Is there any better way to spend an afternoon than cuddling up with a good docco? Back when I had Tinder, my bio said that my idea of a perfect date would be documentaries and chill. I love being transported to another world, learning about something I knew nothing about and having endless topics of conversation to bring up with friends. This is a compilation of my favourites from the last year or so, most of them are on Netflix or Youtube so grab your laptop and work your way through. I can’t wait to hear what you think!
An honest indictment of the state of modern consumer culture and the impact it’s having on our internal psyche and external environment. Funnily enough just a few weeks after I watched it, I packed my whole life into storage and have been living out of a carry-on suitcase for the last month. I guess you can say the Universe thought I needed a practical lesson to back up the theory. I have been SO much more conscious about what I buy since watching this and totally surprised at how little stuff I actually need to be happy. Check it out on Netflix!
9. Requiem for the American Dream
The American Dream is moving further and further out of reach for most US families with 14.5% of the population living below the poverty line. This film looks at the growing inequality between the classes of society in the US (and Western world as a whole), who is responsible and what we can do to fix it. Check it out on Netflix!
8. Audrie and Daisy
A timely look into the world of sexual consent, cyber bullying and the dangers of small town rhetoric, this docco actually inspired this post about my own experience being the centre of a nude photo scandal at 16. Check it out on Netflix!
7. Inside Job
A fascinating break down of the 2008 global financial collapse. Easy to understand, a struggle to comprehend. Really interesting as a case study for what’s happening with the Australian housing market at the moment. Check it out on Netflix!
A lesser known fact about me is that I’m actually a massive conspiracy theorist. Yup, New World Order, aliens in the centre of the earth, 9/11 was inside job – the lot. This was one of the first films to send me down the rabbit hole and open my eyes to the real power players running our financial, political, educational and religious institutions.
5. The Human Microchipping Agenda
Another eye-opener. If you haven’t heard about human micro-chipping, you can read about it online. There is going to be an attempt over the next decade to enforce mandatory chipping for things like banking, shopping and doctors visits, marketed under the guide of ‘convenience’ and ‘safety’. The current vaccine debate taking place in the media at the moment isn’t about health, it’s about testing the publics response to government control over our own bodies. If mandatory vaccinations are green-lighted, it shows the publics willingness to sacrifice our autonomy. Check it out on Youtube!
4. Hungry for Change
What’s the real reason behind the global obesity crisis? When we have enough food to feed everyone, why are close to a billion people still starving? What’s the real cost of the agriculture industry on our soil, atmosphere and ultimately our health? This documentary takes a behind the scenes look at the multi-billion dollar diet industry and empowers viewers to know what’s really in the food they eat. Check it out on Netflix!
Aussie mum Taryn Brumfitt has started a global movement with this documentary encouraging women to embrace their bodies of every shape, colour and size. She is fighting back against the media and advertising companies overt sexualisation of women’s bodies and is reclaiming our right to define what it means to be beautiful. You’ll laugh, cry and want to show it to your 16 year old self this docco. Get the girls together for this one. Check it out on iTunes!
2. Tony Robbins: I am Not Your Guru
This film always gets me SO hyped up about the power of coaching and how personal development is changing the world. I remember my parents listening to Tony Robbins tapes in the car when I was growing up, so to see him still spreading his message of personal empowerment and changing lives every day is phenomenal. He is the definition of a Superhuman and you will get so much value out of watching him in his element. Even my non ‘woo woo’ friends love this docco. Check it out on Netflix!
1. The Mask You Live In
Hands down the best documentary I’ve ever seen. It takes a look at societies definition of masculinity and how our ideas about what it means to be a man are breeding a generation governed by violence and misogyny. Every man and his mother, sister, wife and girlfriend need to watch this one. Check it out on Netflix!
Which one’s have you seen? What did you think? I’m always looking for new recommendations so let me know your faves in the comments below!