A few weeks ago I was stuck in bed with a horrible flu. In between taking flu tablets, sipping on tea and crawling into the kitchen to fill up my hot water bottle, I was stuck in bed watching documentaries. Yes, you’ve heard me correctly. I’ve been on a documentary binge! Instead of the usual re-watch of How I Met Your Mother and Gossip Girl while being sick, I decided to do something a bit more…. educational… And oh my! Some of these have actually really changed the way I see things. They’ve motivated me to make some significant changes in my life. Therefore, I’d like to share my favourite documentaries. Hopefully they’ll help you the way they helped me.

(These are all available on the UK Netflix!)I

What the health

“What the health” is a documentary about the health impact of animal product consumption. I myself already barely eat meat. I don’t consider myself a vegetarian because I do eat meat every now and then and I don’t want to put any restrictions on my diet. After having watched this documentary, I’m seriously considering cutting out other animal products as much as possible too. Of course, I don’t want to base a massive lifestyle change on one documentary, but it has definitely opened my eyes more to what foods I need to eat to stay healthy and what foods I don’t necessarily need. My friend Ana recommended this documentary, telling me this is the film that made her go fully vegan. I don’t think I’ll go fully vegan, but I’ll definitely try to eat more plant based products.

The minimalist

If you spend some time on the internet, I’m sure you’ll have come across the “Minimalist Lifestyle”. Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus are the authors of “The Minimalists”. After starting to pursue this minimalistic lifestyle and seeing the benefits it gave them, they decided to share their experiences and help others. As with veganism, I’ve always been interested in minimalism. I could never just throw out all my stuff, but owning too many things does make me feel very stressed. Every time I move, I’m surprised by how many things I’ve accumulated. I start going through all the piles of stuff, deciding what to keep and what to donate/sell. Having seen their documentary, I feel like I have a much better understanding of what minimalism is and how certain aspects of it can help me in my own life.

Food inc.

Another one about the food industry, whoops! It was actually the first documentary I watched while being stuck in my bed. But this is the one that set me on a documentary adventure. It’s opened my eyes to a new reality. I thought I had a big choice as a costumer in a supermarket. Turns out, that choice is basically already made for me. This documentary focusses on the production of meat, production of grains and the economic power of major food companies. It’s an interesting watch and a good introduction if you want to educate yourself better about these kinds of topics. I’m definitely very interested in this stuff and will probably watch a lot more about it soon!

Blackfish

Another documentary with a controversial topic. Blackfish is about SeaWorld and the captive killer whales. It specifically focusses on the incidents that have happened with one of the killer whales, Tilikum. I’m definitely not a fan of places like SeaWorld who keep animals captured and use them for human entertainment, but seeing this movie made me hate this industry even more. What I thought was so great about this film was the interviews with a handful of ex-trainers that used to work for SeaWorld and trained with Tilikum and his victims. It’s very eye-opening and I’d recommend any animal lover to watch this!

If there are any documentaries that you would recommend, please leave them in the comments below! I’ll definitely watch many more in the upcoming weeks!

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34 comments on “Four Documentaries you should watch”

  1. Food inc and black fish i have seen too.
    Such films seems a turn of the viewers every thing is good and right view. Some said that is true others not. But is on other point of view.
    Story behind a story. At the end the viewer must think what is the right balance.
    In Germany we got a docoentery about molslems and jews. That was so contervers that the tv station had 40!!! “That is not correct marks” in a 45 minutes film.

  2. Oh i like the Minimalist so much. In august this year i watched it and I absorbed the way of the life of minimalism. Since then I making steps going this life.

  3. Blackfish was a huge eye opener for me, as much as I disapproved of places like Seaworld before, it just makes you fully hate them as they’re so restricting for those poor animals. I need to watch Food Inc too, it’s one for the list, my boyfriend loved it!
    Alice Xx

  4. Haha, I actually love watching documentaries! I quite often watch a lot of stuff that on BBC iplayer. I always find them so interesting, and it definitely opens your eyes to a lot of stuff you may not have known about or realised before. I’ve been meaning to watch the Blackfish one but keep forgetting, will try to watch it tonight!

    Amy,
    https://creativenails.uk

  5. I haven’t watched any of these but they all sound amazing! I love watching documentaries too, especially about environmental issues but really anything! πŸ˜„ I watched this documentary on Real Life Quidditch and how the previously fictional game has transcended from the mind of JK Rowling to an actual team sports now. That was really interesting 😊 But my all-time fave would definitely be the documentary about the Kepler telescope hahaha

    x Kate | https://allthetrinkets.wordpress.com

    • The one on real life Quidditch sounds really interesting haha! As a Harry Potter fan myself I think I’d enjoy it a lot ^_^ If you watch any on the list let me know what you think πŸ˜€

  6. Ik wil Blackfish zeker graag eens zien (heb altijd een fascinatie voor orka’s gehad, zo’n slimme dieren!) en ook the minimalist spreekt me aan, want decluttering is iets wat ik zeker eens zou moeten doen (en dat bedoel ik vooral op mijn kleerkast)! Bedankt voor de tips!

  7. I’ve been absolutely dying to watch the minimalist and when I get some free time I hope too! Blackfish madd me so sad when I watched it, I’ve visited sea world a handful of times when I was younger too. Great post! X

    Kayleigh Zara 🌿www.kayleighzaraa.com

    • When you watch the minimalist let me know what you think! It really inspired me to live more mindful! πŸ™‚ Blackfish is so sad indeed πŸ™ I think it’s best to just focus on the future and make sure you won’t support institutes like that again in the future ^_^ No point worrying about things you have enjoyed in the past as a child c:

  8. I love watching Documentaries, a lot of what I learn really makes you understand the world a little further and the choices you make. I enjoy watching documentaries on crime, psychology and how things are made. I really like the sound of these though! Great post!

  9. Reading this has really made me want to load up Netflix and get cracking on these documentaries! I am sure that Black Fish would make me cry, the thought of such majestic creatures being contained in places like SeaWorld is just heartbreaking! I turned veggie in August so watching What The Health would probably make me really glad I made that choice!

    Abbey πŸ’– http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

    • Not gonna lie but Black Fish made me super sad! Definitely won’t be supporting any of those kind of “attractions” ever again πŸ™ And yes!! Definitely watch What The Health, especially since you’re already vegetarian ^_^ Thanks for reading Abbey! <3

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