“love me just because I exist.”
Okay, documentaries. Pretty random stuff but still something I thought that was worth posting about. I mean I have spent the past 3 days doing nothing but watching documentaries. Yeah, that much free time? Not healthy. Turns out that if you get tired of reading the best way to learn about any event or a person’s life story? A documentary!
First I honestly thought that watching these documentaries was a waste of time. But I thought about just giving it a chance since I didn’t have anything better to do. Randomly browsing I came across ‘dark girls’. About how black woman and young girls have felt about their skin. Other people’s perspective on it and how differently they are treated and looked at because of it. They are made to feel ugly and not good enough because there are ‘different shades of black’ and most men prefer women who are lighter.
Watching this documentary? I was surprised for I thought that there wasn’t any sort of discrimination in the race itself but they discriminate one another by saying how a darker girl has more attitude then a light skin girl. And how a light skin girl has more class then a darker girl. It matters. Making young woman feel so negative about themselves, and forcing them to think that they aren’t beautiful and won’t get a man by the color of there skin. It’s wrong.
These documentaries gave me the chance to expose myself to an issue with a whole new perspective and insight. Knowledge that I didn’t have before and that showed me the significance of these documentaries and the effect it has on its audience. It was such a complicated matter and I did not even know that it existed. Being a young girl myself, I got to empathize with these girls for I understood what it was like to be stereotyped by my background, faith and features.
After watching Dark Girls I came across Love, Marilyn. I loved Marilyn and it was mostly due to the inspirational quotes on Tumblr and how young girls look up to her. She had been considered #1 sexiest woman alive with her curves back in the day (which gave great confidence to many girls). But I didn’t know anything about Marilyn. I didn’t know of her journey, her struggles and of her ambition. Not until I saw love, Marilyn and saw what a vibrant human being she was. One who was struggling with her own demons while smiling for the rest of the world. With this documentary you could see how hard she worked and pushed herself, fought for what she wanted. Lead you question what goes on in movie industry, how back then (maybe even now) young woman had to sleep with producers in order to get a part. A whole culture of filmmaking filled with contracts, deals and publicity. She was committed to it and you got to see that.
Maybe the reason as to why I find documentary’s to be more interesting must be because of the information that it showcases you through videos of back then and pictures that weren’t seen before, interviews by people who knew the person or are connected to the situation. All of it being in one package allows you to just sit back and process. Then it makes you want to research more on the subject or leads you into discovering something you didn’t know before. Like for example: I found out that Marilyn Monroe was being paid less than the other actors in 20th century fox and one of those actors were Elizabeth Taylor. (she was mentioned quiet frequently) And I found out that she had taken the project of Cleopatra. I watched the movie and became introduced to a history of the Egyptians and the Romans.
So I say give it a shot. Learn something new.
What is the purpose of documentaries?
- Documentary filmmakers attempting to change or improve society
- Entertain or delight people
- Uncover hidden truth or mystery
- Profile someone famous
- Reveal something to society
Few Documentaries I have seen
- Dark girls
- The day the 60’s died
- Michael Jackson: the life of an icon
- Love, Marilyn
- All this Mayhem