Films & Documentaries

Below is a list of films and documentaries that I have viewed and recommend. I’ll add to the list as I read more and add comments as needed. You may be able to find these at your local library or on a free streaming service, so always check those first.

Here are the topic areas if you want to quickly get to a specific section:

Saving Sea Turtles


Climate Change

The Ocean

Trash & Waste



Water Conservation

Endangered Species

Marine Life

Animal Captivity Issues



Fossil Fuels & Fracking

Toxic Chemicals



Saving Sea Turtles

Saving Sea Turtles documentary imageSaving Sea Turtles: Preventing Extinction

Narrated by Dr. Sylvia Earle

This film focuses on sea turtles stranding on Cape Cod, a seasonal event when cold-stunned turtles wash ashore in near-death conditions. The number of turtles in this event increases annually and is likely caused by global warming. Most of these sea turtles are Kemp’s Ridley, which is the most endangered sea turtle. The documentary tells the larger history of the Kemp’s Ridley and how climate change, the BP oil spill, and other human activities are endangering these beautiful and essential creatures.


Cover of film A Plastic Ocean

Starring Craig Leeson and Tanya Streeter

This is a beautiful film, at times shocking, but fully informative on the issues of ocean plastic. Craig Leeson is a filmmaker and Tanya Street is a world record freediver. They travel the globe investigating and interviewing people about plastic pollution in the ocean. They expose the shocking impact that plastic is having on human health, marine life, and ecosystems. Please watch this film!


Bag It film cover artBag It

This is an excellent and funny documentary about the perils of plastic. The film is titled based on plastic bags but it delves far beyond into many types of plastic. Please see my full review of this film!




Image of film screenshot The Story of Plastic

This film is my favorite about plastic so far! “Different from every other plastic documentary you’ve seen, THE STORY OF PLASTIC presents a cohesive timeline of how we got to our current global plastic pollution crisis & how the oil and gas industry has successfully manipulated the narrative around it.”


A Plastic Whale film cover A Plastic Whale

This film begins with a dying whale in a bay in Norway, and scientists want to salvage the skeleton for the local museum. But they found over 30 plastic bags in its stomach and intestines and that story became global news. The plastic bags and plastic film caused the whale to slowly starve to death. This film seeks to discover how the whale swallowed so much plastic. This is indicative of how much plastic is in our oceans. The film features interviews with local Norwegians, scientists, former whalers, and government officials and shows the extraordinary public response. This film ends with a feeling of hope, but overall I was struck by the amount of plastic found on just one small country’s shores and its effects on our beautiful wildlife.

Climate Change

Before The Flood cover art Before The Flood

This National Geographic film “features Leonardo DiCaprio on a journey as a United Nations Messenger of Peace, traveling to five continents and the Arctic to witness climate change firsthand. He goes on expeditions with scientists uncovering the reality of climate change and meets with political leaders fighting against inaction. He also discovers a calculated disinformation campaign orchestrated by powerful special interests working to confuse the public about the urgency of the growing climate crisis. With unprecedented access to thought leaders around the world, DiCaprio searches for hope in a rising tide of catastrophic news.” This description came from the film’s website, and it is one of my favorite films about climate change. It is sad at times, but DiCaprio tries to show how we can push for change, which we must do immediately. This film is beautiful, well-researched, and thoughtfully produced.

Revolution film cover Revolution

Directed by Rob Stewart

This film, released as a follow-up to Sharkwater, first focused on ocean acidification but transitioned to the climate change crisis. From the film’s website: “Discovering that it’s not just sharks that are in jeopardy – but us – Stewart looks to the evolution of life and past revolutions in order to uncover the secrets necessary to save our world. Joining the activists and youth fighting to save their future, Stewart’s journey of hope is startling, beautiful and provocative, revealing this crisis as an opportunity for everyone to become a hero.” Stewart featured a lot of beautiful footage of wildlife, both on land and in the ocean. This has a great message and is worth watching and sharing!

