Political & Corporate Documentaries

Documentaries that investigate and expose the power structures, business and corruption in the political, corporate and financial world.
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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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The Shock Doctrine (2009 Documentary)
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An investigation of "disaster capitalism", based on Naomi Klein's proposition that neo-liberal capitalism feeds on natural disasters, war and terror to establish its dominance. (79 mins.)
 
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Manufactured Landscapes (2006 Documentary)
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Photographer Edward Burtynsky travels the world observing changes in landscapes due to industrial work and manufacturing. (86 mins.)
 
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Collapse (2009 Documentary)
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A documentary on Michael Ruppert, a police officer turned independent reporter who predicted the current financial crisis in his self-published newsletter, From the Wilderness. (82 mins.)
Director: Chris Smith
 
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Roger & Me (1989 Documentary)
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Director Michael Moore pursues GM CEO Roger B. Smith to confront him about the harm he did to Flint, Michigan with his massive downsizing. (91 mins.)
Director: Michael Moore
 
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Page One: Inside the New York Times (2011 Documentary)
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Unprecedented access to the New York Times newsroom yields a complex view of the transformation of a media landscape fraught with both peril and opportunity. (92 mins.)
Director: Andrew Rossi
 
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Zeitgeist (2007 Documentary)
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Mythology and belief in society today, presenting uncommon perspectives of common cultural issues. (118 mins.)
Director: Peter Joseph
 
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Sicko (2007 Documentary)
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A documentary comparing the highly profitable American health care industry to other nations, and HMO horror stories including shotgun deaths. (123 mins.)
Director: Michael Moore
 
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Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004 Documentary)
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Michael Moore's view on what happened to the United States after September 11; and how the Bush Administration allegedly used the tragic event to push forward its agenda for unjust wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. (122 mins.)
Director: Michael Moore
 
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Inside Job (2010 Documentary)
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Takes a closer look at what brought about the 2008 financial meltdown. (105 mins.)
 
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The Greatest Movie Ever Sold (2011 Documentary)
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A documentary about branding, advertising and product placement that is financed and made possible by brands, advertising and product placement. (90 mins.)
Director: Morgan Spurlock
 
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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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Revenge of the Electric Car (2011 Documentary)
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Director Chris Paine takes his film crew behind the closed doors of Nissan, GM, and the Silicon Valley start-up Tesla Motors to chronicle the story of the global resurgence of electric cars. (90 mins.)
Director: Chris Paine
 
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Capitalism: A Love Story (2009 Documentary)
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An examination of the social costs of corporate interests pursuing profits at the expense of the public good. (127 mins.)
Director: Michael Moore
 
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Sarah Palin: You Betcha! (2011 Documentary)
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Nick Broomfield goes in pursuit of Sarah Palin, interviewing her family and friends, for a decidedly unauthorized perspective on this growing force in American politics. (91 mins.)
 
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Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer (2010 Documentary)
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An in-depth look at the rise and fall of New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, including interviews with the scandalized, former politician. (117 mins.)
Director: Alex Gibney
 
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Shut Up & Sing (2006 Documentary)
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A documentary on the Dixie Chicks in the wake of singer Natalie Maines' anti-George W. Bush statement at a 2003 concert. (93 mins.)
 
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Sir! No Sir! (2005 Documentary)
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This feature-length documentary focuses on the efforts by troops in the U.S. military during the Vietnam... (85 mins.)
Director: David Zeiger
 
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Defamation (2009 Documentary)
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Intent on shaking up the ultimate 'sacred cow' for Jews, Israeli director Yoav Shamir embarks on a provocative - and at times irreverent - quest to answer the question, "What is anti-Semitism today?" (91 mins.)
Director: Yoav Shamir
 
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All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace (2011 Mini-Series)
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A series of films about how humans have been colonized by the machines we have built. Although we don't realize it, the way we see everything in the world today is through the eyes of the computers. (60 mins.)
 
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The Power of Nightmares: The Rise of the Politics of Fear (2004 Mini-Series)
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A series of three documentaries about the use of fear for political gain. (157 mins.)
 
