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The Field Guide has drawn extensively from impact case studies and we highly recommend you also get inspired and empowered. Stand on the shoulders of others!

Of course we also recommend that you watch as many of the full films as possible so you can put together the creative potential with the impact strategy.

All case studies were correct at the time but some teams have continued their work and it is always worth checking on film websites for latest news.

We are also always looking to include great new examples so please email us your suggestions.

The ‘Blackfish Effect’ as reported in Business Insider link (2014)

and The Hollywood Reporter and Take Part

Blackfish (2013)
Further resources

A media impact reporting with Edelman/Strategy One


Budrus (2009)
Nonviolent resistance unites in Palestine
Directed by Julia Bacha, produced by Ronit Avni, Rula Salameh and Just Vision
Unearthed (2014)
Investigating fracking in the United States
Directed by Jolynn Minnaar
9.70 (2012)
The story of a group of farmers from which the Colombian Government seized and destroyed 70 tons of rice
Directed by Victoria Solano

Article in Documentary Television.com which lays out some of the facts figures and strategy behind this box office phenomena

2016 Obama’s America (2012)
Trying to prevent Obama’s re-election
Directed by John Sullivan and Dinesh D’Souza
Always In Season (2019)
Breaking the silence: How documentaries shape the conversation on racial violence in America.
Directed by Jacqueline Olive
A Place at the Table (2012)
Peels back the curtain on the problem of food insecurity in America
Directed by Kristi Jacobson & Lori Silverbush
Armor of Light (2013)
Follows an Evangelical minister and the mother of a teenage shooting victim who ask, is it possible to be both pro-gun and pro-life?
Directed by Abigail Disney & Kathleen Hughes
An Inconvenient Truth (2006)
Al Gore warns climate change is real
Directed by Davis Guggenheim
Lejos del Sentido / Away From Meaning (2016)
An intimate personal portrait of Mexican documentalist Olivia Luengas and the struggle of her sister Liliana with the boundary personality disorder
Directed by Olivia Luengas
Boy 23 (2016)
Story of 50 orphans who were enslaved by Nazi sympathizers in Brazil
Directed by Belisário Franca
Charm City (2018)
A portrait of the police, citizens, and government officials left on the front lines in Baltimore
Directed by Marilyn Ness
The Closer We Get (2015)
The story of dutiful daughter Karen as she returns home to help care for her mother Ann, who has suffered a devastating stroke
Directed by Karen Guthrie
Colours of The Alphabet (2016)
Does the future have to be in English? A film about childhood, communication and national identity.
Directed by Alastair Cole and Produced by Nick Higgins

Working Films video

Deep Down (2010)
A story from the heart of coal country (US)
Directed by Sally Rubin and Jen Gilomen
Escape Fire (2012)
Impact Report produced by Third Plateau
Directed by Matthew Heineman and Susan Froemke
Deep Down (2010)
A story from the heart of the coal country (US)
Sally Rubin & Jen Gilomen
Everything's Cool (2007)
Science and popular belief in global warming
Directed by Judith Helfand
Escape Fire (2012)
Case Study produced by Fledgling Fund
Directed by Matthew Heineman and Susan Froemke

Working Films video

Everything’s Cool (2007)
Science and popular belief in global warming
Directed by Judith Helfand

Norman Lear Centre presentation at TEDxPhoenix by Johanna Blakley 

Food Inc (2008)
Is the food capitalism produces actually good for us?
Directed by Robert Kenner
Inventing Tomorrow (2019)
Teenager innovation across the globe takes on enviormental threats
Directed by Laura Nix
Lioness (2008)
Female combat veterans in US
Directed by Meg McLagan and Daria Sommers
Shore Stories (2018)
Addresses the impact of offshore drilling
Directed by Savannah & Ogeechee Riverkeeper
Syria's Disappeared (2017)
New evidence reveals a network of clandestine detention camps in Syria
Directed by Sara Asfahar

Working Films video

No Impact Man (2009)
Minimising our personal environmental impact
Directed by Laura Gabbert and Justin Schein
Out in the Silence (2009)
Addressing small-town homophobia in the US
Directed by Joe Wilson and Dean Hamer
Sea Of Shadows (2019)
An eco thriller about the interplay of corruption and conservation
Directed by Richard Ladkani
Sin by Silence (2009)
Domestic violence (US)
Directed by Olivia Klaus
Sita Kimya (I Won’t Be Silent) (2010)
Sex and gender-based violence in Kenya
The Ghosts in Our Machine (2013)
The overlooked animals crucial to our industries
Directed by Liz Marshall
Trembling Before G-d (2001)
Gay and lesbian Orthodox Jews reconciling their sexuality with their faith
Directed by Sandi DuBowski
Notes on Blindness (2016)
In 1983, when writer John Hull goes blind just before the birth of his son, he starts making a diary on audio cassette to make sense of all the changes
Directed by Peter Middleton & James Spinney
One Mile Away (2012)
The attempts by two warring gangs in inner-city Birmingham, to bring peace to their neighbourhoods
Directed by Penny Woolcock
Out in the Silence (2015)
Addressing small-town homophobia in the US
Directed by Joe Wilson & Dean Hamer
Paratodos (2016)
A portrait of eight Brazilian Paralympic athletes since the 2012 London games
Directed by Marcelo Mesquita & Peppe Sifredi
The Quipu Project (2015)
An interactive documentary about thousands of Peruvians being sterilised in the 90’s without their consent
Directed by Maria Court & Rosemarie Lerner
Please Remember Me(2016)
Portrait of growing old with Alzheimers in Shanghai
Directed by Zhao Qing
Raising Bertie (2017)
Three African-American boys as they come of age over the course of six years in Bertie County, N.C.
Directed by Margaret Byrne
Welcome To Chechnya (2020)
Highlighting human rights abuses against LGBTQ people in Chechnya
Directed by David France
Who is Dayani Cristal? (2014)
The dangers of the migrant trail in Central America
Directed by Marc Silver

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