Political Documentaries (Watch List)

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Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment (1963 Documentary)
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Governor George Wallace will not let two black students into an Alabama school, against the wishes of President Kennedy. Loud shouts come from both sides of the issue as JFK stands by his decisions. (52 mins.)
 
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Let Us Continue (1963 Documentary)
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Documentary showing how continuity of power works between an outgoing administration (John F. Kennedy) and an incoming one (Lyndon Johnson).
 
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The Making of the President 1960 (1963 Documentary)
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The story of the 1960 US Presidential election. (90 mins.)
Director: Mel Stuart
 
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Four Days in November (1964 Documentary)
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From more than eight million feet of newsreels, amateur footage, tape-recordings and more, David L. Wolper presents a priceless detailed account of the time and events surrounding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. (122 mins.)
Director: Mel Stuart
 
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John F. Kennedy: Years of Lightning, Day of Drums (1965 Documentary)
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John F. Kennedy's years as president. (85 mins.)
 
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The Making of a President: 1964 (1966 Documentary)
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(90 mins.)
Director: Mel Stuart
 
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Rush to Judgment (1967 Documentary)
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Mark Lane interviews witnesses to the Kennedy assassination and exposes serious flaws in the conclusions made by the Warren Commission. (98 mins.)
 
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The Hour of the Furnaces (1968 Documentary)
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Divided into three segments, namely 1 Neocolonialism, 2 Act for liberation, 3 Violence and liberation... (260 mins.)
 
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LBJ (1968 Documentary)
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A montage of 1960s America, all focused on the presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson. (18 mins.)
 
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Robert Kennedy Remembered (1968 Documentary)
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Shown on all television networks simultaneously and at the Chicago Democratic National Convention in August of 1968... (30 mins.)
 
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Making of the President 1968 (1969 Documentary)
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(90 mins.)
 
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The Unfinished Journey of Robert Kennedy (1970 Documentary)
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(75 mins.)
Director: Mel Stuart
 
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The Murder of Fred Hampton (1971 Documentary)
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Fred Hampton was the leader of the Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party. This film depicts his... (88 mins.)
Director: Howard Alk
 
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Québec: Duplessis et après... (1972 Documentary)
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A documentary about Maurice Duplessis and the quebec nationalism which to new levels after the death of this Premier of the Province of Quebec... (121 mins.)
Director: Denys Arcand
 
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General Idi Amin Dada (1974 Documentary)
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A documentary on the military dictator of Africa's Uganda. (90 mins.)
 
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Here and Elsewhere (1976 Documentary)
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Godard, Miéville and Gorin (aka the "Dziga Vertov Group") examine the parallel lives of two families - one French, one Palestinian - using an exploratory combination of film and video. (53 mins.)
 
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Underground (1976 Documentary)
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It's the mid 1970s and the Weather Underground Organization (WUO), a radical (and violent) offshoot of the Students for a Democratic Society... (87 mins.)
 
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Dearest Executioners (1977 Documentary)
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(103 mins.)
 
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John F. Kennedy: 1917-1963 (1979 Documentary)
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At the age of forty-three, John F. Kennedy was the youngest man and the first Catholic to be elected President of the United States... (33 mins.)
 
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Le confort et l'indifférence (1982 Documentary)
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Made shortly after the referendum on Quebec's independence was held, this documentary illustrates what... (109 mins.)
Director: Denys Arcand
“ Comfort and Indifference ” - shawnevans666
 
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The Road to Patriation (1982 Documentary)
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The story of Canada's struggle to gain control and define its own constitution. (94 mins.)
 
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America Remembers John F. Kennedy (1983 Documentary)
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(120 mins.)
 
