Activism

This category encompasses documentaries and video materials about the wide spectrum of activities that are today recognized and considered to be a form of activism. To understand what this category contains in terms of the content of the video materials, one must be able to properly interpret the term activism. Let us help you with that by giving you the definition of the above mentioned term.

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, activism is a doctrine or practice that emphasizes direct vigorous action especially in support of or opposition to one side of a controversial issue. The core of activism, a broad term such as it is, perhaps is best explained using examples of the manner in which it is conducted. The purpose of this category is to provide, as many as possible, video materials for the viewers` utter content.

Before we provide examples of activism, it is also important to emphasize that activism is not necessarily defined as good or bad. There is a fine line dividing the two. The beliefs of an individual or a group, engaged in a certain form of activism, is what determines the prefix along with the selected methods used to achieve certain goals. The means of achieving a certain goal of an activist group or individuals among others are: civil disobedience, protest, demonstration and direct action (all of the above can have a prefix of “violent”). With the advance of technology and media, various new forms of activism emerged such as media/ internet activism and the so called hacktivism.

The wide area of documentary coverage in this category goes from the violent action against the participants of the gay parade that took place in Belgrade, Serbia in 2010, to the infamous “Bloody Sunday” a conflict between protesters and the British military that happened in Derry, Northern Ireland in 1972, followed by the story of near death experiences of two women from Ghana, Africa, who suffered greatly during childbirth due to the health care issues.

These are some of the stories of people joining forces in order to make changes in the world. Times and social occurrences are ever changing, often taking a turn for the worse. In those times of need, the activists are the driving force behind the oncoming tide of change. As in every story, there is also the other side of the story, a dark side, where activists achieve their goals using violence, reaping terror and mayhem on their path.

Explore the different aspects of activism; watch the inspiring stories of the activists on their path of defending their beliefs, and also those frightening tales of the dark side of activism, where violence and mayhem are a way of life.

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Activism
sparsh shah
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For some people, difficulty is opportunity. Sparsh Shah is one of those people. His life goal is simple: show people that they can transcend every difficulty that comes their way. Even more, the...

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Philosophy
muniba mazari
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You can say that Muniba Mazari turns adversity into opportunity. She is called the Pakistan’s Iron Lady. She can tell you why failure is an option, but giving up is not an option. A Pakista...

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Music
mama africa
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Born as Zenzile Miriam Makeba, but known as Mama Africa, Makeba was a South African singer and actor that was among the first African musicians to receive worldwide recognition. Mama Africa w...

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Activism
society
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Cogs Short Film is directed by Laurent Witz, an Oscar-winning filmmaker. The short, but satisfying movie tells the story about two characters that live in a society predetermined by the system and ...

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Sports
yoga and meditation
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Yoga is one of the best workouts for medication, relieving stress, and relaxing your mind. We all should practice yoga. And there are different places where you can practice yoga. A yoga studio ...

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Philosophy
Miss Representation
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Sometimes, we need something old to remind us of the state of our world. Women have been portrayed wrongly by the media for so many years. Miss Representation is a straightforward look into ...

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Technology
elon musk interview
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Elon Musk is one of the most intelligent individuals we have nowadays. He is not your typical entrepreneur. Unlike many businessmen, Musk actually wants to help people live b...

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Technology
anonymous documentary
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At this point, almost everyone knows about Anonymous, a group of hacker activists. Their moto is working on ideas rather than directives. They are known for their many distri...

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Religion
samina ali ted
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17:48

The hijab has been a subject of controversy in the past few years. We’ve seen countries banning women from wearing hijab. And then we had Nike create a special sports hijab...

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Nature
antonio donato nobre
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21:40

Can we turn Sahara, one of the biggest deserts in the world into a rainforest? That is the question you would be asking yourself after watching Antonio Donato Nobre’s TED t...

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Technology
aaron swartz
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Aaron Swartz stood up for freedom and fairness, and paid the ultimate price for his combination of genius and conscience. He was an American computer programmer, writer, poli...

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Media
hubertus knabe
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Hubertus Knabe is a German historian who actively tries to point at the Communist crimes committed on German soil. He is the scientific director of the Berlin-Hohenschönhaus...

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Nature
tuna overfishing
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People try to raise awareness in a different way. We all have our ways for raising awareness. Some organize public events. Some make donations. And some go on a trip. Andr...

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Political
aaron russo
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01:35:46
9/11 +3

Aaron Russo is one of the more famous American film producers and directors. He was best known for his work on movies like Wise Guys and Trading Places. This historic int...

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Justice
i have a dream speech
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Martin Luther King Jr. is the most important individual in the civil rights movement. He is one of the sole reasons why we enjoy the civil rights we have today.In his battle for ri...

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Social
homeless population
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12:55

No, this is not a story about beef tenderloin, one of the best meat dishes you can get. No, this is a story about the homeless population in America. Despite America being on...

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Social
firefighters California
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29:18

Firefighters are one of our biggest heroes. They put their life in danger on a daily basis, all just so they can save us from danger. And we have to be thankful for that. How ...

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Environmental
environmental protesters
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People, companies and corporations are destroying our environment on a daily basis. Where do we draw the line? At what point do we decide it is enough, and we take matters into o...

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Military/War
9/11 conspiracy
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01:39:27
9/11 +2

It’s been more than 15 years since America experienced one of the biggest and greatest terrorist attacks on its soil. And there are still conspiracies trying to shed some light...

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Medicine
Nancy Frates
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18:58

Almost everyone you know knows a thing or two about the Ice Bucket Challenge. The trend that went viral in 2014 was one of the most popular campaigns in history of social media. ...

