NGP Social Cinema Club Movie List
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Hey #ngpnation! Just because we’re socially distanced doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy watching civically-minded cinema together. We bet there are a ton of films you’ve always wanted to see and haven’t had time or energy for.  Well, now’s the time. And it’s ALWAYS more interesting to watch films like this together so we can discuss the issues and ideas raised and the implications they have for building better civil society.  
And so we’re launching a Social(ly distanced) Issues Cinema Club and we want YOU to join.  If you’re interested:
1. Read through suggestions made to date and add any suggestions of social issue films you’ve watched and loved or WANTED to watch to our running list below, putting your name in parentheses. Also, feel free to add any comments about any of the movies suggested below if you’ve seen them. 
2. Vote for your top options at  (Each week, we’ll ask you to vote for the films that are of greatest interest to you, tally the votes, and announce the Sat night film on Fri morning.
3. We’ll stream the film on Saturdays at 8PM ET/5PM PT and have an online chat via Zoom afterwards.
Suggested films (in alphabetical order)
TitleRecommenderDescriptionFilm Trailer URLRuntime/Notes
1776-800TateA musical retelling of the American Revolution's political struggle in the Continental Congress to declare independence.
12 Years A SlaveAnniyahSteve McQueen’s powerful film based on the autobiographical narrative (1853) of Solomon Northup, chronicling the grueling experiences of slavery and the dehumanizing effects of human bondage on everyone involved.
22 JulyKenishaIn 22 JULY, Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Paul Greengrass (CAPTAIN PHILLIPS, UNITED 93) tells the true story of the aftermath of Norway’s deadliest terrorist attack. On 22 July 2011, 77 people were killed when a far-right extremist detonated a car bomb in Oslo before carrying out a mass shooting at a leadership camp for teens. 22 JULY uses the lens of one survivor’s physical and emotional journey to portray the country's path to healing and reconciliation.
A Scanner DarklyHannahAn undercover cop in a not-too-distant future becomes involved with a dangerous new drug and begins to lose his own identity as a result.  
Age of ConsequencesThe Hurt Locker meets An Inconvenient Truth, The Age of Consequences investigates the impacts of climate change on increased resource scarcity, migration, and conflict through the lens of US national security and global stability.
All Day and a NightMakeidaAn aspiring rapper named Jahkor Lincoln arrives in prison. He ends up serving a life sentence for murder and looks back on the days preceding his arrest and the circumstances of his childhood to find clues to his way forward in life and his survival.
All In: The Fight For DemocracySandaThe documentary, centered around Stacey Abrams, takes a look at the history, and current activism against voter suppression; barriers to voting that most people don't even know is a threat to their basic rights as citizens of the United States.
Amazing GraceMateo2006 film about the life and efforts of John Wilburforce to abolish the institution of slavery throughout the British Empire.
The AmericansMateo2013 series about the USSR’s espionage program in Red-Scare America.
American FactoryInicaIn this documentary, hopes soar when a Chinese company reopens a shuttered factory in Ohio. But a culture clash threatens to shatter an American dream.
American History Hannah A former "neo-nazi skinhead" tries to prevent his younger brother from going down the same wrong path that he did.
Athlete AMontana This documentary focuses on the gymnasts who survived USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar's abuse and the reporters who exposed USAG's toxic culture.
BecomingDanikaJoin former first lady Michelle Obama in an intimate documentary looking at her life, hopes and connection with others as she tours with "Becoming."
Birth Of A Nation WaniaSet against the antebellum South, THE BIRTH OF A NATION follows Nat Turner (Nate Parker), a literate slave and preacher, whose financially strained owner, Samuel Turner (Armie Hammer), accepts an offer to use Nat’s preaching to subdue unruly slaves. As he witnesses countless atrocities - against himself and his fellow slaves - Nat orchestrates an uprising in the hopes of leading his people to freedom.
Black is KingSandaBeyonce's new visual album, inspired by the Lion King, in which a young African king is cast out from his family into an unforgiving world, in which he subsequently undergoes a journey through betrayal, love and self-identity to reclaim his throne, utilizing the guidance of his ancestors and childhood love. The story is told through the voices of present-day black artists
Black Panthers: Vanguard of the RevolutionBraneydaRevisit the turbulent 1960s, when a revolutionary culture emerged with the Black Panther Party at its vanguard. Stanley Nelson tells the vibrant story of a pivotal movement that feels timely all over again.
