Interdisciplinary Inquiry

06/05/2012

The Top 100 Documentaries Inspiring the Shift to a Sustainable Paradigm

The nonprofit organization Films for Action uses the power of film to raise awareness of important social, environmental, and media-related issues not covered by the mainstream news. Their goal is to provide citizens with the information and perspectives essential to creating a more just, sustainable, and democratic society. The Films for Action website has cataloged over 900 of the best films and videos that can be watched free online, and they have just released a list of the top 100 films inspiring a shift to a more sustainable world.

Film offers a powerful tool to shift awareness and inspire action. It offers a method to break our dependence on the mainstream media and become the media oursleves. The old story of empire and dominion over the earth has to be looked at in the full light of day - all of our ambient cultural stories and values that we take for granted and which remain invisible must become visible.

But most of all, we need to see the promise of the alternatives - we need to be able to imagine new exciting ways that people could live, better than anything that the old paradigm could ever dream of providing.

And all of this knowledge and introspection, dreaming, questioning, and discovery is essential for a cultural transformation that addresses root causes. This knowledge is vitally necessary. Taken together, this knowledge, which is documented throughout the 100 documentaries we've selected, will lay the foundation on which the next paradigm will be built, post empire.

The full list of 100 films - as well as links to watch each as a full-length documentary - can be accessed on their website.

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