By Vivian Amissah |Staff Writer|
Violence, sexuality, racism and tragedy are what CSUSB students voted as the most relevant topics of four documentaries on Netflix.
“Blackfish,” “The Invisible War,” “Hot Girls Wanted” and “Dark Girls” were the top picks students viewed on Netflix.
Students expressed why these top four picks are influential in today’s time.
Students were asked if these documentaries were influential in today’s time or if they didn’t relate at all.
Fourth year student Christopher Malagon chose the documentary “The Invisible War,” which he picked based on how he thought it was influential in today’s time.
“Watching this documentary for the first time, it gave me a clear view how high sexual assault is within women,” said Malagon.
A variety of other students agreed along with Malagon that this film brought shameful secrets out and the world is beginning to realize these issues all over the world.
“The Invisible War” is an investigative documentary of how the U.S. kept a well-hidden secret about sexual assault in the U.S. Military.
The documentary paints a startling picture of the problem we have in the U.S. today.
According to Independent Television Service, “A female soldier in combat zones is more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire.”
Another top pick for students was “Blackfish,” which tells the story of Tilikum, a performing killer whale held in captivity by Sea World and the dispute over captive killer whales.
Ruby Hernandez was asked about her thoughts after watching “Blackfish.”
Hernandez said, “It’s amazing how thousands of people attend Sea World every day, but we all don’t know the tragedy that goes on behind the scenes.”
The film also involves interviews with trainers and the consequences of keeping killer whales in captivity.
Producer, Rashida Jones illustrates the real life success of porn stars in different perspectives and reveals a close view on how the industry works in the documentary “Hot Girls Wanted.”
The film introduces young women drawn into sex trades and how the porn industry was exposed.
Yudith Aguayo, a third year student said, “The problem of putting this type of film out to the public makes everyone think it is the norm, and it grabs young girls’ attention to the industry.”
The movie was released in April 2015 and has brought plenty of controversy within the industry today.
The final pick of the four documentaries was “Dark Girls,” a documentary that explores the colorism within the African-American culture.
The film contains how women with dark skin were brainwashed into believing that white skin features are culturally “better.”
It also includes interviews with African-American women and how women with darker skin face the world with prejudices vs. black women with lighter skin.
After watching the film student Dennise Rodriguez said, “I love this film, it was a fascinating and controversial documentary that explored how black women face prejudice everyday all around the world.”
Overall, students discussed these controversial issues that are shown today and had strong opinions on these particular films.
There are plenty of controversial issues that are crucial in today’s society and it opens the eyes of many individuals to give them a voice to stand up for what they believe in.