21 Important Documentaries to Watch on Netflix Instant


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If you subscribe to Netflix and have the ability to stream movies to your computer or television, there are many environmental and cultural documentaries I highly recommend you check out. A few weeks ago I mentioned that Revenge of the Electric Car was available on Netflix, and after looking through my own movie queue I thought it would be a good idea to let you guys know about many more that you can watch right now via streaming video.

Should you not subscribe to Netflix’s “Watch Instantly” option you should definitely consider it, if only so you can watch these documentaries whenever you want without having to wait for the discs to arrive. On to the list:

  • No Impact Man: The Documentary A Fifth Avenue family goes green when writer Colin Beavan leads his wife, Michelle Conlin, and their baby daughter on a yearlong crusade to generate no trash and otherwise make no net impact on the environment.
  • Food, Inc. Drawing on Eric Schlosser’s Fast Food Nation and Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma, director Robert Kenner’s provocative, Oscar-nominated documentary explores the food industry’s detrimental effects on our health and environment.
  • Gashole An unsettling wake-up call to all Americans, this documentary dissects the country’s dependence on foreign pipelines, exposes rich oil companies’ devious dealings, and explores alternative fuels as a viable solution to our global energy crisis.
  • The Garden Filmmaker Scott Hamilton Kennedy’s politically charged, Oscar-nominated documentary follows a group of low-income families struggling to protect a 14-acre urban farm in the middle of South Central Los Angeles from bureaucratic real estate developers.
  • Tapped 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.
  • The Last Mountain This gripping documentary follows ordinary citizens in West Virginia’s Coal River Valley as they wage a campaign to prevent the infamous Massey Energy Company from expanding ruinous mountaintop removal mining operations in their community.
  • Waiting For Superman Dynamic documentarian Davis Guggenheim weaves together stories about students, families, educators and reformers to shed light on the failing public school system and its consequences for the future of the United States.
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  1. I was finally able to add the ones I didn’t already have in my instant queue.

    I haven’t watched yet, but I have ‘God Grew Tired of Us: The Story of Lost Boys of Sudan,’ ‘Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Adventures,’ and ‘Thirst’ in my queue as well.

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