With Netflix launching a new feature called “Behind the Scenes,” many viewers are wondering why they aren’t seeing the Oscar-winning documentary “Barkleys” that premiered in May.
“Barklets” follows former US President and current Secretary of State John Kerry as he and his wife are given a chance to talk to a group of survivors of the devastating 2004 tsunami, which left a legacy of death and devastation in its wake.
Netflix’s new feature, “Behind The Scenes,” aims to answer the questions viewers have as they watch the film.
“We want to make sure that we’re not putting the audience into a box,” said Netflix President Ted Sarandos.
“That we’re making sure that what we’re doing is the right thing for the right audience.”
While some viewers have already seen the film, Netflix is hoping to keep its audience from feeling left out by including footage from other documentaries that were previously available on the service.
“I think the documentary has really been a perfect vehicle for people to really explore the issues that are important to them,” said Sarandis.
“We’re hoping that when you watch it, you’re going to see something different and you’re also going to be able to make up your own mind about what it is.”
“Barks” was shot by a team of film and video producers from Netflix’s Documentary Department.
The documentary’s production team, including filmmaker and producer David L. Friedman, is based in Los Angeles and is comprised of two people who have worked on many films.
It’s the first time a documentary has been produced on Netflix and is directed by filmmaker and editor Paul Paznik.
“Paul is one of the best filmmakers I’ve ever worked with and his filmmaking has always been a big part of our DNA,” Sarandys said.
“I was always excited when I saw him working on ‘Moulin Rouge’ and I was really thrilled to see what we had planned for this.
He has such a great vision for what we could create and we’re so excited to bring this to Netflix.”
For the documentary, the filmmakers interviewed nearly 150 survivors of what was once the worst natural disaster in US history, including members of the United States National Guard, the U.S. military and the families of those who perished.
Among the survivors interviewed was the widow of a member of the U-2 spy plane that was shot down over North Vietnam.
The widow of one of those pilots was quoted in the documentary as saying that she “was not allowed to go to the airport because they didn’t know if we would be able go to America.
And they told us we couldn’t go to Europe because they thought we might be terrorists.”
The film also includes footage from the 2009 earthquake in Japan, which killed more than 15,000 people.
The footage includes footage of people struggling to get through rubble as well as footage from a woman who survived an attack by a gang of assailants on a hospital in Thailand.
“People are still trying to process what happened, and there’s a lot of fear and a lot more sadness and anxiety,” Friedman said.
“The documentary is a powerful reminder of the devastation of a very real tragedy.
It helps us to think about how we can make sure these tragedies never happen again.””
Behind The Secrets” is available on Netflix now.