Oscar for Best Documentary Feature [Nominated]

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1.
Baptism of Fire (1943 Documentary)
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Training film for the U.S. Army men preparing for their initial entry into the war against the Nazis. Teaching the techniques of enemy identification, combat and hand to hand fighting. (36 mins.)
 
2.
The Battle of Russia (1943 Documentary)
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Documentary revealing the nature and process of the fight between the Soviet Union and Germany in the Second World War. (83 mins.)
 
3.
Report from the Aleutians (1943 Documentary)
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A cinematic record of US military operations on the Aleutian Island of Adak to retake Japanese occupied Kiska. (47 mins.)
 
4.
War Department Report (1943 Documentary)
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(47 mins.)
 
5.
Resisting Enemy Interrogation (1944)
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A downed American bomber crew quickly falls prey to the clever interrogation techniques of the Germans in this dramatic training film. (70 mins.)
 
6.
The Last Bomb (1945 Documentary)
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Documentary of the planning and delivery of the last great bomber attack on the city of Tokyo by the U.S. Army Air Forces in World War II. (35 mins.)
Director: Frank Lloyd
 
7.
Journey Into Medicine (1947 Documentary)
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Mike, a medical student starts at Columbia and then moves into pediatrics at a teaching hospital run by Cornell... (38 mins.)
 
8.
The World Is Rich (1948 Documentary)
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(46 mins.)
Director: Paul Rotha
 
9.
The Quiet One (1948 Documentary)
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A documentary account of the rehabilitation at the Wiltwyck School of an emotionally disturbed Black boy who is unwanted, misunderstood, and inwardly tortured. (65 mins.)
Director: Sidney Meyers
 
10.
Kenji Comes Home (1949 Documentary)
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11.
With These Hands (1950)
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Film produced by the International Ladies Garment Workers Union -- featuring several well-known Broadway actors -- recreates Triangle Fire of 1911 and compares working conditions of the 1910's with the 1950's. (52 mins.)
Director: Jack Arnold
 
12.
I Was a Communist for the FBI (1951)
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In Pittsburgh, PA, an F.B.I. agent works to undermine the Communist party, but his brothers and his teenage boy thinks he's a real Red. (83 mins.)
Director: Gordon Douglas
 
13.
The Hoaxters (1952 Documentary)
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So called snake oil salesmen at carnivals are often used as the symbols of hoaxters. There are much... (36 mins.)
 
14.
Navajo (1952 Documentary)
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A young Navajo Indian boy is caught up in the conflict of cultures when he rejects the white man's school. Told in semi-documentary style. (70 mins.)
Director: Norman Foster
 
15.
The Conquest of Everest (1953 Documentary)
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Documentary that covers the famous and successful expedition of the Everest conquest by Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary, the first climbers to reach its peak. (78 mins.)
Director: George Lowe
 
16.
A Queen Is Crowned (1953 Documentary)
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A lavish documentary film of Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation in 1953. (79 mins.)
 
17.
The Stratford Adventure (1954 Documentary)
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The story of the founding, by Stratford-born journalist Tom Patterson, of the Stratford Shakespearean Festival of Canada... (40 mins.)
Director: Morten Parker
 
18.
Crèvecoeur (1955 Documentary)
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Garcet, a young French officer just out of military school, joins the French Batallion of the United Nations Forces fighting in Korea... (90 mins.)
Director: Jacques Dupont
 
19.
Hvor bjergene sejler (1955 Documentary)
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20.
The Naked Eye (1956 Documentary)
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Follows history of camera and photography development from Da Vinci through Louis-Jacques Daguerre and Matthew Brady, to Margaret Bourke-White, Alfred Eisenstadt, Weegee and Edward Weston. (71 mins.)
 
21.
On the Bowery (1956 Documentary)
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At the time of this film, the Bowery was a neighborhood in New York City populated largely by the down and out... (65 mins.)
Director: Lionel Rogosin
 
22.
Torero (1956 Documentary)
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The life of the famed Mexican bullfighter Luis Procuna, from his boyhood through his training and the... (75 mins.)
Director: Carlos Velo
 
23.
Antarctic Crossing (1959 Documentary)
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(47 mins.)
Director: George Lowe
 
24.
The Hidden World (1958 Documentary)
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25.
Psychiatric Nursing (1958 Documentary)
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(34 mins.)
Director: Lee R. Bobker
 
26.
The Race for Space (1959 Documentary)
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(55 mins.)
Director: David L. Wolper
 
27.
Rebel in Paradise (1960 Documentary)
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28.
The Grand Olympics (1961 Documentary)
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142 minutes of the film speak of events and athletes that have characterized the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome. (142 mins.)
 
29.
Alvorada - Brazil's Changing Face (1962 Documentary)
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A documentary on Brazil in times of social changes, using avant-garde visuals, editing and sounds. (77 mins.)
Director: Hugo Niebeling
 
30.
Le maillon et la chaîne (1963 Documentary)
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Adaptation et Montage : Henri Lanoë (80 mins.)
 
31.
The Yanks Are Coming (1963 Documentary)
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A documentary--nominated for an Academy Award--about the American involvement in World War I. (45 mins.)
 