The Territory film cover art, aerial view of green rainforest at bottom and black at top, with a fire line and smoke at center. The Territory

This film is a little sad but very important to know about. From National Geographic: “The Territory provides an immersive on-the-ground look at the tireless fight of the Indigenous Uru-eu-wau-wau people against the encroaching deforestation brought by farmers and illegal settlers in the Brazilian Amazon. With awe-inspiring cinematography showcasing the titular landscape and richly textured sound design, the film takes audiences deep into the Uru-eu-wau-wau community and provides unprecedented access to the farmers and settlers illegally burning and clearing the protected Indigenous land. Partially shot by the Uru-eu-wau-wau people, the film relies on vérité footage captured over three years as the community risks their lives to set up their own news media team in the hopes of exposing the truth.”

DVD cover art, shows chimneys of a company spewing white smoke that circulates as a large hurricane.An Inconvenient Truth

This powerful film is based on Al Gore’s research and campaign to educate people about global warming.






Cover art for DVD shows the Earth in the top of an hour glass, the sand covering a factory up on bottom.An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power

From IMDB: “A sequel to The Inconvenient Truth, the follow-up documentary addresses the progress made to tackle the problem of climate change and Al Gore’s global efforts to persuade governmental leaders to invest in renewable energy, culminating in the landmark signing of 2016’s Paris Climate Agreement.”



The Ocean

Sea of Hope: America's Underwater Treasures cover, sea turtles swimming in the sea.Sea of Hope: America’s Underwater Treasures

This inspirational film features oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle, National Geographic photographer Brian Skerry, and author/historian Maxwell Kennedy. The film explains how plastic pollution and climate change are harming our oceans and marine life. Dr. Earle succeeded in getting the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument expanded under President Obama. They take a team of young environmentalists around American marine life hotspots to show them the hidden ecosystems that support life. Their goal is to encourage people to protect these areas and create more nationally protected ocean and reef areas.

Blue Planet I image Blue Planet I

Narrated by Sir David Attenborough




Blue Planet II DVD cover Blue Planet II

Narrated by Sir David Attenborough

This second series addressed plastic pollution in such an articulate way that it caused a reaction from consumers. Well done, BBC and Sir David Attenborough!




Trash & Waste

Wall-E cover artWall-E

This is a great children’s movie that adults will enjoy watching too. There are messages of hope and love mixed with warnings about our pollution habits. Read my full review!





The Story of Stuff Project

This short documentary is 10 years old but still as relevant today as it was then. It is informative and engaging and shareable! The Story of Stuff Project continues to release short documentaries about the waste crisis.


No Impact Man film cover artNo Impact Man

This documentary shows how one family strives to have zero environmental impact for one year while living, working, and raising a family in New York City. The book is fantastic too!






Minimalism: a Documentary About the Important Things cover artMinimalism: a Documentary About the Important Things

If you follow my blog then you’ve probably read my article about Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, “The Minimalists.” Read my full review of this film!




Water Conservation

Brave Blue World promotional image, shows a lighthouse at sunset with the sea in the foreground. Brave Blue World: Racing to Solve Our Water Crisis

We all need water to survive. The freshwater on our planet is limited, but lots of our water is wasted. Some of it is polluted. This film focuses on solutions to protecting water, recycling water, and solving the global water crisis. Fascinating!




Endangered Species

Extinction: The Facts cover art Extinction: The Facts

Presented by Sir David Attenborough

This documentary was moving and devastating at times, but extremely well done and informative. From PBS’s film page: “The huge variety of life on earth, known as biodiversity, is being lost at a rate never seen before in human history. This means 1 million species are at risk of extinction. This is a crisis not just for the natural world but for every one of us. It threatens food and water security, undermines our ability to control our climate and even puts us at greater risk of pandemic diseases.” I highly recommend this film.


Endangered film art Endangered

This documentary, narrated and executive produced by Ellen DeGeneres, follows conservationists working to save seven different endangered species from the brink of extinction. The film gave me a lot of hope because it shows many scientists and conservationists working hard to preserve every species around the world. Lots of people care!


David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet film cover artDavid Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet

Sir David Attenborough recounts his life,  career, and adventures in the wild while filming. This Netflix film captures the evolutionary history of life on Earth, and the loss of wild places, and offers a vision for the future. The film is largely based on Attenborough’s book of the same title.

