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20 Must See Documentaries Streaming On Netflix

It turns out that if you spend days on end watching documentaries for an article, you begin to believe the world is going to end. Now. Or next week at the latest.

But seriously, here are twenty hand-picked documentaries you can–and should–stream on Netflix:

Best Netflix Documentaries: Paper Clips (2004)

A tearjerker that follows one Tennessee school’s project to gather six million paper clips in order to understand the massive number of people murdered by the Nazis during the Holocaust.

Jesus Camp (2006)

The filmmakers attempted an unbiased look at a summer camp that trains children in the ways of evangelical Christianity. But the film caused such controversy that this camp was closed. Still, this type of indoctrination continues throughout the country — the above is a deleted scene.

Cropsey (2009)

Like a real-life Blair Witch Project, filmmakers go on a search for Cropsey, a childhood legend that had some actual victims: children who were abducted in the 1970s and 80s from Staten Island.

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How Do You Know You Exist?

Not to get too introspective, but have you ever wondered–under the influence or not–how you know for sure who you are? The good news is that if you have, you’re not alone. Educator James Zucker assesses these age-old questions and the various proposals of the West’s greatest philosophers.

Mexico City Artists Highlight Death’s Lighter Side Through Cemetery Cartoons

In efforts to foment creative activity in Mexico’s capital city, local artists have taken to an unlikely canvas: the gravestone. Through light animation, these artists turn death and its typical associations–the somber and morose–and turn them on their head, suggesting that death is not life’s end but another vibrant part of its continuation.

Get To Know The Rose Of Jericho, One Of Nature’s Most Resilient Creations

Often called the resurrection plant, the Rose of Jericho is thought to be one of the strongest plants in the world, as it can survive almost complete desiccation by collapsing into itself when lacking moisture and uncurling once the plant receives it. Spanish friars actually used the rose to teach natives the concept of rebirth. Oddly enough, it eventually turns into a tumbleweed, the cinematic prop of choice for dilapidation and decay. Learn more about this wondrous plant by watching the video above.