I’ve been passionate about social justice issues since I was a teenager, and I’ve also had a long-standing love affair with the documentary genre of film. So it’s no surprise that when a documentary turns the lens on social justice issues, I’m intrigued. I would even credit some documentary films for providing me with an education on many issues that I was ignorant to previously.
The following are some of my favorite documentaries that cover a wide range of social justice and global issues.
This documentary is a brutal look into what happens when orphans in Eastern Europe age out of the system or run away from institutions. It provides a startling context to the orphan crisis and the fate of children who do not get adopted.
If you've seen Invisible Children, then you know about the plight of the Ugandan children in the face of Kony's terror. This story follows a group of children from the Acholi tribe who try to move forward through dance.
This movie details the shocking turn of events that led to the downfall of the electric car via the big automotive companies. It's a sad but true revelation about how corporations can impede environmental progress.
This is a must-see for every single person who calls earth home. It's a wake-up call to what our practices are doing to our planet, and how we need to change to make sure our children grow up in a safe place to live.
This documentary follows three "Lost Boys" from the Sudan who are forced to leave their homeland due to a tumultuous civil war. The film chronicles their triumph over adversities and a relocation to America, where the Lost Boys build active and fulfilling new lives but remain deeply committed to helping friends and family they have left behind.
This documentary takes an unflinching look at the health care industry in America. Stocked with research and staggering statistics, it is a compelling look at how our country compares to others, and the consequences for those who get sick in our current system.
How about you? What are some of your favorite documentaries?