WATCH: Must See Documentaries

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The Cove

This Academy Award winner depicts the gruesome ritualistic slaughter of bottlenose dolphins in Taiji, Japan. Not recommended for the squeamish.

Home

Visually stunning aerial views of the Earth that illustrate the complex web of ecosystems on the planet, and how, along with sunlight and water, they make life possible. Narrated by Glenn Close.

DamNation

Beautiful cinematography documents how our attitudes about big dams are changing to the point that some are being removed allowing nature to return.

King Corn

Highlights the ubiquity of genetically engineered corn in our food supply, thanks to government corn subsidies, and how this degrades our ecology and threatens our survival.

Fractured Earth

Fractured Earth is a short but impassioned documentary about the impact of hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) in rural Pennsylvania.

Earth on Fire

Earth on Fire is a one hour, Australian special that focuses on mega fires and fires in general as they relate to our forests and ecosystem. This documentary reminds us that our idea of the natural and perfect state of things isn’t always based on a reality that ever existed outside of our own modern world, and it does this by examining the rather current epidemic of mega fires throughout the globe.

The Future Of Food

Exposes how the food industry uses its political influence to eviscerate the government’s environmental and safety regulations.

Fossil Free

Impassioned climate change activists all over the world may have a new and entirely unexpected ally in their cause: the financial sector. On the heels of the recent climate change talks in Paris, groups of concerned citizens have gathered their resources to place pressure on wealthy institutions who invest in the fossil fuel industry. The new documentary Fossil Free chronicles their mission.

Trashed

A graphic look at the amount of garbage we produce, where it goes and why this level of trash generation is unsustainable.

Momenta

Momenta is an environmental conservation film that serves as a call to action, aiming to motivate communities in the Pacific Northwest to fight against the coal export industry. The filmmakers and interview subjects ask the audience to rethink fossil fuels and the inevitable long-term damage they will cause to the global environment.

Lucent

The mother pigs are rigidly confined within a cage so constrictive that it only allows for the faintest of single steps. Once a day, they are beaten upright by factory workers to ensure that paralysis doesn’t set in due to their lack of mobility. By presenting unblinking visual evidence of these repugnant cruelties, Lucent offers a thoroughly convincing argument that profound change needs to take place within the pig farming industry and within our own consciousness.

Waste Land

Follow Brazilian fine artist Vik Muniz as he enlists poverty striken trash pickers at the world’s largest landfill in Rio de Janeiro to participate in an art project. If you are interested in art, humanity, overconsumption or recycling, it will more than satisfy you.

The Nature of Cities

How can we make better cities than ever, better workplaces, better schools… how can we immerse ourselves in nature everyday instead of thinking we have to get in SUV and drive 50 miles? There is no doubt that we need nature. It’s absolutely essential to daily life. We can find it in the cities where we live, it’s all around us if we look, but there are also many innovative ways in which nature can be designed into urban environments.

Gasland

A stirring exposé of the widespread water pollution resulting from hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, a process of using high-pressure fluids to crack surrounding rock formations in order to stimulate oil and gas wells.

Unwasted: The Future of Business

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There is no waste in nature. When a tree falls it’s only halfway through its life. When a bear or animal finishes eating food and processes it in its body that becomes fertilizer for future life in the forest flora. So it’s a beautiful thing the way nature has worked this all out. There is no waste in nature; the human animal is in fact the only animal on the planet to create waste that nature cannot process.

Forget Shorter Showers

Thought provoking mini documentary positing that individual environmental actions, although worthwhile, cannot in and of themselves save the Earth. Instead we need group action that directly challenges the industrial system controlling the world and leading to planetary destruction.

Blind Spot

The thesis of this powerful documentary is that by humanity’s massive reliance on finite fossil fuels, we have painted ourselves into a corner. If we stop using them, our economy will collapse; if we continue, we will destroy our ecology. Hopefully this film is the slap in the face we need to figure a way out of this conundrum.

Food, Inc. 

Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), Michael Pollan (The Omnivore’s Dilemma) and others participate in this engaging documentary about the dangerous state of our food supply thanks to unchecked corporate greed.

Garbage Warrior

About US architect Michael Reynolds who builds Earthship (self-sustaining) homes from tires and beer cans. As he says, “a family of four could live here and never have to leave—not for food, water or electricity.”

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