It’s no secret that I love documentaries. They’re my go-to cure for insomnia. I try not to watch them and instead “stockpile” a bunch of films. Most of my friends know about my documentary obsession and they give me the best recommendations.
I thankfully do not have insomnia right now, but I couldn’t help but watch one (er… two) this weekend. You see, I had a random allergic reaction on Saturday night. I went to an amazing dinner with a friend, but there was something in the restaurant that my body was just not so pleased with. Even though I could finally breathe almost immediately after walking back outside, I woke up the next morning with super swollen eyes. A few hot compresses and two meetings later, I was still feeling puffy. Answering emails fell way way way to the wayside and I opted to watch a documentary instead. Best decision of the weekend, for sure.
Life in a Day is on Netflix Instant and you absolutely must watch it if you haven’t already. I found it to be one of the best documentaries I’ve ever seen. It was smart, and emotional, and visually stunning.
The entire film is comprised of homemade videos from users all around the world. Some of the videos are high quality, but others are made with little cameras. The fuzzy, bumpy videos give the film the most impact, in my opinion. It’s incredible just how human we all are despite geographical and cultural differences. The video conveys that in a simply brilliant way.
With everything that’s gone on during the past week, I think this restores the idea of a beautiful world. There are heart breaking moments, happy moments, horrifying moments, and also simple everyday moments. Pieced together as it is, the world seems whole and connected. Even those who feel lonely have to realize they’re not alone. (The ending was absolute perfection.)
I also watched Happy, but…. I was a little disappointed. The whole movie harped that happiness was some sort of trend and something you actually had to work at, yet it was obviously capitalizing on the fact that people are obsessed with finding happiness right now. Anyway, I also think any movie that I watched after Life in a Day was going to come up short. So maybe under different circumstances I would have enjoyed it more. (It comes highly recommended by a Levo Leaguer.)
Do you like documentaries? What are some of your favorites?