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1.
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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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.)
 
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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
 
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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.)
 
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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
 
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One Day on Earth (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary that captures the same 24-hour period throughout every country in the world. (104 mins.)
Director: Kyle Ruddick
 
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Pedal-Driven: A Bikeumentary (2011 Documentary)
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THIS LAND IS ... WHOSE LAND? Pedal-Driven delves into the escalating conflict between mountain bikers... (65 mins.)
Director: Jamie Howell
 
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A Whisper to a Roar (2012 Documentary)
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Courageous democracy activists in five countries (Egypt, Malaysia, Ukraine, Venezuela and Zimbabwe) risk it all to bring freedom to their people. (96 mins.)
Director: Ben Moses
 
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A Place at the Table (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary that investigates incidents of hunger experienced by millions of Americans, and proposed solutions to the problem. (84 mins.)
 
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Bidder 70 (2012 Documentary)
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Tim DeChristopher is Bidder 70, a young man who derailed an illegal BLM oil and gas auction in a courageous act of civil disobedience. (73 mins.)
 
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Connected: An Autoblogography About Love, Death & Technology (2011 Documentary)
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Filmmaker and Founder of the Webby Awards, Tiffany Shlain, investigates the interconnections between the major issues of the 21st century and her own experience of these issues during a family crisis. (82 mins.)
Director: Tiffany Shlain
 
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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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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
 
14.
I Am (2010 Documentary)
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Director Tom Shadyac speaks with intellectual and spiritual leaders about what's wrong with our world and how we can improve both it and the way we live in it. (78 mins.)
Director: Tom Shadyac
 
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Baraka (1992 Documentary)
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A collection of expertly photographed scenes of human life and religion. (96 mins.)
Director: Ron Fricke
 
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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.)
 
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Laurence Anyways (2012)
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A drama that charts ten years in the relationship of a male-to-female transsexual's relationship with her lover. (168 mins.)
Director: Xavier Dolan
 
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Call Me Kuchu (2012 Documentary)
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In Uganda, a new bill threatens to make homosexuality punishable by death. David Kato - Uganda's first openly gay man... (87 mins.)
 
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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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Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay (2012 Documentary)
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Ricky Jay is a world-renowned magician, author, historian and actor (often a mischievous presence in... (88 mins.)
Director: Molly Bernstein
 
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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
 
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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
 
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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
 
24.
4 Little Girls (1997 Documentary)
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A documentary of the notorious racial terrorist bombing of an African American church during the Civil Rights Movement. (102 mins.)
Director: Spike Lee
 
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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.)
 
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The Source Family (2012 Documentary)
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A feature documentary film set in Hollywood, examining a radical experiment in '70s utopian living.... (98 mins.)
 
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Why We Laugh: Black Comedians on Black Comedy (2009 Documentary)
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An off-screen narration, four dozen talking heads, and clips of performances tell a chronological story... (95 mins.)
Director: Robert Townsend
 
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Why We Laugh: Funny Women (2013 Documentary)
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An uncensored look into the lives of the female stand-up comedian. Featuring interviews and live performance... (87 mins.)
Director: Bernard Gourley
 
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The Loving Story (2011 Documentary)
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A racially-charged criminal trial and a heart-rending love story converge in this documentary about Richard and Mildred Loving... (77 mins.)
Director: Nancy Buirski
 
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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.)
 
31.
The Central Park Five (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary that examines the 1989 case of five black and Latino teenagers who were convicted of raping a white woman in Central Park. After having spent between 6 and 13 years each in prison, a serial rapist confessed to the crime. (119 mins.)
 
32.
Hitler's Children (2011 Documentary)
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A look into the lives of the descendants of the top Nazi officials who worked under Hitler's command. (59 mins.)
Director: Chanoch Ze'evi
 
33.
Knuckleball! (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary that showcases baseball's most unpredictable pitch. (93 mins.)
 
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Love Free or Die (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary on Gene Robinson, the openly gay bishop who set a precedent in New Hampshire state politics, and the battle for LGBT people to receive full acceptance in the faith. (82 mins.)
Director: Macky Alston
 
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Meet the Fokkens (2011 Documentary)
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A documentary on Louise and Martine Fokkens, 69-year-old twin sisters who have worked as prostitutes in the red-light district in Amsterdam for over 40 years. (80 mins.)
 
