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This riveting new Netflix docuseries has viewers stunned

Published Mar 25th, 2022 4:23PM EDT
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Some of the biggest Netflix titles lately have tended toward the documentary side of the content spectrum. For every movie like The Adam Project or fantastic series like Vikings: Valhalla or Inventing Anna that you can point to? There are big or nearly-as-big documentary titles like The Tinder Swindler or Bad Vegan that have rocketed up the Netflix charts. And that have, correspondingly, gotten the streamer’s global subscriber base buzzing.

A new docuseries along these lines that’s worth your time is 800 Meters. It’s a three-part series about a string of 2017 terrorist attacks in Spain. And here’s everything you need to know about the series.

800 Meters Netflix

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Elías León Siminiani, director of the Netflix docuseries “800 Meters.” Image source: Netflix

Firstly, Netflix’s logline reads as follows. “On August 17, 2017, in Barcelona, a van hurtled at top speed across the 800 meters separating the Plaza de Cataluña from the Joan Miró mosaic, smashing into a crowd of people. Hours later, another attack struck Cambrils, in Tarragona.

“These terrorist attacks were perpetrated by young men who were believed to be integrated into Spanish society. How could something like this happen?”

All told, the filmmakers included almost 200 hours of footage in this Netflix documentary series. And some 150 people worked on it. It also includes stories from survivors and authorities, and, additionally, pieces together a minute-by-minute chronology of what happened.

“The fact that they quickly fell into media oblivion, and the special nature of these jihadist attacks compared to others that occurred in Europe, given the by no means marginal profile of radicalized young people, were the main reasons why we wanted to delve into this story,” explained director Elías León Siminiani, in an interview included with Netflix’s press material.

As a result, he continued, the documentary team felt that there was an important story here. One that needed to be told from “a certain distance,” addressing a phenomenon that affects societies globally.

New Netflix documentary titles

As noted above, Netflix has taken its documentary slate to a new level in recent months. Turning out one title after another that’s riveted viewers and charted as a top release on the service.

Below, you’ll find a handful of recent titles along these lines that are must-watches. These are documentaries everyone has been talking about. Some of which have, accordingly, charted as top-ranked titles on Netflix. We’ve included descriptions from the streamer about each title below, as well as links that take you right to them.

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A scene from the new Netflix series “Bad Vegan.” Image source: Netflix

Without further ado, some of Netflix’s biggest recent documentary releases include:

  • Bad Vegan: “A-list vegan chef Sarma Melngailis falls for a mysterious charmer who sweeps her off her feet, promising to pay her debts.”
  • The Tinder Swindler: “Posing as a wealthy, jet-setting diamond mogul, he wooed women online then conned them out of millions of dollars. Now some victims plan for payback.”
  • Downfall: The Case Against Boeing: “Investigators reveal how Boeing’s alleged priority of profit over safety could have contributed to two catastrophic crashes within months of each other.”
  • Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom: “Over 93 days in Ukraine, what started as peaceful student demonstrations became a violent revolution and full-fledged civil rights movement.”

More Netflix coverage: For more Netflix news, check out our coverage of the latest new Netflix movies and series to watch.

Andy Meek Trending News Editor

Andy Meek is a reporter based in Memphis who has covered media, entertainment, and culture for over 20 years. His work has appeared in outlets including The Guardian, Forbes, and The Financial Times, and he’s written for BGR since 2015. Andy's coverage includes technology and entertainment, and he has a particular interest in all things streaming.

Over the years, he’s interviewed legendary figures in entertainment and tech that range from Stan Lee to John McAfee, Peter Thiel, and Reed Hastings.