We have collected five documentaries about secret conspiracies, which in the 21st century find sources for the most unthinkable conjectures and theories. Enjoy watching!
Behind the Curve, 2018. Daniel J. Clark.
The concept according to which the Earth is a flat disk existed among many peoples: Scandinavians, Egyptians, Greeks, Indians and so on. In this case, all of them are united by the word “ancient”. The fact is that the more people looked at the stars and around, the faster they realized that it was wrong to imagine the visible world as a huge flat island.
Thanks to such researchers, the vast majority now roughly imagine the structure of the solar system. However, for some time now in the United States a group of adults has formed, to varying degrees, successful people who selflessly believe that the Earth is not a ball, but a disk rushing in space (this creates gravity) with an ice wall around it (Antarctica) and with the Moon and the Sun rotating above it.
And NASA, the pilots of the planes, the governments, according to their beliefs, are participating in a global conspiracy whose goal is to hide the truth from the majority. And in this regard, the Daniel J. Clark documentary is good at several levels: firstly, it satisfies curiosity about one of the strangest conspiracy theological groups on our planet, and secondly, it treats the representatives of this group very delicately and respectfully, in Thirdly, it gives reason to think about why in the 21st century people voluntarily marginalize themselves for the sake of faith in the impossible.
Unacknowledged, 2017. Michael Mazzola
The film Unacknowledged reveals a less improbable and more familiar topic – UFO. Built on the principle of “talking heads plus a historical chronicle”, Mike Mazzola’s painting covers the entire XX century: from supposedly the first observations of unidentified flying objects to supposedly attempts by shadow organizations to hide their existence. The main speaker and apologist for UFOs in the film is Stephen Greer, a man who built a successful career as a doctor of medicine, who left the profession in 1998 and devoted himself to collecting evidence of human contacts with extraterrestrial civilizations. At the same time, he is confident in the existence of secret, government forces engaged in the study of alien technologies and severely punishing those who decide to intervene in their work.
Greer appears here as a knight who knows the truth, and his speeches, documents at his disposal, skillfully mounted frames by Mazzola with famous characters from the American politicum, which can be hidden, make you think. Indeed, to believe in the existence of extraterrestrial civilizations, given the size of the observable Universe, is easy, and the fact that representatives of these civilizations have visited our planet is even more difficult, but quite possible. The only piece of the puzzle that is missing is confidence in the authenticity of those Greer documents. The rest of the film Unacknowledged is an example of a convincing movie on a very unconvincing topic.
A Gray State, 2017. Eric Nelson
In 2005, Werner Herzog released an amazing documentary about a man trying to make friends with a grizzly bear. One of its producers was Eric Nelson. In 2017, the great director decided to return the favor and became the producer this time of the directing project of Nelson himself. The movie turned out even more amazing. The film tells the story of a guy named David Crowley – a handsome man from a simple American family, a veteran of the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. Just between Iraq and Afghanistan, Crowley thought about the state of affairs in his country and became a fighter against the so-called Gray State (the hidden government that governs everything and everyone).
A little earlier than Afghanistan, he met a girl named Komel, married her, a couple was born to a daughter. A little later, Afghanistan, Crowley decided to shoot a fantastic action movie, in which he would reveal the themes of human struggle against the system. In the midst of David’s film work, Komel and their daughter were found dead in their own home. Only the dog survived, having spent several days with the corpses of its owners. The case of the Crowley family was immediately woven into the consiprological web by fans of conspiracy theories.
Nelson is not in a hurry and reveals the secrets of this story gradually, leading the viewer through one nook and cranny of Crowley’s personality, then another, not forgetting to reveal the character of the main person in his life – Komel. And it is worth recognizing that some twists and turns of this carefully documented plot are many times worse than fiction. Moreover, the fiction is not in the style of the film Enemy of the State, but in the style of the film Paranormal.
Cowspiracy, 2014. Kip Andersen, Keegan-kun.
The movie of Kip Andersen and Keegan Kun is the example when they wanted the best, but it turned out badly. Their picture is devoted to the disclosure of the extent of the impact primarily of livestock and, in the last, the agricultural sector on the ecology of our planet. The data presented in it are unpleasantly surprising, some “talking heads” are credible, and indeed the problem is really serious: the number of inhabitants of the Earth is growing, consumption does not think to decrease, a huge amount of forests are cut down for pasture for cattle breeding. It is worth adding a bunch of unpleasant aspects related to this breeding.
Nevertheless, the peremptory tone of both the authors themselves and many speakers, the turbidity of some of the information that they postulate as a fact, reduces the efforts of their film to zero. It is necessary to consume less, industrial animal husbandry must be better and tougher to control, but people who eat meat are not enemies of the planet and its ecosystems. This point is important to understand, and the authors of the film Skotozagovor clearly forgot about it, thereby turning their picture from enlightenment to conspiracy.
The Great Hack, 2019. Jehen Nujheim, Karim Amer.
The Great Hack film is also devoted to a topic that concerns everyone, but its authors treat it completely differently: Jehen Neuheim and Karim Amer talk sequentially and voluminously about a company called Cambridge Analytica and its key influence on the US presidential election, voting on Britain’s exit from the European Union and a number of other popular wills in not so influential countries. The pivot of this story is American professor David Carroll, who, having learned that Cambridge Analytica has at least 5,000 data points for every American voter, has decided to request information about himself.
Information from this company was provided by technology giants, whose names are known to everyone: Facebook, Google and others like them. It was used by Cambridge Analytica employees to bombard the social networks of undecided voters with false information and thus manipulate their choice. An example of a lost moral compass in this completely immoral story is a girl named Brittany Kaiser, a former employee and even one of the board members of Cambridge Analytica, who decided to break up with her colleagues and tell the whole truth about their activities.
Finally, the former CEO of Cambridge Analytica British businessman Alexander Knicks looks like the devil in the flesh in the film. He refused to give interviews to the authors of the tape, but there were enough archival materials of varying severity at their disposal. And it’s not that all the elections before Brexit and Trump’s inauguration were transparent and democratic. Of course not. But the film Great Hack shows how easy it was to break into the system and, without leaving the office, manipulate and lie to determine the course of development of an entire nation. Do not forget that Cambridge Analytica is just the tip of the iceberg. An occasion to talk about the beginning of digital wars.