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6 Things Global Citizens Can Watch This Weekend on Netflix and More

These powerful films and series speak to Global Citizen’s core issues: environment, women and girls, citizenship, and more. 

Each week, streaming sites like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon release a whole spate of new movies for us to gobble up. And Global Citizen has scoured all of them to find the best things for you to watch. Check back every week as we present the latest and best offerings for you to enjoy.

Streaming: 

1. “Into the Wild,” Amazon Prime, Drama

A well-educated, trust fund kid decides to forego everything, including perhaps his future, and move to the Alaskan wilderness. After donating all of his money to charity, he seeks to lead a rustic and ascetic existence, with respect for nature and the environment. 

2. “The Journey to Greenland,” Netflix, Comedy 

This French comedy considers the clash of cultures that comes about when two mid-30s Parisian actors decide to ditch the big city and move to a settlement in rural Greenland. Their run-ins and adventures with the local Inuit population range from bizarre to heartwarming. 

3. “Fourth Direction,” Netflix, Drama

Originally titled “Chauthi Koot,” this film takes place in the Punjab region of India during the 1980s, as Sikh separatists waged a battle against Indira Ghandi’s national government. It considers the atmosphere of fear and tribalism that characterized the conflict, following one family in particular as they attempt to walk a fine line between the warring sides. 

4. “Culture in Decline,” Amazon Prime, Series

Maybe you’ve heard that the United States is no longer a “full,” but rather a “flawed democracy.” This series asks the question of why that might be. Tackling large scale social and political phenomena, from elections to consumerism, “Culture in Decline” takes a stab at the very worst issues plaguing the world’s largest democracy. 

In theaters: 

1. “I Am Not Your Negro,” Documentary

Director Raoul Peck may have found the most ideal screenwriter imaginable for his documentary on the great writer, activist, and civil rights leader James Baldwin — Baldwin himself. “I Am Not Your Negro” is a poignant, and timely, look at issues of race and racism in America, written by Baldwin and narrated by Samuel L. Jackson. 

2. “They Call Us Monsters,” Documentary  

The United States has the ignominious distinction of being the country with the highest youth incarceration ratein the world — with 336 of every 100,000 kids held in a juvenile facility. (The next highest country is South Africa, with a rate of 69 of every 100,000 children, or about one fifth as many.) “They Call Us Monsters” puts faces behind these harrowing statistics, following the true stories of kids who find themselves, at far too early an age, behind bars.