Do documentaries have a responsibility to educate and inspire their viewers? In this review Imogen and Elliot look at two films that tackle one of today’s most contentious and relevant topics: sustainable agriculture. Award winning feature The Biggest Little Farm focuses on one couple’s mission to bring sustainable farming to an arid crop of land in California, whilst George Monbiot’s controversial Apocalypse Cow dives headfirst into the perils of the agriculture industry as a whole. Two very different approaches yield very different results, but which was more effective? Do we prefer watching cinematic splendour, or bearing witness to the twisted truth? Is it better for documentaries to appeal to our heart or our mind?
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