I am a fan of documentaries, any kind. Of course there are those type of documentaries that I find boring to watch, but for each of those there’s also one that will touch you so much that it makes you think, cry and laugh. That’s what documentaries are for, I think. To make you realize something new about yourself – or the world around you.
I’d like to share a few of my favorites here. Now, I have a lot of favorites but these are the ones that are currently playing in my mind – or that I’ve recently seen (for the first time or second or third..)
A documentary about a girl called Eva. She has systic fibrosis and is in line for a lung transplant. She was also a blogger, and posted YouTube videos from her hospital bed. If you want to know how the story continued outside the documentary itself – check out this v-log entry from her from a year ago. This documentary really made an impact on me, and so I searched more information about Eva, found her blog, found her YouTube account. In some ways, it makes you think… if something very serious happened to you – would you continue blogging about it on your hospital bed? What if you pass away? Soon we will have to face the fact that some of our blog, twitter and facebook friends have passed away – but their internet life is “still there”. Will these accounts be deleted?
Seeds of Summer (trailer)
A documentary about girls in the Israeli army. As some of you might know, every man and woman in Israel has to go through army training (here in Finland it’s mandatory for girls). Basically it follows the girls through their training, growing up as women and possibly finding their sexual identity. This documentary really reminded me of the fun “togetherness” times that I had as a kid on various school camps. Of course there were boys and girls there and it was all very fun & new, with a little bit of sorrow and home sickness.
Circus School (watch here)
A revealing look at the rigorous physical training endured by young Chinese acrobatic students. The shows that they make are spectacular, but it takes much work to get to that point. To see such young people pushed to their limit is sometimes painful to watch.
Others worth watching: Heavy Metal Baghdad (Iraqian heavy metal band), The Cove (dolphin slaying in Japan), Last train home (a young teenager, a factory worker in China, wants to grow up/be more modern and be indepedent from her parents), Jonestown (about the Jonestown massacre), Unmistaken child (a man is trying to find the reincarnation of a venerable monk, it’s truly amazing!)
Do you have any favorite documentaries? Have you got any recommendations? I guess many have at least watched a Michael Moore documentary film…