Mama Joy's Top 10 Documentary Recommendations
10) Billie Eilish - The World’s A Little Blurry (AppleTV+) - This is a 2021 American documentary film centered around singer-songwriter Billie Eilish and is an intimate look at the singer-songwriter's journey, navigating life on the road, on stage, and at home. The film reveals the behind the scenes creation process of Eilish's debut studio album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, with the title referencing a lyric from the album track "Ilomilo".
9) Hello, Privilege. It's Me, Chelsea (Netflix) - Chelsea Handler explores how white privilege impacts American culture and the ways it's benefited her life and career.
8) Kiss The Ground - (Netflix) - A revolutionary group of activists, scientists, farmers, and politicians band together in a global movement of "Regenerative Agriculture" that could balance our climate, replenish our vast water supplies, and feed the world. There are so many absolutely brilliant minds speaking in this documentary whose voices must be heard. There are however a few familiar faces in the documentary like:
Woody Harrelson, actor & environmental activist who is especially concerned about deforestation is the narrator of the documentary.
Dr. Mark Hyman is a practicing family physician and an internationally recognized leader, speaker, educator, and advocate in the field of Functional Medicine. He is the founder and director of The UltraWellness Center, the Head of Strategy and Innovation of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, a thirteen-time New York Times bestselling author, and Board President for Clinical Affairs for The Institute for Functional Medicine.
Gisele Bündchen is a Brazilian model, activist, and businesswoman. In 2014, Bündchen was listed as the 89th Most Powerful Woman in the World by Forbes. She has been a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Environment Program since 2009. She has been an advocate for Project Drawdown and other important environmental causes. She is an executive producer of Kiss the Ground.
Jason Mraz is a singer-songwriter, guitarist and Agroforestry Farmer. Mraz has won two Grammy Awards and received two additional nominations, and has also won two Teen Choice Awards, a People’s Choice Award and the Hal David Songwriters Hall of Fame Award. The Jason Mraz Foundation was established in 2011, with a mission to support charities in the areas of human equality, environment preservation and education. Mraz wrote a song exclusively for the Kiss the Ground movie entitled “Kiss the Ground.” It plays as the last song during the credit roll.
Ian Somerhalder is an actor, activist and director. He is known for playing Boone Carlyle in the TV drama Lost, Damon Salvatore in The CW’s supernatural drama The Vampire Diaries and Dr. Luther Swann in Netflix’s sci-fi horror series V Wars. Somerhalder was involved in the cleanup after the Deepwater Horizon oil drilling disaster on April 22, 2010. He shot the initial footage for Kiss the Ground in Africa in 2011 with Allan Savory.
David Arquette is an American actor, director, producer, and fashion designer. In acting, he is best known for his role as Dewey Riley in the slasher film franchise Scream, for which he won a Teen Choice Award and two Blockbuster Entertainment Awards. He is also an active environmentalist and along with his sister Patricia, works with Givelove.org to promote thermophilic composting toilets.
TEACHERS, EDUCATORS, SCHOOLS, COMMUNITY ORGANIZERS AND HOME-SCHOOLERS
Thanks to a generous grant from the Bia Echo Foundation and Triptyk, there is a free 45-minute-long Educational Version of the Kiss the Ground movie and also a free DVD with both the 85 minute long feature and the educational cut on one disk. Just click HERE to find out more!
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7) The Me You Can't See (AppleTV+) - Season: 1, 6 Episodes - Oprah Winfrey and Prince Harry join forces to guide honest discussions about mental health. This series features illuminating stories from across the globe, giving us the opportunity to seek truth, understanding, and a newfound hope for the future.
Episode 1: "Say It Out Loud" (featuring Lady Gaga) Synopsis: Millions of people around the globe struggle with mental illness in silence. In order to heal, the silence must be broken - and now is the time.
Episode 2: "Asking for Help" - Synopsis: The pain, suffering and urgent need for help is universal - and the simple act of sharing is a powerful first step.
Episode 3: "Finding What Works"- Synopsis: Mental health is about people, not patients. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to getting the right kind of help.
Episode 4: "We Need Each Other" - Synopsis: No one heals alone. By caring for each other, communities shape a powerful route to sustainable recovery.
Episode 5: "This Is Me" (featuring Prince Harry) - Synopsis: The road to recovery isn't a straight line. Challenges are inevitable, but hope for each of us lies in awareness, acceptance and action.
Episode 6: "A Path Forward" - Synopsis: Oprah and Prince Harry reunite with advisors and participants for a wide-ranging conversation about mental health and where we go from here.
6) RBG (Hulu) - RBG is a 2018 American documentary film focusing on the exceptional life and career of second female U.S. Supreme Court Justice (after Sandra Day O'Connor), Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon.
It was chosen by the National Board of Review as the Best Documentary Film of 2018, and nominated for several other awards, including the BAFTA Award for Best Documentary. At the 91st Academy Awards, the film earned nominations for Best Documentary Feature and Best Original Song ("I'll Fight") which is performed by Jennifer Hudson with music and lyrics by Diane Warren, plays over the end credits.
