Social Justice

A thought-provoking collection of films centered on social justice, each narrative a powerful exploration of human rights, equality, and the pursuit of a more just society. These compelling stories shed light on important issues and inspire reflection on the transformative impact of advocacy and change.

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The Social Justice collection includes the following titles:

A Bruddah's Mind

Cabeça de nêgo
Drama, Fiction Brazil
A reminder of the importance of activism, political engagement, and the sacrifices that come with it, A Bruddah’s Mind follows Saulo, a black introvert student and fan of the Black Panther Movement, as he challenges his school in the largely white city of Fortaleza.

At the Gates Of Hell, Ep. 05 - Threatened - Brazilian Amazon

Amenazados - Amazonia brasileña
Documentary, Series Spain
In parts of the Amazon, protecting your ancestral land can be a death sentence. We meet with the environmental heroes and those who will do anything to get their hands on these resources.

At the Gates of Hell, Ep. 01 - Broken Children - Colombia

Niños rotos - Colombia
Documentary, Series Spain
Childhood is not a happy time in Colombia. In the forgotten barrios of Bogotá and Medellín, children are hired as killers or forced into prostitution. We give voice to this lost generation.

At the Gates of Hell, Ep. 02 - Women Without a Name - Mexico

Mujeres sin nombre - México
Documentary, Series Spain
Between Jan 2012 and June 2016, 9,581 women were violently murdered in Mexico, but just 1,887 were categorized as femicides. An analysis of machismo and misogyny in Mexican culture.

At the Gates of Hell, Ep. 03 - Mara’s War Tax - Honduras

Renta de Mara, tarifa de muerte - Honduras
Documentary, Series Spain
Each year, dozens of taxi drivers are murdered in Honduras – the world's most dangerous country. Gangs demand taxes from drivers to work in their territory. Who'd work in this terrifying business?

At the Gates of Hell, Ep. 04 - On the Right Side of the Wall - Lima, Peru

Al otro lado del muro - Lima, Perú
Documentary, Series Spain
A 10-kilometer wall in Lima separates the richest neighborhood in the city from the poorest. For some it is known as the 'wall of shame,' and for others it is essential to security.

Bad Hombres

Documentary The Netherlands
Journalist Stef Biemans travels between Guatemala and the U.S. during the first months of the Trump Administration, to see what the so-called ‘bad hombres’ hope to find in the U.S.

Brickmakers (Chircales)

Chircales
Documentary, Classic Colombia
An essential and highly influential classic, Chircales is the product of two of the most prominent and rebellious voices of the New Latin American Cinema: Marta Rodríguez and Jorge Silva.

Carretera Cartonera: Discover the World of Cartonera Publishers

Carretera cartonera
Documentary Italy
Carretera Cartonera travel across Latin America to understand Cartonera book production. What they find is a diverse and vast array of citizens and cooperatives committed to using literary production as a means of fighting for social justice, economic equality, and a more sustainable world.

Delicate Balance

Frágil equilibrio
Documentary Chile, Mexico, Spain, Uruguay, Japan
Centered around an extensive interview with Jose “Pepe” Mujica, the former President of Uruguay who gained notoriety on the world stage as a rare politician: one that lives according to the ideas and principles he preaches, Delicate Balance is a contemplative essay on the everyday reality of globalization.

Drowning Letters

Cartas mojadas
Documentary
An urgent and necessary film to understand one of the most tragic chapters in contemporary history; the migratory crisis taking place across the Mediterranean Sea in search for European shores.

Elena

Documentary United States, Dominican Republic
When the Dominican Republic’s Supreme Court stripped the citizenship of anyone with Haitian parents, Elena becomes the face of the struggle against the opaque bureaucratic process and a racist, hostile society, to stay in a country built on the labor of her forefathers.

Enough with Catcalling

Chega de fiu fiu
Documentary Brazil
While the #MeToo Movement united sexual harassment victims throughout the world, this crucial documentary explores the public space as a place of violence for women—especially sexual harassment. It analyzes how feminist campaigns have changed power relationships between men and women in the streets of Brazil.

Erasing The Border

Documentary Mexico, United States
Mexican American artist Ana Teresa Fernández imagines a creative way to make the US-Mexico border wall disappear.

Fearless

Sin miedo
Documentary Mexico, Spain, Guatemala
A group of relatives of people disappeared during the Guatemalan military dictatorship requested and obtained, among many other measures of compensation, the production of a documentary film describing the events by the State. Fearless is an exploration of the current shapes of our memory (individual and collective).

Giants Don't Exist

Los gigantes no existen
Drama, Fiction Guatemala
Based on the true story of Guatemalan activist Jesús Tecú, Chema Rodríguez’s second feature is a harrowing and powerful drama about survival and hope. Teco was one of the few survivors of the 1982 Río Negro massacre against indigenous populations, in which 177 women and children died.

Grissinopoli

Grissinópoli
Documentary Argentina
When a bread stick company is abandoned by its owners due to bankruptcy, its sixteen workers make up their minds to occupy, live, and resist to save the company.

Luchadoras

Documentary Germany
Courageous female wrestlers of Ciudad Juárez - a city known for its high murder rate against women - fight to redefine the image of what it means to be a woman in Mexico.

Marcos Doesn't Live Here Anymore

Documentary United States
An examination of the U.S. immigration system through the lives of two unforgettable protagonists whose lives reveal the human cost of deportation.

Martírio

Documentary Brazil
Filmed over the course of 40 years, indigenous expert and filmmaker Vincent Carelli seeks out the origins of the Guaraní Kaiowá genocide. A conflict of disproportionate forces: the peaceful and obstinate insurgency of the dispossessed Guaraní Kaiowá against the powerful apparatus of agribusiness.

My Brothers Dream Awake

Mis hermanos sueñan despiertos
Drama, Fiction Chile
Ángel and his younger brother Franco have been incarcerated in a juvenile prison for a year. Despite the difficulties, they have formed a solid group of friends.

One Street Away

A una cuadra
Documentary Argentina, United States
An intimate portrayal of overlooked communities in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the film reveals the resilience and humanity of marginalized residents despite negative stereotypes.

One or Two Questions

Documentary Uruguay, Germany
A testimony of the capacity of documentary cinema (and archives) to unravel the complexity of history, One or Two Questions documents the mood on the streets of Uruguay between 1987 and 1989 following the approval of a law granting amnesty for all crimes and human rights violations committed by the army and police during the dictatorship.

Panama Canal Stories

Historias del Canal
Drama, Fiction, Romance Panama
Spanning a century, from 1913 to 2013, this impressive, sweeping historical drama chronicles five incredible stories of people who helped build the famous canal and Panama itself.

Perro Bomba

Perro bomba
Drama, Fiction Chile, France
Steevens is a young Haitian immigrant living a challenging, but somewhat stable life in Santiago de Chile: he has a construction job, a home, friends, and fun. This precariously balanced life is disrupted when a childhood friend arrives seeking assistance to establish himself.

Port of Destiny: Peace

Documentary United States
This film follows Nobel laureate Juan Manuel Santos, Colombia's President, as he pursues peace, battling FARC guerrillas, orchestrating rescues, and facing political consequences.

Present Tense, Ep. 01 - The Agro that Is Toxic

O agro que é tóxic
Documentary, Series Brazil
An insightful and educated exploration of Brazil at this stage and age.

Present Tense, Ep. 02 - Alive and Strong

Vivas e fortes
Documentary, Series Brazil
An insightful and educated exploration of Brazil at this stage and age.

Present Tense, Ep. 03 - Survivors

Sobreviventes
Documentary, Series Brazil
An insightful and educated exploration of Brazil at this stage and age.

Present Tense, Ep. 04 - The City Is Ours

A cidade é nossa
Documentary, Series Brazil
An insightful and educated exploration of Brazil at this stage and age.

Present Tense, Ep. 05 - Education that Transforms

Educação que transforma
Documentary, Series Brazil
An insightful and educated exploration of Brazil at this stage and age.

Present Tense, Ep. 06 - Black Genocide

Genocídio negro
Documentary, Series Brazil
An insightful and educated exploration of Brazil at this stage and age.

Present Tense, Ep. 07 - Racist Inequality

Desigualdade racista
Documentary, Series Brazil
An insightful and educated exploration of Brazil at this stage and age.

Present Tense, Ep. 08 - Hidden Hunger

Fome oculta
Documentary, Series Brazil
An insightful and educated exploration of Brazil at this stage and age.

Present Tense, Ep. 09 - Precariousness of Work

Precarização do trabalho
Documentary, Series Brazil
An insightful and educated exploration of Brazil at this stage and age.

Present Tense, Ep. 10 - Full, Universal, and Free

Integral, universal e gratuita
Documentary, Series Brazil
An insightful and educated exploration of Brazil at this stage and age.

Present Tense, Ep. 11 - Fake News

Fake News
Documentary, Series Brazil
An insightful and educated exploration of Brazil at this stage and age.

Present Tense, Ep. 12 - Struggle for Land

Luta pela terra
Documentary, Series Brazil
An insightful and educated exploration of Brazil at this stage and age.

Present Tense, Ep. 13 - Invisible Mud

Lama invisível
Documentary, Series Brazil
An insightful and educated exploration of Brazil at this stage and age.

Prosecutor

Prosecutor
Documentary Canada
Offering front-row seats to the historic events that will determine whether the International Criminal Court is a groundbreaking new weapon for justice or an idealistic dream.

Red Gringo: American Pop Culture and Cold War in Latin America.

Gringo rojo
Documentary, Musical Chile
Reminiscent of Searching for Sugarman, the film follows Dean Reed, a North American singer who became a pop idol during the ʼ50s and ʼ60s in Chile and the Americas.

River Silence

Documentary Canada
As construction of one of the world’s largest dams destroys the Amazon’s ancient ecosystems, the filmmaker offers a plea for those brutalized for rampant development.

Rota n' Roll

Documentary Spain
In the 50s, a group of American marines brought dollars, Marlboros, Cadillacs, night clubs, and rock n´roll into post civil war Spain, an impoverished fascist dictatorship.

Rural Health

Salud rural
Documentary Argentina
A little town, a rural hospital, and a Doctor who assists his patients, but, above all, a doctor who sits down and speaks with them.

Schools in Fight

Escolas em luta
Documentary Brazil
Schools in Fight follows the students as they fight for their right to an education. Through interviews and cameras inside the buildings, operated by the same students, the film throws light on a generation that dared to face that autocratic gesture of the State.

Seeds: Black Women in Power

Sementes: Mulheres pretas no poder
Documentary Brazil
The 2018 elections turned into the biggest political uprising led by Black women in Brazil's history, in response to the brutal execution of Marielle Franco.

Solidarity Planet, Ep. 01 - A Brief Introduction to Solidarity Economy

Breve introdução à economia solidária
Documentary, Series Brazil
From small associations to large industrial cooperatives, Solidarity Planet travels throughout Brazil to show solidarity economy enterprises in the city and in the countryside.

Solidarity Planet, Ep. 02 - Agricultural Cooperation

Cooperação agrícola
Documentary, Series Brazil
From agrarian reform to solidarity economy.

Solidarity Planet, Ep. 03 - Agribusiness

Agroindústria
Documentary, Series Brazil
Solidarity economy and agricultural productivity.

Solidarity Planet, Ep. 04 - Recovered Companies

Empresas recuperadas
Documentary, Series Brazil
From small associations to large industrial cooperatives, Solidarity Planet travels throughout Brazil to show solidarity economy enterprises in the city and in the countryside.

Solidarity Planet, Ep. 05 - Solidarity Finance

Finanças solidárias
Documentary, Series Brazil
Subverting the capitalist experience.

Solidarity Planet, Ep. 06 - Culture

Cultura
Documentary, Series Brazil
Cultural actions as a strategy for local, political and economic transformation.

Solidarity Planet, Ep. 07 - Community-Based Tourism

Turismo de base comunitária
Documentary, Series Brazil
Defense of territory, identity and nature as a resistance strategy.

Solidarity Planet, Ep. 08 - Solidarity Production Network

Rede de produção solidária
Documentary, Series Brazil
Produce and cooperate to prosper.

Solidarity Planet, Ep. 09 - Responsible Consumption

Consumo responsável
Documentary, Series Brazil
Consumption as a political act.

Solidarity Planet, Ep. 10 - Information Technology

Tecnologia da informação
Documentary, Series Brazil
Open source economy.

Solidarity Planet, Ep. 11 - Public Policies

Políticas públicas
Documentary, Series Brazil
Public funding of the solidarity economy.

Solidarity Planet, Ep. 12 - Selective Collection

Coleta seletiva
Documentary, Series Brazil
The residue of capitalism as a resource.

Solidarity Planet, Ep. 13 - Education

Educação
Documentary, Series Brazil
Solidarity economy as pedagogical praxis.

Spain in Crisis: A Collective Response

Documentary, Experimental Spain
This crucial collection offers a fresh and much-needed perspective from artists and activists alike on the current Spanish fiscal crisis and the 15M movement, which influenced popular protests around the world, including the USA’s own Occupy Wall Street.

Spider Thieves

Niñas araña
Drama, Fiction, Adventure, Thriller Chile
Inspired by actual events, the teenage thriller Spider Thieves is a unique social commentary on dreams, class, and unfulfilled expectations in contemporary Chile.

The Boss, Anatomy of a Crime

El patrón, radiografía de un crimen
Drama, Fiction, Thriller Argentina, Venezuela
Based on a true story, The Boss, Anatomy of a Crime is a neo-realistic portrait of the inhumane work environment, and the power imbalances existing between worker and employer.

The Coca-Cola Case

L'affaire Coca-Cola
Documentary Canada
This fascinating road-movie follows U.S. activists as they embark on a crusade against The Coca-Cola Company, accusing them of turning a blind eye to assault of union workers.

The Companion

El acompañante
Drama, Fiction, Thriller Cuba
Set in 1988 Cuba as the government dispatched HIV patients to AIDS centers under military rule, The Companion narrates the unlikely friendship between a boxing champion and a conflictive patient.

The Dangerous Memory, Ep. 01 - The Indian Protection Service Scandal

O escândalo do serviço de proteção aos índios
Documentary, Series Brazil
An investigation into the extermination policy of the Brazilian State against indigenous populations during the civil-military dictatorship.

The Dangerous Memory, Ep. 02 - Pacification and Transfer

Pacificação e transferência
Documentary, Series Brazil
An investigation into the extermination policy of the Brazilian State against indigenous populations during the civil-military dictatorship.

The Dangerous Memory, Ep. 03 - The Pin and the Transamazonica

O pin e a transamazõnica
Documentary, Series Brazil
An investigation into the extermination policy of the Brazilian State against indigenous populations during the civil-military dictatorship.

The Dangerous Memory, Ep. 04 - From Emancipation to the Itaipu Hydroelectric Plant

Da emancipação à hidrelétrica Itaipu
Documentary, Series Brazil
An investigation into the extermination policy of the Brazilian State against indigenous populations during the civil-military dictatorship.

The Dangerous Memory, Ep. 05 - The Transnational Indigenous Movement

O movimento indígena transnacional
Documentary, Series Brazil
An investigation into the extermination policy of the Brazilian State against indigenous populations during the civil-military dictatorship.

The Dangerous Memory, Ep. 06 - The 1988 Constitution and the Challenges of the 21st Century

A consituiçao de 1988 e os desafios do séc. XXI
Documentary, Series Brazil
An investigation into the extermination policy of the Brazilian State against indigenous populations during the civil-military dictatorship.

The Delights

Las Delicias
Documentary Argentina
More than 120 kids live in Las Delicias agrotechnical boarding school in the Argentine countryside. They will experience the end of their childhood and the beginning of their youth.

The Empty Classroom

El aula vacía
Documentary, Fiction Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay, El Salvador
To explore the dropout crisis in Latin America, creative director Gael García Bernal gathered 11 award-winning filmmakers who have created a captivating anthology of short films that delve into the underlying reasons, from poverty to societal traditions, why students aren’t graduating.

The Forgotten Boys of Brazil

Menino 23 - Infâncas Perdidas no Brasil
Documentary Brazil
During the 1930s, fifty black boys were taken from an orphanage in Rio de Janeiro and led to a farm where they were identified by numbers and subjected to slave labor by a family that was part of the political, military, and economic elite of the country while proclaming their affinity for the Nazi ideology.

The Metal Stork

La cigüeña metálica
Documentary Spain, El Salvador
During El Salvador’s civil war, rural kids Ana Lilian, Ricardo, and Blanca witnessed the murder of their families and grieved as a military helicopter determined their fate. Now, they try to reconnect with their long-lost families, hoping to reconcile their pasts and bring peace to the present.

The Socialist Dream: Lázaro Cárdenas and the Reconstruction of Post-revolutionary Mexico

El sueño socialista
Documentary Mexico
In the violent times of a post-revolutionary Mexico, a complex and divided country, the ideas of a man paved the way towards social transformation. Radical, practical, and courageous, Lázaro Cárdenas and a socialist dream shaped the future of a Mexico in reconstruction with their political concepts.

The Spirit of the Ancestors

Te Kuhane o te Tupuna: El espíritu de los ancestros
Documentary Chile
Three generations of the Pakarati family travel to Europe to reclaim the Stolen Friend - one of Rapa Nui's (Easter Island) sacred spirits - which was stolen by colonizers and is one of the countless sacred objects housed in museums worldwide.

The Wall: The Effect of its Imposing Presence on Migrant Families

Documentary United States
A firsthand look at the reality of the Hispanic population in the United States and the current undocumented immigration crisis, touching on topics such as the U.S.-Mexico border wall, the effects of family separation at the border, deportation, and DACA.

The Wind Blows the Border

Venta na fronteira
Documentary Brazil
On the violent border between Brazil and Paraguay, a battle wages between agribusiness and indigenous sovereignty.

They Called Me King Tiger: A Biography of the Chicano Malcolm X

Me llamaban el Rey Tigre
Documentary Mexico
A balanced view of Reies López Tijerina, who inspired Mexican-American college students of the late 1960s and early 1970s to start the Chicano Civil Rights Movement that stressed ethnic pride, ethnic studies, and opposition to police brutality.

This Stolen Country of Mine

Mein gestohlenes Land
Documentary Germany, Ecuador
Chinese mining in Ecuador’s mountains sets the stage for an epic battle between eco-guerrillas and a corrupt government in an intensely dramatic documentary.

Vicenta

Animation, Documentary Argentina
A film as necessary as it is beautiful, Vicenta explores the struggle for the right to a legal, safe, and free abortion.

What Happens to a Dream Deferred

Documentary United States
An intimate portrait of a day in the life of two DACA recipients whose lives were thrown into limbo after the program was rescinded on September 5, 2017.

What Would You Pack?

Documentary United States
What would you pack in the suitcase of a loved one, if they were going to be deported?

When the Guns Go Silent

El silencio de los fusiles
Documentary Colombia
The Colombian peace process explained with unprecedented access to the protagonists of the negotiations and exceptional archival material.

Zoot Suit Riots

Documentary United States
In June 1943, the murder of José Diaz ignited a firestorm in Los Angeles. Revisit the violent events of the next summer, culminating in riots between servicemen and Latino youth.