The 14 best political documentaries to watch now that the local elections are over

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If we were to do education differently, the moments spent during the pandemic were conducive to showing us that we can learn very easily and, most importantly, much more enjoyable, through movies.

After going through the turning point regarding the next four years of local administration in Romania, we can realize that the political field is missing from our education.

And if we were to consider combining both areas, entertainment would have some information to offer, with the help of which we can remedy to a certain extent the lack of political knowledge and more.

Although many Romanians will have lost the chance, at least for these elections, many others can still extract knowledge even from movies.

As the US election day on November 3 approaches, many people will begin training on what topics are important to them. There are several documentaries that highlight issues in our current political climate, such as “All In: The Fight for Democracy” and “Knock Down the House.”

Here are some of the best, politically relevant documentaries to make sure you are aware of the historical context of some of America’s most important political issues and beyond.

13th (2016)

The powerful documentary of Oscar-nominated Ava DuVernay explores how the 13th Amendment could have abolished slavery, but also led to the disproportionate incarceration of black Americans.

Angela Davis, Henry Louis Gates and Charles Rangel are among those interviewed about how the events that took place after the Civil War had a direct effect on the policies of Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan 100 years later.

Available on Netflix.

Knock Down the House (2019)

Four women without the benefit of corporate support provoked strong representatives in the mid-2018 congressional elections, and against all odds, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Amy Vilela, Cori Bush and Paula Jean Swearengin unleashed a legendary outrage.

Their energy continues to be felt throughout the country, as women enter politics in unprecedented numbers.

documentary is available on Netflix.

Boys State (2020)

At the annual event Boys State, a thousand teenagers across the country are coming together to build their own government and elect a governor.

It is an educational exercise, rather than a real choice, but the boys with different political backgrounds and the problems they face during the event provide a completely real idea of ​​how politicians are formed, as well as the difficulty of finding consensus as a country. .

Available on Apple Plus.

Weiner (2016)

The disintegration of Anthony Weiner’s political career is a painful thing to follow, but it is also a captivating real-time portrait of a man whose promising future and New York mayoral auction evaporate after his explicit messages come to light. .

The documentary describesalso the heartbreaking marriage between the charismatic Democrat and the political figure Huma Abedin, whom Weiner later said he did not expect to be included in the filming.

Available for rent on Amazon and other platforms.

Immigration Nation (2020)

In this documentary consisting of six parts, directors Shaul Schwarz and Christina Clusiau take a deep look at the state of American immigration.

The series captures the day-to-day work of everyone involved, including immigration and customs enforcement agents, activists, parliamentarians, lawyers and undocumented immigrants, both newcomers and long-term residents.

Available on Netflix.

The Fight (2020)

At a crucial time in American history, ACLU advocates continue their legal struggles for LGBTQIA rights, immigration laws, abortion rights, and more.

Produced by Kerry Washington and directed by Eli Despres, Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg, the movie follows their rigorous cases during the Trump administration.

Available for streaming on Hulu and for rent on Amazon.

Primary (1960)

Filmed with mobile cameras and weaker sound equipment, “Primary” gives an intimate look at presidential candidates John F. Kennedy and Hubert H. Humphrey during the 1960 Wisconsin mayoralty.

The critically acclaimed film was selected for preservation in the US National Film Registry by the Library of Congress in 1990 and preserved by the Academy’s Film Archive in 1998.

Available to stream on HBO Max.

Last Men in Aleppo (2017)

The White Helmets, a group of volunteers rescuing civilians during the Syrian civil war, face the dilemma of fleeing their country or continuing their work in Syria.

The movie, written and directed by Feras Fayyad, follows the organization’s founders, Khaled Omar Harrah, Subhi Alhussen and Mahmoud, and captures the lives of Aleppo survivors.

Available for rent on Amazon Prime Video.

Journeys With George (2002)

Filmmakers Alexandra Pelosi and Aaron Lubarsky are following George W. Bush in the wake of his campaign for the 2000 presidential election.

Emmy Award-winning film breaks down the relationship between the press and presidential candidates and documents the lives of traveling journalists.

Available for streaming on Hulu and HBO Max.

The War Room (1993)

In this account of the closed doors of the 1992 presidential election by Bill Clinton, filmmakers Chris Hegedus and DA Pennebaker capture the campaign team in action.

documentary he follows political advisers James Carville and George Stephanopoulos of New Hampshire Primary to the Clinton Campaign headquarters in Little Rock, Ark.

Available for streaming on HBO Max and for rent on Amazon.

All In: The Fight for Democracy (2020)

Sharing her personal voting history, Stacey Abrams calls for action to lead the American public to the polls.

The movie, directed by Liz Garbus and Lisa Cortés, follows a line of suppressing voters throughout history and discusses its links to today’s movement of the lives of people of color.

Available on Amazon Prime Video.

Suppressed 2020: The Fight to Vote (2020)

Told by black voters in the state of Georgia, the short film talks about how the postal voting restrictions of the 2020 elections violate the constitutional right to vote.

Produced by Brave New Films, Suppressed 2020, discusses how the coronavirus pandemic disproportionately affects the well-being and rights of underrepresented communities.

Available on YouTube.

Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press (2017)

In “Nobody Speak,” creator Brian Knappenberger examines how privacy rights can be challenged by press freedom.

The movie focuses on two incidents – Peter Thiel funding fighter Hulk Hogan’s lawsuit against Gawker Media and the purchase by casino owner Sheldon Adelson of Las Vegas Review-Journal – to discuss how much money has been “hidden” by the media .

Available on Netflix.

Four More Years (1972)

“Four More Years,” titled Richard Nixon’s presidential campaign slogan, examines the 1972 Republican National Convention through informal, spontaneous interviews by Skip Blumberg and Maureen Orth.

Defying the coverage of the traditional convention, the movie is watchingalso the experiences of journalists, audience members and protesters at the event.

Available for rent on Amazon Prime Video.


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