Rock the Documentary


Admit it:  Sometimes it is nice to just kick back and get lost in the wonderful world of entertainment on the movie screen.  However, there is only so much mindless entertainment that truly satisfies.  But never fear, movie buffs, thanks to a slew of fascinating new documentaries, films with substance and style are no longer a rarity.

It’s been said that reality is even stranger than fiction.  And considering how largely unimaginative most major box office fare has been lately (sequels and superheros, anyone?), it’s always good knowing there are more compelling options with storylines that really matter available for your viewing pleasure.

If you are new to the documentary genre, it can be difficult separating the gems from the duds.  To help out, here are six documentaries that will not only rock your world, but fascinate you in the process.

Freedom Fighter

freedom fighterA beautiful story of faith in action, the award-winning Freedom Fighter documents the selfless work of a human rights activist named El Shafie.  In his travels to Afghanistan and Pakistan, he reaches out to people who’ve been persecuted for their religious beliefs and is a powerful voice for change.


While Chimpanzeeprovides plenty of opportunities to ooh and aah atchimpanzee the sheer cuteness of the chimp, there’s a more substantial journey of survival that can’t help but capture your heart.  When a young chimp named Oscar is forced to navigate the jungle alone after the rest of his family abruptly leaves, an unexpected ally steps in and forever changes his life.


180Described as an absolute game changer, 180is a bold statement against moral apathy around the issue of abortion.  Filled with gritty, haunting images and compelling arguments that can’t help but make anyone think about the issue in a new way, the film shows how little time it can take to make a serious difference.


undefeatedWhether you’re a sports fan or someone who thinks football is about as exciting as watching ice thaw, Undefeated is a movie where the ol’ pigskin is really a minor character.  Set in the rough inner city of Memphis, Undefeated tells the story of how the efforts of one caring coach forever transforms the lives of students who don’t have real bright futures.

Beware of Christians

beware of christiansWhat does it really mean to be a follower of Jesus?  That’s precisely what four college students seek to discover as they venture out from their normal American college lives.  In fact, as this foursome leaves the comfy confines of home and ventures out into the great unknown of Europe, countless comedies of errors and run-ins with people unlike them forever shape their personal faith.

Hope Now For Youth

hope now for youthGangs have been a problem in the United States and beyond for a while now.  But how can we break this dangerous cycle and prevent future gangs from assembling?  That’s been the mission of Hope Now, a group that helps rescue young men caught up in this dangerous world.  And now with Hope Now for Youth, everyone gets a ringside seat to lives that have changed because people were willing to step up and help.


About wmarsau

Most of the people who visit this blog already know me so it is kind of pointless to try to describe my life in this short little blurb. What is the purpose of this blog is the question. Over the course of this last year I have been exposed to some amazing people and have made personal development an important focus of my life. Being successful, not by the world's standards, but by God's has become my main focus. Mainly, I want to work to develop myself as a person who is kinder, reaches out to help those in need, and truly makes a difference in this world. To this end I am constantly reading and am exposed to so many differnet things along the way. These have been amazing and it is helping me grow so much. Then I started to think, "Why am I being so selfish?" You need to share with others these amazing things you are learning and being exposed to. That is where this blog comes into play. As I am reading and experiencing things that are truly amazing and life changing, I will be posting them on this blog. Obviously, I will not be able to post everything in it's entirity, but I will be summarizing them and letting you know the source of the article or book they come from so you can check them out later if you wish. I want this blog to be a place where you can go to often and be inspired and leave here with a smile on your face. I will be covering all kinds of different topics dealing with success and personal development. Topics like taking action, relationships, living to your potential, reinventing yourself, finances, leadership, presenting, goal setting, time management, etc. I will also be occasionally including topics on cooking, music, and gardening because they are special interests of mine. As a little disclaimer, I have given my life to the Lord and he is #1 in my life. I am his servant and everything I do in life is for his glory. With that being said, religion influences all areas of my life. There will be references to God in this blog because I can't seperate God from this or any other area of my life. I want you to know that if you do not believe in God, that is fine. That is your choice. This blog is open to anyone who wants to better their life. I will not be trying to influence or pressure anyone into having a relationship with the Lord from this site. Please don't feel uncomfortable. You can just read the portions of the blog that you wish to. I am inviting you to go on a journey with me. We will learn together to be the kind of people we were designed to be. Anyone can make a difference in this world, but it starts%
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