On Netflix Now: Films about Philosophy

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Political theory, free will and religion are well represented in this collection of films on Netflix now. Though the films do not deal in the complex semantics of philosophy, as it is studied in academia, they are nonetheless meaningful meditations on the essence of truth, being and existence.

Two documentaries from the magnificent Mr Herzog which vary wildly in tone, with Cave of Forgotten Dreams exulting in the very finest aspects of human nature and Into the Abyss doing exactly as its title intimates.

Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010) and Into the Abyss (2011)
Director: Werner Herzog
Cave of Forgotten Dreams examines the elaborate Paleolithic cave paintings recently discovered in the Ardèche Valley. It is an inspiring exploration of the origins of creativity and human curiosity.

Into the Abyss, however, explores the converse of those impulses: murder and destruction. It features two death row inmates who have received the ultimate sentence for a gruesome crime. In a very detached way, Herzog muses on the nature of death and vengeance.

DMT: The Spirit Molecule (2010) Director: Mitch Schultz

DMT: The Spirit Molecule is a fascinating meditation on the  mystery of human consciousness. It specifically focuses on the research of Dr Rick Strassman an American psychiatrist who undertook groundbreaking research into the effects of the psychedelic drug DMT on the human brain. The result of his experiments were incredible and raised profound questions about our perception of time, space and indeed the entire Universe.

These films are available on Netflix US.