The Illusion of Choice

Film Recommendation

The Lottery of Birth (2013)

Profound Viewing

This is a deeply power documentary! While not long by film standards ( 1h 17 min), it packs quite a punch. The filmmakers present a number of speakers that challenge the audience’s worldview, and how it was conceived. They do this through interviewing a range of intellectuals, including writers, philosophers, historians and neuroscientists, to name a few.

These speakers make the case that much of our identities are shaped from birth and predetermined by where and to whom we are born to. They explain that many our convictions, and corresponding choices, are therefore predetermined. That choice isn’t necessarily all its cracked up to be given that many of the notions that make us who we are, are in fact established without our realization.

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Understanding Water Consumption

Film Recommendation

Tapped (2009)

Plastic, Plastic Everywhere

Shedding light on the bottled water “beverage” industry, this sharp documentary delves into the some of the practices and corresponding consequences, of consumers’ growing demand for marketed water. A worthy addition for contributing to your awareness of the impact of corporate practices on society which in turn further strains the environment, thereby compounding the stress on society. It’s a vicious cycle that needs to be broken, and the doc attempts to educate its viewers to that effect.

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Is Water a Human Right?

Film Recommendation

Blue Gold (2008)

Buying up The Rights to Life

This documentary provides a strong reminder of the absolute importance of water to life, and raises questions regarding the legality of corporate ownership over water rights that should belong to citizens and locals. Undeniably, water has become big business and has come to exert equally great social and environmental pressures. The film explores a sampling of these.

 

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