15 Documentaries to Nourish the Brain and Heart (Free to Watch Online)
15 Documentaries to Nourish the Brain and Heart (Free to Watch Online)
By Films For Action / filmsforaction.org

The Films For Action community has been cataloging social change documentaries on this site for several years now. And on top of our editor's work to scour the internet for the newest and best films to become available for free viewing online, we're lucky to have a community of members who are quick to post great new films as they get published by the film-makers.

Here are the 15 best films that have been posted on the site in the last month. Enjoy!


Red Cry is an original, feature-length documentary film chronicling the lives of Lakota Elders and Oyate (people) in the face of ongoing genocide against the Lakota by government and corporate interests. The incendiary film is the result of a historic collaboration between traditional Tetuwan Lakota Elders and Warriors from Pine Ridge Reservation and a growing group of native and non-native solidarity activists. In togetherness they are working to bring Lakota Elders -- particularly...
Documentary - 111 min
About 70% of the food we eat contains genetically engineered ingredients and the biotech industry is spending million a year to convince us that this technology is our only hope. Using hilarious and disturbing archival footage and featuring interviews with farmers, scientists, government officials and activists, FED UP! presents an entertaining and compelling overview of our current food production system from the Green Revolution to the Biotech Revolution and what we can do about it. ...
Documentary - 57 min
Will Work For Free is a documentary by Sam Vallely on the subject of technological unemployment. This work is protected under fair use and will always be free. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/willworkforfree For information on RBE(Resource-Based Economy): http://www.thevenusproject.com/ Sign up to the TZM Mailing List: http://www.thezeitgeistmovement.com/
Documentary - 126 min
'Stealing A Nation' is an extraordinary film about the plight of the Chagos Islands, whose indigenous population was secretly and brutally expelled by British Governments in the late 1960s and early 1970s to make way for an American military base. The tragedy, which falls within the remit of the International Criminal Court as "a crime against humanity", is told by Islanders who were dumped in the slums of Mauritius and by British officials who left behind a damning...
Documentary - 56 min
What if the world embodied our highest potential? What would it look like? As the structures of modern society crumble, is it enough to respond with the same tired solutions? Or are we being called to question a set of unexamined assumptions that form the very basis of our civilization?
Documentary - 25 min
Highly anticipated documentary from director Robert Greenwald on the impact of the U.S. Drone Wars, at home and abroad. Tell your friends Donate Action Guide
Documentary - 63 min
Sundance award-winning documentary which tells the compelling story of how a group of young, feminist punk rockers known as Pussy Riot captured the world's attention by protesting against Putin's Russia. Through first-hand interviews with band members, their families and the defence team, and exclusive footage of the trial, it highlights the forces that transformed these women from playful political activists to modern-day icons.
Documentary - 80 min
What defines true sustainability? How can we begin to create sustainability in a world that has such vastly differing views on the subject? If we perceive our external world as "unsustainable" what does this suggest about our own internal landscape? This film follows 2 filmmakers over the course of 2 years as they travel to Ethiopia and back searching for insight & guidance towards a deeper understanding of these questions and their answers. The film begins in 2010, where...
Documentary - 90 min
Finally someone in the mainstream media has changed their opinion on cannabis and he is sharing his new opinion with the world. That someone is CNN news correspondent neurosurgeon Dr. Sanjay Gupta. On August 11th 2013, CNN aired Sanjay Gupta's documentary "WEED". The documentary is very informative and touched on many good topics. The show features real medical marijuana patients who, on camera, take cannabis to show the amazing results it has on them. He touches...
Documentary - 40 min
Words From The Edge is a film about the unprecedented transition that we are undergoing from a culture of industrial growth and inequality to what must inevitably be more localised, sustainable, living economies. It's a film about what this shift involves, and what we need to do to get there.
Documentary - 50 min
Remains of a River is an unforgettable story of friendship, adventure and environmental degradation. At turns inspiring and alarming, this will have you laughing, marveling, shaking your head, and maybe planning an adventure of your own. Two friends. 113 days. 1,700 miles. One endangered river.
Documentary - 47 min
Award-winning filmmaker Byron Hurt offers a fascinating exploration of the soul food tradition, its relevance to black cultural identity, and its continuing popularity despite the known dangers of high-fat, high-calorie diets. Inspired by his father's lifelong love affair with soul food even in the face of a life-threatening health crisis, Hurt discovers that the relationship between African-Americans and dishes like ribs, grits, and fried chicken is deep-rooted and culturally based...
Documentary - 63 min
The Killing Screens urges us to think about the effects of the media in new and complex ways. In contrast to the relatively simplistic behaviorist model that media violence causes real-world violence, Gerbner encourages us to think about the psychological, political, social and developmental impacts of growing up and living within a cultural environment of pervasive, ritualized violent images.
Documentary - 47 min
Journalism is losing experienced reporters at a record rate. This means less in-depth and investigative reporting that help keep you informed. This documentary introduces you to some seasoned reporters who were at the top of their game. They share their frustrations and challenges as they move on with their lives.
Documentary - 57 min
Shot over a four year period in America, Britain, Lebanon, and Pakistan, Holy Wars follows a danger-seeking Christian missionary and a radical Muslim Irish convert, both of whom believe in an apocalyptic battle, after which their religion will ultimately rule the world. Tracking their lives from the onset of the "War on Terror" through the elections of Barack Obama, Holy Wars shows that even the most radical of believers can be transformed by our changing world. Selected as...
Documentary - 65 min

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15 Documentaries to Nourish the Brain and Heart (Free to Watch Online)