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1.
The World According to Dick Cheney (2013 Documentary)
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Director: R.J. Cutler
 
2.
The House I Live In (2012 Documentary)
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From the dealer to the narcotics officer, the inmate to the federal judge, a penetrating look inside America's criminal justice system, revealing the profound human rights implications of U.S. drug policy. (108 mins.)
Director: Eugene Jarecki
 
3.
The Gatekeepers (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary featuring interviews with all surviving former heads of Shin Bet, the Israeli security agency whose activities and membership are closely held state secrets. (101 mins.)
Director: Dror Moreh
 
4.
Chasing Ice (2012 Documentary)
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Follow National Geographic photographer James Balog across the Arctic as he deploys time-lapse cameras designed for one purpose: to capture a multi-year record of the world's changing glaciers. (75 mins.)
Director: Jeff Orlowski
 
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Tchoupitoulas (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary that follows three brothers as they discover the scenes of late-night New Orleans. (80 mins.)
 
6.
Searching for Sugar Man (2012 Documentary)
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Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock n roller, Rodriguez. (86 mins.)
 
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The Waiting Room (2012 Documentary)
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Go behind the doors of an American public hospital struggling to care for a community of largely uninsured patients. (81 mins.)
Director: Peter Nicks
 
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The Dust Bowl (2012 Mini-Series)
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A documentary about the 1930s drought of North American prairie farm land, and its consequences during the great depression.
 
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Bestiaire (2012 Documentary)
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Along the rhythm of the seasons, beasts and humans regard each other. 'Bestiary' unfolds like a picture book about mutual observation. A contemplation of a stable imbalance, and of loose, tranquil and indefinable elements. (72 mins.)
Director: Denis Côté
 
10.
Leviathan (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary shot in the North Atlantic and focused on the commercial fishing industry. (87 mins.)
 
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The Central Park Five (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary that examines the 1989 case of five black and Latino teenagers who were convicted of raping a white woman in Central Park. After having spent between 6 and 13 years each in prison, a serial rapist confessed to the crime. (119 mins.)
 
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Five Broken Cameras (2011 Documentary)
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A documentary on a Palestinian farmer's chronicle of his nonviolent resistance to the actions of the Israeli army. (94 mins.)
 
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Project Nim (2011 Documentary)
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Tells the story of a chimpanzee taken from its mother at birth and raised like a human child by a family in a brownstone on the upper West Side in the 1970s. (93 mins.)
Director: James Marsh
 
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The Ambassador (2011 Documentary)
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Danish journalist Mads Brügger goes undercover as a Liberian Ambassador to embark on a dangerous yet hysterical journey to uncover the blood diamond trade in Africa. (93 mins.)
Director: Mads Brügger
 
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The Last Mountain (2011 Documentary)
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A coal mining corporation and a tiny community vie for the last great mountain in Appalachia in a battle for the future of energy that affects us all. (95 mins.)
Director: Bill Haney
 
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The Flaw (2011 Documentary)
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An examination of the causes of the economic crisis of 2008. (78 mins.)
Director: David Sington
 
17.
Page One: Inside the New York Times (2011 Documentary)
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Unprecedented access to the New York Times newsroom yields a complex view of the transformation of a media landscape fraught with both peril and opportunity. (92 mins.)
Director: Andrew Rossi
 
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The Island President (2011 Documentary)
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After bringing democracy to his country, President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives, the lowest-lying country in the world, takes up the fight to keep his homeland from disappearing under the sea. (101 mins.)
Director: Jon Shenk
 
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Urbanized (2011 Documentary)
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A documentary about the design of cities, which looks at the issues and strategies behind urban design and features some of the world's foremost architects, planners, policymakers, builders, and thinkers. (85 mins.)
Director: Gary Hustwit
 
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Happy People: A Year in the Taiga (2010 Documentary)
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A documentary depicting the life and work of the trappers of Bakhtia, a village in the heart of the Siberian Taiga, where daily life has changed little in over a century. (90 mins.)
 
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Restrepo (2010 Documentary)
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A year with one platoon in the deadliest valley in Afghanistan. (93 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
 
23.
GasLand (2010 Documentary)
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An exploration of the fracking petroleum extraction industry and the serious environmental consequences involved. (107 mins.)
Director: Josh Fox
 
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Countdown to Zero (2010 Documentary)
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A documentary about how the likelihood of nuclear weapons (or fissile materials) usage has increased due to the rise of terrorism and lack of safeguards and verification. (89 mins.)
Director: Lucy Walker
 
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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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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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Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us? (2010 Documentary)
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QUEEN OF THE SUN: What Are the Bees Telling Us? is a profound, alternative look at the global bee crisis from Taggart Siegel... (83 mins.)
Director: Taggart Siegel
 
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The National Parks: America's Best Idea (2009 Mini-Series)
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The history of the U.S. National Parks system, including the initial ideas which led to the world's first national parks and the expansion of the system over 150 years. (120 mins.)
 
