Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Recommended Documentaries

Vanishing of the Bees – (2011, runs 90 min.,

As honeybees continue to disappear at an alarming rate, filmmakers probe the political, economic, and ecological overtones of "Colony Collapse Disorder." The film illustrates the critical connection between the human race and the honeybee, and attempts not only to solve this disturbing mystery, but to provide us with suggestions for reversing it.

Forks Over Knives – (2011, runs 91 min.,

Pioneering researchers Dr T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn examine the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting all animal-based and processed foods.  What the movie lacks in excitement, it more than makes up for in eye-opening information.  It will definitely help motivate those who are interested in improving their diet.

Pedigree Dogs Exposed – (2008, runs 58 min., )

Pedigree Dogs Exposed: Three Years On – (2012, runs 60 min.)

A BBC investigative documentary which looks into the health and welfare issues facing pedigree dogs in the United Kingdom.  The Kennel Club is criticized for allowing standards and practices which favor appearances over health, and often result in sometimes painful genetic diseases.  The follow-up film to the original discusses the positive changes that have been made in the three years since the original aired. (The original can be viewed online.)

The Cove – (2009, runs 92 min., rated PG-13,

Academy Award winner in 2009 for Best Documentary.  Daring animal activists arrive with surveillance equipment at a scenic cove in Taijii, Japan, to capture footage of a secretive and heavily guarded operation run by the world's largest supplier of dolphins. As the group sets out to expose the horrifying truths behind the capture of dolphins for the lucrative tourist industry, they also uncover an environmental catastrophe.

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