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1.
Empire (1964 Documentary)
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A single shot of the Empire State Building from early evening until nearly 3 am the next day. (485 mins.)
Director: Andy Warhol
 
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The Sorrow and the Pity (1969 Documentary)
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From 1940 to 1944, France's Vichy government collaborated with Nazi Germany. Marcel Ophüls mixes archival... (251 mins.)
Director: Marcel Ophüls
 
3.
Point of Order! (1964 Documentary)
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Point of Order is compiled from TV footage of the 1954 Army-McCarthy hearings, in which the Army accused... (97 mins.)
 
4.
Monterey Pop (1968 Documentary)
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A film about the greatest pre-Woodstock rock music festival. (78 mins.)
Director: D.A. Pennebaker
 
5.
The Battle of Chile: Part I (1975 Documentary)
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The chronicle of the political tension in Chile in 1973 and of the violent counter revolution against the democratically elected government of Salvador Allende. (97 mins.)
 
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Profit Motive and the Whispering Wind (2007 Documentary)
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A visual meditation on the progressive history of the United States as seen through cemeteries, historic plaques and markers. Inspired by Howard Zinn's "A People's History of the United States". (58 mins.)
Director: John Gianvito
 
7.
High School (1969 Documentary)
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Documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman takes us inside Northeast High School as a fly on the wall to observe the teachers and how they interact with the students. (75 mins.)
 
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Hitler: A Film from Germany (1977)
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Director Hans-Jurgen Syberberg examines the rise and fall of the Third Reich in this brooding seven-hour masterpiece... (442 mins.)
 
9.
Lake of Fire (2006 Documentary)
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A graphic documentary on both sides of the abortion debate. (152 mins.)
Director: Tony Kaye
 
10.
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
 
11.
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.)
 
12.
Shoah (1985 Documentary)
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Claude Lanzmann's epic documentary recounts the story of the Holocaust through interviews with witnesses - perpetrators as well as survivors. (566 mins.)
Director: Claude Lanzmann
 
13.
Seduced and Abandoned (2013 Documentary)
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An exploration of several interconnected subjects: The Cannes Film Festival, cinema art, money, glamor and death. (98 mins.)
Director: James Toback
 
14.
Presumed Guilty (2008 Documentary)
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Two young Mexican attorneys attempt to exonerate a wrongly convicted man by making a documentary. In the process, they expose the contradictions of a judicial system that presumes suspects guilty until proven innocent. (87 mins.)
 
15.
Home Movie (2001 Documentary)
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Documentary look at five unusual homes and the people who built (or adapted) them. (66 mins.)
Director: Chris Smith
 
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Cane Toads: The Conquest (2010 Documentary)
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A documentary horror film about the environmental devastation left in the wake of the giant toads' unstoppable march across Australia. (85 mins.)
Director: Mark Lewis
 
17.
Wisconsin Death Trip (1999)
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Wisconsin Death Trip is an intimate, shocking and sometimes hilarious account of the disasters that... (76 mins.)
Director: James Marsh
 
18.
Beauty Is Embarrassing (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary on the life and current times of artist Wayne White. (88 mins.)
Director: Neil Berkeley
 
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The Sweetest Sound (2001 Documentary)
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In The Sweetest Sound, Alan Berliner (the filmmaker from New York) is tired of being mistaken for people who might share his name and decides to rid himself of the dreaded Same Name Syndrome (In HD). (60 mins.)
Director: Alan Berliner
 
20.
Dream Tower (1994)
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Dream Tower chronicles Toronto's most notorious social experiment of the sixties. Inspired by cultural critic Paul Goodman... (47 mins.)
Director: Ron Mann
 
21.
The Day After Trinity (1981 Documentary)
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Scientists and witnesses involved in the creation and testing of the first ever atomic bomb reflect... (88 mins.)
Director: Jon Else
 
22.
The House Is Black (1963 Documentary)
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Set in a leper colony in the north of Iran, The House is Black juxtaposes "ugliness", of which there is much in the world as stated in the opening scenes, with religion and gratitude. (20 mins.)
 
23.
Fire in Babylon (2010 Documentary)
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Feature documentary about the great West Indies cricket team of the 1970's/80's. (87 mins.)
Director: Stevan Riley
 
24.
Magic Trip: Ken Kesey's Search for a Kool Place (2011 Documentary)
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A freewheeling portrait of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters' fabled road trip across America. (107 mins.)
 
25.
The Sci-Fi Boys (2006 Documentary)
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A chronicle of the impact early movie special effects had on star creators of future sci-fi films. (80 mins.)
Director: Paul Davids
 
26.
This Filthy World (2006 Documentary)
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Jeff Garlin's documentary on the work of John Waters. (86 mins.)
Director: Jeff Garlin
 
27.
For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism (2009 Documentary)
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The history of American film criticism. (80 mins.)
Director: Gerald Peary
 
28.
Let the Fire Burn (2013 Documentary)
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A history of the conflict of the City of Philadelphia and the Black Liberation organization, MOVE, that led to the disastrously violent final confrontation in 1985. (88 mins.)
Director: Jason Osder
 
29.
At Berkeley (2013 Documentary)
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The University of California at Berkeley, the oldest and most prestigious member of a ten campus public education system... (244 mins.)