Born on the Fourth of July TateThe biography of Ron Kovic, played by Tom Cruise. Paralyzed in the Vietnam war, he becomes an anti-war and pro-human rights political activist after feeling betrayed by the country he fought for.
Boys in the HoodFollows the lives of three young males living in the Crenshaw ghetto of Los Angeles, dissecting questions of race, relationships, violence, and future prospects.
Brain onFireStricken with seizures, psychosis and memory loss, a young New York Post reporter visits doctor after doctor in search of an elusive diagnosis. 
Capitalism: A Love Story (or any/all documentaries by Michael Moore)Tateexactly one year and a day after the initial Wall Street bailout, Michael Moore looks at the global financial crisis and the U.S. economy during the transition between the incoming Obama Administration and the outgoing Bush Administration. In standard Moore fashion, he mockingly draws attention to the Wall Street and Government decisions that have enabled what he calls "the biggest robbery in the history of this country."
Citizen RuthHannahRuth Stoops is a drug addict who nobody even noticed until she got pregnant. Now, everyone wants a piece of her. It is a comedy about one woman caught in the ultimate tug-of-war: a clash of wild, noisy, ridiculous people that rapidly dissolves into a media circus.
College Behind Bars (PBS Series)MollyExplore the transformative power of education through the eyes of a dozen incarcerated men and women trying to earn college degrees – and a chance at new beginnings – from one of the country’s most rigorous prison education programs.
Crip CampSandra A groundbreaking summer camp galvanizes a group of teens with disabilities to help build a movement, forging a new path toward greater equality.
Da Five BloodsIman Four African American veterans return to Vietnam decades after the war to find their squad leader's remains — and a stash of buried gold.
Dark GirlsMichellegoes underneath the surface to explore the prejudices dark-skinned women face throughout the world.
Dear White PeopleMichellea sly, provocative satire of race relations in "post-racial" America, following a group of African American students as they navigate campus life and racial politics at a predominantly white college
Drylongso101 blessings“part love story” and “part murder mystery” and deals brilliantly with numerous issues relating to race, identity, representation and oppression.
Frida Julia Taymor's vibrant biography of the extraordinary life of artist Frida Kahlo, who grew up in Mexico City at a time when it was a hotbed of exile and intrigue and who channeled the pain of a crippling injury and her tempestuous marriage into her work.
Fruitvale StationHannah/AbigailThe story of Oscar Grant III, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family, and strangers on the last day of 2008 and his life.  
Get Me Roger Stone TateExamines the rise, fall and rebirth of political operative Roger Stone, who's been an influential member of Team Trump for decades.
Get OutSandaJordan Peele's spine tingler about a young African-American visits his white girlfriend's parents for the weekend, where his simmering uneasiness about their reception of him eventually reaches a boiling point.
GirlhoodA French coming-of-age drama focusing on the life of Marieme, a Black teenage girl who lives in a rough neighbourhood on the outskirts of Paris, that explores and challenges conceptions of race, gender, and class through Marieme's relationship with a new group of girls and a new love interest
Half the PictureHannahThis documentary uses the current
HBO’s John AdamsMateo2008 miniseries about the adult life of Founding Father and President John Adams.
Hidden FiguresBintou/Abigailthe incredible untold story of Katherine Jonson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson – brilliant African-American women working at NASA who served as the brains behind the launch into orbit of astronaut John Glenn, a stunning achievement that turned around the Space Race.
Hillary (a Hulu documentary series)Stephaniean intimate portrait of a public woman, Hillary interweaves revealing moments from never-before-seen 2016 campaign footage with biographical chapters of her life.
In the Time of ButterfliesAnniyahinspired by the true story of the three Mirabal sisters who, in 1960, were murdered for their part in an underground plot to overthrow the government of General Trujillo in the Dominican Republic
India's DaughterMichellethe story of the brutal gang rape and murder in Delhi of 23-year-old medical student Jyoti Singh, which sparked protests and serious debate about gender inequality across India
John Lewis: Good TroubleSandaUsing interviews and rare archival footage, JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE chronicles Lewis’ 60-plus years of social activism and legislative action on civil rights, voting rights, gun control, health-care reform and immigration. Using present-day interviews with Lewis, now 80 years old, Porter explores his childhood experiences, his inspiring family and his fateful meeting with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1957.
John QKeismarie/MadelineJohn Quincy Archibald takes a hospital emergency room hostage when his insurance won't cover his son's heart transplant.
