I’ve been partaking in a film challenge over the last 2 years or so, and that is to see all 250 films on the IMDB Top 250 List, though I should really have set some ground rules when first going into it, as that list actually changes every day, as it’s all based on user and critic ratings. So though I’ve now only got a handful of films left to watch, I must have watched close to 300 films by the time I actually finish the damn list.
Though with that one coming to a close, I wanted to start an almost equally ambitious film challenge, and that was to see the 121 Documentaries To Expand Your Consciousness, which are actually all free online. Some of these films I have seen before, but I set the rule right off the bat that I’ll rewatch every film and in order from 1 to 121.
The first film and number 1 on that list was the 2009 film Home, and at the very least it can be seen as one of the most beautiful films ever created depicting our diverse world and its cultures, as the whole film is told from above looking down from amazingly filmed and constructed helicopter tracking shots.
The film is all about the history of our people and how we have gone from being in perfect harmony with our environment for 100,000 plus years, and only in recent history, rushing headlong into what can only be seen as a completely unsustainable development and destruction of anything and everything.
But my main feeling is that though it has a strong message to impart, it didn’t force the issue and just stated the issues rather than try and make you feel guilty about how horrible we are as a species, and the ending was actually a very hopeful one, which left you with a very good feeling inside.
I did have one issue, as I don’t like wide ranging statements of fact when really we still don’t know exactly what’s going on, and this film did that with the 10 year max time limit, which seeing as this film is 5 years old, means if we take that statement at face value, we only have 5 years to total point-of-no-return destruction, which I just don’t agree with.
Twisting facts and figures to try and create emotions, be they fear, empathy, or any other feeling, even if for something positive, just rubs me the wrong way. Just like a meme I saw the other day about the Shark cull happening in OZ right now, where they tried to compare deaths each year by sharks to other things, and one of the figures they said was that over 500 people die every year from Black Friday sales, which is an outright lie, and just made me turn off and actually go against the well meaning message it was trying to put across.
If your message really is that important, then don’t lie, don’t exaggerate, as the facts and your true earnest approach will be enough to make others stop and take notice. So despite that one issue with this doco doing that, I still think this is an awesome watch for anyone and everyone, even if you don’t really have any thoughts good or bad about what’s going on in the world in an environment sense.
If you do care about where things are heading though, then this is a must watch for all of you, and I’ll give you a time back guarantee if you don’t like it, meaning I’ll offer up 90 minutes of my time helping you with something in your life if this film didn’t inspire in you that we have both an amazing and beautiful world, but that we need to turn things around soon and start working together as one.
Watch it for free here!
9 out of 10 from me!!!