19 Docs To Watch That Will Bring Out Your Activist Side

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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.

1. ‘13th’

Netflix US & Canada on YouTube

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

2. ‘The Hunting Ground’

RADiUS on YouTube

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

3. ‘Gasland’

Cinema Management Group on YouTube

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

4. ‘Race To Nowhere’

ReelLinkFilms on YouTube

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

5. ‘Killswitch’

Chris Dollar on YouTube

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

6. ‘Cries From Syria’

HBODocs on YouTube

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

7. ‘The Invisible War’

Movieclips Trailers on YouTube

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

8. ‘An Inconvenient Sequel’

Paramount Pictures on YouTube

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

9. ‘Miss Representation’

The Representation Project on YouTube

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

10. ‘Requiem For The American Dream’

saarthak tomar on YouTube

Will wealth inequality be addressed before our society collapses?

11. ‘Food, Inc.’

Screen Time on YouTube

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

12. ‘How To Change The World’

Madman Films on YouTube

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

13. ‘Tricked’

3GenerationsOrg on YouTube

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

14. ‘Racing Extinction’

Oceanic Preservation Society on YouTube

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

15. ‘Where To Invade Next’

Movieclips Film Festivals & Indie Films on YouTube

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

16. ‘Chasing Ice’

Exposure Labs on YouTube

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

17. ‘I Am Not Your Negro’

Magnolia Pictures & Magnet Releasing on YouTube

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

18. 'Under The Gun'

EPIX on YouTube

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

19. 'Before The Flood'

Zero Media on YouTube

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