Prepping/Survivalist/Apocalypse Documentaries

by craigburma | created - 29 Jun 2012 | updated - 3 months ago | Public

I am a prepper and survivalist.

If dreams are the mind mapping possible futures and how to handle them (credit Nova's: What are Dreams?) And if movies are how humans "dream" about the future... then it may be important to watch these movies to work out how we might respond to what some believe is the coming Apocalypse.

These titles may help us think about a world that is pivoting away from an ever higher standard of living for some at the expense of the most of the others and towards a return to more convention means of "getting by." Some call this apocalypse; a call it a return to balance.

Includes ... Eroded standard of living Lessons on how to get by Visions of how we might be Biblical Apocalypse Influences causing Political reasons for occurring

Excludes ... Dystopia Close Calls (like "Independence Day") Future on a linear Projection (like "A Clockwork Orange") Super-human (like X-Men or Hellboy) Sub-human (like almost anything with "Living Dead" in Title) Vampires (like Blade)

This new list is just for DOCUMENTARIES. I have other lists for MOVIES and SERIES/DRAMAS Thanks for viewing this list.

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1. After Armageddon (2010 TV Movie)

87 min | Documentary, Drama, History

A docudrama about a family in LA that is trying to survive the breakdown of society, law, and order after a flu pandemic kills half the people on Earth.

Director: Stephen Kemp | Stars: Rob Hartz, Kathleen Cameron, James Brown, Ross Collins

Votes: 155

2. Day After Disaster (2009 TV Movie)

120 min | Documentary, History

This is a documentary covering the subject of what can happen shortly after a disaster strikes, starting from seconds, to minutes, to hours, days, weeks, months, years and so on. This ... See full summary »

Director: Emre Sahin | Stars: Noah Applebaum, Rick Brandelli, Clint Clark, Maboud Ebrahimzadeh

Votes: 35

3. Outbreak: Anatomy of a Plague (2010)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary, Drama, History

Patient Zero is a stewardess, stricken by what she thinks is chickenpox. She goes to ground in a Montreal hotel room. A few weeks later, she's back on the job, unaware of her role in an ... See full summary »

Director: Jefferson Lewis | Stars: Colm Feore, Michael Bliss, Marcel Cadotte, Marc Beique

Votes: 66

4. Plague City: SARS in Toronto (2005 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama, History

The once clean and healthy city of Toronto becomes the pariah of the western world when a deadly chain of infection lands in the city. Panic spreads as the number of SARS cases increases as there are no effective treatments. In HD.

Director: David Wu | Stars: Kari Matchett, Ron White, Rick Roberts, Lannette New

Votes: 129

6. A Bridge Life: Finding Our Way Home (2009)

Not Rated | 57 min | Documentary

Good Samaritan rescues seven evacuees from the Houston Astrodome after Katrina and brings them to Florida to give them shelter and jobs, 'a bridge life.' But he gets more than he bargained for when one of them commits a serious crime.

Director: Joshua A. Grossberg | Stars: Dan Sheffer, Cynthia Gaunichaux, Edwin Pierre

Votes: 9

7. Alaska: The Last Frontier (2011– )

TV-14 | 42 min | Reality-TV

Centers on the Kilcher family and their community outside Homer, Alaska. Begun by patriarch Yule Kilcher who immigrated from Europe during WWII, and currently led by his sons, Otto and Atz ... See full summary »

Stars: Atz Lee Kilcher, Atz Kilcher, Eivin Kilcher, Otto Kilcher

Votes: 1,205

8. Blind Spot (I) (2008)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary

Blind Spot is a documentary film that illustrates the current oil and energy crisis that our world is facing. Whatever measures of ignorance, greed, wishful thinking, we have put ourselves ... See full summary »

Director: Adolfo Doring | Stars: Richard Heinberg, Lester Brown, Ted Caplow, William R. Catton

Votes: 150

9. Collapse (II) (2009)

Unrated | 82 min | Documentary

71 Metascore

A documentary on Michael Ruppert, a police officer turned independent reporter who predicted the current financial crisis in his self-published newsletter, From the Wilderness.

Director: Chris Smith | Star: Michael Ruppert

Votes: 6,299 | Gross: $0.05M

10. The Amish: A People of Preservation (2000 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 54 min | Documentary

A look into the lives of the Amish and how they live simply while forgoing many modern conveniences.

Stars: John A. Hostetler, John L. Ruth, Harley Wagler

Votes: 38

11. Climate Refugees (2010)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary

Filmmaker Michael Nash investigates mass migration caused by our changing climate.