29.
Budrus (2009 Documentary)
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Follows a Palestinian leader who unites Fatah, Hamas and Israelis in an unarmed movement to save his village from destruction. Success eludes them until his 15-year-old daughter jumps into the fray. (70 mins.)
Director: Julia Bacha
 
30.
Still Bill (2009 Documentary)
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A portrait of soul legend Bill Withers. (78 mins.)
 
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What's the Matter with Kansas? (2009 Documentary)
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In 'What's the Matter with Kansas?' a politically active Kansas megachurch splinters, moves to an amusement park... (90 mins.)
Director: Joe Winston
 
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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
 
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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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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
 
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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.)
 
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Food Fight (2008 Documentary)
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A fascinating look at how American agricultural policy and food culture developed in the 20th century, and how the California food movement rebelled against big agribusiness to launch the local organic food movement. (91 mins.)
Director: Chris Taylor
 
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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
 
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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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Man on Wire (2008 Documentary)
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A look at tightrope walker Philippe Petit's daring, but illegal, high-wire routine performed between New York City's World Trade Center's twin towers in 1974, what some consider, "the artistic crime of the century". (94 mins.)
Director: James Marsh
 
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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
 
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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.)
 
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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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Earth (2007 Documentary)
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Feature-length version of the documentary TV series Planet Earth, following the migration paths of four animal families. (90 mins.)
 
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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
 
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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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Cocaine Cowboys (2006 Documentary)
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In the 1980s, ruthless Colombian cocaine barons invaded Miami with a brand of violence unseen in this country since Prohibition-era Chicago... (118 mins.)
Director: Billy Corben
 
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Maxed Out (2006 Documentary)
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When Hurricane Katrina ravaged America's Gulf Coast, it laid bare an uncomfortable reality-America is... (90 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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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.)
 
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49 Up (2005 Documentary)
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In 1964, to explore the adage "Give me a child until he is seven and I will give you the man," World in Action filmed seven-year-olds... (180 mins.)
 
51.
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
 
52.
Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004 Documentary)
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Michael Moore's view on what happened to the United States after September 11; and how the Bush Administration allegedly used the tragic event to push forward its agenda for unjust wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. (122 mins.)
Director: Michael Moore
 
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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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A State of Mind (2004 Documentary)
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A British documentary that follows two young North Korean girls as they prepare for the Mass Games, the world's largest choreographed gymnastics performance. (94 mins.)
Director: Daniel Gordon
 
55.
The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (2003 Documentary)
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In April 2002, an Irish film crew is making a documentary about Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, when a coup from the opposition is made. (74 mins.)
 
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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.)
 
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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
 
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Jazz (2001 Mini-Series)
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A survey of the musical form's history and major talents. (114 mins.)
 
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The Last Cigarette (1999 Documentary)
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In 1994, the Health and Environment Subcommittee of the US Congress, chaired by Henry Waxman (D-California)... (82 mins.)
 
61.
Baseball (1994 Mini-Series)
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A documentary on the history of the sport with major topics including Afro-American players, player/team owner relations and the resilience of the game. (1140 mins.)
 
62.
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
 
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Standing in the Shadows of Motown (2002 Documentary)
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Documentary about the Funk Brothers, a group of Detroit musicians who backed up dozens of Motown artists. (108 mins.)
Director: Paul Justman
 
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Twenty Feet from Stardom (2013 Documentary)
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Backup singers live in a world that lies just beyond the spotlight. Their voices bring harmony to the biggest bands in popular music, but we've had no idea who these singers are or what lives they lead, until now. (91 mins.)
Director: Morgan Neville
 
65.
Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer (2013 Documentary)
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Three young women face seven years in a Russian prison for a satirical performance in a Moscow cathedral... (88 mins.)
 
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Manhunt: The Inside Story of the Hunt for Bin Laden (2013 Documentary)
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Filled with testimony and recollections from actual C.I.A. agents, this in-depth account reveals the remarkable true story of the pursuit of the world's most notorious terrorist, Osama bin Laden. (102 mins.)
Director: Greg Barker
Stars: Nada Bakos
 
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How to Make Money Selling Drugs (2012 Documentary)
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Ten easy steps show you how to make money from drugs, featuring a series of interviews with drug dealers, prison employees, and lobbyists arguing for tougher drug laws. (96 mins.)
Director: Matthew Cooke
 
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Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me (2013 Documentary)
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The uncompromising Tony and Emmy Award-winner is showcased both on and off stage via rare archival footage and intimate cinema vérité. (81 mins.)
Director: Chiemi Karasawa