10 Must-Watch Documentaries That Will Inspire Your Kids to Change the World

10 Must-Watch Documentaries That Will Inspire Your Kids to Change the World

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By Sara Ahmed

If your kids have any kind of device — phones, gaming systems, tablets, what have you — it can feel like you're constantly fighting for their attention. It becomes harder and harder to share experiences with them, but one thing they usually can't deny? Movies. Sure, watching a big blockbuster is always fun, but documentaries can be an incredible way for a family to connect.

Watching these films with your children is a compelling way to help nurture their sense of curiosity and compassion without feeling tedious (or, God forbid, educational). From inspiring stories of Muslim high school football players in Michigan to the haunting tale of Tilikum, the killer whale in captivity, a good documentary can alter your child's perception through the power of empathy. Keep reading for a list of the most powerful documentaries to watch with your kiddos during your next movie night.

  1. He Named Me Malala: 

    He Named Me Malala tells the poignant story of a young Pakistani girl and her fight for education. Your kids won't fuss about going to school after watching this documentary.

    Appropriate For Ages: 12+

  2. March of the Penguins: 

    This harrowing and stunning documentary shows penguins during their annual march from Antarctica. The beautiful narration from Morgan Freeman just adds to the majestic quality of the film. 

    Appropriate For Ages: 6+

  3. Fed Up: 

    This is a must-watch for all parents struggling with their children's sugar habits (so, pretty much everyone)! Your kiddos won't beg for any dessert after watching the perils of what sugar does to our bodies.

    Appropriate For Ages: 10+

  4. Wings of Life: 

    Disney's documentary about pollinators such as bees, bats, butterflies, and birds is a riveting surprise.

    Appropriate For Ages: 6+

  5. Bully: 

    An intense but important documentary for teens to watch about the effects of bullying.

    Appropriate For Ages: 12+

  6. Planet Earth II: 

    This sequel to BBC's incredible series about our planet continues to show breathtaking wonders from around our world.

    Appropriate For Ages: All ages

  7. Blackfish: 

    This heartbreaking tale of a killer whale is not an easy watch but is definitely life-altering.

    Appropriate For Ages: 13+

  8. I Am Eleven: 

    A lovely documentary that offers incredible insight through the eyes of 11-year-olds from around the world.

    Appropriate For Ages: 10+

  9. Dancing in Jaffa: 

    This tells a beautiful story of interfaith compassion when Palestinian and Israeli children come together for a dance in the world's most religiously torn city: Jerusalem.

    Appropriate For Ages: 12+

  10. Fordson: Faith, Fasting, Football: 

    Fordson: Faith, Fasting, Football is a captivating documentary that shows the love a Muslim-American community has toward football, country, and God.

    Appropriate For Ages: 12+

     

     

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