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2 min · Prince Ea on how to deal with haters. Essential survival knowledge for everyone but it seems especially relevant to activists too. What will you do the next time you encounter a hater?
90 min · A documentary that takes an in depth look into the political movement that sprang from the 2008 economic collapse. It gives a balanced analysis of the movement's successes and failures from those who were instrumental in sustaining the protests to voices from within academia...
4 min · Alternatives germinate at the margins, sending cracks into the hardest things to change. Paved-over utopias, rise up like Weeds! They may be tiny but they break through concrete. They are everywhere and yet unseen. And the more they get stepped on, the stronger they grow...
13 min · Abby Martin interviews investigative journalist, Nafeez Ahmed, about what was not discussed in the torture report and his claims of censorship at the Guardian newspaper, where he used to work. 
7 min · The New World Order: They control the world's governments; THEY rule over all of us from the top of the pyramid. While WE suffer at the bottom. Right? Today we blow open the truth about the NWO in order to shed light on this widespread conspiracy which has frequently been...
15 min · No piece of art or entertainment has meant more to me than "Star Trek." It continues to have a profound effect on my life and the manner in which I perceive the world around me. The half century of philosophical and metaphysical musculature stands as one of the most robust...
5 min · 'This Is A Goat' questions the twisted reality of present day society in which humans constantly run in a loop of escapism while trying to achieve the non-existent, searching for meaning and satisfaction through their 'consumer specific' sensory organs.  
5 min · In her theory of change known as 'emergence', the academic scholar Margaret Wheatley reminds us that: "The world doesn't change one person at a time. It changes as networks of relationships form among people who share a common cause and vision of what's possible." Emulating...
25 min · Bill speaks with outspoken veteran journalist John R. MacArthur, president and publisher of Harper's Magazine, about the problems with the Obama-backed Trans-Pacific Partnership being negotiated in secret and Hillary Clinton's possible presidential campaign. 
30 min · Legalize Democracy is a documentary film by Dennis Trainor, Jr. about the movement to amend -- why it is needed, and how you can get involved. For more information about Move To Amend, visit: https://movetoamend.org Produced by Move to Amend, Directed by Dennis Trainor, Jr....
5 min · An excerpt from the feature film Legalize Democracy (2014). Click on part 2 to watch the full film.
4 min · Why is the corporate media turning torture into a debate? Abby Martin discusses the media's reaction to the Senate torture report and why torture has suddenly turned into a partisan debate.
5 min · They're shamelessly greedy, they're tearing apart communities and they're one of the main drivers of exploding levels of inequality. Bankers? Tax dodgers? Actually it's property developers. If they continue in this way argues Owen Jones, soon housing will become a luxury...
4 min · This summer Israel launched its bloodiest ever massacre of Palestinians in the Gaza strip. More than 2,190 Palestinians were killed as Israel deliberately targeted civilians and civilian infrastructure. But 2014 also saw unprecedented levels of solidarity with the...
20 min · In this sedition a special report on the rebellions that have been rocking Turtle Island in the wake of the "no indictment" of racist cop Darren Wilson for his murder of black teen Mike Brown in Ferguson Missouri.
3 min · Ramsey runs through five key guidelines for allyship: 1. Understand your privilege.  2. Listen and do your homework. 3. Speak up, not over. 4. You'll make mistakes, apologize when you do.  5. Ally is a verb -- saying you're an ally is not enough.
4 min · Mike Brown. Tamir Rice. Akai Gurley. Daniel Levitt. Kimani Grey. Remi Fraisse. Sean Bell. Eric Garner. Mike Brown. They want us to forget.  Every day there's so much input, some new crisis, some new information, some new screen. Another man or woman killed by the police, and...
4 min · You know shit is getting crazy when even MTV's viral-video sex educator is like: let's talk about riots. Yesterday, Laci Greene posted this short video "Is Ferguson like Mockingjay?" In a clever bait and switch, Laci entices us with The Hunger Games, and then 30 seconds in...
23 min · In the wake of decisions by grand juries in both Missouri and New York's Staten Island not to indict white police officers in the deaths of unarmed African-Americans, this week we present an encore broadcast of Bill's conversation earlier this year with journalist Ta-Nehisi...
