Saturday, May 31, 2008

Morning Reality

My new favorite thing to do on Saturday mornings is watch movies in bed on my computer thanks to Netflix new instant view feature.
Most of you know I LOVE documentaries, especially if they are about other parts of the world, human rights, etc. so this was the line up today...

Born into Brothels
"This Oscar-winning documentary is a portrait of several unforgettable children who live in Calcutta's red-light district, where their mothers work as prostitutes. Spurred by the kids' fascination with her camera, Zana Briski, a photographer documenting life in the brothels, decides to teach them photography. As they begin to look at and record their world through new eyes, the kids awaken to their own talents and sense of worth. " Netflix

Motherland Afganistan
"Afghani-American filmmaker Sedika Mojadidi shadows her father, a women's health specialist working to rebuild hospitals in war-torn Afghanistan, in this thought-provoking documentary filmed in the wake of the United States' invasion of the region. In a country where one in seven women dies during childbirth, many women are willing to travel for days to receive adequate care from a trained professional." Netflix

Both of them are very moving. The second one reminded me of my lost faith in our government (what else is new?). I love hearing stories of people stepping in on their own to try and help out people who may not know their rights. I know the joy, pleasure and happiness I get from doing humanitarian work - it really is better than any paycheck I have ever gotten in my life - just to know I made a difference in someone's life who does not even speak the same language as me is a feeling I cannot explain in writing (which is probably why I have yet to write about my trips to Vietnam). Both of these movies are very powerful and inspiring and I highly recommend them both. They made me miss my Momma in Vietnam. I will share the story of that sometime this week.

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