Movie Night

Social Consciousness Movie Night

Once a month we host SCMN, a time to get together to watch something about the environment, social justice, politics, international issues, race relations, health, trade, or other quality topics.


The following list of films is roughly grouped by topic. Because there is much overlap between topics, be sure to browse each category. (M=Movie, D=Documentary)



Business + Marketing + Economy + Finances

War + Violence

Peacemaking + Nonviolent Social Change 

Politics (though every film on this page has political dimensions)


Environment + Sustainability

Food Ethics + Farming

Health + Healthcare



Human Rights (Misc)

Slavery + Human Trafficking + Sex Industry


Culture + Miscellaneous Ethics


What else do you recommend? Ideas can be found here–Spirituality and Practice.

ARCHIVES (incomplete list)






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  1. Jeff Boyd Post author

    And Bryan Bissell shares this extensive list:

    HUMAN RIGHTS/JUSTICE: Capitalism–a Love Story, A Time to Kill, Machine Gun Preacher, Beyond Rangoon (about Burmese activist Aung San Suu Kyii), Behind Forgotten Eyes (about Korean comfort women by our friend Tony), The Power of One, Mississippi Burning, Amistad, Killing Fields, Bopha, A League of Their Own, Good Will Hunting, Sarafina, Shining Through, A Cry in the Dark

    PACIFISM: The War, Heaven on earth, Schindler’s List, Pay it Forward, Cry the Beloved Country

    RELIGION/CHRISTIANITY/MISSIONS: (most on the page in this area are critical of religion..but nothing has uplifted humanity more, esp. in human rights. There are films by and about many of the organizations/people on this page that could be added to this section:

    Cosmic Conflict 1 & 2 by Doug Bachelor (, available on youtube),

    The Passion of Christ

    Jesus (a version with some similarity to Great Controversy themes)

    Martin Luther–Reluctant Revolutionary:,

    Peter & Paul and the Christian Revolution: (can’t watch this one due to region but looks good),

    The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler (Catholic Christian who saved 1000s of babies from Nazis in Poland)

    End of the Spear (5 missionaries to the Waodani Indians are killed, but this inspires many other missionaries and eventually changes the Waodani as well)

    5 Hymns that Changed the World,

    Story of Amy Carmichael & the Dohnavur Fellowship of_amy_carmichael_dohnavur.htm

    Robber of the Cruel Streets: The prayerful life of George Mueller:

    Deitrich Bonheoffer: Pastor, Pacifist, Nazi Resistor

    The Hiding Place

    To End All Wars:

    The Climb:

    Living on the Edge (about living practical Christianity)


    Many others:
    One Night with the King (Esther)
    Pilgrim’s Progress

    EDUCATION: Emperor’s Club, Lean on Me, The Great Debators, Stand By Me

    HEALTH: City of Joy, high cost of medicine, Medicine Man (Sean Connery)

    RACISM/CULTURE: Come See the Paradise:, Mr. Baseball

    Fireproof: Fireproof is a feel-good drama that encourages viewers to be faithful, honest, and let God help them.

    A Walk to Remember (a touching romantic teen movie about romance, family and dealing with death)

    TED VIDEOS: A host here. Here are some of the best I’ve seen so far

    * Rick Warren: What is your purpose in life? How can you live life best? What’s the best way to live life?

    * Shawn Achor: How happiness increases efficiency and success

    * John Wooden-What is True Success? (a coach at UCLA–one of the most successful sports coaches in history)

    & Richard St. John’s 8 secrets of success (3 minutes):

    * Carnegie Mellon professor Randy Pausch, who was dying of pancreatic cancer, delivered a one-of-a-kind last lecture that made the world stop and pay attention. This moving talk will teach you how to really achieve your childhood dreams. Unmissable.

    * Richard Wilkinson (Professor Emeritus of social epidemiology at the University of Nottingham)—How economic inequality harms societies.

    * Bill Gates on mosquitos, malaria and education.

    * Patricia Kuhl: How babies learn language.

    * Niall Ferguson: The 6 killer apps of prosperity (how nations succeed)

    * David Bolinsky – A medical artist animates what happens in cells

    * Bono (U2 singer): The Call to end poverty:

    Sunitha Krishnan fights sex slavery

    * Martin Rees, “Is this our Final Century”. Major crises our world is facing.

    * Alex Steffen: Why we must take care of the environment and live sustainably:

    * Kiran Bir Sethi: How kids and students can become leaders and change the world.

    * Gever Tully: Helping students be creative:

    * Mechai Viravaidya: How condoms helped Thailand advance and become better.

    * Hans Rosling: How Asia can rise and when it will.

    * Hans Rosling: Myths of the developing world

    * Hans Rosling: How countries are getting out of poverty.

    * Hans Rosling: How we are stopping the death of children

    *Dean Kamen on inventing and giving

    *Robert Wright on optimism:

    * Gregory Petsko: The coming neurological epidemic

    * Philip Howard: Four ways to fix a broken legal system

    There are a lot more that can be found at places like:
    Many more here:

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