32.
Over There, 1914-18 (1963 Documentary)
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(90 mins.)
Director: Jean Aurel
 
33.
The Human Dutch (1964 Documentary)
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How do the Dutch people live? Hidden cameras filmed the crowds on the beach, during carnival time, skating on the ice plains... (90 mins.)
Director: Bert Haanstra
 
34.
The Finest Hours (1964 Documentary)
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A biography of Winston Churchill, shown through re-creations and actual film footage and told by Orson... (116 mins.)
Director: Peter Baylis
 
35.
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
 
36.
The Battle of the Bulge... The Brave Rifles (1965 Documentary)
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(52 mins.)
 
37.
The Forth Road Bridge (1965 Documentary)
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(55 mins.)
Director: Gordon Lang
 
38.
Let My People Go: The Story of Israel (1965 Documentary)
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In the second installment of the 13-part series from VeggieTales creator Phil Vischer, Volume 2: Let My People Go... (60 mins.)
Director: Marshall Flaum
 
39.
Mourir à Madrid (1963 Documentary)
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To Die in Madrid (French: Mourir à Madrid) is a 1963 French documentary film about the Spanish Civil War, directed by Frédéric Rossif. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. (85 mins.)
 
40.
The Face of a Genius (1966 Documentary)
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41.
Helicopter Canada (1966 Documentary)
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A view from a helicopter of the ten Canadian provinces in 1966. The result is a big, beautiful and engrossing bird's-eye portrait of the country... (50 mins.)
Director: Eugene Boyko
 
42.
The Really Big Family (1966 Documentary)
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(51 mins.)
Director: Alex Grasshoff
 
43.
Le volcan interdit (1966 Documentary)
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An account of Vulcanologist Haroun Tazieff's long "love story" with the formidable Nigarongo, a volcano situated in what was formerly Belgian Congo... (80 mins.)
Director: Haroun Tazieff
 
44.
Festival (1967 Documentary)
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Black and white footage of performances, interviews, and conversations at the Newport Folk Festival... (95 mins.)
Director: Murray Lerner
 
45.
Harvest (1967 Documentary)
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46.
A King's Story (1965 Documentary)
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Life story of King Edward VIII from his birth until abdication in 1936. Talks of life in Victorian England... (102 mins.)
Director: Harry Booth
 
47.
A Time for Burning (1967 Documentary)
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In the mid-1960s, 1200 White people attend Augustana Lutheran Church in Omaha, Nebraska. Nearby, Negro Lutherans worship at Hope Lutheran Church... (58 mins.)
 
48.
Young Americans (1967 Documentary)
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A behind-the-scenes look at the Young Americans, a show choir made up of young singers who project an... (104 mins.)
 
49.
A Few Notes on Our Food Problem (1968 Documentary)
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(36 mins.)
Director: James Blue
 
50.
Legendary Champions (1968 Documentary)
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Documentary focusing on heavyweight boxing champions from 1882 to 1929. (77 mins.)
Director: Harry Chapin
 
51.
Other Voices (1970 Documentary)
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(100 mins.)
Director: David H. Sawyer
 
52.
Before the Mountain Was Moved (1970 Documentary)
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A group of poor people in Raleigh County, West Virginia organize when strip mining is damaging their houses and community. They work to get the state legislature to pass some strong laws protecting citizens against coal mining interests.
 
53.
In the Year of the Pig (1968 Documentary)
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Produced at the height of the Vietnam War, Emile de Antonio's Oscar-nominated 1968 documentary chronicles the war's historical roots... (103 mins.)
 
54.
The Olympics in Mexico (1969 Documentary)
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(240 mins.)
Director: Alberto Isaac
 
55.
The Wolf Men (1969 Documentary)
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56.
Chariots of the Gods (1970 Documentary)
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Documentary based on the book by Erich Von Daniken concerning the ancient mysteries of the world, such as the pyramids of Egypt and Mexico... (92 mins.)
 
57.
Jack Johnson (1970 Documentary)
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A documentary on the first African-American boxer to ever become world heavyweight champion. Released... (90 mins.)
Director: Jim Jacobs
 
58.
King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis (1970 Documentary)
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Follows Martin Luther King's life and decades long civil rights activism. (185 mins.)
 
59.
Say Goodbye (1971 Documentary)
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The imperiled relationship between man and nature. (52 mins.)
Director: David H. Vowell
Stars: Rod McKuen
 
60.
Alaska Wilderness Lake (1971 Documentary)
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61.
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
 
62.
On Any Sunday (1971 Documentary)
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Documentary on motorcycle racing featuring stars of the sport, including film star Steve McQueen, a racer in his own right. (96 mins.)
Director: Bruce Brown
 
63.
The Ra Expeditions (1971 Documentary)
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Documentary of the Ra expedition organized by Thor Heyerdahl, which crossed the Atlantic Ocean in a papyrus boat in 1969 and 1970. (106 mins.)
 
