New Content
Kyle Cease: The World's Problems Are My Fault
3 min
Tomorrow: Take Concrete Steps To A Sustainable Future
2 min
Aid in Reverse: How Poor Countries Develop Rich Countries
Jason Hickel
This Social Experiment Shows That Building Bridges is Much Better Than Building Walls
4 min
Pope Francis on Why the Only Future Worth Building Includes Everyone
18 min
Noam Chomsky says CIA Targeting of Julian Assange & Wikileaks Is Disgraceful
5 min
You Don't Publish a Million Secrets a Year Without Making a Few Enemies
2 min
Noam Chomsky and Amy Goodman in Discussion
80 min
Nature's Solution to the Water Crisis
2 min
Load More
Trending Today
The Top 100 Documentaries We Can Use to Change the World
Films For Action14,027 views today · A more beautiful, just and sustainable world is possible. Take this library and use it to inspire global change!
10 Films That Make It Easy to See How Our Economy Is Killing the Planet
Tim Hjersted3,895 views today · We can do so much better than an economy that ends by crashing the biosphere on which humans depend.
Aid in Reverse: How Poor Countries Develop Rich Countries
Jason Hickel3,497 views today · New research shows that developing countries send trillions of dollars more to the west than the other way around. Why?
Get Out of the Materialism Trap NOW
10 min2,476 views today · Do you own stuff or does stuff own you?  Materialism is an addiction. It is a sickness. And it's one of the only sicknesses that appears to sparkle and shine. This is because...
The Western Idea of Private Property Is Flawed. Indigenous Peoples Have It Right
Julian Brave Noisecat2,098 views today · We live in a world dominated by the principle of private property. Once indigenous people were dispossessed of their lands, the land was surveyed, subdivided and sold to the...
The Top 100 Documentaries Inspiring the Shift to a Sustainable Paradigm (2012 Edition)
Films For Action2,011 views today · Film offers us a powerful tool to shift awareness and inspire action. By hosting community film screenings and sharing them online, they offer a method to break our dependence...
Occupy Your Brain: On Power, Knowledge, and the Re-Occupation of Common Sense
Carol Black1,847 views today · One of the most profound changes that occurs when modern schooling is introduced into traditional societies around the world is a radical shift in the locus of power and...
Tomorrow: Take Concrete Steps To A Sustainable Future
2 min1,384 views today · “Without question, this is absolutely the best and most creative film on the future of humanity and the environment”. — Paul Hawken TODAY, we sometimes feel powerless in front...
Pope Francis on Why the Only Future Worth Building Includes Everyone
18 min1,305 views today · A single individual is enough for hope to exist, and that individual can be you, says His Holiness Pope Francis in this searing TED Talk delivered directly from Vatican City...
25 Cheat Sheets for Taking Care of Yourself Like a Damn Adult
Anna Borges926 views today · Being a well-adjusted human has never been easier.
You Don't Publish a Million Secrets a Year Without Making a Few Enemies
2 min810 views today · The Trump administration is preparing to go after WikiLeaks, here is their response. 
The Impossible Hamster
1 min799 views today · What the impossible hamster has to teach us about economic growth. A new animation from nef (the new economics foundation), scripted by Andrew Simms, numbers crunched by Viki...
Temporary Truce in a Democratic Party Civil War: The Sanders & Perez Unity Tour
16 min785 views today · Bernie Sanders says fight the billionaire class and DNC Chair Tom Perez refuses to say it; the Real News Network panel asks if/when Bernie should leave the party.
Defiance in the Face of Oppression - Iranian Artist Atena Farghadani Defends the Right to Draw
Gavin Aung Than747 views today · Atena Farghadani is a 28-year-old Iranian artist. She was recently sentenced to 12 years and 9 months in prison for drawi
John Lennon's "Imagine," Made Into a Comic Strip
John Lennon. Art by Pablo Stanley625 views today · This is easily the best comic strip ever made. 
Today I Rise: This Beautiful Short Film Is Like a Love Poem For Your Heart and Soul
4 min571 views today · "The world is missing what I am ready to give: My Wisdom, My Sweetness, My Love and My hunger for Peace." "Where are you? Where are you, little girl with broken wings but full...
A New Browser Plug-In Lets You Access Millions of Scientific Papers for Free
Dom Galeon547 views today · Unpaywall is a web browser plug-in that brings free information to those who seek facts. The open-source service is disrupting traditional publishing by giving users access to...
Kyle Cease: The World's Problems Are My Fault
3 min486 views today · The world is falling apart, and it's my fault.
Load More
New Member Submitted Content
Real Big Money: Revelations by an Insider
40 min
Gracie's Backyard (2017)  - Kickstarter Video
2 min
In My Backyard... (Nobody Bites)
18 min
What About & About Who?
25 min
Noam Chomsky says CIA Targeting of Julian Assange & Wikileaks Is Disgraceful
5 min
Nature's Solution to the Water Crisis
2 min
Life, but Not as We Know It
6 min
Make America Think Again: Reprogramming Our Brains Beyond Capitalist Consumerism
Michael Emero
Five Ways the Meat on Your Plate Is Killing the Planet
Francis Vergunst, Julian Savulescu
Load More
Popular Films
Capitalism and Mental Health: How the Market Makes Us Sick
22 min Far from being a far-fetched pipe dream that human beings could never live under, pockets of anarchistic self-activity are what keep us sane in a profoundly insane world. This video mainly deals with how the capitalist system exerts massive amounts of pressure on individuals and gives the average person a million...
The Truth About School
3 min Did you ever wonder how it is that kids spend 13 years from kindergarten to high school supposedly being prepared for life, yet when they get out they don't have any real skills?
Healing Forest
2 min Can a forest heal people? Explore the magic of nature. Come home. Be Healed. HEALING FOREST is a journey to discover the healing powers of nature. Humans have evolved in...
What Is Nationalism?
6 min What is this thing we call... nationalism, really?
Anonymous Have Just Brilliantly Trolled Trump
4 min Anonymous published information about Donald Trump, including his cell phone number and Social Security number, online. The response from the Trump team was to call for the...
This Is The Video Future Generations Will Be Wishing Everyone Watched Today
4 min The living earth is slowly being consumed by the human animals living on its surface. There are many drivers of the destruction being wrought, and many solutions we can pursue...
Donald Trump: A History of Violence
11 min Please watch this video through to the end. Those who support Trump and the ignorant, violent hostility he intentionally fosters have no place calling themselves patriots. This...
Proof of Evolution That You Can Find on Your Body
4 min Vestigial structures are evolution's leftovers — body parts that, through inheritance, have outlived the context in which they arose. Some of the most delightful reminders of...

