Can anyone suggests Good Documentary Videos like The Home, Story of Stuff, and The Inconvenient Truth which highlights the society issues, problems and their respective solutions?
This isn't an exhaustive set, but I am a person who watches quite a few documentaries, and consider myself an advocate of more sustainable living. Here are some that I've watched. My personal ratings are listed (if they're in my Netflix history), as well as the start of my reviews, if I left one:
Describing the Problem
- The Age of Stupid (5 of 5 stars): For everyone who replies that movies like this are too one-sided, I have just one question for you: When was the last time you saw an oil company commercial on TV that let climate scientists mention that the use of fossil fuels is a major contributor to climate change and air pollution?
- GasHole (4 of 5 stars): Good film. Spoiler alert: this is largely about a conspiracy theory. I know that will turn a lot of people off, but you have to realize that if people automatically dismiss all conspiracy theories as false, then you have completely cleared the way for conspiracies to be carried out without limits. (What's the phrase about the devil's greatest trick being convincing people that he didn't exist?)
- Heat: What companies and governments around the world think about tackling climate change.
- Poisoned Waters: An investigation into pollution of US waterways.
- Who Killed the Electric Car?: Why did electric cars stop being produced by major automakers in the mid-2000s?
- Food, Inc.: The environmental and health problems with the way food is produced in the developed world.
- No Impact Man (5 of 5 stars): Follow a man in New York City as he tries to live for one year with almost no negative environmental impact.
- Fuel (5 of 5 stars): This is a good layperson's introduction to biofuels. No more, no less. Its not a scientific documentary, so if you're craving proof, pick up a science journal. If you want to learn a bit about a subject that you have only been very casually acquainted with, then watch this.
- Revenge of the Electric Car: An examination of 3 automakers (Nissan/GM/Tesla) bringing electric cars to mass markets.
- Car of the Future: An entertaining look at emerging alternative fuel vehicle technologies.
Ones to Avoid
Cool It (1 of 5 stars): If you don't trust science, or are looking for excuses to not change any of your habits, you'll love this movie. A few facts: first, Lomborg's not a professor of environmental science. He's a political scientist. Half of the experts he interviewed were also not natural scientists, but economists. If you think economists did a good job foreseeing the financial crisis [in 2008], then I recommend you listen to them on climate science...
Other Peoples' Opinions:
- Mother Nature Network's Top Environmental Movies and Documentaries
- Mother Nature Network's Top 10 Environmental Documentaries of 2009
- TopDocumentaryFilms.com (under Environment) — the good and the bad
Best Overall Resources
@nate solid list above. I have seen all except for Heat and I agree pretty closely with your ratings. BTW Poisoned Waters is a Frontline Exclusive and can be watched at the PBS website.
Health, Farming sustainably vs. industrialized and More
- Forks Over Knives — Tremendous film, Solid Science 2 hour panel discussion (both stream on Netflix)
- Dirt! The Movie ** Very good, don't let the title fool you (not a yawner!)
- Fresh — similar to Food Inc. w/more positive outlook
- Earthlings — narrator Joaquin Phoenix, warning: graphic & powerful
- The Real Dirt on Farmer John Joel Salinger from Omnivore's Dilemna
- The Future of Food The first of the Food Documentaries by Jerry Garcia's widow
- Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days Dr. Gabriel Cousens
- Vanishing Bees The implications on loss of bees with Ellen Page
- Food Matters Eat for Health Let Food be thy medicine
- Know Your Mushrooms funky yet captivating movie truly magic mycellium
- The Yes Men Two guys take on corporate conglomerates funny
- The Yes Men Fix the World Jack-Ass meets Activism (watch after Earthlings;-)
- This is What Democracy Looks Like ** The Authentic Story of Seattle WTO protests w/out spin
- Exit Through the Gift Shop If you don't know Banksy here is your intro
- Flow: For the Love of Water dwindling fresh water shows greed as culprit
- Tapped: The Movie Focus on bottle water what it is, regulation & effect
- Blue Gold:The World Water Wars Intro to the corporate water grab
- Bottled Life: Nestle's Business with Water haven't seen but love to despise Nestle
Fossil Fuels, Petrochemicals/Plastics
- End of Suburbia my intro to peak oil, very good
- Crude Ecuadoran people Fight back vs. Chevron
- Crude Impact The destructive force oil demand has around the globe
- Plastic Planet Another eye-opener on plastics, (contains some subtitles)
- Addicted to Plastic thought provoking, mind-blower
- Gasland Intro to Fracking with banjo
- A Crude Awakening Theatrical Documentary on dwindling oil supply
- The Eleventh Hour Environmental Look around Globe, better than Gore's offering
- Fighting Goliath: Texas Coal Wars Texans from all walks of life ban together to oppose 19 new coal power-plants being fast-tracked by Governor.
CAN BE SEEN ON YOUTUBE
- The World According to Monsanto Yes it's one sided but shouldn't it be?
- Sweet Misery aspartame (Monsanto's 1st release in 1903) damages from diet soda
- What in the World are they Spraying? 1st doc to catch admission of chemtrails
- Why In the world are they Spraying? The Sequel with more science and experts
- Flouridegate: An American Tragedy 2013 release exposing flouride history damages