Kiss and CryAitanaCarley Allison (Sarah Fisher), an up-and-coming elite figure skater and singer who finds love just as she is diagnosed with an incredibly rare 1 in 3.5 billion form of cancer.
Knock Down The HouseNuzhatGo behind the scenes as four determined women -- including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez -- challenge big-money politicians in the 2018 race for Congress
Leave No TraceHannah, Rabinaa father and teenage daughter have lived off the grid for years in the forests of Portland, Oregon. When their idyllic life is shattered, both are put into social services. After clashing with their new surroundings, Will and Tom (Thomasin) set off on a harrowing journey back to their wild homeland.
LincolnMateo2012 film about the efforts of President Abraham Lincoln during the latter portion of the American Civil War to secure approval for the 13th Amendment, abolishing slavery
The Man in the High CastleMateo2015 series about an alternate 20th Century in which the Axis Powers won WWII.
Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter SoldierMateo2014 film about the relationship that government’s responsibility to keep peace and order has with its obligation to respect the privacy and freedom of people.
MatewanJeannean older film but the story line is so contemporary - especially given the Right to Work laws common in Republican dominated states.
MilkAlli, NuzhatThe story of Harvey Milk and his struggles as an American gay activist who fought for gay rights and became California's first openly gay elected official.
Minding the Gap Hannah, AngelinaA documentary spanning almost a decade about three friends who skateboard together to escape their challenging home lives. As they become adults they all have to come to terms with  the cycle of domestic violence that has taken hold of their community.
Miss JuneteenthSandaTurquoise Jones is a single mom who holds down a household, a rebellious teenager, and pretty much everything that goes down at Wayman's BBQ & Lounge. Turquoise is also a bona fide beauty queen--she was once crowned Miss Juneteenth, a title commemorating the day slaves in Texas were freed--two years after the Emancipation Proclamation. Life didn't turn out as beautifully as the title promised, but Turquoise, determined to right her wrongs, is cultivating her daughter, Kai, to become Miss Juneteenth, even if Kai wants something else.
Miss RepresentationStephanietakes a look at how the media represents women and the challenges presented by this misrepresentation.
Mississippi BurningSandaTwo F.B.I. Agents with wildly different styles arrive in Mississippi to investigate the disappearance of some civil rights activists.
Mr. Smith Goes to WashingtonTateA naive man is appointed to fill a vacancy in the United States Senate. His plans promptly collide with political corruption, but he doesn't back down. Featuring Jimmy Stewart's famous filibuster scene
Netflix’s The LaundromatMateo2019 film about exploitative shell companies in the United States.
Noam Chomsky's Requiem for an American Dream Tatethe definitive discourse with Noam Chomsky on the defining characteristic of our time - the deliberate concentration of wealth and power in the hands of a select few--while looking back on his own life of activism and political participation. 
OkjaHannahTilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal and Paul Dano star in this drama about a girl who is caught between a greedy meat production corporation and a vigilante animal rights group as she tries to rescue her best friend, a genetically modified “super pig”.
On The Basis of Sex Muqadasthe story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the adversity and numerous obstacles in her fight for equal rights throughout her career.
Queen and SlimOlivia C./Calisaromantic road crime drama following two African-Americans who go on the run after killing a police officer during a traffic stop
Race To NowhereMichelleFeaturing the heartbreaking stories of students across the country who have been pushed to the brink by over-scheduling, over-testing and the relentless pressure to achieve, “Race to Nowhere” points to a silent epidemic in our schools. It reveals an education system in which cheating has become commonplace; students have become disengaged; stress-related illness, depression and burnout are rampant; and young people arrive at college and the workplace unprepared and uninspired.
Requiem for a DreamHannahFour characters are affected by drug addiction, which we see alter their physical and emotional state. Their addictions cause them to become imprisoned in a world of delusion and desperation. As the film progresses, each character deteriorates, and their delusional state is overtaken by reality, resulting in catastrophe. 
ResistanceNuzhat/MichelleThe story of a group of Jewish Boy Scouts who worked with the French Resistance to save the lives of ten thousand orphans during World War II.
Rigged: The Voter Suppression PlaybookSandaNarrated by Jeffrey Wright, Rigged chronicles how our right to vote is being undercut by a decade of dirty tricks - including the partisan use of gerrymandering and voter purges, and the gutting of the Voting Rights Act by the Supreme Court. The film captures real-time voter purges in North Carolina and voter intimidation in Texas.1h 19m
Selah and the SpadesSandaFive factions run the underground life of Haldwell School, a prestigious east coast boarding school. At the head of the most powerful faction sits Selah Summers, walking the fine line between being feared and loved.
