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1.
My Flesh and Blood (2003 Documentary)
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Documentary following Susan Tom of Fairfield, California and her 11 adopted special needs children. (83 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Karsh
 
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Home (2009 Documentary)
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With aerial footage from fifty-four countries, 'Home' is a depiction of how Earth's problems are all interlinked. (120 mins.)
 
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Children Underground (2001 Documentary)
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A profile of homeless Romanian children who were born victims of the nation's reckless population growth policy during its communist era. (104 mins.)
Director: Edet Belzberg
 
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Born Into Brothels: Calcutta's Red Light Kids (2004 Documentary)
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Two documentary filmmakers chronicle their time in Sonagchi, Calcutta and the relationships they developed with children of prostitutes who work the city's notorious red light district. (85 mins.)
 
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Dreams on Spec (2007 Documentary)
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"Dreams on Spec" takes an intimate look at how far people will go - and how much they will sacrifice - for the chance to pursue their dreams... (88 mins.)
Director: Daniel Snyder
 
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How to Survive a Plague (2012 Documentary)
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The story of two coalitions -- ACT UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group) -- whose activism and innovation turned AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition. (110 mins.)
Director: David France
 
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Salinger (2013 Documentary)
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An unprecedented look inside the private world of J.D. Salinger, the reclusive author of The Catcher in the Rye. (120 mins.)
Director: Shane Salerno
 
8.
Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired (2008 Documentary)
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Examines the public scandal and private tragedy which led to legendary filmmaker Roman Polanski's sudden flight from the United States. (99 mins.)
Director: Marina Zenovich
 
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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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Planet Earth (2006 Mini-Series)
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Emmy Award-winning, 11 episodes, 5 years in the making, the most expensive nature documentary series ever commissioned by the BBC, and the first to be filmed in high definition. (48 mins.)
 
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Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father (2008 Documentary)
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A filmmaker decides to memorialize a murdered friend when his friend's ex-girlfriend announces she is expecting his son. (95 mins.)
Director: Kurt Kuenne
 
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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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Bukowski: Born into This (2003 Documentary)
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Documentary on Charles Bukowski, author of 'Notes of a Dirty Old Man', 'Love Is a Dog from Hell', and the autobiographical novels, 'Women', 'Hollywood', and 'Post Office'. (130 mins.)
Director: John Dullaghan
 
14.
Tarnation (2003 Documentary)
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Filmmaker Jonathan Caouette's documentary on growing up with his schizophrenic mother -- a mixture of snapshots, Super-8, answering machine messages, video diaries, early short films, and more -- culled from 19 years of his life. (88 mins.)
 
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Cosmos (1980 Mini-Series)
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Astronomer Carl Sagan leads us on an engaging guided tour of the various elements and cosmological theories of the universe. (60 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.
 
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How the Universe Works (2010 TV Series)
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A users guide to the cosmos from the big bang to galaxies, stars, planets and moons. Where did it all come from and how does it all fit together. A primer for anyone who has ever looked up at the night sky and wondered. (60 mins.)
 
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Life (2009 Mini-Series)
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David Attenborough's legendary BBC crew explains and shows wildlife all over planet earth in 10 episodes... (473 mins.)
 
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Ashes and Snow (2005 Documentary)
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Exploring the shared language and poetic sensibilities of all animals. (63 mins.)
Director: Gregory Colbert
 
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Winged Migration (2001 Documentary)
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Documentary on the migratory patterns of birds, shot over the course of three years on all seven continents. (98 mins.)
 
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God Grew Tired of Us (2006 Documentary)
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Four boys from Sudan embark on a journey to America after years of wandering Sub-Saharan Africa in search of safety. (89 mins.)
 
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Sharkwater (2006 Documentary)
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An investigation of sharks' importance to ecosystems and humankind's mass destruction of shark species worldwide. (89 mins.)
Director: Rob Stewart
 
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Children of God (2008 Documentary)
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A documentary which follows a group of siblings who eke out their existence from the offerings and other goods found in the sacred Bagmati River. (89 mins.)
Director: Seung-jun Yi
 
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Scandalize My Name: Stories from the Blacklist (1998 Documentary)
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A documentary look at the confluence of the Red scare, McCarthyism, and blacklists with the post-war... (54 mins.)
Director: Alexandra Isles
 
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The Beaches of Agnès (2008 Documentary)
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Agnès Varda explores her memories, mostly chronologically, with photographs, film clips, interviews, reenactments, and droll, playful contemporary scenes of her narrating her story. (110 mins.)
Director: Agnès Varda
 
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Step Into Liquid (2003 Documentary)
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Surfers and secret spots from around the world are profiled in this documentary. (87 mins.)
Director: Dana Brown
 
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The Act of Killing (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary which challenges former Indonesian death-squad leaders to reenact their mass-killings in whichever cinematic genres they wish, including classic Hollywood crime scenarios and lavish musical numbers. (115 mins.)
 
