Five Enlightening Documentaries

Here are five documentaries that will alter your perception.

barackaBaraka

Filmed in 24 countries on six continents on 70 mm film by director Ron Fricke, Baraka is perhaps the most visually stunning film I’ve ever seen. No dialogue or commentary—just beautiful scenes shot at an eclectic mix of locations around the world. Nature, religion, industry and humanity itself will never be perceived the same way again.

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winged migrationWinged Migration

This documentary was a massive undertaking: 5 film crews, 450 people, 17 pilots and 14 cinematographers use a host of planes and other flying contraptions to get an up-close and personal look at migrating birds across 40 countries and all 7 continents. You’ll feel as though you’re soaring alongside these graceful creatures.

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born into brothelsBorn into Brothels

What hope is there for the children born in Calcutta’s red light district? Their future is already predestined, isn’t it? Watch how Zana Briski (co-director and co-producer of the film) gives new hope to 8 souls through the art of photography. This film is challenging to watch at times, but eye-opening and highly rewarding.

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wheel of timeWheel of Time

Regardless of your religious background, it’s difficult not to have admiration, love, and respect for His Holiness, the Dalai Lama. Filmmaker and cultural anthropologist Werner Herzog captures the awe-inspiring devotion of the Tibetan Buddhists and the unique pilgrimage thousands of Buddhists make to Bodh Gaya, India. A few monks traveled as far as 3,000 miles over several consecutive years—prostrating for the entire journey.

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weeping camelThe Story of the Weeping Camel

I don’t want to say anything about this unique film. Just watch it.

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