Documentaries about Consumerism
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Decadence: The Meaninglessness of Modern Life (2006)
Decadence: The Meaninglessness of Modern Life is a six-part Australian television documentary series hosted by Pria Viswalingam. The series examines the decadence and...
The True Cost (2015)
This is a story about clothing. It's about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having on our world. The price of clothing has been...
UDITA (2015)
Life, death, oppression and resistance - 5 Years with the women of Bangladesh's sweatshops and their fight for a better life. Produced by RAINBOW COLLECTIVE and OPENVIZOR...
Sweatshop: Deadly Fashion (2014)
A five-part Norwegian documentary series examining the lives of sweatshop workers in Cambodia through the eyes of three young, relatively wealthy Norwegian citizens.  From the...
Walmart: The High Cost of Low Prices (2005)
Watch the full film FREE!  Brave New Films exposes Wal-Mart's unscrupulous business practices through interviews with former employees, small business owners, and footage of...
PBS FRONTLINE: The Persuaders (2005)
Frontline examines the "persuasion industries" -- advertising and public relations. To cut through consumers' growing resistance to their pitches, marketers have developed new...
Inside The Garbage Of The World (2014)
Is the Plastic Trash Island floating in the Pacific Ocean a myth? Are we getting poisoned? How long do we have before a worldwide disaster happens? This documentary includes...
Unwasted: The Future Of Business On Earth (2011)
Unwasted presents the alluring ideal of zero waste as a key element of the sustainable business model. While some may shake their heads thinking this an impossible task, it’s...
Killing Us Softly 4: Advertising's Image Of Women (2010)
In this update of her pioneering Killing Us Softly series, Jean Kilbourne takes a fresh look at how advertising traffics in distorted and destructive ideals of femininity...
Affluenza (1997)
AFFLUENZA is a groundbreaking film that diagnoses a serious social disease - caused by consumerism, commercialism and rampant materialism - that is having a devastating impact...
Plasticized (2011)
PLASTICIZED is an intimate account of a first-hand journey aboard the Sea Dragon with the 5 Gyres Institute on the very first scientific expedition, focused on plastic waste...
Do the Math (2013)
Like most people, Bill (environmentalist and co-founder of 350.org), is not an activist by nature. There’s really not that many people whose greatest desire it to go out and...
The Big Fat Truth about Low Fat Foods (2011)
For thousands across the UK, the new year usually means a new diet. But it's the supermarket rather than the health club that many are turning to. The low fat food industry...
On Modern Servitude (2009)
The central objective of this film is to reveal man's condition as a modern slave within the context of the totalitarian mercantile system and to show the forms of...
The Cleantech Future (2012)
What if we could live in a clean world? A world in which energy would be 100% renewable, water no longer polluted, transportation truly green and production methods clean and...
Culture In Decline #3: C.V.D. - Consumption Vanity Disorder
A new disease epidemic is rapidly spreading across the world: "Consumption-Vanity Disorder" - a disease spread not through a mutating virus or genetic predisposition –...
Plastic Planet (2009)
Werner Boote presents an up-close and personal view of the controversial and fascinating material that has found its way into every facet of our daily lives: plastic. He...
A Fall From Freedom (2011)
Dying to entertain: The untold story and behind the scenes of the cruel multi-million dollar business of the captive whale and dolphin industry.  Many of these marine parks...
This is my protest
Edgars protest is probably the most pacific protest in the world. As long as you see sustainable living in an ecovillage as a revolt. The former permaculture teacher from Peru...
Pig Business (2009)
Pig Business investigates the rise of factory pig farming, a system which abuses animals, pollutes the environment, threatens human health through dangerous overuse of...
The Fuck-it Point (2012)
A film about the dark side of civilization, why we should bring it down and why most civilized people don't. [THE FUCK-IT POINT]'When you have had enough. When you decide to...
Manufactured Landscapes (2006)
MANUFACTURED LANDSCAPES is a feature length documentary on the world and work of renowned artist Edward Burtynsky. Burtynsky makes large-scale photographs of ‘manufactured...
We - Arundhati Roy (2006)
We is a fast-paced 64 minute documentary that covers the world politics of power, war, corporations, deception and exploitation. It visualizes the words of Arundhati Roy...
Sprawling from Grace: Driven to Madness (2008)
For as long as most Americans can remember the car has been the embodiment of the American dream. But with more than 250 million cars and trucks on the road, Americans have...
The Age of Stupid (2009)
Oscar-nominated Pete Postlethwaite plays an old man living in the devastated world of 2055 in this documentary-drama-animation hybrid from Director Franny Armstrong and...
GasHole (2010)
GasHole is a new documentary film about the history of Oil prices and the future of alternative fuels. The film takes a wide, yet detailed examination of our dependence on...
Not For Sale (2009)
People all around the world are becoming increasingly dependent on a small number of large multinational businesses. Monsanto controls 90% of the production of genetically...
¿Sería Buenos Aires? / Maybe Buenos Aires? (2006)
A universal story that touches upon many of the themes that cross the modern world we live in: dislocation of people, destruction of their dreams overnight by crises they are...
Addicted to Plastic (2008)
Documentary that explores the history of plastic and how it came to dominate our lives. From styrofoam cups to artificial organs, plastics are perhaps the most ubiquitous and...
Waste Land (2010)
An uplifting documentary highlighting the transformative power of art and the beauty of the human spirit. Top-selling contemporary artist Vik Muniz takes us on an emotional...
END:CIV (2011)
Directed by Franklin Lopez, END:CIV examines our culture’s addiction to systematic violence and environmental exploitation, and probes the resulting epidemic of poisoned...
No Logo: Brands. Globalization. Resistance. (2003)
In the age of the brand, logos are everywhere. But why do some of the world’s best-known brands find themselves on the wrong end of the spray paint can — the targets of...
Zeitgeist: Moving Forward (2011)
A feature length documentary by Peter Joseph that presents the case for a needed transition out of the current socioeconomic monetary paradigm which governs the entire world...
Starsuckers (2009)
Starsuckers is a documentary about our celebrity obsessed media. It uncovers the real reasons behind our addiction to fame and blows the lid off the corporations and...
Pyramids of Waste: The Lightbulb Conspiracy (2010)
Pyramids of Waste is a documentary about the negative effects of consumerism and planned obsolescence.
PBS FRONTLINE:  Is Wal-Mart Good For America (2005)
FRONTLINE explores the relationship between U.S. job losses and the American consumer's insatiable desire for bargains in "Is Wal-Mart Good for America?" Through interviews...
The Cost of a Coke
Coca Cola, we’ve found out, has actually been cooperating with paramilitaries in Colombia to execute workers in their own bottling plants that are trying to form unions and...
What Would Jesus Buy? (2007)
Religion aside for a moment, there’s a terrible addiction that has swept across this country, and it’s one of the nation’s best kept secrets. Mostly everyone will tell you that...
Surplus - Terrorized into Being Consumers (2003)
Why is the lifestyle of consumerism a source of such rage today? How come the privilege of buying goods does not automatically lead to happiness? Why all this emptiness despite...
The Century of the Self (2002)
The Century of the Self tells the untold and sometimes controversial story of the growth of the mass-consumer society. How was the all-consuming self created, by whom, and in...