I think I wouldn’t have become the person I am today weren’t it for some really good documentaries. In this post, I would like to present you my favourite ones and it would mean the world to me if you watched some of them because they spread really important messages.
COWSPIRACY: THE SUSTAINABILITY SECRET
Came out in: 2014
Directed by: Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn
To me, this is the best documentary in the world. It changed the way I viewed the animal agriculture, the environment and also my own life. This is a documentary about the impacts of the consumption of meat – however, there are no drastic footages of animal suffering as it is focused mainly on the enviromental problems. That makes it a documentary which is easy to watch because it doesn’t repel anybody and it can have a great influence on people. It surely did have on me. This documentary is a must-see if you want to discover what lies behind your plate and find out so many interesting facts. There is also a new documentary from the same directors called WHAT THE HEALTH.
THE TRUE COST
Came out in: 2015
Directed by: Andrew Morgan
This documentary completely changed my shopping preferences. I used to shop in New Yorker, H&M and Primark regularly – because I didn’t really know what was behind that single piece of clothing. I mean, we all know that our clothes are probably not made fairly – we know that people work for not even one dollar a day while making it, we know that children in China are suffering etc. But we tend to push it into the back of our minds, to lock it up and pretend that it doesn’t exist. But it does. And so many other terrible things are connected to this fast fashion industry. I discovered many new facts while watching this documentary and it has changed me. Since then I have bought fash-fashion clothing only a few times and I have started shopping in second-hand shops, which you can read all about in this ARTICLE.
BEFORE THE FLOOD
Came out in: 2016
Directed by: Fisher Stevens (and Leonardo DiCaprio produced it – with many others)
This is a great documentary about climate change and what threat is represents to our environment, our planet and ourselves. If you didn’t know, Leonardo DiCaprio is a huge enviromentalist and in this film he discoveres all the aspects of climate change. Very motivating, very important. Everyone must see this documentary – ‘or we, and all living things we cherish, are history’. Btw. there’s also Barack Obama in it!
Came out in: 2012?
Directed by: Patrick Rouxel
Nobody speaks in this documentary, yet it says so much. About orangutans, about other endangered animals, about palm oil, paper, furniture… and its impact on tropical forests and wildlife. It is set in Indonesia and if you want to know more information about palm oil that I learnt during my stay in Indonesia, you can read it HERE.
Came out in: 2015
Directed by: Shaun Monson
Human + Animal + Tree. Not the same. But equal. A beautiful film about love, compassion, humanity, unity. It is from the makers of EARTHLINGS (a documentary about the animal industry showing the animal suffering – I personally haven’t seen it since I turned vegan thanks to Cowspiracy and I learnt about all the animal aspects from other resources, however, they say it is very good).
A PLASTIC OCEAN
Came out in: 2016
Directors: Craig Leeson and Tanja Streeter
I saw this film just about a week ago and my conscience really screamed. As the name implies (or directly says, hah), this documentary is about plastics and its impact on our oceans and wildlife. The fact that really scares me is that not only fish and turtles, but also birds accidentally eat so much plastics from our oceans that they can’t even fly and they die a horrible death. Nowadays it truly is everywhere – in every micro-organism, in every fish, in human bodies. We really need to get rid of plastics. Try to use reusable bags instead of the plastic ones when you go grocery shopping, buy a bamboo toothbrush instead of the plastic one etc.
We can change this world. But the change must start within every single individual. I must change myself. You must change yourself. Otherwise our children will be born into a terrible reality.
If you liked some of these documentaries, watch them. Let’s save this world together. There is still time.