I tell Werner Herzog jokes at parties. David Attenborough makes me swoon. I’m such a documentary nerd, I’ve gone places because of them. These 10 travel docs may compel you to do the same.
Locations: 25 countries on 6 continents including heavyweight sights like the Galapagos Islands, Angkor Wat, Jerusalem’s Western Wall, and St. Peter’s Basilica
Inspiring because: From the opening scene in which you can almost touch the steamed, matted fur on Japanese snow monkeys in their alpine bath, Baraka gives you a front-row seat to our planet’s diverse happenings. The chill of Auschwitz’s rusted chambers is palpable, as is the warmth of breaking dawn on a lone street sweeper in Durbar Square, Nepal.
There’s no narrative, only a swelling, reverent score, leaving the viewer to add her own commentary. If you’re anything like me, it may go something like… “Damnit, there are too many places I haven’t been and if I die without seeing them, I’m gonna be pissed. That’s it, I’m quitting my job.”