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1.
The Silent Enemy (1930)
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A documentary about the life of Indians in Northern Canada. (84 mins.)
Director: H.P. Carver
 
2.
The Source: The Story of the Beats and the Beat Generation (1999 Documentary)
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Traces the Beats from Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac's meeting in 1944 at Columbia University to the deaths of Ginsberg and William S... (88 mins.)
Director: Chuck Workman
 
3.
Gang of Souls: A Generation of Beat Poets (1989 Documentary)
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Maria Beatty's documentary exploring the insights and influences of the American Beat Poets. The film... (60 mins.)
Director: Maria Beatty
 
4.
Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould (2009 Documentary)
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A documentary on the mysterious and influential pianist. (109 mins.)
 
5.
Silent Clowns (2006 Mini-Series)
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A profile of some of the greatest stars of silent comedy. (60 mins.)
 
6.
Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest (2011 Documentary)
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Michael Rapaport documents the inner workings and behind the scenes drama that follows this innovative and influential band to this day. (97 mins.)
 
7.
Somewhere Between (2011 Documentary)
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A documentary on four teenage girls living in different parts of the US and united by one thing: all four were adopted from China due to family situations colliding with the country's "One Child Policy". (88 mins.)
 
8.
The House I Live In (2012 Documentary)
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From the dealer to the narcotics officer, the inmate to the federal judge, a penetrating look inside America's criminal justice system, revealing the profound human rights implications of U.S. drug policy. (108 mins.)
Director: Eugene Jarecki
 
9.
Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011 Documentary)
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A documentary on 85-year-old sushi master Jiro Ono, his renowned Tokyo restaurant, and his relationship with his son and eventual heir, Yoshikazu. (81 mins.)
Director: David Gelb
 
10.
Planet of Snail (2011 Documentary)
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Young-Chan comes from planet of snail where deaf blind people live slow and quiet lives. When Young-Chan came to Earth... (88 mins.)
Director: Seung-jun Yi
 
11.
Abendland (2011 Documentary)
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This documentary about Europe at night makes you reflect on service processes and infrastructures that never sleep. (90 mins.)
 
12.
The Sheik and I (2012 Documentary)
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When an American filmmaker is commissioned to make a film for a Middle East Biennial on the theme of 'art as a subversive act,' his film is banned for blasphemy, he is asked to destroy every copy, and he is threatened with arrest. (104 mins.)
Director: Caveh Zahedi
 
13.
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
 
14.
Red Chapel (2006 TV Series)
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A Danish-Korean theater group, Simon Jul Jørgensen and Jacob Nossell travel to North Korea with their manager Mads Brügger, presenting absurd sketch comedy. A rare glimpse into a closed world. (59 mins.)
Director: Mads Brügger
 
15.
The Patron Saints (2011 Documentary)
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Laced with black humor, The Patron Saints is an unorthodox documentary about a home for the aged and disabled... (72 mins.)
 
16.
Kuichisan (2012)
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A story from the lost town of Koza - a silver paradise. (76 mins.)
Director: Maiko Endo
 
17.
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
 
18.
Whores' Glory (2011 Documentary)
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An examination of the lives, needs, troubles and hopes of prostitutes in Thailand, Bangladesh and Mexico. (110 mins.)
Stars: Emma, Ning, Toh, Wat
 
19.
Me at the Zoo (2012 Documentary)
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'Chris Crocker' is a video blogger from a small town in Tennessee. The film traces a line through a tapestry of web comments, response videos, fans, and haters to map the controversial rise of an Internet folk hero. (90 mins.)
 
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The Waiting Room (2012 Documentary)
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Go behind the doors of an American public hospital struggling to care for a community of largely uninsured patients. (81 mins.)
Director: Peter Nicks
 
21.
Argentynska lekcja (2011 Documentary)
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(56 mins.)
Director: Wojciech Staron
 
22.
Project X (2012)
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3 high school seniors throw a birthday party to make a name for themselves. As the night progresses, things spiral out of control as word of the party spreads. (88 mins.)
Director: Nima Nourizadeh
 
23.
Ballroom Dancer (2011 Documentary)
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Slavik (34) from Ukraine, former world champion in Latin American dancing is making a last and final comeback with Anna... (78 mins.)
 
24.
Summer of Giacomo (2011)
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(78 mins.)
 
25.
Bad 25 (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary on Michael Jackson and the legacy of his record Bad. (131 mins.)
Director: Spike Lee
 
26.
This Is Not a Film (2011 Documentary)
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It's been months since Jafar Panahi, stuck in jail, has been awaiting a verdict by the appeals court. By depicting a day in his life, Panahi and Mojtaba Mirtahmasb try to portray the deprivations looming in contemporary Iranian cinema. (75 mins.)
 
