• Beatrix Muguet


Must-watch documentaries that bring awareness about the world we live in.

This week we celebrated Earth Day, on April 22, as a reminder that Earth is our Planet, our home, the one where we actually want to stay in! As we are now confined to our houses, it's the perfect moment to reflect on how we see the world, what choices we are doing on our daily basis, and the impact of those and what we can do more and will do more, to help our Planet getting greener and healed from all the harm that has been suffering by humans. Once we can live back in freedom, what will you do?

To help you clear your mind, here are a few documentaries that will bring awareness to the world we currently live in, and that drastically needs our help.

Our Planet (2019)

Sir David Attenborough is a true reference for his work. Listening to him explaining about the majestical animal world is like listening to poetry. All Earth series - Planet Earth and Blue Planet - deserve to be watched. You will see incredible species, the consequences of climate change, and the challenges nature goes through.

The True Cost (2015)

Unfortunately, the fashion and beauty industries are enhancing fast-fashion without the transparency that the demand of these industries requires. The True Cost will show you where your clothes are being done and what it costs to human beings and the environment.

"This is a story about clothing. It’s about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having on our world. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing?"

Minimalism (2015)

The description says it all: a documentary about the important things. An eye-opener to the consumerism.

Blackfish (2013)

This must have been one most emotional documentaries I have watched. Yes, I cried and you will probably cry too. It was one of the first documentaries I have watch that completely open my eyes to a reality I was not completely aware of or did not click as it should. See, I never liked the circus, especially the ones with animals, but somehow I did not have the same idea for aquatic parks or zoos. Attention, not all zoos are the same! There are some incredible places rescuing animals from Circus, from being mistreated, some of these animals already born in those environments; from wild animals being bred as pets. These animals would never survive into the wild because they never learned what it is to live free. If you start watching it, watch it until the end.

Plastic Ocean

This documentary emphasises the effects of single-use plastic consumerism and how not only the animal life but also humankind is being affected by this issue.

I'm not going to lie. The documentaries suggested here are strong, explicit, and eye-opening. They will show realities not all of us are aware of and will definitely impact the way we see the world.

Extra: Tidying Up with Marie Kondo (not a documentary)

For whoever is familiar with the Japanese culture, you will know that they excel in minimalism. This series shows that having too much might actually make us feel more stressed, in less harmony with our space called home. We will realise that we don't need much to live and those boring house duties can be in a less painful way, where parents can even do them with the kids.






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