DVD cover of RareRare: Creatures of the Photo Ark

This three-part documentary series is about the Photo Ark, a project created by Joel Sartore to photo-document the Earth’s creatures before we lose them to extinction. Read my article about Joel Sartore.





Marine Life

Secrets of the Whales cover art Secrets of the Whales

Narrated by Sigourney Weaver, this series was exquisitely and beautifully filmed over 3 years by National Geographic. The executive producer was James Cameron, who was briefly interviewed at the end of each part. National Geographic photographer Brian Skerry visited 24 locations to learn and teach us about 5 different species of whales. Whales exhibit a range of emotions including love, compassion, and grief. They are more like us than we know, and there’s still much to learn about them. This is the best series available about whales in the wild, and I can’t say enough good things about it!


The Cove film coverThe Cove

This Academy Award-winning film heightened public awareness of the global problems surrounding dolphin captivity. From the Oceanic Preservation Society: “A team of activists, filmmakers, and freedivers embark on a covert mission to expose a deadly secret hidden in a remote cove in Taiji, Japan. By utilizing state-of-the-art techniques, they uncover a horrible annual tradition of unparalleled cruelty. A provocative mix of investigative journalism, eco-adventure, and arresting imagery make this an unforgettable and courageous story that inspires outrage and action.” I appreciate this film and think it offers valuable insight, but it was difficult to watch at times due to the graphic nature of the content. The team of people was amazing and they risked their lives at times to capture the footage and expose the mass murders of dolphins.


Chasing Coral from Netflix cover art, a sea turtle swimming next to a coral reef Chasing Coral

This film was moving and emotional, as well as beautiful with its high-quality filmography. From the film’s website: “Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. A team of divers, photographers and scientists set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to discover why and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world.” I feel this is a must-watch for anyone researching or learning about the state of coral reefs everywhere.



To The Orcas, With Love cover art To The Orcas, With Love

A filmmaker’s relationship with orcas inspires her to restore a loving relationship with herself and this remarkable planet.” This documentary was filmed in British Columbia featuring the resident orcas that live there. It addresses the environmental challenges and presents stories about our connection with the natural world and with orcas. The film interviews environmentalist and CBC Broadcaster, David Suzuki, whale researchers Alexandra Morton and Paul Spong, totem carver Wayne Alfred, and lifelong resident of the Broughton archipelago Billy Proctor. The film was inspired by filmmaker and environmentalist Rob Stewart. “What we do to nature, we do to ourselves.”

My Octopus Teacher film art, showing a diver and octopus swimming My Octopus Teacher

This film was moving and featured fascinating footage. It documented the daily dives of Craig Foster,  who befriended an octopus. He filmed the life of this octopus over one year, and in the film described what he learned from her. From the film’s website: “This beautiful record of an animal’s entire life—something seldom achieved in the wild, let alone underwater—was shot over a full year and explores the habits and personality of a strange, undulating creature that most of us have only ever eaten. Beyond intelligent, dextrous, and resilient, the cephalopod shares her secret world with Foster as they develop a touching bond.” I cried at the end of this film but loved it immensely.

Giants of the deep blue cover art, a mother and baby humpback whale swimming upward in the blue ocean. Giants of the Deep Blue

This is a beautiful film featuring many types of whales as well as narwhals. Extraordinary footage with sound so we can listen to these amazing creatures. The film explains some of their social behaviors and hunting strategies.




Disneynature Oceans cover art, dark blue ocean with a giant humpback whale. Disneynature Oceans

Though from 2009, this film features some of the most beautiful footage. It also presents marine creatures that I’d never seen or heard of before. From IMDB: “An ecological drama/documentary, filmed throughout the globe. Part thriller, part meditation on the vanishing wonders of the sub-aquatic world.” This is a must-see!




Entangled cover art, aerial view of a right whale in the ocean. Entangled

Film by David Abel and Andy Laub

This film covers the story of the now-endangered right whales. From the film’s website: “Entangled chronicles the efforts to protect North Atlantic right whales from extinction, the impacts of those efforts on the lobster industry, and how the National Marine Fisheries Service has struggled to balance the vying interests.” The lobster industry uses lines that the whales become entangled in, so much so that the population has been reduced to about 336 right whales. Environmentalists want to save the whales. But the lobster industry provides livelihoods to thousands of people and needs to protect itself. Government agencies, such as NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) and the NMFS (National Marine Fisheries Service) try to come up with solutions to protect everyone. This film presents all perspectives. However, we are running out of time to save the whales. They will go extinct in the coming two or three decades if nothing changes.

