Tons of documentaries are streaming online, educating and enraging us from the comfort of our homes. When we watch films that point out injustices or present cool new perspectives, we’re momentarily moved to change our lifestyles. But sadly, we don’t really have what it takes to follow through.
Though we wanted to ditch processed food after watching Food Inc., we couldn’t tear ourselves away from the snacks we’ve come to love. A doc about Wal-Mart’s business practices will made us promise never to set foot in the store again, but when we needed items cheap and fast, we found ourselves being greeted by smiley faces. And after watching Holy Rollers, we discovered that a group of devout Christians had more motivation than we did to learn card counting and pay bills with blackjack winnings.
Check out the documentaries in our list, all of which are streaming on Netflix. Do you have the resolve to make lasting lifestyle changes based on these films?
Exit Through The Gift Shop (2010)
What’s it about: How the world’s infamous underground artists practice street art.
What you’ll want to do: Become a guerilla artist.
If you’ve never heard of Banksy or Shepard Fairey, Exit Through The Gift Shop will provide peeks into how they, along with other street artists, create gritty works in the world’s cities. Industrial structures serve as the artists’ canvases, as they channel through tunnels and scale huge buildings to showcase their talent. They don’t need permission to practice their craft, meaning they frequently elude police as they work.
After watching the flick, you’ll be moved to break out your sketchbook while dreaming of upping your street cred. But once you realize your illustration skills are rusty and that you don’t have the upper body strength to climb a building, your fantasies will evaporate.