1. I Am
This documentary surrounds the newfound philosophy of Tom Shadyac, who is famous for directing many Jim Carrey movies such as Liar, Liar and Bruce Almighty. In this documentary, Tom explains how his near death experience changed how he saw the world. "Filmmaker Tom Shadyac interviews philosophers, scientists and others to find out ways -- individually and communally -- that people can improve the way they live" Google writes about the documentary. He explores his ideology of everyone in the world being 'one' and that energy is a real thing that can be felt and measured. I have seen this documentary twice and have fallen in love with it. Tom explains in the film that we are all connected through energy and if someone across the world from us is feeling sadness, it affects everyone around them and it is a cycle until it reaches everyone in the world. This realization has made him a more caring and compassionate human being. In 'I Am', He decides to experiment with energy, so he takes a bowl of yogurt (which has living bacteria) and puts a meter that measures energy and talks to another person while the energy in the yogurt slowly moves still centered on the meter, an interesting twist in this experiment is when Tom picks up a phone call from his lawyer and the bacteria in the yogurt feels the stress from the call and the meter in the yogurt goes down in representation of the energy decreasing with the stress. This documentary is an important watch, and has been educational to those who are willing to open themselves up to understand the importance of 'oneness' in the universe.
2. The Unbelievers
This is a great film if you are contemplating religion. 'The Unbelievers' is about Atheists and the struggles faced to declare a religion or the struggles faced within the choice of Atheism. "'The Unbelievers' follows renowned scientists Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss across the globe as they speak publicly about the importance of science and reason in the modern world - encouraging others to cast off antiquated religious and politically motivated approaches toward important current issues" says the Rotten Tomatoes review. This film also helps people who identify with atheism to continue to understand and appreciate their beliefs. I loved this documentary because i've always struggled with religion and this film helped me decide religion wasn't as important as being a good person who helps out those who are less fortunate and who understands the importance in enlarging the ideology of enforcing compassionate viewpoints and a loving system regardless of religious identifications. Religion as a whole has not always been a positive in my vocabulary but i've decided it's helped a decent amount of individuals -- so I appreciate any religion that expresses the importance of warmth and kindness. This film expressed the importance in becoming a kind human being who engages in politically social events, meaning they hold important viewpoints but also understand that individuals need to humanize their endeavors. I felt such a connection to this film because individuals whom I resonated with, such as Sarah Silverman, agreed with my ideals and wanted to help those who are not as fortunate as us. I think this is a very important documentary because it can change the ethics and beliefs of those questioning religion and also those who have grown up in religion and have found the system to not meet the compassionate viewpoints they have hoped. Regardless of the position you hold religiously, it is an eye-opening film that will open your mind.
These documentaries have shaped lives for the better and are very important films. I suggest watching these documentaries to help open your mind to a more compassionate and caring ideology.