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Control Room (2004 Documentary)
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A documentary on perception of the United States's war with Iraq, with an emphasis on Al Jazeera's coverage. (84 mins.)
Director: Jehane Noujaim
 
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Darfur Now (2007 Documentary)
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An examination of the genocide in Sudan's western region of Darfur. (98 mins.)
Director: Ted Braun
 
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The Devil Came on Horseback (2007 Documentary)
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A documentary that exposes the genocide raging in Darfur, Sudan as seen through the eyes of a former U.S. marine who returns home to make the story public. (85 mins.)
 
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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.)
 
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The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara (2003 Documentary)
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The story of America as seen through the eyes of the former Secretary of Defense under President John F. Kennedy and President Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara. (107 mins.)
Director: Errol Morris
 
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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.)
 
7.
Why We Fight (2005 Documentary)
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Is American foreign policy dominated by the idea of military supremacy? Has the military become too important in American life? Jarecki's shrewd and intelligent polemic would seem to give an affirmative answer to each of these questions. (98 mins.)
Director: Eugene Jarecki
 
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Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism (2004 Documentary)
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Documentary on reported Conservative bias of the Rupert Murdoch-owned Fox News Channel (FNC), which promotes itself as "Fair and Balanced". Material includes interviews with former FNC employees and the inter-office memos they provided. (75 mins.)
 
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An Inconvenient Truth (2006 Documentary)
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Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim follows Al Gore on the lecture circuit, as the former presidential candidate campaigns to raise public awareness of the dangers of global warming and calls for immediate action to curb its destructive effects on the environment. (96 mins.)
 
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Iraq in Fragments (2006 Documentary)
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Stories from modern day Iraq as told by Iraqis living in a time of war, occupation and ethnic tension. (94 mins.)
Director: James Longley
 
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Uncovered: The War on Iraq (2004 Documentary)
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In this documentary feature, filmmaker Robert Greenwald chronicles the Bush Administration's case to invade Iraq following the events of Sept... (83 mins.)
 
12.
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.)
 
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Occupation: Dreamland (2005 Documentary)
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In January, 2004, in Al-Falluja, Iraq, a documentary film crew follows an infantry squad of the 82nd Airborne... (78 mins.)
 
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The War Tapes (2006 Documentary)
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Called up for service in Iraq, several members of the National Guard were given digital video cameras. This film, edited from their footage, provides a perspective on a complex and troubled conflict. (97 mins.)
 
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The Act of Killing (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary which challenges former Indonesian death-squad leaders to reenact their mass-killings in whichever cinematic genres they wish, including classic Hollywood crime scenarios and lavish musical numbers. (115 mins.)
 
16.
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.)
 
17.
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
 
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The Missing Picture (2013 Documentary)
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Rithy Panh uses clay figures, archival footage, and his narration to recreate the atrocities Cambodia's Khmer Rouge committed between 1975 and 1979. (92 mins.)
Director: Rithy Panh
 
19.
We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks (2013 Documentary)
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A documentary that details the creation of Julian Assange's controversial website, which facilitated the largest security breach in U.S. history. (130 mins.)
Director: Alex Gibney
 
20.
Bowling for Columbine (2002 Documentary)
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Filmmaker Michael Moore explores the roots of America's predilection for gun violence. (120 mins.)
Director: Michael Moore
 
21.
Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011 Documentary)
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A documentary on 85-year-old sushi master Jiro Ono, his renowned Tokyo restaurant, and his relationship with his son and eventual heir, Yoshikazu. (81 mins.)
Director: David Gelb
 
22.
Earthlings (2005 Documentary)
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Using hidden cameras and never-before-seen footage, Earthlings chronicles the day-to-day practices of the largest industries in the world, all of which rely entirely on animals for profit. (95 mins.)
Director: Shaun Monson
 
23.
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
 
24.
Inside Job (2010 Documentary)
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Takes a closer look at what brought about the 2008 financial meltdown. (105 mins.)
 
25.
Underground: The Julian Assange Story (2012)
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A look at the early career of Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange. (94 mins.)
Director: Robert Connolly
 
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Strange Birds in Paradise: A West Papuan Story (2009 Documentary)
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Music can rise above tyranny. (75 mins.)
 
27.
The Civil War (1990 Mini-Series)
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A comprehensive survey of the American Civil War. (680 mins.)
 
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The Civil War (1990 Mini-Series)
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A comprehensive survey of the American Civil War. (680 mins.)
 
29.
God Loves Uganda (2013 Documentary)
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An account of the American Evangelicals' attempts to indoctrinate their Christian Right beliefs in Uganda. (83 mins.)
 
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Uganda Rising (2006 Documentary)
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(90 mins.)
 
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Uganda Rising (2006 Documentary)
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(90 mins.)
 
32.
Call Me Kuchu (2012 Documentary)
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In Uganda, a new bill threatens to make homosexuality punishable by death. David Kato - Uganda's first openly gay man... (87 mins.)
 
33.
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
 
34.
Brother's Keeper (1992 Documentary)
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This documentary by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky details the murder trial of Delbert Ward. Delbert's... (104 mins.)