Speedcubing is the sport of solving a classic Rubik’s Cube — or a related combination puzzle — in the shortest amount of time possible. And, no, it is not for the faint of heart.
The new Netflix documentary on this subject, The Speed Cubers, dives headfirst into the friendly but competitive speedcubing culture. The 40-minute film is one of three new documentary shorts debuting on Netflix this summer. (The others are The Claudia Kishi Club, which premiered following the release of The Baby-Sitters Club series, and John Was Trying to Contact Aliens, which arrives Aug. 20.)
The Speed Cubers centers on a couple of professional competitors who go head-to-head at the World Cube Association World Championship in Melbourne, Australia, in 2019. Feliks Zemdegs is a 23-year-old from Australia trying to retain his Rubik’s Cube records, particularly in the 3x3x3 event, in which competitors try to solve a classic Rubik’s Cube in the shortest amount