Documentaries

When I’m presenting- whether it be for a small group of women in a residential home, or a room full of corporate executives- it’s not uncommon for guests to be surprised, even shocked, when I reveal information about the food industry that is new to them.

I understand.

It’s taken me years to have learned what I know today, and there’s still so much more to learn. On this page, I will share the films that have helped me to recognize what’s happening to our food and to our environment, as well as those that inspired me and continue to motivate me in the work I do.

These documentaries are available through Netflix, at your library, or available for purchase.

Keep checking back for updated selections.

Big Bucks, Big Pharma

How have we become a culture that relies so heavily on medication to get us through our daily lives? In this powerful documentary, learn from former drug publicists, doctors, researchers, and authors how the drug companies have mesmerized us through billion-dollar marketing schemes. Learn how companies create ads that induce emotion, develop “me-too” products so they can keep charging brand-name prices, allure medical doctors with kickbacks and compensation, and fund their own clinical research and findings publications.

After seeing this, you’ll never look at another drug ad in the same way again.

Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days

Simply Raw is a documentary that chronicles the experiences of six Americans with diabetes, all but one with Type II, as they embark on a 30-day mission to reverse the effects of this debilitating disease. The six are challenged to give up meat, dairy, sugar, alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, soda, junk food, fast food, processed food, packaged food, and even cooked food for 30 days.

Just like the food they eat, the emotions experienced by these six are raw. As you might imagine, it’s a challenge that at least a few find nearly insurmountable. For those who stick with the program, however, the results are fascinating! One medical doctor is astounded with his patient’s results, and one of the participants decides to choose a career that will help spread the word of his success.

A must-see, if you’ve ever doubted the power of the fork.

The Future of Food

This film might actually be more scary than the most graphic horror flick you’ve ever seen. While not graphic, The Future of Food takes the viewer through the history of contemporary food technology. How did monoculture planting begin and what is the problem with it? What Supreme Court decision of the 1970’s paved the way for genetically modified foods and how has that decision potentially relinquished control of our agricultural system to the privatized biotech industry? Why are we still one of the only countries not labeling genetically-modified food? This is a must-see, while there is still time to make changes.

Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead

Although the title for this documentary is unfortunate because it may turn a few people off, I loved it! Humor blended with real-life frustration as everyday people deal with health issues that have crept up on them as a result of their lifestyles. Joe Cross, an Aussie from “down undah”, goes on a 60-day juice fast while traversing the country and introducing people to his thoughts on health. What he couldn’t have predicted was the life he’d save when he meets Phil, a trucker weighing over 400 lbs. Just try not to tear up at the end of this film!

King Corn

Although I knew quite a bit about the corn industry prior to watching this, I still learned quite a bit more. Two friends, Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, move from the east coast to Iowa and buy an acre of land to grow corn. Their intent is to learn how our food is grown, but they learn a whole lot more. Find out just why it is that corn exists in nearly every shelf product we buy.

Forks Over Knives

I saw this film in Boston a couple months ago, and it received applause when it finished. Well-deserved. This film is based on the findings reported in the book, The China Study, by T. Colin Campbell. I read this book years ago, and purchased a few copies for my friends afterward. I felt the information provided was so important. But the text is over 500 pages, so if that’s daunting, this film is a great review of the important points in the book. Learn how we’re able to turn cancer on and off with our diets!

A Chemical Reaction

Because healthy living isn’t only about the food we put into our mouths, I learn as much as I can about ways to make the environment healthier for my son. This film is an inspirational recount of the events leading up to the ban on all residential pesticides in the town of Hudson, Quebec. (Since the making of this film, province-wide pesticide bans are taking place all over Canada.) Paul Tukey, spokesperson for Safelawns, interviews a number of the residents involved in making this ban happen, a David v. Goliath event that shows how one person truly can make a difference. Now, cities and states in the U.S. are beginning to take notice, and banning these toxic chemicals from municipal properties, schools, and playgrounds.

Food, Inc.

If there’s one documentary that almost everyone has seen, it’s this one. This film is a great overview of what’s happened to the food industry in the last few decades, from the ways animals are raised and treated in the farm factories, to the near monopolies taking over food production. Do we really want a handful of bottom-line corporates controlling our food supply?

An incredibly moving film with some of the most vivid cinematography I’ve ever seen, Chasing Ice documents the work of photographer James Balog and his Extreme Ice Survey. After watching the footage, there can be no doubt that the pace at which glaciers are now melting is being influenced by human behavior. The film does not look to point fingers, but rather to simply bring awareness. There can be no significant change, after all, until all of us on this planet are in agreement that climate change is happening and that we are the cause.