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101 min · Watch the exclusive worldwide premiere of the Origins film from November 13th - November 22nd. This is a movie about how we have left the natural connection to the planet. The movie investigates how this has happened, the incredible amounts of pollutants that we are exposed...
13 min · The third video in The #GlobalPOV Project series is an exploration of the poverty business. The poor pay more for everything, and such transactions are highly profitable for those selling goods and services to the poor. Profits are made on the labor of the poor, the...
8 min · The next stop is New York City, where they meet Jess Matthews, the inventor of the Soccket Ball, a soccer ball that charges electricity and has been championed by Bill Clinton. They take the ball through the city, playing through the streets of the Big Apple, charging up the...
6 min · Hidden Harvest Ottawa co-founder Katrina Siks explains how her organisation works in Canada's capital city to exploit the underutilized resource offered by fruit and nut trees in private and public spaces.
3 min · On September 18th, 2001, President Bush and Congress signed into law the AUMF. This authorized the President to “use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist...
14 min · Russell Brand talks to Guardian columnist Owen Jones about capitalism, democracy and his new book Revolution. He says revolution isn't just possible, but inevitable. Brand was speaking at a Guardian Live event at the Emmanuel Centre in London in October. The event, run in...
30 min · Meet powerhouse artist/activist Favianna Rodgriguez -- a leading voice in the movement of artists raising awareness about U.S. immigration issues. Favianna is a co-founder of both Presente.org and Culture Strike, two groups pushing back against the wave of anti-immigrant...
4 min · There’s community in anonymity. And for activists around the world, the iconic Guy Fawkes mask has become a symbol of that community. “The mask is an identifier of like-minded people,” said one Anonymous activist who participated in last week’s Million Mask March in Londo
3 min · Failing to provide sick prisoners with needed care turns out to be pretty good for Corizon's profits. This video is part of the Prison Profiteers series produced by Brave New Foundation's Beyond Bars campaign in partnership with the ACLU and The Nation. Narration by Henry...
5 min · In 1996, at the hight of the protests against the building of the Newbury bypass road, this short film captures the magical moment when wild horses arrive on the site during the felling of ancient oak trees.
15 min · In 2011, Tony Cruz, Co-Founder of Do-Gooder and Amnesty International Shareholder Activist traveled to Ecuador to view the devastation left behind by oil companies.
2 min · Did the brainiac space man played by Matthew Mcconaughey ever stop to consider the possibility that continuing to rely on massive homogeneous corn fields was driving the death of the planet? No, no he did not. This parody video isn't directly related to the movie, but it...
12 min · Public spaces in city centres are increasingly being turned into private estates, with their own security forces who get to decide who can be there and what they can do. Since their aim is primarily to create footfall for the retail outlets that provide a huge chunk of their...
5 min · Abby Martin reflects on the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and how this event serves as a reminder of the walls around the world that still cruelly divide populations. 
15 min · State lotteries claim to be good for education and the general wellbeing of citizens. But are they? (Spoiler alert: No.) Connect with Last Week Tonight online...
7 min · Uplifting and inspritational music video from Nahko and Medicine for the People, taken from their album Black as Night. Features footage of the band on the road and the activists and musicians they collaborated with along the way. Themed around homemade signs reading "I...
14 min · Abby Martin interviews, Mickey Huff, Director of Project Censored, about some of the top 25 censored stories of 2014, covering everything from the lack of police brutality statistics to the impact of ocean acidification. 
7 min · In a country where some 20,000 people are currently missing, the disappearance of 43 students has struck a nerve in Mexico like few other crimes in recent history. Daily protests are pressuring the government to find the missing students and end the kind of systematic...
