A collection of my favourite educational documentaries that will inspire you on your journey to wellness.
That Sugar Film (2015)
That Sugar Film is one man’s journey to discover the bitter truth about sugar. Damon Gameau embarks on a unique experiment to document the effects of a high sugar diet on a healthy body, consuming only foods that are commonly perceived as ‘healthy’. Through this entertaining and informative journey, Damon highlights some of the issues that plague the sugar industry, and where sugar lurks on supermarket shelves. THAT SUGAR FILM will forever change the way you think about ‘healthy’ food.
Forks Over Knives (2011)
The feature film Forks Over Knives examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting animal-based and processed foods.
Food Matters (2008)
A feature-length documentary film informing you on the best choices you can make for you and your family’s health.
Super Size Me (2004)
Director Morgan Spurlock’s social experiment in fast-food gastronomy sees him attempting to subsist uniquely on food from the McDonald’s menu for an entire month. In the process his weight balloons, his energy level plummets and he experiences all sorts of unexpected — and terrifying — side effects. He also examines the corporate giant’s growing role in the lives of American consumers and explores its methods of indoctrinating young people and its contribution to America’s obesity epidemic.
Food, Inc (2008)
Authors Eric Schlosser and Michael Pollan offer insight into the food industry in America, including how food is produced.
Hungry for Change (2012)
Hungry for Change exposes shocking secrets the diet, weightloss and food industry don’t want you to know about; deceptive strategies designed to keep you coming back for more. Find out what’s keeping you from having the body and health you deserve and how to escape the diet trap forever.
May I Be Frank (2010) (One of my personal faves!)
Frank Ferrante is a 54 year old Sicilian from Brooklyn living in San Francisco. A lover of life, great food, beautiful women and a good laugh, Frank is also a drug addict, morbidly obese, pre-diabetic, and fighting Hepatitis C. He’s estranged from his daughter, single, and struggling with depression. Frank knows that life can be better than this, and is looking for a way out. Watch how he transforms his life through raw foods and some caring new friends.
Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead (2010)
100 pounds overweight, loaded up on steroids and suffering from a debilitating autoimmune disease, Joe Cross is at the end of his rope and the end of his hope. In the mirror he saw a 310lb man whose gut was bigger than a beach ball and a path laid out before him that wouldn’t end well— with one foot already in the grave, the other wasn’t far behind. FAT, SICK & NEARLY DEAD is an inspiring film that chronicles Joe’s personal mission to regain his health.
Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days (2009)
Six people with diabetes switch to a diet of raw vegan, organic food to reverse the disease without medication.
The Greater Good (2011)
An award winning character-driven documentary that explores the cultural intersections where parenting meets modern medicine and individual rights collide with politics. The film offers parents, doctors and policy makers a safe space to speak openly, actively listen and learn from one another. Mixing verité footage, intimate interviews, 1950s-era government-produced movies and up-to-date TV news reporting, THE GREATER GOOD weaves together the stories of families whose lives have been forever changed by vaccination. (I’m sharing this because I’m pro-choice rather than pro-vaccine).
Veganism, conscious eating, environmentalism
Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret (2014)
A groundbreaking feature length environmental documentary, following an intrepid filmmaker as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it.
The Vanishing of the Bees (2009)
Filming across the US, in Europe, Australia and Asia, this documentary examines the alarming disappearance of honeybees and the greater meaning it holds about the relationship between mankind and mother earth. As scientists puzzle over the cause, organic beekeepers indicate alternative reasons for this tragic loss. Conflicting options abound and after years of research, a definitive answer has not been found to this harrowing mystery.
The Cove (2009)
The Cove follows an elite team of activists, filmmakers and freedivers as they embark on a covert mission to penetrate a remote and hidden cove in Talji, Japan, shining a light on a dark and deadly secret. Utilizing state-of-the-art techniques, including hidden microphones and cameras in fake rocks, the team uncovers how this small seaside village serves as a horrifying microcosm of massive ecological crimes happening worldwide. The result is a provocative mix of investigative journalism, eco-adventure and arresting imagery, adding up to an unforgettable story that has inspired audiences worldwide to action.
Blackfish tells the story of Tilikum, a performing killer whale that killed several people while in captivity. Along the way, director-producer Gabriela Cowperthwaite compiles shocking footage and emotional interviews to explore the creature’s extraordinary nature, the species’ cruel treatment in captivity, the lives and losses of the trainers and the pressures brought to bear by the multi-billion dollar sea-park industry.
This emotionally wrenching, tautly structured story challenges us to consider our relationship to nature and reveals how little we humans have learned from these highly intelligent and enormously sentient fellow mammals.
Herbs and Herbal Medicine
The Sacred Science (2011)
Discover the healing secrets of the Amazon Rainforest in The Secret Science, a groundbreaking film.
What Plants Talk About (2014)
When we think about plants, we don’t often associate a term like “behavior” with them, but experimental plant ecologist JC Cahill wants to change that.
The University of Alberta professor maintains that plants do behave and lead anything but solitary and sedentary lives.
What Plants Talk About teaches us all that plants are smarter and much more interactive than we thought! (I found film this particularly fascinating).
The New Biology: with Dr Bruce Lipton (2001)
Recent advances in cellular science are heralding an important evolutionary turning point. For almost fifty years we have held the illusion that our health and fate were preprogrammed in our genes, a concept referred to as genetic determinacy. Though mass consciousness is currently imbued with the belief that the character of one’s life is genetically predetermined, a radically new understanding is unfolding at the leading edge of science. Cellular biologists now recognize that the environment, the external universe and our internal physiology, and more importantly, our perception of the environment, directly controls the activity of our genes. This video will broadly review the molecular mechanisms by which environmental awareness interfaces genetic regulation and guides organismal evolution.
As Above – So Below: with Dr Bruce Lipton (2006)
For millennia, civilization has been preoccupied with the perennial question on human origins and life’s purpose. Religion claims that humans are the product of special Creation, put on Earth directly by the hand of God for the purpose of living out plays of morality. The opposing view of Science suggest we are merely the product of three billion years of evolution driven by random genetic mutations. Perceived as hereditary “Accidents,” Science posits no purpose for human presence other than to compete for survival in an eternal struggle for existence. We are in need of new sustaining vision as global terror and the onset of the planet’s sixth mass extinction threaten human survival. Join cell biologist Bruce H. Lipton, Ph.D., as he introduces a long awaited paradigm shift in the biomedical sciences that integrates, unifies and honors the philosophical polarities of both Evolutionists and Creationists,. The new theory of “Fractal Evolution,” based upon leading edge cell biology, physics and mathematics, not only makes sense of our history, more importantly, it provides important insights to ensure ours and the environment’s survival.