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1.
A Place Called Chiapas (1998 Documentary)
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When the Zapatista National Liberation Army took over five towns and 500 ranches in southern Mexico... (89 mins.)
Director: Nettie Wild
 
2.
END:CIV (2011 Documentary)
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If your homeland was invaded by aliens who cut down the forests, poisoned the water and air, and contaminated the food supply, would you resist? (115 mins.)
Director: Franklin López
 
3.
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
 
4.
Arctic Tale (2007 Documentary)
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Two narratives -- the life cycle of a mother walrus and her calf, and the life of a polar bear and her cubs -- are used to illustrate the harsh realities of existence in the Arctic. (96 mins.)
 
5.
Home (2009 Documentary)
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With aerial footage from fifty-four countries, 'Home' is a depiction of how Earth's problems are all interlinked. (120 mins.)
 
6.
In Prison My Whole Life (2007 Documentary)
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A look at the life of imprisoned political activist and former Black Panther member, Mumia Abu-Jamal, whose death sentence for killing a police officer was overturned in 2001 due to errors made during his original 1982 sentencing hearing. (90 mins.)
Director: Marc Evans
 
7.
Life After People (2008 Documentary)
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Visit the ghostly villages surrounding Chernobyl (abandoned by humans after the 1986 nuclear disaster)... (108 mins.)
Director: David de Vries
 
8.
Social Genocide (2004 Documentary)
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After the fall of the military dictatorship in 1983, successive democratic governments launched a series... (120 mins.)
 
9.
Metal: A Headbanger's Journey (2005 Documentary)
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An examination of the heavy metal music subculture that tries to explain why, despite the longevity and popularity of the genre, fans are marginalized and ridiculed for their passion. (96 mins.)
 
10.
No Impact Man: The Documentary (2009 Documentary)
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Follow the Manhattan-based Beavan family as they abandon their high consumption 5th Avenue lifestyle and try to live a year while making no net environmental impact. (93 mins.)
 
11.
Surplus: Terrorized Into Being Consumers (2003 Documentary)
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Looks at the arguments for capitalism and technology, such as greater efficiency, more time and less work, and argues that these are not being fulfilled, and they never will be. (54 mins.)
Director: Erik Gandini
 
12.
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
 
13.
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
 
14.
The Corporation (2003 Documentary)
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Documentary that looks at the concept of the corporation throughout recent history up to its present-day dominance. (145 mins.)
 
15.
Touching the Void (2003 Documentary)
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The true story of two climbers and their perilous journey up the west face of Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes in 1985. (106 mins.)
Director: Kevin Macdonald
 
16.
Un poquito de tanta verdad (2007 Documentary)
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A look at how an oppressed community can organize and overcome insurmountable odds to gain control of... (90 mins.)
Director: Jill Friedberg
 
17.
The End of Suburbia: Oil Depletion and the Collapse of the American Dream (2004 Documentary)
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The modern suburbs have ultimately become an unsustainable way of living. They were originally developed in an era of cheap oil... (78 mins.)
Director: Gregory Greene
 
18.
The Witness (2000 Documentary)
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Transformed by the love of a kitten, a tough New York City construction contractor is inspired to rescue abandoned animals, become a vegetarian, and take his message of compassion to the streets. (43 mins.)
Director: Jenny Stein
 
19.
Crumb (1994 Documentary)
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An intimate portrait of the controversial cartoonist and his traumatized family. (119 mins.)
Director: Terry Zwigoff
 
20.
Incident at Oglala (1992 Documentary)
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This film describes the events surrounding a 1975 shootout at the Pine Ridge reservation in S. Dakota where two FBI agents were killed. (89 mins.)
Director: Michael Apted
 
21.
The Yes Men (2003 Documentary)
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Anti-corporate activists travel from conference to conference, impersonating member of the World Trade Organization. (83 mins.)
 
22.
The Yes Men Fix the World (2009 Documentary)
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Troublemaking duo Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno, posing as their industrious alter-egos, expose the people profiting from Hurricane Katrina, the faces behind the environmental disaster in Bhopal, and other shocking events. (87 mins.)
 
23.
The Refugees of the Blue Planet (2006 Documentary)
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For around ten years, natural disasters have been occurring more frequently, causing widespread destruction;... (54 mins.)
 
24.
The 11th Hour (2007 Documentary)
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A look at the state of the global environment including visionary and practical solutions for restoring the planet's ecosystems. (95 mins.)
 
25.
The Prisoner or: How I Planned to Kill Tony Blair (2006 Documentary)
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A freedom-loving Iraqi journalist is mistaken as Tony Blair's would-be assassin and sent to Abu Ghraib Prison where he discovers the true meaning of liberation. (72 mins.)
 
26.
Heavy Metal: Louder Than Life (2006 Documentary)
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This documentary is a considered look at the continuing story of Metal, in the words of the people that make it...
Director: Dick Carruthers
 
27.
Hacking Democracy (2006 Documentary)
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The film the voting machine corporations don't want you to see. HACKING DEMOCRACY follows investigator/grandmother... (82 mins.)
 
