population explosion crisis (documentaries)

by Hayduke555 | created - 11 Sep 2013 | updated - 4 weeks ago | Public

some good documentary films about human overpopulation

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4. Survival of Spaceship Earth (1972)

60 min | Documentary

Earth's environmental crisis--brought about by uncontrolled technological progress--is endangering life on a global scale. At the core of the threats to the planet - wars, overpopulation, ... See full summary »

Director: Dirk Wayne Summers | Stars: Raymond Burr, Hugh Downs, Maurice Strong, Rene Dubos

Votes: 13

5. Bij de beesten af (1972)

G | 104 min | Documentary

Documentary that explores the differences and similarities between human behavior and that of animals.

Director: Bert Haanstra | Stars: Anton Koolhaas, Stephen Murray, Alexander Scourby, Leonid Brezhnev

Votes: 202

7. The Legacy of Malthus (1994)

51 min | Documentary

Discusses Malthus's theories of population and the causes of poverty. As film contrasts the 19th century poor in Scotland with today's poor in India, it takes on the international ... See full summary »

Director: Deepa Dhanraj | Star: Thomas Malthus

8. World War III (1995 TV Movie)

58 min | Documentary

A study of the human population explosion and its impact on biodiversity and global ecosystems.

Director: Michael Tobias | Star: Michael Tobias

Votes: 7

10. Jam Packed: The Challenge of Human Overpopulation (1997 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary

Young people and the environment.

Director: Michael Tobias | Star: Alexandra Paul

11. On the Edge (I) (1998)

52 min | Documentary

"On the Edge" is reminder that Western civilization can't continue with business as usual. Every 12 hours, the world population increases by 100,000 people. There is no more land to grow ... See full summary »

Directors: Ron Dexter, Douglas Gillies | Stars: Ted Turner, Mikhail Gorbachev, Oren Lyons, Jane Goodall

12. Population: 6 Billion (1999)


In Fall 1999, the Earth's human population was six billion -- for an instant. With 10,000 children born every hour, the landmark was over in less time than it takes to say the words "... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Silvers

13. World Population (2000)

7 min | Documentary, Animation, Short

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Director: R. Scott Vance

16. No Vacancy (2005)

90 min | Documentary

Global responses to the Human Population Explosion; impact on the environment and biodiversity.

Director: Michael Tobias | Stars: Mohammad Jalal Abbasi-Shavazi, Kalpana Apte, Rofina Asuru, John Awoonor-Williams

Votes: 13

17. Energy Crossroads: The Burning Need to Change Course (2006)

68 min | Documentary

As global population and our appetite for energy rise drastically, fossils fuels depletion and global climate change have now become the most pressing issues facing humanity today.

Director: Christophe Fauchere

20. Energy Crossroads: A Burning Need to Change Course (2007 Video)

Not Rated | 55 min | Documentary

Most experts agree that global peak oil production, when demand exceeds supply, will occur within the next 15 years and will drastically change the very fabric of our industrialized world. ... See full summary »

Director: Christophe Fauchere | Stars: Steve Andrews, James Hansen, David Stuart, Randy Udall

Votes: 8

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: 163 | Gross: $0.03M

23. 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: 951

24. Horizon (1964– )
Episode: How Many People Can Live on Planet Earth? (2009)


In a Horizon special, naturalist Sir David Attenborough investigates whether the world is heading for a population crisis. In his lengthy career, Sir David has watched the human population ... See full summary »

Director: Helen Shariatmadari | Stars: David Attenborough, Molly Brown, Danny Davis, Olivier De Schutter

Votes: 136

25. How to Boil a Frog (2009)

88 min | Documentary, Comedy

How to Boil a Frog is an eco-comedy that gives an overview of the Big Mess We're In - environment, energy, economic - and lays out a set of personal solutions that will make your life ... See full summary »

Director: Jon Cooksey | Stars: Jon Cooksey, Mark Anielski, Dylan Archambault, Pascal Belanger

Votes: 60

26. Nous resterons sur Terre (2009)

87 min | Documentary

Urban sprawl, extinct species, depletion of natural resources and global warming are all causes of deep anxiety. Here to stay takes an uncompromising look at Planet Earth today, in all its ... See full summary »

