Below I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite documentaries and some that are on my ‘to see’ list. Just click on the link to learn more about the movie. Quite a few of these are freely available online.
Films about Food and Nutrition
The Future of Food – THE FUTURE OF FOOD offers an in-depth investigation into the disturbing truth behind the unlabeled, patented, genetically engineered foods that have quietly filled U.S. grocery store shelves for the past decade. From the prairies of Saskatchewan, Canada to the fields of Oaxaca, Mexico, this film gives a voice to farmers whose lives and livelihoods have been negatively impacted by this new technology. The health implications, government policies and push towards globalization are all part of the reason why many people are alarmed by the introduction of genetically altered crops into our food supply. Shot on location in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, THE FUTURE OF FOOD examines the complex web of market and political forces that are changing what we eat as huge multinational corporations seek to control the world’s food system. The film also explores alternatives to large-scale industrial agriculture, placing organic and sustainable agriculture as real solutions to the farm crisis today.
Food Inc. – An eye-opening expose of the modern food industry, Food, Inc. is both fascinating and terrifying, and essential viewing for any health-conscious citizen.
Food Matters – Food matters. We all know that. But do we really know how much food matters to our health and wellbeing? That seems to be the central question that Food Matters, a fascinating and riveting documentary, asks. This 80 minute documentary brings together the thoughts and opinions of some of the world’s leaders in nutrition and natural healing. It argues that we live in a world of failing health care systems, where the focus is on symptoms of disease rather that the causes of disease. It’s a world where we are constantly being told that there is a ‘pill for every ill’. And along the way, somehow, the use of nutrition as a cure or preventative solution has gotten lost.
Genetic Roulette – When the US government ignored repeated warnings by its own scientists and allowed untested genetically modified (GM) crops into our environment and food supply, it was a gamble of unprecedented proportions. The health of all living things and all future generations were put at risk by an infant technology.
After two decades, physicians and scientists have uncovered a grave trend. The same serious health problems found in lab animals, livestock, and pets that have been fed GM foods are now on the rise in the US population. And when people and animals stop eating genetically modified organisms (GMOs), their health improves. This seminal documentary provides compelling evidence to help explain the deteriorating health of Americans, especially among children, and offers a recipe for protecting ourselves and our future.
King Corn – Is a humorous and touching documentary about two best friends who decide to move to Iowa to grow an acre of corn – after finding out (through laboratory hair analysis) that their bodies were made primarily out of….corn. But this is not your typical buddy picture. While it does trace a year in the life of two friends, the film is really about the history of corn in modern America and the filmmakers’ relationship with the crop they’ve decided to grow. The movie contains interviews with Michael Pollan (author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma) and several farmers in the Iowa town where Ian and Curt grow their corn. All-in-all, King Corn is a well-made, thought provoking and sometimes humorous film about our modern food system.
Killer at Large: Why Obesity is America’s Greatest Threat – A film addressing epidemic obesity in the United States, opens with a stirring speech by former surgeon general Dr. Richard Carmona who outlines in no uncertain terms that obesity is the single biggest terror currently facing the American public. He states, “Obesity is the terror within. Unless we do something about it, the magnitude of the dilemma will dwarf 9-11 or any other terrorist attempt.” And so begins this film – remarkable for its cutting, no-holds-barred approach to obesity.
Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead – 100 pounds overweight, loaded up on steroids and suffering from a debilitating autoimmune disease, Joe Cross is at the end of his rope and the end of his hope. In the mirror he saw a 310lb man whose gut was bigger than a beach ball and a path laid out before him that wouldn’t end well- with one foot already in the grave, the other wasn’t far behind. FAT, SICK & NEARLY DEAD is an inspiring film that chronicles Joe’s personal mission to regain his health.
Super Size Me – What happens when you eat McDonald’s for thirty days, three meals a day, super-sized when asked, widely sampling selections from the entire menu from Big Macs meals to yogurt parfaits, salads and fish fillets? With a team of highly qualified doctors monitoring his health every step of the way, director Morgan Spurlock answers this question: your body falls apart.
