In the past year or so, there have been a few documentaries that I’ve seen that were both informative, gripping, and slightly scary. That’s how I like my facts; engaging, but unsettling. Anyway, I figure it’s as good a time as any to give a quick rundown of them, so that you, too, can be terrified by facts. Facts are the scariest of information pieces.
This is probably the scariest of the bunch, but it’s also the most unbelievable. It’s Michael Ruppert, an investigative journalist (and has been for a few decades), and a camera. That’s it. It’s just him laying out, in no uncertain terms, that the world as we know it has an expiration date, and it’s not all that far from going off. He’s so measured, and so compelling in his arguments, that it’s hard not to rush out the second it’s finished to a) build a bunker in your garden b) buy all the canned goods that you can find and c) seeds. Turn into a bird, and hoard yourself some seeds.
He touches on Oil, government, and all sorts of other borderline conspiracy theories, and it’s pretty easy to write him off as some nut, but when you look at his credentials, and you actually think about his arguments… it’s not quite convincing, but it’s hard not to think that this is just because you’re in denial, and that this is a truth so distressing and terrifying that your brain just isn’t allowing it to become a possibility. I guess time will tell, but this documentary is easily scarier than any horror film I’ve seen.
Once again, seeds play a prominent role. Did you know that genetically modified seeds are basically forcing organic seeds off the market in America? And these GM seeds can’t be fertilised, meaning you have to buy new seeds, every year, from the same company? Genius, I know. Unscrupulous, I know. Immoral, I know. That’s just one of the pretty heavy topics Food Inc tackles, along with E.Coli, ‘stumping’ chickens, and all sorts of things that you really didn’t want to know about, and really put you off going anywhere near those Golden Arches again. Again, it focuses on America, but then, America is fascinating and worth having a good hard look at, anyway.
The other two are macro documentaries. They’re about huge issues that effect nations. This isn’t. This is about the friend of the documentary maker, and the absolutely awful events that happened to a genuinely lovely person. It’s one of those train wreck stories, where everything that can go wrong does go wrong, and you know what? It didn’t have to. The state fucked up, in a massive way, and now people’s lives have been changed for the worse. Just watch it, the story is well told, and the whole thing is heartbreaking, but it’s a story that should be shared, I guess.
This is the one I’ve seen most recently, and so the RAW FACTS are still pretty fresh in my head. And there are so many of them, that piss me off so much. It’s about the American Education system, and the quagmire of bureaucracy that stalls and falters any attempts at reform, forcing the kids to suffer when the fault is with incompetent teachers, fragmented curriculums and the state basically giving up on education, in a big way. Change is abhorred, genuinely smart, successful programs ignored, and the whole thing is incredibly frustrating to watch, let alone be a part of. I’m not sure how much of it translates to Britain, but I’m sure a good chunk of it is at least relevant. And, I’m sure, it’s going to get ignored, because who gives a fuck about the kids, right?