Society Documentaries

Quipu – Calls for Justice

In the 1990s Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori promoted a sterilization campaign that targeted underprivileged indigenous women and men living in rural communities.  

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Bride Trade

Fighting Tanzania's Child Bride Tradition

Even though it’s against the law to marry underage girls in Tanzania, many parents continue to follow the ancient tradition. This means that they give their daughters as young as 11 or 12 in marriage to men who are much older, sometimes more than three times their age.

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Happy Never After

Since 2012, there have been a new set of laws in the United Kingdom that seem to have the sole purpose of keeping people away from their loved ones.

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Stitched up in Cambodia

When Having a Baby Means Losing Your Job

Many famous name brands deliberately choose to manufacture their products in countries where labor is cheap. This comes at a high cost that usually involves human rights violations and abuse of power.

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If I Die on Mars

Hundreds of years from now, few people will remember the names of famous celebrities, but everyone will remember the names of those four brave men and women who were the first to live on Mars.

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The Island

Is it illegal to seek asylum? Is it illegal to go to another country seeking safety and protection? Well, that’s a difficult question to answer these days when over 50 million persons have fled their country in search for peace.

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The SlumGods of Dharavi

This short documentary tells the story of Vikram, a young underprivileged boy who lives in Dharavi, in Mumbai. Dharavi is the biggest slum in India and it’s located right in the center of the financial district.

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Rhinos Without Borders

About a hundred years ago there were close to one million rhinos living in South Africa. These days their amounts have dwindled to about 20,000 white rhinos, 4,000 black rhinos, and only three northern white rhinos The population just keeps shrinking.

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Children of the Front

Civil war broke out in the Central African Republic in 2012.  It was a bloody conflict between Muslims (Seleka) and Christians (Anti-balaka) that led to the loss of thousands of lives.

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DPRK: The Land of Whispers

North Korea, officially the DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea), has been called the land of whispers for a long time and it’s because people just don’t say things in public.

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Inferno Village

This documentary tells the story of an unbelievable occurrence that has been going on for about a century or so. The village of Jharia in India is located right on a coalfield where an underground fire started in 1916— a hundred years ago, and hasn’t stopped burning yet.

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American Baghdad

Over 200,000 Iraqi refugees have applied for asylum in the United States since April 2013.  A little less than half have been approved.

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Orca Rescue

This short film was shot on location in New Zealand. It documents the life and research of Dr. Ingrid Visser. From a very young age, Dr.

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A Simpler Way: Crisis as Opportunity

The history of industrialization has proven that limitless economic growth, advanced technology, and material affluence are the keys to financial prosperity.

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Danny From North Korea

This is the story of a young man named Danny, who was born in a small town in North Korea where he lived with his mother and grandmother.

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The Internet Warriors

What can be driving so many people, all over the world, to use the Internet to threaten, bully, and offend others?

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The Living Forest

The concept of Kawsak Sacha (living forest) is not new; it’s just common sense. And the Kitchwa men and women know exactly why this is important.

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AKA Lonely

In Western Mexico, there’s a place called Michoacán de Ocampo. It’s one of the states that comprise the 32 Federal Entities of Mexico.

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Keep the Coast on Your Left

Kayaking From LA to Tijuana To Fight Tuna Overfishing

These days, if you want to get your message across, you need to think outside the box. This is exactly what Andrew Szabo, an environmental activist and novice kayaker did.

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On The Streets

About 44,000 people in Los Angeles are homeless and statistics show that the number of people living in their vehicles has doubled within the last two years.

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Butterfly

It's All About Child Soldiers

For thirty years, Sri Lanka was caught up in a brutal civil war. The Tamil Tiger militants were opposed to the government, and as a result, they bred an entire generation of suicide cadres.

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Nowhere Line: Voices from Manus Island

This animated short film won Best Short Documentary at the Melbourne International Film Festival in 2015. The story is narrated by two men who were detained at Australia’s Manus Island Offshore Processing Centre.

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I’m Not From Here

This short film offers a heartbreaking view of the way in which society tends to marginalize the elderly. For many, aging has simply become a long boring wait until death.

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Last Words

This thought-provoking short film by Lucas Jatoba and Andrew Goldie tells the story of eight convicts on death row and the last words they spoke before being executed.

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