The 11th Hour
2007 92 minutes
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio's documentary on the global environmental crisis paints a portrait of a planet at risk while also offering some exciting and radical solutions for making life on earth sustainable. Tapping the brains of leading scientists and thinkers -- including Stephen Hawking and Mikhail Gorbachev -- the film ultimately delivers a hopeful message: Our planet may be in crisis, but that doesn't mean it's too late change.
The Beautiful Truth
2008 91 minutes
This documentary follows the journey of Garrett Kroschel, an animal-loving teenager raised in Alaska who, after reading a book by Dr. Max Gerson, is inspired to investigate its premise that diet can cure cancer and other diseases. Garrett travels across the country, visiting with physicians, scientists and cancer survivors to discuss Gerson Therapy -- and Gerson's claim that the medical industry has suppressed natural cancer cures for years.
Director: Steve Kroschel
Blue Gold: World Water Wars
2009 89 minutes
Narrated by Malcolm McDowell, this award-winning documentary from director Sam Bozzo posits that we're moving closer to a world in which water -- a seemingly plentiful natural resource -- could actually incite war. As water becomes an increasingly precious commodity, corrupt governments, corporations and even private investors are scrambling to control it … which leaves everyday citizens fighting for a substance they need to survive.
Cast: Malcolm McDowell
Director: Sam Bozzo
2010 107 minutes
Trace the remarkable story of Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski, a pioneering biochemist who boldly challenged the mighty Food and Drug Administration for his right to begin government-sanctioned clinical trials on a breakthrough cancer treatment he developed. In addition to recounting Burzynski's astonishing legal victories in the face of skepticism, this documentary also examines several of his patients and their success in fighting terminal cancer.
Director: Eric Merola
2003 144 minutes
Filmmakers Mark Achbar and Jennifer Abbott explore the genesis of the American corporation, its global economic supremacy and its psychopathic leanings, with social critics like Noam Chomsky and Milton Friedman lending insight in this documentary. With their merciless quest for profit and insatiable aim to sway every aspect of culture, conglomerates' inner workings are scrutinized to draw conclusions about "business as usual."
Cast: Mikela J. Mikael, Noam Chomsky, Michael Moore, Naomi Klein, Jane Akre, Vandana Shiva, Peter Drucker, Ray Anderson, Steve Wilson, Milton Friedman
2002 47 minutes
On a personal quest to understand our food choices, acclaimed chef John Bishop travels around the world exploring where genetically modified crops come from, whether they may be harmful and what alternative options currently exist. Through interviews with farmers, scientists and activists, this thought-provoking documentary offers substantial insight into the nuts and bolts of global food production.
Director: Marianne Kaplan
Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead
2010 97 minutes
Focusing on two men whose bodies have been trashed by steroids, obesity and illness, this documentary chronicles the rigorous healing path -- including a two-month diet of fruits and vegetables -- that both attempt in a bid to rescue their health.
Food Beware: The French Organic Revolution
(Nos Enfants Nous Accuseront)
2009 107 minutes
Jean-Paul Jaud's documentary visits the Barjac village in France, where the mayor has mandated an all-organic menu for the lunch program in the local school. Farmers, parents, kids and health care advocates discuss the impact of the decision. School and government officials also weigh in on why people are dying of cancer in ever-increasing numbers, the food industry's role, the use of pesticides, nutrition and local sustainability.
Cast: Perico Légasse
Director: Jean-Paul Jaud
2008 93 minutes
Drawing on Eric Schlosser's Fast Food Nation and Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma, director Robert Kenner's Oscar-nominated documentary explores the food industry's detrimental effects on our health and environment. Kenner spotlights the men and women who are working to reform an industry rife with monopolies, questionable interpretations of laws and subsidies, political ties and rising rates of E.coli outbreaks.
Director: Robert Kenner
2008 77 minutes
With a staggering number of Americans suffering from obesity and other food-related maladies, this film takes a timely and hard-hitting look at how the food we eat is helping or hurting our health, and what we can do to live (and eat) better. Nutritionists, naturopaths, scientists, doctors, medical journalists and more weigh in on everything from using food as medicine to the value of organic food and the safety of the food we consume.
Cast: Andrew W. Saul, David Wolfe, Charlotte Gerson, Ian Brighthope, Victor Zeines, Phillip Day, Dr. Dan Rogers, Jerome Burne
Forks Over Knives
2011 96 minutes
Focusing on the research of two food scientists, this earnest documentary reveals that despite broad advances in medical technology, the popularity of modern processed foods has led to epidemic rates of obesity, diabetes and other diseases.
