Why We Fight – China (1944)

This documentary on China is a propaganda film produced by the US for WWII and is a part of a series of films meant to show soldiers and the public why the war was important.

However, a decade after this film was released, the CIA was training terrorist Tibetan separatists at Camp Hale in Colorado to fight China in what would be a failed armed rebellion.

Tibet – The Truth (2013)

This documentary really opened my eyes to the complex history of Tibet. I really appreciated learning how serious the threat of imperialism was to the region leading up to its reunification with China. Also, the part beginning at 37:39 clearly explains the conflict that occurred during reunification. However, I encourage readers to watch from the beginning to see the context for why reunification was so important.

China’s Great Green Wall 🇨🇳

China is leading the world in green technology and afforestation efforts. Here is a very informative video about their monumental investment in environmentalism and how it’s been saving lives and helping their people!

Do you think the Capitalist US is capable of investment like this? We watch horrible wildfires and deforestation every year but don’t seem to have a longterm plan for combatting any of it.

As we can see, China is leading the world in reforestation, with some good efforts being made in certain European countries. However, it is important to note that much of the deforestation in big exporters like Brazil and other South American countries is done for the profits of Western powers. In a way, we are exporting our deforestation.

I will leave you with a quote from president Xi Jinping. It’s important to understand our bias against China and that we expect politicians to be power-hungry liars because ours are, but that doesn’t always have to be the case, and we should recognize China’s noble efforts when they are backing it up with real humanitarian action.

We must realize that lucid waters and lush mountains are invaluable assets and act on this understanding, implement our fundamental national policy of conserving resources and protecting the environment, and cherish the environment as we cherish our own lives.

  • Xi Jinping

Guatemala – An American Genocide (1999)

While the stories told in this documentary are especially harrowing and grim, I was personally very inspired by the diligent work and international cooperation of the forensic anthropologists. Their scientific pursuit of truth is inspiring revolutionary work.

This documentary also illustrated the evilness of the CIA—the amount of collateral murder they are willing to accept in order to punish revolutionary societies is totally incriminating.

Rotten (2018, 2019) [Netflix]

Rotten details contemporary global capitalism by telling the backward and inhumane stories of the food industry through an international lens. This is a very useful documentary series to learn real world examples of how the profit motive is inherently, well, rotten.

If you don’t have Netflix, the full series can be streamed for free on bootleg sites like 123movies. Here is an episode I enjoyed on water.