This weekend we ended up watching two documentaries that cover the beginning and the end of life.
First was Young at Heart which is one of the best things I have watched in a long time. To see a 92 year old woman belt out "Should I Stay Or Should I Go?" by The Clash was beyond words. This group of senior citizens stay young and sharp by belonging to the Young at Heart Chorus. They have performed all over the world which I think is amazing. As he viewer you get to see the rehearsals and how the songs get picked, the building of their friendships and even have to go through loss of two of the chorus members. Make sure you have a box of tissues because you will laugh and cry through the whole movie. I am hoping we can see this chorus perform in the near future.
On a close friend's recommendation, we watched the documentary Babies. 4 children from USA, Mongolia, Japan and Namibia are followed for a year. How all these kids play and interact with their surroundings is fascinating. There are many similarities, but one thing that is for sure, is how the US and Japanese babies have more 'stuff' and you see it is not really necessary. I also really liked that there was no dialogue used. One of my favorite scenes is watching Mari in Tokyo learning how to put a stick in a hole. She get it right the first time, then when she fails to do it a second time, she has a tantrum. It was funny to watch because it was not a long drawn out tantrum. She would calm down, try something else and then if she got frustrated with the task at hand, fall back, lift her legs and let them drop.
The other interesting thing was watching animals from goats to cows, to cats to dogs, interact with the children. Animals have an amazing tolerance level, especially the dogs and cats, and that was fun to see. The little boy in Mongolia pet his cat so hard, but the cat just laid there, happy and purring. Life is good.
Try and see these two wonderful examples of life captured on film. You will really enjoy them.