I love a good movie, but sometimes I enjoy watching documentaries even more. Maybe it’s because I usually learn something or get to see real-life examples of how others are living, but lately I’ve been on a doc-watching binge. Some leave me thinking about the message for weeks (or months!), so I wanted to share those titles. These are 7 documentaries that inspired a ton of awareness and I highly recommend them all!
Tiny: A Story About Living Small
This doc isn’t just about building a small home like you see on HGTV, it’s about letting
go of life’s clutter and living simply. The tiny movement has undoubtedly gained traction and
become popular, but this documentary shows it’s about more than just moving into a cute little
house. Available on Netflix.
Living on One Dollar
This sheds light on how much we take for granted and all the opportunities that are simply given to us—it’s definitely emotional! This journey of four young guys who want to inspire positive change live on one dollar a day to show what so much of the world experiences, but so few realize and understand. Majorly inspiring. Available on Amazon Prime.
The True Cost
We all want to have nice things, but at what cost? Are we willing to sacrifice other human lives
to have all the material things we see online and in magazines? This documentary gives some
perspective on what others go through to make the clothes we purchase without giving a
second thought. This obviously hit very close to home for me since fashion is such a big part of my life/career and this is already something I consider when shopping. But it left with me lots more to think about. Available on Amazon.
From the environment to the economy—over-consumption of all our resources and only
focusing on how we can make businesses bigger—will eventually catch up to us (and it already has to a degree). This doc reminds us that it’s not the material things in life that make us happy and that our
purpose is much deeper. I loved this SO much! Available to rent/buy on Amazon Prime.
This shows why it’s important to eat whole, sustainable foods. Having a connection to what you’re eating makes you think about how you can recreate it for the future generations who are depending on us to leave something for them. My husband and I really value the beliefs behind this message, so I can’t recommend this enough. Available on Amazon.
Heal Your Self
This documentary sheds light on the chemicals in food that affect both your body and the
Planet Earth. Sometimes we need to be reminded that eating is meant to nourish us and fuel
our bodies—not give us food highs from artificial sugars and other additives. Available on Amazon Prime.
I had somewhat mixed reviews on this one (I felt that even though the main characters were trying to live minimally, they were still living a go-get-em life), but ultimately, this one was SO thought-provoking. My husband and I actually stayed up for hours discussing The American Dream and feelings surrounding it after. Plus, the idea of minimalism is just very appealing to me. Available on Netflix & Amazon.
What else should I be watching? Please share!