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Ah summer. The time for catching up and watching all your favorite Netflix shows that you just didn’t have time for during the school year. Well, in addition to binge-watching all seasons of your current guilty pleasure (Jane the Virgin anyone?), how about checking out a documentary? Documentaries are great, because they educate us on issues and topics that otherwise, we might never be exposed to. Below is a list of some of my favorite documentaries for anyone looking for some recommendations!


  1. The True Cost

Cheap clothing comes at an expensive price, a lesson you’ll learn from The True Cost. This documentary talks about the influence of the fashion industry in our everyday lives and its detrimental impact on the environment and people. Hear personal stories from sweatshop workers and discover the real consequences that come from shopping at stores like H&M and Gap. The True Cost is a moving, thought-provoking film that will make you rethink your style and leave you inspired to make more sustainable choices next time you go shopping.



  1. Earthlings

Earthlings is by far the most powerful film I have ever seen and consists of footage obtained from hidden cameras from everyday industries that use animals for food, fashion, entertainment, and medicine. I think it is important that everyone watch Earthlings for not enough of us are aware of the truth and reality behind many animal-based industries. There’s a huge distance between the cow that is killed in the slaughterhouse and the filet mignon that ends up on our dinner table. As the saying goes, “Ignorance is bliss,” but why should you choose to live in ignorance when the truth is out there? The power of film is evident in Earthlings and is available on YouTube for any truth-seekers out there. 


  1. Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things

If you’re looking for a less depressing and more optimistic documentary, definitely check out Minimalism. This documentary follows the Minimalists Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, as they tour the U.S. to promote their book, Everything That Remains, and talk about living a minimalist lifestyle. It’s a film about living with only the things we need and focusing on the people, experiences, and things that bring value to our lives. 



  1. Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

EVERY single piece of plastic that has ever been created since the 19th century is still SOMEWHERE on our planet. So if it NEVER goes away, where does it go?Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch follows journalist/filmmaker Angela Sun as she travels to Midway Atoll aka one part of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Located between the West Coast of North America and Japan and said to be twice the size of Texas or even as big as a continent, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch refers to the marine debris still floating in the waters or dumped on land today. It’s not a myth. It’s a real problem that more people need to know about. Check out this truth-revealer, Plastic Paradise, available on YouTube.



  1. Happy

Want to know the secret to happiness? Just watch this film! Happy follows the lives of various individuals and communities from around the world — from a cohousing community in Denmark to the island of Okinawa, Japan — and how different people achieve happiness in their everyday lives. You’ll learn the difference between being happy and being successful, and if the two can coexist and truly be achieved. Being happy isn’t as hard as we make it out to be.



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