27.
Only the Young (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary on three teenagers living in a small desert town in Southern California. (72 mins.)
 
28.
Leviathan (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary shot in the North Atlantic and focused on the commercial fishing industry. (87 mins.)
 
29.
The Vanishing Spring Light (2011 Documentary)
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(112 mins.)
Director: Xun Yu
 
30.
Shut Up and Play the Hits (2012 Documentary)
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On April 2nd 2011, LCD Soundsystem played its final show at Madison Square Garden. Documenting this once in a life time performance and an intimate portrait of James Murphy as he navigates the lead-up to the show, the day after, and the personal and professional ramifications of his decision. (108 mins.)
 
31.
Room 237 (2012 Documentary)
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An exploration of various interpretations of Stanley Kubrick's horror film, The Shining. (102 mins.)
Director: Rodney Ascher
 
32.
An Oversimplification of Her Beauty (2012)
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A quixotic artist hypothesizes about why he feels bad when a mystery girl stands him up. The event prompts... (84 mins.)
Director: Terence Nance
 
33.
The Law in These Parts (2011 Documentary)
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Can justice truly be served in the occupied territories given the current system of law administered by Israel for Palestinians? (100 mins.)
 
34.
Kumaré (2011 Documentary)
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A documentary about a man who impersonates a wise Indian Guru and builds a following in Arizona. At the height of his popularity, the Guru Kumaré must reveal his true identity to his disciples and unveil his greatest teaching of all. (84 mins.)
Director: Vikram Gandhi
 
35.
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
 
36.
The Clock (2010 Documentary)
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Scenes from various films and TV programs that feature clocks, or some verbal mention of time, combine to make a 24 hour timepiece movie.
 
37.
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
 
38.
Five Broken Cameras (2011 Documentary)
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A documentary on a Palestinian farmer's chronicle of his nonviolent resistance to the actions of the Israeli army. (94 mins.)
 
39.
Off Label (2012 Documentary)
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A road trip through medicalized America, examining the pervasiveness of pharmaceutical drugs through the lives of eight very unique characters. (80 mins.)
 
40.
Inori (2012 Documentary)
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Inori is a great Japanese / spiritual / scientific documentary. Uncovering deep Human Being truths. A must watch (72 mins.)
 
41.
7 Plus Seven (1970 Documentary)
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Director Michael Apted revisits the same group of British-born children after a seven-year wait. The... (52 mins.)
Director: Michael Apted
 
42.
Seven Up! (1964 Documentary)
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A group of seven-year-old British children from widely ranging backgrounds are interviewed about a range of subjects... (39 mins.)
Director: Paul Almond
 
43.
21 Up (1977 Documentary)
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Director Michael Apted revisits the same group of British-born adults after a seven-year wait. The... (100 mins.)
Director: Michael Apted
 
44.
This Is Cinerama (1952 Documentary)
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A standard screen B&W prologue during which Lowell Thomas shows how, from the dawn of history, mankind... (115 mins.)
 
45.
28 Up (1984 Documentary)
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Director Michael Apted revisits the same group of British-born adults after a 7 year wait. The subjects... (136 mins.)
Director: Michael Apted
 
46.
56 Up (2012 Documentary)
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Director Michael Apted revisits the same group of British-born adults after a 7 year wait. The subjects are interviewed as to the changes that have occurred in their lives during the last seven years. (144 mins.)
 
47.
Paul Williams Still Alive (2011 Documentary)
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A documentary about legendary songwriter and 70's icon Paul Williams. (87 mins.)
Director: Stephen Kessler
 
48.
The Imposter (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary centered on a young man in Spain who claims to a grieving Texas family that he is their 16-year-old son who has been missing for 3 years. (99 mins.)
Director: Bart Layton
 
49.
West of Memphis (2012 Documentary)
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An examination of a failure of justice in the case against the West Memphis Three. (147 mins.)
Director: Amy Berg
 
50.
Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God (2012 Documentary)
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Alex Gibney explores the charged issue of pedophilia in the Catholic Church, following a trail from the first known protest against clerical sexual abuse in the United States and all the way to the Vatican. (106 mins.)
Director: Alex Gibney
 
51.
Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary on rap music and its rise to global prominence. (106 mins.)
Director: Ice-T, Andy Baybutt
 
52.
Searching for Sugar Man (2012 Documentary)
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Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock n roller, Rodriguez. (86 mins.)
 
53.
Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel (2011 Documentary)
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A look at the life and work of the influential fashion editor of Harpers Bazaar, Diana Vreeland. (86 mins.)
 
