Socially Minded Documentaries

  1. Here and Now weaves together social justice, land conservation, human history, and scientific knowledge into a cohesive and moving story about what’s possible by working together. We learn about four innovative partnerships between Native Americans and land conservation organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area. Audiences will travel to mountain tops, valleys, and the coast to hear from local tribes, a working farm, a local land trust, an open space district, and a national land trust. We see how access to almost 1,000 acres of land in the Bay Area changes lives today and creates a new future.

    The organizations featured in the Here and Now film are Amah Mutsun Land Trust, Kashia Band of the Pomo Indians, Pie Ranch, Sempervirens Fund, Midpeninsula Open Space District, and The Trust for Public Land.

    The film is made possible with support from The Christensen Fund, Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, and The Trust for Public Land. It was created by Plus M Productions and produced by the Bay Area Open Space Council.

    More info at
    Contact info: Annie Burke,
    Join the conversation online with #wearehereandnow

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  2. Down the end of the long polished corridor, Mary O'Hagan comes face to face with the condemning words written about her in her psychiatric files.

    Director: Nikki Castle Producer: Alexander Gandar

    Loading Docs is a series of incredible 3-minute documentaries from New Zealand. Watch them all, like and share!

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  3. A Girl's Life is one of five stories from the In Kibera project, sharing stories of life and hope from East Africa's largest slum. See all the stories at

    Eunice Akoth is a fourth grade student at the Kibera School for Girls. She has a passion for poetry, an aptitude for math, and a love of the book Matilda by Roald Dahl. She has lived all her life in Kibera, and though she is only ten years old, she dreams of traveling the world, from New York to Melbourne, before returning to Kenya and becoming a doctor. Though she has been lucky enough to receive a free education, and is celebrated as an exceptionally bright student by her teachers, she also represents the far-too-common case of a girl who must overcome extreme obstacles in order to find a path out of poverty.

    Learn more about the organization at

    Role: Director, Cinematographer, Editor, Producer
    Calligraphy: Koji Minami
    Color Correction: Ryan Gagnier
    Sound Design & Mix: Wesley Slover
    Music: Matthew Morgan, Ryan Taubert

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  4. Sixty percent of parents in prison report being over 100 miles away from their children. For many families -- and especially for their children -- this distance presents an intractable obstacle to visiting their loved one.

    For 13 years, the nonprofit Get on the Bus has addressed this problem by coordinating visits for children and their caretakers to prisons throughout California. In 2013, they gave over 1,200 children the opportunity to see their mothers or fathers in prison. It's not a small feat; there's an immense amount of coordination involved, but the outcome we witnessed made it all seem worthwhile, and even essential.

    Get on the Bus not only contributes to children's wellbeing by connecting them with their parents; they also offer significant support for those incarcerated. Study after study shows that incarcerated people who receive family visits are significantly less likely to return to prison after their release.

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  5. It is claimed that after the April 25th 7.8 Magnitude earthquake struck in Nepal, it has been claimed that 2.8 Nepalese have been displaced and 6,204 people are known to have died in Nepal alone.

    Film commissioned by Partners International Canada. Please support Nepal earthquake relief initiatives.

    Music: Ambient Sketchbook & The children at Bhim Lal's orphanage in Nepal.

    Special thanks to Nikolai Efimov for post-audio work.

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(The background photograph is of Kibera, the slums of Nairobi, Kenya. Homes in Kibera are shacks of corrugated metal, with no plumbing or electricity. 20,000 children in Kibera can't afford to attend public school, due to the cost of books and uniforms. HIV/AIDS devastates the community.)

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