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1. The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1974 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 110 min | Drama

8.0
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Story of a black woman in the South who was born into slavery in the 1850s and lives to become a part of the civil rights movement in the 1960s.

Writers: Tracy Keenan Wynn, Ernest J. Gaines | Director: John Korty | Stars: Cicely Tyson, Eric Brown, Richard Dysart, Joel Fluellen

2. Joe Gould's Secret (2000)

R | 104 min | Drama

6.6
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74 Metascore

Around 1940, New Yorker staff writer Joe Mitchell meets Joe Gould, a Greenwich Village character who cadges meals, drinks, and contributions to the Joe Gould Fund and who is writing a ... See full summary »

Writers: Joseph Mitchell, Howard A. Rodman | Director: Stanley Tucci | Stars: Ian Holm, Stanley Tucci, Hope Davis, Sarah Hyland

3. Mandie and the Secret Tunnel (2009)

G | 100 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

5.5
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In 1899, Mandie's life changes when her Cherokee friends help her escape to a mansion that holds the hidden secrets of her past and the key to her future.

Writers: Joy Chapman, Owen Smith, Tim McIntosh | Directors: Joy Chapman, Owen Smith | Stars: Dean Jones, Lexi Johnson, William Smith Yelton, Amanda Waters

4. 4 Little Girls (1997)

102 min | Documentary, History

7.8
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89 Metascore

A documentary of the notorious racial terrorist bombing of an African American church during the Civil Rights Movement.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Maxine McNair, Walter Cronkite, Chris McNair, Fred Lee Shuttlesworth

5. Rock Hudson's Home Movies (1992)

Not Rated | 63 min | Documentary, Biography

5.8
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Documentary about the career and eventual death from AIDS of actor Rock Hudson.

Writer: Mark Rappaport | Director: Mark Rappaport | Stars: Eric Farr, Cyd Charisse, Marc Christian, Doris Day

6. River Voices: A Portrait of an American River Community (2002 Video)

56 min | Documentary, History

7.3
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Survivors recall both the devastation and the outpouring of community strength caused by the great 1937 Ohio River flood in Portsmouth, Ohio.

Writer: Nathan Lorentz | Director: Nathan Lorentz | Star: Noah Adams

7. Inlaws & Outlaws (2005)

Unrated | 100 min | Documentary

8.7
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With remarkable honesty, good humor, great music and real heart, Inlaws & Outlaws weaves together true stories of couples and singles, gay and straight, to embrace what we all have in common: we love.

Director: Drew Emery | Star: Felicia Loud

8. California State of Mind: The Legacy of Pat Brown (2011)

Documentary, Biography

8.8
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CALIFORNIA STATE OF MIND tells the story of how one man rose against seemingly insurmountable obstacles and shaped the future of modern California. Rather than lionizing Brown as "the ... See full summary »

Writers: Laura Nix, Sascha Rice | Director: Sascha Rice | Stars: Tom Brokaw, Jerry Brown, Willie Brown, Warren Christopher

9. Desire (1990)

88 min | Documentary, History, Romance

6.9
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Sexuality in Germany from 1910 to 1945: beginning with back-to-nature mountain camps and schools that fused athleticism, same-sex intimacy, and nudity; the openly-gay bars during the Weimer... See full summary »

Director: Stuart Marshall

10. The Inner Tour (2001)

97 min | Documentary, History

7.7
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Documentarian Ra'anan Alexandrowicz accompanies a Palestinian tour group on a three-day sight-seeing trip to Israel.

Director: Ra'anan Alexandrowicz

11. Buskin' Blues (2014)

61 min | Documentary, History, Music | Completed

In the small mountain town of Asheville, North Carolina, a mysterious subculture of world-class street musicians reveal their troubles and triumphs in using public performance to disrupt ... See full summary »

Writer: Erin Derham | Director: Erin Derham

12. Long Live the Hobos (1995)

75 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.0
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The film tells the story of an imigrant to Argentina who works for the railway company of this land. Being a witness to the history of the land of silver in this century the film is also a ... See full summary »

Writers: Willi Behnisch, Ana Poliak | Director: Ana Poliak | Stars: Oscar Mendy, Jose Americo Ghezzi, Pedro Moisas, Filiberto Satti

13. Cry Rock (2010)

29 min | Documentary

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The wild beauty of the Bella Coola Valley blends with vivid watercolor animation illuminating the role of the Nuxalk oral tradition and the intersection of story, place and culture.

Director: Banchi Hanuse | Stars: Alvin Mack, Deborah Nelson, Qwatsinas, Clyde Tallio

14. Germans in the Woods (2008)

3 min | Animation, Short, History

7.1
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World War II veteran Joseph Robertson remembers a German soldier he killed at the Battle of the Bulge; a story from the archives of America's national oral history project StoryCorps.

