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July 13, 2016 / compassioninpolitics

What are the best social justice and social change movies?

  • Stand and Deliver (Teaching/Education Reform)
  • Won’t Back Down (Teaching/Education Reform)
  • Concussion (Will Smith about the concussions problem in professional football)
  • Ghandi (non-violence)
  • Eyes on the Prize (Anything about Martin Luther King Jr–it seems more focused on bio and history than Selma does)
  • Waiting for Superman (documentary about Education Policy and Reform)

Some of these social justice films recommended by Relevant seem interesting (Hotel Rwanda, Living on a Dollar, etc..)

I would further point out that Participant Media has a number of films that fall into that category, however personally I have issues with some in how they handle the issues or portray characters. (link)

Its worth noting that some of the 30 for 30 and other ESPN documentaries may also give a partial window into that world.

Finally this Films for Action has social change documentaries here.  I’m not sure how good the filtering has been in terms of picking the best or picking content that is appropriate for the age group you might be working with, for instance high school or college students.

Also, very few of the above are appropriate for high school age kids, unfortunately.  Perhaps half–its at least something you should reflect on if that is your audience.

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