Social awareness documentaries can educate and provide a deeper understanding of a certain social matter. This specific genre of film can also function as a learning tool since new information is usually presented throughout the course of the film. The documentaries below depict certain social matters that are important for everyone to become conscious of.
GIVE ME SHELTER
Documentary uncovering the most prevalent issues in the animal world through the eyes of individuals dedicating their lives to save them daily.
DON’T THINK I’VE FORGOTTEN
Through the eyes, words and songs of its popular music stars of the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s, Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll examines and unravels Cambodia’s tragic past. Combining interviews with surviving musicians and never-before-seen archival material and rare songs, the film tracks the winding course of Cambodian music as it morphs into a unique style of rock and roll. A vibrant musical culture that was nearly lost forever under the brutal Khmer Rouge regime is revived and celebrated.
SUGAR BABIES: THE BITTER SWEET TRUTH ABOUT DIABETES
an eye-opening documentary directed by Jenny Mackenzie that examines the public health epidemic of type 1 and type 2 diabetes. At a quick, exciting pace, Jenny Mackenzie’s film follows its five main stories at home, in school, on the sports field, and at diabetes clinic – all against the backdrop of the public health crisis.
THE DROP BOX
The Drop Box documentary tells the true story of South Korean pastor Lee Jong-rak and his heroic efforts to embrace and protect abandoned children. It is a story about the forgotten, the disabled, the discarded, and the man who gives everything to protect them.
THE ONLY REAL GAME
The Only Real Game is a fighters’ and dreamers’ story about the magic of baseball for people in a remote and troubled place. Once princely Manipur, a strife-torn border state in northeast India, defies civil war, drugs, gun traffic, and HIV/AIDS through love of our national pastime.
DISLECKSIA THE MOVIE
Filmmaker Harvey Hubbell V and his crew as they explore the unique nature of how each of us learn. Through the non-linear brain of Hubbell, his lens captures the otherwise complex issues of learning differences in a manner that allows the audience to recognize the differences and honor the gifts in all of us. This is social awareness with a heart.
A RIVER BETWEEN US
A River Between Us documents the largest river restoration project in American history. Nearly three hundred miles in length, flowing from southern Oregon to northern California, the vast communities of the Klamath River have been feuding over its water for generations, and as a result, bad blood has polluted their river and their relationships, equally.
MATT SHEPARD IS A FRIEND OF MINE
Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine is a powerful feature documentary about Matthew Shepard, the gay young man who was tortured and murdered in one of the most notorious hate crimes in U.S. history. Directed by Michele Josue, a close friend of Shepard’s, the film revisits the shocking case with never-before-seen photos, rare video footage, and new revelations about Shepard’s all-too-brief life.