Directors: Pierre Barougier, Olivier Bourgeois | Stars: Mikhail Gorbachev, James Lovelock, Wangari Maathai, Edgar Morin

Votes: 33

29. The Great Squeeze (2009)

Not Rated | 68 min | Documentary

Although our actions for the past 150 years have lifted our civilization to new heights, it has come at a tremendous price. We are now at a point where humanity's demands for natural ... See full summary »

Director: Christophe Fauchere | Stars: Travis, E.O. Wilson, Richard Heinberg, Randy Udall

Votes: 9

30. The Edge of Joy (2010)

61 min | Documentary, News

The Edge of Joy follows an ensemble cast of Nigerian doctors, midwives and religious leaders as they battle the world's highest maternal mortality rate. The documentary is a character ... See full summary »

Director: Dawn Sinclair Shapiro

33. 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: 81

35. Plan B (II) (2011)

84 min | Documentary, News

Narrated by Matt Damon, Plan B is a 90 minute documentary based on the book by environmental visionary Lester Brown. Shot on location around the world, the film's message is clear and ... See full summary »

Director: Hal Weiner | Stars: Lester Brown, Matt Damon

Votes: 15

36. Call of Life (2010)

60 min | Documentary

The first feature-length documentary film to fully investigate the growing threat to Earth's life-support systems from the loss of biodiversity. If current trends continue, scientists warn ... See full summary »

Director: Monte Thompson | Stars: Steven Beissinger, Sally Bingham, Ignacio Chapela, Peter Coyote

Votes: 30

37. Dick Smith's Population Puzzle (2010)

67 min | Documentary

The film follows Dick Smith's public campaign against rapid population growth. It tests the propositions put forward in favour of a Big Australia. Can this popular entrepreneur persuade the nation to change its mind?

Director: Simon Nasht | Stars: Tony Abbott, Anthony Albanese, Mike Archer, Bob Birrell

Votes: 10

39. Surviving Progress (2011)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary

59 Metascore

Theorists consider the evolution of human society and question the sustainability of the current paradigm.

Directors: Mathieu Roy, Harold Crooks | Stars: Ronald Wright, Mark Levine, Robert Wright, Marina Silva

Votes: 1,668 | Gross: $0.05M

40. Mother: Caring for 7 Billion (2011)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary, News

Mother, the film, breaks a 40-year taboo by bringing to light an issue that silently fuels our largest environmental, humanitarian and social crises - population growth. Since the 1960s the... See full summary »

Director: Christophe Fauchere | Stars: Esraa Bani, Albert Bartlett, Lester Brown, Martha Campbell

Votes: 124

42. GrowthBusters (2011)

Not Rated | 97 min | Documentary

This film asks the most critical question of our time: How do we become a sustainable civilization? It takes a unique approach among modern environmental documentaries: Rather than ... See full summary »

Director: Dave Gardner | Stars: Saleem Ali, Kelly Baker, Albert Bartlett, George Carlin

Votes: 33

43. There's No Tomorrow (2012)

35 min | Documentary, Animation, Short

Peak oil has been reached; alternative fuels only a short-term patch; current growth is unsustainable - we have to scale back.

Director: Dermot O'Connor | Star: Amy Penston

Votes: 45

47. Critical Mass (I) (2012)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary

Things aren't looking good for the world's population; as we multiply at an alarming rate there is not enough food, space... or sense. This intelligent film interweaves a fascinating 1960s ... See full summary »

Director: Mike Freedman | Star: Robert Rapier

Votes: 41

49. The Nonlinearity of the Elephant Problem (2012)

55 min | Documentary

Most people see crowding, pollution, and decreasing purchasing power. Some put the blame on immigration, the success of competing economies, peak oil, soil loss, and water scarcity. In this... See full summary »

Director: Jack Alpert | Stars: Jack Alpert, Paul Ehrlich

51. Speciesism: The Movie (2013)

Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary, Comedy

27 Metascore

A young man begins investigating the underworld of "factory farming" and soon discovers a growing political and intellectual movement that considers animals as important as humans.

Director: Mark Devries | Stars: Steven Best, Richard Dawkins, Gary Francione, Temple Grandin

Votes: 1,096