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1.
3 Backyards (2010)
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The story of three people from the same suburban town during the course of one curious autumn day. (88 mins.)
Director: Eric Mendelsohn
 
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Douchebag (2010)
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On the verge of getting married, Sam Nussbaum insists he escort his younger brother, Tom, on a wild goose chase of a journey to find Tom's fifth grade girlfriend. (81 mins.)
Director: Drake Doremus
 
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The Dry Land (2010)
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A U.S. soldier returning home from war struggles to reconcile his experiences abroad with the life and family he left in Texas. (92 mins.)
 
4.
Happythankyoumoreplease (2010)
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Captures a generational moment - young people on the cusp of truly growing up, tiring of their reflexive cynicism, each in their own ways struggling to connect and define what it means to love and be loved. (100 mins.)
Director: Josh Radnor
 
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Hesher (2010)
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A young boy has lost his mother and is losing touch with his father and the world around him. Then he meets Hesher who manages to make his life even more chaotic. (106 mins.)
Director: Spencer Susser
 
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Holy Rollers (2010)
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In Brooklyn, a youth from an Orthodox Jewish community is lured into becoming an Ecstasy dealer by his pal who has ties to an Israeli drug cartel. (89 mins.)
Director: Kevin Asch
 
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Howl (2010)
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As Allen Ginsberg talks about his life and art, his most famous poem is illustrated in animation while the obscenity trial of the work is dramatized. (84 mins.)
 
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The Imperialists Are Still Alive! (2010)
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Juggling the sudden abduction of her childhood sweetheart as well as a blooming love affair, a French Manhattanite makes her way as an artist in an indifferent, sometimes hostile world. (90 mins.)
Director: Zeina Durra
 
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Lovers of Hate (2010)
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A dark comedy which follows two brothers who are in love with the same woman. (93 mins.)
Director: Bryan Poyser
 
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Night Catches Us (2010)
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In 1976, complex political and emotional forces are set in motion when a young man returns to the race-torn Philadelphia neighborhood where he came of age during the Black Power movement. (90 mins.)
Director: Tanya Hamilton
 
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Obselidia (2010)
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George, a lonely librarian, believes love is obsolete, until a road trip to Death Valley with a cinema projectionist named Sophie teaches him otherwise. (103 mins.)
Director: Diane Bell
 
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The Runaways (2010)
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A coming-of-age biographical film about the 1970s teenage all-girl rock band The Runaways. The relationship between band members Cherie Currie and Joan Jett is also explored. (106 mins.)
 
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Skateland (2010)
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In the early 1980s, in small-town Texas, dramatic events force a 19-year-old skating rink manager to look at his life in a very new way. (98 mins.)
Director: Anthony Burns
 
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Sympathy for Delicious (2010)
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A newly paralyzed DJ gets more than he bargained for when he seeks out the world of faith healing. (96 mins.)
Director: Mark Ruffalo
 
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Welcome to the Rileys (2010)
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On a business trip to New Orleans, a damaged man seeks salvation by caring for a wayward young woman. (110 mins.)
Director: Jake Scott
 
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A Small Act (2010 Documentary)
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A young Kenyan's life changes drastically when his education is sponsored by a Swedish stranger. Years later, he founds his own scholarship program to replicate the kindness he once received. (88 mins.)
Director: Jennifer Arnold
 
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Bhutto (2010 Documentary)
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A riveting documentary of the recently assassinated Benazir Bhutto, a polarizing figure in the Muslim world... (111 mins.)
 
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Casino Jack and the United States of Money (2010 Documentary)
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A probing investigation into the lies, greed and corruption surrounding D.C. super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff and his cronies. (118 mins.)
Director: Alex Gibney
 
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Family Affair (2010 Documentary)
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At 10 years old, Chico Colvard accidentally shot his older sister in the leg. This seemingly random... (80 mins.)
Director: Chico Colvard
 
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Freedom Riders (2009 Documentary)
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In the 1970s, the Marin Klunkers, pioneers of mountain biking, shaped the industry with innovations from retrofitting bikes to blazing trails... (48 mins.)
 
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Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child (2010 Documentary)
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Director Tamra Davis pays homage to her friend in this definitive documentary but also delves into Basquiat as an iconoclast... (88 mins.)
Director: Tamra Davis
 
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Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work (2010 Documentary)
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A documentary on the life and career of Joan Rivers, made as the comedienne turns 75 years old. (84 mins.)
 
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Lucky (2010 Documentary)
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A documentary about the American lottery and some of the industry's biggest winners (and losers). (87 mins.)
Director: Jeffrey Blitz
 
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Perestroika (2009)
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Top astrophysicist Sasha Greenberg has spent the past 17 years working in the United States. An invitation... (116 mins.)
Director: Slava Tsukerman
 
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The Oath (2010 Documentary)
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Tells the story of two men whose fateful encounter in 1996 set them on a course of events that led them to Afghanistan, Osama bin Laden, 9/11, Guantanamo, and the U.S. Supreme Court. (90 mins.)
Director: Laura Poitras
 
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Smash His Camera (2010 Documentary)
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A film centering on the life and work of Ron Galella that examines the nature and effect of paparazzi. (87 mins.)
Director: Leon Gast
 
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Enemies of the People (2009 Documentary)
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The Khmer Rouge slaughtered nearly two million people in the late 1970s. Yet the Killing Fields of Cambodia remain unexplained... (93 mins.)
 
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A Film Unfinished (2010 Documentary)
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A film about an unfinished film which portrays the people behind and before the camera in the Warsaw Ghetto, exposing the extent of the cinematic manipulation forever changing the way we look at historic images. (88 mins.)
Director: Yael Hersonski
 
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His & Hers (2009 Documentary)
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A documentary which chronicles a ninety-year-old love story, through the collective voice of seventy ladies. (80 mins.)
Director: Ken Wardrop
 
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Kick in Iran (2010 Documentary)
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Sarah Khoshjamal is the first female professional athlete from Iran who has ever qualified for the Olympic Games... (82 mins.)
 
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Last Train Home (2009 Documentary)
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A couple embarks on a journey home for Chinese new year along with 130 million other migrant workers, to reunite with their children and struggle for a future. Their unseen story plays out as China soars towards being a world superpower. (85 mins.)
Director: Lixin Fan
 
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Det røde kapel (2009 Documentary)
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Two Danish comedians join the director on a trip to North Korea, where they have been allowed access under the pretext of wanting to perform a vaudeville act. (88 mins.)
Director: Mads Brügger
 
33.
Russian Lessons (2010 Documentary)
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The film starts as a journey by the two directors-protagonists. Olga and Andrei, on the two sides of... (110 mins.)
 
34.
Secrets of the Tribe (2010 Documentary)
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The field of anthropology goes under the magnifying glass in this fiery investigation of the seminal research on Yanomami Indians... (110 mins.)
Director: José Padilha
 
35.
Sins of My Father (2009 Documentary)
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This is the incredible story of Pablo Escobar, the infamous boss of Colombia's Medellin drug cartel... (94 mins.)
Director: Nicolas Entel
 
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Space Tourists (2009 Documentary)
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Space Tourists succeeds in surprising its audience with images and situations that have very little... (98 mins.)
Director: Christian Frei
 
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Waste Land (2010 Documentary)
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On the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro is Jardim Gramacho, the world's largest landfill, where men and women sift through garbage for a living. Artist Vik Muniz produces portraits of the workers and learns about their lives. (99 mins.)
Stars: Vik Muniz