Fin film artFin

Director Eli Roth; Executive Producer Leonardo DiCaprio

Though they did not mention Rob Stewart in the film, I feel like it builds upon Stewart’s work. Director Eli Roth explores shark finning and the fishing industry in depth. The fishing industry kills around 100 million sharks per day for their fins but also for sale as “fish” under other names including Catfish, Dogfish, Whitefish, Rock Salmon, and many others.1 Eli Roth wrote, “Sharks are the doctors of the ocean. They eat the sick and dying fish. Without these APEX predators to maintain, balance, the ocean will fall into anarchy and affect us all.”2 This film is expertly edited with beautiful filmography and it is a must see!

Sharkwater film cover Sharkwater

Directed by Rob Stewart

Rob Stewart, a biologist and photographer, loved sharks and wanted to show people how important and how harmless they are to people. He debunked stereotypes and media depictions of sharks. But he also exposed the shark finning industry that is killing 150 million sharks per year, throwing our oceans out of balance. From This “film brought the devastating issue of shark finning used in shark fin soup to the world stage. His multi-award-winning film changed laws and public policy worldwide, created hundreds of conservation groups. Today more than 90 countries have banned shark finning or the trade of shark products.  Even so, Stewart finds sharks are still being fished to extinction.”

Sharkwater Extinction film cover Sharkwater Extinction

Directed by Rob Stewart

This sequel is beautiful, informative, sad, and even brutal at times. I enjoyed it more than Sharkwater, probably because of my deep respect for Stewart and his work in his first film. He was a true advocate and conservationist. Though his first film spawned laws and policies across the world in relation to shark-fishing and shark-finning, the practice continues as it is a multi-billion-dollar industry. From This film “is a thrilling and inspiring action-packed journey that follows filmmaker Rob Stewart as he exposes the massive illegal shark fin industry and the political corruption behind it — a conspiracy that is leading to the extinction of sharks.” Sadly, Stewart died while diving off of the Florida Keys while making this film, under somewhat suspicious circumstances.

The Whale cover artThe Whale

This documentary is about Luna, the orca who permanently lost contact with his family at a young age, near the coast of British Columbia. He tried to make friendships with humans in the absence of other killer whales and became famous but controversial. Humans struggled to determine whether or not human contact was good for Luna. It seems that many understood the beauty and power of two very different species forming friendships. This film is heart-warming and inspiring.


Animal Captivity Issues

Film cover Blackfish

This is the true story of Tilikum, the famous orca that killed a trainer at SeaWorld and died in captivity. More than that, it is an overview of orcas’ natural behaviors, intelligence, and emotions. The film explores how these whales are captured, trained, and exploited. Many former trainers were interviewed for the film, although SeaWorld declined requests for interviews. SeaWorld has not taken responsibility for its treatment of these beautiful animals but ended its orca breeding program, and then ended its orca theatrical program in recent years. They do still offer an orca encounter and allege that they provide the animals with the best care available. This film left an impression on me that I just can’t shake. Read my series about Orcas in Captivity, which was inspired by this film.

Long Gone Wild film poster Long Gone Wild

This was an excellent documentary that would be a great film to pair with Blackfish. Here’s the summary from IMDB: “Despite key concessions by SeaWorld, its orcas are still performing every day, and in Eastern Russia the magnificent killer whale is hunted for sale into the exploding marine theme park industry in China. Witness an in-depth look at the case against captivity, The Whale Sanctuary Project, and covert missions on the high seas and in search of nine orcas held captive at a secret Chinese location.” I highly recommend this film!


The walrus and the whistleblower film art The Walrus and the Whistleblower

Phil Demers had his dream job as a trainer at Marineland, the marine amusement park in Niagara Falls. For over a decade, he trained seals and walruses and even swam with killer whales. He was especially close to a walrus named Smooshi. Over time, Demers recognized the abuse and mistreatment of the animals at Marineland and called for change. The park did not make changes so he quit and became a whistleblower and now calls for an end to the 60-year-old practice of keeping marine mammals in small pools and tanks and requiring them to perform for audiences.


