The 3 Best Films About Society and Human Rights


Nowadays, filmmakers have the platform and the resources to not only entertain us, but to make us reach out of our personal bubbles and try to understand the bigger picture in humanity.

Their work allows us to adjust our mindsets, connect with all types of humans and decide to contribute to the necessary changes. Here are three of the best documentaries about various topics of society and human rights.

She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry, Mary Dore, 2014

Available on Netflix, She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry is a documentary widely acclaimed by critics and the public. It tackles the history of the feminist movement by telling the stories of the brave and brilliant women who, in the 1960s, inaugurated the modern era of feminism.

For women, this was a time of profound political change that impacted the workplace, the family, and society as a whole. Many of the women’s rights’ activists highlighted in the documentary were even put on the FBI watchlist.

However, modern history has been ignoring their contributions. Watch She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry to discover how they have changed society and the human rights cause.

Human, Yann Arthus-Bertrand, 2015

What better documentary to include in our list of the best films about society and human rights than the one which explores what it is that truly makes us human?

The breath-taking project was filmed over three years, during which 20 journalists visited approximately 60 nations and interviewed more than 2,000 people. The result makes for a life-changing discovery of the fascinating diversity of the human life.

Human consists entirely of footage from the interviewees speaking directly to the camera and aerial views of the locations. This bold choice creates a dazzling juxtaposition of the beauty in each individual and in our shared planet.

The documentary was the first ever film to be premiered at the United Nations. More than 1,000 people were in attendance, including Ban Ki-Moon, the then Secretary General.

The White Helmets, Orlando Von Einsiedel, 2016

This incredible British documentary follows the lives and the work of a group of rescuers in the Syrian Civil Defence, a volunteer organisation commonly known as the White Helmets.

The seemingly never-ending war in Syria has already killed hundreds of thousands of people and made millions more run from the country. Countless people depend on the work of the brave and noble White Helmets, which main goal is to save as many lives as possible.

The documentary film manages to be simultaneously heart-breaking and hopeful, highlighting the power of empathy and humanity in the face of atrocious hate.

Each and every one of these three accomplished documentary films is a must-see for anyone who believes in the equal distribution of rights among human beings and the power of justice to drive progress in all societies across the globe.