all and mute all your work calls?

And just like that, you’re truly chillin’ like a villain.



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