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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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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"This short film, shot during March of 2012 in the Sahel region of Burkina Faso, shows Tuareg refugees from Mali with humanitarian staff from the UNHRC Emergency Team, as well as a...

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"A Thin Line is a short documentary about two women from Ghana, Africa, who both almost died while giving birth, but survived and now tell their story. Focusing not on the near dea...

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"A new political bill in Uganda threatens to make homosexuality punishable by death. This film follows two activists at the head of this movement, David Kato and retired Anglican B...

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Justice
Free Derry
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"Derry, in Northern Ireland, was a self-declared autonomous nationalist area, broken apart from the UK for 3 years. In 1969, activists against the British and their maltreatment of...

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Activism
Hackers: Outlaws or Patriots?
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Hackers: Outlaws or Patriots (also known as “Hackers Wanted”), is an film by Sam Bozzo and explores the history of hackers, or those going against the higher powers, throughout...

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55 year old, former contractor, Mohammad Azmi, has dedicated his life to helping stray dogs and cats in a country where dogs are seen as unclean and taboo to touch. Despite the cul...

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"Risking personal injury and jail time, an environmental activist obstructs the clear-cutting of an ancient redwood grove by sitting on a tiny platform 100 feet up in the tree cano...

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Economics
Four Horsemen
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Four Horsemen is a bare-bones documentary about how we can restart the world’s economy. 23 international thinkers, government advisors and Wall Street money-men break their silen...

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