I’m a pretty picky when it comes to documentaries.
Sure, I love a good story but nine times out of ten, I find myself changing the channel because I’m bored out of my mind. That’s because watching a documentary is a bit like playing roulette. Most of the time you get a “miss” but every once in a while you hit it big!
All three of these documentaries are winners. They’re interesting, engaging and most importantly, they’ll change the way you think.
So next time you’re in the market to put your feet up on the couch and learn something, check out one of these films:
1. Waiting for Superman
This documentary explores the American school system and how it’s letting our kids down. Depressing? Slightly. Interesting? Very.
It takes a critical look at teachers unions and their role in perpetuating the current system. So whether you’re a die hard union enthusiast or critic, I recommend you watch this documentary.
Full disclosure: I’m a strong advocate for animal rights and I believe animals feel emotions. I’m not equating them to humans emotions, but I think that some mammals feel love and experience grief.
Okay knowing that I strongly recommend you watch this film. It follows the life of one killer whale who was bounced around from one Seaworld facility to the next. He ended up killing a young woman during a performance. This documentary is important because is questions the idea of placing wild animals in captivity. Animals in cages are reactive and dangerous.
Interesting fact: I heard on CBC radio that scientifically we learn less from observing animals in captivity than from observing animals in the wild.
3. Searching for Sugarman
Okay this is the coolest and most lighthearted of the three. It tells the story of a singer who released three albums and for various reasons he never “made it big” in North America.
Meanwhile, his music makes its way to South Africa where he becomes the voice of a nation. He is the musical inspiration for students fighting against the apartheid.To give you some perspective, he was more famous than the Rolling Stones and the whole time he’s just this regular guy living in Detroit going about his business. I loved this movie. It reminded me that there are still selfless people in the world and that being famous and rich is not nearly as important as having love of your friends and family.
I can’t stress enough how wonderfully talented this guy is. Don’t believe me? Watch this clip and decide for yourself.
What are your favourite documentaries?