28.
If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front (2011 Documentary)
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A rare behind-the-curtain look at the Earth Liberation Front, the radical environmental group that the FBI calls America's 'number one domestic terrorist threat.' (85 mins.)
 
29.
The Awful Truth (1999 TV Series)
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Activist film director Michael Moore hosts a show where he continues his crusade to expose wrongdoing by the high and mighty. (30 mins.)
Director: Tom Gianas
 
30.
Seven Ages of Rock (2007 TV Series)
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31.
Planet Earth (2006 Mini-Series)
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Emmy Award-winning, 11 episodes, five years in the making, the most expensive nature documentary series ever commissioned by the BBC, and the first to be filmed in high definition. (533 mins.)
 
32.
Blue Gold: World Water Wars (2008 Documentary)
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Wars of the future will be fought over water as they are over oil today, as the source of human survival... (90 mins.)
Director: Sam Bozzo
 
33.
B.I.K.E. (2006 Documentary)
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Two filmmakers infiltrate an underground bicycle club. (89 mins.)
 
34.
Black Power Salute (2008 Documentary)
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A film about one of the most iconic images of the 20th century, the moment when the radical spirit of... (60 mins.)
Director: Geoff Small
 
35.
Addicted to Plastic (2008 Documentary)
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A Canadian documentary on modern society's 'addiction' to plastic; our prolific use of this product, its effects on the earth and on us, and where our unwanted plastic ends up. (85 mins.)
Director: Ian Connacher
 
36.
Grizzly Man (2005 Documentary)
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A devastating and heartrending take on grizzly bear activists Timothy Treadwell and Amie Huguenard, who were killed in October of 2003 while living among grizzlies in Alaska. (103 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
 
37.
Revolution OS (2001 Documentary)
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While Microsoft may be the biggest software company in the world, not every computer user is a fan of their products... (85 mins.)
Director: J.T.S. Moore
 
38.
Koyaanisqatsi (1982 Documentary)
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A collection of expertly photographed phenomena with no conventional plot. The footage focuses on nature, humanity and the relationship between them. (86 mins.)
Director: Godfrey Reggio
 
39.
Naqoyqatsi (2002 Documentary)
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A visual montage portrait of our contemporary world dominated by globalized technology and violence. (89 mins.)
Director: Godfrey Reggio
 
40.
We Feed the World (2005 Documentary)
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A look at how the world's food is produced and how mass production changes the environment and the lives of people. (96 mins.)
 
41.
The World According to Monsanto (2008 Documentary)
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You do not have to believe that God exists, but you will after this movie know that the devil poster... (108 mins.)
 
42.
The Garden (2008 Documentary)
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From the ashes of the L.A. riots arose a lush, 14-acre community garden, the largest of its kind in the United States. Now bulldozers threaten its future. (80 mins.)
 
43.
Frontline (1983 TV Series)
Episode: Sex Slaves (2005)
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A documentary exposé inside the global sex slave trade in women from the former Soviet Bloc. (60 mins.)
 
44.
Metallica: Some Kind of Monster (2004 Documentary)
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A documentary crew followed Metallica for the better part of 2001-2003, a time of tension and release for the rock band, as they recorded their album St. Anger, fought bitterly, and sought the counsel of their on-call shrink. (141 mins.)
 
45.
Live Nude Girls Unite! (2000 Documentary)
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Documentary look at the 1996-97 effort of the dancers and support staff at a San Francisco peep show... (75 mins.)
 
46.
Let's Make Money (2008 Documentary)
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Most of us don't know where their money is. However, one thing is for certain, it's is not in the bank to which we entrusted it. The bank and our money is already a part of the cycle of the global money market. (110 mins.)
 
47.
Jenin, Jenin (2003 Documentary)
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(54 mins.)
Director: Mohammed Bakri
 
48.
If I Die Tonight (2009 Documentary)
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"No Justice!" "No Peace!" This rising chant from the streets escalated in answer to the seemingly endless... (94 mins.)
Director: Seyi
 
49.
Guerrilla Art (2011 Documentary)
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An artist remembers his violent and traumatic past and the connection this has with his current artistic work. (6 mins.)
Director: Paul Donatelli
 
50.
Forgotten Bird of Paradise (2009 Documentary)
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An undercover documentary filmed in West Papua, providing a rare and moving insight into the long forgotten... (27 mins.)
Director: Dominic Brown
 
51.
Food Matters (2008 Documentary)
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Food Matter examines how the food we eat can help or hurt our health. Nutritionists, naturopaths, doctors, and journalists weigh in on topics organic food, food safety, raw foodism, and nutritional therapy. (80 mins.)
 