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Orchestra of Exiles (2012 Documentary)
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Some stories get lost in the turmoil of their times. It is often only in retrospect that we can discover the true shapers of history... (85 mins.)
Director: Josh Aronson
 
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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
 
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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
 
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Bestiaire (2012 Documentary)
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Along the rhythm of the seasons, beasts and humans regard each other. 'Bestiary' unfolds like a picture book about mutual observation. A contemplation of a stable imbalance, and of loose, tranquil and indefinable elements. (72 mins.)
Director: Denis Côté
 
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Bully (2011 Documentary)
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A documentary on peer-to-peer bullying in schools across America. (98 mins.)
Director: Lee Hirsch
 
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Chronicle of a Summer (1961 Documentary)
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Real-life individuals discuss topics on society, happiness in the working class among others and with... (85 mins.)
 
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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
 
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Wild Horse, Wild Ride (2011 Documentary)
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A handful of unforgettable characters set out on a 100-day quest to tame a totally wild mustang for... (106 mins.)
 
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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.)
 
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Booker's Place: A Mississippi Story (2012 Documentary)
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While filming a documentary in Mississippi in 1965, Frank De Felitta forever changed the life of an African-American waiter and his family. In 2011, Frank's son returns to the Delta to examine the repercussions of that fateful encounter. (90 mins.)
 
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Last Call at the Oasis (2011 Documentary)
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A documentary on the world's water crisis. (105 mins.)
Director: Jessica Yu
 
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Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day (2012 Documentary)
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A concert documentary of Led Zeppelin's December 10, 2007 tribute performance for Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun. (124 mins.)
Director: Dick Carruthers
 
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Being in the World (2010 Documentary)
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BEING IN THE WORLD takes us on a journey around the world to meet philosophers influenced by the thought of Martin Heidegger... (81 mins.)
Director: Tao Ruspoli
 
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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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Serpent and the Sun: Tales of an Aztec Apprentice (2009 Documentary)
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Serpent and The Sun Tales Of An Aztec Apprentice Tachi is 21 and has lived below the poverty line all of his life... (90 mins.)
Director: Shaahin Cheyene
 
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Foreign Parts (2010 Documentary)
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'Foreign Parts' portrays a hidden enclave of automobile shops and junk-yards fated for demolition in the shadow of a new baseball stadium in Queens... (81 mins.)
 
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From the Other Side (2002 Documentary)
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A documentary look at the fate of Mexicans who cross the border into the United States. (99 mins.)
Director: Chantal Akerman
 
53.
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
 
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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
 
55.
My Perestroika (2010 Documentary)
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Tells the story of five people from the last generation of Soviet children who were brought up behind the Iron Curtain... (88 mins.)
Director: Robin Hessman
 
56.
Miss Representation (2011 Documentary)
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Explores the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America, and challenges the media's limited portrayal of what it means to be a powerful woman. (85 mins.)
 
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The Man Nobody Knew: In Search of My Father, CIA Spymaster William Colby (2011 Documentary)
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A son's riveting look at a father whose life seemed straight out of a spy thriller. The secret world of a legendary CIA spymaster... (104 mins.)
Director: Carl Colby
 
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In the Garden of Sounds (2009 Documentary)
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From the time he was a child Wolfgang Fasser knew he'd be blind in his twenties. But as darkness descended... (84 mins.)
Director: Nicola Bellucci
 
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General Orders No. 9 (2009)
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One last trip down the rabbit hole before it gets paved over. A deep geography. What is above and what is below... (72 mins.)
Director: Robert Persons
 
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The Sons of Tennessee Williams (2010 Documentary)
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THE SONS OF TENNESSEE WILLIAMS, tells the story of the gay men of New Orleans who created a vast and... (75 mins.)
Director: Tim Wolff
 
61.
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
 
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American Experience (1988 TV Series)
Episode: The Amish (2012)
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Lyrical and meditative, The Amish answers many questions Americans have about this insistently insular religious community... (60 mins.)
 
