Ten documentaries that will change the way you look at the world
In general, documentaries are not known for bringing in big bucks for their producers, showcasing the best special effects, or featuring stellar performances. However, documentaries can open the door to a different perception through realism, truthfulness and exploration of current issues often unknown.
In this article we bring you a selection of documentaries that for us have meant a before and after in the way we see the world. Documentaries that have opened the door to another reality, and have helped us to find the way to open others.
1. Before the flood:
Climate Change is the biggest threat we face as a species, but how does it affect us? In this documentary, Leonardo DiCaprio interviews important figures such as Barack Obama, Al Gore or the Pope Francis to discuss the effects of climate change while participating in the filming of the movie "The Revenant" and experiencing some of them firsthand. An interesting documentary to reflect on how our actions enhance climate change and what we can do as a society to prevent this situation.
2. Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World:
Technology is present in our daily lives, sometimes imperceptibly. This documentary narrates the arrival of the Internet in our lives, the development of robotics and Artificial Intelligence and discusses what the next horizons are through conversations with digital gurus such as Elon Musk, Bob Kahn or Kevin Mitnick.
Dream Big: Engineering Our World
Engineering is the art of applying scientific knowledge to the invention, design, refinement and management of new processes. In this documentary, we see how it is also the answer to some of humanity's greatest challenges across the world's most incredible places.
Go, an ancient oriental game of strategy, is perceived as the last frontier for artificial intelligence. Following the victory of an AI playing chess against a human, the team from DeepMind a division of Google, takes on this challenge together with one of the world champions of Go and we see the result in this documentary, which reflects on the possibilities of Artificial Intelligence and its role in the development of humanity.
5. Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things
Do you need everything you have in your house? Through the vision of two of the creators of the minimalist movement, this documentary focuses on this social trend through the testimonies of people who have decided to live this way and renounce the accumulation of objects as an answer to the search for happiness. In exchange, it focuses attention on the importance of people and the essence of each person.
6. The True Cost:
The fast-fashion produced massively at high speed to satisfy the "demand" for cheap and trendy clothes, is portrayed in this documentary that travels through the factories from which it comes to know the social and environmental impacts of our fashion consumption habits and the faces of the people behind it, as well as their stories and opinions. A combative documentary that will not leave anyone indifferent and without questioning "do I really need so many clothes?"
Absence of human rights, undervalued 12-hour working days and constant pressures are some of the elements that make the fast-fashion industry possible. Through this documentary, Rahul Jain immerses us in the reality of a textile factory to make us reflect on the need to develop a more ethical fashion industry.
12-hour days paid at 3 dollars, constant pressure and total lack of rights.
8. The end of poverty?
Directed by Philippe Diaz and narrated by Martin Sheen this documentary analyses the development throughout history of the social, economic and political factors that have made possible the division of nations into First World and Third World countries through the eyes and words of numerous economists, sociologists and historians.
A documentary that questions the economic system and the distribution of wealth as we know it.
Directed and narrated by the British filmmaker Ali Tabrizi the documentary takes us on a journey to get to know the seas, showing us their importance for our daily lives (85% of the oxygen we breathe comes from the sea), the relationship between the species that inhabit them and the wellbeing of their ecosystems, and how harmful commercial fishing systems are for their survival (as well as their direct relationship with the plastic problem).
10. Kiss the ground
A simple and hopeful documentary about one of the main actions we can take to combat climate change: restoring the earth's natural ability to store carbon and support life. How do we grow food in ways that nourish the soil and not just take nutrients from it? How can we produce food in sustainable ways? This documentary is so focused on solutions, it leaves everyone who watches it with a thrill of hope.