FRESH – FRESH celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. Each has witnessed the rapid transformation of our agriculture into an industrial model, and confronted the consequences: food contamination, environmental pollution, depletion of natural resources, and morbid obesity. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for a future of our food and our planet. Among several main characters, FRESH features urban farmer and activist, Will Allen, the recipient of MacArthur’s 2008 Genius Award; sustainable farmer and entrepreneur, Joel Salatin, made famous by Michael Pollan’s book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma; and supermarket owner, David Ball, challenging our Wal-Mart dominated economy.
What Will We Eat?: The Search for Healthy Local Food – What Will We Eat?: The Search for Healthy Local Food” (26:00) tells the story of the growing failure of the industrial food system and how a grassroots coalition of small farmers and consumers is inventing a healthy, humane, homegrown alternative. Filmed primarily in West Michigan, “What Will We Eat?” focuses on the success of theSweetwater Local Foods Market in Muskegon – Michigan’s first farmers market to exclusively sell local produce raised according to organic standards and products from animals raised humanely. The story is told through the voices and experiences of small farmers and their customers. “What Will We Eat?” features John Ikerd, Fred Kirschenmann, Michael Hamm and John Biernbaum of MSU plus the voices of local West Michigan farmers and consumers working to build a new, revolutionary food system. Shown at the East Lansing, Muskegon, and Saugatuck Film Festivals in 2006. Reviewed by New Farm Magazine. This film is designed to shown in classrooms and public forums to begin a conversation about growing a healthy, humane, homegrown food system that lowers healthcare costs, promote economic development, and builds community.
Sustainable Table: What’s On Your Plate? – Over nine months, Mischa Hedges and Digital Sense Productions traveled the west coast to learn more about our food system. During production, he found that the standard methods of producing food do not take environmental or human health costs into consideration. He also explored the many alternatives to the current agricultural system. Sustainable Table includes interviews with: Howard Lyman: Author of “Mad Cowboy”, Kenneth Williams: Champion Vegan Bodybuilder, Fred Kirschenmann, PhD: Fellow, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Marc Grossman: Spokesman for United Farm Workers, Actors/activists Ed Begley Jr., James Cromwell and many more. Digital Sense worked with individuals representing The Sierra Club, P.E.T.A., The University of California at Davis, Organic Valley Dairy Farms, Chapman University and many others while producing this film. The result is a documentary that takes an unadulterated look into the food you eat.
Food For the Future – FOOD FOR THE FUTURE tells the story of the founding of the pioneering Floyd Boulevard Local Foods Market – the first farmers market in the nation to exclusively sell humanely raised animal products and organic/chemical free produce. This 12 minute film is designed to help consumers and farmers advocate for what Fred Kirschenmann calls “Local plus” food systems — local food systems built around higher values of humane treatment of animals and respect for nature’s rules and processes (organic/chemical-free). “This film is perfect for classes and meetings to begin the discuss around local, values added food,” says Chef Kurt Friese, Slow Food USA. The video was produced by Chris Bedford, an award winning advocacy filmmaker. Chris Bedford makes films and videos designed to help communities build a sustainable economy — beginning with a local, healthy food system. Visit his website at http://www.chrisbedfordfilms.com for more information.
Ingredients – The local food movement takes root. American food is in a state of crisis. Health, food costs and our environment are all in jeopardy. A movement to put good food back on the table is emerging. What began 30 years ago with chefs demanding better flavor, has inspired consumers to seek relationships with nearby farmers. This is local food.
Sweet Soil – Sweet Soil shares the stories of four family farms, a natural foods store committed to supporting them and a community’s passion for fresh, local food. Set to a toe-tapping, fiddle-driven soundtrack by local musicians, Sweet Soil captures the spectacular autumnal beauty of the Berkshire Hills at harvest time. The farms profiled are: Equinox Farm, a pioneer in the salad greens business; Rawson Brook Farm, a goat dairy producing Monterey Chevre for over 20 years; Thompson-Finch Farm, a farm growing diversified vegetable crops and pick-your-own fruits; and High Lawn Farm, one of the last dairy farms in the state to produce, bottle, and distribute milk under one roof. Film by Wild Hayer Productions.