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The Century of the Self (2002 Mini-Series)
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A documentary about the rise of psychoanalysis as a powerful means of persuasion for both governments and corporations. (235 mins.)
 
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The Mayfair Set (1999 TV Series)
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The effects on Britains economic and political power brought by unscrupulous, reckless gamblers from the notorious gambling club in the 60s - the Clermont Club. (240 mins.)
 
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Pandora's Box (1992 Mini-Series)
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The consequences of exploiting technological and political ideas without understanding and concern for the outcome. (276 mins.)
 
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Crude Impact (2006 Documentary)
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An examination of the interconnection of human domination of the planet and the use of petroleum, and offers solutions for how we can stop our progression down this destructive path. (97 mins.)
 
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The Light Bulb Conspiracy (2010 Documentary)
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This is the story of companies who engineered their products to fail. (75 mins.)
 
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Videocracy (2009 Documentary)
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A look at segments of the Italian population who are consumed with celebrity worship. (85 mins.)
Director: Erik Gandini
 
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Votergate (2004 Documentary)
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(85 mins.)
Director: Ole Schell
 
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The Yes Men Fix the World (2009 Documentary)
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Troublemaking duo Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno, posing as their industrious alter-egos, expose the people profiting from Hurricane Katrina, the faces behind the environmental disaster in Bhopal, and other shocking events. (87 mins.)
 
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South of the Border (2009 Documentary)
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A road trip across five countries to explore the social and political movements as well as the mainstream media's misperception of South America while interviewing seven of its elected presidents. (78 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
 
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Afghan Star (2009 Documentary)
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A look at how contestants on the a musical contest program "Pop Idol" in Afghanistan risk their lives to appear on the show. (87 mins.)
Director: Havana Marking
 
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McLibel (2005 Documentary)
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McLibel is the story of two ordinary people who humiliated McDonald's in the biggest corporate PR disaster in history. (85 mins.)
 
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Orwell Rolls in His Grave (2003 Documentary)
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A documentary analyzing the role of the modern American media and its effects on democracy. (84 mins.)
 
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Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism (2004 Documentary)
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Documentary on reported Conservative bias of the Rupert Murdoch-owned Fox News Channel (FNC), which promotes itself as "Fair and Balanced". Material includes interviews with former FNC employees and the inter-office memos they provided. (75 mins.)
 
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Before Stonewall (1984 Documentary)
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The history of the Gay and Lesbian community before the Stonewall riots began the major gay rights movement. (87 mins.)
 
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A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash (2006 Documentary)
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A theatrical documentary on the planet's dwindling oil resources. (84 mins.)
 
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The New Rulers of the World (2001 Documentary)
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The myths of globalisation have been incorporated into much of our everyday language. "Thinking globally"... (65 mins.)
 
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It Felt Like a Kiss (2009 Documentary)
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The story of America's rise to power starting in 1959, it uses nothing but archive footage and Amercia pop music. Showing the consequences on the rest of the world and in peoples mind. (54 mins.)
 
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Loose Change 9/11: An American Coup (2009 Documentary)
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Film in the Loose Change series. (99 mins.)
Director: Dylan Avery
 
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Loose Change: Final Cut (2007 Documentary)
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(80 mins.)
Director: Dylan Avery
 
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Operation Hollywood (2004 Documentary)
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The long time cooperation between Hollywood and Pentagon explored. (90 mins.)
Director: Emilio Pacull
 
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Surplus: Terrorized Into Being Consumers (2003 Documentary)
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Looks at the arguments for capitalism and technology, such as greater efficiency, more time and less work, and argues that these are not being fulfilled, and they never will be. (54 mins.)
Director: Erik Gandini
 
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The End of America (2008 Documentary)
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"The End of America" details the ten steps a country takes when it slides toward fascism. It's not a "lefty" taught-to-me...
 
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The Panama Deception (1992 Documentary)
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A film about the true reasons for the 1989 US invasion of Panama and big media complicity in these activities. (91 mins.)
Director: Barbara Trent
 
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The War You Don't See (2010 Documentary)
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Thought-provoking documentary on war propaganda: how governments manipulate the facts and how most media let them get away with it. (97 mins.)
 
