I have a thing for documentaries. Especially documentaries that make me think. Which would explain why I’ve watched three documentaries in the last 48 hours.  I’m a doc-o-holic.

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.

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2 thoughts on “3 Films That Will Change Your Life

  1. Lesley

    It’s such a relief to hear that I’m not alone in my passion for docs! I’ve watched some really good ones in the last little while…
    “The Buddha”, narrated by Richard Gere, was visually beautiful and captivating. I’ve watched it 3 times.
    “Nursery University” is an older documentary that follows several families in New York city trying to get their toddlers into the best nursery schools in the city. I can’t even explain….its like a crazy train wreck that you just can’t stop watching!
    “Forks Over Knives” was eye-opening and inspired me to completely change the way I eat.
    There are some really great documentaries being made these days. I can’t wait to see Bananas! Thanks, KB!

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