1. North Country
North Country, which is inspired by true events is set in the year 1989 and tells the story of Josey Aimes, a single mother who flees from her abusive husband and returns to her hometown in Minnesota. Josey’s pursuit of a job led her to join the local iron mine, considered a male-dominated profession. Here Josey and her female co-workers face sexual harassment and humiliation at the hands of most of their male co-workers, who did not think that women should not have a job that was meant for men. Fed up with the working conditions, Josey proceeds to file a Class action law suit against the mining company which eventually resulted in the company both paying the women for their suffering as well as establishing a sexual harassment policy at the workplace.
The movie resonates a strong message about gender equality, perseverance and humanism and the need to fight for women’s rights, since even today, women’s rights are the most violated human right globally.
2. Twelve Years a Slave
During pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, an educated and a free black man living in upstate New York, is abducted, shipped to the south and sold into slavery under the nickname Platt. For twelve years he works in the plantations as a slave, facing the abusive treatments of his masters, until he meets the Canadian Abolitionist, Bass who promises to send a letter for Solomon. Eventually, after being enslaved for 12 years, Solomon returns to his family in New York, a free man.
The movie depicts one man’s endurance and his fight for his dignity and freedom
3. He named me Malala
He named me Malala is a documentary movie that centers around the young Pakistani female activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai, who has been vocal about the rights of girls, especially the right to education, since she was a young school girl. The movie tells the brave story of how Malala miraculously survive being hunted down and shot in the head by a Taliban gunman, which was fiercely against girls’ receiving an education in Pakistan. The story sends a strong message of a young girl taking a bullet for her belief that women’s education is a right that should not be squandered.
The movie “Siddharth” presents a story of one father’s desperate search for his son. A desperate father, Mahendra succumbed by financial burdens, sends his 12-year-old son Siddharth to work in a different province, in order to help alleviate his burden and support the family. However, after Siddharth fails to return home, Mahendra fears that he may have been abducted by child-traffickers. With many hurdles and limitations, Mahendra travels across India in pursuit of his son, with the hope that he will be returned to him unharmed. The movie sheds light on the ugly face of child labour and how it still exits even today, when young children are forced to work in order to support themselves and their families.
5. Mad Max- Fury Road
The movie is set in the desert wastelands of Australia in the Post-apocalyptic future where the whole concept of humanity is lost and everyone is fighting for the basic necessities in life in order to be able to survive. The tyrannical evil-leader, Immortal Joe runs a tight ship and keeps his subjects under his control. He controls the water and food supply that his subjects receive, while having ample supply for himself and his inner power circle. Hoping to get away from the tyranny rule, two rebels, Max and Furiosa try to escape but soon find out that this road to freedom is not an easy one. Mad Max- Fury road shows a stark violation of human rights such as enslavement, torture, gender inequality and the right to food and water.