Documentaries are a very fun way to see and learn something new from the comfort of your sofa. I really love watching them as they satisfy my curiosities about different topics. Documentaries also make me want to explore and discover new things about various issues, countries and cultures. What’s not to love about that?
With that being said, I share with you my top five documentaries that cover various questions. They will make you smile and some parts may even make you cry. But most importantly, they will make you think, and hopefully act, in order to improve your own and the lives of others.
THE TRUE COST
If you’re like me, you like fashion. You like playing with different styles and using clothes as a way to express yourself. However, you may not be aware that fashion industry is the second biggest polluter out there, right after oil companies. Our desire to democratize fashion and to make it affordable to everyone has come with a high price. Shining light on pollution and horrible working conditions that are part of (fast) fashion, this film will make you think twice before going shopping again.
Another story that will make you rethink your life is shared here by Ryan Nicodemus and Joshua Fields Millburn. They decided to leave their precious belongings behind and simplify their lives. Minimalism may not be for everyone, but we can all look up to these guys and adopt at least a part of their philosophy. After all, do we really need this much stuff in our lives?
We all know that media is not exactly helping us to have a healthy image of ourselves, but this documentary is still quite shocking and eye-opening. Women are treated like trash and often judged just by their looks, and not capabilities or intelligence. That is done by media even to the ladies that achieve a lot and hold powerful positions. What kind of message does that send to young girls?
While in the western countries we are very close to achieving true gender equality, in some parts of the world that is far from reality. Girls suffer as their rights are not recognised and they don’t get to make their own choices. They are declined future just by not having an opportunity of getting education. Watch some brave girls take things into their hands and fight for going to school no matter how big the obstacles they face. Warning, I cried during this one, so get your tissues ready.
In the sea of health documentaries that explore food and diets, FED UP is still my favorite. We all already know that sugar is not good for us, but this film offers a deeper view on how the consumption of it sky rocketed and what the effects on our health are. It is focused mainly on the USA, but it’s still very interesting and worth a look.
By: Ivona Iwarra Josipovic / Photo cred: videoblocks.com