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1.
The Take (2004 Documentary)
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The film in not about auto-parts workers in suburban Buenos Aires, but about workers of a ceramic floors factory in Neuquen, several hundred miles southward, in Argentinian Patagonia. (87 mins.)
Director: Avi Lewis
 
2.
The Enemies of Reason (2007 Documentary)
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(90 mins.)
Director: Russell Barnes
 
3.
The God Who Wasn't There (2005 Documentary)
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Did Jesus exist? This film starts with that question, then goes on to examine Christianity as a whole. (62 mins.)
Director: Brian Flemming
 
4.
The Trial of the St. Patrick's Four (2006 Documentary)
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On March 17th, 2003, 48 hours before the bombings started in Iraq, a group of dedicated anti-war protesters... (91 mins.)
Director: Adolfo Doring
 
5.
Howard Zinn: You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train (2004 Documentary)
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The life and times of Howard Zinn: the historian, activist, and author of several classics including "A Peoples History of the United States". Archival footage, and commentary by friend, colleagues and Zinn himself. (78 mins.)
 
6.
The People Speak (2009 Documentary)
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A look at America's struggles with war, class, race and women's rights. based on Howard Zinn's "A People's History of the United States." (113 mins.)
 
7.
Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media (1992 Documentary)
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A film about the noted American linguist/political dissident and his warning about corporate media's role in modern propaganda. (167 mins.)
 
8.
Noam Chomsky: Distorted Morality (2003 Documentary)
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The noted scholar, political and social analyst Noam Chomsky presents his critique of America's "War on Terror" with his support for the fact that such a "War" cannot exist. (55 mins.)
Director: John Junkerman
 
9.
Noam Chomsky: Rebel Without a Pause (2003 Documentary)
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Linguist, intellectual and activist, Noam Chomsky discusses and reflects on the state of world events including the War in Iraq... (74 mins.)
Director: Will Pascoe
 
10.
The Trials of Henry Kissinger (2002 Documentary)
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A film about the war crimes of the American diplomat, Henry Kissinger. (80 mins.)
Director: Eugene Jarecki
 
11.
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
 
12.
One Bright Shining Moment (2005 Documentary)
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ONE BRIGHT SHINING MOMENT retraces George McGovern's bold presidential campaign of 1972 - a grassroots campaign that fought for peace and justice... (123 mins.)
 
13.
Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005 Documentary)
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A documentary about the Enron corporation, its faulty and corrupt business practices, and how they led to its fall. (110 mins.)
Director: Alex Gibney
 
14.
Taxi to the Dark Side (2007 Documentary)
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Alex Gibney exposes the haunting details of the USA's torture and interrogation practices during the War in Afghanistan. (106 mins.)
Director: Alex Gibney
 
15.
Inside Job (2010 Documentary)
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Takes a closer look at what brought about the financial meltdown. (105 mins.)
 
16.
The Cove (2009 Documentary)
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Using state-of-the-art equipment, a group of activists, led by renowned dolphin trainer Ric O'Barry, infiltrate a cove near Taijii, Japan to expose both a shocking instance of animal abuse and a serious threat to human health. (92 mins.)
Director: Louie Psihoyos
 
17.
Little Dieter Needs to Fly (1997 Documentary)
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German-American Dieter Dengler discusses his service as an American naval pilot in the Vietnam War. Dengler also revisits the sites of his capture and eventual escape from the hands of the Vietcong, recreating many events for the camera. (80 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
 
18.
No End in Sight (2007 Documentary)
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A comprehensive look at the Bush Administration's conduct of the Iraq war and its occupation of the country. (102 mins.)
 
19.
The Road to Guantanamo (2006 Documentary)
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Part drama, part documentary, The Road to Guantánamo focuses on the Tipton Three, a trio of British Muslims who were held in Guantanamo Bay for two years until they were released without charge. (95 mins.)
 
20.
The Times of Harvey Milk (1984 Documentary)
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A documentary of the successful career and assassination of San Francisco's first elected gay councilor. (90 mins.)
Director: Robert Epstein
 
21.
The Celluloid Closet (1995 Documentary)
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A documentary surveying the various Hollywood screen depictions of homosexuals and the attitudes behind them throughout the history of North American film. (102 mins.)
 
22.
Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt (1990 Documentary)
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A collection of profiles of people dead from AIDS who are remembered in the AIDS Memorial Quilt. (79 mins.)
 
23.
Paragraph 175 (2000 Documentary)
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Historian Klaus Müller interviews survivors of the Nazi persecution of homosexuals because of the German Penal Code of 1871, Paragraph 175. (81 mins.)
 
24.
Deliver Us from Evil (2006 Documentary)
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Documentary about Father Oliver O'Grady, a Catholic priest who was relocated to various parishes around the United States during the 1970s in an attempt by the Catholic Church to cover up his rape of dozens of children. (101 mins.)
Director: Amy Berg
 
25.
The Atheism Tapes (2004 TV Series)
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Jonathan Miller interviews five atheists and one theologian on the subject of atheism.
Director: Richard Denton
 
26.
When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts (2006 Mini-Series)
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An examination of the U.S. government's role and its response to Hurricane Katrina. (255 mins.)
 
27.
Jimmy Carter Man from Plains (2007 Documentary)
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A chronicle of the former president's tour recent for his book "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid." (125 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Demme
 
28.
If God Is Willing and da Creek Don't Rise (2010 TV Series)
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In 2006, director Spike Lee created an astonishing record of the cataclysmic effects of Hurricane Katrina...
 
29.
Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson (2008 Documentary)
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A portrait of the late gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson. (120 mins.)
Director: Alex Gibney
 
30.
Hearts and Minds (1974 Documentary)
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An examination of the conflicting attitudes of the opponents of the Vietnam War. (112 mins.)
Director: Peter Davis
 
31.
Harlan County U.S.A. (1976 Documentary)
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A filmed account of a bitterly violent miner strike. (103 mins.)
Director: Barbara Kopple
 
32.
American Masters (1985 TV Series)
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A chronicle of Bob Dylan's strange evolution between 1961 and 1966 from folk singer to protest singer to "voice of a generation" to rock star. (90 mins.)
 
33.
George Harrison: Living in the Material World (2011 Documentary)
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Filmmaker Martin Scorsese examines the life of musician George Harrison, weaving together interviews, concert footage, home movies and photographs. (208 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
 
34.
The Last Waltz (1978 Documentary)
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A film account and presentation of the final concert of The Band. (117 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
 
35.
Capitalism: A Love Story (2009 Documentary)
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An examination of the social costs of corporate interests pursuing profits at the expense of the public good. (127 mins.)
Director: Michael Moore
 
36.
Sicko (2007 Documentary)
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A documentary comparing the highly profitable American health care industry to other nations, and HMO horror stories including shotgun deaths. (123 mins.)
Director: Michael Moore
 
37.
The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers (2009 Documentary)
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"The Most Dangerous Man in America" is the story of what happens when a former Pentagon insider, armed only with his conscience... (92 mins.)
 
38.
Street Fight (2005 Documentary)
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This documentary follows the 2002 mayoral campaign in Newark, New Jersey in which the Cory Booker attempted to unseat longtime mayor Sharpe James. (83 mins.)
Director: Marshall Curry
 
39.
Winter Soldier (1972 Documentary)
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For three days in 1971, former US soldiers who were in Vietnam testify in Detroit about their war experiences... (96 mins.)
 
40.
Burma VJ: Reporter i et lukket land (2008 Documentary)
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Using smuggled footage, this documentary tells the story of the 2007 protests in Burma by thousands of monks. (84 mins.)