Need I say more? Probably not, but I’m going to.

Rent them. Watch them. Stream them. Whatever. If you haven’t gotten into this kind of “media/entertainment” medium yet, now is the time to plunge right in.

The listening world is becoming more and more open to the documentarian, and I, for one, am listening. I love the fact that I can sit on my computer at home and get a glimpse into the life of a nomadic Mongolian family, and in the time it takes to hit a couple of buttons I can then be transported to the slums of India, and just a few hours later I can be on the plains of Africa. Add to the different locations I am able to travel without all the traveling expenses and awful vaccinations, I can also peruse a wide variety of views on such topics as “green living”, big business vs. local entrepreneur, and the food industry. It’s as though I can get in on a conversation with people I’d probably never invite to dinner, even if I had the chance (don’t judge me, you know the type).

I may not agree with all the viewpoints, but I’m not asked to agree. I’m simply given an opportunity to hear different dialogues, see different lifestyles, and think outside my every day box. I’m challenged, and for many a documentarian, that’s the point. And through the lenses of others I can grow, change, and deepen as a person.

Some are boring. Some are funny. Many are moving. Nearly all are unique (at least of those I’ve seen). And the quality of filming and editing are getting better and better.

Here are a couple of my recent favorites:

Imagine yourself as a person who had no control over your bladder or bowels, it all simply drained from your body. The embarrassment. The shame. The smell. The ostracision. This is the plight of many poor, underprivileged women around the world. A moving look at three young women seeking a cure for their “sickness.” It’s beautiful.

Lior can’t wait for his Bar Mitzvah. Lior loves to Daven. Lior has Downs Syndrome. Walk with Lior and his family as they prepare for his Jewish rite of passage and inspire his community. The wisdom and honesty of children always a treasure. A little slow in parts, but the end is inspiring and well worth sticking it out.

WalMart is taking over the world one small business at a time so long as its loyal employees stay quiet and its loyal consumers stay ignorant. This documentary aims to stir the pot and keep us from spending our money there. I’d say it’s pretty effective; see for yourself.

What if your mother was a prostitute in Calcutta? You’d probably be living with her, learning the tricks of the trade. How does the cycle of despair get broken? This film not only follows the women, but their children and what comes from putting a camera in the hands of those young souls from whom much isn’t expected. Keep a kleenex handy.

A Chorus Line was a Broadway hit in the ’70s, a dramatic musical performance based on what it takes to “make it” on stage. Every Little Step goes into the process and behind the scenes of the rebirth of A Chorus Line from open auditions to opening night. The added footage of how A Chorus Line even came to be adds so much to a topic that many may already be familiar with.

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One Response to “Documentaries”
  1. joyq says:

    Oh my Tremb- this blog is amazing! I can't stop reading- keep em coming:)nn1

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