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The future of the news is upon us!  Simply put, the internet has taken over.  With newspapers, magazines, television networks, and radio shows distributing their content online, you as a consumer now have a definite voice in the discussion of what content is favored by these...
With excellent independent media sites like Common Dreams, Truth Out, Grist, and others providing progressive news and perspective in written form, Films For Action has dedicated itself to filling in the progressive video niche. "It's probably the most comprehensive...
Rape threats are an all-too-common reality for women online. Just as often, the anonymity of the Internet makes it nearly impossible to strike back at trolls. What’s more, as is well documented, social media outlets like Twitter and Facebook have been slow, and often...
This beautifully animated short video argues that grassroots efforts to deal with climate change can be more effective if they adopt the tactics of open source technology, using databases and social networks to "tap into our collective genius" to tackle the toughest of global...
In the spirit of the popular Wall of Films we created back in 2012, we wanted to roll out a series of visual walls each crafted around a unique theme. Our first is dedicated to the rights of mother Earth and all our relatives. Check it out here. Below are 20 of our...
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...
Determined to break the grip that junk food news has on the American people, two California fathers uncover the Corporate media's true agenda. Watch the film online for $6 and support the film-makers and Films For Action in the process.
You may want to think twice the next time you share a link to your favorite video. In a case against a New York website owner, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is claiming that merely linking to copyrighted material is a crime. DHS, along with Immigration and...
Four years ago today, historian, professor, activist, author, and playwright, Howard Zinn passed away at the age of 87.  For those of us who are familiar with his work, he has been a great source of inspiration.  Zinn's book, A People's History of the United States, is...
Abby Martin talks about journalist Glenn Greenwald's report regarding the intelligence community's use of subversive and manipulative online tactics to destroy the reputations of businesses and individuals.
Various GMOs try to find Mr. or Mrs. Right...
A 20 year-old man came down with appendicitis in October of this year. He posted the bill on Reddit and it has gone viral. The US Health Care system is a topic of much debate, not only in the US but around the world. A lot of countries get ‘free’ health care, so needless to...
For the past several years, the government in the UK has been making radical moves to censor the internet within its borders. In fact, many censorship mechanisms are actually already in place and have been for some time. The censorship push began with restrictions against...
In January 2012, two controversial pieces of legislation were making their way through the US Congress. SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act, and PIPA, the Protect Intellectual Property Act, were meant to crack down on the illegal sharing of digital media. The bills were drafted...
In the land of all-night samba clubs and soccer fanatics, Brazil is throwing its famously high-energy spirit into the untested waters of online democracy. Multimillion dollar budgets are being handed over to online “town halls,” and the federal government is crowdsourcing...
The Internet Must Go is a video mockumentary which follows the character John Wooley, a market researcher who tries to come up with a plan for how internet service providers can try to market what internet access would look like without network...
In his student flat in Colchester, Jack Howe is staring intently into his computer screen. He is picking the team for Ebbsfleet United's FA Trophy Semi-Final match against Aldershot . Around the world 35,000 other fans are doing the same thing, because together, they own and...
Life in a City Full of Errors is the online documentary series of City of Errors. City of Errors is a social network that promotes civic engagement by providing inspiration, motivation and fun tools to find, face and fix the small errors of the big city. It is a cross-media...
Confused about the NSA revelations? Do you wonder how this affects you? Why spies have been monitoring Facebook, Gmail and Skype? And even if we are being watched online, how does that affect what we do online? These are some of the questions raised by this short...
U.S. cable companies have become the subject of a wide-ranging antitrust probe launched in secret by the Department of Justice, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. Pay TV companies like Comcast, Time Warner Cable and AT&T have been questioned by investigators who are...
As millions go online to share information about the Gaza conflict, a social media campaign calling for tolerance is building.
In the annals of internet conspiracy theories, none is more pervasive than the one speculating paid government plants infiltrate websites, social network sites, and comment sections with an intent to sow discord, troll, and generally manipulate, deceive and destroy...
Like a few other cities, the city is letting some citizens vote directly on how the city spends its money. But, of course, it's adding an online twist.   The heart of Silicon Valley is experimenting with a novel form of direct democracy that gives citizens direct control...
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Abby Martin goes over the editing practices of the online encyclopedia, Wikipedia, and calls out the websites editors for their lack of all-encompassing points of view.
The news: Norway is well on its way to digitizing every book in its National Library and making them all free to access for any Norwegian citizen. That means hundreds of thousands of books will be available to anyone accessing the collection online with a Norwegian IP...