Fed Up!Food Beware: The French Organic Revolution – No matter how you feel about pesticides and corporate agriculture, it’s hard not to be charmed (and envious) at the sight of a school group sitting on a riverbank near a Roman aqueduct eating artisanal bread, hard-boiled organic eggs and locally produced sausage, grapes and pears. This cheerfully one-sided film is mostly set in the town of Barjac, where the mayor decreed that the kitchen serving the local schools would go organic, with what the film portrays as entirely positive results. “Food Beware” takes a pragmatic, health-based approach, buttressed by frightening statistics about cancer rates among children, that’s a refreshing change from the moral and high-cultural preening that sometimes enter this debate in America.
Scientists under Attack – Genetic engineering in the magnetic field of money – This is a documentary thriller about how Agro-Chemical multinational corporations victimise international scientists to prevent them from publishing their scary findings.
Natural Health/Preventive Health Care
The Greater Good – looks behind the fear, hype and politics that have polarized the vaccine debate in America today. The film re-frames the emotionally charged issue and offers, for the first time, the opportunity for a rational and scientific discussion on how to create a safer and more effective vaccine program.
Raw for 30 Days – An independent documentary film that chronicles six Americans with diabetes who switch to a diet consisting entirely of vegan, organic, live, raw foods in order to reverse diabetes naturally. It’s almost an inverse “Supersize Me” if you will. A medical team was established to monitor various health variables of the subjects. The diet: “No meat, no dairy, no alcohol, no caffeine, no refined foods, no junk food or fast food of any kind, no candies, no sugar”.
The Fluoride Deception – Bryson marshals an impressive amount of research to demonstrate fluoride’s harmfulness, the ties between leading fluoride researchers and the corporations who funded and benefited from their research, and what he says is the duplicity with which fluoridation was sold to the people. The result is a compelling challenge to the reigning dental orthodoxy, which should provoke renewed scientific scrutiny and public debate.”
The Fluoride Deception (also a book) reads like a thriller, but one supported by 200 pages of source notes, years of investigative reporting, scores of scientist interviews, and archival research in places such as the newly opened files of the Manhattan Project and the Atomic Energy Commission. The book is nothing less than an exhumation of one of the great secret narratives of the industrial era; how a grimworkplace poison and the most damaging environmental pollutant of the cold war was added to our drinking water and toothpaste.
The World According to Monsanto – The film documents the beginnings of the company as a chemical start-up in the early 1900s, producing saccharin, caffeine and vanillin. As we watch Robin Google up unclassified documents and interview a bevy of officials, scientists and farmers, we see that today’s Monsanto is a giant multinational wielding its considerable financial, political and marketing clout to influence government officials, ruthlessly sue farmers using patent laws – all the while surreptitiously lobbying to keep their potentially toxic products unlabelled or falsely advertised.
Monsanto claims that their genetically modified seeds will solve the food crisis, especially in developing countries, where it will provide significant economic benefits, higher quality and better yield. Nevertheless, the film compellingly shows the unsettling possibilities of genetic contamination of conventional or local varieties of seeds by their genetically-engineered cousins, pointing to a horrific future where global plant biodiversity is nil and farmers are not able to grow anything but genetically contaminated food. It’s a terrifying thought. But perhaps Monsanto’s agenda is even simpler than all their lofty claims put together. As one farmer puts it, “The reason they do it is control. They want to control seed. They want to own life. I mean, this is the building blocks of food we are talking about. They are in the process of owning food, all food.”
