Science, economy, art, nature — how to change the mindset and attract Barack Obama to customers.
thoughts and practices. They can even influence the system: for example, thanks to the Netflix series “The Making of a Murderer”, they began to review the case of Stephen Avery.
The man was accused of murder, but there were many inconsistencies in his story. The Netflix documentary sparked debate in Stephen’s case, a petition calling for Avery’s acquittal even appeared on the White House website, and hackers from Anonymous began looking for evidence of his innocence. In 2019, the accused won the appeal.
We have collected 22 documentaries, watching which it is not a shame to spend the whole weekend – about the investigation of economic crimes, the influence of social networks on our lives, successful business and more.
Science and technology
We use “smart” fitness bracelets and voice assistants, but we often do not know how long it took for Siri to be able to understand our language. Netflix, Vox Media and other television companies tell how developments that have managed to become commonplace have developed.
“How does it work?” (2001)
How It’s Made
Production: Greenlight Films, Productions MAJ
Duration: 32 seasons of 13 episodes.
The documentary TV series will tell how ordinary objects are made, starting from a ballpoint pen or French fries, ending with the production of gadgets. By the way, most banal things are produced on high-tech equipment.
Producer: Vox Media
Duration: 3 seasons of 14–20 episodes.
The 20-minute episodes talk about cryptocurrency, genetic engineering and much more in an accessible way. A nice bonus is celebrities as narrators. For example, the series about the gender wage gap is voiced by the Canadian actress Rachel McAdams, and the American actor Kyle McLachlan talks about the scarcity of water resources.
“Social Dilemma” (2020)
The Social Dilemma
Duration: 94 minutes.
The film received 38 million views in the first 4 weeks after its release. It explores the “dilemmas” of using social networks:
Mental health: a survey by the American Journal of Epidemiology among 5,000 people showed that frequent use of social networks has a negative effect on mental and physical health, and also reduces the level of life satisfaction.
Democracies: The number of countries running political disinformation campaigns on social media doubled from 2017 to 2019, according to The New York Times.
Are social networks “allies” that have made communication easier, or a dangerous tool used to collect data and influence consciousness? Those who stood at the origins of Facebook, Google, Instagram and Twitter ponder this.
Economy and finance
No matter where you invest – in the IT sector, energy or real estate – there is always a chance to get rich and a risk to go bankrupt. You can find out how the best minds of our time created successful businesses and what economic crimes everyone can face, based on real cases, as well as on the experience of famous entrepreneurs.
Inside Bill’s Brain: Decoding Bill Gates (2019)
Inside Bill’s Brain: Decoding Bill Gates
Production: Concordia Studio, Netflix
Duration: 3 parts of 52 and 59 minutes each.
Bill Gates is a billionaire and ex-CEO of Microsoft. In the center of each episode of the documentary mini-series about him is a project that the Gates Foundation is engaged in. The director is Oscar winner Davis Guggenheim.
“Dirty Money” (2018)
Producer: Jigsaw Productions
Duration: 2 seasons of 6 episodes.
In each episode there is an investigation of economic crimes, built on the stories of the criminals, their victims and rare archival footage. Figures of investigations:
HSBC bank — laundered money for drug cartels
Racer Scott Tucker – issued illegal loans to millions of Americans
Volkswagen lied about the environmental friendliness of diesel engines
Former US President Donald Trump
“Bet on Zero” (2016)
Betting on Zero
Production: Biltmore Films, Zipper Bros Films
Duration: 1 hour 39 minutes.
“Bet on zero” is a documentary about the exposure of Herbalife, a company with a long history and a market capitalization of $3 billion. The famous financier and entrepreneur Bill Ekman accused the organization of using fraudulent schemes and bet $1 billion on its bankruptcy. What came out of this and how the fate of the financial pyramid turned out – see in the documentary.
Business ideas and entrepreneurship
How to build a business from scratch that will bring in millions of dollars and attract Barack Obama as a client? How are world-renowned companies organized? We learn from the examples of giants in our niche.
“Becoming Warren Buffett” (2017)
Becoming Warren Buffett
Producer: Kunhardt Films
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes.
Warren Buffett is one of the most famous investors in the world. He is fourth in the list of the richest people — the businessman’s fortune is estimated at $100 billion.
The film shows how the investor built a career and became the CEO of the Berkshire Hathaway holding. The corporation managed to “raise” from zero to $421 billion market capitalization. It is currently ranked sixth in the Fortune 500. The film also includes excerpts from an interview with Bill Gates, Buffett’s close friend.
“Jiro’s Dreams of Sushi” (2011)
Jiro Dreams of Sushi
Production: Preferred Content, Sundial Pictures:
Duration: 1 hour 21 minutes.
96-year-old Jiro Ono is considered the greatest sushi chef in the world. His tiny restaurant, Sukiyabashi Jiro, is tucked away in a subway station in Tokyo’s Ginza district. The establishment attracts people from all over the world, even at a price of $430 for a portion of sushi.
A place in the Dziro restaurant must be reserved at least a month in advance, there are only 10 seats in it. By 2020, the establishment had 3 Michelin stars, the maximum a restaurant can receive. Sukiyabashi Jiro was removed from the Michelin rating, because to reserve a table in the restaurant you need to be a regular visitor or have connections. Barack Obama called Jiro’s sushi the best he’s tried in his life.
Jiro Ono, who turned sushi making into an art, will tell you what it means to be passionate about your work.
“The American Experience: Henry Ford” (2015)
American Experience: Henry Ford
Production: Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), Sarah Colt Productions
Duration: 1 hour 52 minutes.
Henry Ford is the only great industrialist in history who did not take loans or issue securities, but developed production only with the help of his own profit.
Henry was born into a farmer’s family. He had to work in the garden and do household chores. Ford understood: these processes can be simplified or automated – for example, not carrying water up the stairs to the second floor, but laying a water pipe.
The film tells the story of a farm boy who, along with Edison, Rockefeller and Morgan, became one of the “builders of America”.