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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
 
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In the Shadow of the Moon (2007 Documentary)
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The crew members of NASA's Apollo missions tell their story in their own words. (100 mins.)
Director: David Sington
 
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Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010 Documentary)
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The story of how an eccentric French shop-keeper and amateur film-maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy... (87 mins.)
Director: Banksy
 
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Food, Inc. (2008 Documentary)
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An unflattering look inside America's corporate controlled food industry. (94 mins.)
Director: Robert Kenner
 
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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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Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures (2001 Documentary)
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The career and life of Stanley Kubrick is explored through pictures, clips from his films, his old home movies, comments from his colleagues and a narration by Tom Cruise. (142 mins.)
Director: Jan Harlan
 
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Jean Seberg: American Actress (1995 Documentary)
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(97 mins.)
 
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François Truffaut, une autobiographie (2004 Documentary)
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(78 mins.)
Director: Anne Andreu
 
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Side by Side (2012 Documentary)
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The documentary investigates the history, process and workflow of both digital and photochemical film creation. (99 mins.)
Director: Chris Kenneally
 
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Nouvelle vague vue d'ailleurs (2009 Documentary)
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(52 mins.)
Director: Luc Lagier
 
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Joy Division (2007 Documentary)
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A chronological account of the influential late 1970s English rock band. (93 mins.)
Director: Grant Gee
 
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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.)
 
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Buena Vista Social Club (1999 Documentary)
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Aging Cuban musicians whose talents had been virtually forgotten following Castro's takeover of Cuba, are brought out of retirement by Ry Cooder, who travelled to Havana in order to bring the musicians together, resulting in triumphant performances of extraordinary music, and resurrecting the musicians' careers. (105 mins.)
Director: Wim Wenders
 
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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
 
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Full Metal Jacket: Between Good and Evil (2007 Documentary)
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Follow Stanley Kubrick as he creates his savage and brilliant Vietnam film, hewing closely to the theme... (31 mins.)
Director: Gary Leva
 
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Whores' Glory (2011 Documentary)
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An examination of the lives, needs, troubles and hopes of prostitutes in Thailand, Bangladesh and Mexico. (110 mins.)
Stars: Emma, Ning, Toh, Wat
 
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The End of Time (2012 Documentary)
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Explores our perception of time. (109 mins.)
Director: Peter Mettler
 
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Sunshine (2011 Documentary)
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Sunshine depicts John, an American advertising producer, who travels to China to make a TV commercial... (14 mins.)
Director: Doug Nichol
 
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Bar25 (2012 Documentary)
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Four young individuals whose freewheeling way of life, of music, individuality and never ending energy transforms a riverside wasteland into a fantasy land by the river Spree. (95 mins.)
 
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Master of the Universe (2013 Documentary)
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A former banker in Germany, who entered the business with the advent of modern computer systems reminisces of his working years in some of the world-leading banking corporations. (88 mins.)
Director: Marc Bauder
 
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Sans Soleil (1983 Documentary)
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"He wrote me...." A woman narrates the thoughts of a world traveler, meditations on time and memory... (104 mins.)
Director: Chris. Marker
 
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Baraka (1992 Documentary)
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A collection of expertly photographed scenes of human life and religion. (96 mins.)
Director: Ron Fricke
 
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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.)
 
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Man with a Movie Camera (1929 Documentary)
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A man travels around a city with a camera slung over his shoulder, documenting urban life with dazzling invention. (68 mins.)
Director: Dziga Vertov
 
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Encounters at the End of the World (2007 Documentary)
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Film-maker Werner Herzog travels to the McMurdo Station in Antarctica, looking to capture the continent's beauty and investigate the characters living there. (99 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
 
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Our Daily Bread (2005 Documentary)
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OUR DAILY BREAD is a wide-screen tableau of a feast which isn't always easy to digest - and in which we all take part. A pure, meticulous and high-end film experience that enables the audience to form their own ideas. (92 mins.)
 
