BIPOC, 2SLGBTQIA+ & Social Change Documentaries on Netflix

BIPOC, 2SLGBTQIA+ & Social Change Documentaries on Netflix

We've created a list of documentaries that are available on Canadian Netflix covering topics such as 2SLGBTQIA+, police brutality & injustice, politics & social change, feminism, music & arts, and racial inequality. We are committed to educating ourselves on the social injustices in our world and will be making our way through this list!

 

2SLGBTQIA+

Breaking Free - One filmmaker’s quest to expose the human rights violations faced by India’s 2SLGBTQIA+ community was a project of passion seven years in the making.

Disclosure - In this documentary, leading transgender creatives and thinkers share heartfelt perspectives and analysis about Hollywood’s impact on the transgender community.

Jewel’s Catch One - the story of famed L.A nightclub Catch One and the owner Jewel Thais-Williams, who defied all odds and provided a safe space for Black 2SLGBTQIA+ communities

Black transgender filmmaker, Reina Gossett has accused "The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson" director David France of stealing her her ideas and research. Please do not support this Netflix documentary. In an article in the Washington Blade Reina says, “This kind of extraction/excavation of Black life, disabled life, poor life, trans life is so old and so deeply connected to the violence Marsha had to deal with throughout her life.”. Please head to reinagossett.com to watch "Happy Birthday Marsha!" a film written and directed by Reina Gossett and Sasha Wortzel.

 

Politics & Social Change

Hello, Privilege. It’s Me, Chelsea - In this documentary, Chelsea Handler explores how white privilege impacts American culture. 

Living Undocumented - The series documents eight undocumented immigrant families living in the United States.

Reggie Yates: Outside Man - Award-winning filmmaker, Reggie Yates travels around the world tackling big issues such as gun violence, racism, gay rights and addiction.

Teach Us All - It’s been decades since Brown v. Board of Education, yet American schools remain largely segregated. Some leaders are working to change that.

The Final Year - Filmmakers follow  U.S. President Barack Obama and his foreign policy team through 21 nations as they create his diplomatic legacy during his last term.

There’s Something In the Water - This documentary spotlights the struggle of minority communities in Nova Scotia as they fight officials over the lethal effects of industrial waste. 

Trigger Warnings with Killer Mike - In this funny and provocative series, rapper and activist Killer Mike puts his revolutionary ideas about achieving social change into action.

Who Killed Malcolm X? - Decades after the assassination of African American leader Malcom X, an activist embarks on a complex mission seeking truth in the name of justice.

Uppity: The Willy T. Ribbs Story - This documentary profiles a defiant driver who challenged racial barriers in American auto racing, becoming the first black man to race in the Indy 500.

Zion - Born without legs and stuck in foster care for years, teen Zion Clark finds his calling when he pursues competitive wrestling. 

 

Police Brutality & Injustice

13th: in this thought-provoking documentary, scholars, activists and politicians analyze the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S prison boom.

13th: A Conversation with Oprah Winfrey and Ava DuVernay - Oprah Winfrey sits down with director Ava DuVernay to discuss her Oscar-nominated film, historical cycles of oppression and the broken prison system. 

Flint Town - Over a two-year period, filmmakers embedded with cops in Flint, Michigan, reveal a department grappling with volatile issues in untenable conditions. 

LA 92 - Stark footage traces decades of police brutality and public uprising leading up to the 1992 acquittal of four LAPD officers filmed beating Rodney King.

Let It Fall - This documentary chronicles simmering tension and broken trust between L.A.’s Black community and police in the decade before the Rodney King riots.

Long Shot - When Juan Catalan is arrested for a murder he didn’t commit, he builds his case for innocence around raw footage from a popular TV show. 

Murder to Mercy: The Cyntoia Brown Story - After 16-year-old Cyntoia Brown is sentences to life in prison, questions about her past, physiology and the law itself call her guilt into question. 

Strong Island - The forces of family, grief and racial injustice converge in this Oscar-nominated documentary exploring the murder of filmmaker Yance Ford’s brother.

The Innocence Files - The Innocence Project unravels missteps and deceit in a series of wrongful convictions, exposing the injustice inflicted on victims and the accused.

