DO: watch a documentary
TV gets a bad rap, but just like anything, it can be used both for good and evil. With all of the junk that’s available to us, there’s also comes a lot of intelligent, visually striking, and interesting stuff like documentaries. They are great for educating yourself about something that you might not know a whole lot about, so expand your knowledge and pop in a documentary this weekend. If you need some suggestions, here are a few that I’ve watched lately and highly recommend!
Jiro Dreams of Sushi
Jiro Dreams of Sushi recounts the life of 85 year old Jiro, the most renowned sushi chef in the entire world. He’s an obsessed and dedicated artist who was kicked out of his parent’s home as a young boy, and found his survival building a career in sushi. He now runs a small sushi restaurant in Japan that seats 10 people a night, and must be booked years in advance. Eating at Jiro’s restaurant is an honor thought out to the T. The story recounts his relationship with his sons and other young protégés. Working under Jiro is an intense and brutal training, not meant for those who crack easily under pressure. Above all, this documentary is a visual masterpiece. The food, the scenery, the shots and the camera angles are beyond pleasing to the eye, and definitely worth a watch.
Fresh is a new documentary, not too unlike old favorites like Food Inc., that sheds light on the injustices of today’s food industry. It’s a great film to watch to make yourself an informed individual when it comes to what you put into your body. Of course, there have been a lot of advancements in the food industry since older documentaries, and this film not only points out the problems, but it also highlights individuals who have taken the steps to initiate change. The film stresses action and how to fix the issues, empowering individuals and making you recognize that you can, in fact, make a difference.
Created by the makers of Planet Earth, Frozen Planet is actually a TV series that airs on the Discovery Channel. As expected from the makers’ past projects, it falls nothing short visually. Striking scenes of the Earth’s Polar Regions and its inhabitants keep you captivated. The regions being the last areas left untouched by human presence, are vast and full of nature’s wonders: frozen forests that grow at glacial speed, river systems that cut through mountains of ice in the most beautiful of colors, and animals realizing survival in one of the world’s most hostile environments. If you like Planet Earth, you’ll fall in love with this one too.