The ravages of factory farming, an investigation worthy of a chilling doping thriller in Russia, and an actor’s performance as magnificent as it is disturbing: discover three terrific documentaries worth watching on Netflix.
Released in 2014 and funded through a fundraiser by Crowdfunding, Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret is an interesting documentary film directed by Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn. It shows the impact of animal agriculture on the environment, and questions the positions of environmental associations on this issue.
According to some associations, including Greenpeace, which also testifies in the documentary, factory farming is a growing threat. Because if breeding can be a solution to fight against climate change and the loss of biodiversity, it is a real disaster when it is practiced industrially.
Massive greenhouse gas emissions, water and soil pollution, deforestation for the cultivation of soybeans for livestock (in the Amazon, 63% of deforestation is due to livestock), destruction of the peasant world , health crises, green algae, frantic race towards the lowest prices without remunerating the farmers… There is no lack of arguments. Last April, moreover, a collective of elected officials and representatives of associations published on this subject an interesting column in the newspaper Le Monde, explaining that intensive farming had largely become “an environmental, economic, health and social dead end”. In France, 8 out of 10 animals come from intensive breeding …
A singular career like that of director Bryan Fogel. Beginning his career with Stand-up and the theater, for which he wrote a play with colossal success (and adapted by him in film in 2012), Jewtopia; activist and activist for Human Rights, he struck hard in 2017 with his documentary Icare.
A mind-blowing and dizzying dive behind the scenes of doping in the world of sport, born of a chance meeting with a Russian scientist, Doctor Grigory Rodchenkov, whose testimony will be crucial for the ban of Russia at the 2018 Winter Olympics .
Rodchenkov is not just anyone. He is the former director of the laboratory of the World Anti-Doping Agency in Moscow, then of that of Sochi during the Olympic Games of Sochi 2014. After having fled to the United States, he reveals in detail the institutional doping system organized by the Russia for its athletes competing in the Olympic Games in Sochi, having been at the center of the device.
Corroborated by several investigative and disciplinary commissions set up by the World Anti-Doping Agency and the International Olympic Committee, the doping of Russian athletes by handling their samples will result in the suspension of Russia from the PeyongChang Winter Olympics in 2018; its athletes competing under the Olympic flag.
Between positive urine tests, unexplained death and Olympic gold medals, the picture, apocalyptic, has the force of a sacred uppercut. Covered with awards around the world including the Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, and especially the Oscar for Best Documentary, Icarus was bought for $ 5 million by Netflix after frantic auctions; a record for a documentary.
If you haven’t seen this amazing, absolutely chilling movie yet, you know what you have to do. And when you’re done, we urge you to watch Bryan Fogel’s newest (and equally terrifying) documentary The Dissident, which looks back on the journalist’s murder. Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Arabian Consulate in Istanbul.
Jim and Andy
Released in 1999, Man on The Moon retraced the moving and tragicomic story of the humorist and provocative Andy Kaufman, who died in 1984 of lung cancer. Signed by the great and late Milos Forman, the film was mainly carried by an incredible Jim Carrey, who played the role of his life. A composition dear to his heart, he who is an unconditional fan of the deceased humorist.
The formidable documentary Jim and Andy, produced by Spike Jonze, offers us a precious perspective: the transformation of the actor to slip into the skin of his idol. While filming, he requested to be filmed backstage. The images, which remained unpublished for 20 years, were used as raw material for the project. Jim & Andy.
The actor’s immersion in his character is as great as it is disturbing. In fact, her metamorphosis is such that she dumbfounded those on set, starting with people who knew Kaufman well. Jim is no more; only Andy account; the borders are blurred, on the set but also outside. Witness this completely crazy sequence where Andy Kaufman’s real father argues with Jim, as if it were his son.
Very touching reflection on the profession of actor as well as a powerful catharsis for Jim Carrey, Jim and Andy is really to be discovered. And if you are a fan of the actor, the question obviously does not even arise, it is mandatory!