Davis Guggenheim, an Academy Award-winning director, has just screened his new documentary, titled Waiting for Superman. The documentary follows four families on their quest to find a decent education for their children. It shows how, in order for children in underprivileged households to get a good education, they had to pray that they would get picked by a lottery system that would bus them to better schools, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The documentary is already getting good reviews and has people talking, which is what any good documentary does.
Another documentary that was important was 9/11, by James Hanlon, Jules Naudet, and Gideon Naudet. This documentary started off just being about a rookie New York City Firefighter, but one of the days that they happened to be filming was on 9/11, and what unfolds is eyewitness footage to the most terrible day in American history.
The reason why 9/11 is such an important documentary is because this is the only footage of inside the World Trade Center Towers after they were attacked. It is important for Americans and people from all over the world to remember what happened on this day so we take a stand against terrorism. The way that Americans came together after this tragedy should also be remembered, and that is what you can see for yourself when you watch this documentary.
Supersize Me by Morgan Spurlock is another important documentary because it gave a face to the obesity epidemic that is facing America and the world. Morgan ate McDonald’s everyday for one month and what follows is the deterioration of a once-healthy man. Spurlock decided to just eat fast food straight for a month, but for some people that kind of lifestyle and diet is a reality. This documentary was shown in schools and got kids thinking about what they were eating and adults too. Soon afterward, McDonald’s and other fast food chains started putting healthy options on their menus.
The Cove is another documentary that has enlightened people around the world. It tells the story of a cove in Tariji, Japan, where fishermen kill about 1,500 to 2,000 dolphins a year. Even though the fisherman vehemently deny these allegations, it was all caught on camera for this documentary. What The Cove has done is educate the world that threatened species are still being killed and captured around the world. Before watching this movie, many people had the impression that killing of animals in this way was not happening anymore.
Since the documentary has come out, a 1.7 million-signature petition of signatories from all over the globe has been delivered to the American Embassy in Tokyo to try to stop the hunt of the dolphins, according to Take Part.
All of these documentaries have brought awareness about different problems across the globe, and hopefully Waiting for Superman will have the same effect.
John DeFore, “Waiting for Superman – Film Review” The Hollywood Reporter
Max Follmer, “First Whale Killings of the Season Reported at Infamous Japanese Cove” Take Part