FYI: My Favorite Social Justice Movies & Documentaries

Goal: To see one another as a dignified soul. Our duty should always be to identify injustices (do not simply watch them happen and do nothing!) and work to change them by helping to transform hearts through our words and actions, as well as try to change public policy in any way we can (influence politicians, be a social justice advocate in your church, community and so forth). We should always strive for racial harmony in society. Below are a few movies and documentaries to hopefully inspire you in this quest, like social justice activists such as Rep. John Lewis, Martin Luther King, Jr. , Ghandi, Mandela, and so many others lived until their last days on this earth. Representative John Lewis who recently passed away was memorialized by one of his wife and his close friends to often profess: “Find a way to right the wrongs of society…do what you can to bring equity (especially by exercising your right to vote!) , but just Get in Good Trouble!”

You can GOOGLE any of the following social justice movies or documentaries to get a synopsis and to see how you might want to view any of them…there are options such as streaming on Amazon Prime, Kanopy, iTunes rental, streaming Tubi, DVD rental or purchase, etc.

  1. “Just Mercy” (2019; starring Jamie Foxx and Michael B. Jordan)
  2. “I Am Not Your Negro” (2017; starring Samuel L. Jackson)
  3. “Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992 (Director John Ridley; documentary)
  4. “Support the Girls” (2018; starring Regina Hall, Shayna McHale, Haley Lu Richardson)
  5. “BlacKKKlansman” ( 2018, starring John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier)
  6. “The Hate U Give” (2018; starring Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall, Russell Hornsby)
  7. “Fruitvale Station” (2013; starring Michael B. Jordan, Melonie Diaz, Chad Michael Murray)
  8. “Do The Right Thing” (1989; starring Spike Lee, Ossie Davis, Danny Aiello)
  9. “Selma” (2014; starring David Oyelowo, Oprah Winfrey, Carmen Ejogo, Common)
  10. “Milk” (2008; starring Sean Penn, James Franco, Josh Brolin, Emile Hirsch)
  11. “Dear White People” (2014; starring Tessa Thompson, Tyler James Williams, Brandon P. Bell, Teyonah Parris)
  12. “Time: The Kalief Browder Story” (2017; Director Jenner Furst, co-produced by JayZ; documentary)
  13. “Short Term 12” (2013; starring Brie Larson, John Gallagher, Jr., Kaitlyn Dever)
  14. “Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004; Director Michael Moore; documentary)
  15. “Central Park Five” (2012; starring Antron McCray, Kharey Wise, Raymond Santana, Yusef Salaam)
  16. “Dark Girls” (2011; starring Viola Davis, Soren Baker, Joni Bovill)
  17. “Do Not Resist” (2016; Director Tani Ikeda, Natalie Johns, Mobolaji Olambiwonnu; documentary)
  18. “The Murder of Fred Hampton” (1971; Director Howard Alk; documentary)
  19. “The Spook Who Sat By the Door (1973; Writer Melvin Van Peebles; Director Ivan Dixon; documentary)
  20. “Free Angela and All Political Prisoners” ( 2013; Director Shola Lynch; documentary)
  21. “Bamboozled” (2000; dramedy by Spike Lee)
  22. “Get Out” (2017; docudrama by Jordan Peele)
  23. “Les Miserables” (2019; starring Damien Bonnard, Alexis Manenti, Djebril Zonga, Issa Percia, Al-Hassan Ly, Steve Tientchen, Almany Kanoute, Nizar Ben Fatma)
  24. “The Best of Enemies” (2019; starring Taraji P. Henson, Sam Rockwell, Wes Bentley, Babou Ceesay, Anne Hecha, Bruce McGill, John Gallagher, Nick Searcy, Sope Aluko, Carson Holmes)
  25. “Harriet” (2019; starring Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr., Joe Alwyn, Janelle Monae)
  26. “Gandhi” (1982; starring Ben Kingsley, Daniel Day-Lewis, Candice Bergen, Martin Sheen, Roshan Seth, et.al.)
  27. “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” (2013; starring Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, Tony Kgoroge, Riaad Moosa, et.al.)

These are just a few of my favorite and most inspiring…you may know of others.

PEACE & LOVE, B.G. Aucoin

Published by B.G. Aucoin

I am a new Blogger. Looking to chronicle my life with various non-fiction posts. I am a retired Literacy Specialist after over 30 years, now a part time Civil Court Mediator with a law degree for 10 years. I have been an advent Journal Writer since my teens.

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