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Loss Is to Be Expected (1992 Documentary)
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(118 mins.)
Director: Ulrich Seidl
 
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The Incomplete (2013 Documentary)
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"Can you describe yourself?" "Odenwald-Gay... or Gollum... or Klaus! 60 years old... gay... slave!" A documentary portrait of Klaus Johannes Wolf... (48 mins.)
Director: Jan Soldat
 
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Souvenir (2014 Documentary)
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(86 mins.)
Director: André Siegers
 
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Riding My Tiger (A Cinéma Very Vérité) (2014 Documentary)
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(40 mins.)
Director: Ascan Breuer
 
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Städtebewohner (2014 Documentary)
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(83 mins.)
Director: Thomas Heise
 
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Tristia: A Black Sea Odyssey (2014 Documentary)
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A remarkable travelogue from a trip around the Black Sea: along its shores, lined by the boundaries of six states... (98 mins.)
Director: Stanislaw Mucha
 
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Home in the Ice (2012 Documentary)
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(84 mins.)
Director: Heike Fink
 
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Die Champions (2003 Documentary)
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(128 mins.)
 
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Klaus Fuchs - Atomspion (1990 Documentary)
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(88 mins.)
 
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Night and Fog (1956 Documentary)
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The history of Nazi Germany's death camps of the Final Solution and the hellish world of dehumanization and death contained inside. (32 mins.)
Director: Alain Resnais
 
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Nowhere Home (2012 Documentary)
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In 2009 the Norwegian government introduced new rules to enforce immigration. One was the rule for preliminary stay for sole minors under 18. Who's responsible for them? (93 mins.)
Director: Margreth Olin
 
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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
 
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O Lucky Malcolm! (2006 Documentary)
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Actor Malcolm McDowell talks about his life and career. With interviews featuring his friends, family, directors and co-stars. (86 mins.)
Director: Jan Harlan
 
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Bavaria - Traumreise durch Bayern (2012 Documentary)
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It's a documentary with great pictures from bavaria's landscapes, mountains and seas. You will be informed from bavaria and the citys in it after the movie, too. (92 mins.)
 
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Nur leichte Kämpfe im Raum Da Nang (1970 Documentary)
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(44 mins.)
 
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Mendel Schainfelds zweite Reise nach Deutschland (1972 Documentary)
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(43 mins.)
 
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Citizenfour (2014 Documentary)
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A documentarian and a reporter travel to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with Edward Snowden. (114 mins.)
Director: Laura Poitras
 
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Taste the Waste (2010 Documentary)
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Why do we throw away so much food? And how can we stop this kind of waste?Amazing but true: On the way from the farm to the dining-room table, more than half the food lands on the dump. Most of it before it ever reaches consumers. (92 mins.)
Director: Valentin Thurn
 
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10 Milliarden (2015 Documentary)
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How can we best meet every earth citizens need for healthy food facing our limited resources? Regarding the almost 10 billion humans living on earth by 2050, we have to decide now how we want to shape the future of agriculture. (107 mins.)
Director: Valentin Thurn
 
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Brinkmanns Zorn (2006)
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(105 mins.)
Director: Harald Bergmann
 
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Homo Faber (Trois Femmes) (2014)
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(89 mins.)
Director: Richard Dindo
 
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Thomas Pynchon: A Journey Into the Mind of P. (2002 Documentary)
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This documentary tries to unravel the various mysteries around the identity, life and work of the reclusive author. (96 mins.)
 
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Stan Rikvin, der letzte der Kopfgeldjäger (1986 Documentary)
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Personenbeschreibung (1972 TV Series)
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(30 mins.)
 
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Geschichten vom Essen (2008 Documentary)
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(60 mins.)
 
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Genetic Me (2014 Documentary)
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(56 mins.)
 