18 min · While midterm coverage is largely focused on the parts of Congress that do very little, vital (and bizarre) midterm elections are going unexamined. State legislators pass a lot of bills, and some of that efficiency is thanks to a group called ALEC that writes legislation for...
10 min · Do you despair for the world? Does it seem like human nature will doom our society to violence and war without end? Take heart! This 10-minute video will give you hope.   Watch the full documentary this clip is taken from here. 
9 min · In Detroit the guys face a more serious challenge. They meet Jackie Zimmerman, creator of Girls With Guts, a support group for young women with IBD and Crohn's Disease. She has more guts than anyone they have met, and the one thing she has always wanted was the guts to...
3 min · Sometimes Cops Find Your Stolen Car. Sometimes Cops Stole It.  Police officers are forcing people to choose between time behind bars or turning over their money and property -- all without ever making an arrest.
20 min · This film covers cutting-edge perspectives in the areas of child development, education, sustainability, cultural change, and economics. It was produced for the 11th International Conference on Behavior Studies, November 2014. http://www.iescum.org/doceboCms/  
3 min · "In three generations, India has systematically targeted and annihilated more than 50 million women from its population – a number which constitutes the sum total of the populations of Sweden, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium and Portugal put together (Banerji, Female Genocide)...
3 min · What happens when a bunch of white guys decide to break their buddy out of a cop car? When you are armed with white privilege you can accomplish a lot.
4 min · 'NOT IN OUR NAME' is a short documentary montage of the March In March in Melbourne, Australia on the 16th of March 2014. Three days of peaceful assemblies, non-partisan citizens' marches and rallies at Federal Parliament and around Australia to protest against government...
8 min · The team hits Madison, WI and meets Chris Meyer, creator of Hackerspace Sector 67. It's a co-working community of inventors, tinkerers, hackers...nerds. They embrace the guys and set the challenge of the week: a science fair! They split into teams and spend the next 48 hours...
10 min · Over the past four years, the Unist'ot'en clan of the Wet'suwet'en nation have literally built a strategy to keep three proposed oil and gas pipelines from crossing their land. Concerned about the environmental damage a leak could cause on land they've never given up, they've...
3 min · Ever wonder why police look like soldiers?  Quick facts on Police Militarization: • Pentagon’s Excess Property Program (1033 Program) has supplied police departments across the country with more than $4.3 billion in gear since 1997. This includes $449 million in 2013.  •...
132 min · "Only power that is hidden, is power that endures." Central Banks are some of the most secretive and misunderstood institutions in the world.  What powers do they wield? Who’s interests do they serve? How do their actions affect our everyday lives? Set in 20th Century...
8 min · The ancestral knowledge of the Hawaiian people was handed from generation to generation through an oral tradition. Students were chosen and placed into a school of learning; from that moment forward the student lived the teachings of his ancestors. Knowledge, history, and...
4 min · Around the world a growing movement of people are using their creativity, design skills and purchasing power to demand fashion without pollution. United by a shared belief that the clothes we wear should carry a story we can be proud of, activists, bloggers, designers...
2 min · Our prison system is a beast, gobbling resources that should be going to communities. The United States is paying to have 2.3 million people behind bars. That's more than China, more than Iran. More than any country on earth. More than half the prison population is in for...
12 min · This week, we look at the fierce militant protest against Columbus Day by the indigenous Mapuche nation in so called Chile. Also the uncompromising resistance of Normalista students who have nearly brought the Mexican government to its knees, as they demand the safe return of...