Director: Michael P. Nash | Stars: Lester Brown, Yvo de Boer, Paul Ehrlich, Newt Gingrich

Votes: 80

12. Six Degrees Could Change the World (2008 TV Movie)

96 min | Documentary

The film runs through the effect each degree in temperature change has on the world.

Director: Ron Bowman | Stars: Alec Baldwin, Richard Betts, Duarte Borba, Jamais Cascio

Votes: 318

13. A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash (2006 Video)

Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary, War

A theatrical documentary on the planet's dwindling oil resources.

Directors: Basil Gelpke, Raymond McCormack, Reto Caduff | Stars: Wade Adams, Abdul Samad Al-Awadi, Fadhil J. Al-Chalabi, Roscoe Bartlett

Votes: 1,874

14. Waiting for Armageddon (2009)

Not Rated | 74 min | Documentary

66 Metascore

America's 50-million strong Evangelical community is convinced that the world's future is foretold in Biblical prophecy - from the Rapture to the Battle of Armageddon. This astonishing ... See full summary »

Directors: Kate Davis, David Heilbroner, Franco Sacchi | Stars: Gary Bauer, Chip Berlet, George W. Bush, Jimmy Carter

Votes: 338 | Gross: $0.01M

15. GasHole (2010)

Not Rated | 101 min | Documentary

About the history of oil prices and the future of alternative fuels.

Directors: Scott Roberts, Jeremy Wagener | Stars: Peter Gallagher, Anna Eshoo, Brian Pauwels, Curtis Wright

Votes: 334

16. Fuel (I) (2008)

Not Rated | 112 min | Documentary

50 Metascore

Director Josh Tickell takes us along for his 11 year journey around the world to find solutions to America's addiction to oil. A shrinking economy, a failing auto industry, rampant ... See full summary »

Director: Joshua Tickell | Stars: Joshua Tickell, Barbara Boxer, Richard Branson, George W. Bush

Votes: 597 | Gross: $0.17M

17. The End of Suburbia: Oil Depletion and the Collapse of the American Dream (2004)

Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary, War

The modern suburbs have ultimately become an unsustainable way of living. They were originally developed in an era of cheap oil, when the automobile became the center of the way people ... See full summary »

Director: Gregory Greene | Stars: Barrie Zwicker, James Howard Kunstler, Peter Calthorpe, Michael Klare

Votes: 972

18. Carbon Nation (2010)

TV-PG | 86 min | Documentary, Family

44 Metascore

An optimistic (and witty) discovery of what people are already doing, what we as a nation could be doing and what the world needs to do to prevent (or at least slow down) the impending climate crisis.

Director: Peter Byck | Stars: Rohit T. Aggarwala, Jerry M. Allums, Lela Allums, Peter Barnes

Votes: 206

19. Earth 2100 (2009 TV Movie)

Documentary, Sci-Fi

Follows the account of Lucy, who is born into a society where people are desperate for natural resources, while the global temperature and population are highly increasing.

Director: Rudy Bednar | Stars: Jameel Ahmad, Janine Benyus, Malcolm Bowman, Reinhard Buetikofer

Votes: 961

20. Climate of Change (2010)

TV-G | 86 min | Documentary

A documentary focused on the efforts of everyday people all over the world who are making a difference in the fight against global warming.

Director: Brian Hill | Star: Tilda Swinton

Votes: 40

21. Cool It (2010)

PG | 87 min | Documentary

61 Metascore

A documentary that takes an alternative approach to dealing with the global warming crisis.

Director: Ondi Timoner | Stars: Bjørn Lomborg, Hashem Akbari, Joe Barton, Ed Begley Jr.

Votes: 782 | Gross: $0.06M

22. Earth Days (2009)

90 min | Documentary

70 Metascore

The story of our growing awareness and understanding of the environmental crisis and emergence, during the 1960's and '70's, of popular movement to confront it.

Director: Robert Stone | Stars: Stewart Brand, Rachel L. Carson, Bill Clinton, Paul Ehrlich

Votes: 165 | Gross: $0.03M

23. The Age of Stupid (2009)

Not Rated | 92 min | Documentary, History, War

A future archivist looks at old footage from the year 2008 to understand why humankind failed to address climate change.