54.
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
 
55.
Girl Model (2011 Documentary)
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A documentary on the modeling industry's 'supply chain' between Siberia, Japan, and the U.S., told through the experiences of the scouts, agencies, and a 13-year-old model. (78 mins.)
 
56.
Indie Game: The Movie (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary that follows the journeys of indie game developers as they create games and release those works, and themselves, to the world. (94 mins.)
 
57.
The Green Wave (2010 Documentary)
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A documentary on Iran's 2010 Green Revolution. (80 mins.)
 
58.
Neil Young Journeys (2011 Documentary)
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Neil Young returns to his birth Canadian province of Ontario to revisit his old haunts and to perform in Toronto's vintage Massey Hall. (87 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Demme
Stars: Neil Young
 
59.
Head Games (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary that follows football player and pro-wrestler Chris Nowinski's quest to uncover the truth about the consequences of sports related head injuries. (95 mins.)
Director: Steve James
 
60.
Pink Ribbons, Inc. (2011 Documentary)
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Breast cancer has become the poster child of corporate cause-related marketing campaigns. Countless women and men walk... (97 mins.)
Director: Léa Pool
 
61.
The Other Dream Team (2012 Documentary)
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The incredible story of the 1992 Lithuanian basketball team, whose athletes struggled under Soviet rule, became symbols of Lithuania's independence movement, and - with help from the Grateful Dead - triumphed at the Barcelona Olympics. (89 mins.)
 
62.
Portrait of Wally (2012 Documentary)
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The story of a Nazi-looted painting, Egon Schiele's 'Portrait of Wally,' that was discovered on the walls of the Museum of Modern Art in 1997... (90 mins.)
Director: Andrew Shea
 
63.
Carol Channing: Larger Than Life (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary on Broadway legend Carol Channing. (87 mins.)
Director: Dori Berinstein
 
64.
Ballplayer: Pelotero (2011 Documentary)
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Two top baseball prospects in the Dominican Republic face fierce competition and corruption as they chase their big league dreams. (77 mins.)
 
65.
Bully (2011 Documentary)
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A documentary on peer-to-peer bullying in schools across America. (98 mins.)
Director: Lee Hirsch
 
66.
Bert Stern: Original Madman (2011 Documentary)
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"Bert Stern: Original Mad Man" is the definitive voyage into the life and work of one of America's most influential photographers... (89 mins.)
 
67.
35 Up (1991 Documentary)
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Director Michael Apted revisits the same group of British-born adults after a 7 year wait. The subjects... (123 mins.)
Director: Michael Apted
 
68.
Happy People: A Year in the Taiga (2010 Documentary)
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A documentary depicting the life and work of the trappers of Bakhtia, a village in the heart of the Siberian Taiga, where daily life has changed little in over a century. (90 mins.)
 
69.
Yesterday - Today: The Netsilik Eskimo (1971 Documentary)
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How heated dwellings, schools, hospitals, etc. have changed the way of life for the once nomadic Inuit families in the Arctic. (58 mins.)
Director: Gilles Blais
 
70.
Cologne (1939 Documentary)
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Structures, people and events are documented in Cologne, Minnesota, USA in 1939. (14 mins.)
 
71.
Redemption (2013 Documentary)
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Redemption is a documentary about New York City's canners - the men and women who survive by redeeming bottles and cans they collect from curbs... (35 mins.)
 
72.
Open Heart (2013 Documentary)
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Eight Rwandan children leave their families behind to embark on a life-or-death journey seeking high-risk heart surgery in Sudan... (54 mins.)
Director: Kief Davidson
 
73.
Mondays at Racine (2012 Documentary)
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Every third Monday of the month, two bold, brassy sisters open the doors of their Long Island hair salon to women diagnosed with cancer... (39 mins.)
Director: Cynthia Wade
 
74.
Kings Point (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary on five seniors living in a retirement resort in Florida - men and women who came decades ago with their spouses by their sides, and now find themselves grappling with love, loss and the universal desire for human connection. (40 mins.)
Director: Sari Gilman
 
75.
Inocente (2012 Documentary)
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A personal and vibrant coming of age story about a young artist's determination never to surrender to the bleakness of her surroundings... (40 mins.)
 
76.
The Invisible War (2012 Documentary)
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An investigative documentary about the epidemic of rape of soldiers within the US military. (93 mins.)
Director: Kirby Dick
 
77.
The Work of Director Jonathan Glazer (2005 Documentary)
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This DVD is a collection of the work of the director Jonathan Glazer and includes his music videos, commercials... (90 mins.)
 
