Storytelling at its best creates empathy, and this is never more apparent when it comes to documentary films. Social issue documentary films have unparalleled potential to educate, raise awareness, and enact social change across the globe, which is why I have been an avid investor in these stories for years.
Please click through the list of films I have championed, invested in, or believe in the stories they are telling.
50/50: Rethinking the Past, Present, and Future of Women + Power
50/50 gives the 10,000 year history of women + power — from setbacks and uprisings, to the bigger context of where we are today.
ALIVE INSIDE is a joyous cinematic exploration of music’s capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity. Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett reveals the uniquely human connection we find in music and how its healing power can triumph where prescription medication falls short.
A profile of Anita Hill, the African-American lawyer who challenged Clarence Thomas’ nomination to the US Supreme Court and thus exposed the problem of sexual harassment to the world.
Audrie & daisy
Blowin’ Up looks at sex work, prostitution and human trafficking through the lens of our nation’s first human trafficking intervention court in Queens, New York.
Thirteen-year-old Aisholpan trains to become the first female in twelve generations of her nomad family to become an eagle huntress.
Hot Girls Wanted
Hot Girls Wanted is a documentary about young women who have been drawn into the sex trade – and how easy it is for a web-savvy generation to end up making porn.
The Great Hack
The Great Hack is a 2019 documentary film about the Facebook–Cambridge Analytica data scandal, produced and directed by Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer. Explore how a data company named Cambridge Analytica came to symbolize the dark side of social media in the wake of the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
The Hunting Ground
The Hunting Ground is a shocking expose of rape crimes on US college campuses, their institutional cover-ups, and the devastating toll they take on students and their families.
The Invisible War is a groundbreaking investigative documentary about one of America’s most shameful and best kept secrets: the epidemic of rape within the U.S. military. The film, a nominee for the 2013 Academy Awards, paints a startling picture of the extent of the problem: Today, a female soldier in combat zones is more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire.
Written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Miss Representation exposes how mainstream media and culture contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. The film draws back a curtain to reveal a glaring reality we live with every day but fail to see – how the media’s limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls makes it difficult for women to feel powerful and achieve leadership positions.
On the Record
On the Record is a documentary film directed by Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering. It centers allegations of sexual abuse and harassment against hip hop mogul Russell Simmons.
Step documents the senior year of a girls’ high-school step dance team against the background of inner-city Baltimore.
The Mask You Live In
The Mask You Live In follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity. Pressured by the media, their peer group, and even the adults in their lives, our protagonists confront messages encouraging them to disconnect from their emotions, devalue authentic friendships, objectify and degrade women, and resolve conflicts through violence. These gender stereotypes interconnect with race, class, and circumstance, creating a maze of identity issues boys and young men must navigate to become “real” men.
Jennifer Brea’s Sundance award-winning documentary, Unrest, is a personal journey from patient to advocate to storyteller. Jennifer is twenty-eight years-old, working on her PhD at Harvard, and months away from marrying the love of her life when a mysterious fever leaves her bedridden. When doctors tell her it’s “all in her head,” she picks up her camera as an act of defiance and brings us into a hidden world of millions that medicine abandoned.
A look at the rise and fall of disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein featuring interviews with former colleagues and those who accused him of sexual misconduct.