Minimalism: A Documentary About The Important Things (2015)
This documentary explores minimalism in a deeply meaningful way, inviting audiences to consider what a life of minimalism looks like for every individual. From families, entrepreneurs, architects, artists, journalists and a former Wall Street broker, these individuals are each striving to live a life more meaningful life with less.
The Game Changers (2018)
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, it’s likely that you’ve heard of The Game Changers. The documentary has been instrumental in shifting attitudes towards plant-based diets, particularly among men and athletes. If you haven’t got round to watching it, now is your chance. The documentary explores the meat industry and how it is marketed as “manly”; it also goes a long way to deconstruct the belief that vegetarians are unable to build muscle or perform at their best physically.
The Truth About Alcohol (2016)
Reports suggest that during lockdown, the purchase of alcohol increased significantly. It makes the viewing of The Truth About Alcohol even more compelling. The film follows British ER doctor Javid Abdelmoneim who set out to find the truth about alcohol after the UK introduced new guidelines recommending less alcohol consumption for men. In it, he questions what prompted the change in recommendation, the health risks associated with drinking, and why some people get drunk more than others.
A powerful documentary, this film explores the state of American healthcare. It emphasises the fact that Americans are chronically stressed and as a result, our immune systems are now compromised and we are sicker as a result. It’s an important takeaway for all viewers, suggesting that we need to understand the connection between our minds and bodies and, when we can do so, might even be able to prevent, treat and manage our health better.
This documentary examines supply and demand in terms of food and agriculture in the States, outlining how the way we grow, produce, manufacture, and eat food is not sustainable. Even for viewers outside of the United States, it raises important questions, like if we know where our food is coming from and what it’s contaminated with?
Period. End of Sentence (2018)
This 25-minute short film won an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short and for good reason. It was made after a group of women from a small village in India were stigmatised for getting their periods, leading to students at an American high school raising money to send them a low-cost, biodegradable pad-making machine. The film illustrates that regardless of age or geographical location, you can still make a real difference in the lives of others.
This documentary explores the ethics surrounding food production, as a farmer works with director Matt Wechsler to examine the ways we are producing food and the type of foods those in the US are now eating. The film looks to present the way food is now produced in ways that are economically feasible, but spare little thought for sustainability as Wechsler encourages audiences to reconnect to the food supply and shop locally.
Forks Over Knives (2011)
If you’ve been intrigued about going plant-based, you might want to consider watching this documentary which sets out to make the argument that people should adopt the lifestyle not just for ethical reasons, but health too. Drawing on research that indicates the risk of developing some chronic illnesses like cancer, heart disease and diabetes may be decreased by eliminating animal products from our diets, the film follows researchers in the field as well as people who have successfully transitioned to a plant-based diet. It makes for interesting viewing, even for those who aren’t ready to swear off meat.