Director: Tim Rauch | Star: Joseph Robertson

15. Gold Lost in Siberia (1994)

Documentary

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Eyewitnesses (i.e. former prisoners, idealists, survivors) accounts of their/or others ordeal during the 40's and 50's of the 20th century, being convicted as 'peoples enemies' by the ... See full summary »

Writers: Gerard Jacobs, Theo Uittenbogaard | Director: Theo Uittenbogaard | Stars: Stepania Fjodorovna, Vadim Kozin, Olga Lisenko, Ivan Lukin

16. Kino moje malo (2010)

105 min | Documentary

9.0
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For almost a hundred years, small Croatian town Pozega had cinematic tradition of movie projections in four classic cinema theaters. Today, fate of Pozega cinemas are the same as the fate ... See full summary »

Writers: Arminio Grgic, Zvonimir Karakatic | Directors: Arminio Grgic, Zvonimir Karakatic | Stars: Zeljko Balog, Mislav Bosnjak, Boris Gretzer, Arminio Grgic

17. Smokes and Lollies (1976)

25 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

6.4
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First in a Seven Up! (1964) like series examining the lives of three teenage girls in South Australia during the 1970s. A sort of 14Up Australia, the series has spawned three more ... See full summary »

Director: Gillian Armstrong | Stars: Kerry Carlson, Diana Doman, Josie Petersen

18. Julian Bond (2012)

32 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

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As Julian Bond traces his roots back to slavery, the audience is confronted with a unique opportunity to observe the 20th century through the eyes of one of its key witnesses. Now in his ... See full summary »

Director: Eduardo Montes Bradley | Star: Julian Bond

19. Nunna mia e la barca (2008)

13 min | Short, Biography

8.6
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A personal film that combines documentary, narrative, and experimental approaches to explore an Italian grandmother's life experiences.

Writer: Jacob Dodd | Director: Jacob Dodd | Stars: Caleb Dodd, Sarah Dodd, Tasha Dodd, Nunna

20. Zanderology (2014)

42 min | Documentary, Animation, Short

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An illustrated film, based on the oral histories of Zander Keig.

Writer: Megan Rohrer | Director: Megan Rohrer | Star: Zander Keig

21. Uncle Sam Desired Our Presence: Arkansans in the Korean War (2010 Video)

59 min | Documentary, Family, History

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When North Korea invaded South Korea in the early morning hours of June 25, 1950, the United States was plunged into an intense and costly war in order to help stem the tide of communism. ... See full summary »

Writer: Stephanie Bayless | Director: Brian Robertson | Star: Steve Stephens

22. Will of the Living, Part One: Martin (2012)

3 min | Short, Horror

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Survivors of The Second Crisis remember their triumphs and terrors in the wake of unspeakable terror.

Writer: Bob Officer | Director: Bob Officer | Star: Joel Nagle

23. Beziehungen sind alles! (2011)

3 min | Documentary, Short

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People talk about their consumption behavior in the GDR. The circumstances are mirrored on a second, performative level.

Director: Katharina Duve | Stars: Barbara Wagner, Monika Duve, Wolfgang Duve, Monika Schröder

24. Q. & A. (2009)

4 min | Documentary, Animation, Short

6.5
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Twelve-year-old Joshua Littman, who has Asperger's Syndrome, interviews his mother Sarah on everything from animals to her feelings about him as a son.

Directors: Mike Rauch, Tim Rauch | Stars: Joshua Littman, Sarah Littman

25. Common Sense Printing (2009)

23 min | Documentary, Short

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"Common Sense Printing" is a short documentary about a mom and pop company in the process of going green. The film discusses the importance of fostering resource management in a profession ... See full summary »

Director: Jessica Renslow

26. M.F.D.P. (2010)

88 min | Documentary, History

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In 1964 a group of sharecroppers, activists, students, and ministers from Mississippi formed their own integrated political party to battle institutional segregation.

Director: Joe Davenport | Stars: Courtland Cox, Constance Curry, Armand Derfner, Lawrence Guyot

27. The Jane Pauley Show (2004–2005)
Episode: Episode #1.2 (2004)

60 min | Talk-Show

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The value of documenting one's own life is explored, with the main guest being a 39-year-old woman with Lou Gehrig's Disease who wants to make a record of her life for her 3-year-old son. ... See full summary »

Stars: Jane Pauley, David Isay, Steve Zeitlin

28. National Geographic Explorer (1985– )
Episode: Finding Anastasia (2008)

Documentary

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Writers: Ian Denyer, Patrick Prentice | Director: Ian Denyer | Stars: Michael Coble, Peter Coyote, Anthony Falsetti, Dr. Ludmila Likova