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Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010 Documentary)
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Werner Herzog gains exclusive access to film inside the Chauvet caves of Southern France and captures the oldest known pictorial creations of humanity. (90 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
 
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Lessons of Darkness (1992 Documentary)
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This film shows the disaster of the Kuwaitian oil fields in flames, with few interviews and no explanatory narration. Hell itself is presented in such beautiful sights and music that one has to be fascinated by it. (54 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
 
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Pripyat (1999 Documentary)
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After 1986, a restricted zone was erected at a radius of 30km around Chernobyl. More than 100.000 people have been evacuated from there, but some have remained or returned. "Pripyat" follows four protagonists who live or work in this zone. (100 mins.)
 
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Darwin's Nightmare (2004 Documentary)
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A documentary on the effect of fishing the Nile perch in Tanzania's Lake Victoria. The predatory fish, which has wiped out the native species, is sold in European supermarkets, while starving Tanzanian families have to make do with the leftovers. (107 mins.)
Director: Hubert Sauper
 
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I Want to See the Manager (2014 Documentary)
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In the light of the current transformations within the global power structure, I WANT TO SEE THE MANAGER... (93 mins.)
Director: Hannes Lang
 
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Göttliche Lage - Eine Stadt erfindet sich neu (2014 Documentary)
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In an urban regeneration project a decommissioned steelworks in Dortmund will be transformed into premium... (100 mins.)
 
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Das Jahr nach Dayton (1997 Documentary)
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In the first year after the war in Bosnia, Nikolaus Geyrhalter follows several people in their personal aftermaths. (204 mins.)
 
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Over the Years (2015 Documentary)
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Nikolaus Geyrhalter accompanies the last few workers of an old textile mill over the span of ten years: how they deal with the mill closing and consequently move on with their lives. (188 mins.)
 
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Don't Swallow Everything (2015 Documentary)
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"None of the psycho-pharmaceutical drugs have a healing approach. They subdue symptoms." NICHT ALLES... (86 mins.)
 
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Above and Below (2015 Documentary)
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From Mars to Earth and underneath. Above and Below is a rough and rhythmic roller coaster ride seating... (118 mins.)
Director: Nicolas Steiner
 
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Staatsdiener (2015 Documentary)
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Staatsdiener follows the first year of young police officers in the police academy and on the beat in Eastern Germany... (81 mins.)
Director: Marie Wilke
 
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Democracy: Im Rausch der Daten (2015 Documentary)
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Digitalization has changed society. While data is becoming the "new oil", data protection is becoming the new "pollution control"... (100 mins.)
Director: David Bernet
 
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Eismädchen (2015 Documentary)
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Unfulfilled dreams, expectations and competition in the closely interwoven relationships between a mother and her two daughters. Observations of a fragile triangular relationship in an icy microcosm. (60 mins.)
Director: Lin Sternal
 
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Abendland (2011 Documentary)
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This documentary about Europe at night makes you reflect on service processes and infrastructures that never sleep. (90 mins.)
 
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In the Basement (2014 Documentary)
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A documentary that reveals what its subjects do in their respective basements. (81 mins.)
Director: Ulrich Seidl
 
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Berlin: Symphony of a Great City (1927 Documentary)
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This movie shows us one day in Berlin, the rhythm of that time, starting at the earliest morning and ends in the deepest night. (65 mins.)
 
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El Sicario, Room 164 (2010 Documentary)
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The story of a hitman for the drug cartels in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. (80 mins.)
Director: Gianfranco Rosi
 
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Alphabet (2013 Documentary)
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A documentary that analyzes the modern educational system and argues that it squelches children's capacity for imagination, creativity, and independent thought. (113 mins.)
 
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Day Is Done (2011 Documentary)
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A smokestack stubbornly pierces the sky. Trains rumble by down below. Lights come on in the buildings as night falls... (111 mins.)
Director: Thomas Imbach
 
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Am Kölnberg (2014 Documentary)
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The tower block area "Am Kölnberg" has a bad reputation. People who - for any number of reasons - ended up on the edge of society... (89 mins.)
 
