Five Documentaries To Watch Right Now

Documentaries are powerful tools that help us better understand global issues. They move us, inform us, educate us. It is necessary and urgent that we start understanding the history and context of systemic racism, that we become agents of change.

These documentaries are stories that can help shape this new way of life we are entering, shape the way we choose to look at the world. Education is a powerful weapon, educating ourselves about racial injustice is imperative. This is just the beginning.

 

Members of the activist group CeaseFire work to curb violence in their Chicago neighbourhoods by intervening in street fights and showing youths a better way to resolve conflicts.

 

Filmmaker Marc Silver uses the shooting death of black teenager Jordan Davis to examine Florida’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ self-defense law. This emotionally charged documentary offers a painstaking look at how race and Florida law played a role in the death of Jordan Davis and its continued impact on the African-American community.

 

When filmmaker Yance Ford investigates the 1992 murder of a young black man, it becomes an achingly personal journey since the victim, 24-year-old William Ford Jr., was the filmmaker’s brother.

 

Protesting and rioting ensue after Freddie Gray dies in police custody. Police officers, activists and the residents of Baltimore struggle to keep the city together.

 

It’s been decades since Brown v. Board of Education, yet American schools remain largely segregated. Some leaders are working to change that.

 

Of course there are so many more documentaries, I would love to hear about the ones you have been watching. Please share in the comments bellow!

Five Documentaries To Watch Right Now

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