A recent article at RealClearPolitics by Michael Pack, producer of over 15 award-winning documentaries including Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words (which I reviewed for FrontPage Mag HERE), delivers a crucial message to conservatives: “You Can’t Fight the Culture War Without Making Movies.” Though Pack wasn’t referring only to nonfiction films, documentaries made by conservative filmmakers provide a desperately-needed alternative to the left-wing media perspective on the issues of the day, and audiences need to seek them out and support this vital truth-and-information pipeline.
Millions of conservatives have seen high-profile documentaries such as Matt Walsh’s What is a Woman? and Dinesh D’Souza’s 2000 Mules, but below are recommendations, in no particular order, for six must-watch films that may have flown under the radar of many viewers. You won’t get the truths found in them in left-leaning mainstream propaganda.
Epoch Times’ 69-minute film presents an alarming picture of the hidden agenda behind global “Green Policies,” the untold stories of farmers forced out of business, the disruption this will have on our food supply, and why edible bugs are suddenly being pushed as a “Global Green Solution” to saving the planet. What is at the core of that hidden agenda? Spoiler alert: it’s not reversing global warming, because as the environmentalist nonprofit Club of Rome stated in a 1991 report, “The real enemy is humanity itself.”
EpochTV host Roman Balmakov investigates the rapidly changing landscape of our global food source—the farming industry—through interviews with farmers in the Netherlands, Sri Lanka, and the United States. This is the next global crisis that is currently being ignored by the world media.
If you don’t have a subscription to EpochTV, you can click here to watch for $4, which includes a bonus four week subscription that you can cancel at any time.
Grace Productions’ The Essential Church is available for rent or purchase on multiple platforms and recently hit number one among documentaries on iTunes. The two-hour flick follows the fight of three churches to remain open to serve their congregations in the face of totalitarian pressure and religious persecution during the pandemic hysteria that began in 2020.
The three churches in question and their pastors are Grace Community Church in Los Angeles (John MacArthur), Fairview Baptist Church in Calgary, Canada (Tim Stephens), and GraceLife Church (James Coates), also in Canada.
What is the God-ordained role of government? Who has the right to govern my conscience? Do Christians have a responsibility to civil authority or first to their God? All these questions and more are addressed in this riveting, important film.
One of the most outrageous moments is actual footage of Stephens being arrested, in front of his distraught wife and young children, by Canadian police for his church not complying with that country’s draconian COVID policies. One of the policemen (dutifully but pointlessly masked) tells Stephens, “Hey, the Bible even says render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s, right?” To which Stephens rightly replies, “The church is not Caesar’s.” Then they pile him into a police car as his children sob and call for their daddy.
This is a chilling, very personal story about the human impact of one of the most grotesque offsprings of the far Left – Cancel Culture, the contemporary iteration of Mao’s Cultural Revolution in which mobs of young Red Guards took to the streets of China to purge society of the “Four Olds”: old ideas, old habits, old culture, and old customs. Now new Red Guards roam the internet searching for targets to destroy personally for insufficient dedication to the reigning woke ideology.
When the Mob Came is centered on Canada but has no less relevance to the United States or anywhere that Progressivism has a death grip on the culture.
Rent When the Mob Came for $6.99 here – it’s well worth the price of admission, especially considering that a trip to the local AMC to see such cinematic masterpieces as My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 or Dicks: The Musical will run you twice that much even before emptying your savings account at the concession stand.
In light of the shocking terror attack on Israel a month ago, and the subsequent swell of Jew-hatred around the world in support and celebration of Hamas’ evil butchery, I would put the following three films, all produced and directed by Gloria Z. Greenfield, the president of Doc Emet Productions (the motto of which is, fittingly, “Truth in film”) at the forefront of understanding this war between civilization and barbarism.
A companion piece to her equally must-see documentary The Fight of Our Lives (2018), the 65-minute Civilization in the Danger Zone (2022) exposes the divisive political and cultural agendas that have been subverting Western values and liberties for decades, arguably culminating in the greatest threats our civilization has ever faced.
It presents a brilliant lineup of renowned scholars and culture critics, from Rod Dreher and Christopher Rufo to Victor Davis Hanson and Heather Mac Donald, who explain the threat of woke ideology to faith, family, and nation, and offer insights on how to reverse the tide of our civilizational decline.
“I made this documentary to remind us of our responsibility to protect these bedrocks of our civilization,” Greenfield writes. “We must do this for the sake of our children and grandchildren, and for all future generations.”
At just over an hour in length, Body and Soul (2014) sweeps over thousands of years of Jewish history in the land of Israel and across the Middle East, Europe, and Russia. It covers Biblical history, the origins of Zionism, the Holocaust, the Six-Day War, the creation of the modern state of Israel – nearly every major historical era and high (or low) point of the Jewish people.
The film features such notable commentators as Victor Davis Hanson, Alan Dershowitz, and the late Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks as well as nearly three dozen other academics and experts in political science, archaeology, international law, and media. Together they make the undeniable case for an historical connection between the Jewish people and the land of Israel, from at least 3000 years ago to our own time.
Body and Soul also addresses the media distortions, propaganda, and lies about Israel and the Jews, that have come to dominate public opinion about Israel thanks to the assiduous work of Israel’s enemies and a complicit news media. Harvard’s Ruth Wisse says the Jews of Israel “have done well on the military front, but how well have they done on the ideological front? How well have they done on the propaganda, on the diplomacy front? Very badly, because they’re fighting with their hands tied behind their backs.”
Although released in 2011, this film could not have more contemporary relevance to today’s surge of rabid Jew-hatred throughout the Western world. Like Body and Soul, Unmasked Judeophobia boasts a slate of dozens of interviewed experts including Elie Wiesel, Melanie Phillips, Natan Sharansky, and Caroline Glick offering their insights in a clarion call more urgent now than when the film was made.
Explaining the film’s title, filmmaker Greenfield writes,
People mistakenly believe that the virulent hatred toward Israel is directly related to policies and/or territory held by Israel. They blame Israel and reason that if only Israel would make itself smaller and weaker, that the hatred would dissipate. By examining the contemporary manifestations of lethal Jew-hatred against the backdrop of history, the viewer gains vital insight into the driving forces inspiring the campaigns which seek to wipe the Jewish homeland off the face of the earth and to murder Jews wherever they can be found…
I use the term “Judeophobia” in the title of the film rather than “anti-Semitism” because Judeophobia is a more suitable term to convey the intellectualized and ideologized hatred of Jews that is encompassed in the anti-Jewish phenomenon flourishing in many parts of the world today.
All six films make vital contributions to understanding and countering the threats to our civilization from totalitarian governments, globalist institutions, and far-Left ideologues. Put these ahead of binge-watching the latest season of Dancing With Washed-Up Celebrities; for a few dollars each, you’ll get hours of riveting, enlightening viewing and support conservative filmmakers in the process.
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