Sweet Misery, A Poisoned World – In Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World, film maker Cori Brackett charts the insidious, deadly and exceedingly profitable hoax perpetrated by the pharmaceutical giant JD Searle and Company Inc., (now owned by Monsanto) to advance the global wide use of Aspartame as an artificial sweetener. Aspartame, aka Nutra Sweet, Splenda, or Equal forms the “diet” component of Pepsi, Coca Cola, Kool-Aid, Crystal Lite and countless other products routinely imbibed by people throughout the planet. Brackett details the destructive impact this chemical has had upon those who have used it and documents how greed-induced Washington insiders circumvented the banning of this substance by the FDA.Throughout the film, we learn how Aspartame kills brain cells- particularly in the hypothalamus which controls feeding behavior. According to experts interviewed and cited by Brackett, three hundred or more people die each year from the effects of Aspartame. For the sake of the health and welfare of people worldwide, Sweet Misery deserves to gain the widest possible audience so that heightened awareness may finally spearhead a movement designed to ban this highly profitable, low-cost, calorie-free mass poison from the global marketplace.
Poison on the Platter – Renowned filmmaker and social activist Mahesh Bhatt today launched a scathing attack on biotech multinational companies and their nexus with regulatory bodies for unleashing what he describes as ‘bio-terrorism’ in the country. Speaking at a function organized to launch his new film, ‘Poison on the Platter‘, directed by Ajay Kanchan, Bhatt said, “in their mad rush to capture the multi-billion dollar Indian agricultural and food industry, the biotech MNCs are bulldozing warnings by scientists about the adverse impact of GM foods on health and environment, and hurtling the mankind toward a disaster, which will be far more destructive than anything the world has seen so far, simply because it will affect every single person living on this planet”.
Bhatt’s film makes a mockery of Government of India’s claim of not allowing import of any GM foods in the country as it conclusively demonstrates that supermarkets in India are flooded with harmful food stuff and biotech MNCs are cashing on the ignorance of unsuspecting consumers in India. “Indians are unfortunately kept in dark, and the corporations are hatching strategies to cash in on their ignorance. Poison on the Platter is, therefore, an attempt to generate awareness among consumers and kick start an informed debate on the issue”, said Bhatt. Trials of GM foods on lab animals across the world have repeatedly shown that they cause bleeding stomachs, and adversely affect brain, lungs, liver, kidney, pancreas and intestine. They have been even linked to higher offspring mortality and causing infertility.
The Gerson Miracle – With the help of Dr Gerson Therapy, this eye-opening documentary, Gerson Miracle, takes a look at disease and the role that our nutrition plays in it. This documentary goes into the history of Doctor Gerson, his cancer research, and his success in curing cancer and other diseases -with Dr Gerson Therapy- in the 1940s and today.
The Beautiful Truth – An unusual and sobering documentary which turns conventional wisdom about health matters on its head.
Dying to Have Known – Dying to Have Known is natural healing right up there on the silver screen where it belongs. It is powerful, fast paced and compelling. If you are skeptical about alternative cancer treatment, see this movie. This film might do more than change your mind. It might change your lifestyle, change the world, and even change modern medicine. If this documentary is not immediately suppressed, millions of chronically ill people will get well. Good heavens, what a concept.
Healing Cancer from the Inside Out – The DVD is divided into two parts. Part 1, Curing Cancer, deals with the failings of conventional cancer treatments and shows how conventional medicine wildly – and deceptively – exaggerates the benefits of treatments, while minimizing the risks. It will provide you with the information you need to accurately assess the risks and benefits of any treatment and speak intelligently to your doctor about such treatments. There is also a section on the ‘Cancer Industry’ which explains the history behind cancer treatments, the suppression of alternative treatments and why chemotherapy, radiation and surgery are the only treatments available to mainstream medicine. Part 2, Healing Cancer, shows how cancer can be successfully healed with dietary treatments and natural supplementation. It explains common misconceptions about cancer, shows how diets designed to fight cancer are more successful than conventional treatments, discusses startling cancer research findings with T. Colin Campbell (The China Study) and has interviews with people who have reversed cancers using diet. It also discusses supplementation and why attitude is important in reversing not only cancer, but any disease.
