Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Two documentaries: “The War on Kids” and “Marley”

The first is depressing, the second inspirational. The first will make you angry, the second will make you feel strong. They are both powerful, and they are both well worth the time.

The War on Kids (2009)

“The War on Kids is a documentary on Public Education in America. While several documentaries on schools have come out since The War on Kids, these films tend to be either propaganda for charter schools or look at symptoms without any appreciation or understanding of underlying issues. To be a great documentary, it is essential to do the necessary work and dig deeper to uncover the heart of the problems observed. The numerous failures and pathologies associated with school are predominantly due to it autocratic structure. Because no one wants to voluntarily relinquish power, this fundamental problem is never addressed or even recognized.”

Note, to get rid of the guys face in the top right corner, turn off annotations in the player.

Marley (2012)

“Bob Marley's universal appeal, impact on music history and role as a social and political prophet is both unique and unparalleled. Marley is the definitive life story of the musician, revolutionary, and legend, from his early days to his rise to international superstardom. Made with the support of the Marley family, the film features rare footage, incredible performances and revelatory interviews with the people that knew him best.”

Unfortunately embedding has been disabled on all YouTube videos that I could find so the trailer is embedded below. Full documentary is available on YouTube

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