Lens Distortion: Documentaries on Media Influence

Documentary titles about the ethics and effects of the imagery used in advertising and entertainment. Topics include beauty standards, body image, gender representation, racial stereotypes, sexism and sexualization.

Related lists:
Shooting the Messenger: Documentaries on Journalism and News Media
Woman’s Work: Feminist Documentaries
Revolting Truths: Documentaries About Activism
All of my lists:
List Index

  • The Mask You Live In
  • Sexy Baby
  • Miss Representation
  • America The Beautiful
  • Bigger Stronger Faster*
  • Prism
  • Code of the Freaks
  • Disclosure
  • Visible: Out On Television
  • African Mirror
  • Queering the Script
  • The Ugly Model
  • Hillbilly
  • The Psychosis of Whiteness
  • The Problem with Apu
  • Straight/Curve: Redefining Body Image
  • Take My Nose... Please!
  • Terminal Device
  • Embrace
  • The Illusionists
  • On Beauty
  • America the Beautiful 3: The Sexualization of Our Youth
  • Beauty Is...
  • Bottoms Up
  • Do I Sound Gay?
  • Vulva 3.0
  • CinemAbility: The Art of Inclusion
  • Desire for Beauty
  • A Girl and a Gun
  • Tough Guise 2
  • Sext Up Kids
  • Valentino's Ghost
  • America The Beautiful 2: The Thin Commandments
  • Dark Girls
  • The Purity Myth
  • The Codes of Gender
  • Good Hair
  • I Want to Look Like That Guy
  • Make Me Young: Youth Knows No Pain
  • Reel Injun
  • Starsuckers
  • Cover Girl Culture: Awakening the Media Generation
  • The Price of Pleasure: Pornography, Sexuality & Relationships
  • Absolutely Safe
  • Beperkt houdbaar
  • Consuming Kids: The Commercialization of Childhood
  • Militainment, Inc.: Militarism & Pop Culture
  • My Penis and Everyone Else's
  • The Foreign Eye
  • Further Off the Straight and Narrow
  • Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats & Rhymes
  • Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People
  • The Slanted Screen
  • Class Dismissed: How TV Frames the Working Class
  • My Penis and I
  • Busting out
  • The Persuaders
  • Covering Columbine
  • The Merchants of Cool
  • Game Over: Gender, Race & Violence in Video Games
  • Killing Us Softly 3: Advertising's Image of Women
  • Off the Straight & Narrow
  • Private Dicks: Men Exposed
  • Tough Guise: Violence, Media & the Crisis in Masculinity
  • Classified X
  • Yang ± Yin: Gender in Chinese Cinema
  • The Ad and the Ego
  • Breasts: A Documentary
  • The Celluloid Closet
  • The Smell of Burning Ants
  • And the Dish Ran Away with the Spoon
  • Color Adjustment
  • The Famine Within
  • Still Killing Us Softly: Advertising's Image of Women
  • Ethnic Notions
  • It Ain’t Half Racist, Mum
  • Killing Us Softly: Advertising's Image of Women