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1.
Waltz with Bashir (2008)
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An Israeli film director interviews fellow veterans of the 1982 invasion of Lebanon to reconstruct his own memories of his term of service in that conflict. (90 mins.)
Director: Ari Folman
 
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TPB AFK: The Pirate Bay Away from Keyboard (2013 Documentary)
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An intellectual freedoms documentary based around the interpersonal triumphs, and defeats of the three main characters against the largest industry in the known universe. The media industry. (85 mins.)
Director: Simon Klose
 
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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
 
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Indie Game: The Movie (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary that follows the journeys of indie game developers as they create games and release those works, and themselves, to the world. (94 mins.)
 
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Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working with Time (2001 Documentary)
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Portrait of Andy Goldsworthy, an artist whose specialty is ephemeral sculptures made from elements of nature. (90 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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The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (2007 Documentary)
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Die-hard gamers compete to break world records on classic arcade games. (79 mins.)
Director: Seth Gordon
 
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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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Restrepo (2010 Documentary)
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A year with one platoon in the deadliest valley in Afghanistan. (93 mins.)
 
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The Last Days (1998 Documentary)
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In late 1944, even as they faced imminent defeat, the Nazis expended enormous resources to kill or deport... (87 mins.)
Director: James Moll
 
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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
 
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The Last Bolshevik (1993 Documentary)
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This documentary tells the story of film director Aleksandr Medvedkin, throughout his life a sincere believer in communism... (120 mins.)
Director: Chris Marker
 
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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.)
 
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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
 
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It Might Get Loud (2008 Documentary)
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A documentary on the electric guitar from the point of view of three significant rock musicians: the Edge, Jimmy Page and Jack White. (98 mins.)
 
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Sympathy for the Devil (1968 Documentary)
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Godard's documentation of late 1960s Western counter-culture, examining the Black Panthers, referring to works by LeRoi Jones and Eldridge Cleaver... (100 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
 
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Nanook of the North (1922 Documentary)
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In this silent predecessor to the modern documentary, film-maker Robert J. Flaherty spends one year following the lives of Nanook and his family, Inuits living in the Arctic Circle. (78 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.)
 
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The War (2007 Mini-Series)
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A seven-part series focusing on the many ways in which the Second World War impacted the lives of American families. (124 mins.)
 
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Horatio's Drive: America's First Road Trip (2003 Documentary)
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The saga of Horatio Nelson Jackson, the first man to cross the United States by automobile--in 1903! (107 mins.)
Director: Ken Burns
 
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Mark Twain (2001 Documentary)
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A biographical film about the acclaimed American humourist and author. (212 mins.)
Director: Ken Burns
 
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Biography (1987 TV Series)
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The life stories of various historical figures and celebrities are told. (60 mins.)
 
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Prohibition (2011 Mini-Series)
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The story of the American activist struggle against the influence of alcohol, climaxing in the failed early 20th century nationwide era when it was banned. (360 mins.)
 
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Modern Marvels (1993 TV Series)
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Fast-paced, fun and informative, Modern Marvels is The History Channel's signature series focusing on historical technology... (60 mins.)
 
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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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Frank Lloyd Wright (1998 Documentary)
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A biography of the life and work of the American architect. (146 mins.)
 
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Thomas Jefferson (1997 Mini-Series)
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A biographical film about The United States' influential and profoundly enigmatic Founding Father. (180 mins.)
Director: Ken Burns
 
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Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery (1997 Documentary)
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The story of the most important American exploration expedition in American history and the participants in it. (240 mins.)
Director: Ken Burns
 
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The West (1996 TV Series)
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Stephen Ives' "The West" is a PBS 4-Video Series co-produced by Ken Burns: - "Death Runs Riot" 85 min. - "Fight No More Forever" 85 min. - "Ghost Dance" 58 min. - "The People" 82 min. (537 mins.)
Director: Stephen Ives
 
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Empire of the Air: The Men Who Made Radio (1991 Documentary)
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For 50 years, radio dominated the airwaves as the first mass medium. Ken Burns examines the lives of three men who shared the responsibility for its invention and early success. (113 mins.)
Director: Ken Burns
 
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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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Alone in the Wilderness (2004 Documentary)
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Documentary tells the story of Dick Proenneke who, in the late 1960s, built his own cabin in the wilderness at the base of the Aleutian Peninsula... (57 mins.)
 
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I Am (2010 Documentary)
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Director Tom Shadyac speaks with intellectual and spiritual leaders about what's wrong with our world and how we can improve both it and the way we live in it. (78 mins.)
Director: Tom Shadyac
 
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The Presidents (2005 Documentary)
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A historical compendium of the 42 men who have served as the chief executive of the United States taking us from George Washington to George W. Bush. Each segment discusses the highlights and often lowlights of the men who have served. (45 mins.)
 
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American Experience (1988 TV Series)
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A series showcasing documentaries on American history. (60 mins.)
 
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The Untold History of the United States (2012 TV Series)
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Oliver Stone's re-examination of under-reported events in American history. (58 mins.)
 
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Life in a Day (2011 Documentary)
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A documentary shot by film-makers all over the world that serves as a time capsule to show future generations what it was like to be alive on the twenty-fourth of July, 2010. (95 mins.)
 
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Surviving Progress (2011 Documentary)
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Theorists consider the evolution of human society and question the sustainability of the current paradigm. (86 mins.)
 
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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
 
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The Bridge (2006 Documentary)
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People suffer largely unnoticed while the rest of the world goes about its business. This is a documentary... (94 mins.)
Director: Eric Steel
 
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I Will Be Murdered (2013 Documentary)
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The fascinating story of Rodrigo Rosenberg, a Guatemalan lawyer who predicted his own death on YouTube, and the subsequent investigation that reached an unbelievable conclusion. (85 mins.)
Director: Justin Webster
 
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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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Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (1991 Documentary)
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Documentary that chronicles how Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now was plagued by extraordinary script, shooting, budget, and casting problems--nearly destroying the life and career of the celebrated director. (96 mins.)
 
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I Think We're Alone Now (2008 Documentary)
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Two individuals, Jeff and Kelly, claim to be in love with the 80's pop singer Tiffany. (70 mins.)
Director: Sean Donnelly
 
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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.)
 
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Cinemania (2002 Documentary)
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This documentary about the culture of intense cinephilia in New York City reveals the impassioned world of five obsessed movie buffs... (83 mins.)
 
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Sam Peckinpah's West: Legacy of a Hollywood Renegade (2004 Documentary)
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Spattered with blood and controversy, Sam Peckinpah's Westerns revolutionized their genre. SAM PECKINPAH'S... (83 mins.)
Director: Tom Thurman
 
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Stephen Hawking's Universe (1997 Mini-Series)
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6-part documentary series from arguably the greatest scientific mind in the world, the wheelchair-bound Stephen Hawking... (360 mins.)
 
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Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking (2010 Mini-Series)
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In this comprehensive cosmology series Stephen Hawking looks at the entire universe, from the Big Bang to the end of time.