52.
The Net (2003 Documentary)
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(121 mins.)
Director: Lutz Dammbeck
 
53.
Crude (2009 Documentary)
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The story of lawsuit by tens of thousands of Ecuadorans against Chevron over contamination of the Ecuadorean Amazon. (105 mins.)
Director: Joe Berlinger
 
54.
Burma VJ: Reporting from a Closed Country (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.)
 
55.
A River Runs Through Us (2011 Documentary)
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'Rivers are life' is the unifying theme motivating activists in the global movement to protect rivers from the ravages of big dams... (23 mins.)
 
56.
Permakultur - Landwirtschaft im Einklang mit der Natur (2000 Documentary)
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(36 mins.)
Director: Heidi Snel
 
57.
The Age of Stupid (2009 Documentary)
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A future archivist looks at old footage from the year 2008 to understand why humankind failed to address climate change. (92 mins.)
 
58.
Workingman's Death (2005 Documentary)
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A documentary on the extremes to which workers will go to earn a living. (122 mins.)
 
59.
Walking with Cavemen (2003 TV Series)
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The great follow-up to 'Walking with Dinosaurs' and 'Walking with Beasts', presented by Professor Robert Winston, explains the story of human evolution. (100 mins.)
 
60.
All Power to the People! (The Black Panther Party and Beyond) (1996 Documentary)
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A recap of the Black Panther Party's often distorted history and an expose of apparent governmental plots that hastened its demise. (115 mins.)
Director: Lee Lew Lee
 
61.
Louis and the Nazis (2003 Documentary)
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Louis Theroux travels to California to meet the man dubbed "the most dangerous racist in America"; Tom Metzger, his family and his publicity manager. Louis also meets 'Prussian Blue' an American white-nationalist preteen musical sibling duo. (70 mins.)
Director: Stuart Cabb
 
62.
Collapse: Based on the Book by Jared Diamond (2010 Documentary)
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National Geographic follows a hypothetical team of scientists in the year 2210 as they set out to learn what led to the collapse of our present day society in this theoretical look into the future.
Director: Noel Dockstader
 
63.
Born in Flames (1983)
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Set ten years after the most peaceful revolution in United States history, a revolution in which a socialist government gains power... (80 mins.)
Director: Lizzie Borden
 
64.
Tears of Gaza (2010 Documentary)
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In a rough style, by way of unique footage, the brutal consequences of modern wars are exposed. The... (90 mins.)
 
65.
Beautiful Losers (2008 Documentary)
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This documentary follows the lives and careers of a collective group of Do-it-yourself artists and designers who inadvertently affected the art world. (90 mins.)
 
66.
Whale Wars (2008 TV Series)
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This stunning and dangerous limited series spotlights both the controversial Japanese whaling trade... (60 mins.)
 
67.
The Other F Word (2011 Documentary)
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What happens when a generation's ultimate anti-authoritarians -- punk rockers-- become society's ultimate authorities -- dads... (98 mins.)
 
68.
Microcosmos (1996 Documentary)
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A documentary on insect life in meadows and ponds. (80 mins.)
 
69.
Ecumenopolis: City Without Limits (2011 Documentary)
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Tells the story of Istanbul and other Mega-Cities on a neo-liberal course to destruction. It follows the story of a migrant family on their on-going struggle for housing rights. (88 mins.)
Director: Imre Azem
 
70.
Knuckle (2011 Documentary)
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An epic 12-year journey into the brutal and secretive world of Irish Traveler bare-knuckle fighting. This film follows a history of violent feuding between rival clans. (97 mins.)
Director: Ian Palmer
 
71.
Samsara (2011 Documentary)
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Filmed over nearly five years in twenty-five countries on five continents, and shot on seventy-millimetre film, Samsara transports us to the varied worlds of sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial complexes, and natural wonders. (102 mins.)
Director: Ron Fricke
 
72.
Blackfish (2013 Documentary)
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A documentary following the controversial captivity of killer whales, and its dangers for both humans and whales. (83 mins.)
 
73.
Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (2014 Mini-Series)
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A documentary series that explores how we discovered the laws of nature and found our coordinates in space and time. (557 mins.)
 
74.
Forks Over Knives (2011 Documentary)
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Examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods. (96 mins.)
Director: Lee Fulkerson
 
75.
Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey (2011 Documentary)
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The Muppet Elmo is one of the most beloved characters among children across the globe. Meet the unlikely man behind the puppet - the heart and soul of Elmo - Kevin Clash. (80 mins.)
Director: Constance Marks
 
76.
Dirty Wars (2013 Documentary)
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Investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill is pulled into an unexpected journey as he chases down the hidden truth behind America's expanding covert wars. (87 mins.)
Director: Rick Rowley
 
77.
Black Gold (2006 Documentary)
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An in-depth look at the world of coffee and global trade. (78 mins.)
 
78.
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.)
 
79.
Racing Extinction (2015 Documentary)
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A documentary that follows undercover activists trying to stave off a man-made mass extinction. (90 mins.)
Director: Louie Psihoyos
 
80.
Where to Invade Next (2015 Documentary)
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To learn what the USA can learn from other nations, Michael Moore playfully "invades" them to see what they have to offer. (120 mins.)
Director: Michael Moore