Social issues documentaries

Presented by investigative journalists such as Louis Theroux and Stacey Dooley, BBC Select features many documentaries that cover the social issues affecting today's society: from climate change to racism and domestic violence. If you live in the US or Canada, you can sign up for BBC Select to get informed on all of today's hot topics.

Race and Medical Experiments: What's The Truth?

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Racially charged experiments from the past may have contributed to a general mistrust of medical science and hesitancy towards the Covid-19 vaccine.

This illuminating current affairs documentary examines the ongoing legacy of experiments such as the Tuskegee study in Alabama, when African-American men suffering from syphilis were merely observed rather than treated.

Generation Porn

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The rise of the internet has seen an explosion of free porn instantly available to everyone. But what is this doing to us?

BBC Select delves into the adult entertainment industry with this eye-opening documentary exploring the world of pornography.

What effect is this sexual imagery having on the people who watch it and those who make it? And what impact is the porn revolution having on society?

The Rise of Female Violence

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Has drinking heavily and brawling become a way of life for part of Britain’s female population?

From women who attack their boyfriends to out-of-control party teens and girl-on-girl gang violence, are the streets less safe due to a rising tide of bad behavior?

Journalist Alys Harte sets out to discover why women are getting angrier and their actions more outrageous in this eye-opening documentary.

This show is not currently available on BBC Select but see below to browse through more social issues documentaries available to stream on BBC Select.

Deepfake Porn: You Could Be Next

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Most people think of deepfakes as manipulated video clips of world leaders, designed to create confusion. But the most pressing threat of deepfakes is not politics, but porn. Research shows around 96 percent of deepfake videos are pornographic, almost always involving non-consenting women.

This shocking documentary features women who have been impacted by this form of image-based sexual abuse.

Louis Theroux: Forbidden America

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Travelling across the United States, acclaimed documentary filmmaker Louis Theroux sees how the internet and social media has impacted some of the most controversial corners of American society. From those promoting far-right ideas, those in a violent and chaotic rap scene and adult film performers claiming victimization by the industry. All use the internet to reach their audience, all push the boundaries of acceptability.