SelmaAnniyah/Bethany/ Abigail/
Ava Duvernay’s A chronicle of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965.
She’s Beautiful When She’s AngryStephanieGreat documentary on second wave feminism. Available for free with your public library card on Kanopy.
Short Term 12HannahA 20-something supervising staff member of a residential treatment facility tries to improve the lives of the residents there while dealing with her own trauma as well alongside her co-worker and longtime boyfriend.
Slay the DragonSandaA secretive, high-tech gerrymandering initiative launched 10 years ago threatens to undermine our democracy. Slay the Dragon follows everyday people as they fight to make their votes matter.
Sorry to Bother YouWalliIn a wild dystopian satire of an alternate present-day version of Oakland, telemarketer Cassius Green discovers a magical key to professional success, propelling him into a universe of greed.
Ten YearsMadelineA 2015 Hong Kong dystopian speculative fiction anthology film that offers a vision of the semi-autonomous territory in the year 2025, with human rights and freedoms gradually diminishing as the Chinese government exerts increasing influence there.
ThappadNuzhatthe story of Amrita whose seemingly perfect life is shattered when her husband slaps her once in a party. But is one slap enough to question what a relationship stands for?
The Black Power Mixed TapeMichelleWith contemporary audio interviews from leading African American artists, activists, musicians and scholars, The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 looks at the people, society, culture, and style that fuelled an era of convulsive change. Utilizing an innovative format that riffs on the popular 1970s mixtape format, Mixtape is a cinematic and musical journey into the black communities of America.
The Brainwashing of my Dad TateThe truth behind the right-wing media machine that changed a father—and divided the nation
The BrinkSandafollows former Trump White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon through the 2018 midterm elections in the United States, shedding light on his efforts to mobilize and unify far-right parties in order to win seats in the May 2019 European Parliamentary elections
The Color PurpleA black Southern woman struggles to find her identity after suffering abuse from her father and others over four decades, set in the early 1900s
The FightSandaThe Fight is an inspiring, emotional insider look at how important battles are fought and the legal gladiators on the front lines fighting them: when a mother is separated from her child, a soldier is threatened to lose his career, a young woman’s right to choose is imperiled at the pleasure of a government official, and the ability to exercise our basic right to vote is threatened, the consequences can be devastating to us and to future generations. The Fight celebrates the unsung heroes who fiercely work to protect our freedoms.
The Freedom Riders Jeanneharrowing and ultimately inspirational story of six months in 1961 that changed America forever, when more than 400 black and white Americans risked their lives—enduring savage beatings and imprisonment—for simply traveling together on buses and trains as they journeyed through the Deep South
The Green Booka black pianist goes on tour in the Deep South and forms a friendship with his white bodyguard
The HelpBintouAn aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African American maids' point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis.
The Hunting GroundTasneemAn exposé of rape crimes on U.S. college campuses, their institutional cover-ups, and the devastating toll they take on students and their families.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta LacksJeanneshines a light on the disparity in health care for lower income people of color through the story of a family
The Invisible WarAngelinaA groundbreaking investigative documentary about one of our country's most shameful and best kept secrets: the epidemic of rape within our US military. Today, a female soldier in Iraq and Afghanistan is more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire with the number of assaults in the last decade alone in the hundreds of thousands. Focusing on the powerfully emotional stories of several young women, the film reveals the systemic cover up of the crimes against them and follows their struggles to rebuild their lives and fight for justice.
The Innocence Filesnew release that unravels missteps in a series of misconvictions, exposing injustice inflicted on victim and accusedCHALLENGE: series, but each episode stands alone
The Loving Story Documentary JeanneThe documentary brings to life the story of the Lovings--an interracial couple arrested in July 1958 in Virginia, for violating a state law that banned marriage between people of different races, exploring their marriage and the legal battle that followed through little-known filmed interviews and photographs shot for Life magazine.
The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime StoryMateo2016 miniseries about the investigation and trial of O.J. Simpson’s 1995 murder case
The PharmacistSrihitadocuseries about the corruption behind the opioid addiction crisis
The ReportHannahA riveting thriller based on actual events in which an idealistic staffer Daniel J. Jones
The Trials of Gabriel FernándezErdis2020 Netflix docuseries about an innocent child's murder and the trials of his guardians and social workers which questions how effective the system is at protecting vulnerable children.