I’ve always loved documentaries, not just for their subject matter, but for their ability to completely open your eyes to something you may have never known before, generally in under 90 minutes. Any time I lecture, inevitably someone asks me if there are any films on environmental subjects that I would recommend. So I thought I’d post up a few trailers from my some of my favorites, in no particular order. Mind you, these are not all uplifting, but nonetheless, films that I think everyone should see for themselves. If nothing else, they will make you think.
The Real Dirt On Farmer John
A fantastic story about an idiosyncratic child of the sixties who inherits his fathers farm, almost destroys it, and then reinvents himself as an organic farmer–with flare!
Two college students with no farming knowledge rent an acre of land, grow corn, and try to follow its trail. You’ll be shocked at what they learn and how corn has come to rule our food chain.
Who Killed The Electric Car?
Filmaker and EV enthusiast Chris Paine investigates why GM destroyed all of the electric cars they made. This is the film which is credited with bringing the electric car back to life.
This doc on the bottled water industry is amazing.
Another great film about the problems that we as a people are going to face as drinkable water becomes scarcer and scarcer.
Josh Tickel, one of the original biodiesel pioneers, brings a great personal journey about our addiction to fossil fuels, and how we can break it.
OK, it’s not specifically an environmental film, but this is one of the most amazing documentaries I have ever seen! What Japanese fisherman are doing to Dolphins so that we can watch these smiling beasts jump through hoops at Waterworld is simply deplorable. An amazingly crafted film with a message we don’t want to see but that we must.
(More than 20,000 dolphins and porpoises are being slaughtered each year in Japan. You can help save Japan’s dolphins - send a message to President Obama, Vice President Biden and Japanese Ambassador to the United States Ichiro Fujisaki urging them to address this important issue.)
Garbage Warrior (some offensive language)
Architect Michael Reynold’s crusade to build sustainable houses using local materials, mainly garbage is either insane or brilliant. Check out this documentary on him and decide for yourself. Wouldn’t you like to live in an Earthship?
Dirt: The Movie
Think dirt is just dirt? Think again. This movie will change the way you think about that stuff you leave by the mat at the door.
OK, it’s not a film but a TV show, but having said that it’s one of the better ones around. Brought to you by the Morgan Spurlock, the man behind Supersize Me, each episode is highly entertaining yet designed to make you think. EPs are available for free at Hulu, but this one, where Spurlock goes underground in a coalmine for 30 days is one of the more prophetic.
And if you haven’t seen Food Inc, run out and see it now!
What are some of your “must-see” documentaries? Please share in the comment field below.