I’ve been on a documentary kick streaming from Netflix lately. I don’t know what it is about Netflix (perhaps the terrible and limited selection of movies), but it makes me want to watch all of the documentaries that ever existed. Please tell me you know what I’m talking about.
This month’s binge includes the following:
Blackfish is getting widespread attention for calling out SeaWorld’s poor treatment of killer whales and negligent treatment of whale trainers. The movie itself isn’t very well put-together (extremely old and poor-quality footage), but the message it sends is loud and clear: SeaWorld is a terrible place for whales. I couldn’t watch parts of it and cried for the whales at several points. Needless to say, I will never go to SeaWorld or any other place that captures and encloses whales in my lifetime. This is a must-see.
Craigslist Joe follows one man as he sets out on a month-long journey to see if there is a big enough online community to feed, shelter, and entertain him for free for one month. I don’t know what else to say about this movie other than the fact that I was in shock, awe, and horror throughout the whole film. Besides the obvious safety concerns, Craigslist appears to be a genuine community of strangers that help one another survive and travel. It was fascinating.
Inside North Korea was something I happened upon when trying to find a different North Korean documentary my friend told me about. (Does anybody know the name of the documentary that follows a basketball team into North Korea?) This one is from 2007 and follows Lisa Ling and a team of ophthalmologists who train doctors to perform cataracts surgery. I was expecting a lot more out of a documentary on North Korea, since the country is under the most extreme dictatorship in the world, but alas, it is difficult to film, interview, and report on anything that happens there. I will say, that the levels of isolation, fear, brainwashing, and idolatry are extreme and frightening. Biggest takeaway message: I am glad to live in America.
Have you watched any documentaries lately? What do I need to add to my must-see list?