In a David-vs-Goliath battle between family-owned organic farms and the massive industrial food business, the question becomes: Is it economically feasible to produce food that is healthier for both the body and the environment? Director Matt Wechsler shows that everything we thought we knew about high expense of local, sustainable food sources may be completely wrong. Celebrity chefs and food writers weigh in, but the star of this documentary is Marty Travis, a seventh-generation Illinois farmer who becomes the voice of hope for a sustainable future.
While Forks Over Knives may not turn you vegan, it will invite you to reconsider your concept of the food pyramid and your acceptance of America’s meat-first mentality.
Before the Flood (2016)
One way to live a better lifestyle is learning that easy answers aren’t always the best answers. Multi-level marketing schemes prey on people with the earnest desire to better themselves. Unfortunately, companies like Herbalife never deliver on their promises and only bring debt and pain in their wake.
When 25-year-old filmmaker Rayka Zehtabchi won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Short in February, she had one of the best lines of the night: "I can’t believe a film about menstruation just won an Oscar!" You will be amazed and inspired by this 25-minute film that shows how women and girls in a small town in India were stigmatized for the normal, healthy act of getting their period — and how a group of American high school students raised money to send them a sanitary-pad-making machine that changed their lives. You will never look at a box of maxi pads the same way again.
Unlike some similar films, Before the Flood is always sure to center the conversation on what you can do as an individual, which results a more hopeful and proactive spin on the daunting issue of global warming than you usually see. And of course, DiCaprio and Stevens outline the socio-political problems because there will be no solving this huge problem without addressing the big systemic issues that go far beyond what any one person is capable of changing on their own.
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Take Your Pills takes a clear-eyed look the $13 billion industry of stimulants such as Adderall and Ritalin, which are used not only to treat children with ADHD, but to fuel college students, athletes, and tech-industry dudes as they work through the night. The film is not without controversy: Some parents of children who have been enormously helped by these medications find it one-sided. Watch and decide for yourself.