Finally a documentary that isn’t depressing…
As my friends and family can attest, I am an avid documentary watcher. I am that person that gets a phone call when someone wants to watch a new documentary but has no idea what is worth their time. There’s nothing I love more than curling up with a cozy blanket and a few friends and watching a documentary. It is most definitely the most fun way to discover some large trend about the world that you may not have realized before. The trouble is that documentaries bring new knowledge but leave me with a reinvigorated sense that the world is full of ineffective social structures that cause ever-intensifying hardship in our world.
So, I was both relieved and inspired when I saw I Am for the first time. It left me with a sense of true hope for us all to live in harmony with each other and the natural world. This documentary begins with one Hollywood director’s realization that he was not happy even though he had most definitely achieved the American dream. He then brings the viewers on his journey to explore two fairly broad yet important questions: What is wrong with our world and what can we do about it? And is there an endemic problem that causes all of the other problems?
This director, Tom Shadyac, dissects capitalism and western ideology as well as the narratives that permeate our culture through many genres. Authors, scientists, psychologists, and sociologist are brought in to discuss the mechanistic, competition-based system that we live in. Together, with this famous comedy director, they bring great humor and an uplifting outlook on what our future could be. They question our use of money as a barometer of happiness and provide some preliminary scientific back-up for methods of creating a bit more happiness in our world. If you are looking for a well-rounded and uplifting documentary, I Am is worth an hour and a half of your time.
You can take a sneak peek at the trailer here:
Enjoy your weekend!