Byenia’s Film Picks (Documentaries)

Been meaning to post these up for a while now.

KEEP IN MIND THAT ALL IS OFFERED UP MERELY AS FOOD FOR THOUGHT, NOT INTENDED AS DECLARING MY OWN POSITION NECESSARILY. Just topics to think about and examine. All of which I’ve personally viewed.

Let’s begin with documentaries, divided by genre:

 

Food & Agriculture-related

  1. Food, Inc. (available on Netflix)
  2. Earthlings (free here – warning: VERY graphic)
  3. The Future of Food (free here)
  4. Our Daily Bread (free here — a very mechanical and clinical view of food processing)
  5. King Corn (available on Netflix)
  6. The Botany of Desire (available on Netflix; official trailer)
  7. Hemp Revolution (free here)
  8. The World According to Monsanto (free here)
  9. The Real Dirt on Farmer John (free here)
  10. Killer At Large (15-minute preview)

 

Water-related

  1. Blue Gold: World Water Wars  (free here)
  2. Flow: For the Love of Water (free here)
  3. Frontline: Poisoned Waters (on Puget Sound — full video free here)
  4. Tapped (free here)

 

Toxic Culture, Pop Obsessions & Consumerism

  1. Second Skin (free here)
  2. Bigger Stronger Faster (free here — a better version is available on Netflix)
  3. This Film Is Not Yet Rated (free here)
  4. America the Beautiful (another good one to give as a gift; official trailer)
  5. What Would Jesus Buy? (this one makes a great stocking stuffer — watch the full video free here)
  6. Frontline: Digital Nation (watch the program here)
  7. Koyaanisqatsi – Life Out of Balance (the first video in a trilogy)
  8. Psywar (full free viewing available here)

 

Healthcare-related

  1. The Business of Being Born (free here)
  2. Frontline: The Medicated Child (watch the full program on PBS)
  3. Children of Darkness (free here)

 

Warfare, Government & Military-related

  1. White Light/Black Rain: The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (free here)
  2. Why We Fight (official trailer; available on Netflix)
  3. The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara (free excerpts here; available on Netflix)
  4. Speaking Freely, Vol. 4: Chalmers Johnson on American Hegemony (free here)
  5. Iraq For Sale: The War Profiteers (full video here)
  6. War Made Easy – How Presidents & Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death (free here)
  7. Radio Bikini (full free video here)
  8. Hearts and Minds (free here)
  9. The Ground Truth (free excerpts; available on Netflix)
  10. History Undercover Declassified: Human Experimentation (watch free here)
  11. No End in Sight (free here)
  12. The War Tapes (full video here free)
  13. Taxi to the Dark Side (free here)
  14. I Know I’m Not Alone (free here)
  15. Ghosts of Abu Ghraib (free here)
  16. The Nazis – A Warning From History (clips here)
  17. Plan Colombia – Cashing In on the Drug War Failure (free here)
  18. Alive Day Memories: Home From Iraq (free here)
  19. Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience (info available at PBS.org)
  20. Body of War: The True Story of an Anti-War Hero (official trailer)
  21. Winter Soldier
  22. My Country, My Country
  23. Regret to Inform (official trailer)
  24. American Experience: Two Days in October (more info available on PBS.org)
  25. Dear America: Letters Home From Vietnam (full video free here)
  26. The Trials of Henry Kissinger (free here)
  27. Blood and Oil: The Middle East in World War I (free here)

 

Economics, Debt & Global Conflict

  1. The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power (a great documentary to own — full video free here)
  2. Maxed Out: Hard Times, Easy Credit and the Era of Predatory Lenders (free here; also available on Netflix)
  3. In Debt We Trust (free here)
  4. I.O.U.S.A. (free here)
  5. Plunder: The Crime of Our Time (free here)
  6. Speaking Freely: John Perkins (free here)
  7. Frontline: The Warning (watch for free on PBS.org)
  8. Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (official trailer)
  9. The Yes Men (free here)
  10. The Yes Men Fix the World (the sequel — watch the P2P edition free here)
  11. The End of Poverty? (free here)
  12. Pray the Devil Back to Hell (trailer on PBS.org; available on Netflix)
  13. Walmart: The High Cost of Low Prices (free here)
  14. Crisis of Civilization (free here)

