Last night I watched a documentary about bananas. You’ll never guess the title. OK, maybe you will guess the title. It was called, “Bananas” (Talk about creative marketing).
“Bananas” follows lawyer Juan Dominguez on his biggest case ever, representing twelve Nicaraguan banana workers who are suing the Dole Corporation for using a banned pesticide that causes sterility. I won’t spoil the verdict for you, but after watching “Bananas” I sentenced myself to a lifetime of organic-only banana-eating (considering the sheer number of bananas I ingest in a day, I was probably funding that entire pesticide operation).
The day before “Bananas”, I curled up with a couple of must-see environmental documentaries: “Radically Simple” and “No Impact Man”. Both movies follow authors who live sustainable, garbage-free lifestyles. I unfortunately, do not live a garbage-free lifestyle. Which was evident the next morning as I dragged my big, black trash bag to the curb, feeling like a jackass. Oh how I love documentaries.
But the point of watching a documentary is not to make you feel guilty. The point of watching a documentary is to inspire you to take action. Otherwise, why watch it in the first place? You might as well be watching Jersey Shore (which BTW I also have a “thing” for, because we all need a little mind-numbing reality television once in a while. Doesn’t it suck that Vinny left?).
In any case, the benefit of documentaries is that they remind us that we are connected. They also remind us that everything we do has an impact on others, and that even if we’d like to pretend we’re separate; we’re not. May I repeat, we are not separate. I know that sounds kind of “woo-woo” and tree-hugger-ish, but it’s an important thing to keep in the forefront of your brain, and watching a documentary will help you do that.
So the next time you feel like curling up with a bag of chips to watch Snooki, go for it. Just make sure to balance it out with a documentary as well.
What are your favorite docs? Let me know in the comments below.