A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Documentary shows methods activists use to affect change. Each episode explains a different global issue like immigrant rights or poverty.
Messages around fighting for causes you believe in, persevering to affect change, and doing what is right even when it is hard. Focuses on themes of social justice, equality, and helping others.
Positive Role Models
Docuseries focuses on activists working hard to solve problems in their communities, sometimes at great personal cost.
Activists are diverse across nationality, race, gender, sexual orientation, and age. Marginalized communities are represented with depth and respect. However, there is a lot of emphasis on communities' trauma and oppression which could reinforce negative stereotypes of various groups.
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Violence & Scariness
One episode focuses on a suicide epidemic in Lithuania. Each episode includes upsetting news stories like people dying of hunger and prejudice against trans people. There is no on-screen violence, but plenty of on-screen representation of systemic social justice issues that may be upsetting.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some clingy and revealing clothing.
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Varies from episode to episode -- some have an F-bomb or two, while others have only more mild cursing like "hell" and "damn."
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Products & Purchases
Some logos are visible in documentary footage.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Changemakers is a documentary-style series about global activists. The series features positive role models trying to make change, and some of the issues they tackle are mature. One episode focuses on a suicide epidemic in Lithuania, and several focus on systemic oppression of various groups of people. There is also strong language in some of the episodes.
Is It Any Good?
The activists' work is truly amazing, but this series is slow-paced and somewhat boring. The "expert" activists that visit the communities do help the local groups a bit, but their appearance seems like a forced reality show-type intervention. Teens interested in learning more about global issues or how to affect change in their own communities will find some useful tidbits of inspiration. Otherwise, kids might find other activism-based documentaries more entertaining and inspiring.
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