10 More Boundary Breaking Documentaries
Breaking Boundaries is the latest hard-hitting documentary on Netflix, shedding light on just how close we are to breaking point. If you’ve finished watching this, you may be on the look-out for more of the same.
Well, fret not! We’ve combed through the archives and saved you the hassle with our top picks for alternate viewing.
So without further ado, we present 10 movies to check out when you’ve finished watching Breaking Boundaries.
Seaspiracy is absolutely shocking. It’s a damning and illuminating documentary that lifts the shiny veil clinging to our oceans to expose a rotten and corrupt core.
Behind the sustainable promises from big corporations, the real truth is left hidden. Under this plastic layer of deception is an industry that’s literally killing our oceans.
This 90 minute film offers an unflinching look at the damage done to our blue planet. Well-researched and hard-hitting, what begins as an examination into whaling soon spirals into so much worse.
Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret
Cowspiracy is a shocking documentary exposing the effect modern farming is having on global warming. Through the eyes of an aspiring environmentalist, this movie addresses the single, most destructive force facing the planet and does so with an equal amount of hard-hitting facts and humour.
Kip Andersen directs and writes this film, daringly seeking to find a real solution to the pressing environmental issues presented. The interviews are really well-done and the facts are every bit as hard-hitting as you’d expect.
Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. In a bid to capture this, Chasing Coral is a 2017 documentary film about the damaging effect humanity is having on our oceans.
It’s a wake-up call about the problems our aquatic neighbours are facing and the danger caused by the coral reefs bleaching.
Interestingly, this documentary also dives into a lot of educational material including how coral is formed along with the root cause of oceans starting to warm. It really is an essential watch and a compelling documentary in its own right.
The Ivory Game
The Ivory Game’s focus on the lucrative ivory trade is absolutely shocking and heartbreaking. Set deep in the heart of Africa, this Netflix documentary follows a group of wildlife activists as they take on poachers in an effort to try and end this illegal trade.
It’s an uphill battle of course, and one that brings some humble home truths about humanity and what we’re doing to the wildlife we share a planet with.
From the local killers through to the wealthy foreign buyers, the entire infrastructure of this industry is exposed. This nature documentary is an unforgettable and essential watch.
Earthlings is a very difficult movie to watch. Starring Joaquim Phoenix, Earthlings uses hidden cameras and never-before-seen footage to chronicle the day-to-day practices of the largest industries in the world.
From the fur trade through to zoos and the inevitable food trade, this movie looks at the way we treat animals and aims to shock and educate in equal measure.
There’s some very difficult scenes in this one so do be aware of that before diving in. However, Earthlings is an absolute must-watch and a shocking display of abuse. As Phoenix himself says during the documentary: “If slaughterhouses had glass walls, we would all be vegetarians.”
Another climate change-centric documentary, Chasing Ice is a simple film designed to capture one thing – the world’s changing glaciers. Using time-lapse technology, Chasing Ice showcases the drastic changes to our environment.
The end result is something that’s really quite shocking and surprising. Combining both science and art, Chasing Ice balances its hauntingly beautiful imagery with some solid science and a lot of facts along the way.
Extinction: The Facts
Narrated by David Attenborough, this BBC documentary special is the latest from our national treasure and a real hammer blow to the gut. Clocking in at a little under an hour, Extinction is all about the damaging effects humanity is having on this planet.
It’s a gut wrenching, difficult film to watch and certainly one of the more shocking to come out in recent memory. Much like Breaking Boundaries, this one is likely to leave you deep in thought when you’re done.
Food Inc. explores the frightening truth behind cheap, manufactured food. Documentary filmmaker Robert Kenner is in the driving seat here, and he examines how mammoth corporations have taken over all aspects of the food chain in the United States.
From farms through to supermarkets and chain restaurants, the movie combines surprising facts and sobering home truths with telling interviews.
Brace yourself with this one though, there’s some pretty shocking and unsettling footage inside large-scale animal processing plants here.
Virunga is a beautiful, poignant and hard-hitting film. Here, the focus is on a team of brave individuals who risk their lives to protect the last mountain gorillas. However, it also fronts as an eye-opening examination of what the reality of life is like in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Through the struggles and dedication of its people. Virunga plays host to some incredible acts of selflessness. This is a really tense but pro-conservation documentary that certainly deserves a watch.
The Year Earth Changed
Narrated by David Attenborough, this 47 minute documentary film jets across the globe to showcase the extraordinary changes lockdown has brought to the planet.
If you’re looking for more positive news to come from this pandemic, Apple TV+’s latest film is well worth a watch. It also helps that David Attenborough is on hand to once again lend his voice to give this some shine.
This may well have been a year to forget for many people, but for our animal brethren it’s been an unforgettably prosperous one. This is a wonderful celebratory look at nature’s recovery – even if it is only a temporary respite.
So there we have it, our 10 Movie & documentary picks to keep you busy after watching Breaking Boundaries on Netflix.
What do you think of our picks? Do you agree? Are there any notable omissions? Let us know in the comments below!