This is a list of a few documentaries that I’ve found interesting and recommend watching. As you’ll probably be able to tell, I like watching docs about nature, agriculture, ecosystems, natural resources, and sustainability. However, other topics will surely work their way in. I’ll be updating this list every once in a while.
A Farm for the Future (2009)
AKA Rebecca’s Wild Farm
The high global consumption rate of fossil fuels and modern agriculture’s dependence on them led Rebecca Hosking to investigate alternative practices to employ on her family farm in Devon, England. The line between farming and gardening becomes blurred in this documentary that delves into the world of sustainable, environmentally friendly agriculture and permaculture.
There’s a particularly eye-opening scene in this film where Rebecca buys a packaged sandwich at a gas station and proceeds to explain how much fossil fuel is involved in its production by going through the ingredients one by one.
Note: This documentary is purportedly very difficult to get a hold of. I lucked out by catching it on TV one night. However, it can be found on YouTube in five segments which, in turn, can be found nicely organized and embedded on JessicaCrabtree.com.
Lesson Plan (2010)
1967. Avant-garde high school history teacher Ron Jones searches for an effective way to teach his students about Nazi Germany. He decides to have them take part in an experiment that will give them a first-hand look at fascism. This shocking documentary drops us into the dark corners of the human condition as we watch the class transform into a group called The Third Wave, complete with secret police, informants, body guards, and even its very own salute.
Radically Simple (2006)
Jim Merkel talks about various issues relating to sustainable living, from homesteading to money management.
I really don’t want to get into reviewing these docs too thoroughly, but I do think this one may have been better titled “Idealistically Simple”. Jim Merkel has the best of intentions, and I enjoyed the film, but as I watched, I found myself thinking that he might be overestimating the capabilities and understanding of much of the world’s population.
Solutions locales pour un désordre globale
AKA Think Global, Act Rural
AKA Good Food, Bad Food
Industrial agriculture is the main focus of this film, while it also touches on subjects such as seed saving, soil microbiology, genetically modified crops, chemical and synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, and the strangle-hold that multinational corporations have on many of the world’s farmers.