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Heart of a Dog (2015 Documentary)
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Multimedia artist Laurie Anderson reflects on her relationship with her beloved terrier Lolabelle. (75 mins.)
Director: Laurie Anderson
 
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Personenbeschreibung: Begegnung im Knast (1981 Documentary)
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Personenbeschreibung (1972 TV Series)
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(30 mins.)
 
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Ulrich Seidl: A Director at Work (2014 Documentary)
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The film portrait Ulrich Seidl - A Director at Work depicts the controversial Austrian filmmaker Ulrich Seidl at work for the first time, painting a vivid picture of the much-debated "Seidl method". (52 mins.)
 
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Elsewhere (2001 Documentary)
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During the year 2000 Geyrhalter and his teams travelled to a different destination each month, looking for places untouched by the millennium hysteria... (240 mins.)
 
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7915 Km (2008 Documentary)
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A motor-sports spectacle that kicks up plenty of dust. On the trail of the 2007 Dakar Rallye '7915 KM' undertakes a search... (100 mins.)
 
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Bells from the Deep (1993 Documentary)
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What is faith and religion to Russians after the fall of communism? We get the insight into the Russian Orthodox church as well as different folk and shamanic beliefs. (60 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
 
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Misère au Borinage (1933 Documentary)
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Documentary about a miner's strike in Borinage. (36 mins.)
 
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The Spanish Earth (1937 Documentary)
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A documentary showing the struggle of the Spanish Republican government against a rebellion by ultra-right-wing forces led by Gen. Francisco Franco and backed by Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy. (52 mins.)
Director: Joris Ivens
 
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Landstück (2016 Documentary)
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(122 mins.)
Director: Volker Koepp
 
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Losers and Winners (2006 Documentary)
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A documentary about a German factory that is set to be taken apart and reassembled in China. (96 mins.)
 
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Was du willst (2008 Documentary)
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(41 mins.)
Director: Bettina Braun
 
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A Tale of the Wind (1988 Documentary)
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This film travels through fantasy and reality as Ivens goes to China to capture the Wind. The film reflects the film maker's journey... (80 mins.)
Director: Joris Ivens
 
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Jodorowsky's Dune (2013 Documentary)
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The story of cult film director Alejandro Jodorowsky's ambitious but ultimately doomed film adaptation of the seminal science fiction novel. (90 mins.)
Director: Frank Pavich
 
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Kinshasa Symphony (2010 Documentary)
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The Film "Kinshasa Symphony" shows how people living in one of the most chaotic cities in the world... (95 mins.)
 
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The Net (2003 Documentary)
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(121 mins.)
Director: Lutz Dammbeck
 
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Jesus, You Know (2003 Documentary)
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Six Catholics share their thoughts and problems with Jesus in different churches. The camera accompanies them. (87 mins.)
Director: Ulrich Seidl
 
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Todesstaub (2007 Documentary)
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(92 mins.)
 
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Step Across the Border (1990 Documentary)
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(90 mins.)
 
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Ghetto (1997 Documentary)
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(122 mins.)
Director: Thomas Imbach
 
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Two Years at Sea (2011 Documentary)
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After working at sea, a man realizes his dream of moving to the middle of the forest. (88 mins.)
Director: Ben Rivers
 
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Into the Abyss (2011 Documentary)
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Conversations with death row inmate Michael Perry and those affected by his crime serve as an examination of why people - and the state - kill. (107 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
 
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Angeschwemmt (1994 Documentary)
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'Washed up' presents a portrait of people who spend their lives on the banks of the river Danube or on the river itself. (Robert Buchschwenter) (86 mins.)
 
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Good News: Newspaper Salesmen, Dead Dogs and Other People from Vienna (1990 Documentary)
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This documentary, Ulrich Seidl's full-length film debut, examines the lives of the street newspaper sellers in Vienna... (130 mins.)
Director: Ulrich Seidl