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Hitting a Wall of Films (documentaries for inspiring thought and action)

If you know any high school teachers who regularly teach with film or work with learners on building media literacy, you’ll want to share Films for Action and its Wall of Films.

This fascinating curation effort moves beyond mainstream film to gather a matrix of more than 500 documentaries, selected for their ability to shift awareness and inspire action. 

All are free to view online.

All are certain to inspire discussion and critical thought around the tough issues they address, as well as how they address those tough issues.

The site currently catalogs over 1500 films and videos, with a focus on independent media.

The mission:

Films For Action uses the power of film to raise awareness of important social, environmental, and media-related issues not covered by the mainstream news. Our goal is to provide citizens with the information and perspectives essential to creating a more just, sustainable, and democratic society.

In the matrix view, hover over each image for a brief description and for the length of the film.  You may also browse by subject and category and sort results by date and popularity.

But wait, there’s more.  Films for Action has curated several other walls that may be of interest to teachers:

You may also be interested in:


My Only2Clicks and Blendspace (in progress) documentary film portal lists


Joyce Valenza About Joyce Valenza

Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza

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