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10 Social Justice Documentaries to Watch in FULL on Youtube Right Now

A video playlist for your feminist viewing pleasure

Sometimes it’s tough to find a good social justice documentary if you’re not able to spend the money on Netflix, Prime, or HBO, so how can you watch them without wading through all the bias crap on TV?

As usual, it’s YouTube to the rescue; a free and diverse service that can be easily accessed with a few clicks. And we’ve saved you most of those clicks by listing ten of the best documentaries that are free to view on YouTube.

So make a snack, grab a tall glass of water and maybe even take some notes, as you play the following videos:

[Trigger warnings for sexual abuse, drug use, and bigotry.]

1. Lalee’s Kin

“This documentary follows a Mississippi Delta school district and a single Delta family as they struggle against the crippling effects of poverty in the wake of more than one hundred years of slavery.”

2. Paris is Burning

“A chronicle of New York’s drag scene in the 1980s, focusing on balls, voguing and the ambitions and dreams of those who gave the era its warmth and vitality.”

3. Broken Lives Illustrated

“Broken Lives Illustrated is the story of 12 homeless individuals living in St. Pete, Florida.
The subjects were interviewed and then turned into fine art by artist Jake Troyli
The collaboration exhibit debuted at The Studio@620 in St. Pete on May 2nd, 2014.”

4. Poor Kids

“Follow three young girls in this unflinching and revealing exploration of what poverty means to children. 3.5 million children are growing up in poverty in the UK. It’s one of the worst rates in the industrialised world and successive governments continue to struggle to bring it into line. Struggling & without a voice, ‘Poor Kids’ shines a light on this pressing issue.”

5. Fallen Angels: True cost of sex tourism

“RT Doc visits Angeles City in the Philippines, an infamous and popular sex tourism destination. The city is home to many children conceived by foreign holidaymakers who took what they wanted and left offspring in their wake.”

6. She is My Son

“RT Doc met some of the Bacha Posh of Afghanistan, and they all had very different stories to tell. Amena’s parents decided that she would be the boy in the family. She doesn’t enjoy her status but has to help her father with his work. Fazilya has been raised as a boy since birth and knows no different, while Asiya consciously chose the male role to gain more freedom.”

7. Abortion: The Choice

“Margaret is 14 weeks pregnant. As we follow her through the day of her abortion at a London clinic, we hear from four other women who have also made the choice to have a termination. As we hear their stories, we are left in no doubt that there is nothing black and white about abortion. ”

8. Hip Hop: Beyond Beats & Rhymes

“Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats & Rhymes provides a riveting examination of manhood, sexism, and homophobia in hip-hop culture.”

9. What Manner Of Woman is This

“For Black women at the crossroads of the Ivory towers of the academy and the stained glass windows of the Black church, the 1980s was a time of self-definition. In 1983, the African American writer and poet Alice Walker coined the term “womanist.”

10. Out There

“A documentary on homophobia in all its nasty variants. Actor Stephen Fry has for two years seeking up some of the most homophobic persons in the world who spend most of their time fighting gay people, and challenges their view upon their extreme homophobia. ”


[Images and blubrs from YouTube, and IMDB]

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Written by Stephanie Watson

Stephanie Watson, co-founder of Fembot, joined Fembot in 2010, and since then has gotten an honors degree in Psychology, and an HNC in Professional Writing. She also contributes to HelloGiggles, and hopes to make her way further in the journalistic world. As well as her love for opinionated journalism and social media, she also writes romantic prose and cryptic poetry, dabbling in minamalist painting too. Stephanie’s goals are of a personal creative kind, however through her articles and poetry she hopes to provoke change and discussion of social justice issues.

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