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Impacting Documentaries. Learn. Live.

I’m hoping to get a movie series going at our house that will encourage us and other’s onward toward action about important issues we might not currently know about.
I really hope the movie series will be endorsed by Mosaic where I attend on Sunday’s as well as getting the word out a few other places, but we’ll see what happens.

For now, I’m trying to pick some movies. Here’s a long list of ones I’m interested in showing. I’d like to just pick ten so I can do it on a every other week basis for about 20 weeks.

  1. An Inconvenient Truth
  2. Crash (Widescreen Edition)
  3. Sometimes In April
  4. Hotel Rwanda
  5. Tough Guise
  6. The Corporation
  7. The Boys of Baraka
  8. Born into Brothels
  9. North Country (Widescreen Edition)
  10. Killing Us Softly
  11. Life And Debt
  12. POV: Lost Boys of Sudan
  13. 30 Days - Season 1
  14. Bowling for Columbine
  15. Why We Fight
  16. Fahrenheit 9/11
  17. Another World Is Possible: Volume 2 - Poverty
  18. Another World Is Possible: Volume 1 - War
  19. Another World Is Possible: Volume 3 - Creation
  20. Murderball
  21. Fast Food Nation
  22. Chavez: Inside the Coup
  23. Super Size Me
  24. Color of Fear
  25. Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price

What would be your ten from that list? Or do you have other suggestions?

An Inconvenient Truth: It was stinking hot yesterday

Yesterday, I was driving around in a vehicle with no air conditioning at work, I then biked home in the sweltering heat, and was very excited to sit down in my cool air conditioned home. Sure is hot out there.

Mindy and I took off to go see the very talked about documentary, An Inconvenient Truth. We’d both already done our fair share of reading up on the subject, so the movie wasn’t shocking, but it was fairly scary when the reality of the timeline began to hit you.
Mindy and I left and discussed a little how we felt, and I shared that I was fairly apathetic to the idea that many people would change. I feel if anything most folks would be content to sit back and just see if what Al Gore shared in the film ends up being true or not.
Mindy was more hopeful. She pointed out that she really felt like people would listen and begin to try and make changes. They might not be drastic changes but every little bit helps. I realized Mindy’s right, and I need to take the “glass half-full” approach on this one and encourage others to see it and make some changes in their lives.

By the way, the movie is based on a presentation by Al Gore (it pretty much is the presentation) concerning global warming. It’s very informative and engaging enough that you won’t lose interest (there’s a reason it’s so popular).

Here’s how to get started:

Enron: The Smartest guys in the Room

enronI watched this movie last Tuesday. It’s a documentary about the Enron downfall. It’s very informative for someone who didn’t know a lot of the details of what Enron was and did. From my perspective the movie did not take any sort of slanted bias in any direction. They did seem to make the governer of California (previous to Arnold), Gray Davis, look like a victim of the corruption of Enron, you can decide if that’s biased or not. Now for my commentary.
It’s not very often in life we see big examples of the negative consequences of not following basic values. Our world seems to teach our children, “don’t lie, cheat, or steal… but if you can do it secretly and get away with it, then go for it.” I spend my days trying to teach high school kids that living by virtues like honesty and respect is in the best interest of ourselves and our world. Yet, everyday there are a thousand situations like the Enron scandal where people get away with it. They go on to live lavish and enjoyable lives while others our cheated out of their mere survival needs.
In the movie you see a guy who’s worked his job laying powerlines for twenty some years. Enron took over his company and the guys on top fraudently took a lot of money. Now this gentleman’s $300,000 pension is just $1200. That’s his retirement, that’s his life. I think far more often then we realize, those situations are happening. It’s rare that it comes into the light and we can point and say, “this is not good.”
I don’t have any real strong point to make about this whole thing. When I saw the front page news about Worldcom and Enron, or political corruption like Abramoff and Tennessee’s legislative corruption, the first thing I thought was, “Is this surprising?”