Documentary - People & Civilisation

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1.
Lost Civilizations (1995 TV Series)
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From the bloodletting of Maya kings and a pharaoh's last journey to the secret pleasures of a Roman empress. (40 mins.)
 
2.
Bowling for Columbine (2002 Documentary)
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Filmmaker Michael Moore explores the roots of America's predilection for gun violence. (120 mins.)
Director: Michael Moore
 
3.
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.)
 
4.
Darwin's Nightmare (2004 Documentary)
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A documentary on the effect of fishing the Nile perch in Tanzania's Lake Victoria. The predatory fish, which has wiped out the native species, is sold in European supermarkets, while starving Tanzanian families have to make do with the leftovers. (107 mins.)
Director: Hubert Sauper
 
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The Weather Underground (2002 Documentary)
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The remarkable story of The Weather Underground, radical activists of the 1970s, and of radical politics at its best and most disastrous. (92 mins.)
 
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Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel (2009 Documentary)
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A look at the battles Hugh Hefner fought over the years against the U.S. government, the religious right, and militant feminists. (124 mins.)
Director: Brigitte Berman
 
7.
Manda Bala (Send a Bullet) (2007 Documentary)
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An examination of corruption and class warfare in Brazil as told through the stories of a wealthy businessman, a plastic surgeon who assists kidnapping victims and a politician whose income relies on a frog farm. (85 mins.)
Director: Jason Kohn
 
8.
Behind the Planet of the Apes (1998 Documentary)
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The story behind the making of the 5 "Planet of the Apes" movies. (127 mins.)
 
9.
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.)
 
10.
Inside Job (2010 Documentary)
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Takes a closer look at what brought about the 2008 financial meltdown. (105 mins.)
 
11.
Bully (2011 Documentary)
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A documentary on peer-to-peer bullying in schools across America. (98 mins.)
Director: Lee Hirsch
 
12.
Baraka (1992 Documentary)
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A collection of expertly photographed scenes of human life and religion. (96 mins.)
Director: Ron Fricke
 
13.
Marley (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary on the life, music, and legacy of Bob Marley. (144 mins.)
Director: Kevin Macdonald
 
14.
Super Size Me (2004 Documentary)
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While examining the influence of the fast food industry, Morgan Spurlock personally explores the consequences on his health of a diet of solely McDonald's food for one month. (100 mins.)
Director: Morgan Spurlock
 
15.
Senna (2010 Documentary)
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A documentary on Brazilian Formula One racing driver Ayrton Senna, who won the F1 world championship three times before his death at age 34. (106 mins.)
Director: Asif Kapadia
 
16.
Religulous (2008 Documentary)
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Bill Maher's take on the current state of world religion. (101 mins.)
Director: Larry Charles
 
17.
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
 
18.
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
 
19.
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
 
20.
Life in a Day (2011 Documentary)
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A documentary shot by film-makers all over the world that serves as a time capsule to show future generations what it was like to be alive on the twenty-fourth of July, 2010. (95 mins.)
 
21.
Project Nim (2011 Documentary)
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Tells the story of a chimpanzee taken from its mother at birth and raised like a human child by a family in a brownstone on the upper West Side in the 1970s. (93 mins.)
Director: James Marsh
 
22.
Freakonomics (2010 Documentary)
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A collection of documentaries that explores the hidden side of human nature through the use of the science of economics. (93 mins.)
 
23.
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.)
 
24.
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.)
 
25.
Roger & Me (1989 Documentary)
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Director Michael Moore pursues GM CEO Roger Smith to confront him about the harm he did to Flint, Michigan with his massive downsizing. (91 mins.)
Director: Michael Moore
 
26.
Cocaine Cowboys (2006 Documentary)
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In the 1980s, ruthless Colombian cocaine barons invaded Miami with a brand of violence unseen in this country since Prohibition-era Chicago... (118 mins.)
Director: Billy Corben
 
27.
Woodstock (1970 Documentary)
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The film chronicle of the legendary 1969 music festival. (184 mins.)
 
28.
Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005 Documentary)
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A documentary about the Enron corporation, its faulty and corrupt business practices, and how they led to its fall. (110 mins.)
Director: Alex Gibney
 
29.
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.)
 
30.
Gimme Shelter (1970 Documentary)
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A harrowing documentary of the Stones' 1969 tour, with much of the focus on the tragic concert at Altamont. (91 mins.)
 
31.
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.)
 
32.
Heckler (2007 Documentary)
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HECKLER is a comedic feature documentary exploring the increasingly critical world we live in. After starring in a film that was critically bashed... (80 mins.)
Director: Michael Addis
 
33.
Kurt & Courtney (1998 Documentary)
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A documentary on the life of Kurt Cobain and his relationship with Courtney Love. (95 mins.)
Director: Nick Broomfield
 
34.
Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten (2007 Documentary)
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As the front man of the Clash from 1977 onwards, Joe Strummer changed people's lives forever. Four years after his death... (124 mins.)
Director: Julien Temple
 
35.
For the Bible Tells Me So (2007 Documentary)
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An exploration of the intersection between religion and homosexuality in the U.S. and how the religious right has used its interpretation of the Bible to stigmatize the gay community. (95 mins.)
Director: Daniel Karslake
 
36.
When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts (2006 Mini-Series)
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An examination of the U.S. government's role and its response to Hurricane Katrina. (255 mins.)
 
37.
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.)
 
38.
Latcho Drom (1993 Documentary)
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The journey of the Romany people told through musicians and dancers of India, Egypt, Turkey, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, France, and Spain. (103 mins.)
Director: Tony Gatlif
Stars: La Caita
 
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Visions of Light (1992 Documentary)
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Cameramen and women discuss the craft and art of cinematography and of the "DP" (the director of photography)... (92 mins.)
 