Sicko – A documentary comparing the highly profitable American health care industry to other nations, and HMO horror stories
Hyperinflation Nation – Hyperinflation Nation starring Peter Schiff, Ron Paul, Jim Rogers, Tom Woods, Gerald Celente, and others. Prepare now before the US dollar is worthless.
Inside Job – ‘Inside Job’ provides a comprehensive analysis of the global financial crisis of 2008, which at a cost over $20 trillion, caused millions of people to lose their jobs and homes in the worst recession since the Great Depression, and nearly resulted in a global financial collapse. Through exhaustive research and extensive interviews with key financial insiders, politicians, journalists, and academics, the film traces the rise of a rogue industry which has corrupted politics, regulation, and academia. It was made on location in the United States, Iceland, England, France, Singapore, and China. Academy Award Nominee for Best Documentary.
The One Percent – This 80-minute documentary focuses on the growing “wealth gap” in America.
I.O.U.S.A Solutions – Wake up, America! We’re on the brink of a financial meltdown. I.O.U.S.A. boldly examines the rapidly growing national debt and its consequences for the United States and its citizens. Burdened with an ever-expanding government and military, increased international competition, overextended entitlement programs, and debts to foreign countries that are becoming impossible to honor, America must mend its spendthrift ways or face an economic disaster of epic proportions.
Peak Oil/Energy Films
Who Killed the Electric Car? – The film investigates the events leading to the quiet destruction of thousands of new, radically efficient electric vehicles. Through interviews and narrative, the film paints a picture of an industrial culture whose aversion to change and reliance on oil may be deeper then its ability to embrace ready solutions. Who Killed the Electric Car? and Chris Paine were nominated by the Writer’s Guild for Best Documentary of 2006. The film also received nominations from The Broadcast Critics Awards and The Environmental Media Awards for Best Documentary of 2006. The film won the audience award at the Canberra International Film Festival and won a special jury prize at the Mountain Film Festival.
Blood and Oil– Explore how the First World War and Western political intrigue combined to lay the groundwork for decades of strife in a compelling and informative documentary that dares to venture where few films before it have. With the notable exception of the Dardanelles/Gallipoli campaigns, the majority of large scale military combat operations in the Middle East during World War I have gone largely overlooked in the vast majority of documentaries detailing the era. Now, offering a closer look at the fall of the Ottoman Empire in 1918 and taking into consideration the importance of Middle Eastern oil reserves in sustaining the Western economy, Marty Callaghan and company explore how the Treaty of Versailles would open the floodgates for ongoing military conflict and how Western powers have used concerns about Middle Eastern oil reserves as a means of justifying their constant diplomatic, military, and economic interference in the region.
Gasland – “The largest domestic natural gas drilling boom in history has swept across the United States. The Halliburton-developed drilling technology of “fracking” or hydraulic fracturing has unlocked a “Saudia Arabia of natural gas” just beneath us. But is fracking safe? When filmmaker Josh Fox is asked to lease his land for drilling, he embarks on a cross-country odyssey uncovering a trail of secrets, lies and contamination. A recently drilled nearby Pennsylvania town reports that residents are able to light their drinking water on fire. This is just one of the many absurd and astonishing revelations of a new country called GASLAND. Part verite travelogue, part expose, part mystery, part bluegrass banjo meltdown, part showdown.”
FUEL – “IMPRESSIVELY COMPREHENSIVE”…”FUEL” is a vital, superbly assembled documentary that presents an insightful overview of America’s troubled relationship with oil and how alternative and sustainable energies can reduce our country’s — and the world’s — addictive dependence on fossil fuels.”
– Gary Goldstein, LOS ANGELES TIMES
The Economics of Happiness – The Economics of Happiness describes a world moving simultaneously in two opposing directions. On the one hand, government and big business continue to promote globalization and the consolidation of corporate power. At the same time, all around the world people are resisting those policies, demanding a re-regulation of trade and finance—and, far from the old institutions of power, they’re starting to forge a very different future. Communities are coming together to re-build more human scale, ecological economies based on a new paradigm – an economics of localization.
