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Earthlings – Must…Must…Must watch documentary!!

I love eating non-vegetarian food.  I also use leather articles and enjoy going to circuses as well.  Who doesn’t?!  However after I saw this documentary called “Earthlings” by director Shaun Monson, and narrated by Academy award nominee Joaquin Phoenix.  I will never be the same.  This documentary contains images which are certainly not for the weak hearted.  It shows the holocaust inflicted on animals for food (meat), clothing (fur, leather), petting (pets), entertainment (circus, fighting, racing etc) and scientific research (medical, space, endurance testing etc).  This documentary shows that we are all earthlings.  Humans, animals alike have the right to live on this earth and each has its own space.  However, humans, being the most intelligent living thing, dominate the way other earthlings live. The sight of the slaughterhouses is very very disturbing.  The kind of pains inflicted on animals is unwatchable.  And all that is legal!!  When there is a homicide of humans, there is wide media coverage. Legally, foeticide, inflicting bodily harm to humans and the like is punishable.  But what about animals?  Don’t they feel pain? Just because they are dumb and innocent, doesn’t mean that they experience no pain!!  But thats another story!  There is genocide of animals taking place all over the world! Millions and millions of animals are slaughtered all over the world to meet humankind’s needs.  The sights of the concentration camps in Europe for mass killing of the Jews, gypsies by the Nazis, the mass killing of humans in Rwanda, Bangladesh brings nightmares to us, even today.  But the poor animals are still suffering from the same behind closed doors and opaque walls.  Its not only the slaughter, but also mental torture caused to animals. After watching this documentary, i felt ashamed to be called a human.  You will be ashamed of your humanity.  The documentary goes to say, “If we were to kill for meat, we would all be vegetarians”.  I have been having nightmares after watching this documentary.  I remember a scene where a beautiful furry Chinese wolf is skinned for its fur, when its still alive!  The sight of the still alive wolf after it is skinned is horrible!

Its true that Earthlings does not offer solutions to all of the problems it seeks to expose. Nor could it hope to do so. The viewer is challenged to seek their own answers and carry the voice of the voiceless to the lawmakers.  Buy or rent this DVD and watch it without shutting your eyes.


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Documentary, Movies and Others

Top 15 documentaries

Here is a list of the top 15 documentaries and TV shows according to me:

  • Zeitgeist and Zeitgeist Addendum – This documentary is not for the faint-hearted.  It delves into the origins of religion and gives an interesting view on how a few american banks (and thus a few very powerful people) have seized worldpower at the beginning of the 20th century. It also describes the problems with what was told to us about the events surrounding Sept. 11 and and provides evidence to show who the writers believe really was responsible for the attacks.  Stunning!!!
  • BBC Planet Earth – This is indeed our planet as “never seen before”. Right from the outset you are witnessing the most amazing pictures modern technology has ever produced: Views from space, but close enough so we may see the glorious beauty of specific regions of our home planet. Birds of paradise of such beauty that can convince you this is the real paradise and you need not ask for anything more.  Visually stunning!!  Narrated by David Attenborough himself!!
  • Space Odyssey – Voyage to the Planets –  This two-part science fiction docu-drama examines the possibilities of a dangerous, manned space mission to explore the inner and outer planets of the Solar system.
  • The Triumph of the Nerds –  It’s all there: software, hardware, geeks, nerds, money, power, ambition, hunger, anxiety. Highly recommended viewing, without a doubt.  In fact, as you use computers every day of your life, did you know how it came to being?  Educate yourself with this documentary!
  • Enron – The smartest guys in the room –  A documentary about the Enron corporation, its faulty and corrupt business practices, and how they led to its fall.  A must watch for business world!!
  • Touching the Void – The true story of two climbers and their perilous journey up the west face of Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes in 1985.  Gripping from the start to the finish!  One of the best survival docus seen by me.
  • Encounters at the end of the world –  Filmmaker Werner Herzog travels to Antarctica to capture its landscape’s rarely seen beauty on film.
  • Man on wire –   Considered as “The artistic crime of the century”, tightrope walker Philippe Petit performs an illegal but daring high wire routine between the two towers of the World Trade Center.
  • Grizzly Man – A devastating and heartrending take on grizzly bear activists Timothy Treadwell and Amie Huguenard, who were killed in October of 2003 while living among grizzlies in Alaska  
  • The Corporation – Documentary that looks at the concept of the corporation throughout recent history up to its present-day dominance.                                                                              
  • Wild China –   Exploring the wild treasures of China, its flora and fauna and people.  Very well made documentary indeed!                                                                                                                    
  • Wild Russia – Exploring the wild treasures of Russia, its flora and fauna and people.  Stunning visual treat!
  • Heima –   Sigur Ros, an Icelandic band, perform unannounced concerts for the people of Iceland.  One of the most innovative bands I have heard.                                                                        
  • Metallica – Some kind of Monster –   A documentary crew followed Metallica for the better part of 2001-2003, a time of tension and release for the rock band, as they recorded their album St. Anger, fought bitterly, and sought the counsel of their on-call shrink.
    • Metal – Headbanger’s journey –  A journey through the roots of heavy metal music, its evolution and cult status.  Metal as a lifestyle and not a passing trend, indeed!
    • The Story of India – Now saving the best for the last, BBC’s The Story of India.  A breathtaking journey through the history of India, the Maharajas, Mughals, Britishers, Aryans, Dravidians……PHEW!  Historian Michael Wood visits places and interviews experts all over India to cover the great chapters of the subcontinent’s long and impressive history.  This IS the Discovery of India and no other shows covers Indian history to the depths and details captured here.  A MUST watch to all the Indians and also people from abroad to learn from India’s glorious past.  Mera Bharat Mahaan!!

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