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Why We Fight (2005 Documentary)
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Is American foreign policy dominated by the idea of military supremacy? Has the military become too important in American life? Jarecki's shrewd and intelligent polemic would seem to give an affirmative answer to each of these questions. (98 mins.)
Director: Eugene Jarecki
 
49.
Bananas!* (2009 Documentary)
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Juan "Accidentes" Dominguez is on his biggest case ever. On behalf of twelve Nicaraguan banana workers he is tackling Dole Food in a ground-breaking legal battle for their use of a banned pesticide that was known by the company to cause sterility. (80 mins.)
Director: Fredrik Gertten
 
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The End of Suburbia: Oil Depletion and the Collapse of the American Dream (2004 Documentary)
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The modern suburbs have ultimately become an unsustainable way of living. They were originally developed in an era of cheap oil... (78 mins.)
Director: Gregory Greene
 
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The Age of Stupid (2009 Documentary)
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A future archivist looks at old footage from the year 2008 to understand why humankind failed to address climate change. (92 mins.)
 
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Waco: The Rules of Engagement (1997 Documentary)
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This controversial documentary about the stand-off between an unorthodox Christian group - the Branch Davidians... (136 mins.)
Director: William Gazecki
 
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The Ambassador (2011 Documentary)
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Danish journalist Mads Brügger goes undercover as a Liberian Ambassador to embark on a dangerous yet hysterical journey to uncover the blood diamond trade in Africa. (93 mins.)
Director: Mads Brügger
 
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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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We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary on the workings and beliefs of the self-described "hacktivist" collective, Anonymous. (93 mins.)
 
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Four Horsemen (2012 Documentary)
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The modern day Four Horsemen continue to ride roughshod over the people who can least afford it. Crises are converging when governments... (97 mins.)
Director: Ross Ashcroft
 
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Burma VJ: Reporting from a Closed Country (2008 Documentary)
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Using smuggled footage, this documentary tells the story of the 2007 protests in Burma by thousands of monks. (84 mins.)
 
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Taxi to the Dark Side (2007 Documentary)
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Alex Gibney exposes the haunting details of the USA's torture and interrogation practices during the War in Afghanistan. (106 mins.)
Director: Alex Gibney
 
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Hacking Democracy (2006 Documentary)
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The film the voting machine corporations don't want you to see. HACKING DEMOCRACY follows investigator/grandmother... (82 mins.)
 
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Superpower (2008 Documentary)
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Superpower illustrates how the United States has leveraged its position to ensure unilateral world domination through absolute economic and military superiority and government deception. (119 mins.)
 
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The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers (2009 Documentary)
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"The Most Dangerous Man in America" is the story of what happens when a former Pentagon insider, armed only with his conscience... (92 mins.)
 
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Unraveled (2011 Documentary)
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A documentary on Marc Dreier, the once-prominent Manhattan attorney who was arrested for orchestrating a massive fraud scheme that netted over 700 million dollars from hedge funds. (84 mins.)
Director: Marc H. Simon
 
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Big Boys Gone Bananas!* (2011 Documentary)
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Dole Food Company wages a campaign to prevent a pair of Swedish film-makers from showing their documentary about a lawsuit against the company. (90 mins.)
Director: Fredrik Gertten
 
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Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story (2008 Documentary)
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The Murrow, Polk, and IDA Award-winning documentary Boogie Man is about Lee Atwater, a blues-playing... (86 mins.)
Director: Stefan Forbes
 
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An Unreasonable Man (2006 Documentary)
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A look at the career of consumer advocate Ralph Nader from wannabe presidential candidate to public pariah. (122 mins.)
 
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The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (2003 Documentary)
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In April 2002, an Irish film crew is making a documentary about Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, when a coup from the opposition is made. (74 mins.)
 