Big River – A documentary that explores the ecological consequences of industrial agriculture
Harmony – For over 30 years the Prince of Wales has dedicated himself to supporting charities that focus on the environment and quality of life issues and is now considered one of the visionary leaders of the movement towards a sustainable planet. This documentary captures the scope of Prince Charles’ knowledge and research on critical global issues such as climate change, organic farming, rainforest preservation and sustainable business development. The one-hour documentary, Harmony, will introduce the world to The Prince’s well-thought-out view that a world in balance with nature is one that embraces centuries-old wisdom with modern technology.
Addicted to Plastic – Reveals the history and worldwide scope of plastics pollution, investigates its toxicity and explores solutions. ddicted To Plastic is a point-of-view style documentary that encompasses three years of filming in 12 countries on 5 continents, including two trips to the middle of the Pacific Ocean where plastic debris accumulates. The film details plastic’s path over the last 100 years and provides a wealth of expert interviews on practical and cutting edge solutions to recycling, toxicity and biodegradability. These solutions – which include plastic made from plants – will provide viewers with a new perspective about our future with plastic.
The 11th Hour – Leonardo DiCaprio’s “The 11th Hour” is a feature length documentary concerning the environmental crises caused by human actions and their impact on the planet. The 11th Hour documents the cumulative impact of these actions upon the planet’s life systems and calls for restorative action through a reshaping of human activity. It describes the last moment when change is possible. The film explores how humanity has arrived at this moment; how we live, how we impact the earth’s ecosystems, and what we can do to change our course. The film features dialogues with experts from all over the world, including former Soviet Prime Minister Mikhail Gorbachev, renowned scientist Stephen Hawking, former head of the CIA R. James Woolsey and sustainable design experts William McDonough and Bruce Mau in addition to over 50 leading scientists, thinkers and leaders who present the facts and discuss the most important issues that face our planet.
Empty Oceans, Empty Nets – Two 60-minute documentaries examine the declining state of the world’s ocean fisheries as we enter the 21st century and the pioneering efforts of fishermen, scientists and communities to sustain and restore them. Many marine scientists agree that the conduct of the global fishing fleet is now the number one human activity threatening the health of our oceans. Throughout the ages, the world has enjoyed a vast and unlimited ocean, yielding abundant seafood. But increasing demand, new technologies, and burgeoning coastal populations are straining the limits of the ocean’s ability to sustain healthy fish populations. Narrated by Peter Coyote, Empty Oceans, Empty Nets is a powerful documentary on the rapidly declining fish harvests of the world. These harvests are important not only for the more than 200 million people worldwide who hold fishing-related jobs, but for many of the world’s populations, including over a billion people in Asia, who depend on seafood as their main source of protein. Unlike any other documentary yet produced, this series examines the state of the world’s oceans through the prism of fisheries and the millions of people who depend on them.
Using vivid images of sweeping nets full of fish unloading their contents onto commercial fishing boats, Empty Oceans, Empty Nets highlights the overwhelming magnitude of the annual worldwide harvest of more than 100 million metric tons of seafood. It also explores the stark reality of the 22 million tons of fish and other sea life that are caught and discarded by fishers each year. Viewers are transported to bustling and exotic international fish markets, where tons of fresh and frozen fish are sold each day to supply an insistent global demand and consumers will learn how they can make the biggest difference of all in sustaining the world’s ocean fisheries.
Manufactured Landscapes – The striking new documentary on the world and work of renowned artist Edward Burtynsky. Internationally acclaimed for his large-scale photographs of “manufactured landscapes”—quarries, recycling yards, factories, mines and dams—Burtynsky creates stunningly beautiful art from civilization’s materials and debris. The film follows him through China, as he shoots the evidence and effects of that country’s massive industrial revolution. With breathtaking sequences, such as the opening tracking shot through an almost endless factory, the filmmakers also extend the narratives of Burtynsky’s photographs, allowing us to meditate on our impact on the planet and witness both the epicenters of industrial endeavor and the dumping grounds of its waste.
