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Netflix November: 1 Month, 5 Documentaries

Can You Watch Them All?

Wow, how is it November?! With just two months left to crush your resolutions for the year, join us for our eleventh monthly (and totally realistic) challenge, perfect for chilly fall nights and weekends — Netflix November.


November is practically begging you to spend some nights cuddled up inside, so for those lazy evenings when you're not feeling a book, we're challenging you to spend some time watching thought-provoking documentaries instead of re-watching The Office for the nth time.

The challenge itself is easy — just pick (and watch) 5 documentaries/docuseries that you haven't yet seen, one for every weekend in November. The goal of this challenge is to use screen-time more productively and to broaden your horizons by leaving your normal TV/Movie comfort zone.

In spite of the title of this challenge (selected for alliterative effect only), please don't feel restricted to documentaries on Netflix — we recommend doing some research and selecting documentaries that address topics you know relatively little about.

That said, for your convenience, we've got a list of 5 great documentaries (and docuseries) streaming on Netflix right now.

Let us know what you decide to watch — and your other recommendations – in the comments!

Knock Down the House

Whatever your political beliefs or thoughts on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, you'll be inspired by this tale of grit and the strengths it takes to build a grassroots political movement with the power to challenge the Washington establishment.

13th

Filmmaker Ava DuVernay unpacks racial inequality and mass incarceration in the United States, addressing the sinister motivates that explain why the U.S.'s prisons are disproportionately filled with African-Americans.

Blue Planet II

This series will have you diving deep into the world's vast oceans like you've never seen them before. (Don't worry, just watching one episode counts for the purpose's of this challenge ;))

The Keepers

While a single episode of this docuseries is all you need to watch for this challenge, we guarantee that if you try one episode, you'll finish the rest. This series explores the unsolved murder of Cathy Cesnik, a beloved nun and Catholic high school teacher in Baltimore. She disappeared in 1969 and her body was found two months later, but her killer remains unnamed. A story of violence and sexual abuse, it is also one of the power of survivorship and community.

Homecoming: A Film By Beyoncé

Is there anything Beyoncé can't do? She wrote, directed, and produced this film about her 2018 Coachella performance by herself. If you're ready to be inspired by one of the hardest working people in show business, give Homecoming a try — there's a reason it's got 98% on rotten tomatoes.

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How These Companies Are Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

According to a recent study, anti-Asian hate crimes have risen 150% since the pandemic started. But these acts of violence are not new — they are part of a much larger history of anti-Asian racism and violence in the U.S.

That makes celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (which was named a month-long celebration in May by Congress in 1992 "to coincide with two important milestones in Asian/Pacific American history: the arrival in the United States of the first Japanese immigrants on May 7, 1843 and contributions of Chinese workers to the building of the transcontinental railroad, completed May 10, 1869") this year all the more important.

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How Embracing What She Doesn’t Know Led Autodesk’s Arezoo Riahi to a Fulfilling Career in DEI

Arezoo Riahi isn't a big fan of the "fake it till you make it" approach. She'd rather ask for the help she needs and learn from it.

Autodesk's Director of Diversity and Belonging joined the design software company from the nonprofit world after a long career in connecting people from different cultures. While her work had been deeply rooted in DEI values, there were certain parts of the strategy-building aspects to her new role that she wasn't sure about.

"If you know it, show up like you know it. If you don't know it, you shouldn't fake it. And Autodesk didn't shame me for not knowing everything. They helped me, and the entire team, by providing the resources that we needed, bringing in outside expertise to help teach us when we were in new territory," says Arezoo, who has been at Autodesk for three years now, during which she's been promoted twice into her current role.

We sat down with Arezoo to hear more about her path into DEI work, what she thinks the future of that work must include, and what advice she has for women looking to build fulfilling careers, from knowing what you don't know and beyond.

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Behind-the-Scenes: Sales Interview Process at LogMeIn

Get an inside look at the interview process for sales roles at LogMeIn, one of the largest SaaS companies providing remote work technology, from Michael Gagnon, Senior Manager of Corporate Account Executive Sales.

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How Being an Open Member of the LGBTQIA+ Community Has Helped Procore’s Alex Zinik Overcome Imposter Syndrome at Work

Alex Zinik wasn't surprised that she started her career in education—she decided she would become a teacher when she was just in third grade.

She was surprised while working as a paraeducator in the school system and preparing to become a special education teacher, she discovered that it didn't feel quite right. "I didn't know if that's what I really wanted to do," she recalls.

So a friend suggested she take a job during her off summers at construction software company Procore. She thought this would be the perfect opportunity to try out this new challenge, and if she needed to, she could go back to the school district once the summer was over.

"Five summers later, I'm still here!" she says, smiling. "And I see myself here for many more years. I just fell in love with the company, the culture, and with the career growth opportunities I was presented with."

As part of our Pride month celebrations, Alex, currently the Senior Executive Assistant to the CEO at Procore, sat down with us to share how a common fear—the fear of being found out—underlay the imposter syndrome she felt when pivoting to an industry in which she lacked experience, and the anxiety she often felt before coming out to her friends and family about her sexuality.

Read on for her insight on overcoming negative thought patterns, being yourself, and paying it forward.

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The Outlook That Helps CSL’s Paula Manchester Invest in Herself and Her Team

If you told Paula Manchester that you weren't good at math, she wouldn't believe you.

"That's a global indictment," she says. "'I'm not good at math' implies that you don't have the ability to nurture that muscle. And then I'd ask what kind of math? There's a lot to math."

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