 

Oil & Energy Concerns

  1. A Crude Awakening – The Oil Crash (free here)
  2. Crude (about oil contamination in Ecuador — official trailer; available on Netflix)
  3. The Oil Factor: Behind the War on Terror (free here)
  4. Greasy Rider (about biodiesel — official trailer)
  5. Blood and Oil: The Middle East in World War I (free here)
  6. Who Killed the Electric Car? (free here)

 

Civil Rights & Democratic Aims

  1. Harlan County, U.S.A. (about coal miners unionizing in the 1970s — free here)
  2. Walter Williams: Suffer No Fools (a personal favorite)
  3. The People Speak
  4. The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED; free here)
  5. Howard Zinn – You Can’t Be Neutral On a Moving Train (official trailer)
  6. American Blackout (free here)
  7. Citizen King (clips here)
  8. The First Amendment Project
  9. A Force More Powerful (a truly powerful documentary aired by PBS)
  10. The Camden 28 (official trailer)
  11. Noam Chomsky: Rebel Without a Pause (available on Netflix)
  12. King: Man of Peace in a Time of War (free here)
  13. King: Montgomery to Memphis (excerpt)
  14. An Unreasonable Man (about Ralph Nader — official trailer; available on Netlix)
  15. The End of America (by Naomi Wolf — full video free here)

 

Criminal Justice-related

  1. After Innocence (full video free here)
  2. The Trials of Darryl Hunt (official trailer; available on Amazon — used to be available elsewhere but no longer is)
  3. Shakespeare Behind Bars (official trailer)
  4. American Drug War: The Last White Hope (makes an interesting gift — full video free here)
  5. Plan Colombia – Cashing In on the Drug War Failure (free here)

 

Media & Propaganda

  1. Manufacturing Consent – Noam Chomsky and the Media (free here)
  2. Orwell Rolls In His Grave (free here)

 

Higher Education-related

  1. Indoctrinate U (free here – both agree and disagree with this one strongly)

 

Spiritual Inquiry, Mythologies & Religious Concerns

  1. Joseph Campbell on Power of Myth With Bill Moyers (available on Netflix; clips also available on this YT channel)
  2. Joseph Campbell – Mythos, Vol. 1: The Shaping of Our Mythic Tradition (also on Netflix)
  3. Joseph Campbell – Mythos, Vol. 2: The Shaping of Our Mythic Tradition (also on Netflix)
  4. Lord, Save Us From Your Followers (a powerful film — clips here)
  5. Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed (free here)
  6. Joseph Campbell: The Hero’s Journey (also on Netflix)
  7. Mother Teresa (free here)
  8. Constantine’s Sword (info here and available on Netflix)
  9. Deliver Us From Evil (clips available on this YT channel)
  10. Lake of Fire (on opposing sides in the abortion debate — free here)

 

Special Interest

  1. Grizzly Man (official trailer; available on Netflix)
  2. Deep Water (free here)
  3. The U.S. vs. John Lennon (official trailer)
  4. Mark Twain – A Film Directed by Ken Burns
  5. Galapagos : The Islands That Changed The World (available on Amazon.com)
  6. Stranded: I’ve Come from a Plane that Crashed on the Mountains (official trailer)
  7. Bukowski – Born Into This (full video free here)
  8. Commune (official trailer)
  9. A Certain Kind Of Death (free here)
  10. Plagues & Pleasures on the Salton Sea (official trailer)
  11. Blackfish (official trailer; available on Netflix)

 

To be continued…

4 Responses to Byenia’s Film Picks (Documentaries)

  1. Jurij says:

    Money related:
    The Money Masters
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H56FUHgqRNE
    The Secret of Oz
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swkq2E8mswI

    Education:
    The Ultimate History Lesson John Taylor Gatto
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQiW_l848t8&list=PL463AA90FD04EC7A2

    The Untold Historical Truth Of American Education -- Charlotte Iserbyt

    • Byenia says:

      I’ve now watched the videos on Charlotte Iserbyt and The Wizard of Oz (appreciated the Secret of Oz one and will post it on the blog momentarily).

  2. John Doe says:

    Into Eternity (2010) … or how to plan for 100000 years ahead
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1194612/

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