With the ability to shoot video on cell phones and quickly upload footage to large audiences from anywhere on the planet, everyday citizens are becoming photojournalists at a moment’s notice. By having the bravery to film an event or person, anyone with a phone can blur the lines between what the world sees as truth or fiction, and can help bring events to light – all by hitting record at the right time on a device that fits in your pocket.

From parties to protests to prayers, we’ve compiled some of the most significant cell phone videos to date that show the best in humanity. By mobilizing people on social media and the Internet alike, these videos will continue to shape the way we look at ourselves and the events around us.