A Fall From Freedom DVD coverA Fall From Freedom

This Discovery Channel comprehensive documentary film is about the history of dolphins, orcas, belugas, seals, and other marine mammals living in captivity. It explained how these animals were captured, bred, and treated by the various aquariums and theme parks across the world. It was well-researched and featured interviews with the world’s top dolphin, whale, and marine mammal experts. While parts of the film appear dated, the information is still relevant and important. I found this film enlightening, educational, and heartbreaking at times.

Keiko The Untold Story of the Star of Free Willy Film CoverKeiko: The Untold Story of the Star of Free Willy

This is a happier story than Blackfish, as Keiko was the only captive orca ever to have been set free. The Free Willy movie series started a movement to free Keiko. However, Keiko had to have human involvement while free for the remainder of his life, as he had become reliant on humans for social interactions. It’s a moving, true story about a beautiful movie star and worth watching! Read my article about what they learned from Keiko.


One Lucky Elephant film cover One Lucky Elephant

Filmed over 10 years, this film documents the journey of an elephant named Flora. Circusmaster David Balding adopted Flora when she was a baby after her mother was killed in front of her and she was shipped to the United States. Flora was the star of Circus Flora for more than 16 years, when Balding realized and took responsibility for having made mistakes by having Flora as a sole, captive, performing elephant. He wanted to retire her and the journey to finding a place for her to go encompasses the film. Flora eventually moved to the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee, where she still resides today. The film features interviews with Balding, his wife, circus staff, and Elephant Sanctuary co-founder Carol Buckley.


Cover of film Jane Goodall: The Hope

This film focuses on Dr. Jane Goodall’s transformation from a scientist to an activist and global speaker. She is determined to spread hope especially through young people and indigenous populations, believing that if you show people why they should care, they will. Her message to everyone is that one person does make a difference, even if it’s small, so never be hopeless. We can all bring forth change. This film inspired me so much that it brought me to tears.

Cover of "Jane" from National Geographic Jane

This National Geographic film features exclusive, restored footage of Dr. Jane Goodall that was previously thought to have been lost. It is a close and intimate view of her work, the chimpanzee culture, and her relationships.




Cover art for film The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind

Directed by Chiwetel Ejiofor

Based on a true story, a 13-year-old boy named William Kamkwamba built a wind turbine to save his Malawian village from famine. This is a beautiful, inspirational, and moving film.

We Feed People film ad, showing José Andrés looking down at a disaster area from a helicopter. We Feed People

Directed by Ron Howard

This film features Chef José Andrés, a renowned chef who started the non-profit, World Central Kitchen. The film covers the organization’s evolution over 12 years. Their mission is to be the “first to the frontlines, providing meals in response to humanitarian, climate, and community crises.” The World Central Kitchen has created a new model for disaster relief and has become one of the most highly regarded humanitarian aid organizations in the disaster relief sector. This film is very inspiring!


Cover of DVDRachel Carson’s Silent Spring: American Experience

This PBS documentary was released in 1993, so while it is a bit dated it offers interviews with people who knew Carson. The film also shows original footage of DDT and other pesticide treatments being sprayed over farmlands, neighborhoods, forests, and even children. Original footage and photographs of Carson are featured as well. I read the book first, but I enjoyed this film because it provided a set of visuals to enrich my understanding of her, her writing, and the people and companies who rallied for and against her.

I Am Greta film art with Greta in center. I Am Greta

From Hulu: “The story of teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg is told through compelling, never-before-seen footage in this intimate documentary from Swedish director Nathan Grossman. Starting with her one-person school strike for climate action outside the Swedish Parliament, Grossman follows Greta—a shy student with Asperger’s—in her rise to prominence and her galvanizing global impact as she sparks school strikes around the world. The film culminates with her extraordinary wind-powered voyage across the Atlantic Ocean to speak at the UN Climate Action Summit in New York City.”

