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New year, new semester: 7 movies about journalism to get inspired for the college restart

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Casper Libero chapter.

New year, new beginning! Classes are back and now it’s time to warm up the engine and put your foot on the accelerator of the academic process. But the holidays were so good… Calm down! We know, yes, that the start of the year takes time to get into gear, mainly because of that pleasant laziness that we still bring back from the holidays. How about resorting to extreme measures to get back on track? And by extreme measures, we mean extreme ones: movie marathons! Check out some films to enjoy your free time and that, in addition, can inspire you to go back to college with some motivation!


Based on a true story, the drama follows a group of journalists in Boston who gather thousands of documents capable of proving various cases of child abuse caused by Catholic priests. For years, religious leaders hid the case by transferring clergymen from the region, instead of punishing them for their crimes.

Being the oldest on this list, the film has an 8.1 out of 10 on IMDb – and won two Oscars in the year it ran, 2016. The film, brightened by appearances such as Mark Ruffalo, is quite an incentive for those who want to career in investigative journalism – and you can watch it now on Prime Video.

The Post

Being the favorite of the person who writes to you, “The Post” tells the story of the owner of The Washington Post, a local newspaper that is about to launch its shares on the Stock Exchange to capitalize and, consequently, gain financial strength. When the New York Times starts a series of articles denouncing that several US governments lied about the country’s performance in the Vietnam war, based on confidential Pentagon documents, President Richard Nixon decides to sue the newspaper relying on the Espionage Act so that nothing further is disclosed. 

The ban is granted by a judge, meaning that the documents reach the hands of the TWP team, which now needs to convince those responsible for the newspaper about the importance of publication to defend the freedom of the press.

With 7.2 out of 10 on IMDb, the film features a star-studded cast, such as Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, and Sarah Paulson, in addition to the direction of the renowned Steven Spielberg. “The Post” was nominated for 2 Oscars in 2018 and can also be found in the Prime Video catalog.


“Bombshell” follows television giant and former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes (John Lithgow) as his power is questioned and his career overturned when a group of women accuses him of sexual harassment in the workplace.

With 6.2 out of 10 on IMDb, not even a stardom capable of brightening a room – represented by the reunion of Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, and Margot Robie, in addition to the shine of the Oscar-winning – can save the hate suffered by the work in its launch. Still, it’s worth the play to find a work based on women’s struggle for the right to be respected in the workplace – especially since it’s the environment some of us are fighting to enter.

The film is in the Telecine catalog, but it can also be seen on Prime Video for a fee of R$4.90.


Aiming to investigate recruitment techniques used by ISIS to lure women to Syria as jihadist wives, Amy Whittaker, a freelance journalist, creates a fake Facebook profile. When an ISIS recruiter contacts her, she finds the opportunity to experience the process firsthand. However, as time passes, the boundary between her real and online life dissolves.

Being that kind of film with a “webcam” format, “Profile” is much more experimental than the big Hollywood ones. Still, it had seven nominations and four wins at international cinematography awards. What is the limit between security and information? If the college hasn’t taught you that yet, maybe the movie can help – so run right now to Telecine.

Rota 66: A polícia que mata

Being the first Brazilian movie on the list, the work is based on the real case of Caco Barcellos, “Route 66: The Police That Kills”. In it, we follow the journalist, played by Humberto Carrão, during investigations into the performance of Route 66, an elite squadron of the Military Police, bringing to the public several crimes committed by the authorities. Newly arrived in São Paulo, the reporter decides to write a story about police violence and quickly discovers that the situation on the outskirts was even worse than he imagined.

The plot revolves around the period between the 1970s and 1990s, when the Military Police killed more civilians on the periphery of São Paulo, committing atrocities against the poorest population. As he enters this dark world, Caco discovers the true role of the police far from public view. And through interviews with the families of PM victims, the journalist can understand how deeply racist Route 66’s behavior on the streets is and denounce the chaos experienced by residents of communities in the city. With five nominations in Pena de Prata (Silver Feather), an award certified by IMDb and made by series fans to honor the best productions of the year, the film has an 8.6 and is available on Globoplay. Once again, we will follow the true story of an investigative journalist who faces challenges and risks to bring the truth to people’s homes.

Escola Base – Um repórter enfrenta o passado

In 1994, an allegation of harassment of four-year-old children inside the school caused national commotion due to massive press coverage. As a result, the owners’ lives were turned upside down before the investigation could even be completed. However, it was later proved that, despite the accusations of the parents and the police chief, the defendants were innocent and the case became a national scandal.

With 7.8 out of 10 on IMDb and one award at the São Paulo Association of Art Critics Awards, the documentary “Escola Base – A reporter faces the past”, journalist Valmir Salaro, the first to cover the case on national television, seeks out the victims of injustice and talks to them twenty-eight years after the event. The movie is essential to create the notion that it is essential to know a story before sharing it, which can result in the destruction of a person’s life in case of negligence. Every journalist has to check the information they receive before sharing it, and at Globoplay we can see firsthand what happens if this premise does not materialize. Enough of fake news, right? Check out all sides of a story – #Here’sTheTip.

She Said

Inspired by true events, “She Said” tells the story of two New York Times journalists who changed Hollywood. Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor write one of the most important stories of a generation: one that helped launch the #MeToo movement and broke decades of silence around the subject of sexual assault in Hollywood that began in 2017 – and the rest is history.

7.2 out of 10 and 11 wins in 39 nominations – including 2 BAFTAs – once again deliver the real narrative of how essential a journalist’s role is when publicizing a scandal of maximum magnitude. You can check it out now on YouTube, paying a fee of R$16.90.

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The article above was edited by Juliana Sanches.

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Clarissa Palácio

Casper Libero '25

Paulistana nata, feminista, leonina e apaixonada por rosas, sou fotógrafa formada e escrevo desde os 7 anos de idade. Comecei com poesia, histórias de fantasia, depois música e, aos 13, descobri o jornalismo – aí não teve jeito, foi paixão à primeira vista. Já passei pelo Estadão, Uol e Repórter Brasil. Quero poder escrever sobre tudo e deixar o mundo um pouquinho melhor para quem vem - e já está - por aí!