In the spirit of such environmentally enlightening sleeper-hits as AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH and RIVERS AND TIDES, MANUFACTURED LANDSCAPES powerfully shifts our consciousness about the world and the way we live in it, without simplistic judgments or reductive resolutions. Best Documentary Feature – Toronto Film Critics Association
Blue Gold: World Water Wars – An Irvine filmmaker’s documentary about water rights becomes an arsenal in grassroots efforts to battle water privatization. “Blue Gold was power-packed with knowledge for our community not just to stop the sale, but gave us the inspiration to keep fighting for our human rights. If there is a formula for stopping privatization of water and sewer plants in a community, Blue Gold is definitely part of that equation,” Kinsey Osborne wrote.
Wars of the future will be fought over water as they are over oil today, as the source of human survival enters the global marketplace and political arena. Corporate giants, private investors, and corrupt governments vie for control of our dwindling supply, prompting protests, lawsuits, and revolutions from citizens fighting for the right to survive. Past civilizations have collapsed from poor water management. Can the human race survive?
The Corporation – The Corporation explores the nature and spectacular rise of the dominant institution of our time. Footage from pop culture, advertising, TV news, and corporate propaganda, illuminates the corporation’s grip on our lives. Taking its legal status as a “person” to its logical conclusion, the film puts the corporation on the psychiatrist’s couch to ask “What kind of person is it?” Provoking, witty, sweepingly informative, The Corporation includes forty interviews with corporate insiders and critics – including Milton Friedman, Noam Chomsky, Naomi Klein, and Michael Moore – plus true confessions, case studies and strategies for change. Winner of 24 INTERNATIONAL AWARDS, 10 of them AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARDS including the AUDIENCE AWARD for DOCUMENTARY in WORLD CINEMA at the 2004 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL. The film is based on the book The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power by Joel Bakan.
The Story of Stuff – The movie examines the disproportionate influence that corporations exercise in the American political system and was inspired by the disastrous 2010 U.S. Supreme Court decision that permitted corporations to spend freely to influence American elections.
The End of the Line – The world’s first major documentary about the devastating effect of overfishing premiered at Sundance Film Festival. Imagine an ocean without fish. Imagine your meals without seafood. Imagine the global consequences. This is the future if we do not stop, think and act. The End of the Line, the first major feature documentary film revealing the impact of overfishing on our oceans, had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in the World Cinema Documentary Competition. Sundance took place in Park City, Utah, January 15-25, 2009. In the film we see firsthand the effects of our global love affair with fish as food. It examines the imminent extinction of bluefin tuna, brought on by increasing western demand for sushi; the impact on marine life resulting in huge overpopulation of jellyfish; and the profound implications of a future world with no fish that would bring certain mass starvation.
Flow – Irena Salina’s award-winning documentary investigation into what experts label the most important political and environmental issue of the 21st Century – The World Water Crisis. Salina builds a case against the growing privatization of the world’s dwindling fresh water supply with an unflinching focus on politics, pollution, human rights, and the emergence of a domineering world water cartel. Interviews with scientists and activists intelligently reveal the rapidly building crisis, at both the global and human scale, and the film introduces many of the governmental and corporate culprits behind the water grab, while begging the question “CAN ANYONE REALLY OWN WATER?” Beyond identifying the problem, FLOW also gives viewers a look at the people and institutions providing practical solutions to the water crisis and those developing new technologies, which are fast becoming blueprints for a successful global and economic turnaround.
Thirst – Fighting The Cooperate Theft of our Water
Tapped – A film that examines the role of the bottled water industry and its effects on health, climate change, pollution, and reliance on oil. Anytime you drink bottled water, not only are you putting your health at risk, you’re also contributing to one of the most massive environmental waste nightmares of all time. There is a simple, safe, green solution.
Journey to the End of Coal – An educational web documentary that lets viewers investigate the world of Chinese coal miners who risk their lives in state-owned and private coal plants. 300 photographs and many hours of video and sound were used to create a striking immersive environment.