In more recent years, as recent as 3 or 4, I've learned an innumerable amount of things. More than I ever did in all my years of school. Mostly through life experiences, re-parenting myself, and self educating. So when I heard about this new documentary, SAMSARA, I was immediately drawn to it. Did you watch the trailer yet? Watch the trailer.
Oooooh my gosh, you guys! RUN. Don't walk.
This film takes you to 25 countries - most of which you learned about in your history textbooks. There are no words; neither written nor audible, leaving you to interpret every shot on your own. For me, it answered a lot of questions I'd had about parts of the world. Things like, "is child labor really a thing in China?" or "Would it be weird for someone who lives in a rural village in Namibia to adapt to living in a place like Los Angeles?" It also gave me a sudden itch to travel, and see the world. (I'm working on that. I'm)
Without giving anything away, I will say that what I really got present to was the fact that I am such a small part of this huge, magnificent world. I saw myself in a lot of the people filmed. Further drilling the point home that we are all one. Not only were the images powerful and moving, the image quality was the best I've seen. There was one point where we went through the Grand Canyon, and you could literally see the grains of the stones. It was truly breathtaking. There was beauty everywhere, even in the ugly. But as we know, "beauty" and "ugly" are left to one's own interpretation.
DISCLAIMER: There is ONE part that is just flat out...WEIRD! You'll know when you get there. I don't understand where the scene came from, and I almost feel like it could have been meant for another film?? It just doesn't fit with the rest of the "story".
Anyway, while I continue to revel in the awesomeness this is SAMSARA, find out where it's playing by you and go see it!