Videos, Movies & Documentaries You Should Watch
I AM ELIZABETH SMART
Produced by Elizabeth Smart, 2017, Prime Video. Elizabeth Smart is an incredible woman. She was kidnapped from her bedroom in her parent’s home in Salt Lake City at the age of 14 in 2002. She was held in rural Salt Lake City County & San Diego Country for nine months and raped daily. Her story is amazing.
I MARRIED THE WAR
Ken & Betty Rodgers. During the filming of “Bravo,” Ken and Betty met spouses who had lived with the impact of trauma in their homes for decades. Those encounters inspired “I Married the War” — a look inside the homes of trauma survivors and at the lives of those who loved them and stayed.
EVERYTHING YOU THINK YOU KNOW ABOUT ADDICTION IS WRONG
Johan Hari, Ted Talk, 2015, YouTube. Johan Hari’s Ted Talk is eye-opening in two different ways: first, about addiction, and second, about isolation. Hari reinforced for me what I know to be true about the role friends, mentors, and leaders can play in the lives of those who struggle in the aftermath of trauma… which so often includes isolation.
BRAVO! COMMON MEN, UNCOMMON VALOR
Produced by Ken & Betty Rodgers, 2011, Prime Video. Ken served in Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 26th Marine Regiment during the Battle of Khe Sahn – “Bravo” is the story of the Marines he served with – the documentary is virtually all interviews with them. It’s the single BEST documentary I’ve ever seen, and I watch it to the end when they talk about coming home to a nation that spits on them.
THE SOCIAL DILEMMA
Produced by Larissa Rhodes, 2020, Netflix
The documentary examines how social media’s design nurtures addiction to maximize profit and its ability to manipulate people’s views, emotions, and behavior and spread conspiracy theories and disinformation. The film also examines social media’s effect on mental health, in particular, the mental health of adolescents and rising teen suicide rates.