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SIE Case Studies

Case studies are a great way to connect with students and practitioners with in-depth analysis of issues related to social impact entertainment. Our case studies will serve as foundational research to establish best practices in SIE for the purpose of teaching and advancing the field.


The Doc Impact Hi5 (previously known as The Doc Impact Award) is the first of its kind to celebrate the power of documentary film as a driver of change and the first award to honor filmmakers who have taken that extra leap to ensure that their film has a lasting impact on audiences and issues. In fall 2019, the Skoll Center collaborated with Doc Society in overseeing and publishing the primary case studies on these films to give insights into strategy, partnership and impacts that have been shared globally and can be used as education and training tools.

The five winning films of the 2019 Doc Impact Hi5 are:

An Insignificant Man (India, 2017)
A non-fiction drama chronicling the most outrageous political debut in the largest democracy in the world, An Insignificant Man follows Arvind Kejriwal and his insurgent party as they look to shake up Indian politics while struggling to keep their own idealism alive.

Chasing Coral (USA, 2017)
Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. A team of divers, photographers and scientists set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to discover why and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world.

Please Remember Me (China, 2015)
Octogenarian couple Feng and Lou have been married and inseparable for over 40 years. Ever since Lou was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, Feng has utterly dedicated himself to her care, but how does one manage the care of an ailing life partner, all while dealing with the intractable march of old age?

Thank You for The Rain (Norway/Kenya, 2017)
Five years ago, Kisilu, a Kenyan farmer, started to use his camera to capture the life of his family, his village and the damages of climate change. When a violent storm throws him and a Norwegian filmmaker together we see him transform from a father to a community leader and activist on the global stage.

Unrest (USA, 2017)
When Harvard Ph.D. student Jennifer Brea is struck down by a fever that leaves her bedridden, she sets out on a virtual journey to document her story as she fights Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), a disease that medicine forgot.

You can download the winning films’ case studies below: