Monday, January 18, 2010

Monday is my Sunday, Tuesday is my Monday. Right?


Well, tonight marks the end of a great three-day weekend. I often struggle with trying to do too much during vacations, and on this short one I feel I really succeeded in relaxing and enjoying myself! Today was quite the quiet day at the Hampton house. Hank had to work, so I slept in late (and I mean LATE!)- I didn't wake up until a little after 10am. I eventually got up and had a super productive day. I ran around all day, checking everything off my list and then when Hank got home from work we made dinner, I baked him cookies, and we watched The Bachelor. Well, I watched it and he played online. haha.

I have a fairly low-key week ahead of me. We have half days every Wednesday it makes the work week seem even shorter. I don't have any major goals, but I would like to continue having "gym dates" with Hank every night. And as far as blogging, this week I will be announcing a great giveaway that I'm really excited about, so stay tuned!

Also, I wanted to see if any of you had any documentary suggestions. My senior class and I are beginning a documentary/discussion unit and I'd love any ideas for classroom appropriate viewing. So far we've watched "The Invisible Children" and I think I'm going to show "Food Inc." later this week! I'd love suggestions so feel free to comment below!

Short post, but I wanted to wish everyone a happy week if tomorrow is your "Monday." Goodnight!



  1. "Born into Brothels" is an amazing documentary about a photographer who teaches photography to children whom are being raised in the red light district. The children take a love for photography and have their photographs auctioned off to give money to these children for an future education.

    Its a really great film and its extremely inspiring!
    you can watch the trailer on youtube.

  2. I'm sure you've heard of it a thousand times, but Frontline's "A Class Divided" is amazing. It's the brown eye/blue eye experiment done by Jane Elliot to teach her students about racism. It definitely would be perfect since today was Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and it was done for the first time the day after he was assassinated. So moving.

    Hope this was helpful!

  3. I second the "Born into Brothels" comment and would like to add "War Photographer" to that. It is extremely eye-opening and I immediately ran out and purchased it after being introduced to it in a class at university.

  4. "Bloods and Crips: made in america" a film by stacey peralta it is very good super interesting.
    "Devils Playground", its about when Amish kids kids turn 16 and have the option to leave the tribe.
    "Paper Heart" with Michel Cera so cute, fun.
    "tibet:Cry of the snow lion" about the tibetan genocide, so sad, makes you aware of the situation.

  5. Today I watched the documentary "Ghetto Ballet," about the first ballet program for blacks in South Africa. It's a little over 1/2 hour, and I found it to be a really inspiring watch.

  6. I love lazy weekends!

    I took a introductory documentary class last semester and I was introduced to Frederick Wiseman. His documentaries center on the idea of how democratic institutions are actually the places that have the least freedom. His earlier films are in black and white, but his later ones (and there are many) are in colour! There's one on welfare that would be SUPER interesting!

    Werner Herzog has a documentary out called man. It is about a man who basically spent a large portion trying to befriend these large animals but ending up being killed.

    There are so many wonderful documentaries out there though! I'm sure it will be a great unit :)

  7. I agree "war photographer" was amazing and touching. There are so many good ones out there it's hard to pick! I have a list of the ones I've watched here (for the documetary lovers) -- two others would be "Grizzly Man" or "King of Kong: Fistful of Quarters" were good too.

  8. wow, I meant to say "Grizzly Man" and not just man! Sorry!

  9. i just watched food inc, such a good movie! i also love "god grew tired of us" about the lost boys of Sudan both before and after their integration into American society. i third the suggestion for "orn into brothels" too :) good luck!

  10. I third(?) "Born into Brothels". I'd also recommend "Super Size Me", "King Corn", and "Word Wars". And of course any Michael Moore. We did a unit over his work when I was in high school and it was great to hear everyone's opinions on how much truth is in what Moore is telling you.

  11. If you are looking for a different type of documentary I'd try Monster Camp ( Otis about people who are really into fantasy gaming such as Dungeons and Dragons and World of War Craft that go to a weekend retreat each month dressed and in the character of a particular monster or hero. Yes, it is funny, but no, the documentary is not made to poke fun at these people. I was very entertained and it gave me more of an insight into a lifestyle that I cannot comprehend.

  12. As a web designer, Helvetica is one of my favorite documentaries. It's not just for nerds either, I think your class will enjoy the history and current popularity of it as well :)

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  14. You should check out "Man on Wire". It's gotten great reviews.

  15. "God Grew Tired of Us" - is really really good. it's about the Lost Boys of Sudan and follows a few of the boys over a period of time from a refugee camp to adapting to new life in the United States. A few of the boys speak very eloquently in it.

    "Born into Brothels" is AMAZING.

    "Dying to tell the Story" about the photographer Dan Eldon who was killed in Somolia in the early '90's when he was in his early 20's. He kept some PHENOMENAL journals of his photography/artwork. This one's not out of dvd as far as I know and could be hard to find.

    "Christian the Lion" (some video clips can be found on youtube). a truly AMAZING story from the late 1960's about two young british men who buy a lion cub at harrods dept store and raise it in london - later taking it to Kenya and teaching it to live in the wild. this one is a must watch as it has unbelievable footage of man interacting with lions in the wild.

    "King of Kong" is very fun - it's about a guy challenging the Donkey Kong record holder.

    "Confessions of a Super Hero" really interesting - it follows 4 people who dress up as super heros and work on hollywood blvd.

    "From Dust to Glory" - about off road racing/the Baja 1000 but has really phenomenal personal stories about adventure, dedication, endurance, and making a difference.

    "Ken Burns - The National Parks" - just finished this one and it's an AMAZING history of the National Parks in the United States. A lot of info that most people don't know in this one, but it is a very long series. This one has me very inspired to go into the great outdoors every time I finish an episode.

    Hope that helps!

  16. Ok well this isn't a documentary but it's a great film, and whenever you have the chance to show it I think it would be great, it's called "Iron Jawed Angels" and it's about the trials and tribulations that went through during the women's suffrage movement =]

    Oh! and "God grew tired of us" is a very good film as well, it slightly goes along the lines of invisible children..

  17. "Out Fox-ed"
    "Forgiving Dr. Mengele" (holocaust victim's story)
    "The Listening Project" (opinions about the U.S from around the world)
    "Decisions That Shook the World"
    "Dear Zachary" (Very sad, very good)
    "The Devil Came Horseback" (About Darfur)
    Can you show a scary religious one like "Fall From Grace"??
    OK that's all. Love you.

  18. I'm not sure what would be considered inappropriate or not, so I'll just list a few of my favourites (please note, a lot of them are war related):

    Born into Brothels

    Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room

    Shark Water - About shark finning and the effect it's having on the ocean's ecosystems as well as the planet as a whole. It turns into a much bigger thing than the guy was anticipating - they were arrested and got in SERIOUS trouble for trying to expose this hugely corrupt trade system happening.

    The Cove

    Jesus Camp

    The Devil and Daniel Johnston

    King of Kong - though, I'm not sure what you could discuss, haha. How awesome Steve is at drums and Donkey Kong, sure.

    Taxi to the Darkside and Gunner's Palace are great, but I don't know how appropriate they'd be?

    The Fog of War

    Ken Burns - The War (of course!)

    Paragraph 175 - "Paragraph 175 tells of a gap in the historical record and reveals the lasting consequences, as told through personal stories of gay men and women who lived through it, including: Karl Gorath; Gad Beck, the half-Jewish resistance fighter who spent the war helping refugees escape Berlin; Annette Eick, the Jewish lesbian who escaped to England with the help of a woman she loved; Albrecht Becker, German Christian photographer, who was arrested and imprisoned for homosexuality, then joined the army on his release because he "wanted to be with men"; Pierre Seel, the French Alsatian teenager, who watched as his lover was eaten alive by dogs in the camps."

    There's always a list here (many of them probably more suited to classroom discussion):

  19. "dear zachary" is such a wonderful documentary, although completely heartwrenching. you may need to keep a few boxes of tissues handy if you use this one.
    it's very hard to describe this without feeling like i'm giving too much away...but you need to see it, whether you choose it for the classroom or not.

    "darius goes west." i haven't seen this one, but i just read about it in a book. it's about a boy with muscular dystrophy who goes on a road trip with his best friends. it's about REALLY living. it sounds completely beautiful.