Time: The Kalief Browder Story - Refusing to plead guilty, Kalief endures the brutality of Rikers Island’s adolescent unit, including repeated abuse by the prison’s corrupt officers. 

Trial By Media: Episode Three, 41 Shots - After four white NYPD officers shoot the unarmed Amadou Diallo 41 times, defense lawyers press for a change of venue as racial tensions escalate. 

When They See Us Now - Oprah Winfrey talks with the exonerated men once known as the Central Park Five, plus the cast and producers who tell their story in “When They See Us”.

 

Feminism

3 Seconds Divorce - A Muslim women’s activist group in India protests against oral divorces, starting a movement to reclaim their religious and constitutional rights.

A Suitable Girl - This documentary follows three young women in India as they fight to maintain their independence in the face of increasing pressure to marry. 

Bachelor Girls - Through intimate interviews, this documentary explores the stigma facing independent women who seek housing in modern Mumbai. 

Becoming - Join former first lady Michelle Obama in an intimate documentary looking at her life, hopes and connection with others as she tours with “Becoming”.

City of Joy - Women who’ve been sexually brutalized in war-torn Congo begin to heal at City of Joy, a center that helps them regain a sense of self and empowerment. 

Eve’s Apple - Interviews with global policymakers and girls in Gambia and Kenya detail the horrors of female genital mutilation and the growing efforts to end it.

Knock Down The House - Go behind the scenes as four determined women - including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez - challenge big-money politicians in the 2018 race for Congress. 

Limitless - This documentary follows eight women in India who struggle with self confidence and society’s expectations but rediscover themselves through running. 

Period. End of Sentence - In rural India, where the stigma of menstruation persists, women make low-cost sanitary pads on a new machine and stride toward financial independence. 

Standing Tall - From Asia, Africa and Latin America, five women share extraordinary stories of strength and determination in the face of violence and inequality. 

This Is Personal - This documentary explores how activists mobilized millions to participate in the Women’s March following the 2017 inauguration of President Trump.

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am - Late author Ton Morrison talks about life and writing in this documentary exploring the ways her work reflects themes of race and American History

War Against Women - Filmed over three years in 10 countries, this documentary gives voice to the women who have become victims of sexual violence as weapons of war. 

What the F*ck Is Going On? - Featuring extensive interviews, this documentary takes a critical looks at the gender inequality in Spain as the feminist movement aims to shift reality. 

 

Music & Arts

Devil at the Crossroads - Cloaked in mystery, bluesman Robert Johnson left his mark on American Music. Now family, critics and famous fans look for the real man behind the music. 

HOMECOMING: A Film by Beyoncé - This intimate, in-depth look at Beyonce’s celebrated 2018 Coachella performance reveals the emotional road from creative concept to cultural movement.

Quincy - This documentary profiles music and culture icon Quincy Jones, offering unprecedented access to his private life and stories from his unparalleled career

The Black Godfather - This documentary follows the life of Clarence Avant, the ultimate, uncensored mentor and behind-the-scenes rainmaker in music, film, TV and politics.

They’ve Gotta Have Us - Powered by candid recollections from esteemed African-American entertainers, this docuseries traces the history of Black cinema.

The Two Killings of Sam Cooke - While Sam Cooke rose to stardom as a soul singer, his outspoken views on civil rights drew attention that may have contributed to his death at age 33. 

What Happened, Miss Simone? - Using never-before-hear recordings, rare archival footage and her best-known songs, this is the story of legendary singer and activist Nina Simone.

Who Shot the Sheriff? A Bob Marley Story - IN 1976, reggae icon Bob Marley survives an assassination attempt as rival political groups battled Jamaica. But who exactly was responsible?

Who Killed Jam Master Jay? - Run-DMC DJ Jam Master Jay made a huge impact in music and his community. But friends and family still seek closure years after his unsolved murder.

Rodney King - Roger Guenveur Smith gives voice to the man at the center of the brutal police beating that helped fuel the 1992 LA riots. Spike Lee directs.

 

We would love to keep adding to this list. If there is a documentary not on this list that you think others should watch, please share in the comments below!

Janel and Andrea


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