5) I Am Greta (Hulu)
The documentary follows Greta Thunberg, a teenage climate activist from Sweden, on her international crusade to get people to listen to scientists about the world's environmental problems.
leaders to take immediate action for climate change mitigation. Thunberg initially gained notice for her youth and her straightforward speaking manner, both in public and to political leaders and assemblies, in which she criticises world leaders for their failure to take what she considers sufficient action to address the climate crisis.
In August 2018, at age 15, she started spending her school days outside the Swedish Parliament to call for stronger action on climate change by holding up a sign reading Skolstrejk för klimatet (School strike for climate).
Soon other students engaged in similar protests in their own communities. Together they organised a school climate strike movement under the name Fridays for Future. After Thunberg addressed the 2018 United Nations Climate Change Conference, student strikes took place every week somewhere in the world.
In 2019, there were multiple coordinated multi-city protests involving over a million students each. To avoid energy intensive flying, Thunberg sailed to North America where she attended the 2019 UN Climate Action Summit. Her speech there, in which she exclaimed "how dare you", was widely taken up by the press and incorporated into music.
Her sudden rise to world fame has made her both a leader and a target for critics, especially due to her age. Her influence on the world stage has been described by The Guardian and other newspapers as the "Greta effect".
Greta Thunberg received numerous honours and awards, including an honorary Fellowship of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society, inclusion in Time's 100 most influential people, being the youngest Time Person of the Year, inclusion in the Forbes list of The World's 100 Most Powerful Women (2019), and three consecutive nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize (2019–2021).
4) Seaspiracy (Netflix)
A 2021 documentary film about the environmental impact of fishing directed by and starring Ali Tabrizi, a British filmmaker. Some organisations and individuals interviewed or depicted in the documentary film have disputed its assertions and have accused the film of misrepresenting them. The film was produced by Kip Anderson, director of the documentary Cowspiracy.
The film features human impacts on marine life such as plastic marine debris, ghost nets and overfishing around the world. It argues that commercial fisheries are the main driver of marine ecosystem destruction. Seaspiracy rejects the concept of sustainable fishing and criticises several marine conservation organisations, including the Earth Island Institute and its dolphin safe label and the sustainable seafood certifications of the Marine Stewardship Council. It also criticises efforts by organisations to reduce household plastic given the impact of ghost nets. It accuses these initiatives of being a cover-up for the environmental impact of fishing and corruption in the fishing industry.
The film advocates for marine reserves and the elimination of fish consumption. The documentary also covers the Taiji dolphin drive hunt, whaling in the Faroe Islands, and modern slavery within the fishing industry in Thailand.
3) Unladylike2020: The Changemakers (PBS)
Timed with the 2020 women's suffrage centennial, American Masters - Unladylike2020: The Changemakers takes a look at little-known and diverse female trailblazers whose courage and tenacity 100 years ago shaped the political life and future of this nation. These women achieved many firsts, including earning an international pilot’s license, becoming a bank president, founding a hospital, fighting for the desegregation of public spaces, exploring the Arctic, opening a film studio, and singing opera at Carnegie Hall. Their accomplishments were instrumental in accomplishing voting rights for women -- but also in improving the quality of life for all citizens.
This hour-long PBS American Masters animated documentary film will present profiles of women trailblazers who were active in government, civil rights, and citizenship rights, behaving in ways that placed them outside the mainstream of expected behaviors for 'ladies' at the turn of the 20th century. They include: Martha Hughes Cannon, the country's first female state senator; Jovita Idar, a journalist, and president of one of the first Mexican American women's civil rights organizations; Jeannette Rankin, the first woman elected to the U.S. Congress; Mary Church Terrell, a leader in the anti-lynching movement and a founder of the NAACP; and Zitkála-Sá, aka Gertrude Simmons Bonnin, who lobbied for U.S. citizenship, voting rights and sovereignty for American Indians a century ago.
Presenting history in a bold new way, Unladylike2020, produced and directed by Charlotte Mangin, brings these incredible stories back to life through original artwork and animation, rare historical archival footage, and interviews with descendants, historians and accomplished modern women who reflect upon the influence of these pioneers. (Note: Thank you to Gina Blume of Out of The Box, for sharing this extraordinary documentary and discussion with my daughter, Nicole and I)
2) Your Attention Please (Hulu) - 2 Seasons
Hosted by Craig Robinson (from The Office), this series introduces us to Black innovators and creators who are working to leave the world better than they found it. Each episode features three Black creatives from multiple disciplines. Each of them are pushing boundaries in their field and blazing the trail for the new generation!
The first entry into the new series centers on three awesome creators you should already know. First, tech entrepreneur Iddris Sandu who established the first smart retail store experience alongside the late Nipsey Hussle; dancer and movement artist Jon Boogz and M.A.I. movement; and New York Times #1 Bestselling author of the spectacular Children of Blood and Bone, Tomi Adeyemi.
In the words of Hulu:
“These artists give us a glimpse into their personal journeys – in tech, dance, and literature.”
1) Far From The Tree (Hulu)
Based on the NY Times bestselling book by Andrew Solomon, Far from the Tree examines the experiences of families in which parents and children are profoundly different from one another in a variety of ways.
Parents of children who have Down syndrome, dwarfism or autism share intimate stories of the challenges they face.