It's not easy being woke. Especially in today's political and cultural climate, which grows more volatile and disorienting every day. To stay woke, one has to not only be aware of shifts in politics and society, but also know the history of political and social movements. Being woke is a tall order, and, while movie-lovers might have a tough time being enlightened by Hollywood movies (they tend to be low on the woke scale), documentaries are an entirely other story. If you're a film lover who wants to be socially aware, then you're going to want to check out these 17 Netflix documentaries that'll help you stay woke.
What does it mean to "stay woke"? Well, that honestly depends on who you ask. The top definition on Urban Dictionary defines the term as "to keep informed of the sh**storm going on around you in times of turmoil and conflict." Essentially, "stay woke" means that you can cut through media lies and easy narratives to see the truth of a situation. In today's political climate, being woke mainly pertains to politics and issues of identity relating to race, gender, sexuality, and class. The modern term is most traced back to Erykah Badu's song "Master Teacher" released in 2008, according to Fusion, and was embraced by Black Lives Matter activists in recent years. For the purposes of this article, staying woke doesn't just address matters of race, but also matters of gender, sexuality, and political history. These 17 Netflix documentaries will help you stay woke and aware of the intersectional issues facing us today.