The 11th Hour (2007) – Industrial capitalism has brought every life-support system on Earth to the brink of collapse. A far-ranging examination of this, the most pressing crisis of our times.
Affluenza (2007) – On the ‘ailment’ of consumerism.
The Age of Stupid (2009) – An old man living in the devastated world of 2055 watches ‘archive’ footage from 2008 and asks: Why didn’t we stop climate change while we had the chance?
Anachasho: Food of the Wilds (2015) – Celebrating the incredible abundance of uncultivated/wild foods used in tribal Orissa.
Ancient Futures (1993) – A documentary about indigenous livelihoods in Ladakh, India, by Helena Norberg-Hodge and John Page.
Atamai Village (2012) – According to Helena Norberg-Hodge, this is “one of the most beautifully made inspirational films on eco-villages.”
Baraka (1992) – Montage of unforgettable images; a collage of life in all its beauty and brutality.
Bag It (2010) – “Is your life too plastic?”
Big River (2009) – A 30-minute documentary about the ecological consequences of industrial agriculture, by the makers of King Corn.
Cannibal Tours (1988) – “Affords a glimpse at the real (mostly unconsidered or misunderstood) reasons why ‘civilised’ people wish to encounter the ‘primitive’ … where much of what passes for values in western culture is exposed in stark relief as banal and fake.”
Captialism: A Love Story (2009) – Michael Moore takes a piercing look at the ‘mother of all problems’.
The Century of the Self (2002); The Power of Nightmares (2004); The Trap: What Happened to Our Dream of Freedom? (2007) – A riveting series of films exposing, among many other things, the power of media and propaganda to manipulate.
The Coconut Revolution (2001) – When the islanders of Bougainville kick out a multinational mining company, they undertake to rediscover their traditions and regenerate their local economy.
Consumed (2011) – A compelling documentary about modern consumerist culture.
The Corporation (2003) – An unflinching anatomy of the most powerful institution of our time; essential viewing.
Darwin’s Nightmare (2004) – How a “booming multinational industry of fish and weapons has created an ungodly globalized alliance on the shores of the world’s biggest tropical lake.”
Dirty Wars (2013) – An unflinching look “into the heart of America’s covert wars, from Afghanistan to Yemen, Somalia and beyond.”
The Economics of Happiness (2011) – Local Futures’ documentary film about the worldwide movement for economic localization.
The End of Poverty? (2008) – “The first film to succinctly explain how our economic system has created poverty and why it is the foundation for the current financial crisis”.
The End of Suburbia (2004) – On the ‘peak oil’ phenomenon and all its implications for the survival of oil-dependent industrial ‘civilization’.
Exporting Harm: The High-Tech Trashing of Asia (2002) – Find out the toxic reality of where your old electronics go after you take them for ‘recycling’ or throw them out.
Fed Up! (2004) – An entertaining and informative overview of our current food production system from the Green Revolution to the Biotech Revolution and what we can do about it.
‘Flow: For the Love of Water (2008)
Food, Inc. (2009) – Exposes America’s industrialized food system and its effect on our environment, health, economy and workers’ rights. “You’ll never look at dinner the same way.”
Food Mythbusters Movies (2012) – Myth 1: ‘Hunger and Food Security: Do we really need industrial
agriculture to feed the world?’, and Myth 2: ‘Marketing and Advertising: Myth of Choice: Is junk food what we
Fowl Play (2009) – On the industrial egg industry and the suffering it entails; a parable of how society has become disconnected from what we eat.
The Fourth World War (2003) – A story of men and women around the world who resist being annihilated by globalization.
The Future of Food (2004) – On the perils of the industrial food system generally, but especially about genetically modified foods.
Gaon Chhodab Nahin (‘We will not leave our village!’) (2009) – Music video of Adivasi resistance.
Growthbusters (2011) – “One man takes on City Hall, Wall Street and the Pope as he questions society’s most fundamental beliefs about prosperity.”
Garbage: The Revolution Starts at Home (2007) – A typical Canadian family agrees to keep its garbage at home rather than export it ‘out of sight, out of mind’. Shows the true hidden costs of the consumer class lifestyle.
The Global Banquet (2001) – Exposes globalization’s profoundly damaging effect on our food system in easily understandable terms.
Global Wealth Inequality (2013) – A short film by The Rules.
GMO OMG (2013) – Director and concerned father Jeremy Seifert is in search of answers about GMO’s.
Gold Fever (2013) – About the valiant resistance movement by indigenous communities in Guatemala against the social and environmental destruction wrought by multinational mining corporations.
Good Fortune (2010) – This film “explores how massive, international efforts to alleviate poverty in Africa may be undermining the very communities they aim to benefit.”
Harvest of Empire (2013) – This film “reveals the direct connection between the long history of U.S. intervention in Latin America and [today’s] immigration crisis.”
The High Price of Materialism (2011) – A short animation by psychologist Tim Kasser on “how America’s culture of consumerism undermines our well-being.”
Home (2009) – Spectacular aerial footage of the Earth shot in fifty countries by Yann Arthus- Bertrand; a clarion call for humanity to become aware of the full extent of its spoliation of the Earth and change its patterns of consumption.