3 min · Music video for The King Blues track 'The Streets Are Ours'. We have tried to convey the idea of reclaiming the streets, anarchy and revolt.
4 min · The largest immigration detention center in America profits from denying health care to prisoners. SUBSCRIBE  WATCH MORE:  Roberto Martinez-Medina got arrested for not having a valid driver's license…he died in prison after being there for a month.   The staff in the housing...
3 min · But... I love America! 
26 min · Chris Hedges, author, Pulitzer-prize winning journalist and polemicist discusses the importance of resistance to empire, and passionately condemns US foreign policy, saying "There is no difference between a beheading by ISIL and a US drone strike." 
2 min · On November 15th 2014 neo-Nazis walked through the streets of Wunsiedel, Upper Franconia, as they do every year. But the small town defended itself. Not with violence, but with an idea: the neo-Nazis march against themselves and for their own exit from the far-right. In...
8 min · Abby Martin speaks with Eugene Puryear, organizer with the ANSWER coalition about President Obama's executive action on immigration reform and how this will impact the millions of undocumented people in the US.
5 min · 64% of people in the UK are overweight or obese eating calorie dense but nutritionally empty food that is considered the norm,  or even healthy, in today’s society.  People who want to change don’t know where to start and are bombarded with t
5 min · What happens if you collect The Sun for 6 months, cut out every picture of every man and every woman, find a wall and start sticking? Produced for the No More Page 3 campaign. Sign the petition here. Directed by Kate Hardie Camera/editing by Andy Lowe Special thanks to...
22 min · These days we're talking a lot about gender: about sexism, discrimination, sexual assault, and gender roles. Actor, author and former NFL Football player Terry Crews, who is well known for his work on the TV series Brooklyn Nine-Nine and his appearances in ads for the brand...
7 min · Many technologies have promised to revolutionize education, but so far none has. With that in mind, what could revolutionize education? These ideas have been percolating since I wrote my PhD in physics education. I have also discussed this topic with CGP Grey, whose view of...
5 min · When whales were at their historic populations, before their numbers were reduced, it seems that whales might have been responsible for removing tens of millions of tonnes of carbon from the atmosphere every year. Whales change the climate. The return of the great whales, if...
9 min · Based on Dalai Lama's book "Art of happiness". A short illustration of the reckless but powerful human mind. Footage from a trip to India and Nepal in 2012. Shot and cut by Samir Bernardes May the happiness be with you!
2 min · More films From Over Grow The System at ">http://overgrowthesystem.com/category/our-videos/ Wanda Stewart is an urban farmer and homesteader, educator, mother of twins and comrade to many in the movement to educate and inspire others to grow their own food and communities...
3 min · Wanderers is a short science fiction film by Erik Wernquist - a digital artist and animator from Stockholm, Sweden. The film is a vision of our humanity's future expansion into the Solar System. Although admittedly speculative, the visuals in the film are all based on...
23 min · From luxury skyscrapers -- taller, more expensive and exclusive than ever before -- the dark shadows of plutocracy are spreading across the commons of democracy. 

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56 min · 25,842 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 · 25,621 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 · 72,602 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 · 38,321 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 · 104,455 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 · 37,404 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 · 26,495 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 · 22,717 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...
62 min · 9,029 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 · 13,021 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 · 46,426 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 · 27,270 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...
70 min · 48,623 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...
95 min · 54,473 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 · 380,947 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 · 89,924 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 · 30,360 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...
120 min · 7,385 views · Journeying across the North American landscape, "The Culture High" is the riveting story that tears into the very fibre of modern day marijuana prohibition to reveal the truth behind the arguments and motives governing both those who support and those who oppose the existing...
32 min · 8,494 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 · 40,820 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 · 44,348 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 · 34,124 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 · 11,566 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 · 23,007 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 · 10,286 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 · 77,901 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 · 12,951 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...
66 min · 180,093 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...
127 min · 110,146 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...
45 min · 14,408 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 · 12,965 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 · 7,858 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...
570 min · 34,188 views · There is a classified America we were never meant to see. From Academy Award®-winning writer/director Oliver Stone, this ten-part documentary series looks back at human events that at the time went under reported, but that crucially shaped America's unique and complex history...
81 min · 27,981 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 · 12,078 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"...
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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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