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56 min · 23,560 views · This is the story of our unique moment in history. We are living through an age of tipping points and rapid social and planetary change. We’re the first generation to feel the impacts of climate disruption, and the last generation that can do something about it. The film...
75 min · 19,374 views · The Sacred Science is a groundbreaking documentary that captures an unprecedented glimpse into the ancient healing practices of the Amazon rainforest’s medicine men, or shamans, whose unique knowledge of indigenous plants and rituals is threatened by deforestation...
67 min · 69,589 views · Consuming Kids throws desperately needed light on the practices of a relentless multi-billion dollar marketing machine that now sells kids and their parents everything from junk food and violent video games to bogus educational products and the family car. Drawing on the...
119 min · 37,164 views · Human Resources explores the rise of mechanistic philosophy and the exploitation of human beings under modern hierarchical systems. Topics covered include behaviorism, scientific management, work-place democracy, schooling, frustration-aggression hypothesis and human...
102 min · 101,926 views · The Halliburton-developed drilling technology of “fracking” or hydraulic fracturing has unlocked a “Saudia Arabia of natural gas” just beneath us. But is fracking safe? When filmmaker Josh Fox is asked to lease his land for drilling, he embarks on a cross-country odyssey...
65 min · 36,249 views · Crossroads: Labor Pains of a New Worldview is a documentary exploring the depths of the current human condition and the emergence of a worldview that is recreating our world from the inside out. Weaving together insights and findings from biology, psychology, network...
77 min · 25,704 views · In these turbulent times, Howard Zinn is inspiring a new generation. This acclaimed film looks at the amazing life of the renowned historian, activist and author. Following his early days as a shipyard labor organizer and bombardier in World War II, Zinn became an academic...
50 min · 22,215 views · This groundbreaking documentary dissects a slanderous aspect of cinematic history that has run virtually unchallenged from the earliest days of silent film to today's biggest Hollywood blockbusters. Featuring acclaimed author Dr. Jack Shaheen, the film explores a long line of...
70 min · 44,357 views · War Made Easy reaches into the Orwellian memory hole to expose a 50-year pattern of government deception and media spin that has dragged the United States into one war after another from Vietnam to Iraq. Narrated by actor and activist Sean Penn, the film exhumes remarkable...
62 min · 8,384 views · The first feature length documentary having been conceived by the Valhalla Movement, Valhalla follows the story of Earthship Biotecture down in Ushuaia, Argentina as they and a group of academy students build a two room simple survival Earthship. Earthships are fully off the...
75 min · 12,179 views · Acclaimed photographer James Balog was once a skeptic about climate change. But through his Extreme Ice Survey, he discovers undeniable evidence of our changing planet. In Chasing Ice, Balog deploys revolutionary time-lapse cameras to capture a multi-year record of the...
95 min · 45,893 views · THE WAR ON KIDS is a 95 minute documentary that shows how American public schools continue to become more dangerously authoritarian. In addition to failing in their mission to educate effectively, they erode the country's democratic foundation and often resemble prisons...
59 min · 26,245 views · A series of BBC films about how humans have been colonised by the machines we have built. Although we don't realise it, the way we see everything in the world today is through the eyes of the computers.  The series argues this has affected a wide spectrum of human...
95 min · 52,718 views · EARTHLINGS is a feature length documentary about humanity's absolute dependence on animals (for pets, food, clothing, entertainment, and scientific research) but also illustrates our complete disrespect for these so-called "non-human providers." The film is narrated by...
108 min · 375,945 views · 2010 Oscar Winner for Best Documentary, 'Inside Job' provides a comprehensive analysis of the global financial crisis of 2008, which at a cost over $20 trillion, caused millions of people to lose their jobs and homes in the worst recession since the Great Depression, and...
145 min · 88,158 views · The Corporation is today's dominant institution, creating great wealth but also great harm. This 26 award-winning documentary examines the nature, evolution, impacts and future of the modern business corporation and the increasing role it plays in society and our everyday lives.
79 min · 29,766 views · Provides a striking comparison of U.S. and international media coverage of the crisis in the Middle East, zeroing in on how structural distortions in U.S. coverage have reinforced false perceptions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This pivotal documentary exposes how the...
32 min · 8,085 views · This short documentary tells the story of the occupation of Gezi Park, the eviction on July 15, 2013, and the protests that have continued in the aftermath. It includes interviews with many participants and footage never before seen. Since the end of May 2013, political...
95 min · 39,951 views · The Yes Men Fix the World is a screwball true story about two gonzo political activists who, posing as top executives of giant corporations, lie their way into big business conferences and pull off the world's most outrageous pranks. This peer-to-peer special edition...
80 min · 43,574 views · DIRT! The Movie takes you inside the wonders of the soil. It tells the story of Earth's most valuable and underappreciated source of fertility--from its miraculous beginning to its crippling degradation. The opening scenes of the film dive into the wonderment of the soil...
87 min · 33,370 views · A dark comedy remix mash-up bonanza about the end of industrial civilization. featuring clowns, car crashes, explosions, super heroes, and xylophones and much, much more ..... Based on the Book by Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed Directed by Dean Puckett Animations by Lucca...
