Beat the Heat: 5 Eye-Opening Movies to Watch From Home

Summer movie season is here and hotly-anticipated blockbusters are hitting the theatres. But before you join the hoards of moviegoers there are some great. eye-opening flicks to see from the comfort of your own home.

These films are documentary shockers made up of real-life experiences, speaking to issues around violence against women. While some include disturbing subject matter, all offer candid disclosure about serious topics that will leave you with a whole new perspective.   

All of the films are available on Netflix except for The Invisible War, which you can find on YouTube and the link provided below.

The Invisible War (2012) 

Director: Kirby Dick

An investigative and powerfully emotional film about the epidemic of rape of soldiers within the US military, the institutions that perpetuate and cover up its existence, and its profound personal and social consequences. (IMDb)


The Hunting Ground (2015)

Director: Kirby Dick

An expose of rape crimes on US college campuses, their institutional cover-ups and the devastating toll they take on students and their families. (IMDb)

She's Beautiful When She's Angry (2014)

Director: Mary Dore

This film tells the story of the brilliant, brave and often outrageous women who founded the feminist movement of the 1960's.  They said 'the personal is political' and made a revolution in the bedroom, in the workplace, in all spheres of life.  Called threatening by the FBI, yet ignored in many histories, these women changed the world. (IMDb)

The Mask You Live In (2015)

Director: Jennifer Siebel Newsom

Explores how our culture's narrow definition of masculinity is harming boys, men and society at large and unveils what we can do about it. (IMDb)

Miss Representation (2011)

Director: Jennifer Siebel Newsom

Explores the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America and challenges the media's limited portrayal of what it means to be a woman. (IMDb)