Documentaries For Americans

As an independent thinker, I find it important to open your eyes and see the world for what it is. There are many disturbing things going on in this country, and when we try to discuss it, it becomes a Us VS Them kind of battle, when we share many of the same ideals.

Many of these films are on Netflix, so pick one that interests you and watch it. You might be surprised how much you hunger for more. And spread the word. And please fact check things you find alarming. Films can open our eyes, but we need to think critically.
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The End of America (2008 Documentary)
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The End of America details the ten steps a country takes when it slides toward fascism. It's not a "lefty"tot tome...
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Just to get it out of the way: This is NOT left wing anything. This just so happened to be made when Bush was still in office. If it was revised today, under Obama... things would be WORSE. And it wont stop getting worse until we stop allowing things to continue like this. ” - DisturbedPixie
 
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Please Remove Your Shoes (2010 Documentary)
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A documentary about the US government's broken promise to keep our airlines secure, and the personal stories of a few people who know the truth... (89 mins.)
Director: Rob DelGaudio
 
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The War on Kids (2009 Documentary)
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Shows how American public schools have failed in their mission to provide education, erode the country's democratic foundation by denying the most basic civil rights to youth, and often resemble prisons. (95 mins.)
Director: Cevin Soling
 
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The Business of Being Born (2008 Documentary)
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Birth: it's a miracle. A rite of passage. A natural part of life. But more than anything, birth is a business... (87 mins.)
Director: Abby Epstein
 
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Zeitgeist (2007 Documentary)
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Mythology and belief in society today, presenting uncommon perspectives of common cultural issues. (118 mins.)
Director: Peter Joseph
“ While I found that the presentation of this film was rather annoying, it did have come compelling facts and arguments in favor of freeing us from the controlling lies we face everyday. ” - DisturbedPixie
 
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This Film Is Not Yet Rated (2006 Documentary)
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Kirby Dick's exposé about the American movie ratings board. (98 mins.)
Director: Kirby Dick
 
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Ethos (2011 Documentary)
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Hosted by twice Oscar nominated actor Woody Harrelson, Ethos explores the mechanisms in our systems that work against democracy, the environment and our own personal liberty. (78 mins.)
Director: Pete McGrain
“ This is very similar the Zeitgeist's chapter about those in control, with much of the same footage ” - DisturbedPixie
 
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8: The Mormon Proposition (2010 Documentary)
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A scorching indictment of the Mormon Church's historic involvement in the promotion & passage of California's Proposition 8 and the Mormon religion's secretive, decades-long campaign against LGBT human rights. (80 mins.)
 
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Sicko (2007 Documentary)
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A documentary comparing the highly profitable American health care industry to other nations, and HMO horror stories including shotgun deaths. (123 mins.)
Director: Michael Moore
 
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For the Bible Tells Me So (2007 Documentary)
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An exploration of the intersection between religion and homosexuality in the U.S. and how the religious right has used its interpretation of the Bible to stigmatize the gay community. (95 mins.)
Director: Daniel Karslake
 
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Fish Out of Water (2009 Documentary)
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A documentary that faces down the controversies between homosexuality and religion, examining Bible verses quoted as condemnatory and discussing alternative meanings. (59 mins.)
Director: Ky Dickens
“ Not just aimed at Americans, but many people in America need to hear this message from these kind religious leaders that know that Love is the answer, not Hate ” - DisturbedPixie
 
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(Astro) Turf Wars (2010 Documentary)
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From the Tea Parties to the healthcare and climate wars, America's conservative citizens have revolted against the Obama agenda... (91 mins.)
Director: Taki Oldham
“ The Billionaires' Tea Party on Netflix ” - DisturbedPixie
 
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Unborn in the USA: Inside the War on Abortion (2007 Documentary)
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An unprecedented view of the deep secrets and deep pockets of the pro-life movement. (101 mins.)
 