Watson film cover art Watson

Captain Paul Watson was the cofounder of Greenpeace and founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. This film tells the story of his life, but more importantly, it showcases the amount of change, influence, and impact that one person can have by standing up for their beliefs. Watson has fought for conservation and the end of illegal fishing and illegal activity in the oceans for more than 50 years. FYI, though rated PG, it does have a few scenes where people physically hurt animals, and it was included simply because of the nature of Watson’s work. This is an excellent film and I do recommend it!



Eating Animals film cover Eating Animals

Based on Jonathan Safran Foer’s book of the same title, this film offers a visual insight into the book’s original research. It features interviews with farmers who work for major producers such as Perdue Poultry, shows footage of slaughterhouses, and the ethics of animal factory farming. I recommend reading the book first and then viewing the film.



Poisoned The dirty truth about your food, a dish of raw oysters with a butter or sauce at center, white plate and white background. Poisoned: The Dirty Truth About Your Food

This film highlights the danger caused by foodborne pathogens and systemic problems that create the perfect situations for them to spread. Every year, food poisoning kills thousands of people in the U.S. This documentary was based on a book by Jeff Benedict.




Fed Up cover, two large pills, one red with 'f', and the other blue with 'u' on white background. Fed Up

Directed by Stephanie Soechtig and narrated by Katie Couric

This film is a must-watch! It reveals that everything we think we know about food, exercise, and weight loss is wrong. The real culprit is that we are eating the wrong things because processed foods are full of ingredients that are bad for our health, especially sugar. The food industry and the U.S. government have collaborated through financial transactions and greed. They have misled and confused Americans about nutrition. But these problems have now become global as American food culture spreads worldwide.


Two hands rolling dough with a rolling pin, viewpoint looking down from above. White paneled background. Cooked

Created by Alex Gibney and Michael Pollan

From Netflix: “As he tries his hand at baking, brewing and braising, acclaimed food writer Michael Pollan explores how cooking transforms food and shapes our world.”





Cover art for The Biggest Little Farm, green pasture, blue sky, barn at center, two people on right, farm animals in background. The Biggest Little Farm

From the producers: “The Biggest Little Farm chronicles the eight-year quest of John and Molly Chester as they trade city living for 200 acres of barren farmland and a dream to harvest in harmony with nature. Through dogged perseverance and embracing the opportunity provided by nature’s conflicts, the Chesters unlock and uncover a biodiverse design for living that exists far beyond their farm, its seasons, and our wildest imagination. Featuring breathtaking cinematography, captivating animals, and an urgent message to heed Mother Nature’s call, The Biggest Little Farm provides us all a vital blueprint for better living and a healthier planet.” I really enjoyed this film and hope more start practicing traditional farming.

Fossil Fuels & Fracking

Gasland cover art Gasland

This film is about fracking and the natural gas industry. Description from their website: “The largest domestic natural gas drilling boom in history has swept across the United States. The Halliburton-developed drilling technology of “fracking” or hydraulic fracturing has unlocked a “Saudia Arabia of natural gas” just beneath us. But is fracking safe? When filmmaker Josh Fox is asked to lease his land for drilling, he embarks on a cross-country odyssey uncovering a trail of secrets, lies and contamination. A recently drilled nearby Pennsylvania town reports that residents are able to light their drinking water on fire. This is just one of the many absurd and astonishing revelations of a new country called GASLAND. Part verite travelogue, part expose, part mystery, part bluegrass banjo meltdown, part showdown.” This film is a must-see!

Gasland II Gasland II

This film “is a provocative follow-up to filmmaker Josh Fox’s award-winning feature debut Gasland. The new film continues to explore the controversial method of extracting natural gas and oil known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, arguing how dangerous the process is, and how pervasive the gas industry’s influence on public policy has become…Gasland Part II pierces prevailing myths by arguing how and why fracked wells leak over time, contaminating water and air, hurting families, and endangering the Earth’s climate with methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. It also sheds light on the global consequences of fracking, as more and more countries are following the U.S.’s lead in drilling for gas.” I also consider this film a must-see, as it was eye-opening.

