We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Memorable Political Films

* Z
* The Battle of Algiers
* The Act of Killing
* 1971
* Il Postino (1995)
* The Wind That Shakes the Barley
* Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
* The Agronomist
* Comedy of Power
* Queimada!
* Rendition
* The Official Story
* Missing
* State of Siege
* The Empire in Africa
* Dr. Strangelove
* When the Mountains Tremble
* The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

* The End of Poverty?
* Plunder: The Crime of Our Time
* Blood Diamonds (History Channel)
* Burn!
* The Reflecting Pool (9/11)
* The One Percent
* The Lives of Others
* The Men Who Killed Kennedy (BBC series)
* Winter Soldier
* Zeitgeist: Addendum | 2008
* Inside Job
* Fair Game
* The Quiet American (2002)
* Slavery By Another Name (PBS)
* Land and Freedom
* On History: Tariq Ali and Oliver Stone in
Conversation (C-Span)
* La Commune
* Money as Debt I & II
* Bel Ami
* Counter-Intelligence
* The Power Principle
* Hannah Arendt
* ZERO: An Investigation into 9-11
* Verunga
* Margin Call
* Monsieur Verdoux (Charlie Chaplin)
*
Dr. Strangelove
* CitizenFour
* The Big Short
* Goldman Sachs: The Bank That Runs the World
* Jimmy's Hall
* Counter-intelligence (5 online films)
* The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz