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Social Justice Movie List

HIV/AIDS
Living with Slim—documentary following the lives of children in sub-Saharan African who have AIDS (slim)

Yesterday—HBO presents a very powerful film about a woman with AIDS.  This film shows how many innocent people are dying of this disease and it also gives an insightful glimpse of rural poverty in Africa.

A Closer Walk—Documentary about HIV/AIDS

Conflict/War
Blood Diamond—Hollywood film about the civil war in Sierra Leone.  It connects this horrible war with global trade and conflict diamonds.  It creates a good opportunity to explain how war and conflict are some of the greatest contributors to poverty and inhibitors to overcoming poverty.  Also exposes the injustice of child soldiers.

Lost Boys of Sudan—Documentary about children who fled Sudan on foot amidst civil ware and resettled in the United States.

God Grew Tired of Us—Documentary chronicles the challenge and adversities of three “lost Boys” from Sudan who relocate to the United States, but are deeply committed to their friends and family back home.

Hotel Rwanda—Based on the true story of Paul Rusesabagina a hotel owner who saved thousands of lives during the Rwandan genocide.

Poverty
Girl in the café—HBO film about a girl who attends the g8 summit as she starts dating a man who is part of the UK delegation.  She presses him and other world leaders on issues of global poverty and meeting the millennium development goals.

Born into Brothels—documentary photographer travels to India and teaches children of prostitutues how to operate a camera.  Much of the film documents the children’s lives through photos they took.

Fair Trade
Black Gold—documentary about the journey coffee takes from impoverished farmers in Ethiopia to our coffee cups.

Women Empowerment
Pray the Devil Back to Hell—chronicles the remarkable story of the courageous Liberian women who came together to end a bloody civil war and bring peace to their shattered country. Through peaceful protests, Liberian women were able to find a voice in wartime.

Drug Trade
Maria, Full of Grace — Maria Alvarez, a teenager living in Bogotá, Colombia, works a dead-end job in a flower exporting plant along with most of the other able-bodied people in her community. She wants to quit, but her family depends on her meager salary. One day, Maria meets a smooth-talking young man named Franklin who offers her a business proposition to make some money and travel. However, she sees and experiences the horrors of the drug smuggling trade first hand and finally makes a life-affirming decision. (R) 2003

Human Trafficking
CALL+RESPONSE is a first of its kind feature documentary film that reveals the world’s 27 million dirtiest secrets: there are more slaves today than ever before in human history. CALL+RESPONSE goes deep undercover where slavery is thriving from the child brothels of Cambodia to the slave brick kilns of rural India to reveal that in 2009, Slave Traders made more money than Google, Nike and Starbucks combined.

She Has a Name Haunted by anguished voices, a lawyer poses as a john to build a legal case against a brothel trafficking girls into Bangkok. Can he win the trust of a young prostitute and convince her to risk her life for the sake of justice?

Truth and Reconciliation Commission
We Were Children –  For over 130 years till 1996, more than 100,000 of Canada’s First Nations children were legally required to attend government-funded schools run by various Christian faiths. There were 80 of these ‘residential schools’ across the country. Most children were sent to faraway schools that separated them from their families and traditional land. These children endured brutality, physical hardship, mental degradation, and the complete erasure of their culture. The schools were part of a wider program of assimilation designed to integrate the native population into ‘Canadian society.’ These schools were established with the express purpose ‘To kill the Indian in the child.’ Told through their own voices, ‘We Were Children’ is the shocking true story of two such children: Glen Anaquod and Lyna Hart.