There are some exceptional new documentaries, dealing with humanity outside the U.S. that we should all watch, recently added to let’s get started.
City of Joy is a 2018 movie directed by Madeleine Gavin. It deals with women sexually brutalized during the war in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. It features two women seeking help at the City of Joy, a revolutionary leadership center for women, and Dr. Denis Mulwege and Christine Schuler Deschryver, the center’s creators. It is a grueling but uplifting experience for the viewer and enlightening for all viewers. And it gets 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Netflix also offers Daughters of Destiny, a mini-series shot by Vanessa Roth. It’s about five girls from the Dalits caste, the lowest in India‘s still, unfortunately, important caste system, who go to the Shanti Bhavan Children’s Project, a free boarding school started by Abraham George. Roth filmed the series over seven years, featuring girls of different ages, all from the same caste and from impoverished families, as well. It is an amazing series and gets an 8.4/10 on IMDb.
And, finally, Netflix has The Pearl of Africa, a 2016 documentary on a transgender woman in Uganda. Cleopatra Kambugu decided to live openly as transgender in 2014 Uganda, a very dangerous place for anyone of a minority gender group. Directed by Jonny von Wallstrom, The Pearl of Africa is an amazing movie about a remarkable girl. And it gets a 6.8/10 on IMDb.