Films that every global activist needs to see

Summer is the perfect time to catch up on old Netflix shows and even start some new ones! On our watch list are 6 incredible films that reflect the topics we talk about all the time here at ONE Campus. We hope you enjoy the inspiring stories!

1. Queen of Katwe

Based on the book by Tim Crother that tells the inspiring true story of Phiona from the slums of Uganda who becomes a world chess champion. This is the tale of an underdog who is able to succeed despite her family’s circumstances and shows the reality of living in Uganda where there is deeply rooted economic inequality. One of the best aspects of the film is that it tells a story about opportunity and triumph. Available on Netflix.

2. Virunga

The remarkable true story of a group of brave men who risk their lives to save the world’s remaining mountain gorillas found in the Congo’s Virunga National Park. The film combines investigative journalism and documentation of nature to display the true effects of the conflict in the Congo, as multiple parties fight over oil and control of the park. There is also a brief prologue that describes the violent history of the Congo in order to help viewers better understand the chain of events. Virunga was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 2015 and can be found on Netflix.

3. On the Way to School

This documentary shows the stories of four students in India, Morocco, Patagonia and Kenya who are traveling to school. By showing the realities of economic inequality around the world and the lack of opportunity to gain an education, viewers grow to appreciate the triumph and determination of the children depicted in the film. Available on Netflix.

4. Imba Means Sing

A heartwarming film that tells the story of a little boy who becomes a star. Moses, a child from the impoverished area of Kampala, Uganda, is followed on his journey to gain an education and follow his passion for music as a drummer for the Grammy-nominated African Children’s Choir. The film is a documentary from his perspective and also shares the stories of two fellow Choir members, Angel and Nina, who join him on his trip to the West. This inspiring story shows the importance of equal access to education and is available to stream on Netflix now.

5. He Named Me Malala

This documentary describes the life of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and activist Malala Yosafzai, a champion for girls’ education worldwide. After being targeted and injured by the Taliban for advocating for girls’ education, Malala co-founded an organization called the Malala Fund where she fiercely fights for girls’ education globally. The film gives us a close look at the loving relationship between Malala and her father, who inspired her passion for education, as well as her journey as an activist. Available for streaming on Netflix now.

6. Shake The Dust

This documentary tells the stories of boys and girls from Uganda, Colombia, Cambodia and Yemen who all find happiness amidst crisis and conflict through their connections to music and break dancing. Not only does the film show the hip-hop culture in these countries, but also how no matter where you’re from you can appreciate the talent of break dancing. Each country is displayed through the eyes of these young performers, allowing viewers to understand social and economic conditions from a different perspective than that of the mainstream media. Unlike the other films, this one is available to rent or purchase on Vimeo, iTunes and Amazon Prime.

Seen one of these films already? Give it a review in the comments below. Better yet, offer a recommendation too!