 

About Films For Action
 

Film offers us a powerful tool to raise awareness of important issues not covered by the corporate news. Our goal is to provide citizens of the world with the information and perspectives essential to creating a more just, sustainable, and democratic society.

Our website has cataloged over 3000 of the best documentaries, short films and videos that can be watched free online, sorted into 40 subjects related to changing the world. And, since there's still so much to learn about that isn't featured in a film, we've also cataloged a fair amount of articles, too.

 


 

New to the site?
 

There are a few great ways to dive in. You can start with our Wall of Films, which is a fun way to browse the 500 best documentaries on the site, with the most viewed at the top.

Our list of top 100 activist documentaries, rated by our site members, is also super quality. We also made a list of the "top 100 documentaries we can use to change the world" in 2015. 

Looking to be inspired and see more beauty in the world? Check out this visionary list of 90 films

Since our site acts as an online library, you can sort content by most viewedtop rated, or newest first.

You can also filter content by topics such as foodsustainabilityeconomicssolutions or big ideas. Check out the Explore menu for other filtering options, like language and country.

 



Join 'team transition' 
 

Create an account on Films For Action

and join our growing community of people who want to change the world!

33,000+ Site Members | 855,000+ Facebook Friends | 14,000 Twitter Friends
 


 

As a member of Films For Action, you can:
 

1. Add Videos (Using a link from sites like Youtube or Vimeo)

2. Add Articles (Republished from another website or written by you)

3. Create Lists (such as top 10 lists featuring content from our site)

Click "Add+" at the top of the site to get started, or use the links above.

