Julia, the Julia Child documentary

Julia the documentary is a look at Julia Child’s entire life from directors Julie Cohen and Betsy West. It uses a wealth of archival footage of her cooking and giving interviews. People who knew her and worked with her speak, and modern chefs who owe so much to her were interviewed.

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Review: Phoenix Rising, Evan Rachel Wood’s story

Phoenix Rising uses two feature length episodes to document the story of Evan Rachel Wood and her abuser, rocker Marilyn Manson. It’s very frank, horrific, and hard to watch, but necessary. Amy Berg directed.

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Lucy and Desi is a loving tribute to the world famous entertainers

Lucy and Desi, from director Amy Poehler, is a look at the entire life stories of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. It tells about their early lives, their marriage, their business empire, and their influence on television and American culture.

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Review: Ella Fitzgerald Just One of Those Things

Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things taught me so many things I didn’t know about the marvelous Ella Fitzgerald. I’m a lifelong fan of her music, but I didn’t know much about her personal life and struggles. This Netflix documentary fills in a lot of the details.

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Review: Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It

Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It puts the decades in perspective in the documentary story of Rita Moreno. From her humble beginnings in Puerto Rico to her legendary and iconic status now, her life unfolds with love and affection in this documentary.

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Review: My Name is Pauli Murray

My Name is Pauli Murray is a revelation. I was today years old when I found out how much influence she/they (more on gender in a bit) had on American life and on women and people of color. She was a trailblazer, a fighter, a visionary, a poet, a lawyer, a priest. Everyone should watch this documentary. It’s streaming on Prime Video.

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Pray Away, history of a damaging movement

Pray Away tells the story of how the “pray the gay away” movement among conservative Christians began. Some of the former leaders of the movement explained their stories. Unfortunately, this damaging and dangerous practice is still ongoing. This documentary is on Netflix.

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Playing with Sharks: The Valerie Taylor Story

Playing with Sharks: The Valerie Taylor Story tells the story of an Australian woman who devoted her life to dispelling myths about sharks. It’s a National Geographic documentary and can be seen on Disney+.

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Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) is a feature documentary about the legendary 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival which celebrated African American music and culture, and promoted Black pride and unity.” -IMDb

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LFG: equal pay for women athletes

LFG is a new HBO documentary about the lawsuit women soccer players from the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team brought against their soccer organization for equal pay.

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