This past weekend was a busy one, which I actually enjoyed. After feeling exhausted for most of Friday – and working from bed almost the whole day – it felt good to have things scheduled for Saturday and Sunday. Meanwhile, I thought I would finally get into the list of documentaries on Netflix, on my to-see list. And, in a matter of a few hours, I saw three documentaries. Not exactly the most exciting activity for a Saturday night, but at least I wasn’t in Manhattan when this happened.
Browsing through the list of titles, I was in awe of how many I wanted to see. But some of them are downers and I didn’t feel like getting sad. I find it rather interesting to learn from these documentaries and see what’s going on in the world. We tend to close our eyes to the reality that surrounds us, and these people are trying to open them. Make us see that we can make an impact, we can achieve and become something. Rather than sitting on our sofas and gazing out the window, wishfully hoping.
I started with The First Monday in May. This documentary is about the Met Gala, organized by Vogue’s Editor in Chief Anna Wintour. It shows every detail that goes into planing the event and the exhibition (in this case, China: Through The Looking Glass) held in 2015. It’s an amazing spectacle to watch all of it come to life, and even get into Anna’s private home. There’s a reason why they call her the dragon lady but she can stand up to it. Honestly, if she was a man, no one would question her attitudes.
Secondly, I watched Fed Up. A 2014 documentary about America’s obesity epidemic and how the food industry highly contributes to the problem. I was shocked to see some of the imagery and how the problem is taking unthinkable proportions. They even compare the sugar to the tabaco industry, which seems crazy, but it’s actually true. The way we are consuming sugar – in almost every single thing we eat – is creating health issues never seen before. I strongly advise you to watch this documentary to reflect upon what we put in our bodies.
Thirdly, I finished up with Cowspiracy. Contrary to what most people think, it’s not about how cattle is treated in the modern agriculture facilities. It’s about the impact that those huge farms have throughout the world, ecosystems and life itself. It focuses on sustainability and what we can all do to become more sustainable and preserve what took billions of years to create. It’s not about not eating meat, or convincing you not to do it, but rather look for ways we can prevent the cattle industry to destroy what’s left of natural habitats and ecosystems.
Do you have any documentaries you recommend? I would love to know.