76 min · 10,437 views · Do you shape the world or does it shape you? Drawing on leading thinkers from around the world, and with a torrent of mind-expanding ideas and information, THE LOTTERY OF BIRTH will make you think again about what it means to be free.
360 min · 22,200 views · An extraordinary work by a gifted filmmaker, "Counter-Intelligence" shines sunlight into the darkest crevices of empire run amok. The film vividly exposes a monstrous and unconstitutional "deep state" in which multiple competing chains of command -- all but one illegal ...
89 min · 9,714 views · Grasp The Nettle follows the exploits of a ragtag band of land rights activists in London as they struggle against corporations, government, police - and themselves - in their efforts to create alternative communities outside the framework of consumer society. "a vital...
88 min · 76,452 views · Oscar-nominated Pete Postlethwaite plays an old man living in the devastated world of 2055 in this documentary-drama-animation hybrid from Director Franny Armstrong and Oscar-winning Producer John Battsek. Runaway climate change has ravaged the planet by 2055. Pete plays...
80 min · 12,425 views · The Yes Men follows a couple of anti-corporate activist-pranksters as they impersonate World Trade Organization spokesmen on TV and at business conferences around the world. The story follows Andy and Mike from their beginnings with GWBush.com, and on to their tasteless...
127 min · 108,927 views · Michael Moore’s Capitalism: A Love Story comes home to the issue he’s been examining throughout his career: the disastrous impact of corporate dominance on the everyday lives of Americans (and by default, the rest of the world). But this time the culprit is much bigger than...
66 min · 159,713 views · A note from Films For Action For the next month, the film-makers who created Schooling The World have generously made their film available to us in the spirit of the Gift. Instead of setting a price and transacting before you’ve seen the film, they are turning the tables...
45 min · 13,763 views · In this update of her pioneering Killing Us Softly series, Jean Kilbourne takes a fresh look at how advertising traffics in distorted and destructive ideals of femininity. Killing Us Softly 4 stands to challenge a new generation of students to take advertising seriously, and...
40 min · 12,313 views · Like most people, Bill (environmentalist and co-founder of 350.org), is not an activist by nature. There’s really not that many people whose greatest desire it to go out and fight the system. His theory of change was that he’ll write his book, people will read it and they’ll...
33 min · 7,472 views · In the spring of 2012, a massive student strike in opposition to a tuition hike rocked the streets of the Montréal for over six months. Protest and militant street actions became part of the daily and nightly reality of this Canadian metropolis. Several times during this...
81 min · 27,365 views · America is in the grip of a societal economic panic. Lawmakers cry “We’re Broke!” as they slash budgets, lay off schoolteachers, police, and firefighters, crumbling our country’s social fabric and leaving many Americans scrambling to survive. Meanwhile, multibillion-dollar...
100 min · 11,515 views · Grundeinkommen - ein Kulturimpuls (The Basic Income - A Cultural Impulse) is a German film with subtitles in 10 languages that makes the case for a basic income for all citizens. Subtitles Note: To make the subtitles easier to read, we highly recommend clicking the "CC"...
39 min · 19,120 views · REAL ESTATE 4 RAN$OM outlines a genuine alternative to the global property speculation that forced so many into debt. Doubling the pressure, the tax game has become just that, with tax havens a favoured option for the wealthy. The result - we are taxing the wrong things...
97 min · 35,014 views · Scott Noble, who also produced Lifting the Veil, pulls together a combination of internet and original footage to create the first feature-length documentary on Occupy Wall St, telling the story and motivation behind the movement in its own words. It is a treatise to the...
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Film offers us a powerful tool to shift awareness and inspire action. It offers a method to break our dependence on the mainstream media and become the media ourselves. We don't need to wait for anyone or anything.

 

Just imagine what could become possible if an entire city had seen just one of the documentaries above. Just imagine what would be possible if everyone in the country was aware of how unhealthy the mainstream media was for our future and started turning to independent sources in droves.

Creating a better world really does start with an informed citizenry, and there's lots of subject matter to cover. 

From all the documentaries listed above, it's evident that our society needs a new story to belong to. The old story of empire and dominion over the earth has to be looked at in the full light of day - all of our ambient cultural stories and values that we take for granted and which remain invisible must become visible.

But most of all, we need to see the promise of the alternatives - we need to be able to imagine new exciting ways that people could live, better than anything that the old paradigm could ever dream of providing.

And all of this knowledge and introspection, dreaming, questioning, and discovery is essential for a cultural transformation that addresses root causes. This knowledge is vitally necessary. Taken together, this knowledge, which is documented throughout the 600+ documentaries on this website, will lay the foundation on which the next paradigm will be built, post empire.

So take this library of films and use it. Host film screenings, share these films with friends, buy and give copies to your elected officials and school faculty. Get this information out in to your community and you will be laying the foundation for a local movement for mass societal, environmental and economic change.

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