Thursday, September 30, 2010


I love all the documentaries on Netflix instant watch.  Perfect way to get people's messages out. I lean toward the serious ones. First was Food Inc.  Then, when Brian left for a while last month I picked a few for the queue that might be too heavy for him. He's a softie.

Sometimes I hear people say "I don't watch the news, it's too depressing."  Outrageous!

Maybe learning about horrible things going on doesn't drain me as much as others.  It definitely changes me, but hopefully to appreciate my own life more and find a way to help others.  Locally or globally. With money or time.  All of the above.

So while he was gone I watched The Devil Came On Horseback, it's about Darfur. I've always wanted to know the situation.  I'm embarrassed to say that I don't know much about history or current events.

A couple of weeks ago was Beyond Belief about two 9/11 widows from Boston raising money and awareness to help hundreds (of the hundreds of thousands) of widows in Afghanistan be able to sustain themselves and hopefully be a hand in peace and their own healing.

Brian picked one last night, by National Geographic about North Korea.  Especially disturbing.  We just wanted to grab those starving babies right out of the TV.

It all boils down to change.  How does it come about?  Who can make the decisions?  What does it take to get leaders to act?  What is the best action?  Being in a high up position in powerful governments must be quite a burden.  Having knowledge and the ability to act, but maybe not knowing the best thing to do.  And how to get re-elected, another heavy one on their minds.

So, if anyone has any other documentary recommendations.  Doesn't have to be depressing..


cirila said...

Netflix is our downfall. We watch everything. Loved the one about the old NYC couple that collects art. Greg is into the UP series and the kids love Myth busters! I can always go for an episode of hoarders.

Anna said...

Watch king of Kong with Brian , so funny

Kristyn said...

The Cove! I will never look at Sea World the same ever again.

Also, I'd have to agree with the King of Kong recommendation. Hilarious!

Megan said...

Oh, I have seen all of those and LOVED them. Beyond belief was especially moving to me. Some other ones that I've enjoyed on netflix instant streaming are The Business of Being Born (look out, there is birthing nudity), and another one called Operation Homecoming...which is INCREDIBLY moving, but also contains some language (you know how soldiers can be). And I agree with Kristyn, The Cove is really good.

And I just finished watching the first season of Hoarders...and it is totally addicting. YAY for netflix!

Grandma Corrales said...

a couple very inspiring documentaries that we've watched recently: Beyond the Gates of Splendor about love and forgiveness in extremely harsh circumstances, and God Grew Tired of Us about the Lost Boys of Sudan...both were very inspiring, and gave Frank and I much to contemplate.