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Films For Action is a community-powered learning library for people who want to change the world.


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

Our website has cataloged over 4,500 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 over 3,500 articles, too.



Project Staff


Tim Hjersted - Director. Co-Founder. Lawrence, KS.
Eli Dragen - Code Wizard. Co-Founder. Lawrence, KS.


Andrew Butler - UK Editor. Bristol, UK.
Mason Umholtz - Art Direction / User Experience. Co-Founder. NY, NY.
Matthew Toplikar - Editor. Co-Founder. Albuquerque, NM.

Contact Us



New to the site?

There are a few great ways to dive in.

In August 2018, we redesigned the homepage to dynamically change every day, revealing the best gems from our deep library of content. Our homepage is now the best link to share with friends and the best place to discover great new things to watch and read.

Click on our Explore button and you can sort content by most viewedtop rated, or newest first, as well as filter content by languagecountry, content type, and topics such as foodsustainabilityeconomicssolutions or big ideas.



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The Top 100 Documentaries We Can Use to Change the World

Wall of Films! - 500 Activist Documentaries on 1 Page 

93 Documentaries to Expand Your Consciousness


Join Us! 

Create an account on Films For Action and join our growing community of people who want to change the world!


Rate member submissions

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Rate something...

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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

With the community's help, we'll select the best submissions
and share them across our networks (Facebook, Twitter etc).



Praise for FFA


"I have shared your website and films with many colleagues and college teacher organizations. You are to be commended for your dedication to so many causes and initiatives. You are a national resource for all of the right reasons." - Ned Eckhardt


"Never doubt the impact of a film or documentary, and by extension the work FFA does. A top top site of all time in my opinion. A sincere thank you. If more people watched the films here we'd live in a different world." - Nich Roberts


"You’re the best thing going on FB!" - Caroline Carrie Humiston Earhart 


"You guys are the creme de la creme among activist journalists. You have created a global community of like minded people who up till a few years ago lived in isolation, and felt there was no hope for our world. We now have a forum where we feel free to express, watch and read things that are really inspiring. This in itself is such an empowering, imaginative act.. There will always be disgruntled critics of our views. Some of them as troubled about the state of things as anyone else. We can embrace them too." - Sushma Sagar


"Films for Action is outstanding! Thanks so much for creating this incredible tool!" - Elisa Beck


"I love how different people from all over the world are coming here to watch amazing films, write and discuss. Greetings from Lithuania!" - Danny Crowe


"Films for Action has made me more informed and more effective in my activism. I don't think I could live without it." - Terry Knepp


"Thanks for this website, I can't believe I only just found it. It's a great treasure!!! Kind regards from the Netherlands" - Ellis


"I have been following FFA for a while now and it has been the single best source for mind expanding information I can find. I often am working when I browse, so being able to listen (and occasionally watch) a film is an excellent way for me to keep expanding during my busy day. I am fairly entrenched in the new story (while still keeping one foot (and one eye) in the old corporate story) and I find that your content is always either topical or on the cutting edge of the various movements going on out there. It helps me keep in touch with what I know and learn about those causes and struggles of which I am yet not aware. I just made a small donation. Sorry it is not more. Keep up the good work." - Chris Dietrich


"Hey I really appreciate your site! I put my new climate change documentary up yesterday and I am getting tons of views suddenly ("tons" by my standards at least). It's a wonderful website and it means so much for progressive filmmakers to have a way to present their work to the right audience. So thank you! And I'll make a little contribution too. Peace and solidarity." - Jake Freydont-Attie


"I just wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the content you provide, the access to reliable media sources that truly tell the real story, and for continuing to remind me and others that it is us who have the power to change the world for the better. Just a few minutes of looking at people's comments drives me too easily to anger and/or a stiff drink, and yet your replies are always informed, professional and inspiring. You guys have the patience of saints... just without all the dogma and martyrdom bullshit. So thank you! You are important. Keep it up. xx Peace and love and light and good stuff." - Ray Gunn Matthews


"I've been a follower of your website and its various contents for about a year now, and want to tell you that the knowledge I've gained and continue to gain from this is immense. It's amazing to see that there are already solutions for so many of our current problems, and so many inspiring people working towards a better world." - Sascha Boden, Germany


"Love you and your posts. You are the real revolutionaries." - Doruk Doğrular 




What's next? 


Become a member. Sign up to start contributing content to the site. We need people to review change-oriented videos and add the best ones to the site. Got a channel to recommend we follow? Contact us

Submit content. Add video | Add article | Add pay-per-view documentary 

Share. Become a micro-independent news distro that your friends can trust! Regularly share links from us and other like-minded sources to help spread the word and amplify our impact. Help our learning library become the definitive community resource for social change film and education.

Make lists! Use our list creator to make beautiful lists of top content, such as a top 100, or 6 short films about __. 

Donate. In August 2018, we went 100% ad-free! If you believe in why Films For Action exists, we hope you'll become a supporter on Patreon. A monthly donation of $1, 3, 5 or more dollars per month will really help!

Join our content curation team. We need members who would like to make a bigger commitment to adding a couple videos or articles per week to keep the site fresh. Our curation team (request here to join) will stay in communication about themes we want to give special attention to each week and other great stuff. 

Join our graphic design team. Want to create memes for sharing on social media? Get in touch. We come across so many amazing quotes and we need help making them into memes.