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Six Documentaries That Will Change the Way You See the World

Six Documentaries That Will Change the Way You See the World

No small thanks to streaming, documentaries are having their day. What once were long, kind of boring treks through a subject, are now buzz-grabbing mainstays of the entertainment industry. Now, we’re never going to slam the value of good fiction. But there’s just something about documentaries that can stir your emotions and open your eyes at the same time.

We’ve put together a list of six documentaries that are illuminating, heart-wrenching and downright entertaining. What’s the common denominator? They’ll change how you see—and in some cases, feel—the world.

They’re not all new, and they’re not all—gasp!—on Netflix. You might have to do some digging and, yes, maybe you’ll spend like $4 on Amazon. But these are worth it, we promise.

The Economics of Happiness

“The Economics of Happiness” sheds light on the ongoing struggle between globalization and localization. Despite efforts by government and corporations to push for globalization, communities worldwide are taking matters into their own hands by creating locally-focused, eco-friendly economies. This new economic paradigm, known as the “economics of localization,” prioritizes the well-being of individuals and the environment over corporate interests.

The Octopus Teacher

The Octopus Teacher is a documentary that explores the remarkable relationship between a filmmaker and an octopus living in a kelp forest off the coast of South Africa. The film documents the filmmaker’s journey as they observe and document the octopus’ intricate hunting and problem-solving skills, as well as its ability to use tools. This captivating and intimate look at the octopus provides new insights into the intelligence and complex behavior of these mysterious sea creatures, challenging the notion that they are just mindless predators. The Octopus Teacher is a must-see film for anyone interested in animal behavior and the natural world.

The Future of Work and Death

The Future of Work and Death is a thought-provoking documentary that examines the rapidly changing landscape of work and mortality in the 21st century. With technological advancements disrupting traditional job markets and extending human lifespans, this film asks important questions about the future of work, the meaning of life, and what it means to be human.

Through interviews with experts and thought leaders, the documentary explores the impact of automation and artificial intelligence on employment, the ethical implications of life extension, and the importance of finding purpose in a world where work and death are being redefined. Whether you’re an optimist or a skeptic, The Future of Work and Death offers a sobering look at the potential consequences of our current trajectory and the choices we must make as a society.

A Beautiful Planet

This 2016 film explores planet Earth. Like similar projects, the imagery is breathtaking. But there’s something entirely unique about it—A Beautiful Planet views Earth not from South American rain forests or East Asian mountain ranges—but from the International Space Station. From space. It’s impossible to see the beauty and intricacy and not come away with a greater sense of awe for God’s creation and respect for His creativity.

Plus, the picture is narrated by Jennifer Lawrence, which is just cool.


Even if you haven’t seen Blackfish, you’ve likely heard about it. This dramatic doc takes a deep look at Tilikum, a killer whale that killed three trainers. and the consequences of keeping orcas in captivity. Blackfish features interviews with former SeaWorld trainers who describe the conditions of whales kept in captivity—which the filmmakers argue causes attacks like those Tilikum was a part of.

Blackfish stands out because of the massive effect it had, and continues to have. It’s a testament to the real-world difference art can make.

The Dark Matter of Love

A family of three adds three more to their kids through adoption. What makes The Dark Matter of Love interesting is the up-close look it offers of adoption and long, difficult bonding process that follows. We see through the lenses of detailed psychological study that the family in this doc journeys to a frontier of new relationships with incredible courage.

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