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Force of Nature (2010 Documentary)
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Documentary portrait of environmentalist David Suzuki. (93 mins.)
 
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Hell and Back Again (2011 Documentary)
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What does it mean to lead men in war? What does it mean to come home? Hell and Back Again is a cinematically... (88 mins.)
Director: Danfung Dennis
 
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Serving Life (2011 Documentary)
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Actor Forest Whitaker narrates the story of a group of inmate volunteers who staff their own hospice inside a maximum security prison in Louisiana where the average sentence is more than 90 years. (86 mins.)
Director: Lisa R. Cohen
 
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The Case Against 8 (2014 Documentary)
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A behind-the-scenes look inside the case to overturn California's ban on same-sex marriage. Shot over five years, the film follows the unlikely team that took the first federal marriage equality lawsuit to the U.S. Supreme Court. (109 mins.)
 
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Girl Rising (2013 Documentary)
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This film follows 9 girls from Haiti, Nepal, Ethiopia, India, Egypt, Peru, Cambodia, Sierra Leone, and Afghanistan on their journey to education. (101 mins.)
Director: Richard Robbins
 
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Marcus Garvey: Look for Me in the Whirlwind (2000 Documentary)
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Marcus Garvey emmigrated from Jamaica to New York City in 1914, bringing with him a message of black empowerment... (90 mins.)
Director: Stanley Nelson
 
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The Great Flood (2012 Documentary)
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The Mississippi River Flood of 1927 was the most destructive river flood in American history. In the spring of 1927... (80 mins.)
Director: Bill Morrison
 
70.
Burn (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary about Detroit told through the eyes of firefighters charged with the thankless task of saving a city that many have written off as dead. (86 mins.)
 
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After Tiller (2013 Documentary)
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After the assassination of Dr. George Tiller in Kansas in 2009, there are a limited number of doctors... (85 mins.)
 
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Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy? (2013 Documentary)
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A series of interviews featuring linguist, philosopher and activist Noam Chomsky done in hand-drawn animation. (88 mins.)
Director: Michel Gondry
 
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Visitors (2013 Documentary)
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Director Godfrey Reggio reveals humanity's trance-like relationship with technology, which, when commandeered by extreme emotional states, produces massive effects far beyond the human species. (87 mins.)
Director: Godfrey Reggio
 
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Tim's Vermeer (2013 Documentary)
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Inventor Tim Jenison seeks to understand the painting techniques used by Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer. (80 mins.)
Director: Teller
 
75.
Fed Up (2014 Documentary)
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An examination of America's obesity epidemic and the food industry's role in aggravating it. (92 mins.)
 
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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
 
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Ivory Tower (2014 Documentary)
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A documentary that questions the cost -- and value -- of higher education in the United States. (90 mins.)
Director: Andrew Rossi
 
78.
American Promise (2013 Documentary)
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This intimate documentary follows the 12-year journey of two African-American families pursuing the promise of opportunity through the education of their sons. (135 mins.)
 
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Evergreen: The Road to Legalization (2013 Documentary)
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A documentary on how Washington State legalized recreational marijuana and the effects of this decision on the state, the nation and the world. (86 mins.)
Director: Riley Morton
 
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The Last of the Unjust (2013 Documentary)
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A place: Theresienstadt. A unique place of propaganda which Adolf Eichmann called the "model ghetto"... (220 mins.)
Director: Claude Lanzmann
 
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Kink (2013 Documentary)
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A documentary on fetish website Kink.com. (80 mins.)
Director: Christina Voros
 
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Beyond the Edge (2013 Documentary)
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Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary's monumental and historical ascent of Mt. Everest in 1953 - an event that stunned the world and defined a nation. (90 mins.)
Director: Leanne Pooley
 
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A Life in Dirty Movies (2013 Documentary)
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A documentary shot at the end of pornographer Joe Sarnos's life, which reveals his attempt to make one last film, as well as his relationship with his wife, Peggy. (100 mins.)
Director: Wiktor Ericsson
 
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Valley Uprising (2014 Documentary)
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In the shady campgrounds of Yosemite valley, climbers carved out a counterculture lifestyle of dumpster-diving... (103 mins.)