19 Documentaries For The Activist-In-Training

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If there's one good thing that has come out of the Trump administration, it's the fact that more people than ever seem inspired to take action when they see injustices going on. Whether it's fighting for women's rights, police reform, or protecting the environment, people are galvanized against President's Trump's policies. But just in case you need an extra push before becoming an activist yourself, there are a number of documentaries to watch that'll inspire you to take action.

As I already stated, there is a lot to be up in arms about. Racial injustice continues to be a major issue in 2017, women's rights in both the workplace and the healthcare sector are in dire straits, and climate change literally threatens to destroy the world and the people in charge don't seem to be taking it seriously. And while Trump has exacerbated all of these issues, he isn't close to being the cause of all the problems facing the world. There are a number of other matters that are just as important as the aforementioned but receive very little attention. So whatever issue it is that will drive you to action, you're likely to find an enlightening take on it in one of the 19 documentaries listed below.



The racial injustice that goes on in our nation's legal system is mind-blowing.


‘The Hunting Ground’

Rape on college campuses shows no signs of going away anytime soon.



Fracking is bad for both people and the environment — so why are we doing it?


‘Race To Nowhere’

America's education system is in serious need of reform.



The cracks are already showing in regards to the free and open Internet.


‘Cries From Syria’

Few understand just what a monumental tragedy the Syrian civil war has been and continues to be.


‘The Invisible War’

Produced five years prior to the current Marines nude photo scandal, this will open your eyes on sexual abuse in the military.


‘An Inconvenient Sequel’

An Inconvenient Truth inspired a generation to fight climate change, now it's time for round two.


‘Miss Representation’

The role of women in the media really needs to change, like, yesterday.


‘Requiem For The American Dream’

Will wealth inequality be addressed before our society collapses?


‘Food, Inc.’

The food industry is seriously messed up, and hardly anyone is talking about it.


‘How To Change The World’

If you're looking to become an activist, it helps to learn about those who've come before you.



Human trafficking, AKA modern slavery, is a much bigger problem than most people realize.


‘Racing Extinction’

It'd be great if we could, you know, not cause the sixth mass extinction in world history.


‘Where To Invade Next’

FYI, America isn't actually the best in the world at everything.


‘Chasing Ice’

Finding ice in the Arctic sure isn't as easy as it used to be.


‘I Am Not Your Negro’

The Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s has really never ended.


'Under The Gun'

America's gun control laws — or lack thereof — make absolutely no sense.


'Before The Flood'

Look, if Leo can't inspire you to take action, then I don't know what to tell you.