I love documentaries! It's great to be able to sit down and watch a movie for more than just entertainment. You always learn something new, which is especially refreshing for people, like myself, who are no longer students in school being bombarded by books and knowledge! It's also fun to just step into another persons life for 90 minutes and see what all goes on. Here are just a few of my favorites...
Valentino: The Last Emperor is beautiful, fascinating, and luxurious! The movie follows Valentino as he prepares for one of the final shows of his career, including the preparation of the stage and the design of the gowns. It also includes bits and pieces of his personal life, homes, jets, yachts, and six pugs! It's an interesting piece because it explains how the fashion industry works and shows how it has changed over the years. Even if you're not into fashion, you will be swept away by all of the glamour...
If you're interested in learning about how the United States got into the recession we're in now, Inside Job, may help! Matt Damon narrates what all shook down with mortgages, investment bankers, financial advisors, and all of that Wall Street greed, which led to the global financial crisis. This documentary makes it all a little easier to understand and includes interviews with politicians, journalists, and financial insiders. Even though things are slowly turning around, this movie is very informative and, in my opinion, necessary to watch so we do not make the same mistakes again...
Good Hair is a movie Chris Rock made after one of his daughter's came up to him and asked "Daddy, why don't I have good hair?" Her question inspired him to a go on a journey to figure out why African American woman do so much to change their God-given hair. From weaves and relaxers to a journey to India to find out where natural Remi hair comes from, he covers it all! There are plenty of laughs throughout the movie, but several scenes will really make you think and question why African American woman have been made to feel that they must go to such lengths and spend so much money to have "good hair."
Women's presence in the media has grown astronomically over the years, but has the world's view of women really changed? Miss Representation is a film about how women are misrepresented in the media and how the misrepresentation affects a woman's ability to achieve leadership positions. I watched this for the first time on the OWN network and it really changed my opinion about how far women have come. It is still a very male dominated world and I love some of the examples that were given throughout the film. I don't consider myself to be "super feminist" or much of a bra-burning type, but this film really got me fired up...
The September Issue is about Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour preparing the 2007 September issue of the magazine. The magazine ended up being five pounds and the largest magazine published in history! If you enjoy writing (which most bloggers do, I assume!) you will appreciate this film and the process of putting a magazine together. All of the hard work that goes into a magazine like this is often covered up by the pages and pages of beautiful people, clothing, and imagery. This documentary really gives you an inside look that goes far beyond what you may have seen in The Devil Wears Prada!
Those are just a few documentaries that I have enjoyed and I hope you do, too!