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In No Great Hurry: 13 Lessons in Life with Saul Leiter (2014 Documentary)
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Saul Leiter could have been lauded as the great the pioneer of color photography, but was never driven by the lure of success... (75 mins.)
Director: Tomas Leach
 
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Blackfish (2013 Documentary)
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A documentary following the controversial captivity of killer whales, and its dangers for both humans and whales. (83 mins.)
 
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Our Universe 3D (2013 Documentary)
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Our solar system was the first to attract humans and filled their souls with awe and fear. At the same... (52 mins.)
 
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The Square (2013 Documentary)
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A group of Egyptian revolutionaries battle leaders and regimes, risking their lives to build a new society of conscience. (108 mins.)
Director: Jehane Noujaim
 
32.
Life According to Sam (2013 Documentary)
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A moving look at a couple's inspiring efforts to save their only son Sam from the rare and fatal premature-aging disease of progeria. (94 mins.)
Stars: Sam Berns
 
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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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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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Human Planet (2011 Mini-Series)
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Like all life forms, humanity partially adapts to types of natural environment, yet also tends to change them... (50 mins.)
Stars: John Hurt
 
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The Life of Mammals (2002 TV Series)
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David Attenborough's comprehensive study of how a remarkable group of animals evolved - a group that includes ourselves.
 
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Nature's Most Amazing Events (2009 Mini-Series)
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This is a documentary series looking at the most dramatic wildlife spectacles on our planet. We see... (49 mins.)
 
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The Blue Planet (2001 Mini-Series)
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Mammoth series, five years in the making, taking a look at the rich tapestry of life in the world's oceans. (50 mins.)
 
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Free to Play (2014 Documentary)
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Follow three professional video game players as they overcome personal adversity, family pressures, and the realities of life to compete in a $1,000,000 tournament that could change their lives forever. (75 mins.)
 
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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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Great Directors (2009 Documentary)
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Great Directors, directed by Angela Ismailos, features conversations with ten of the world's greatest living directors: Bernardo Bertolucci... (90 mins.)
Director: Angela Ismailos
 
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The Story of Film: An Odyssey (2011 Mini-Series)
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A comprehensive history of the medium and art of motion pictures. (60 mins.)
 
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Cinematographer Style (2006 Documentary)
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110 of the world's top cinematographers discuss the art of how and why films look the way they do. (86 mins.)
Director: Jon Fauer
 
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Every Pixel Tells a Story (2002 Documentary)
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In this documentary about low-budget filmmaking in upstate New York, you'll learn how affordable digital-video... (81 mins.)
Director: Peter Hanson
 
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A Brief History of Time (1991 Documentary)
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A film about the life and work of the cosmologist, Stephen Hawking, who despite his near total paralysis, is one of the great minds of all time. (80 mins.)
Director: Errol Morris
 
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African Cats (2011 Documentary)
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A nature documentary centered on two cat families and how they teach their cubs the ways of the wild. (89 mins.)
 
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Alive Inside (2014 Documentary)
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Dan Cohen, founder of the nonprofit organization Music & Memory, fights against a broken healthcare system to demonstrate music's ability to combat memory loss and restore a deep sense of self to those suffering from it. (78 mins.)
 
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The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life (2013 Documentary)
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Alice Herz-Sommer, aged 109 and the world's oldest Holocaust survivor, tells the story of how music saved her life: both during her time at Theresienstadt concentration camp and in the years afterwards. (39 mins.)
Director: Malcolm Clarke
 
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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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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
 
51.
Life Itself (2014 Documentary)
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The life and career of the renowned film critic and social commentator, Roger Ebert. (120 mins.)
Director: Steve James
 
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That Sugar Film (2014 Documentary)
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Damon Gameau embarks on an experiment to document the effects of a high sugar diet on a healthy body. (90 mins.)
Director: Damon Gameau