Book to Action 2021 Related Documentary Resources
We’ve started a list of documentaries with discussion and action guides. Watch then discuss as a community. Build a panel of local community partners to apply lessons learned to your locale. Documentary producers are often excellent community partners and potential speakers, especially as films often offer discussion guides and resources for community members looking to get involved. Join the discussion on Slack.
Be sure to check Hoopla and Kanopy (if your library uses these services) for more. Note: If you are looking for films that are only on Netflix, they do offer educational screenings. Learn more. Example: Listing for the documentary 13th with grant of permission for educational screenings.
- I am Not Your Negro (2016) – Teaching Guide from Argument-Centered Education
- John Lewis: Get in the Way (2017) – Teaching Resources from PBS
- Just Mercy (2019) – Discussion Guide from the Equal Justice Initiative
- Teach Us All (2017) – Filmmaker’s Statement: “Teach Us All is organized around three central themes: the critical role of teachers in shaping the lives of young people; the urgent need for community engagement to ensure the success of schools; and the power of students themselves, who must now take up the mantle from the Little Rock Nine and fight for the quality, equitable educational system they deserve and that has yet to be realized. But ultimately, this affects all of us, and can only be solved in collaboration.” -Sonia Lowman
- TED Talks on Race – Includes How to Overcome our Biases? Walk Boldly Toward Them
- True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality (2019) – HBO and online. Community screenings are available. Contact Emily Keating for licensing and permission information: See also the available Community Engagement Guide for True Justice.
- Gather (2020) – See screening request and resources developed in collaboration with First Nations Development Institute. Links to Sustainability topic.
- Chasing Coral (2017) – See screening request, action guide, and discussion guide. See Netflix.
- David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet (2020) – See screening request with resources. Options to take action through art or at the workplace.
- Kiss the Ground (2020) – See screening request with resources and Take Action resources. Book also available.
- TED Talks on Sustainability and Climate Change
- Wilder than Wild: Fire, Forests and the Future (2018) – California based filmmakers. See screening request with resources and Take Action resources. See the California Wildfires Story Project collaboration with Story Center. Excellent resource for panel discussions; possible state-wide event collaborator with links to CalFire, Yurok tribe, community partners. Access on Kanopy.