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17 Documentaries About Activism To Stream Online

Learn about the fight against human rights abuses, unconstitutional surveillance, worker exploitation, and more.

E-Team

What it’s about: “E-Team” is short for “Emergencies Team,” a Human Rights Watch group dedicated to exposing war crimes in Libya, Syria, and beyond.

Where to watch: Netflix, Google Play, YouTube

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1971

What it’s about: 1971 is about the Citizens’ Commission to Investigate the FBI, who broke into an FBI office and stole files that would expose the agency’s extensive illegal surveillance and sabotage of left-wing activists and movements, including the COINTELPRO project.

Where to watch: Netflix

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The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975

What it’s about: The Black Power Mixtape sheds light on civil rights leaders like Stokely Carmichael and Angela Davis, and addresses many of the same conversations about racism that are still going on today.

Where to watch: Netflix, Amazon Video, iTunes

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How to Survive a Plague

What it’s about: How to Survive a Plague chronicles the actions and struggles of protest organizations ACT UP and TAG, who faced down the AIDS epidemic in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Where to watch: Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Video, Google Play, iTunes, YouTube

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