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.
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.
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!
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!
Do you like documentaries?
What documentary is your favourite and why?