Socially Aware Documentaries

A list of enlightening documentaries to inspire social awareness.
View:
Log in to copy items to your own lists.
1.
Food, Inc. (2008 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
An unflattering look inside America's corporate controlled food industry. (94 mins.)
Director: Robert Kenner
 
2.
What the #$*! Do We (K)now!? (2004 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
"WHAT THE #$*! DO WE KNOW?!" is a radical departure from convention. It demands a freedom of view and greatness of thought so far unknown... (109 mins.)
 
3.
GasLand (2010 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
An exploration of the fracking petroleum extraction industry and the serious environmental consequences involved. (107 mins.)
Director: Josh Fox
 
4.
I Am (2010 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Director Tom Shadyac speaks with intellectual and spiritual leaders about what's wrong with our world and how we can improve both it and the way we live in it. (78 mins.)
Director: Tom Shadyac
 
5.
Oh My God (2009 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
People from all walks of life are asked "What is God?" (93 mins.)
Director: Peter Rodger
 
6.
Cool It (2010 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A documentary that takes an alternative approach to dealing with the global warming crisis. (87 mins.)
Director: Ondi Timoner
 
7.
Lord, Save Us from Your Followers (2008 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Why is the Gospel of Love Dividing America? Filmmaker and follower Dan Merchant donned his Bumpersticker Man suit and set out across America in this funny and moving look at the collision of faith and culture. (100 mins.)
Director: Dan Merchant
 
8.
The Quantum Activist (2009 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
There is a revolution going on in science. A genuine paradigm shift. While mainstream science remains materialist... (78 mins.)
 
9.
Enlighten Up! (2008 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Film-maker Kate Churchill is determined to prove that yoga can transform anyone. Nick Rosen is skeptical but agrees to be her guinea pig... (82 mins.)
Director: Kate Churchill
 
10.
Unmistaken Child (2008 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In Nepal, a venerable monk, Geshe Lama Konchog, dies and one of his disciples, a youthful monk named Tenzin Zopa... (102 mins.)
Director: Nati Baratz
 
11.
The 11th Hour (2007 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A look at the state of the global environment including visionary and practical solutions for restoring the planet's ecosystems. (95 mins.)
 
12.
The Cove (2009 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Using state-of-the-art equipment, a group of activists, led by renowned dolphin trainer Ric O'Barry, infiltrate a cove near Taijii, Japan to expose both a shocking instance of animal abuse and a serious threat to human health. (92 mins.)
Director: Louie Psihoyos
 
13.
Crude (2009 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The story of lawsuit by tens of thousands of Ecuadorans against Chevron over contamination of the Ecuadorean Amazon. (105 mins.)
Director: Joe Berlinger
 
14.
King Corn (2007 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
King Corn is a feature documentary about two friends, one acre of corn, and the subsidized crop that drives our fast-food nation... (88 mins.)
Director: Aaron Woolf
 
15.
This Emotional Life (2010 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
(120 mins.)
 
16.
Fuel (2008 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Director Josh Tickell takes us along for his 11 year journey around the world to find solutions to America's addiction to oil... (112 mins.)
Director: Joshua Tickell
 
17.
The Case for Christ (2007 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Based upon the Gold-Medallion award-winning best-seller, The Case for Christ documents Lee Strobel's... (71 mins.)
 
18.
For the Bible Tells Me So (2007 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
An exploration of the intersection between religion and homosexuality in the U.S. and how the religious right has used its interpretation of the Bible to stigmatize the gay community. (95 mins.)
Director: Daniel Karslake
 
19.
No Impact Man: The Documentary (2009 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Follow the Manhattan-based Beavan family as they abandon their high consumption 5th Avenue lifestyle and try to live a year while making no net environmental impact. (93 mins.)
 
20.
The Beautiful Truth (2008 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A troubled 15-year-old boy attempting to cope with the recent death of his mother sets out to research Dr... (92 mins.)
Director: Steve Kroschel