  20. I add to the votes for "Born into Brothels" and "Jesus Camp." Also, "Paper Heart" with Michael Cera and Charlene Wu was really amazing. The different view points of love given are hilarious and sometimes a bit sad. Real, to say the least. And Micheal Cera...well he's just hilarious. haha!

  21. I second the comment about A Class Divided.
    Some others would be:
    Shake Hands With The Devil-it is about the Rwandan genocide.
    Any episodes of the This American Life tv show, they range in topic but are all interesting and shorter so you can watch a few in a class period.

  22. Born into Brothels is my vote, if we're going by votes at this point.

    If you're showing Food, Inc., I'd skip over Super-Size Me, although I'm sure your kids would love it. Watching Born into Brothels would keep some variety in the documentary mix.

    However, Jesus Camp is another great choice if you can get the version with the kids having a dialogue at the end. It'd be neat for your class to have discussion groups, and then watch portions of the teenagers responding and seeing how opinions agreed or differed. I always like giving kids the chance to think critically about faith and religion.

    What a fun job you have.

  23. The Cove is a great documentary, although kind of hard to watch.

    I have yet to see Food Inc. but I've heard good things!

  24. if you can prepare yourself for tears...dear zachary is an amazing documentary. it is educational on the court system & children health services, it has a twisting "plot", & extremely moving.

  25. Man on a Wire was pretty darn interesting and I am fairly sure it is appropriate...

  26. I just watched It Might 'Get Loud"s it was amazing! It's a documentary on the the electric guitar from the point of view of Jack White, Jimmy Page, and the Edge.

    It wasn't anything that would be bad for kids, it even has a little kid the Jack White is teaching about music. It talks about passion and how they all came from nowhere. it could be inspiring, and they might really enjoy it!

  27. Invisible Children is awesome :) so glad you're allowing your class to view some global crisis and make them aware of the rest of the world!

  28. I just wanted to first say hello! I've been reading your blog for a few weeks now.

    Second , Flow is a great documentary about water in America. i used to work at a very small movie theater and we showed many movies like that. If i think of any more i'll be sure to comment again.


  29. I wanted to share a pic I found on

    sorry this is nothing about your documentary for class but I thought you would like the pic. Good luck on finding a documentary.

  30. I personally like "super size me"-classic one to show in school, "the botany of desire"-this just came out so most probably have not seen it before does talk about weed so you should watch it first, "maxed out"-about our countrys credit this was made before our collapse, "expelled"-this is a really good one it talks about why only evolution is taught by ben stein, "american teen"-about teens :) and "the business of being born"-very informative but im pretty sure they wont like it there are birth and breast visuals but you would probably like it.

    I would not suggest "jesus camp" for high schoolers because it is a bit too one-sided, now i definitely don't agree with penecostals and this a good portrayal of what they believe. However the documentary shows it more as all Christians are like that.

  31. Word Wars, Trekkies, King of Kong are on the fun side of the documentary that our some of our favorites.

    Confessions of a Super Hero - good

    Born into Brothels - AMAZING

    Jesus Camp - good and disturbing

  32. i am a new reader, but I wanted to put my two cents in about the documentaries...
    born into brothels and jesus camp are both awesome documentaries. i would assume though that the school might have a problem with jesus camp though. i don't think anyone mentioned dark days by marc singer, i'm not sure it's totally appropriate but maybe worth looking into (

  33. Man On Wire! I just watched it this morning actually (sick day). It was a really well done documentary with great editing and storytelling. It's a fairly simple story, the end is obvious from the beginning, but the documentary still maintains interest and even suspense. Also, I felt especially inspired to do something great, or at least work harder to achieve my own perhaps less great goals after watching this documentary.

    Another favorite is "King of Kong: Fistful of Dollars." It's about two guys competing for the Donkey Kong video game record. There are twists and turns and it's a goofy subject, but beautifully done. I've heard rumors that the documentary may have missed some key facts in the true stories, but I never did the fact checking.