There's been a very strange episode being written about the past couple of days involving numerous parties, including me, that I now want to comment on.  The story, first reported by The Tech Herald, has been been written about in numerous places (see Marcy Wheeler, Forbes,
The Federal Communications Commission is being accused of abandoning "net neutrality" rules that would ensure a free and open internet. On Wednesday, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski unveiled proposals that would allow internet service providers to charge higher fees for...
Our FAST FOOD NATION exposed. Before you take another bite, you must see this movie. Take action at BackwardsHamburger.com... then get the full story on the big screen with Fast Food Nation, the movie. Of course, for the fullest, "completest" story on the subject, see the...
Almost all private Canadian and American television stations are owned by national media conglomerates and, because of increasing cross-ownership, most of the daily newspapers we read are owned by the same corporations that own television and radio stations. We must also be...
This video plugging Avaaz.org exposes the myth of a fundamental clash between Islam and the West as a problem of politics—not cultures. It received over 1.4 million views and 37,000 comments on Youtube (right up there with Star Wars Kid), and helped secure Avaaz.org as the...
An examination of the two main 9/11 information paradigms - mainstream media VS the internet. Most of the 9/11 info in the mainstream media is based on the official 9/11 report. Most of the 9/11 info online supports the 9/11 inside job theory. This is an attempt to explain...
Rethink Afghanistan is a ground-breaking, full-length documentary focusing on the key issues surrounding this war. By releasing this film in parts for free online, we are able to stay on top of news of the war as it continues to unfold. We hope to raise critical questions...
“It’s kind of embarrassing,” Emmanuel of Oakland, California, responded when asked about carrying a reusable shopping bag. “It looks like a man-purse.”1 Emmanuel was part of a recent OgilvyEarth study entitled, Mainstream Green: Moving Sustainability from Niche to Normal...
This video is Midwest Permaculture's Intro to Permaculture Internet Webinar, The Case for Permaculture. Originally available free online in eighteen segments it is now available here as one single video. It is the first video in our Foundations of Permaculture Webinar Series...
Join a global debate! Watch amazing films! Ask questions about poverty! Why Poverty? is a ground breaking, cross-media event, online and on TV, using films to get people talking about poverty, wealth and inequality. With 70 broadcasaters working together to create the first...
John Oliver discusses student debt, which is awful, as well as for-profit colleges, who are awfully good at inflicting debt upon us. Connect with Last Week Tonight online...
Scotland is about to vote on whether to secede from the UK. There are solid arguments on both sides. But none of that makes bagpipes good to listen to...or does it? Connect with Last Week Tonight online...
The Miss America Pageant...how is this still a thing? They claim to give more scholarships to women than any other organization, and, unfortunately, they're right. To illustrate these problems, John Oliver stages his own pageant with the help of Kathy Griffin. Connect with...
Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee that will hold hearings on the proposed merger by Comcast and Time Warner Cable. Franken discusses the problems with the proposed merger and online privacy.
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...
Discover Plantcatching.com, an online resource that connects gardeners worldwide and allows them to share plants and gardening materials with other people located nearby. Website creator Nicolas Cadilhac and some of the site's users explain how the tool allows them give and...
This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Rutger Bregman (1988) studied at Utrecht University and the University of California in Los Angeles, majoring in History. In September 2013 Bregman joined the online journalism platform...
It’s a long drive from Florida to Denver, but Leonel Perez and his colleagues at theCoalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) don’t mind. In fact, they arrived in the Mile High City three weeks early for Cultivate, a food, beer, and music festival sponsored by Chipotle Mexican...
When civil war came to Rose's Congolese village, she was separated from her five-year-old daughter, Nangabire. Rose managed to escape with nine of her 10 children and was eventually resettled in Phoenix, Arizona. More than a decade later, mother and daughter are reunited in...
THE WORLD BECOMES WHAT YOU TEACH is a popular TEDx talk by Zoe Weil, the co-founder and president of the Institute for Humane Education (www.HumaneEducation.org). She is a pioneer in the comprehensive humane education movement and speaks and lectures throughout the world...
How much energy does a town consume? Brian Corzilius sleuthed that out for Willits, California, and got a big surprise: in this community of 13,000 people, nearly 25% of personal after-tax earnings (about $30 million annually) leaves town to pay for energy - gasoline, diesel...
The Internet’s Own Boy follows the story of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz. From Swartz's help in the development of the basic internet protocol RSS to his co-founding of Reddit, his fingerprints are all over the internet. But it was Swartz's...
If everyone watched this it could radically transform the world. This is a segment from Moving Forward (2011). Watch the full documentary online here.
An anarchist manifesto on attaining freedom in an unfree world... This is a clip from "UnVeiled & Lifted," which was released online for free by the film-makers in 2013. Watch the full film here.