40.
The War on Democracy (2007 Documentary)
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Award winning journalist John Pilger examines the role of Washington in America's manipulation of Latin... (96 mins.)
 
41.
Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus (2003 Documentary)
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Searching for The Wrong-Eyed Jesus is a captivating and compelling road trip through the creative spirit of the the Southern U.S... (82 mins.)
Director: Andrew Douglas
 
42.
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
 
43.
This Filthy World (2006 Documentary)
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Jeff Garlin's documentary on the work of John Waters. (86 mins.)
Director: Jeff Garlin
 
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Emmanuel's Gift (2005 Documentary)
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If you are born disabled in Ghana, West Africa you are likely to be poisoned, or left to die by your... (80 mins.)
 
45.
Modern Life (2008 Documentary)
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Third documentary of a trilogy produced on the long term (together with Profils paysans: l'approche and Profils paysans: le quotidien), showing the simple lives of farmers in contemporary Southern France. (88 mins.)
 
46.
In Search of Peace (2001 Documentary)
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In Search of Peace: 1948-1967 chronicles Israel's first two decades, offering new insights on the origins of the Middle East conflict... (105 mins.)
Director: Richard Trank
 
47.
If a Tree Falls (2010)
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Siblings, Brad and Lisa Carpenter, along with two lifelong family friends, Will and Vanessa, set out... (84 mins.)
Director: Gabriel Carrer
 
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Fire in Babylon (2010 Documentary)
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Feature documentary about the great West Indies cricket team of the 1970's/80's. (87 mins.)
Director: Stevan Riley
 
49.
Dynamo: Magician Impossible (2011 TV Series)
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Magician to the stars, Dynamo, travels the globe astounding everyone he meets. Dynamo has worked with the likes of Will Smith... (45 mins.)
 
50.
Into Eternity: A Film for the Future (2010 Documentary)
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A documentary on the safety of nuclear storage. (75 mins.)
Director: Michael Madsen
 
51.
Woody Allen: A Life in Film (2002 Documentary)
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A series of interviews with Woody Allen interlaced with clips from his films. (90 mins.)
 
52.
Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010 Documentary)
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The story of how an eccentric French shop-keeper and amateur film-maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy... (87 mins.)
Director: Banksy
 
53.
Root of All Evil? (2006 Documentary)
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Richard Dawkins' highly critical documentary attacks the pulsing heart of all mainstream religion- faith; with special focus on Islam... (90 mins.)
Director: Russell Barnes
 
54.
Cool It (2010 Documentary)
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A documentary that takes an alternative approach to dealing with the global warming crisis. (87 mins.)
Director: Ondi Timoner
 
55.
Catfish (2010 Documentary)
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Young filmmakers document their colleague's budding online friendship with a young woman and her family which leads to an unexpected series of discoveries. (87 mins.)
 
56.
Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010 Documentary)
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Werner Herzog gains exclusive access to film inside the Chauvet caves of Southern France and captures the oldest known pictorial creations of humanity. (90 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
 
57.
Pina (2011 Documentary)
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A tribute to the late German choreographer, Pina Bausch, as her dancers perform her most famous creations. (103 mins.)
Director: Wim Wenders
 
58.
Mr. Nice (2010)
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The life story of Howard Marks, an elite British drug smuggler. (121 mins.)
Director: Bernard Rose
 
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Even Dwarfs Started Small (1970)
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The inhabitants of an institution in a remote country rebel against their keepers. Their acts of rebellion are by turns humorous... (96 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
 
60.
The Bridge (2006 Documentary)
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People suffer largely unnoticed while the rest of the world goes about its business. This is a documentary... (94 mins.)
Director: Eric Steel
 
61.
Anton Corbijn Inside Out (2012 Documentary)
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An intimate portrait of Anton Corbijn as he travels the world as a photographer, film maker and video artist... (85 mins.)
 
62.
Undefeated (2011 Documentary)
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Chronicles three underprivileged students from inner-city Memphis and their volunteer coach who tries to help them beat the odds on and off the field. (113 mins.)
 
63.
Our Daily Bread (2005 Documentary)
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OUR DAILY BREAD is a wide-screen tableau of a feast which isn't always easy to digest - and in which we all take part. A pure, meticulous and high-end film experience that enables the audience to form their own ideas. (92 mins.)
 
64.
Better This World (2011 Documentary)
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A pair of childhood friends from Texas who set out to prove themselves. (82 mins.)
 
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The Interrupters (2011 Documentary)
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A year in the life of a city grappling with urban violence. (125 mins.)
Director: Steve James
 
66.
Klitschko (2011 Documentary)
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A documentary encompassing the lives of world heavyweight boxing champions, Vitali & Wladimir Klitschko... (118 mins.)
 
67.
No Sweat (2006 Documentary)
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An all-American tale about an all-American garment: The T-shirt, NO SWEAT takes a wild ride into the bowels of Los Angeles garment industry... (54 mins.)
Director: Amie Williams
 
68.
Man on Wire (2008 Documentary)
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A look at tightrope walker Philippe Petit's daring, but illegal, high-wire routine performed between New York City's World Trade Center's twin towers in 1974, what some consider, "the artistic crime of the century." (94 mins.)
Director: James Marsh
 
69.
World's Oldest Child (2011 Documentary)
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70.
An Epic Tale (2012)
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No South African team has ever won the Cape Epic, nor has any South African mountain biker worn the coveted World Marathon Champion's Rainbow Jersey... (78 mins.)
 
71.
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