Confession time… I love documentaries. They’re a great way to be introduced to a topic in a short amount of time. They’re easy to digest while entertaining my l’il bub, and if it’s a topic I like, I can do my own research later.
My husband loves documentaries as well, but we tend to disagree on which ones to watch. My husband loves history documentaries, I love crime and psychology documentaries, so sometimes it’s a fight, but we both love eco documentaries.
1. Forks Over Knives (2011) – Largely considered to be one of the best vegan documentaries, Forks Over Knives inspired me to make the transition to veganism after seven years of vegetarianism, and inspired my husband to drop meat, dairy and eggs cold tofu! Largely based on The China Study (Campbell, 2005), Forks Over Knives provides evidence that consuming animal based products contribute to diseases such as diabetes, obesity, and cancer.
1. Cowpiracy (2014) – Cowspiracy explores the impact animal agriculture has on the environment and the failure of many environmental agencies to address this. This is a great documentary as it showcases that animal agriculture is a huge political issue – many places are afraid of talking about it for fear of backlash.
3. The Human Experiment (2013) – The Human Experiment explores the chemicals found in everyday products and how many are considered safe until proven otherwise. You may remember the controversy over DDT in the 1970s, or more recently BPA in plastics. Sadly, not much has changed in how little regulation there is in these industries.
4. The Business of Being Born (2008) – This is a great introduction into natural labor and vaginal birthing. This documentary talks about the over medicalization of the birthing process in the United States.
5. Blackfish (2013) – Blackfish focuses on an orca named Tilikum, that has killed 3 people while being held in captivity. It features interviews from former Sea World Trainers and animal activist and questions the continued captivity for entertainment of these creatures.
what other ones would you add to this list?