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Evicted and Abandoned is a global investigation that reveals how the World Bank Group, the powerful development lender committed to ending poverty, has regularly failed to follow its own rules for protecting vulnerable populations. The International Consortium of...
Talking about the most intimate fears and insecurities, accusations of "playing the gender card", "first-world problems", jokes made 'too soon' - why are some topics still too hard to talk about, & what are women losing by keeping them to themselves.
Richard Van Wickler, superintendent of Cheshire County Department of Corrections in Keene, New Hampshire, describes his awakening to the failure of the war on drugs.  SUBSCRIBE to Brave New Films and WATCH MORE of this series.
"We Love Being Lakota" is the first in a series of videos and texts from our documentary project "The Native and the Refugee", connecting the struggles taking place on Indian reservations in the United States with those in Palestinian refugee camps in the Middle East. In...
From the team behind THE INVISIBLE WAR, comes a startling exposé of rape crimes on U.S. campuses, institutional cover-ups and the brutal social toll on victims and their families. Weaving together verité footage and first-person testimonies, the film follows survivors as they...
Through first-hand testimony The Bliss of Ignorance investigates South Africa's complex relationship with one of the country's most abundant resources: coal. With experts predicting the creation of a "sick" generation in the Mpumalanga region (which is home to 12 of the...
You may have heard all about the Israeli illegal settlements or even seen many images of them. But do you really know anything about how settlements effect Palestinian lives. Well in 60 seconds you will. Friends of Al-aqsa a British non-profit NGO campaigning to defend the...
Mother is a groundbreaking and award-winning film that reveals the compelling challenges we face in a world of 7 billion. It tells the story of Beth, an American mother and child's right activist, and her journey to make sense of the controversy and the forces trying to keep...
Franchesca Ramsey, aka Chescaleigh, teams up with Kat Blaque to create a truly lovely animated film that breaks down privilege. Chescalaigh says "I really wanted something short and easy to digest that would appeal to lots of different people and make this seemingly tough...
Speech by comedian, campaigner and author of "What The **** is Normal" Francesca Martinez. Part of an event inspired by Naomi Klein's book "This Changes Everything".
Cassetteboy is back with another Conservative rap, this time with a special guest appearances from George Osborne and UKIP's Nigel Farage. This is a promo for The Emperor's New Clothes, a new feature documentary from Russell Brand and Michael Winterbottom.
British comedian and activist Russell Brand joins forces with acclaimed director Michael Winterbottom on a polemical documentary about the financial crisis and gross inequality we currently face. Starting with the genesis of today’s economic policies, with the arrival of...
Yellow Fever is a mixed-media documentary animation by Kenyan filmmaker Ng’endo Mukii. The short film, which served as Mukii’s thesis project at London’s Royal College of Art
In 2014, 14 States around the nation introduced bills to allow guns to be carried on college campuses under the guise that more guns will equal safer schools. In the wake of Sandy Hook, multiple shootings on college campuses, and the up turn in media attention on Campus...
Racism is a business. Its marketing is so successful that even Akala looks sideways at a young black man holding a lot of cash. These racial assumptions lead to 'everyday' racism - daily encounters and micro-agressions. It's time to recognise the relationship between top-down...
“I see multiple colonial governors,” says Ghanaian software entrepreneur Herman Chinery-Hesse of the international development establishment in Africa. “We are held captive by the donor community.” The West has positioned itself as the protagonist of development, giving rise...
The author of "Black Prophetic Fire" talks about the civil rights movement, President Obama and more.
Many women have courageously spoken out about how they experience alienation and harassment in gaming. Despite this fact, too many male gamers still dismiss the issue as "no big deal" and insist that there isn’t really a problem. One of the luxuries of being a member of a...
Video encourages bystanders to take action. Join the conversation: #WhoWillYouHelp. Read the action plan at Ontario.ca/WhoWillYouHelp.
In response to graffiti artist Banksy's Gaza tourist video, the Gaza Parkour team show us what real life is like there and their dreams beyond the border. To the sounds of Palestine's biggest female hip-hop artist, Shadia Mansour, join Abdallah AlQassab and the rest of the...
More than 51 million Americans are likely invested in guns, and don't even realize it. Talk to your financial advisor about how to divest your retirement savings from the gun industry. In the 15 years since the Columbine shooting, more than 1.4 million Americans have been...
A modern-day Grapes of Wrath, award-winning documentary The Overnighters is an intimate portrait of job-seekers desperately chasing the broken American Dream to the tiny oil boom town of Williston, North Dakota. With the town lacking the infrastructure to house the overflow...
A six-part documentary series from Al Jazeera profiling architects who are using design as a form of activism and resistance to tackle the world's urban, environmental and social crises. The series follows architects from Vietnam, Nigeria, Spain, Pakistan, Israel/Occupied...
Teenager and local community activist Luke Holland takes on an officer from West Midlands Police after over five officers are sent to McDonald's in Birmingham's Cherry Street to remove an allgedly homeless man who was reportedly sleeping in the restaurant. The 17-year-old...
