Friday, December 30, 2016

5 Life Changing Documentaries

I've been sick the past week and have spent a lot of time in bed watching Netflix. The latest documentary I've watched has been Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things, which I'll talk about later in this post. I like how documentaries have the ability to open our minds to new ideas, concepts, and ways of living. Here are 5 that I particularly enjoy. 

Forks Over Knives: 
This is an incredible documentary. It advocates for a plant based diet by showing the correlation between the standard american diet and health issues. I have watched this documentary at least five times and it has changed the way I view the role of diet in my life. 

13th:
This documentary is especially relevant in America today. It looks at how mass incarceration of blacks is a form of institutional discrimination stemming from slavery in early America. It is a fascinating documentary and one that every American should watch especially considering racial discrimination is still a major issue in America today. 

Jiro Dreams of Sushi:
It's literally just the story of this old Japanese sushi chef that owns a three-michelin star restaurant. Sounds boring, but is actually super interesting. 

Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things
I've been following the Minimalists for a year or so since I saw their Ted Talk on youtube. This documentary focuses on the consumerist culture and how you can add more value to your life through minimalism. Super interesting watch and they have a great podcast series that's great too. 

Fed Up:
I am really in to food documentaries (if you couldn't already tell from this list) and this is a really good one. It pushes veganism and plant based living less than something like Forks Over Knives, Cowspiracy, or even Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead. My sociology professor actually made us watch this and write a whole paper about it and it is really fascinating learning about how obesity and childhood obesity is a sociological issue and not necessarily a personal one. 

Let me know in the comments what types of documentaries you like. A couple others that I'd like to mention as good watches are Blackfish, the Cove, and Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead. I also think that Somm is a fascinating watch, but it was a little too long for me. 
-Sienna

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