Ram Dass, Going Home Among Netflix Short Docs Set for 2018 Launch


Netflix has unveiled its 2018 slate of documentary shorts, including Ladies First and Ram Dass, Going Home, which are going global on the streaming platform next year.

Ladies First is the story of Deepika Kumari who, within four years, became the number one archer in the world after being born in poverty. Ladies First is directed by Uraaz Bahl and launches on March 9. Ram Dass, Going Home, meanwhile, is about the titular cultural figure who is approaching the end of life. Directed by Derek Peck, Ram Dass, Going Home launches on Netflix on April 6.

The platform’s documentary shorts slate also features The Trader (Sovdagari), which is set to launch globally on February 9. Directed by Tamta Gabrichidze, it follows Gela, who sells secondhand clothes and household items from the back of his minibus while traveling through Georgia in Eastern Europe searching for potato spuds. End Game, directed by Academy Award-winning filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, is a vérité-style documentary that follows visionary medical practitioners who are working on the cutting edge of life and death and are dedicated to changing our thinking about both. End Game will launch May 4.

“We are proud to showcase stories from around the globe, told by filmmakers who help us see the world from unique and important new vantage points,” said Lisa Nishimura, the VP of original documentary programming at Netflix. “This impressive and diverse slate of documentary shorts illustrates how filmmakers, both acclaimed and emerging, can deftly transport us into some of the most transcendent, enriching, raw and unexpected moments in life.”