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Now That Netflix Is In India, Here Are 5 Shows (And A Movie) You Just Can’t Miss

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In case you hadn’t heard already, Netflix—the world’s biggest premium film and television streaming website—has finally made it to India! Netflix is the home to a large variety of original programming as well as films and TV shows from various other sources, and in case the numerous options available are making it hard for you to pick which show or movie to watch, here’s a simple guide to start you off on your streaming journey! These are 6 shows and films that you just can’t miss—

Black Mirror

Truly and utterly mindboggling, this sci-fi anthology series, in the vein of Twilight Zone, reflects upon the darker side of the effects of technology on human nature. In parts hilarious, and in parts brutally shocking, this show reflects on modern society like nothing you’ve seen before. Though each episode tackles a different plot with a different cast and setting, they have one thing in common—they will all leave you only able to sit and stare at a blank screen, wondering what you just watched. Beyond all of the thought-provoking, mind-bending, and world building, the acting and aesthetic is sharp and nuanced, and the unprecedented twists and turns will always keep you guessing and on the edge of your seat.

Making A Murderer

Heralded as Netflix’s answer to the hit podcast ‘Serial‘, Making a Murderer tells the tragic story of Two Rivers, Wisconsin-native Steven Avery. After serving 18 years in prison for a sexual assault and attempted murder charge he maintains he never committed, new evidence exonerates Avery, making him a free man. Now 41 years old and looking to clear his name, Avery sues Manitowoc County for a whopping $36 million in damages. However, shortly after filing the lawsuit, Avery’s name is once again tied to another crime, this time in the disappearance and assumed death of photographer Teresa Halbach. Coincidentally, Avery faces the same people who wrongfully put him behind bars in the mid-1980s and yet again argue his innocence. Incredibly exhilarating yet downright exasperating at times, Netflix’s Making a Murderer is one of the most fascinating true crime documentaries out there.

BoJack Horseman

Netflix’s original, animated comedy features voices from some of the biggest stars on TV today (i.e. Will Arnett, Alison Brie, Aaron Paul) and tells the story of a washed up, fictional horse who attempts to reignite his stagnant celebrity career. While the world its set in might seem bizarre and fictional, its meditations on the human condition, celebrity life, and depression and abandonment are immensely real and impactful. Come for the laughs and amazing voice cameos, stay for the important revelations!

Jessica Jones

Marvel’s tie-up with Netflix has undoubtedly yielded the best results on-screen, and this show is further proof. Ostensibly a superhero show, features a hard-drinking, badass female protagonist (the titular Jessica) who not only beats up the baddies, but also offers important commentary on issues such as rape, consent, mental health and dealing with trauma. The whole show unfolds as a battle against patriarchy and male entitlement. The icing on the cake is its brilliant representation—it has nuanced lesbian characters, characters of colour, and mental health patients. Seriously, what are you even doing with your life if you haven’t watched this show yet?

Beasts Of No Nation

A harrowing tale of war, hardship and the loss of innocence, this is Netflix’s first foray into feature-film territory. Directed by True Detective director Cary Fukunaga, and starring the indomitable Idris Elba, this film chronicles the adventures of a child soldier in West Africa, who gets recruited by a brutal, ruthless warlord (played by Elba). This is often hard to watch due to the bleakness of the subjects it tackles, but the acting, the story and the cinematography will keep you hooked. The world it depicts is a cruel one, but the story it tells is extremely important.

Master Of None

This is one of those shows that if you miss out, you miss out on an important life experience. There are few shows on television right now that are crafted this beautifully, whether it be dialogue, character or plot. It tackles some serious issues—from fatherhood, to the immigrant experience, to racism in mainstream media, to casual sexism, to sex and relationships—but infuses a sense of such natural, real humour into it, that it almost feels like the events unfolding on screen are actually happening to you. It feels like the Louis C.K. treatment, but with Aziz Ansari’s sensibility and that is pretty much the best combination a show can have.

So what are you waiting for? Get that Netflix account—and the first month is free, by the way—and let the binge-watching begin! Netflix and Chill indeed!

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An ambassador and trained facilitator under Eco Femme (a social enterprise working towards menstrual health in south India), Sanjina is also an active member of the MHM Collective- India and Menstrual Health Alliance- India. She has conducted Menstrual Health sessions in multiple government schools adopted by Rotary District 3240 as part of their WinS project in rural Bengal. She has also delivered training of trainers on SRHR, gender, sexuality and Menstruation for Tomorrow’s Foundation, Vikramshila Education Resource Society, Nirdhan trust and Micro Finance, Tollygunj Women In Need, Paint It Red in Kolkata.

Now as an MH Fellow with YKA, she’s expanding her impressive scope of work further by launching a campaign to facilitate the process of ensuring better menstrual health and SRH services for women residing in correctional homes in West Bengal. The campaign will entail an independent study to take stalk of the present conditions of MHM in correctional homes across the state and use its findings to build public support and political will to take the necessary action.

Saurabh has been associated with YKA as a user and has consistently been writing on the issue MHM and its intersectionality with other issues in the society. Now as an MHM Fellow with YKA, he’s launched the Right to Period campaign, which aims to ensure proper execution of MHM guidelines in Delhi’s schools.

The long-term aim of the campaign is to develop an open culture where menstruation is not treated as a taboo. The campaign also seeks to hold the schools accountable for their responsibilities as an important component in the implementation of MHM policies by making adequate sanitation infrastructure and knowledge of MHM available in school premises.

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Harshita is a psychologist and works to support people with mental health issues, particularly adolescents who are survivors of violence. Associated with the Azadi Foundation in UP, Harshita became an MHM Fellow with YKA, with the aim of promoting better menstrual health.