Cast: Joey Aucoin, Neal Barnard, Gene Baur, San'Dera Brantley-Nation, Junshi Chen, Mac Danzig, Connie Diekman, Caldwell Esselstyn Jr., Rip Esselstyn, Ruth Heidrich
Director: Lee Fulkerson
The Future of Food
2004 88 minutes
Before compiling your next grocery list, you might want to watch filmmaker Deborah Koons Garcia's eye-opening documentary, which sheds light on a shadowy relationship between agriculture, big business and government. By examining the effects of biotechnology on the nation's smallest farmers, the film reveals the unappetizing truth about genetically modified foods: You could unknowingly be serving them for dinner.
Director: Deborah Koons
The Gerson Miracle
2004 90 minutes
Sharing the stories of nine longtime cancer survivors, this program explores the principles and effectiveness of Gerson Therapy, a holistic method of treating cancer and other degenerative diseases developed by Dr. Max Gerson in 1928. Gerson's daughter, Charlotte -- founder of the Gerson Institute -- also discusses her fight to keep the controversial therapy going despite objections from those who question its effectiveness.
Cast: Max Gerson
Director: Stephan H. Kroschel
Killer at Large: Why Obesity is America's Greatest Threat
2008 102 minutes
Obesity causes 110,000 American deaths each year and plays a role in one-third of all cancer deaths. Yet, despite ballooning concerns, little is being done on the public policy level, as this probing documentary explains. Exploring the issue from individual, political, scientific and cultural perspectives, the film features appearances by Bill Clinton, Ralph Nader, Arnold Schwarzenegger, former Surgeon General Richard Carmona and others.
Director: Steven Greenstreet
2007 90 minutes
In Aaron Woolf's thought-provoking documentary, friends Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis move back to America's Corn Belt to plant an acre of the nation's most-grown and most-subsidized grain and follow their crop into the U.S. food supply. What they learn about genetically modified seeds, powerful herbicides and the realities of modern farming calls into question government subsidies, the fast-food lifestyle and the quality of what we eat.
Director: Aaron Woolf
No Impact Man: The Documentary
2009 91 minutes
A Fifth Avenue family goes very green when writer Colin Beavan leads his wife, Michelle Conlin, and their baby daughter on a yearlong crusade to make no net impact on the environment in this engaging documentary. Among their activities: eating only locally grown organic food, generating no trash except for compost and using no carbon-fueled transportation. Laura Gabbert and Justin Schein's film premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.
Plunder: The Crime of Our Time
2009 100 minutes
Filmmaker and media critic Danny Schechter explores how the current financial crisis was built on a foundation of criminal activity, uncovering the connection between the collapse of the housing market and the economic catastrophe that followed. To get the real story, Schechter -- aka "the News Dissector" -- interviews bankers, economists, journalists and even a convicted white-collar criminal who blew the whistle on dishonest business practices.
Director: Danny Schechter
Supercharge Your Immune System
Through inspiring discussions and detailed demonstrations, talk radio host and expert on natural health Dr. Gary Null examines how simple changes to diet, lifestyle and environment can strengthen the immune system. Null explains how detoxifying and fortifying the body's natural defenses can help ward off disease, and describes specific methods and lifestyle changes that can help viewers attain greater wellness overall.
Director: Gary Null
2009 75 minutes
The high cost -- to both the environment and our health -- of bottled water is the subject of this documentary that enlists activists, environmentalists, community leaders and others to expose the dark side of the bottled water industry. Americans may rethink their obsession with bottled H20 when they learn of the unregulated industry's willingness to ignore environmental and health concerns, and the problems that arise as a result.
Vanishing of the Bees
2009 87 minutes
It's a phenomenon with a name - Colony Collapse Disorder - but no explanation or solution exists. This documentary details the economic, political and ecological consequences of a dwindling world honeybee population.
Cast: Ellen Page, Simon Buxton, Maryann Frazier, David Hackenberg, Michael Pollan, Dennis Van Engelsdorp
Director: George Lanworthy, Maryam Henein
What's on Your Plate?
(The Film About Kids and Food Politics)
2009 76 minutes
Aimed at children and adults, this entertaining documentary from activist Catherine Gund follows her daughter, Sadie, and her best friend, Safiyah, as the two 11-year-olds spend a year investigating the politics of food in America. The intrepid teens interview farmers, school officials, chefs and ordinary folks to find out how food is grown and how agriculture can be transformed in order to improve both nutrition and profit.
Director: Catherine Gund