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Broken Rainbow (1985 Documentary)
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Documentary chronicling the government relocation of 10,000 Navajo Indians in Arizona. (70 mins.)
Director: Victoria Mudd
 
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Sherman's March (1985 Documentary)
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Ross McElwee sets out to make a documentary about the lingering effects of General Sherman's march of... (157 mins.)
Director: Ross McElwee
 
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The Champions, Part 1: Unlikely Warriors (1986 Documentary)
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(57 mins.)
Director: Donald Brittain
 
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The Champions, Part 2: Trappings of Power (1986 Documentary)
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(56 mins.)
Director: Donald Brittain
 
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The Champions, Part 3: The Final Battle (1986 Documentary)
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(87 mins.)
Director: Donald Brittain
 
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Tommy Douglas: Keeper of the Flame (1986 Documentary)
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(58 mins.)
Director: Elise Swerhone
 
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The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On (1987 Documentary)
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A documentary following Kenzo Okuzaki, a 62-year-old WW2 veteran notorious for his protests against Emperor Hirohito, as he tries to expose the needless executions of two Japanese soldiers during the war. (122 mins.)
Director: Kazuo Hara
 
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JFK Remembered (1988 Documentary)
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(54 mins.)
Director: Richard Gerdau
 
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JFK: A Time Remembered (1988 Documentary)
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A film commemorating the twenty-fifth anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy... (60 mins.)
Director: Mark Obenhaus
 
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11-22-63: The Day the Nation Cried (1989 Documentary)
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Through exclusive and previously unseen footage from family archives and the local TV station near the... (52 mins.)
Director: Bruce Halford
 
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Berkeley in the Sixties (1990 Documentary)
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A documentary about militant student political activity in the University of California-Berkely in the 1960's. (117 mins.)
Director: Mark Kitchell
 
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LBJ: A Remembrance (1990 Documentary)
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This documentary evaluates The Great Society by incorporating still photos and the voices of Cabinet members/close friends of Lyndon B. Johnson, the 36th President of the United States. (28 mins.)
 
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The Speeches Collection: Adolf Hitler (1990 Documentary)
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"It is our wish and will that this Reich will last into the future for a thousand years." - Adolf Hitler... (50 mins.)
 
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Something to Do with the Wall (1991 Documentary)
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In 1986, Ross McElwee and Marilyn Levine were making a film about the 25th anniversary of the Berlin Wall, when the imposing structure was still very much intact as the world's most visible symbol of hardline Communism. (88 mins.)
 
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The JFK Assassination: The Jim Garrison Tapes (1992 Documentary)
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John Fitzgerald Kennedy was the 35th president of the United States serving from 1961 until his assassination in 1963 at the age of 46... (96 mins.)
Director: John Barbour
 
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JFK: The Case for Conspiracy (1993 Documentary)
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(103 mins.)
 
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The Kennedy Years: JFK Remembered (1993 Documentary)
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(30 mins.)
 
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The War Room (1993 Documentary)
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A documentary of the Bill Clinton 1992 presidential campaign and the organization who ran it. (96 mins.)
 
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The Art of Governing (1968-1972) (1994 Documentary)
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A film account of the influential Canadian Prime Minister's early years of his administration. (100 mins.)
Director: Brian McKenna
“ Pierre Trudeau. ” - shawnevans666
 
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Ernesto Che Guevara, the Bolivian Diary (1994 Documentary)
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On October 9, 1967, Che Guevara was executed by the Bolivian Army, aided by the CIA. Che's diary, a detailed, personal account of his futile, attempt to spark a revolution in Bolivia, is the basis of this intimate portrait. (92 mins.)
Director: Richard Dindo
 
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Establishing a Just Society (1972-1984) (1994 Documentary)
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A filmed account of the later years of Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau's political career. (100 mins.)
Director: Brian McKenna
“ Pierre Trudeau. ” - shawnevans666
 
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La liberté en colère (1994 Documentary)
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Thirty years later, four members of what was Le Front de libération du Québec discussed why they create or participate in this revolutionary group... (73 mins.)
“ Freedom Outraged ” - shawnevans666
 
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The Making of a Leader (1919-1968) (1994 Documentary)
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The story of the early life of Canada's most influential 20th century Prime Minister. (80 mins.)
Director: Brian McKenna
“ Pierre Trudeau. ” - shawnevans666
 
51.
Referendum: Take 2 (1996 Documentary)
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A film about the second referendum to decide if the province of Quebec would declare independence from Canada. (77 mins.)
 