How Wolves Change Rivers (2017) In 1995, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, along with Canadian biologists, captured 14 wolves in Canada and placed them in Yellowstone National Park, where they had been extinct since 1926. Over the next few years, the number of wolves rose, but that was the least of the changes that took place in Yellowstone.
The effects were more striking than anyone could have expected.
In a Forest of Gods (2013)
In the Forest Hangs a Bridge (1999) – A beautiful record of the dying art of bamboo bridge making in Arunachal Pradesh, India, and the tribal community that makes it possible.
In Transition 2.0 (2013)
John and Jane (2005) – Unsettling look at the reality of call centers – and cultural imperialism – in India, and modernity’s profound loneliness and confusion.
King Corn (2007) – About two friends, one acre of corn, and the subsidized crop that drives the U.S. fast-food nation. Raises troubling questions about how we eat – and how we farm.
Let’s Make Money (2008) – Eerie truths about the casino called the international financial system.
Life and Debt (2001) – A story of some of the impacts on Jamaica of international financial institutions, structural adjustment and free trade policies, and mass tourism.
Living Downstream (2010) – Based on the acclaimed book by ecologist and cancer survivor Sandra Steingraber, about the fundamental links between politics, toxic pollution, and health.
Manufactured Landscapes (2006) – A stunning look at the ‘monstrosity of globalized commerce,’ focusing on China.
Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media (1992) – Unforgettable look at the information propaganda machine and its complicity in wars and other disasters.
Mindful Travel in Ladakh (2016) – Explores how tourists can minimize their impact on traditional cultures and fragile environments, focusing on the region of Ladakh on the Tibetan Plateau.
Minimalism (2016) – How might your life be better with less? MINIMALISM: A DOCUMENTARY ABOUT THE IMPORTANT THINGS examines the many flavors of minimalism by taking the audience inside the lives of minimalists from all walks of life—families, entrepreneurs, architects, artists, journalists, scientists, and even a former Wall Street broker—all of whom are striving to live a meaningful life with less.
Modern Day Problems Of Small Scale Farmers In India (2007) – The amazing work of P.V. Sateesh and the Deccan Development Society to revive traditional agro-ecological knowledge, seeds and practices in Andhra Pradesh.
The New Rulers of the World (2002) – Renowned journalist John Pilger explores the connection between oppressive regimes and corporate globalization in Indonesia.
No Impact Man (2009) – A New York City-based family resolves to live for a year with the minimum environmental impact.
Nuclear Savage (2011) – A devastating exposé of the U.S. governments’ nuclear weapons testing and secret human radiation experiments in the Marshall Islands.
Our Daily Bread (2005) – A montage of unforgettable, disturbing images of the inner workings of the industrial food system.
The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil (2006) – An inspiring and solutions-oriented film that’s especially good to watch after watching End of Suburbia.
Pig Business (2009) – The true cost behind the factory-farmed pork in supermarkets, who’s behind it, and what you can do about it.
Real Food Media – Short films and big ideas about food, farming and sustainability.
Schooling the World (2010) – Beautifully shot on location in Ladakh, looks at the impact of Western-style schooling on indigenous cultures.
Seeds of Freedom Trilogy (2012-2015)
Shift Change (2012) – A film about the growing worker-owned business movement and how it is creating “secure, dignified jobs in democratic workplaces.”
The Slow Poisoning of India (2004) – On the devastating health effects of pesticides in India.
The Story of Stuff (2007) – A simple and short – but powerful – animated explanation of the problems of globalization and consumerism, and a call for a radically different path.
Surplus (2003) – The emptiness of consumerism in the rich world juxtaposed with the suffering to create it in the poor.
Surviving Progress (2011) – “Every time history repeats itself, the price goes up.”
Synthetic Sea (2000) – On the health and environmental crisis of plastics, saturating the oceans, sea life, and ultimately us.
The Take (2004) – Workers in Argentina dispossessed by the vicissitudes of ‘structural adjustment’ decide to take back their workplaces, minus bosses and hierarchy.
Trashed (2012) – A shocking, necessary exploration of the extent and horrible legacy of the global waste crisis.
Urban Roots (2011) – A film about urban farming in Detroit, Michigan, a city facing industrial collapse and depopulation.
Voices of Transition (2012)
The War on Democracy (2007) – John Pilger’s look at the movements for genuine democracy in Latin America, and the imperial forces that oppose them.
We Feed the World (2005) – Traces the sources of some of the industrial food system in Europe, making the links to environmental destruction and injustice ‘somewhere else’ along the way.
What a Way to Go (2007) – “A middle class white guy comes to grips with peak oil, climate change, mass extinction, population overshoot and the demise of the American lifestyle.”
What Would Jesus Buy? (2007) – Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping take on America’s suicidal consumer binge during the Christmas holiday ‘shopping season’.
What’s the Economy For, Anyway? (2009) – “A humorous monologue about the American economy today, challenging the ways we measure economic success – especially the Gross Domestic Product.”
The World According to Monsanto (2008) – Investigative exposé of the notorious chemical- biotech company.
Yap: How Did They Know We’d Like TV? (1981) – “A witty and disturbing view of cultural imperialism at its most cynical and blatant.”