Sometimes I watch documentaries when I don’t have a really good movie around. After every great book I read or an insightful documentary, I feel that the more I learn and understand about the world, the more I question the reality around us.
This year I’ve seen some great documentaries about the environment, globalisation, consumption, global economy, food, industrialisation, technology. But what fascinated me the most, was learning about the human nature itself.
Here are my top five documentaries of 2016.
Long time after I watched Samsara, I kept thinking about it. Samsara is a Tibetan word that means “The ever turning wheel of life”. For me it was that kind of movie who made me speechless, meaning that my words just turned powerless. Through my eyes, Samsara presents the beauty of the Earth and the grotesque of our existence, in the sense of explaining through images the cycle of life and the rhythm of the planet.
An exceptional film by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, the author of Home, another must see film about the Planet Earth. The film has three volumes and each part presents different themes, creating a moving portrait of who we are, especially as individuals. Human soul has no borders when it comes down to love or war, poverty and wealth.
The Salt of The Earth
A film by Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, who won 11 prises and has another 11 nominations. The movie presents the extraordinary work of the photographer Sebastião Salgado who has spent forty years documenting some of the major events of our recent history.
Fed Up unearths a dirty secret of the American food industry-far more of us get sick from what we eat than anyone has previously realised.
The Century of the Self
This is perhaps one of the most interesting films I ever seen. The film has four parts, describing in details the human nature based on the theories of Sigmund Freud and how those in power has been applied his work to influence masses and stimulate consumerism. The Century of the Self is a must see film, for understanding the consumer behaviour.