52.
Harry S. Truman: 1884-1972 (1997 Documentary)
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(48 mins.)
 
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Living Utopia (1997 Documentary)
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Anarchism in Spain; the Spanish social revolution during the civil war 1936-39.
Director: Juan Gamero
 
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Waco: The Rules of Engagement (1997 Documentary)
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A reassessment of the tragedy at Waco that left 76 members of the Branch Davidian religious sect dead. (136 mins.)
Director: William Gazecki
 
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Holes in Heaven (1998 Documentary)
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Holes in Heaven investigates the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program also known as HAARP... (53 mins.)
Director: Wendy Robbins
 
56.
Human Remains (1998 Documentary)
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Film clips of the 20th century's great dictators with narration in first person combine to form a fascinating portrait of power and evil. (30 mins.)
Director: Jay Rosenblatt
 
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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
 
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Fists of Freedom: The Story of the '68 Summer Games (1999 Documentary)
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Documentary leading up to, during and after the 1968 Summer Olympic Games in Mexico City. Features interviews with athletes...
Director: George Roy
 
60.
Just Watch Me: Trudeau and the 70's Generation (1999 Documentary)
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Several Canadians discuss how Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau affected them in the 1970's, in particular, his efforts to create a bilingual Canada. (76 mins.)
Director: Catherine Annau
 
61.
One Day in September (1999 Documentary)
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The Palestinian terrorist group Black September holds Israeli athletes hostage at the 1972 Summer Olympic Games in Munich. (94 mins.)
Director: Kevin Macdonald
 
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The Secret KGB JFK Assassination Files (1999 Documentary)
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On Nov. 22, 1963 the world was shocked by the assassination of John F. Kennedy. The mystery surrounding this history-changing event has led to many unanswered questions. (85 mins.)
Director: David McKenzie
 
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30 Frames a Second: The WTO in Seattle (2000 Documentary)
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30 Frames A Second: The WTO in Seattle, is a compelling first-person account of the events that unfolded during the week the World Trade Organization came to Seattle in November of 1999. (73 mins.)
Director: Rustin Thompson
 
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Black October (2000 Documentary)
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A history of the infamous Canadian terrorist crisis in October 1970. (120 mins.)
 
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Pierre Elliott Trudeau 1919 - 2000 (2000 Documentary)
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Rebels with a Cause (2000 Documentary)
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(110 mins.)
Director: Helen Garvey
 
67.
This Is What Democracy Looks Like (2000 Documentary)
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A filmed account of the street protests against the World Trade Organization Summit in Seattle, Washington, USA in 1999. (72 mins.)
 
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Black Box BRD (2001 Documentary)
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Wolfgang Grams, RAF terrorist, killed in a police shoot out in 1993 was thought to be part of the 1989 murder of high placed banker Alfred Herrhausen... (102 mins.)
Director: Andres Veiel
 
69.
Conspiracy Theory: Did We Land on the Moon? (2001 Documentary)
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Were the Apollo moon landings faked? (45 mins.)
Director: John Moffet
 
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The Hidden Wars of Desert Storm (2001 Documentary)
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(64 mins.)
 
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Horns and Halos (2002 Documentary)
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This movie captures the unlikely connection of three men. An ex-con biographer, a janitor turned publisher and U.S. President George W. Bush whose paths to power and popularity become tangled in the controversial book Fortunate Son. (90 mins.)
 
72.
Power and Terror: Noam Chomsky in Our Times (2002 Documentary)
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This documentary compiles a series of Noam Chomsky's interviews and lectures that address the events of 9/11. (74 mins.)
Director: John Junkerman
 
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Breaking the Silence: Truth and Lies in the War on Terror (2003 Documentary)
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A critical documentary about the war on terror since 9-11. (50 mins.)
 
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Castro (2003 Documentary)
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Fidel Castro was one of history's most controversial leaders. The man who freed Cuba from a crushing regime and lived a Communist dream... (72 mins.)
Director: Philip Selkirk
 
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Comandante (2003 Documentary)
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Documentary on the director's meeting with Castro. (99 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
 
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LBJ vs. the Kennedys: Chasing Demons (2003 Documentary)
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The intense dislike and mistrust between LBJ and RFK, and the troubled first year of the Johnson presidency. (100 mins.)
 
