What to Watch While Staying Home – Netflix Edition

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What to Watch While Staying Home – Netflix Edition

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With a “safer at home” order in place in Wisconsin, many of us are streaming more movies and TV shows than ever before. YWCA  of Greater Lafayette put together a list of movies and TV shows that align with the YWCA mission to eliminate racism and empower women.

This list includes Netflix shows and movies, keep an eye out for Hulu, Disney+ and Amazon Prime. Those lists will be coming soon!

For the Whole Family

  • Raising Dion –  (Netflix) Nicole, single-mother and former professional dancer, is struggling to figure out how to raise her suddenly superhuman son, Dion, all while job-hunting and mourning the death of her husband. (TV-G)
  • Leap – (Netflix) A tale of two orphans; One longs to be a ballerina, the other an inventor. There’s only one city for a pair of dreamers like them: Paris. (PG)
  • A Wrinkle In Time – (Netflix) Years after their father disappears, Meg and her younger brother Charles Wallace cross galaxies on a quest to save him from the heart of darkness. (PG)
  • The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind – (Netflix) Inspired by a science book, 13-year-old William Kamkwamba builds a wind turbine to save his Malawian village from famine. Based on a true story. (TV-PG)
  • Brainchild – (Netflix) From germs and emotions to social media and more, host Sahana Srinivasan explains the science of our world in a way that’s refreshingly relatable. (TV-G)
  • One Day at a Time  – (Netflix) In a re-imagining of a TV classic, a newly single Latina mother raises her teen daughter and tween son with the “help” of her old-school mom. (TV-PG)
  • Dumplin’ – (Netflix) To prove a point about measuring up and fitting in, Texas teen Willowdean Dixon enters a local pageant run by her ex-beauty queen mom. (PG-13)

Mature Dramas

  • Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker – (Netflix) – The story of C.J. Walker’s rise from poverty to build a beauty empire and become the first female self-made millionaire. Based on a true story. (TV-MA)
  • Moonlight – (Netflix) Acclaimed coming-of-age drama about a young man who grows up poor, Black and gay in a rough Miami neighborhood trying to find his place in the world. (R)
  • Mudbound  – (Netflix) Two Mississippi families — one Black, one white — confront the brutal realities of prejudice, farming and friendship in a divided World War II era. (R)
  • Gentefied – (Netflix) “a bilingual love letter to Boyle Heights, a Latinx neighborhood east of downtown Los Angeles and an epicenter of Mexican-American culture.” – Vulture (TV-MA)
  • Someone Great – (Netflix) On the heels of a blindsiding breakup, music journalist Jenny braces for a new beginning — and one last adventure with her closest friends. (R)
  • Frances Ha – (Netflix) Determined to make it as a modern dancer in New York, a young woman pursues her unlikely goal with more enthusiasm than natural talent. (R)


  • He Named Me Malala – (Netflix) The story of a teenage Pakistani girl shot for her advocacy of women’s education, her survival, and her continued efforts. (PG-13)
  • 13th – Scholars, activists and politicians analyze the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison boom. (TV-MA)
  • What Happened, Miss Simone? – (Netflix) Using never-before-heard recordings, rare archival footage and her best-known songs, this is the story of legendary singer and activist Nina Simone. (TV-14)
  • Miss Representation – (Netflix) Explore how the mainstream media’s often disparaging portrayals of women contribute to the under-representation of females in positions of leadership. (TV-MA)
  • Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise – (Netflix) Poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou is celebrated using her own words set over rare photographs and video illustrating her remarkable life. (TV-PG)
  • Ladies First – (Netflix) Born amid poverty, Deepika Kumari rose to become the No. 1 female archer in the world at 18. (TV-G)