64.
Bij de beesten af (1972 Documentary)
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(104 mins.)
Director: Bert Haanstra
 
65.
Malcolm X (1972 Documentary)
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James Earl Jones narrates this fascinating and moving documentary about the life of the assassinated black leader through various sources. (91 mins.)
Director: Arnold Perl
 
66.
Manson (1973 Documentary)
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Documentary on Charles Manson and his family. Has a number of insightful interviews with many family... (83 mins.)
 
67.
The Silent Revolution (1972 Documentary)
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(40 mins.)
 
68.
Always a New Beginning (1974 Documentary)
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Oscar-nominated documentary follows two doctors as they travel around the world studying how children learn in various cultures. (90 mins.)
Director: John D. Goodell
 
69.
Journey to the Outer Limits (1973 Documentary)
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A documentary about outer space that is narrated by the great Leslie Nielson. (52 mins.)
 
70.
Battle of Berlin (1973 Documentary)
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71.
Walls of Fire (1971 Documentary)
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72.
Antonia: A Portrait of the Woman (1974 Documentary)
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A special deluxe edition of the 1974 Oscar nominated documentary film about the first female conductor to conduct major orchestras in the US and Europe, Antonia Brico! (58 mins.)
Director: Jill Godmilow
 
73.
The Challenge... A Tribute to Modern Art (1975 Documentary)
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(104 mins.)
Director: Herbert Kline
 
74.
The 81st Blow (1974 Documentary)
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Historical documentary made up of footage and stills shot by the Nazis. A compilation of testimony from witnesses who appeared at the Eichmann trial provides a telling narrative. (92 mins.)
 
75.
The Wild and the Brave (1974 Documentary)
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(102 mins.)
Director: Eugene S. Jones
 
76.
The California Reich (1975 Documentary)
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A documentary about the Nazi party in America. (55 mins.)
 
77.
Fighting for Our Lives (1975 Documentary)
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A great documentary about the United Farm Workers Movement and their non-violent struggle against police brutality in 1973. (59 mins.)
 
78.
The Incredible Machine (1975 Documentary)
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"Journey" inside the human body, using advanced technology of microscopic photography and sound, including scenes of heat radiation, color x-rays and camera exploration of a living human heart. (59 mins.)
 
79.
The Other Half of the Sky: A China Memoir (1975 Documentary)
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Documentary on mainland Chinese life. (74 mins.)
 
80.
Hollywood on Trial (1976 Documentary)
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The documentary analyzes a dark period in Hollywood's history due to the Red Scare of the 1940's and 1950's... (105 mins.)
 
81.
Off the Edge (1976 Documentary)
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(77 mins.)
Director: Michael Firth
 
82.
People of the Wind (1976 Documentary)
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There are two hundred miles of raging rivers and dangerous mountains to cross. There are no towns, no roads... (110 mins.)
Director: Anthony Howarth
 
83.
Volcano: An Inquiry Into the Life and Death of Malcolm Lowry (1976 Documentary)
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A documentary on the life of the alcoholic writer Malcolm Lowry, interspersed with readings of Lowry's work by Richard Burton... (100 mins.)
 
84.
The Children of Theatre Street (1977 Documentary)
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A documentary on the Kirov School of Ballet in Russia, narrated by Princess Grace of Monaco. (90 mins.)
 
85.
High Grass Circus (1977 Documentary)
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(57 mins.)
 
86.
Homage to Chagall: The Colours of Love (1977 Documentary)
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(88 mins.)
Director: Harry Rasky
 
87.
Union Maids (1976 Documentary)
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Three women union organizers of the early Depression era discuss and reminisce their actions of the time and the current state of the labor movement. Accompanied by a lot of vintage folk music. (50 mins.)
 
88.
Mysterious Castles of Clay (1978 Documentary)
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Director: Alan Root
 
89.
Raoni (1978 Documentary)
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(84 mins.)
 
90.
Le vent des amoureux (1978 Documentary)
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(71 mins.)
 
91.
With Babies and Banners: Story of the Women's Emergency Brigade (1979 Documentary)
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From December 1936 to February 1937 members of the United Auto Workers organized a sit-down strike inside... (45 mins.)
Director: Lorraine Gray
 
92.
Generation on the Wind (1979 Documentary)
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93.
Going the Distance (1979 Documentary)
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(90 mins.)
Director: Paul Cowan
 
94.
The Killing Ground (1979 Documentary)
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(48 mins.)
Stars: Brit Hume
 
95.
The War at Home (1979 Documentary)
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Interviews with people involved with and leading the Madison, Wisconsin area resistance to the Vietnam war. (100 mins.)
 
96.
Agee (1980 Documentary)
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Agee is the only film biography of a major American writer to be nominated for and Academy Award. Ever. (98 mins.)
Director: Ross Spears
 
97.
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
 
98.
Front Line (1979 Documentary)
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(56 mins.)
Director: David Bradbury
 
99.
The Yellow Star: The Persecution of the Jews in Europe - 1933-1945 (1981 Documentary)
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With a great archive footage coming from 16 countries, this Oscar nominated documentary briefly presents some of the most important facts about the Nazist persecution against Jews in Europe, starting with Hitler's rise to the power. (89 mins.)
 
100.
Against Wind and Tide: A Cuban Odyssey (1981 Documentary)
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(60 mins.)