Her campaign #MeriMarzi aims to promote menstrual health and wellness, hygiene and facilities for female sex workers in UP. She says, “Knowledge about natural body processes is a very basic human right. And for individuals whose occupation is providing sexual services, it becomes even more important.”

Meri Marzi aims to ensure sensitised, non-discriminatory health workers for the needs of female sex workers in the Suraksha Clinics under the UPSACS (Uttar Pradesh State AIDS Control Society) program by creating more dialogues and garnering public support for the cause of sex workers’ menstrual rights. The campaign will also ensure interventions with sex workers to clear misconceptions around overall hygiene management to ensure that results flow both ways.

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MH Fellow Sabna comes with significant experience working with a range of development issues. A co-founder of Project Sakhi Saheli, which aims to combat period poverty and break menstrual taboos, Sabna has, in the past, worked on the issue of menstruation in urban slums of Delhi with women and adolescent girls. She and her team also released MenstraBook, with menstrastories and organised Menstra Tlk in the Delhi School of Social Work to create more conversations on menstruation.

With YKA MHM Fellow Vineet, Sabna launched Menstratalk, a campaign that aims to put an end to period poverty and smash menstrual taboos in society. As a start, the campaign aims to begin conversations on menstrual health with five hundred adolescents and youth in Delhi through offline platforms, and through this community mobilise support to create Period Friendly Institutions out of educational institutes in the city.

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A student from Delhi School of Social work, Vineet is a part of Project Sakhi Saheli, an initiative by the students of Delhi school of Social Work to create awareness on Menstrual Health and combat Period Poverty. Along with MHM Action Fellow Sabna, Vineet launched Menstratalk, a campaign that aims to put an end to period poverty and smash menstrual taboos in society.

As a start, the campaign aims to begin conversations on menstrual health with five hundred adolescents and youth in Delhi through offline platforms, and through this community mobilise support to create Period Friendly Institutions out of educational institutes in the city.

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A native of Bhagalpur district – Bihar, Shalini Jha believes in equal rights for all genders and wants to work for a gender-equal and just society. In the past she’s had a year-long association as a community leader with Haiyya: Organise for Action’s Health Over Stigma campaign. She’s pursuing a Master’s in Literature with Ambedkar University, Delhi and as an MHM Fellow with YKA, recently launched ‘Project अल्हड़ (Alharh)’.

She says, “Bihar is ranked the lowest in India’s SDG Index 2019 for India. Hygienic and comfortable menstruation is a basic human right and sustainable development cannot be ensured if menstruators are deprived of their basic rights.” Project अल्हड़ (Alharh) aims to create a robust sensitised community in Bhagalpur to collectively spread awareness, break the taboo, debunk myths and initiate fearless conversations around menstruation. The campaign aims to reach at least 6000 adolescent girls from government and private schools in Baghalpur district in 2020.

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A psychologist and co-founder of a mental health NGO called Customize Cognition, Ritika forayed into the space of menstrual health and hygiene, sexual and reproductive healthcare and rights and gender equality as an MHM Fellow with YKA. She says, “The experience of working on MHM/SRHR and gender equality has been an enriching and eye-opening experience. I have learned what’s beneath the surface of the issue, be it awareness, lack of resources or disregard for trans men, who also menstruate.”

The Transmen-ses campaign aims to tackle the issue of silence and disregard for trans men’s menstruation needs, by mobilising gender sensitive health professionals and gender neutral restrooms in Lucknow.

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A Computer Science engineer by education, Nitisha started her career in the corporate sector, before realising she wanted to work in the development and social justice space. Since then, she has worked with Teach For India and Care India and is from the founding batch of Indian School of Development Management (ISDM), a one of its kind organisation creating leaders for the development sector through its experiential learning post graduate program.

As a Youth Ki Awaaz Menstrual Health Fellow, Nitisha has started Let’s Talk Period, a campaign to mobilise young people to switch to sustainable period products. She says, “80 lakh women in Delhi use non-biodegradable sanitary products, generate 3000 tonnes of menstrual waste, that takes 500-800 years to decompose; which in turn contributes to the health issues of all menstruators, increased burden of waste management on the city and harmful living environment for all citizens.

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A former Assistant Secretary with the Ministry of Women and Child Development in West Bengal for three months, Lakshmi Bhavya has been championing the cause of menstrual hygiene in her district. By associating herself with the Lalana Campaign, a holistic menstrual hygiene awareness campaign which is conducted by the Anahat NGO, Lakshmi has been slowly breaking taboos when it comes to periods and menstrual hygiene.

A Gender Rights Activist working with the tribal and marginalized communities in india, Srilekha is a PhD scholar working on understanding body and sexuality among tribal girls, to fill the gaps in research around indigenous women and their stories. Srilekha has worked extensively at the grassroots level with community based organisations, through several advocacy initiatives around Gender, Mental Health, Menstrual Hygiene and Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) for the indigenous in Jharkhand, over the last 6 years.

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A Guwahati-based college student pursuing her Masters in Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Bidisha started the #BleedwithDignity campaign on the technology platform, demanding that the Government of Assam install
biodegradable sanitary pad vending machines in all government schools across the state. Her petition on has already gathered support from over 90000 people and continues to grow.

Bidisha was selected in’s flagship program ‘She Creates Change’ having run successful online advocacy
campaigns, which were widely recognised. Through the #BleedwithDignity campaign; she organised and celebrated World Menstrual Hygiene Day, 2019 in Guwahati, Assam by hosting a wall mural by collaborating with local organisations. The initiative was widely covered by national and local media, and the mural was later inaugurated by the event’s chief guest Commissioner of Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) Debeswar Malakar, IAS.

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