78.
Mr. Cao Goes to Washington (2012 Documentary)
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Mr. Cao Goes to Washington is a fascinating character study of New Orleans Congressman Joseph Cao, an... (72 mins.)
Director: S. Leo Chiang
 
79.
Long Distance Revolutionary: A Journey with Mumia Abu-Jamal (2012 Documentary)
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The film chronicles the life and revolutionary times of the former death row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal. (120 mins.)
 
80.
Palace of Electricity (1900 Documentary)
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A panoramic shot, making a full circle, at the 1900 Paris Exposition. It begins and ends looking at the front of the Palace of Electricity...
Director: James H. White
 
81.
Captain Nissen Going Through Whirlpool Rapids, Niagara Falls (1901 Documentary)
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Here we show Captain N. P. Nissen, formerly known as Captain Bowser, making a trip through the Whirlpool... (2 mins.)
 
82.
Sound City (2013 Documentary)
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A documentary on the fabled recording studio that was located in Van Nuys, California. (107 mins.)
Director: David Grohl
 
83.
Google and the World Brain (2013 Documentary)
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The most ambitious project ever conceived on the Internet: Google's master plan to scan every book in the world and the people trying to stop them. Google say they are building a library for mankind, but they also have other intentions. (90 mins.)
Director: Ben Lewis
 
84.
Portrait of a Young Man in Three Movements (1931 Documentary)
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Without sound, in three movements. Title cards declare that what a person likes and his manner of liking them reveals character... (54 mins.)
 
85.
We Were Here (2011 Documentary)
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A deep and reflective look at the arrival and impact of AIDS in San Francisco and how individuals rose to the occasion during the first years of this unimaginable crisis. (90 mins.)
 
86.
Citizen Koch (2013 Documentary)
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A documentary that follows the money behind the rise of the Tea Party. (90 mins.)
 
87.
Cutie and the Boxer (2013 Documentary)
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This candid New York love story explores the chaotic 40-year marriage of famed boxing painter Ushio Shinohara and his wife, Noriko. Anxious to shed her role as her overbearing husband's assistant, Noriko finds an identity of her own. (82 mins.)
 
88.
God Loves Uganda (2013 Documentary)
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An account of the American Evangelicals' attempts to indoctrinate their Christian Right beliefs in Uganda. (83 mins.)
 
89.
Narco Cultura (2013 Documentary)
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To a growing number of Mexicans and Latinos in the Americas, narco traffickers have become iconic outlaws and the new models of fame and success... (103 mins.)
Director: Shaul Schwarz
 
90.
40 Days at Base Camp (2011 Documentary)
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"I don't know anything about mountaineering!" laughs first-time climber Bagyashree, as her expedition leader shows her how to use an oxygen mask... (54 mins.)
Director: Dianne Whelan
 
91.
Inequality for All (2013 Documentary)
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A documentary that follows former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich as he looks to raise awareness of the country's widening economic gap. (89 mins.)
Director: Jacob Kornbluth
 
92.
Anita (2013 Documentary)
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A profile of Anita Hill, the African-American lawyer who challenged Clarence Thomas' nomination to the US Supreme Court and thus exposed the problem of sexual harassment to the world. (95 mins.)
Director: Freida Lee Mock
 
93.
Who is Dayani Cristal? (2013 Documentary)
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An anonymous body in the Arizona desert sparks the beginning of a real-life human drama. The search for identity leads us back across a continent to seek out the people left behind and the meaning of a mysterious tattoo. (85 mins.)
Director: Marc Silver
 
94.
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
 
95.
Happy (2011 Documentary)
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HAPPY takes us on a journey from the swamps of Louisiana to the slums of Kolkata in search of what really makes people happy... (76 mins.)
Director: Roko Belic
 
96.
Chasing Ice (2012 Documentary)
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Follow National Geographic photographer James Balog across the Arctic as he deploys time-lapse cameras designed for one purpose: to capture a multi-year record of the world's changing glaciers. (75 mins.)
Director: Jeff Orlowski
 
97.
They Call It Myanmar: Lifting the Curtain (2012 Documentary)
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Shot clandestinely over a two year period, this film provides a rare look into the second most isolated... (84 mins.)
 
98.
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
 
99.
The Sea in Between (2013 Documentary)
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An audio-visual experience documenting what happens when Josh Garrels and Mason Jar Music go to an island to try to create something beautiful. (82 mins.)
Director: Matt Porter
 
100.
Blood Brother (2013 Documentary)
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Documentarian visits best friend in India to see the mutual unconditional love that keeps his buddy bonded to a village hostel housing AIDS-afflicted children. (92 mins.)
Director: Steve Hoover