    Last, but certainly not least, is "Deep Water." It's about an ordinary man who had a dream of sailing around the world...without any experience or expertise. It's an incredible David & Goliath story, though it doesn't necessarily end in the tradition D&G fashion. I saw it in a small independent theatre in my town two or three years ago and never heard anything about it since, but still remember it as one of the best documentaries I have ever seen.

    Good luck! & enjoy!

  34. i have two suggestions:
    "Dear Zachary"
    "Young @ Heart"

    As others have said, Dear Zachary is completely heart wrenching.

    Young @ Heart is, as well, but it's not as depressing as the other.

  35. When the levy's broke is fantastic!

  36. You should really try Young@Heart. Its an amazing documentary about an elderly chorus..not one member under the age of 70 I believe. Its sweet, endearing, and hilarious. I always think its great to see people having fun at any age. The best part is that they sing all contemporary songs...even The Clash :). Its very touching too. I LOVE it.

  37. "dear zachary" is terribly sad, but so worth watching. it's actually a case/story from my hometown, so it was interesting to watch but i am more familiar with the details. an earlier commenter was right when she wrote that it's hard to describe without giving away too much. it started out as a project to make a film for a young boy about his father who had been murdered (and the accused was his mother). google shirley/zachary turner if you want to find out more.

    i've heard that "the business of being born" is a really interesting look at midwifery/home births and the medicalization of pregnancy/childbearing! if not appropriate for your class, an interesting watch for sure.

  38. Hello!

    If any of your students are interested in design I would recommend Helvetica (graphic design specific!) and Objectified. I enjoyed both of them (I am a graphic design major/photography)


  39. If you like Food Inc., check out The Corporation.
    We watched it in my English class last year, and oh man. That one changes the way you see everything.

  40. I loved Food Inc. and Born into Brothels. I would add Grey Gardens...but it is not very controversial...Also not appropriate but the hands down best doc is SurfWise...about a family with 9 children who grow up in a RV Surfing with their parents. But if you have a spare moment you should defiantly watch it.

  41. I'm one of your new readers, love your blog! "Who Killed the Electric Car?" is amazing. Electric cars were on the road in California - the story about why they aren't anymore is insane!
    "Dogtown and Z-boys"(the documentary version) is the story of how skateboarding came to be. So good!
    I'm following a few teacher bloggers and it's making me think about teacher's college :)

  42. Over the holidays, my brother introduced me to the documentary called the Yes Men (actually there are a few about them), which was really interesting. Might be a fun and thought-provoking discussion for your students.

  43. "Born Into Brothels" or any documentary on the growing and prevalent problem of human trafficking and modern slavery today would be amazing to show students -- many are unaware of the true presence slavery holds in today's society, but it is plaguing our nation just as it is the world. It's amazing to see how students -- especially high school students are inspired and changed when learning about the travesties in this world. I believe that young people are the ones who continually make a difference and strive to make changes that the older generations think are too vast. I would love to see what your students -- and just people in general -- do to change the world in the way that I have witnessed a few in my life change my city in their involvement in the anti-slavery campaigns. It all starts with being educated!

  44. Long time reader, first time commenter haha

    The Up series - either the original UK series or the American one is also fantastic

  45. I would recommend "Prom Night in Mississippi". I saw it at the Cleveland International Film Fest last year and it is really enlightening. It is about a town in Mississippi that still has segregated proms. Great to look at race dynamics.

  46. ha! 'King of Kong' is good. I also recommend 'helvetica' 'The garden' is pretty good. It's about the struggle of some immigrants to keep an urban garden. I didn't realize until the end that I pass by where it was everyday on the way to school and thought that they should build one there only to find out there was one there previously.Another one i believe is called 'ringers' about JRR Tolkiens 'the lord of the rings' fans. "food inc.' actually turned me into a vegetarian and I started shopping locally at farmer's markets...

  47. The Bridge. Desperately sad, dealing with suicide but wonderfully shot and just beautiful, intelligently deals with the families left behind and the life's they lead. Also American Teen, which for someone from England was pretty interesting.

  48. A little late on this but, if you can handle the early 90s look of it, Dialogues With Mad Women is a pretty decent documentary dealing Dissociative Identity Disorder as well.

  49. oops, I mean to say- as well as other mental diseases.