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Music
megadeth
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01:15:53

With more than 50 million records sold worldwide, and 15 studio albums, Megadeth are one of the few bands left from 1980s that have experienced mass success. They are part of the...

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Military/War
che guevara
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01:30:38

For some people, Che Guevara was a hero. For others, he was a monster. Secretly, he wanted to start a World War III, and the Americans and CIA wanted to kill him. His death i...

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Technology
pia mancini
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We can all agree that we are moving, and in fact, we are already deep into new era of society. The digital world has taken over, and the Internet has become one of the most i...

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Sexuality
bangkok girl
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“In this tourist heaven, it isn’t the exquisite countryside that makes the headlines, but the sex trade, and the galanf that come to exploit it. An estimated 800,000 wome...

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Performing Arts
let me be frank
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Born in 1946, Frank James Moore has been an underground counter-culture hero in America. He became known in the early 90s thanks to his performances that featured nudity, erotici...

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Sexuality
love freely but pay for sex
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01:00:15

According to the latest studies in the UK, more women than men are paying for sexual services on a daily basis. The study, conducted in 2015, showed that women have too busy life...

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Nature
climate change TED
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16:38

In the next few years, we will determine whether the next 100 years will be the best of times, or the worst of times. Do you want to know what will affect those 100 years? Climat...

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Sexuality
gender violence
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What is it really like to be a young woman in India? Citizen journalist Meera Vijayann speaks on some of the problems and challenges women face in India.During her TED talk, she ...

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Technology
the venus project
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48:12

Jacque Fresco was born on March 13th in 1916. He is an American futurist and self-described social engineer, inventor and designer. Fresco is self-educated and has worked in a mixe...

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Media
anonymous ferguson shooting
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01:50:57

The Ferguson shooting is one of the hottest topics in American media in the past two years. The crisis started on August 9, 2014, when a white police officer, Darren Wilson, ...

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Conspiracy
anonymous new world order
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01:17:34

In the past few years, Anonymous has been presenting itself as an organization that wants to protect the common people, spread knowledge and debunk the secrets of the governm...

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Performing Arts
let me be frank
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24:20

We continue with the Let me Be Frank serial, presenting episode 3. For this episode, music is again done by musicians, and the music is exclusive for the serial.Frank James Moore...

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Performing Arts
let me be frank
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27:25

Presenting Episode 2 of “Let me Be Frank” serial. For the first episode, music was done by Frank himself. But for Episode 2, and the next episodes, you’ll see music don...

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Performing Arts
frank moore
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29:00

For years, Frank James Moore is known as an underground counter-culture hero. He has been an artistic inspiration for decades.Born in 1946, Franc is one of the famous American...

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Food/Drink
Gary Yourofsky speech
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01:10:23

Gary Yourofsky is one of the most popular activists for animal rights. According to his own website, he has given 2,388 lectures in 178 schools, and more than 60,000 people h...

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Military/War
solomon islands
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The Solomon Islands are peaceful area. A nation of hundreds of Islands in the South Pacific, the Solomon Islands are mostly known for the excellent spots for scuba diving and...

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Short
hitchhiking
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Jeremy Bryant needs to hitchhike to his granfather’s funeral and back home. The whole route takes 420 miles, and takes Jeremy through the state of Oregon. But this is not a...

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Philosophy
new york city hackers
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30:20

New York City is one of the greatest metropolises in the world. And in a city as big as New York City, different groups form. One of them is the New York City Hackers group, ...

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Crime
a girl in the river
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00:46

At the 88th Academy Awards, the short documentary “A Girl in the River – The Price of Forgiveness” took home the Oscar for best short documentary. Check out the trailer...

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Political
Russell Brand: End the Drugs War
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01:36:54

This hard hitting documentary that Russell Brand made for BBC Three in 2012 finished up with him offering proof to the Home Affairs Select Committee. Drawing from his own persona...

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People
We Will Not be Moved
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27:35

Phnom Penh is an enormous city. The Cambodian capital is being formed as a decisive, striking centerpiece of national development and modernization, and for that Phnom Penh needs...

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Political
The Weatherman: Violent Activism
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01:30:26

This is a documentary about the American radical activist organization called ‘The Weatherman’. It is concerned with the organization`s origin, rise and, ultimately, downfall...

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Medicine
Living With AIDS
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01:49:34

Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, or AIDS, is a number of conditions that occur due to the infection with human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV. This virus is transmitted by ha...

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Art
Ai Weiwei: Art and Activism
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This documentary is concerned with the life and work of Ai Weiwei. He is a Chinese artist and a political activist. The director of this documentary and a personal acquaintance o...

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Religion
Religulous
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01:41:00

At the beginning of Religulous, Bill Maher shows a bar graph illustrating the number of people in America who are not religious. That figure is 16% more than blacks, more than Jews...

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Religion
101 East: Into the south
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In the poorest areas of South Thailand, political unrest has resulted in militant groups targeting people in brutal attacks, with a total of more than 5000 people murdered since 20...

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"Walking Merchandise exposes the sad story of middle-school-aged, Chinese children trafficked to the U.S. by smugglers known as “snakeheads.” Sent by their parents to work as l...

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Radio Cordillera is a road movie through the Northern Island Luzon on the Philippines. In search for the transmission range of a local community radio, we cross the mountains of on...

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"A short documentary that showcases a volunteer guide at Quetzaltrekkers, a hiking/trekking organization in Quetzaltenango (Xela), Guatemala, that gives all of its profits to Escue...

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"The Brussels Business is a thrilling documentary that dives into the dark depths of the world of 15,000 lobbyists that represent the EU in it’s political capital, Brussels, Belg...

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