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

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

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

And if we think of combining both areas, then entertainment will have some information to offer, with which we can remedy the lack of political knowledge to some extent and so on.

Although many Romanians lost the opportunity, at least in this election, many others are still able to glean knowledge even from films.

As Election Day approaches on November 3, many people will begin to learn what matters to them. There are many documentaries that highlight issues in our current political climate, such as “All in: The Struggle for Democracy” and “House Demolition”.

Here are some of the best politics-related documentaries to make sure you’re aware of the historical context of some of the most important political issues in America and beyond.

Thirteenth place (2016)

Oscar-nominated powerful documentary Ava DuVernay explores how the Thirteenth Amendment could abolish slavery, but also lead to disproportionate imprisonment for black Americans.

Angela Davis, Henry Louis Gates, and Charles Rangel were among those interviewed about how events after the Civil War directly affected the policies of Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan 100 years later.

Available on Netflix.

Home Demolition (2019)

Four women without corporate backing sparked strong representation in the middle of the 2018 congressional elections, and against all odds, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Amy Villila, Corey Bosch and Paula Jean Sweringen unleashed legendary fury.

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

The documentary is available on Netflix.

Boys State (2020)

At the annual Boy State event, a thousand teens from across the country came together to build their own government and elect a governor.

It’s an educational exercise, not a real option, but boys from different political backgrounds and the problems they face during the event give a totally real idea of ​​how politicians are made up, as well as the difficulty of finding consensus as a country.

Available on Apple Plus.

Winner (2016)

The disintegration of Anthony Weiner’s political career is a painful one to follow, but it’s also a captivating real-time portrait of a man whose promising future and New York mayor auction evaporates after his clear messages surface.

The documentary also describes the heartbreaking marriage between charismatic democrat and political figure Huma Abedin, who 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 six-part documentary, directors Shaul Schwartz and Christina Closio take an in-depth look at the state of American immigration.

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

Available on Netflix.

Fighting (2020)

At a turning point in American history, ACLU advocates continue their legal struggles for LGBT rights, immigration laws, abortion rights, and more.

Produced by Kerry Washington and directed by Elie Despres, Josh Kriegman and Elise Steinberg, the film follows their tough issues during the Trump administration.

Available to stream on Hulu and to rent on Amazon.

Elementary (1960)

Filmed with moving cameras and weaker sound equipment, “Basic” offers an up-close look at presidential candidates John F. Kennedy and Hubert Humphrey during the 1960 Wisconsin mayoral election.

The critically acclaimed film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress in 1990 and preserved by the Academy Film Archives in 1998.

Available on HBO Max.

Last Men in Aleppo (2017)

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

The film is written and directed by Firas Fayyad, and follows the founders of the organization Khaled Omar Hara, Sobhi Al-Hussein and Mahmoud, and depicts the lives of survivors of Aleppo.

Available for rent on Amazon Prime Video.

Travels with George (2002)

Directors Alexandra Pelosi and Aaron Lubarsky follow George W. Bush in the aftermath of his 2000 presidential campaign.

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

Available to stream on Hulu and HBO Max.

War Room (1993)

In this closed account of Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential election, filmmakers Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker capture the campaign team in action.

The documentary follows political advisors James Carvell and George Stephanopoulos from New Hampshire Elementary to Clinton’s campaign headquarters in Little Rock, Ark.

Available to stream on HBO Max and to rent on Amazon.

All in: The Fight for Democracy (2020)

By sharing her personal voting history, Stacey Abrams is calling for action to lead the American public to the polls.

The film, directed by Liz Garbus and Lisa Cortez, follows a streak of voter suppression through history and discusses its links to the current movement for the lives of people of color.

Available on Amazon Prime Video.

Suppressed 2020: The Struggle to Vote (2020)

The short film, narrated by black voters in Georgia, discusses how restrictions on mail-in voting in the 2020 election violate the constitutional right to vote.

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

Available on YouTube.

Nobody Speaks: Trials of a Free Press (2017)

In Nobody Speaks, author Brian Knappenberger examines how press freedom can challenge privacy rights.

The film centers on two incidents—Peter Thiel’s financing of Hulk Hogan’s lawsuit against Gawker Media and the purchase of casino owner Sheldon Adelson from the Las Vegas Review-Journal—to discuss how much money is “hidden” by the media. mediate.

Available on Netflix.

Four More Years (1972)

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

The film challenges traditional conference coverage, and the film also follows the experiences of journalists, audience members, and protesters at the event.

Available for rent on Amazon Prime Video.

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