If you want to watch some thought provoking, action compelling films on the realities the world is currently plunged in, check out these top 5 documentaries. From whichever walk of life you may be, watching these documentaries is a must for all cine buffs.
Food Inc (2008)
A startling look at the corporate controlled and manipulated food production industry of America, Food Inc is a film by Robert Kenner which is definitely not for the faint hearted. This film goes inside the by-lanes of food factories to see how cheap inputs and cruel animal slaughtering methods are used to generate enormous profits for a handful of multinational corporations. Food Inc beautifully sends across the idea of the ‘illusion of choice’ in the quintessential American supermarket and how consumers are lead to misread ingredient lists at the back of a product. This documentary delivers the promise that it makes with its tagline – ‘You’ll never look at dinner the same way again’.
Born Into Brothels (2004)
From the name, if you think that this is one more film about foreigners coming and shooting prostitution in India, allow us to warn you against that comment. Born Into Brothels is an Academy winning documentary which is a chronicle of filmmakers Zana Briski and Ross Kauffman’s journey into Sonagachi, the notorious red light district of Calcutta, India. The film documents how they form a special relationship with the children of the prostitutes by teaching them the art of photography. Inadvertently, the children manage to bring out some unseen and untouched moments, notions and the ethos of their surroundings by photographing their own daily life.
Did you ever manage to make a connection between high art of New York and the largest trash zones in Brazil? If not, watching this documentary will make you see the transformative power that is generated when contemporary artist Vik Muniz decides to travel to the largest landfills in Jardim Gramacho, Brazil and works with the people who deal with waste. He helps them create works of art from the dump that the world throws there. A winner for the Audience Award for World Cinema Documentary at the Sundance Festival, this is what you must be ready to see in the inner layers of this film – art in the context of the world, the bravery of the poorest people and beauty in what is commonly known as ‘squalid’.
An Inconvenient Truth (2006)
This masterpiece by Director Davis Guggenhiem brilliantly showcases one-time presidential campaigner Al Gore’s strong personal beliefs about global warming and how he aggressively promotes and educates people about it by making presentations across the world. The film combines Gore’s charts, facts, figures and numbers with real life interviews of people who have already started seeing the adverse effects of global warming in their daily lives. The best part about this Academy winning documentary is that it is completely bereft of any political ideologies and will give you a shocking look into why the world is slated to explode very soon.
Capitalism: A love story (2009)
Michael Moore is better known for his previous famous documentaries Bowling for Columbine, Sicko and Fahrenheit 9/11. With Capitalism: A love story, Moore brings forth a dark reality of America yet again. Through the political corridors of DC, financial hubs of Manhattan and parts of Mid America, Moore explores the price that an average American is paying for the love of materialism and capitalism.
With thousands of jobs being lost every day and uncontrollable consumerism growing by exponential figures, Moore uses his craft with the documentary form to bring out the lies and betrayal that American capitalism has spilled upon its people.
Long gone are the days when documentaries will simply meant for conveying information. These documentaries are not only highly entertaining, they will change the way you look at the world.