Film cover artProfit, Pollution And Deception: BP and The Oil Spill

This documentary addresses the deception of the BP Oil spill from the failure of the Deepwater Horizon. The company spent countless dollars and efforts trying to make it look like they addressed the spill appropriately. Unfortunately, they didn’t take the right actions and the scandal still scars the Gulf of Mexico.

Image of the 2010 BP oil spill After The Spill

Produced 6 years after the spill, this film looks at BP’s response to the Deepwater Horizon disaster and the effects on the Gulf of Mexico. BP and other petroleum companies consistently violate environmental laws and regulations and the federal government does not enforce those laws. BP’s ‘clean-up efforts’ were more for public relations than actual environmental care, as they still refuse to assist coastal areas destroyed by the spill. They also refuse to assist with healthcare needs after exposing people to toxic materials that caused illnesses. The Gulf of Mexico is still suffering from BP’s oil spill, the petroleum industry’s activities, and coastal erosion. It will be years before we know the full ramifications of BP’s irresponsibility.

Oil Spill of the Century film art Oil Spill of the Century

This National Geographic film covers the 1978 Amoco Cadiz oil spill off the coast of Brittany, France. It was the most damaging oil spill of the 20th century, even more so than the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill. The tanker broke apart and dumped 220,000 metric tons of oil into the water and surrounding environment. The documentary covers changes in cargo transportation in the years since and touches on plastic pollution in the ocean at the end.



Photograph on cover is of a man in a hat and sunglasses trying to waive the camera away, black bar top and bottom with title.Pretty Slick

Film by James Fox

If you’re learning about the BP Oil Spill/Deepwater Horizon incident, you must watch this film. From IMDB: “Pretty Slick visits locals across four Gulf states documenting the largest man-made environmental disaster in U.S. history. Director Fox investigates the cleanup effort and conducts his own independent water tests to determine toxicity levels. The results show that public safety takes a backseat to a tourist-based economy and the symbiosis between big oil and government becomes clear.”

Toxic Chemicals

The Monsanto Papers cover art The Monsanto Papers

Another eye-opening film, directly related to the yards we treat and the food we eat. But the chemicals used are not safe for humans or the environment. “Glyphosate, more commonly known as Roundup®, is the most widely used herbicide on the planet. It’s also the central cash cow for the agrochemical giant Monsanto. Undeniably effective in controlling the growth of crop-destroying weeds, the chemical is also the main culprit in a series of suspected risks to humans, animals and the environment in general. The Monsanto Papers outlines these dangers, and the devious tactics employed by the company to evade responsibility.”

Cover art for DVD shows actors across top, and actor Mark Ruffalo standing on street with DuPont factories in background.Dark Waters

This is the dramatized true story of a corporate defense attorney who takes on an environmental lawsuit against a chemical company, DuPont, that exposes a lengthy history of pollution.





Semper Fi Always Faithful film art Semper Fi: Always Faithful

From the filmmaker: “Marine Corps Master Sgt. Jerry Ensminger was a devoted Marine for nearly twenty-five years…When Jerry’s nine-year-old daughter Janey died of a rare type of leukemia, his world collapsed. As a grief-stricken father, he struggled for years to make sense of what happened. His search for answers led to the shocking discovery of a Marine Corps cover-up of one of the largest water contamination incidents in U.S. history. Semper Fi: Always Faithful follows Jerry’s mission to expose the Marine Corps and force them to live up to their motto to the thousands of soldiers and their families exposed to toxic chemicals. His fight reveals a grave injustice at North Carolina’s Camp Lejeune and a looming environmental crisis at military sites across the country.”

Cover art for movie, shows Julia Roberts holding a baby in the sunlight.Erin Brockovich

This is the dramatized true story about an unemployed single mother who becomes a legal assistant and almost single-handedly brings down California power company, Pacific Gas & Electric Company, who polluted a city’s water supply and poisoned dozens of people.





Tomorrow film cover Tomorrow

This is a fascinating documentary film about problems and the possibilities surrounding sustainability. It covers topics including agriculture, economics, energy, and education. “It offers constructive solutions to act on a local level to make a difference on a global level.”




  1. Page, “Fake declared Shark Meat,” Vision Dive, accessed May 7, 2022.
  2. Website, Fin the Movie, directed by Eli Roth, 2021.