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Decency (2013 Documentary)
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(79 mins.)
Director: Stefan Jarl
 
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Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary that chronicles artist and activist Ai Weiwei as he prepares for a series of exhibitions and gets into an increasing number of clashes with the Chinese government. (91 mins.)
Director: Alison Klayman
 
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Jimmy Carter Man from Plains (2007 Documentary)
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A chronicle of the former president's tour recent for his book "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid." (125 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Demme
 
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GasLand (2010 Documentary)
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An exploration of the fracking petroleum extraction industry and the serious environmental consequences involved. (107 mins.)
Director: Josh Fox
 
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The Gatekeepers (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary featuring interviews with all surviving former heads of Shin Bet, the Israeli security agency whose activities and membership are closely held state secrets. (101 mins.)
Director: Dror Moreh
 
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End of the Road: How Money Became Worthless (2012 Documentary)
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Wall Street is being occupied. Europe is collapsing in on itself. Around the world, people are consumed by fear and anger... (55 mins.)
Director: Tim Delmastro
 
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PoliWood (2009 Documentary)
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An in-depth look at the Democratic and Republican national conventions held during the 2008 U.S. Presidential election year. (90 mins.)
Director: Barry Levinson
 
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We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks (2013 Documentary)
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A documentary that details the creation of Julian Assange's controversial website, which facilitated the largest security breach in U.S. history. (130 mins.)
Director: Alex Gibney
 
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Secrets of the CIA (2006 Documentary)
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(96 mins.)
 
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Hot Coffee (2011 Documentary)
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How the infamous McDonald's hot coffee lawsuit and similar cases were exploited as part of a right wing crusade to weaken civil justice. (88 mins.)
Director: Susan Saladoff
 
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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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Enemies of the People (2009 Documentary)
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The Khmer Rouge slaughtered nearly two million people in the late 1970s. Yet the Killing Fields of Cambodia remain unexplained... (93 mins.)
 
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Flow: For Love of Water (2008 Documentary)
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Water is the very essence of life, sustaining every being on the planet. 'Flow' confronts the disturbing reality that our crucial resource is dwindling and greed just may be the cause. (93 mins.)
Director: Irena Salina
 
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King Corn (2007 Documentary)
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King Corn is a feature documentary about two friends, one acre of corn, and the subsidized crop that drives our fast-food nation... (88 mins.)
Director: Aaron Woolf
 
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Dirty Wars (2013 Documentary)
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Investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill is pulled into an unexpected journey as he chases down the hidden truth behind America's expanding covert wars. (87 mins.)
Director: Rick Rowley
 
82.
Our Nixon (2013 Documentary)
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Never before seen Super 8 home movies filmed by Richard Nixon's closest aides - and convicted Watergate conspirators - offer a surprising and intimate new look into his Presidency. (84 mins.)
Director: Penny Lane
 
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The Men Who Built America (2012 Mini-Series)
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Miniseries shines a spotlight on the influential builders, dreamers and believers whose feats transformed the United States... (295 mins.)
 
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Mediastan (2013 Documentary)
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On the road with Wikileaks. (94 mins.)
 
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Big Men (2013 Documentary)
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The film's central story follows a small group of American explorers at Dallas-based oil company Kosmos Energy... (99 mins.)
Director: Rachel Boynton
 
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The Unknown Known (2013 Documentary)
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Former United States Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, discusses his career in Washington D.C. from his days as a congressman in the early 1960s to planning the invasion of Iraq in 2003. (103 mins.)
Director: Errol Morris
 
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Hamaabada (2013 Documentary)
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Since 9/11, the Israeli arms industries are doing bigger business then ever before. Large Israeli companies... (58 mins.)
Director: Yotam Feldman
 
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DPRK: The Land of Whispers (2013 Documentary)
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North Korea lies somewhere between a 1930s Soviet Union frozen in time and a dark, futuristic vision of society... (59 mins.)
Director: Chrystian Cohen
 
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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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Weiner (2016 Documentary)
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An examination of disgraced New York Congressman Anthony Weiner's mayoral campaign and today's political landscape. (96 mins.)
 
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HyperNormalisation (2016 Documentary)
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Adam Curtis explains how, at a time of confusing and inexplicable world events, politicians and the people they represent have retreated in to a damaging over-simplified version of what is happening. (166 mins.)
Director: Adam Curtis