5 Lesser-Known Documentaries That Will Change the Way You See the World

 
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    January 16, 2013 at 4:00 am

    We like seeing lesser known documentaries that will change the way you see the world. It may make us a pretty boring date, but it also makes us worldly so screw you. 

    Dangerous Knowledge

    Math rules everything around me — MREAM? Dangerous Knowledge documents the plight of four famous mathematicians — Georg Cantor, Ludwig Boltzmann, Kurt Godel and Alan Turing — as they struggled to solve and understand the Continnum Theorem.
    Continuum Theorem can be described, very roughly, as infinity, but it’s much more complex than that. Is there only one infinity, or is there an infinite number of infinities of all different sizes? How is that possible? Are there things that the human is simply incapable of understanding?

    If you watch this documentary (that will change the way you see the world), you’re not going to find out. What you will find out is that the mathematicians featured herein were all driven to the brink of insanity by these questions (and/or mental illness and/or government-sanctioned torture).

    Dangerous Knowledge is incredibly interesting and thought-provoking even for those who are “completely retarded” (to use the scientific term) at math, such as myself.

     

    Earthlings

    Earthlings is about the way society treats animals when it comes to harvesting them as pets, food, clothing, entertainment, and for scientific research purposes. This documentary will change the way you see the world.

    Because allowing the public to gaze freely into cruel and inhumane practices, hidden cameras were used to document the treatment of animals in slaughterhouses, shelters, puppy mills, and fur mills for this documentary. Some have branded this film as “sensationalist shock value,” but this is an ignorant statement used by those who find it easier to refuse to believe that this type of cruelty is so commonplace.

    Unless there is something physically wrong with your chemically imbalanced brain, Earthlings will undoubtedly change the way you think of food, clothing, and your pets. Be warned: You will most likely be traumatized.

    However, this film isn’t meant to sicken you, only to inform you in hopes of inspiring change. If you watch this, don’t let it overwhelm you with depression — let it encourage you to go out and make a positive difference, however small.

     

    The World According to Monsanto

    Wait, come back! I know everyone is sick of hearing about Monsanto and how evil they are. But here’s the thing: they are really, really freaking evil. Evil like Scar from The Lion King. Evil like John Wayne Gacy when he offers a poor kid free ice cream in the back of his truck. Evil like that ship in Event Horizon. They’re out to get you.

    Just kidding; they’ve already got you. The World According to Monsanto is a 2008 documentary directed by Marie-Monique Robin, and was originally released in French. Robin spent three years investigating the corporation and practices of Monsanto before releasing the documentary and writing a book with the same name.

    The film exposes many things about Monsanto, from their earlier inventions of poisons like Agent Orange and PCBs, to the revolving door the company has created by employing individuals who have worked or still employed by the FDA and the American government.

    The World According to Monsanto also clearly illustrates Monsanto’s use of smear tactics, pressuring, manipulation of scientific data, and slander to create a dishonestly positive public image of themselves, their ruthless and illegal business tactics, and their (possibly harmful) products. This documentary will change the way you see the world.

    If nothing else, it puts to rest the illusion of choice by showing the viewer that Monsanto’s products are so prominent in our supermarkets, there’s almost no avoiding them.

     

    Starsuckers

    Most of the crap you read about celebrities is completely fabricated. PS: you should get a life and stop idolizing celebrities like they’re all baby Jesus. That pretty much sums it up.

    Made in 2009, Starsuckers is a British documentary that explains how the media has successfully created a “pernicious celebrity culture” using “shams and deceit.” The film was so controversial that world-famous publicist Max Clifford had the creators threatened with an injunction only six days prior to its premiere.

    In the documentary, Clifford is ousted as a scheming, lying slug who receives multiple yearly payments (most in the hundreds of thousands) from various celebrities who hope to keep their public image clean. In exchange, Clifford “stops” stories on their sexuality, drug use, orgies, and crimes from making headlines.

    The film also follows the life of Ryan, a 5-year-old boy whose delusional parents are pressuring him into stardom so they can all get rich and live happily ever after. Watching this child (who is actually pretty boring, even for a 5-year-old — sorry, Ryan) vie for fame on local television stations, commercial auditions and radio spots is a sad, surreal peek into the life of a kid with ‘stage parents.’ It goes on to further prove that many parents will do almost anything to give their kids (from infants to 10-year-olds) a shot at fame, even if it means goading them into acting violent or as if they’re drunk. A super-cheery way to let a documentary change the way you see the world.

    Marketing of Madness

    The Marketing of Madness makes clear the link between the industries of psychology and pharmaceuticals. The pharmaceutical industry makes $80 billion in profits each year, a number inflated by the false diagnoses made by psychiatrists on a daily basis. The film not only exposes a new tendency to prescribe, prescribe, prescribe (without any real rehabilitation), but also reveals that the drugs we’re taking may be much harmful than previously thought.

    The Marketing of Madness explores the idea that some of the drugs prescribed to children are more addictive than cocaine, that many side effects that come along with psychiatric drugs may worsen one’s mental illness, and questions whether or not all 100 million people who take psychotropic drugs are truly benefitting from doing so. It also exposes the revolving door present between the money-making marketers involved with “big pharma” and psychiatry.

    These 5 documentaries changed the way we see the world. We hope they do the same for you.

     
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