6 Documentaries to watch after exams

02/12/2016 by World Vision New Zealand


6 Documentaries to watch after exams

Time for a movie night with the squad!

Keep learning about the issues we advocate for with the 40 Hour Famine by watching these acclaimed documentaries. From poverty in developing countries, to gender inquality and the Syrian Refugee Crisis, we're sure that these documentaries will inspire you to keep on changing the world! The best part, they're all available on Netflix.

1. Miss Representation

7.7/10 rating on IMDB

Description: Explore how the mainstream media's often disparaging portrayals of women contribute to the under-representation of females in positions of leadership.

Why this documentary? Sustainable Development Goal number 5 is to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. Gender equality matters because right now, only about two thirds of countries in the developing regions have achieved gender parity in primary education.


2. The True Cost

7.7/10 rating on IMDB

Description: The links between consumer pressure for low-cost high fashion and the meagre existences of the sweatshop workers who produce those good are explored.

Why this documentary? When 215 million children are involved in prohibited labour, what we buy matters. “Every time you spend money, you're casting a vote for the kind of world you want.” ― Anna Lappé. 

3. Living on One Dollar

7.5/10 rating on IMDB

Description: Living on One Dollar follows the journey of four friends as they set out to live on just $1 a day for two months in rural Guatemala. They battle hunger, parasites, and extreme financial stress as they attempt to survive life on the edge.

Why this documentary? Around the world, more than 800 million people are still living in extreme poverty. Ultimately, the aim of this film is to mobilise change-makers like you to help end extreme poverty.


4. The White Helmets 

7.9/10 rating on IMDB

Description: As daily airstrikes pound civilian targets in Syria, a group of indomitable first responders risk their lives to rescue victims from the rubble.

Why this documentary? The White Helmets are a volunteer civil defence NGO that operate in Syria, they've saved over 56,000 lives and this year, they were nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. 


5. Salam Neighbor

7.3/10 rating on IMDB

Description: American filmmakers Chris Temple and Zach Ingrasci live in a Syrian refugee camp to chronicle the lives and true stories of their displaced neighbours.

Why this documentary? In Arabic, 'Salam' means both 'peace' and 'hello'. In Za'atari refugee camp, Chris and Zach live at the camp with 85,000 other Syrians who were forced to leave home due to the war. This documentary will make you “understand the Syrian refugee crisis like never before."


6. Girl Rising

7.2/10 rating on IMDB

Description: Nine filmmakers each profile a young girl from a different part of the world to weave a global tapestry of youth in the 21st century

Why this documentary? This movie is all about advocating for educating girls all around the world.  Did you know, 130 million girls are still out of school around the world? The good news is, educating girls can break cycles of poverty in just one generation - something World Vision and the 40 Hour Famine are committed to doing.

Upload a picture of you and your squad watching these movies with the #40HFNZ and tell us why you're passionate about making a difference in the world!

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