Director: Franny Armstrong | Stars: Pete Postlethwaite, Jehangir Wadia, Alvin DuVernay, Layefa Malini

Votes: 3,854

24. Everything's Cool (2007)

Not Rated | 89 min | Documentary

54 Metascore

For the past two decades researchers, activists, scientists, and progressive politicians have struggled to rouse the public and the federal government to take action on global warming. ... See full summary »

Directors: Daniel B. Gold, Judith Helfand | Stars: Daniel B. Gold, Ross Gelbspan, Bill McKibben, John 'Bish' Neuhauser

Votes: 200

25. Blue Gold: World Water Wars (2008)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

Wars of the future will be fought over water as they are over oil today, as the source of human survival enters the global marketplace and political arena. Corporate giants, private ... See full summary »

Director: Samuel Vartek | Stars: Jim Olson, Tony Clarke, Maude Barlow, Octavio Rosas Lando

Votes: 1,093

26. Water Wars (2009)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary

This timely documentary uncovers critical water issues facing humanity. It takes the viewer from the floods and droughts in Bangladesh, to dam building in India, water management in the ... See full summary »

Director: Jim Burroughs | Stars: Martin Sheen, Hafiz Uddin Ahmed, Earl Blumenauer, Eelco H. Dykstra

Votes: 41

27. Tapped (I) (2009)

Not Rated | 76 min | Documentary

Examines the role of the bottled water industry and its effects on our health, climate change, pollution, and our reliance on oil.

Directors: Stephanie Soechtig, Jason Lindsey | Stars: Sally Bethea, Earl Blumenauer, Amanda Brown, Eugene Brown

Votes: 1,189

28. Flow: For Love of Water (2008)

93 min | Documentary

67 Metascore

Water is the very essence of life, sustaining every being on the planet. 'Flow' confronts the disturbing reality that our crucial resource is dwindling and greed just may be the cause.

Director: Irena Salina | Stars: Bill Alexander, Maude Barlow, Basil Bold, Shelly Brime

Votes: 1,057 | Gross: $0.14M

29. Killer at Large (2008)

87 min | Documentary

An overview of the politics, social effects and problems associated with the rising epidemic of American obesity.

Director: Steven Greenstreet | Stars: Richard Atkinson, Denise Austin, Brooke Bates, Richard Berman

Votes: 457

30. Food Matters (2008)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary

Food Matter examines how the food we eat can help or hurt our health. Nutritionists, naturopaths, doctors, and journalists weigh in on topics organic food, food safety, raw foodism, and nutritional therapy.

Directors: James Colquhoun, Carlo Ledesma | Stars: Phillip Day, Vicky Blewitt, Ian Brighthope, Jerome Burne

Votes: 4,416

31. Future of Food (2009– )

59 min | Documentary

George Alagiah investigates a future food crisis triggered by rising populations, changing diets, fuel and water shortages and climate change.

Star: George Alagiah

Votes: 42

32. What's on Your Plate? (2009)

Not Rated | 76 min | Documentary

WHAT'S ON YOUR PLATE is a witty and provocative documentary about kids and food politics. Filmed over the course of one year, the film follows two eleven-year-old African-American city kids... See full summary »

Director: Catherine Gund | Stars: Sadie Hope-Gund, Safiyah Kai Riddle, Ana Angel, Matt Carpenter

Votes: 28

33. The Beautiful Truth (2008)

Not Rated | 92 min | Documentary

A troubled 15-year-old boy attempting to cope with the recent death of his mother sets out to research Dr. Max Gerson's claims of a diet that can cure cancer as his first assignment for ... See full summary »

Director: Steve Kroschel | Stars: Charlotte Gerson, Jay Kordich, Garrett Kroschel, Joyce Riley

Votes: 603

34. Ground Truth (2008 Video)

13 min | Documentary, Short, Action

Follows weather observers at the South Pole, on the Ross Ice Shelf and in the Antarctic Dry Valleys.

Director: Andrea Polli

35. Food Fight (2008)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary

A fascinating look at how American agricultural policy and food culture developed in the 20th century, and how the California food movement rebelled against big agribusiness to launch the local organic food movement.

Director: Christopher Taylor | Stars: Michael Pollan, Alice Waters, Marion Nestle, Justin Kirk

Votes: 224

36. King Corn (2007)

Unrated | 88 min | Documentary

70 Metascore

King Corn is a feature documentary about two friends, one acre of corn, and the subsidized crop that drives our fast-food nation. In King Corn, Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, best friends from ... See full summary »

Director: Aaron Woolf | Stars: Bob Bledsoe, Earl L. Butz, Dawn Cheney, Ian Cheney

Votes: 1,856 | Gross: $0.08M

37. The End of the Line (I) (2009)

Unrated | 85 min | Documentary

68 Metascore

Documentary filmmaker Rupert Murray examines the devastating effect that overfishing has had on the world's fish populations and argues that drastic action must be taken to reverse these trends.

