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December 20th, 2013

Top Five Movies to Watch this Winter Break

By Briana Kerensky, Katherine Cirullo and Miranda Carter

‘Tis the season for peppermint hot chocolate, warm fuzzy socks and of course, movie marathons. This year, forget driving to the movie theater and overspending on a two-hour flick and what is, most likely, genetically engineered popcorn. 

Below is a list of thought-provoking, socially, politically and environmentally conscious films that our staff at Food & Water Watch enjoys and thinks you will, too! Got a movie to add to our list? Share your picks in the comments below.

  1. Gasland and Gasland 2: In this Oscar-nominated documentary, Director Josh Fox takes viewers on a cross-country journey to discover the hard, shocking truths behind the fracking boom that has swept across the United States. Interested in hosting your own Gasland or Gasland 2 screening in the new year? Food & Water Watch can help!

  2. 180 ° South: Part adventure story, part commentary on the contrast between consumerism and ecological conservation. 180 ° South is a beautifully shot documentary that will inspire you inner activist’s spirit. The film documents one curious man’s journey from California to the southernmost tip of South America – Patagonia – and provides insight into what it means to protect our most precious natural resources in an era of overconsumption.


  3. Thank You For Smoking: Need a laugh? This brilliant satire provides a funny, yet grotesque image of what it’s like to lobby the government in support of a product that harms millions of people. Protagonist Nick Naylor is a lobbyist for the tobacco industry in Thank You For Smoking, but it’s not hard to imagine what people do to promote fracking and factory farms on the Hill.

  4. Soylent Green:“What is the secret of Soylent Green?” This science fiction classic takes place in a dystopian future where, due to pollution and the consolidation of wealth, poverty is high and resources are restricted. When a new food supplement called Soylent Green becomes available, people start disappearing. It’s up to one detective to find the connection between the new food and the growing body count. And when you figure out the secret of Soylent Green, your perception of our ever-weakening food system will never be the same. 

  5. Idiocracy: When a U.S. Army librarian wakes up 500 years in the future, he finds that public water has been replaced with an energy drink called “Brawndo.” It’s in water fountains and crop irrigation systems, and the government can’t do anything about it. Why? Because the Food and Drug Administration has been purchased by the Brawndo Corporation. Sound familiar?

3 Comments on Top Five Movies to Watch this Winter Break

  1. Kees van Diggelen says:

    Soylent Green still my favorite

  2. Lauren Steiner says:

    Thanks for the suggestions. For the younger generation, I will resist the urge to finish this sentence. “Soylent Green is _________.”

  3. Amy Peters says:

    THE EAST is another good one.

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