This week we went to a public library screening of a documentary, all music and images from around the world; people living in different ways, worshipping in different ways, some struggling to survive in a third world country, others living in first world. Very gorgeous documentary IMO. It was PG-13, which I do allow my daughter to watch if I know why it's PG-13. In this case, it was partially nudity (stuff you'd see in a National Geographic) and partially some scenes in a factory farm (the way the animals live, and being packaged for sale, didn't show any actual death). Anyway, afterwards the librarian came to us and expressed that she'd been concerned when she saw a little girl in there, and wanted to make sure she hadn't been scared or traumatized. Want to know what my daughter was scared of the most? Some twisted African trees on the plains, that had funky looking shadows in the moonlight.
We did leave before it was over but that was because she was bored at the length of it (we'd thought it was an hour long, we made it an hour and a half before we left) and I didn't want her to make a scene. Nothing scary or inappropriate was happening when we left and the librarian followed us out. I reassured her several times that we were fine with the content, our goal had been to see a variety of cultures and have to think about our own lives and blessings; mission accomplished. I did appreciate the woman's concern but I also appreciated the fact that she didn't ask my daughter to leave before it began, without ascertaining whether we knew the content or my daughter's maturity. No related bad dreams yet, and we've talked several times about whatever questions pop into her head when she thinks of something she saw in it.
I think we'll be going to documentary night more often. Last month was about bees, but we had to skip it; waiting to find out what next month's topic will be.