10.22.2010

watch and learn.

H's two new favorite television channels are current and doc ...so needless to say we have lots of documentaries recorded. we also have a netflix subscription with a number of docs in queue. i typically prefer social commentary docs, whereas H is more interested in healthcare and economic focused flicks- so it tends to be a solid mix. here's a list of the ones i think are worth watching::

FRONTLINE: Sick Around the World - Discover how five other capitalist democracies-- the United Kingdom, Japan, Germany, Taiwan and Switzerland -- deliver health care, and what the US might learn from their successes and failures.

God Grew Tired of Us -Four boys from Sudan embark on a journey to America after years of wandering Sub-Saharan Africa in search of safety.

Food, Inc.- An unflattering look inside America's corporate controlled food industry.

The Business of Being Born - explores contemporary experiences of childbirth methods including midwives, natural births, epidurals, and c-sections. the film criticizes the american health care system with its emphasis on drugs and costly interventions and its view of childbirth as a medical emergency rather than a natural occurrence. i liked this doc a lot and i found it v informative and entertaining. H hated it.

even MORE films to add to your dvd queue:
No Impact Man:The Documentary -A Fifth Avenue family goes super green they go on a yearlong crusade to make no net impact on the environment. Among their activities: eating only locally grown organic food, generating no trash except for compost and using no carbon-fueled transportation. I think this was the film that really motivated H to get into composting- now we only have to take out our garbage once a month (whootwhoot!)

Blue Gold: World Water Wars - lots of great info about Corporate giants, private investors, and corrupt governments all fighting for control of our dwindling water supply...interesting but i'll admit the movie lacks focus at times.

Babies - follow four babies around the world – from birth to first steps. The children are, Ponijao who lives in Opuwo, Namibia; Bayarjargal from Mongolia, near Bayanchandmani; Mari from Tokyo, Japan; and Hattie from San Francisco.  there is no scripted dialogue or subtitles...but the babies are absolutely adorable- watch this one with the girls.

 i am working up the courage to watch The Cove
JCD

2 comments:

  1. I especially love the Babies film- I caught it once and was fascinated! Lovely blog friend!

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  2. thanks- i know i was GLUED to the tv watching those little babies... too cute :) ps i checked out your blog and i love your 'bees knees' post!

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