Years ago my life was so different than now. I was careless and never thought deeply about things and questioned, where is this from? Do people suffer to get me what is on my plate? I used to buy more than I need, waste food, and resources for me were cheap means of life. A hate comment on my youtube channel changed everything. Since then I found truth in that comment and had to figure what I was doing wrong in my life. Watching documentaries and reading blogs became a new obsession of mine. Here I give you a list of my favorite documentaries that helped me to reach this stage in life. I included a caption about each one of them from Wikipedia to give you a quick note of what is it about.
Food, Inc. – 2008
“The Academy Award-nominated film examines corporate farming in the United States, concluding that agribusiness produces food that is unhealthy, in a way that is environmentally harmful and abusive to both animals and employees.”-Wikipedia
Most of the times my friends who didn’t want to become vegans said things like why would I watch this I don’t want to give up meat. And I was like that honestly as well. Yet the fact that I have no clue what is the price this world pays for my daily meal broke my heart. I couldn’t make it fully to be a vegan yet my consumption of meat, dairy and eggs became more conscious than before. If you are not aware you are in the dark and you’re not choosing. A choice is to pick from two known worlds. So I urge you to watch it even if your choice ends as not becoming vegan.
Food Matters – 2008
“A selective diet can play a key role in treating a range of health conditions such as diabetes, cancer, heart disease and depression, often substituting for medical treatment. Furthermore, it tends to label the medical industry as a “sickness industry”, which profits more from treating the symptoms of illness than curing the illness.”-Wikipedia
Why if the main reason for us getting chronic diseases doctors give us medications instead of telling us to eat the right food? A question I was left with after watching this documentary. We take vitamins and search their benefits yet not take them in their natural form and add them to our daily diet. Food is the true medicine my dad (who is a dentist) used to always tell me that. My grandfather always told me that once you grow a belly you are sick even if the doctor says otherwise. And I grew to see that medications all of them have side effects so they cure one thing and affect the other.
Trap of materialism – 2011
“A UK-Channel documentary on how consumerism developed and affect the economy and the planet”-Reddit
Let’s understand why buying too many things is introduced to us as the happy ending. You get your dream girl with that expensive car, you become happier when you drink soda, you connect to others using the same device that keeps us in family gathering isolated. Happiness lies in our understanding of the basic needs and the difference to today’s society ladder of wants.
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Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead – 2010
“follows the 60-day journey of Australian Joe Cross across the United States as he follows a juice fast to regain his health under the care of Dr. Joel Fuhrman, Nutrition Research Foundation’s Director of Research. -Wikipedia
Could not eating cure the body? Is fasting truly a cure? Honestly, this documentary got me on a juice fast and I never felt happier. I followed it with my doctor’s supervision and it changed my mental state and my body energy in general. When you don’t eat you allow the body to heal itself from within.
Made in Bangladesh – 2007
“political satire film by Mostofa Sarwar Farooki released in 2007. The movie’s release was delayed by a year because of opposition from Bangladesh Film Censor Board over the contents of the film.” -Wikipedia
I never knew what is the cost of wearing a dupe of a high-end brand. The tragic incident that happened in Bangladesh, Rana Plaza, made me realize the truth; the money we save buying those dupes is paid by workers that suffer working under really bad conditions. From that day I now either wear items that are made in countries that working under bad conditions is not acceptable or high-end brands with workers get paid right. Fast fashion is poisoning really and we need to be aware at least before we buy things.
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Cowspircy – 2014
“the impact of animal agriculture on the environment, and investigates the policies of environmental organizations on this issue. The film looks at various environmental concerns, including global warming, water use, deforestation, and ocean dead zones, and suggests that animal agriculture is the primary source of environmental destruction.” -Wikipedia
Since I was a little girl I was taught in school that the main reason for air pollution is the smoke produced by vehicles and factories. Watching this made me realize that this consumerist society is turning us into automated machines that consume a lot and at the end create the apocalypse by our own hands.
Earthlings – 2005
“humanity’s use of other animals as pets, food, clothing, entertainment, and for scientific research.” -Wikipedia
The animals suffer not only being slaughtered for our daily intake but also other aspects of life. Even the cosmetics, clothes, entertainment, and much more use violent inhumane ways that mess with the cycle of life of each animal. I am not the whiny type of a person to tell you what to do and what not to do. One small habit in one of those could change everything.
Fed Up – 2014
“the causes of obesity in the US, presenting evidence showing that the large quantities of sugar in processed foods are an overlooked root of the problem, and points to the monied lobbying power of “Big Sugar” in blocking attempts to enact policies to address the issue.” -Wikipedia
Sugar, it’s a drug. All diseases come from it. Since the day it appeared in this world we no longer had those normal deaths numbers in our analytics. People die young, even obesity now in kids and all for that deadly ingredient. My grandfather told me when I was young three poisons I should stay away from Sugar, Salt, and flour.
The Four Horsemen – 2012
“The film criticises the system of fractional reserve banking, debt-based economy and political lobbying by banks, which it regards as a serious threat to Western civilization. It criticises the War on Terror, which is not fought to eliminate al-Qaeda and other militant organizations but to create larger debt to the banks. As an alternative, the film promotes a return to classical economics and the gold standard.” -Wikipedia
Every society that fell before us went through 4 main stages. History taught us this and if we don’t learn from it we’re fools. This film shows us the pattern that the Romans and ancient societies fell and how this is the road we as a society are taking currently. Change is a must and this will show you how.
BlackFish – 2013
“Whales experience trauma from capturing their offspring. Also, when separated after breeding at water parks. The film features footage of attacks on trainers by Tilikum and other captive whales as well as interviews with witnesses.” -Wikipedia
Like most kids, I enjoyed going to the Dolphins show. Also, I loved going to the zoo to watch caged animals. When I saw that film I realized how much society conditioned us to entertain on the cost of a caged soul. I never entered a zoo again after seeing this.