I love documentaries. Not only do they teach you about the world around you but they connect you with real, inspiring people. I’ve come up with a list of my favourites that not only are important to watch but have honestly changed my life and the way I continue to think. I hope you’ll feel the same.
1. Hot Girls Wanted
The 2015 Sundance Film Festival breakout documentary from producer Rashida Jones spotlights the ‘amateur’ porn industry and the women it exploits.
2. GMO OMG
This documentary follows one father’s search for answers to the question, “What are we feeding our families” and examines the risks of GMOs.
3. The Human Experiment
Personal stories shed light on the lethal effects of chemicals we use every day and the uphill battle against the industrial giants who create them.
4. Forks Over Knives
According to the research of two food scientists, the popularity of processed foods has led to epidemic rates of obesity, diabetes and other diseases.
5. Miss Representation
Explore how mainstream media’s often disparaging portrayals of women contribute to the under-representation of females in positions of leadership.
6. How to Die in Oregon
The award-winning documentary takes you into the lives of terminally-ill people as they consider availing themselves of physician-assisted suicide.
7. Craigslist Joe
Exploring whether America still has a sense of community, a man spends a month depending on the goodness of Craigslist posters for this survival.
8. Free the Nipple
A legion of impassioned young women take to the streets of New York City in a crusade to legalize public toplessness in America (OK technically it’s not a documentary but it’s based on a true story).
A young couple with no construction experience attempts to build a tiny house in this documentary that contemplates shifting American values.
10. The True Cost
The links between consumer pressure for low-cost high fashion and the meager existences of the sweatshop workers who produce those goods are explored.
Do you have have documentaries you want me to watch? Let me know in the comments below.