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The Story of Us with Morgan Freeman

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Insightful docu examines the ideas that bind humanity.

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This introspective series examines the fundamental ideas that define how people think about themselves and the world around them. Interviews with notable individuals like Albert Woodfox of the Angola Three, Guatemalan activist Rigoberta Menchú, former president Bill Clinton, and Pussy Riot's Nadya Tolokonnikova reveal how they make sense of these ideas within the context of their own life experiences. Adding to this are profiles of cultural traditions that offer distinct perspectives about these principles. Lesser-known individuals who are living remarkable lives, or who survived harrowing ordeals, also contribute to the discussion.

Freeman isn't a journalist, and his style of questioning can get rather personal. But his nonjudgmental, curious, and empathetic approach opens the door for much-needed conversations about human kindness, strength, and resilience. More importantly, he's able to highlight how these qualities are still succeeding at bringing people together, even when the world feels disconnected. Overall, The Story of Us with Morgan Freeman offers intelligent and penetrating "food for thought" that encourages us to think about our humanity a little differently.

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