I love watching documentaries. Sit me down in front of an HBO documentary or one that comes highly recommended, and I’ll be glued to the television and then frantically googling information afterward — I go down the rabbit hole for hours, even days, researching and learning more.
One such documentary that continually popped up on my Facebook feed this year, was “Where to Invade Next,” by Michael Moore. I have seen a few of Michael Moore’s previous documentaries, and although a controversial figure, I enjoy his slightly dry humor. The premise of this film was a quest to find how other countries are excelling in areas where the United States is failing. He profiled the school system in Finland, the prison system in Norway, and the debt-free education system in Slovenia. What struck me the most is when the film took a detour to Iceland and profiled their stance on gender equality and women’s rights. I was shocked to learn the first democratically elected female president in the world was from Iceland! Her name is Vigdis Finnbogadóttir, and she’s a divorced, single mother, who ran for president of Iceland and shocked the world when she won.