Business is an ever-changing aspect of life where you may think you know it all, but there are always lessons to be learnt or old ones to be reminded of. And one of the best ways to learn is through entertainment, such as watching documentaries that will shift your perspective on business. With that, here are six business documentaries (in no particular order) for you to flock to.  

She Did That (2019) 

Following the entrepreneurial journey of four black women, “She Did That” puts a focused spotlight on topics that are not as often spoken about. Such as funding gaps for women of colour, implicated bias as well as straight-forward racism in the business world. And more. They go through all of this while making history, building legacies as well as promoting the importance of looking after yourself. 

Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011) 

Jiro Ono is a man who dreams of sushi, hence the title “Jiro Dreams of Sushi”. So much so that he made it his life goal to be the best of the best sushi chef ever. At the age of 85, he succeeded with his tiny, 10-seater restaurant where people are willing to pay $300 for a plate. The documentary inspires all that the journey is never over, and passion is the best leader. 

Social Dilemma (2020) 

A blending of narrative drama and documentary investigation is the driving force behind the “Social Dilemma”. It goes behind the machination of everyone’s social media platforms while also taking a strong look at search engines. How they work, and why they do as they do.  

The Creative Brain (2019) 

Documentaries that will shift your perspective on business are not only about rags to riches but also about innovation. One of the many leading ways to innovate is through creativity. Businesspeople have to be creative, and this is what “The Creative Brain” looks at. David Eagleman, the name alone should make you want to watch, is a neuroscientist, entrepreneur, and author who meets accomplished professionals to hear the stories they have about demystifying the creative process.  

Furthermore, this documentary is based on David Eagleman and Anthony Brandt’s “The Runaway Species: How Human Creativity Remakes the World”. Allow the freedom of creativity to flow through you.  

Coded Bias (2020) 

Joy Buolamwini is a dark-skinned African American woman working as a researcher at MIT Media Lab who discovered that the AI (artificial intelligence) facial recognition systems were unable to catch the features of her face. This prompted her to dive deeper into the bias that is littered in the algorithms of the technology.

Coming to the point that AI is not neutral and, depending on who does the program, can be racist. That is what “Coded Bias” looks at makes our list of documentaries that will shift your perspective on business to watch.  

The Director: An Evolution in Three Acts (2013) 

The last one to mention on our little documentaries that will shift your perspective on business to check out is “The Director: An Evolution in Three Acts”. This documentary lets us look into the life of Italian fashion designer as well as Gucci’s creative director, Frida Giannini. The doc covers 18 months and also goes behind Gucci’s Spring/ Summer 2013 show. Watch as the clothes go from idea to runway to closest and all the in-betweens.  

Final note  on these business documentaries

Business documentaries that will shift your perspective can show your world in a different light. They can remind you of what was, show you what will be, and inspire you of what is to come. These are only a tiny portion out there. But the list is never-ending.  

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