Documentaries

Most of them I’ve gotten from Netflix although a few I borrowed from organizations/people.

Already Reviewed
American Blackout
Botany of Desire, The
Business of Being Born, The
Dirt! The Movie
End of Suburbia and Escape from Suburbia
Flow: For Love of Water
Food Matters
Greenhorns, The. I look forward to seeing this one when it’s completed.
King Corn
Maxed Out
Real Dirt on Farmer John, The
Story of Stuff, The
Unborn in the USA
Unknown White Male
What Would Jesus Buy?
Who Killed the Electric Car?

Blue Vinyl
Blue Vinyl is the film about the toxicity of vinyl in general. The filmmaker, Judith Helfand made the film after her parents announced to her they were selling their home (“nest egg”) and moving to a retirement community. To ready the house for the market, Mr. and Mrs. Helfand decided to put blue vinyl on the house to increase its value.

Ms. Helfand (the filmmaker) is a DES Daughter and had to have a hysterectomy when she was in her mid-twenties which she made her first documentary about A Healthy Baby Girl. The surgery put her on the road to living chemical free and having a chemical free planet which led her to become interested in the vinyl making process.

After watching this film you will never, ever want vinyl from your home. And you learn how many things it’s in. Pretty effing scary.

The Corporation
The Corporation focuses on the word “corporation” and what it means and how the legal community gave corporations personhood. It’s one of my favorite documentaries, one which Wolf and I own and watch in regular intervals. It’s a broad overview of how corporations have taken over the world and how there’s not much one can do about it because corporations have been given the same rights as we mere humans. It’ll take a huge movement of people, a tsunami of sorts, to overcome corporate personhood. We have to change the way our legal and business systems are conceived, worked, and regulated.

McLibel
It appears you can watch McLibel on Google which, of course, I recommend. We rented it from Netflix though.

McLibel is the film of a gardener and a postal worker, both from England, who were sued by McDonald’s for libel. The gardener and postal worker won after seven years in litigation (I think seven years). Neither had any legal training but represented themselves. Their case was taken all the way to The Hague where, again, they won.

The brief synopsis of the film is Helen Steel and David Morris belonged to a group who passed out flyers to pedestrians about the dangers of eating McDonald’s foods. McNarley’s sued them. McNarley’s lost. Hurray for us little people!

The Future of Food
The Future of Food is what happens when Monsanto gets their hands on seeds and plant. It explains the process in which cells are infected with genetically modified organisms, the legal protections Monsanto, DuPont, and other have thanks to our Supreme Court, and other countries reaction to our food stuffs.

We took it down to Everett and showed Wolf’s mother who became so pissed she ordered the movie for all her friends and family. She’s beginning to see why I think “America” is one suck ass place to live.

Life and Debt
Life and Debt a film about Jamaica and how the tourist industry is destroying the island. I vowed never to go to Jamaica as a tourist.

Born Into Brothels
Born Into Brothels is a film we saw a couple years ago. I don’t remember much about it but I remember I liked it a lot. I know it showed poverty with out any pretense or attempts to gloss it over. I remember thinking how fortunate we are to live in a mobile home and have a piece of land.

The film follows a group of Indian children who were given cameras. They were instructed to take pictures of their surroundings and the filmmakers developed the film then took the images they liked best and exhibited them around the world.

The Shape of the Moon
The Shape of the Moon. Like Born Into Brothels, it’s been a year or two since we saw this movie so I’m not sure how well I’ll review it. And like Born Into Brothels it gave an accurate description of the level of poverty most of the world lives in.

Set in Indonesia, the film follows a family trying to navigate poverty and culture and the urbanization and industrialization of their island. The film also shows the clash between Islam and Christianity in this particular family and how the two pull families apart and push them together simultaneously.

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