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Noam Chomsky: Rebel Without a Pause (2003 Documentary)
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Linguist, intellectual and activist, Noam Chomsky discusses and reflects on the state of world events including the War in Iraq... (74 mins.)
Director: Will Pascoe
 
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Power Trip (2003 Documentary)
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Corruption, assassination and street rioting surround the story of the award-winning film, Power Trip... (86 mins.)
Director: Paul Devlin
 
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The Diary of Sacco and Vanzetti (2004 Documentary)
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(57 mins.)
Director: David Rothauser
 
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American Experience (1988 TV Series)
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A documentary on the curious American domestic terrorist group, infamous for the 1974 kidnapping of Patty Hearst. (60 mins.)
 
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Heir to an Execution (2004 Documentary)
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A filmmaker explores the lives and deaths of her grandparents, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, who were executed as spies in 1953. (93 mins.)
Director: Ivy Meeropol
 
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Howard Zinn: You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train (2004 Documentary)
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The life and times of Howard Zinn: the historian, activist, and author of several classics including "A Peoples History of the United States". Archival footage, and commentary by friend, colleagues and Zinn himself. (78 mins.)
 
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JFK: Breaking the News (2004 Documentary)
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Looking back over 40 years television and print journalists recall their stories and memories of reporting the murder of President Kennedy and how it changed the country and changed the way the public gets it's news. (60 mins.)
 
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Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land (2004 Documentary)
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This video shows how the foreign policy interests of American political elites-working in combination... (80 mins.)
 
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R.F.K. (2004 Documentary)
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(110 mins.)
Director: David Grubin
 
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Rush to War (2004 Documentary)
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In today's post-9/11 world, director Robert Taicher searches for the rationale behind the war in Iraq... (61 mins.)
Director: Robert Taicher
 
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Slavoj Zizek: The Reality of the Virtual (2004 Documentary)
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In this tour de force filmed lecture, Slavoj Zizek lucidly and compellingly reflects on belief - which takes him from Father Christmas to democracy... (71 mins.)
Director: Ben Wright
 
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Unconstitutional (2004 Documentary)
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A documentary that investigates the ways in which the civil liberties of American citizens and immigrants have been rolled back since the September 11 and the Patriot Act. (66 mins.)
 
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Uncovered: The War on Iraq (2004 Documentary)
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In this documentary feature, filmmaker Robert Greenwald chronicles the Bush Administration's case to invade Iraq following the events of Sept... (83 mins.)
 
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The American Ruling Class (2005)
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In this first of its kind "dramatic-documentary-musical", Lewis Lapham takes two young Ivy-League graduates on a tour of the corridors of power. The novice careerists must decide: should they seek to rule the world, or to save it? (88 mins.)
Director: John Kirby
 
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Beyond Treason (2005 Documentary)
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This extremely powerful 89 minute film presents comprehensive documentation from United States Government archives of a massive cover-up... (89 mins.)
Director: William Lewis
 
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American Experience (1988 TV Series)
Episode: Fidel Castro (2005)
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A biography of Cuban leader Fidel Castro. (60 mins.)
 
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One Bright Shining Moment (2005 Documentary)
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ONE BRIGHT SHINING MOMENT retraces George McGovern's bold presidential campaign of 1972 - a grassroots campaign that fought for peace and justice... (123 mins.)
 
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Our Brand Is Crisis (2005 Documentary)
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A documentary on American political campaign marketing tactics and their consequences. (87 mins.)
Director: Rachel Boynton
 
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Viva Zapatero! (2005 Documentary)
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A documentary about the state of censorship and political satire in Italy. (80 mins.)
Director: Sabina Guzzanti
 
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Zizek! (2005 Documentary)
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A look at the controversial author, philosopher and candidate for Slovenian presidency: Slavoj Zizek. (71 mins.)
Director: Astra Taylor
 
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9/11: The Falling Man (2006 Documentary)
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The Falling Man is a documentary that examines one of the many images that were circulated by the press... (80 mins.)
Director: Henry Singer