11 Consciousness Raising Documentaries
If you’re like me, you’re taking a few days off around the holidays and you’re probably going to be looking forward to doing a little Netflix and chill after the fam heads out of town. If that be the case, here’s 11 consciousness raising documentaries you might want to check out, personally viewed, approved, and highly recommended by me.
Consciousness Raising Documentaries for the Mind
Prepare to stretch everything you thought you knew about the nature of reality.
1. Out of the Blue
If you’re toying with the notion of Extra Terrestrials but just aren’t really sure if there’s any truth to it, this documentary, above all, will leave you a believer. A slew credible witnesses and high ranking government officials go on record with their personal testimony that aliens are out there, and they are visiting earth. Skeptical?
“OUT OF THE BLUE emerges as one of the very best films ever produces on this, one of the most interesting in the history of science.” – Skeptic Magazine
There. Take that.
2. The Illusion of Time (PBS)
My (second) favorite theoretical physicist, Dr. Brian Greene (also a string theorist) takes you on a very visual trip through space time and shows you just how malleable time really is – if it even exists at all.
3. Thrive: What on Earth Will It Take?
The thrive movement is the brainchild of Proctor & Gamble heir Foster Gamble, who seems to have taken a slightly different route from his predecessors. What’s wrong with the world? Follow the money. Foster shows you how.
4. Apologies of an Economic Hitman
I admit – I haven’t seen this one yet, but I’m dying to watch. I’ve seen several snippets of interviews with John Perkins about his book, Confessions of an Economic Hitman, and they are quite fascinating.
From the New York Times: “Perkins was a prominent member of a team of economists employed by the U. S. government that allegedly used murder, military coups, rigged elections, doctored financial reports, extortion, and even sex to expand American influence following World War II.
Perkins had previously been reluctant to speak out about his career for fear he’d be permanently silenced by the powers that be. Years later, after meeting the daughter of an assassinated president and getting a cold reception from an angry Latin-American audience, Perkins’ lingering guilt overpowered his fears of governmental reprisal, and he finally decided to come clean about his experiences. The resulting film reveals the roots of Islamic terrorism and the truth behind rising poverty levels while highlighting the reasons why so many other countries resent the United States.”
5. Ethos: A Time for Change
Hosted by the two-time Academy Award® nominated actor and activist Woody Harrelson, ETHOS: A TIME FOR CHANGE lifts the lid on a Pandora’s box of systemic issues that has proven to have a negative impact in every aspect of our lives. From the environment, our democracy and our personal liberty to conflicts of interest in politics and unregulated corporate power, we cannot change our system until we know how it works.
13th explores the history of cultural attitudes and public policy that have contributed to the U.S. having the world’s largest prison population– 25% of the total, or 2.3 million, which is nearly double that of the country with the second largest prison population (China)–in spite of having less than 5% of the world’s total population. The U.S. has experienced a 500% increase of incarcerations over the last 40 years despite overall crime rates actually decreasing in that same timeframe.
What’s driving the U.S. to become a prison state? Are American simply more prone to become criminals or are there other factors at play? Fear is a powerful motivator, as the experts interviewed in 13th will show you.
Consciousness Raising Documentaries for the Body
You are what you eat… and you really don’t want to know what you’re eating. But you should. These documentaries completely changed the way I eat. I lost two pants sizes as a result, and have kept it off for several years now.
7. Food Inc.
Food Inc. examines the repercussions of factory farming on the health and livelihood of Americans, exposing how corporations have overtaken the food chain.
8. Forks Over Knives
Researchers explore the possibility that people changing their diets from animal-based to plant-based can help eliminate or control diseases like cancer and diabetes.
Consciousness Raising Documentaries for the Soul
These documentaries focus specifically on the philosophical and soul-level experiences of human beings.
9. DMT: The Spirit Molecule
This documentary takes a look at DMT, a psychoactive, naturally occurring chemical in the brain that is also the active ingredient in LSD and some Ayahuasca brews, and it’s connection to spirituality.
10. With One Voice
With one voice talks with mystics from nearly every religion around the world, and shows how each of them are based on the exact same principles – love.
11. I Am
Tom Shadyac, director of the infamous Dumb and Dumber, documents a life-altering accident that brought him to spiritual awakening and talks with others about how everyone can improve the way they live. One of them is Desmond Tutu. I freakin’ love Desmond Tutu!
If you’re having trouble finding these documentaries on Netflix, you’ll most likely be able to find them in full on YouTube.
Got other consciousness raising documentaries you’d add to the list? Post them in the comments!
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