Ground-breaking discoveries about early childhood and the human brain have offered vital clues about the roots of human violence and social disharmony. Our brains’ empathy centres grow – or fail to grow – according to how we are nurtured. Robin Grille cites several examples...
On this final episode of Breaking the Set, Abby Martin, discusses the power of grassroots activism in getting the FCC to uphold net neutrality. Abby then speaks with Eugene Puryear, Organizer with the ANSWER Coalition, about effective activism as it relates to issues from...
‎This short video explains why it should bother everyone that the Oscars are so white.
Why Do Nice Guys Finish Last? is a short documentary film that engages young audiences in discovering the cultural norms and stereotypes that define masculinity, and invites them to discuss what they've been told men are supposed to be. ***Free for Educational Use***
Article 12: Waking up in a Surveillance Society Article 12 presents a sharp look at the current state of privacy and debates around the rights and desires of individuals, governments, terrorism and the increasing accessibility and use of surveillance. The film is a...
The vast majority of US judges are elected, forcing many judges to pander to the electorate and accept campaign money in order to keep their jobs. This seems slightly troubling... 
Pussy Riot's first song in English is dedicated to Eric Garner and the words he repeated eleven times before his death. This song is for Eric and for all those from Russia to America and around the globe who suffer from state terror - killed, choked, perished because of war...
Economist Richard Wolff explains our class society.
Immigrants are for sale in this country. Sold to private prison corporations who are locking them up for obscene profits! Here are the top 3 things YOU need to know about the Private Prison money scheme: The victims: Private prisons don't care about who they lock up. At a...
Perhaps you should; because they certainly are. But will the changes mean generations plagued with attention disorders and poor social skills or will it boost creativity? Narrated by Gillian Anderson. Scripted by Nigel Warburton.
November 3, 1979. Greensboro, North Carolina. Willena Cannon, a lifelong civil rights activist and member of the Workers Viewpoint Organization, helped arrange a “Death to The Klan” rally and conference. As she and her 10-year old son, Kwame, began to participate, the worst...
White Like Me, based on the work of acclaimed anti-racist educator and author Tim Wise, explores race and racism in the US through the lens of whiteness and white privilege. In a stunning reassessment of the American ideal of meritocracy and claims that we've entered a...
This groundbreaking 1997 PBS documentary launched the movement against American Indian mascots to a new level, getting reviewed in the New York Times, Sports Illustrated, Chicago Tribune, and even a "person of the week" spot about the film's subject Charlene Teters by the ABC...
We went to see the team at Positive News, to find out more about the paper and their vision for the future of positive news. Positive News is the world's first positive newspaper. They report on positive developments from across the world and take a solution-focused...
Atheist Stephen Fry on Irish television show The Meaning of Life with Gay Byrne is asked, suposing he existed, what he would say to god - whom he describes as a capricious, mean-minded maniac. 
"I wrote this song in August for the people in Ferguson, Gaza and elsewhere rising up against horrific racial injustice, and for those that continue to grieve, rage and rise. As an artist I'd like to make it clear that the tragedies in Ferguson and Gaza are not isolated nor...
A five-part Norwegian documentary series examining the lives of sweatshop workers in Cambodia through the eyes of three young, relatively wealthy Norwegian citizens.  From the day they arrive in Cambodia they begin to see how different their lives are from the lives of people...
November 25th marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, so Everlast created this video in support for that day. In Peru, and around the world, more women are afraid of getting harassed on the street than anything else. So they decided to send...
You may know exactly what race you are, but how would you prove it if somebody disagreed with you? Jenée Desmond Harris explains. And for more on how race is a social construct, see this and this.
A group of activists, artists, musicians and journalists on the frontlines of the struggle against racist policing in the United States traveled to Palestine earlier this month to build on the growing bonds of solidarity between the Black American and Palestinian liberation...
Do you know how much the death penalty is costing you? The Penalty is a 90-minute feature-length documentary from the award-winning Webby-nominated team behind One For Ten. Lifting the lid on America's modern death penalty, the film examines the human cost of the ultimate...
What do you want to happen to your body after you die? Our current funeral practices are far from sustainable. Even a "green" funeral fails to account for the existing toxins in all our bodies. Artist Jae Rhim Lee has a better solution — using a special burial suit seeded...
BBC documentary in which Jacques Peretti investigates how the super-rich are transforming Britain. Britain has more billionaires per head than any other country on earth, yet we're also the most unequal nation in Europe. We were told the super-rich would make us richer too...
Part one features the story of Hali Wood, a seventeen-year-old from Columbiana, Alabama who is deeply in debt to the private probation company, JCS. Part two introduces us to  Kathleen Hucks, a woman suing Sentinel Corrections Services for their abuse of power.    (Produced...
In his lecture, Professor John H. Bracey, Jr. examines how racism and white entitlement have economic costs for all Americans, starting at the 7 minute mark. Professor Bracey is a member of the W.E.B. DuBois Department of Afro-American studies at Umass. This lecture includes...
Members of the Los Angeles based literacy group, Get Lit, perform "Rape Joke" at Brave New Voices 2014, a youth-centric poetry slam created by Youth Speaks.