I guess the only time most people think about injustice is when it happens to them.”
― Charles Bukowski, Ham on Rye
Injustice, in its various forms, has been around throughout the ages leaving a trail of victims in its wake. Stories of indigenous peoples driven out of their lands or a military man in the 1800s arbitrarily accused of being a spy are just a drop in the ocean of injustices that millions of people have suffered throughout the ages. But for those who have not experienced what it is like to have an absence of justice, the full extent of the problem may be difficult to grasp. For perspective and a glimpse into compelling stories of how it works, here are some of the best social justice films to watch.
3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets (2015)
This film touches on issues like racism, the Stand Your Ground law, and guns. It takes a look at the case of Michael Dunn, a white man who ended up killing black teen Jordan Russell Davis, after firing ten bullets into their car. The incident, which happened at a gas station, was triggered by the loud music the kids were playing. 3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets offers a glimpse into the events and stories before, during, and after the incident.
India’s Daughter (2015)
“We know that we cannot do anything for our daughter but in the future such things should not happen – we should do something.” – Jyoti’s father
India’s Daughter is one of those documentary films that is hard to see but needed to be watched. The film is based on the story of the horrific and brutal gang-rape of Jyoti Singh. The victim was a 23-year-old medical student victim. She was raped and murdered inside a bus in Delhi. This film likewise examines the culture and factors that contribute, directly or indirectly, in perpetuating abuse against women.