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7 Documentaries To Watch During Earth Month

7 Documentaries To Watch During Earth Month
“Netflix and Chill” was cute in 2015. Since then… it’s complicated. Proposed solutions to problems that politicians declared to solve –climate change, conditions for workers in third world countries, universal access to clean water - have been derailed. The time to chill is not nigh, and yet there’s never a wrong time to “Netflix and” anything! Thankfully there are some incredible ways to compromise.


Every holiday calls for presents. For Earth Day, gift some knowledge. Earth deserves it. Engaging documentaries are entertaining and informational, and the web is teeming with them. Enjoy some of our favorites this month, and keep their messages forever.


1.
EARTHLINGS


Not the weak stomached, this film looks at the treatment of animals used for fashion, entertainment, food and science. Narrated by Joaquin Pheonix. Available on their website.

2.
RIVER BLUE


Mark Angelo explores what clothing dye does to our water supply. The takeaway is not pretty. Available on Amazon.


3.
THE NEXT BLACK


In 20 years, will we wear clothes? This indie doc explores answers to that question, and what the future of manufacturing fashion looks like while commenting on it’s current state. Available on Amazon.


4.
THE TRUE COST


Andrew Morgan’s film rips open fast fashion at its seams. Take a look at its detrimental impact on Earth, and get woke. Available on Netflix.
5.
THE MACHINISTS


As they try to teach factory owners a lesson, the Bangladeshi women in this documentary teach us the real cost of high fashion. Available on Youtube.
6.
UNRAVEL


A short documentary does not lessen its impact. Unravel looks at the Kutch District of India, where western clothes are dumped and are given new life. Available on Youtube.
7.
OUR PLANET


The newest Netflix marvel to showcase Earth’s majesty. This is sure to be a binge-worthy experience that’s at once eye-catching and opening. Available on Netflix. 

words by James Francis Kelley
Photo by Paramount/Getty Images