4. Rate member submissions

We encourage rating content based on its shareability. So... rate something:

5 stars if you will share it multiple times over time
4 stars if you will definitely share it once
3 stars if you might not share it 
2 stars if you wouldn't share it
1 star if it isn't right for the site and should be hidden  

5. Share links from any site, post status updates, and upload image memes or photos to our community stream

Questions? Feel free to contact us.

 



Tips for Adding Videos or Articles 



We want Films For Action to be a clearinghouse for the ideas, knowledge, and perspectives essential to creating a more just, sustainable and beautiful world.

Our general guideline is: only add the best of the best, and filter out the rest.

For instance, we may add 1 video for every five videos we review. 

 

We look for content that:
 

  • Has a long shelf-life, aka "evergreen" content - containing information and ideas that will remain relevant and useful for people browsing the subject tag(s) that the content was filed under (months or ideally years later)
     
  • Offers a unique progressive perspective not covered by the corporate media
     
  • Appeals to an international audience (1/3 of our traffic comes from the US, the rest comes from all over the world - the UK, Australia, and Canada being the next highest)
     
  • Focuses on the root problems or the root solutions
     
  • Cover stories of people living and building the world they want, now
     
  • Is fairly non-partisan and avoids unnecessary antagonism, divisionary rhetoric, over-the-top or in-your-face emotional appeals, fear-mongering, hype, etc
     
  • Expands our ability to experience universal empathy and compassion for all people and the planet, and avoids appeals that reinforce artificial divisions (including nationality, political affiliation, race, culture, religion, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, immigrant status, etc)
     
  • Is incredibly well made or well written. If the ideas are great but the presentation is poor, find the content in a form that makes the same points but with a more polished, engaging and entertaining presentation
     
  • People can take action on

 

After you submit something...
 

Please do not ask your friends to up-vote your submissions or create dummy accounts to up-vote your submissions. Let our impartial community and staff decide what to feature. Users that skew the voting process risk getting their content hidden and posting privileges removed.

The best way to see your submission featured is to 'test it in the wild" by sharing it on social media (Facebook, Reddit etc). If it gets a lot of shares and views, it will naturally show up in our "trending" section at the top of the homepage. We gave our Trending section top billing because it offers more social proof of quality over our rating system, which works better later on for sifting our best from the very best.

Read this for more on publishing original writings.

 


 

Our Mission and Vision
 

We're here to support all of the global movements working to change the present system. We believe many hands make light work, and we need all of us helping our 'movement of movements' in whatever way feels right for each other. We need both a diversity of tactics and a diversity of efforts, so the more we can support each other and see how our efforts complement each other, the stronger we'll be.

We're loving for a world that's just, democratic, egalitarian, and ecologically healing in ways that the present system cannot offer. Our fire burns for a vision of a global paradigm based on trust and cooperation rather than fear and competition. So long as there is suffering in the world, our work is not done.

This idea that "I am because you are" - that your happiness is my happiness - this is the guiding principle of love, of ubuntu that is what keeps our feet moving and our hearts in action. We are all one human family in relationship with each other and the rest of the community of life on Earth. We seek power with, not power over.

We celebrate the diversity of peaceful cultures that exists across the globe while recognizing our underlying unity. We stand against the homogenization of the world in all it's various forms - this toxic belief in the 'one right way' which has been responsible for all of the colonialization and conquest and subjugation we have seen in the past.

We believe that the old way should not be replaced with a new best way (which would be a repeat of the old way) - but rather 10,000 new and ancient ways of living. There is no one solution to the world's problems. There are 10,000 solutions, 10,000 ways of life - and we need them all. 

We are everyone who dreams of a more beautiful world and is finding ways to put their values into action.

We aren't here to fix the old media. We're here to be the new media - a diverse and decentralized network of tens of thousands of indy media efforts working towards our common dreams.

As more and more of us become the new media, sharing, broadcasting and mircocasting media across the internet, we will eventually dwarf the impact of the old media. Eventually, our alternative models will make the old media obsolete.

Films For Action is one contribution to this network among thousands. But it's going to take all of us to hit the tipping point. 

Join us! filmsforaction.org/join/

Like us on Facebook?