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Can't decide which film to watch? Check out our playlists – curated collections of 6 films that explore a common theme or topic. They make it easy for you to organize your clubs, and they're a great way to begin deeper, ongoing conversations around certain topics.

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Plastic China

Jiu-liang Wang / 2016 / 82 min

Through the rolling hills of plastic waste can be heard the faint rustle and laughter of children scurrying and playing. The smiles that break across their grubby faces belie a bleak existence for the families that scrape by sorting plastic waste. Following Pen and his daughter Yi Jie, under the watchful eye of boss Kun, this film shows the lives of those harmed most by severe social inequality.

One of Us

Heidi Ewing & Rachel Grady / 2017 / 95 min

In the wake of trauma and abuse, three Hasidic Jews face ostracism, anxiety, and danger as they attempt to leave their ultra-Orthodox community.

Seeing Allred

Sophie Sartain, Roberta Grossman / 2018 / 96 min

Women’s rights attorney Gloria Allred takes on the biggest names in American culture as coverage of sexual assault allegations in the media become more prevalent.

Disturbing the Peace

Stephen Apkon, Andrew Young / 2016 / 86 min

Disturbing the Peace follows a group of former enemy combatants – Israeli soldiers from the most elite units, and Palestinian fighters, many of whom served years in prison – who have come together to challenge the status quo and and say “enough”. The film traces their transformational journeys from soldiers committed to armed battle to non-violent peace activists.

Among The Believers

Mohammed Naqvi, Hemal Trivedi / 2015 / 84 min

An unsettling and eye-opening exploration into the spread of the radical Islamic school Red Mosque in Pakistan, which trains legions of children to devote their lives to jihad, or holy war, from a very young age.

Naila and the Uprising

Julia Bacha / 2017 / 76 min

When a nation-wide uprising breaks out in 1987, a woman in Gaza must make a choice between love, family, and freedom. Naila and the Uprising chronicles the remarkable journey of Naila Ayesh whose story weaves through the most vibrant, nonviolent mobilization in Palestinian history — the First Intifada in the late 1980s.

Faces Places

Agnés Varda & JR / 2017 / 89 min

Director Agnes Varda and photographer/muralist J.R. journey through rural France and form an unlikely friendship.

Bending the Arc

Pedro Kos, Kief Davidson / 2017 / 102 min

Follow the extraordinary doctors and activists whose work 30 years ago to save lives in a rural Haitian village grew into a global battle in the halls of power for the right to health for all.

The Work

Jairus McLeary & Gethin Aldous / 2017 / 89

Set inside a single room in Folsom Prison, three men from the outside participate in a four-day group-therapy retreat with a group of incarcerated men for a real look at the challenges of rehabilitation.

Step

Amanda Lipitz / 2017 / 84 min

STEP documents the senior year of a girls’ high-school step dance team against the background of inner-city Baltimore.

City Of Ghosts

Matthew Heineman / 2017 / 92 min

City of Ghosts follows the efforts of “Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently,” a handful of anonymous activists who banded together after their homeland was taken over by ISIS in 2014. With deeply personal access, this is the story of a brave group of citizen journalists as they face the realities of life undercover, on the run, and in exile, risking their lives to stand up against one of the greatest evils in the world today.

Trophy

Shaul Schwarz, Christina Clusiau / 2017 / 108 min

This in-depth look into the powerhouse industries of big-game hunting, breeding and wildlife conservation in the U.S. and Africa unravels the complex consequences of treating animals as commodities.

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