Student Life

Pressing matters take the form of Netflix documentaries

Whether it’s through procrastinating or enjoying the comfort and ease of the upcoming Christmas break, there are an increasing number of documentaries on Netflix that explore some of the most pressing matters of our time.  As current students grow older, it’s becoming more important to be aware of the surroundings and the world around us.  These documentaries help to unveil current issues that can no longer be ignored.

Blackfish

This documentary unveils the true nature of SeaWorld.  While many find the tricks and talents of the killer whales majestic, this documentary proves the inner workings to be nearly the opposite.  The film takes a closer look into the tragedies of the trainers, the treatment of the whales, and the future of the park, which is in the hands of viewers.

Food Inc.

For those who don’t know much about the source of their food they or their parents buy from the grocery store, this film is the one to watch.  Whether you’re a carnivore, omnivore, vegetarian, or vegan, this documentary unveils the path your food takes, which is often led to be seen as brighter and healthier than it is.

Bully

For those who have experienced bullying firsthand, are a bully themselves, or simply a witness to a too common crime, this documentary is the one to watch next.  The film focuses on the life of a child in middle school and the daily torture he faces from school bullies. By watching this and becoming aware of just how much worse the teasing has gotten through technology and the lack of an escape, we can get closer to the destruction of bullying.

Half the Sky

This documentary focuses on the lives of women and the struggles they face living in various developing countries as well as in the United States.  Several celebrities, such as Olivia Wilde, America Ferrera, Meg Ryan, and Eva Mendes work alongside the women throughout their daily lives by supporting and inspiring them, resulting in a clearer view of how drastically different women are treated in other societies and what can be done to begin to help them.  To become more aware of what can be done to achieve equality, this film should be placed on the ‘must watch’ list.

 

About Hannah Van Zant

Senior Hannah Van Zant is an Advanced Journalism student and staff reporter. In her free time you can either find her outside riding her mule, watching the DIY channel, or pretending to be good at playing guitar.

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Theology teacher Teresa Davis' E Bell Comparative World Religions' class celebrates the traditional Indian holiday of Holi on May 15. Students paid $2.50 each to participate, throwing the colors on the practice field in Paradise.

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