If you’re a Netflix subscriber, there are some great new options available to you.
The first is the eighth installment of Michael Apted’s “Up” series.
It started in 1964 when Apted filmed interviews with a group of 14 7-year-old British children from various backgrounds.
Every seven years, he goes back and interviews them in order to get a snapshot of their lives. Sometimes the subjects participate, and sometimes they don’t.
But the result is always fascinating.
Not familiar with the series? Catch up here.
Second is the newest film from Werner Herzog. It was co-directed with Dmitry Vasyukov.
Herzog has become more known in recent years for documentaries like “Grizzly Man” and “Cave of Forgotten Dreams” than his narrative films.
“Happy People: A Year in the Taiga” visits Bakhtia, a village of 300 people in Siberia where there is no electricity or telephones. It is only accessible by boat or helicopter.
Mostly, the film follows the routines of a small group of trappers.
For those who think South Dakota is remote and full of hardy residents, “Happy People” is an eye-opener. We’re spoiled city brats in comparison to these Siberians!
I really enjoyed dropping in on this world, and even found myself wanting to visit it.
Finally, there is “The House I Live In.”
Director Eugene Jarecki’s notable previous efforts include “The Trials of Henry Kissinger” and “Why We Fight.”
“The House I Live In” is an incredible look at America’s futile War on Drugs that even includes a visit to the Yankton Federal Prison Camp.
It’s war, and it’s not pretty.
The film’s website has this to say:
Filmed in more than twenty states, The House I Live In captures heart-wrenching stories from individuals at all levels of America’s War on Drugs. From the dealer to the grieving mother, the narcotics officer to the senator, the inmate to the federal judge, the film offers a penetrating look inside America’s longest war, offering a definitive portrait and revealing its profound human rights implications.
While recognizing the seriousness of drug abuse as a matter of public health, the film investigates the tragic errors and shortcomings that have meant it is more often treated as a matter for law enforcement, creating a vast machine that feeds largely on America’s poor, and especially on minority communities. Beyond simple misguided policy, The House I Live In examines how political and economic corruption have fueled the war for forty years, despite persistent evidence of its moral, economic, and practical failures.
Check out the film’s website here.