The latest film in the Michael Apstead series that started in 1964, called 7 UP, was released. They release a film every seven years. In 1964, Apstead interviewed 7 year old kids from all walks of life, classes, etc, in the UK. And he's been doing it every seven years since. Now they are all 63. I watch them, and I go back to those particular periods in my life, or what I remember of it. It's good to see that no matter how bad it gets one year, seven years later, things are usually better. There's a member of Parliament who was homeless in the previous episode. Time does heal.
Another project that I really enjoy studying is the Dunnedin project in NZ. It has a similar concept, except that they interview every single child born in Dunnedin NZ in 1972, every year. This has given researchers very real data because they can look backwards. Instead of trying to guess how a kid is going to turn out who performed a certain way on tests, they can look at that 40 year old fuckup or entrepreneur and see what he/she was really like as a kid, and if there are traits and character issues that all the adults who are a certain way now had as kids. And they get to see what people are really like, not what they pretending to be like.
If you struggle with understanding, or are just fascinated by, the human condition, these are great programs.