International documentaries allow an intimate glimpse of other cultures. Each society interprets sexuality and sexual activity in different ways.
These international sex documentaries will expand your knowledge of cross-cultural perspectives on love, sexuality, pornography, and sex work.
Here are some of the best provocative international documentaries about sex on Netflix in the US as of September 8, 2021. Many may also be available in other countries.
Some are Netflix originals that will stick around, but watch the rest while you can, because content disappears as licensing agreements expire.
2. Mostly Sunny
Tells the remarkable story of Sunny Leone, an Indo-Canadian pornographic actress who successfully transitioned to mainstream Bollywood stardom.
The film reveals the contradictions of attitudes towards sexuality in India and in the overseas Indian community. As a result of her work in the adult film industry, Leone experiences conflict with her conservative family and is ostracized by the Indian community in her small Canadian hometown. Meanwhile, in prudish India Leone is hugely popular despite her porn-star past.
Provocative behind-the-scenes account of legendary Italian porn star Rocco Siffredi’s final year in front of the camera. Interesting exploration of the influences of his family history, Catholic religion, and the Italian culture of machismo.
Poignant portrait of the vedettes, former queens of the racy Mexican burlesque scene. A compassionate examination of what the aging process means for women in a profession in which success is predicated on youthful beauty and erotic appeal.
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