5 Films For People Who Care

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I think one of the most powerful forms of self-study is through documentaries. In my weekly newsletter I share with my readers what I’m watching, reading, and listening to. If you are someone who cares deeply about humanity, these are five films you don’t want to miss. 

Time: The Kalief Browder Story

Netflix 6-Part mini-series | Produced by Jennifer Furst and Jay Z

This is a heartbreaking story, but it’s probably the most important films to watch on this list, especially if you are someone who doesn’t fully recognize your privilege and doesn’t know much about the experiences of black men and the prison system.

This is the devestating story of a 16-year-old boy who was accused of stealing a backpack and spent three years in federal prison without a conviction. Two of those years were spent in solitary confinement on Riker’s Island (the most violent prison in the country), and Kalief was repeatedly abused by guards and other inmates while guards watched and did nothing.

 

13th

Netflix | Directed by Ava DuVernay

Similar to Michelle Alexander’s essential book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, the award winning film, 13th, shows us the history of African Americans from the 13th Amendment to present day.

If you lack an understanding of #BlackLifeMatters or are someone who is prone to spout that #AllLivesMatter, this film will help you what you were never taught in school or society—the truth about America’s systemic racism.

 

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In theaters | From Betsy West and Julie Cohen

I was feeling a little low a few weeks ago and decided to get a hit of inspiration by popping into the theater to see RBG, a film about the life and legacy of old Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg. I drove home with a newfound appreciation for being a woman and inspired to do even greater things with my life. 

If you are a woman in America, RBG is responsible for most of the rights you now have. This film is an inspirational and educational look at a woman who, at the age of 84, has become a pop culture icon.

 

The Death & Life of Marsha P. Johnson

Netflix | Directed by David France

Dubbed the Rosa Parks of the LGBT movement, Marsha P. Johnson was a self-described “street queen” living in New York City in the 1960s.

Her body was found in the Hudson River in 1992. Though many people believe she was murdered, the police called it a suicide and never investigated her death.

Full of videos from the origins of the gay rights movement, this film is a portal into the lives of “Street Queens” in the sixties and gives us insight into the long history of abuses the LGBTQ community has faced. You may not hear about it in the news often, but the lives of trans people are very much at risk.

 

Audrie & Daisy

Netflix | Produced by‎: ‎Richard Berge; Sara Dosa

A heartbreaking film about two young girls, Audrie and Daisy, who were sexually assaulted by boys they believed were their friends. Both crimes were documented on cell phones, and the boys used them to gloat to their peers.

This film, pre #Metoo movement, illustrates the ways girls and women are devalued and disbelieved in American culture and boys and men are put on pedestals and assumed to do no wrong. Audrie and Daisy were from two different communities with very similar stories. Their lives are tragically, forever changed.



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