Socially Minded Documentaries

  1. How much inequality is too much? To find out more and get teaching resources linked to the film, go to whypoverty.net

    740 Park Ave, New York City, is home to some of the wealthiest Americans. Across the Harlem River, 10 minutes to the north, is the other Park Avenue in South Bronx, where more than half the population needs food stamps and children are 20 times more likely to be killed. In the last 30 years, inequality has rocketed in the US -- the American Dream only applies to those with money to lobby politicians for friendly bills on Capitol Hill.

    Director Alex Gibney
    Producer Blair Foster
    Produced by Jigsaw Productions

    Why Poverty?

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  2. A story of guardianship by Kew over one of the world's most economically valuable crops, we reveal the surprisingly fragile foundations that lie beneath the multi-billion pound industry, showing just how important Kew's scientific research is to securing the fate of our cup of coffee.

    Commissioned by Kew Gardens for a second year, Lonelyleap were asked to produce two films in continuation of the online content strand, Beyond the Gardens. With a focus on more complex environmental issues, our job was to translate these into concise and digestible films for the public that still retained their scientific accuracy.

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  3. On May 1, 2003, President Bush declared an end to combat in Iraq. More than three years later, 3,000 American soldiers and an estimated 790,000 civilians were dead, and Iraq still burned. What happened? The first film of its kind to chronicle the reasons behind Iraq’s descent into guerilla war, warlord rule, criminality and anarchy, NO END IN SIGHT is a jaw-dropping, insider’s tale of wholesale incompetence, recklessness and venality. Nominated for an Academy Award.

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  4. Pete explores ideas of space, time and social freedom, focussing on his experiences of squatting in empty commercial properties throughout the UK. As a self employed poet and performing artist living on a low wage, Pete represents a growing group of our society who are having to find DIY solutions to live and thrive in our cities.

    Shot in and round multiple London squats, as well as the now empty Olympic Park, the film asks important questions about the illusionary housing crisis and the link between the mass privatisation of space and the lack of affordable housing in the UK.

    Pete is part of the film series England Your England. For more films and information visit englandyourengland.tv, facebook.com/englandyourengland or twitter.com/yourengland

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  5. DIRTY BUSINESS takes a close look at the difficult questions surrounding the future of energy use and the environment: Can coal ever really be made "clean"? If we were to try to wean ourselves off coal, how would we keep the lights on? Is renewable energy ready for prime time? Guided by Rolling Stone reporter Jeff Goodell, the film seeks answers in a series of stories: citizens fighting to build a solar power plant instead of a new coal plant in Nevada; a Kansas cowboy saving his cattle ranch with wind power; doctors tabulating the true cost of coal pollution in the damaged health of newborns in China, where a new coal plant goes up every week; and innovators making a southern Rust Belt factory so energy efficient that it will steal jobs back from China.

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Socially Minded Documentaries

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  • Tom Ford

    Just released this short; would be very grateful if you could take a look!
    Set on the outskirts of Guangzhou, China; ‘Village in the City’ offers a glimpse into the changing lives of the farmers who live on the fringes of one of the fastest growing cities in the world.
    vimeo.com/208352455

    by Tom Ford

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  • Bennett Johnson

    “Hope Inside the Fire” is a testament to the power of the Natives Americans’ peaceful prayer during the DAPL protests, that was not covered by other outlets. It is an exploration of the humble act of looking to something bigger than oneself to change circumstance and the struggle of faith that inherently carries: forgiving when hurt, doing good in the face of evil and showing love to an enemy.
    vimeo.com/208166438

    by Bennett Johnson

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