Director: Rupert Murray | Stars: Ben Bradshaw, Roberto Mielgo Bragazzi, Charles Clover, John Crosbie

Votes: 990

38. Fed Up! (2002 Video)

Not Rated | 58 min | Documentary

About 70% of the food we eat contains genetically engineered ingredients and the biotech industry is spending million a year to convince us that this technology is our only hope. Using ... See full summary »

Director: Angelo Sacerdote | Stars: Britt Bailey, Dominique Baron, Brent Blackwelder, Beth Burroughs

Votes: 112

39. Hempsters: Plant the Seed (2010)

TV-G | 90 min | Documentary

The film follows the lively exploits of activists for (and against) the movement for the legalization of the hemp plant in America. It features Woody Harrelson, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson... See full summary »

Director: Michael P. Henning | Stars: Woody Harrelson, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Ralph Nader

Votes: 106

40. 2012: Time for Change (2010)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary, Animation, News

2012: Time For Change is a documentary feature that presents ways to transform our unsustainable society into a regenerative planetary culture. This can be achieved through a personal and ... See full summary »

Director: Joao G. Amorim | Stars: Daniel Pinchbeck, Maude Barlow, Ariane Burgess, Gerald Celente

Votes: 316 | Gross: $0.07M

41. 2012: An Awakening (2009 Video)

Unrated | 75 min | Documentary, Mystery

The year 2012 is predicted to be one of great change in cultures spanning the globe. A 26,000 year alignment will occur on the 21 December 2012, will it be the end of the world or the end of time as we know it?

Stars: Gregg Braden, Annabel Burton, Patrick Geryl, Adrian Gilbert

Votes: 61

42. 2012: Ice Age (2011 Video)

PG | 91 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A volcanic eruption in Iceland sends a glacier towards North America, causing everything in it's path to freeze. A family man struggles to escape the onslaught of the coming ice age.

Director: Travis Fort | Stars: Patrick Labyorteaux, Julie McCullough, Katie Wilson, Nick Afanasiev

Votes: 5,241

43. Apocalypse How (2008 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 88 min | Documentary

The Mayan calendar predicts that the world will end in 2012, and many believe it's true. This Emmy-nominated Discovery Channel documentary illustrates the variety of ways the apocalypse ... See full summary »

Star: Aaron May

Votes: 131

44. Cosmic Collisions (2006)

25 min | Documentary, Short

Add a Plot

Director: Carter Emmart | Star: Robert Redford

Votes: 54

45. Countdown to Zero (2010)

PG | 91 min | Documentary

70 Metascore

A documentary about how the likelihood of nuclear weapons (or fissile materials) usage has increased due to the rise of terrorism and lack of safeguards and verification.

Director: Lucy Walker | Stars: Graham Allison, James Baker III, Bruce Blair, Tony Blair

Votes: 2,060 | Gross: $0.27M

46. American Experience (1988– )
Episode: The Greely Expedition (2011)

TV-PG | 54 min | Documentary, Biography, History

From PBS and American Experience - Using scientific accounts, diaries, photographs and letters, this film reveals how poor planning, personality clashes, questionable decisions and pure bad... See full summary »

Director: Rob Rapley | Stars: Tim Hopper, Justin Mader, Michael Murphy, Rich Porfido

Votes: 69

47. The Donner Party (2009)

R | 95 min | Drama

Based on the real events of The Donner Party tragedy. The Donner Party was a group of California-bound American settlers caught up in the western expansion of the 1840s. After becoming ... See full summary »

Director: Terrence Martin | Stars: Crispin Glover, Clayne Crawford, Michele Santopietro, Mark Boone Junior

Votes: 905

48. Dark Days (2000)

Not Rated | 82 min | Documentary

75 Metascore

A cinematic portrait of the homeless population who live permanently in the underground tunnels of New York City.

Director: Marc Singer | Star: Marc Singer

Votes: 5,977 | Gross: $0.43M

49. Dirt! The Movie (2009)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary

The only remedy for disconnecting people from the natural world is connecting them to it again.

Directors: Bill Benenson, Gene Rosow, Eleonore Dailly | Stars: Jamie Lee Curtis, Bill Logan, Vandana Shiva, Fritjof Capra

Votes: 441