5 Must-See Documentaries

I am a documentary junkie. I think real life has plenty of drama and amazing twists with central characters who are worthy of analysis and emulation.

As vacation or stay cation draws to a close for many, there are a number of days left to catch up on some Netflix.

Here are some great opportunities for quality screen time.



  1.   Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau.  Eddie Aikau enlightened me regarding the social struggles of native Hawaiians.   He was a badass athlete, a ferociously loyal family man and friend. I would have loved to have a beer with him or waded on waters of the North Shore to get a glimpse of its guard and god-like surfing legend. After watching this, I hope one day someone might say, Clair would go. One thing we know for sure is, Eddie Would Go.Watch it today.


2. Ride the Divide Movie. An award-winning feature film about the world’s toughest mountain bike race, which traverses over 2700 miles along the Continental Divide in the Rocky Mountains. The film weaves the story of three characters’ experiences with immense mountain beauty and small-town culture as they attempt to pedal from Banff, Canada to a small, dusty crossing on the Mexican border. I became inspired to learn about this when my dear  partner in adventure, badass athlete, nothing is impossible, friend-I want-to-be, Maureen announced she was training for this very race. Go, Maureen! I want to make a documentary about you.


3.  Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead  100 pounds overweight, loaded up on steroids and suffering from a debilitating autoimmune disease, Joe Cross is at the end of his rope and the end of his hope. In the mirror he saw a 310lb man whose gut was bigger than a beach ball and a path laid out before him that wouldn’t end well— with one foot already in the grave, the other wasn’t far behind. FAT, SICK & NEARLY DEAD is an inspiring film that chronicles Joe’s personal mission to regain his health. The best part about this film is how Joe helps folks along his way by bringing his juicer and his message to anyone who will listen. He profoundly changes the lives of many including an unforgettable trucker. There is a sequel I have not yet viewed.

4.  Finding Traction  Ultra-marathoner Nikki Kimball tests her body and spirit in this documentary tracing her quest to break the record on Vermont’s 273-mile Long Trail. Finding running saved her from herself as she climbed out of the darkness of severe depression. She’s just amazing.Watch it with your teenage daughters.


And then there’s this:

5. True Crime: The Amanda Knox Documentary To mix up the choices, you gotta add a little foxy Knoxy.  Kinda like OJ – didn’t want to believe she did it, and she’s free. Scratching my head on this one. Thanks to my bestie, Beth – I gave this one a whirl and was surprised at how well done and fully researched this was. Be sure not to select the Lifetime movie choice about the topic; unless you are really attracted to cheese.

You’re welcome.

Happy New Year!


This Is Us

Not a documentary but a great TV show. Check it out.

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