Films for Justice Education and Action
Inequality for All is a documentary illustrating the predominant trend in our economy: the rich get richer, the middle class disappears, and the ranks of the poor grow larger. Inequality for All features Robert Reich – professor, best-selling author, and Clinton Administration cabinet member – as he demonstrates how the widening income gap threatens our families, communities, livelihoods, and the foundation of democracy itself. Reich describes how the massive consolidation of wealth by a very few has devastated the American economy. In this inconvenient truth for the economy, Reich uses humor, a wide array of examples and facts, and stories from struggling individuals and families to explain how economic inequality affects each of us. The film premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and will be showing nationwide. Also see the JWM resource about what to do about inequality, A fair balance: reducing inequality in the U.S. and around the world. The solutions involve tax policy, trade policy, and strengthening workers’ right to form a union.
Gold Fever is a documentary about the effect of gold mining on a remote indigenous area of Guatemala. The Canadian company, Goldcorp, has devastated the countryside and has made much of the land unusable. The film illustrates the devastating impact that resource extraction has made in just this one location. Similar acts of destruction are happening around the globe. (Note: Don’t confuse this movie with another one, also titled Gold Fever, about the 19th century gold rush in the U.S.)
Many additional good films
A film series can be a great way to build community, spark engaging discussions, and motivate people to action.
I recently saw a justice-themed film series with a great title: Conscientious Projector. This name comes from All Saints' Episcopal Church, Pasadena, CA.
If you have seen good justice-themed films that others might appreciate, please send the title, a short description of the film, and info on how to get a copy of the film to be added to this webpage.
Read The Gospel According to The Wiz and Other Sermons from Cinema by Otis Moss, III, pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. Moss shares some of his best sermons, based on these powerful films: The Wiz, 12 Years a Slave, The Butler, The Book of Eli, The Color Purple, Avatar, Flight, and For Colored Girls.