Top 5 Documentaries to Educate your Mind


Let’s face it, we are all getting older, and in turn more interested in learning about the world. We all learn about it in different ways, be it books, television, or social media. Truth is, documentaries inject essential quality in a world which is otherwise lacking. They have a particular quality in that they relay people’s thoughts of a social issue, time period and current events. Here at DISS. we want to provide you, the next generation, with quality information to better yourself and also our society as a whole. Here is a look at 5 documentaries which can expand your mind and get you talking about some important issues in OUR world.


  1. Adam Curtis – Hypernormalisation

This documentary looks at the progression of power politics in the world expressing the philosophies of the different conceptions of cyberspace and the Internet and how they affect our society today. Curtis through a mix of eccentric cinematography tells the backstory behind many events, which affect our world today. It gives us a sense of how important history and the consequences we still face today due to the decisions of the past. Curtis through this film asks us to take a closer look at the perceptions created by our politicians and the affect it has on our ability to get to the heart of the decision-making.


  1. Ava DuVernay – 13TH

In the aftermath of the Donald Trump winning the election, this is one to watch to realise how messed up America truly is. It depicts the systematic oppression of the black community from the days of slavery to mass incarceration. The film indicates Bill Clinton’s Crime Bill and attacks this focus by many US Presidents’ on law and order to gain votes. With eloquent speakers throughout the film it educates you on the past struggles of black activists and gives hope to a new generation backed by the powers of social media. It’s aim is to turn the images of those suffering from police brutality in to a political fight.



  1. Usayd Younis & Cassie Quarless – Generation Revolution

Generation Revolution follows two activists’ movements in London, the Black Revs and the R Movement. This film gives us an insight into the world of activism and in particular activism amongst young people. It depicts many of these activists practicing the cause of intersectionality fighting for a whole host of issues not just that of black rights. It is a very real depiction of protest politics tacking you to the heart of the protest and also following the decision making and time constraints that are so difficult in these organisations. It provides you with inspiration of the different types of people in activism and hopefully will inspire you.


  1. Keith McCarthy – Born Risky

These series of short documentaries explore the issue of gender identity. The quality of this film is to teach the audience about people’s experiences with gender identity. The personal nature adds to this element and hopefully breaks down barriers for many in the LGBT community. The campaign starring Grayson Perry states that ‘sometimes the greatest risk is to be yourself’. This is indicated as the whole host of people involved in the show come from different backgrounds indicating the diverse nature of gender identity. The most important aim of the film is to de-stigmatise this issue and if one person can go about being more confident in the gender they are driven by the film has achieved it’s goal.


  1. Fisher Stevens – Before the Flood

This film produced by Leonardo Di Caprio indicates that contrary to the thoughts of many corporate companies who still wish to ruin this earth, climate change is happening and fast. Di Caprio with this film questions his own position as UN ambassador for Climate Change but then aptly uses his fame and status to speak to a host of different people on this issue, from top scientists to Pope Francis. This films sole purpose is education the audience in to the realities of this issue, what we can do to prevent it happening, and the realities of what can happen to OUR earth.

words by Ayo Fagbemi

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