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This is a guest post by Angelita Williams.

If you’re tired of watching the same high-budget Hollywood-produced motion picture, whether it’s the newest action movie or comedy, I have a recommendation for you. Why not venture to the documentary section of your Netflix and investigate the true and compelling stories of real people? There are dozens and dozens of documentaries to choose from, and all of them offer rewarding content. You just have to figure out which documentary would interest you the most. Here are just three absorbing documentaries you could (and should) watch instantly from the comfort of your home.

The Kings of Pastry

This documentary focuses on contestants of an unimaginably trying and thorough culinary exam held once every four years in France. Those who pass the exam are known as the Meilleurs Ouvriers de France (or MOFs). The Kings of Pastry is about chefs who participate in the pastry area of the exam, a three day long slog that requires years and years of preparation and training. The few people who become MOFs are recognized as some of the most skilled chefs in the world in their discipline.

The main chef targeted in the documentary is Jacquy Pffeifer, a French pastry chef working in Chicago who we see train extensively before he tries his hand at the exam. The documentary combines all the drama and suspense of any high-stakes American competition show with the grace and class shown by French chefs. The movie is a must-see for anyone interested in culinary affairs.

Bill Cunningham New York

You’ve got to watch this documentary if you have even a passing interest in fashion. Heck, even if you don’t care about fashion, there’s no way you could resist the allure in this fascinating character study. Bill Cunningham New York follows the eighty-plus year old fashion photographer around as he does what he has been doing since the fifties: taking pictures of people’s clothes on the streets of New York City.

Bill Cunningham is something of an enigmatic figure in the fashion world. Though he’s contributed countless images to the fashion world, having a very clear impact on trends and future fashion themes, no one interviewed during the documentary can say much about him as a person. This might be because (as the documentary reveals) Cunning devotes the entirety of his life to fashion, no exceptions. The movie is nothing short of moving and definitely a great choice if you’re looking for something new to watch.

Darkon

If you want to get in touch with your more nerdy side, look no further than this surprisingly compelling documentary that addresses the subject of live action role-playing (or LARPing). Darkon is about a large group of people in Baltimore, Maryland who adopt alternate fantasy personas as they collaboratively participate in fabricated adventures. You’ll meet people who work normal family men and women who at first glance seem like any other American. They have jobs to maintain and bills to pay, and their houses look like anyone else’s. But when they enter Darkon, their fantasy LARPing realm, they become generals, kings, and warriors. Those who are timid in real life are eloquent speakers in Darkon; it’s a space where anyone can be anyone.

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This guest post is contributed by Angelita Williams, who writes on the topics of online courses.  She welcomes your comments at her email Id: angelita.williams7 @gmail.com.