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Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004 Documentary)
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Michael Moore's view on what happened to the United States after September 11; and how the Bush Administration allegedly used the tragic event to push forward its agenda for unjust wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. (122 mins.)
Director: Michael Moore
 
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Fall from Grace (2007 Documentary)
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The shocking story of Rev. Fred Phelps, the Westboro Baptist Church, those who oppose it, and those who chose to leave it all behind. (71 mins.)
Director: K. Ryan Jones
 
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The Flaw (2011 Documentary)
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An examination of the causes of the economic crisis of 2008. (78 mins.)
Director: David Sington
 
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A Norml Life (2011 Documentary)
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A documentary on the current state of medical marijuana in America. Personal stories from patients, doctors and caregivers verify its medical effectiveness while leading activist rally support to end prohibition. (60 mins.)
Director: Rod Pitman
 
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End of the Road: How Money Became Worthless (2012 Documentary)
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Wall Street is being occupied. Europe is collapsing in on itself. Around the world, people are consumed by fear and anger... (55 mins.)
Director: Tim Delmastro
 
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Pink Ribbons, Inc. (2011 Documentary)
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Breast cancer has become the poster child of corporate cause-related marketing campaigns. Countless women and men walk... (97 mins.)
Director: Léa Pool
 
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Lynching Charlie Lynch (2011 Documentary)
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In 2006, Charlie Lynch was invited by the civic leaders of Morro Bay, CA to open a medical marijuana dispensary within the city limits... (100 mins.)
Director: Rick Ray
 
21.
Hot Coffee (2011 Documentary)
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How the infamous McDonald's hot coffee lawsuit and similar cases were exploited as part of a right wing crusade to weaken civil justice. (88 mins.)
Director: Susan Saladoff
 
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The Strange History of Don't Ask, Don't Tell (2011 Documentary)
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The strange history of the now abandoned American 1993-bill, «Don't ask, don't tell» where sexual orientation was a "non-talk" policy in the American forces, leading to 13.368 getting kicked out before 2011. (85 mins.)
 
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The Fence (2010 Documentary)
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In October 2006, the United States government decided to build a 700 mile fence along its Mexican border... (36 mins.)
Director: Rory Kennedy
 
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The Revisionaries (2012 Documentary)
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The theory of evolution and a re-write of American history are caught in the crosshairs when an unabashed Creationist seeks re-election as chairman of America's most influential Board of Education. (92 mins.)
Director: Scott Thurman
 
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Hungry for Change (2012 Documentary)
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HUNGRY FOR CHANGE exposes shocking secrets the diet, weight loss and food industries don't want you... (89 mins.)
 
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American Drug War: The Last White Hope (2007 Documentary)
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The War on Drugs has become the longest and most costly war in American history, the question has become... (120 mins.)
Director: Kevin Booth
 
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The House I Live In (2012 Documentary)
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From the dealer to the narcotics officer, the inmate to the federal judge, a penetrating look inside America's criminal justice system, revealing the profound human rights implications of U.S. drug policy. (108 mins.)
Director: Eugene Jarecki
 
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Inequality for All (2013 Documentary)
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A documentary that follows former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich as he looks to raise awareness of the country's widening economic gap. (89 mins.)
Director: Jacob Kornbluth
 
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American Addict (2012 Documentary)
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Riveting look at the politics, big business and the medical industry that has made America the most prescription-addicted society in the world... (98 mins.)
Director: Sasha Knezev
 
30.
Prohibition (2011 Mini-Series)
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The story of the American activist struggle against the influence of alcohol, climaxing in the failed early 20th century nationwide era when it was banned.
 
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The Culture High (2014 Documentary)
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Scours the deep-seated roots of this morally induced Marijuana campaign and reveal the fascinating path it has taken to get to where it is today. (120 mins.)
Director: Brett Harvey
 
32.
How to Die in Oregon (2011 Documentary)
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In 1994 Oregon became the first state to legalize medical aid in dying. At the time, only Belgium, Switzerland... (107 mins.)
 
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Race to Nowhere (2010 Documentary)
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RACE TO NOWHERE is a close-up look at the pressures on today's students, offering an intimate view of lives packed with activities... (85 mins.)
 
34.
Miss Representation (2011 Documentary)
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Explores the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America, and challenges the media's limited portrayal of what it means to be a powerful woman. (85 mins.)
 
35.
Fed Up (2014 Documentary)
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An examination of America's obesity epidemic and the food industry's role in aggravating it. (92 mins.)