5 eye-opening documentaries

by Lindsay M, School of Public Health

First and foremost, I think it’s only appropriate to thank my ex-boyfriend for not changing his Netflix password. If it weren’t for his generosity forgetfulness, I would not have had the incredible opportunity to watch so many documentaries “for free” over the past few years.

Image used under Creative Commons courtesy of flowercat/flickr.com

Image used under Creative Commons courtesy of flowercat/flickr.com

The thing that I love about documentaries is that they show it “how it really is”—or at least how it is for a particular person or group of people. Documentaries can be extreme, are often one-sided, and tend to leave you with a powerful urge to go and change something, or at the very least post about it on Facebook. And some documentaries are just down-right fascinating.

1. Crips and Bloods: Made in America This documentary brings to light many of the factors that contributed to the evolution of two of the most notorious gangs in America–the Crips and the Bloods. Through insightful commentaries by scholars and historians, and fascinating interviews with current and former gang members, this documentary reveals a story of gang violence that doesn’t often get told.

2. (A)sexual. It has been estimated that about 1% of people consider themselves asexual, or not sexually attracted to people. (A)sexual chronicles one “asexy” man and his experiences being asexual and finding his place in a seemingly sex-obsessed culture. Continue reading

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