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16 Acres

The rebuilding of ground zero is the most architecturally, politically, and emotionally complex urban renewal project in recent American history. The struggle to develop these 16 acres has encompassed 11 years and over $20 billion.

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1971

On March 8, 1971, eight ordinary citizens broke into an FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania, took hundreds of secret files, and shared them with the public. In doing so, they uncovered the FBI's vast and illegal regime of spying and intimidation.

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Accidental Courtesy

Musician Daryl Davis has played all over the world, but it's what he does in his free time that sets him apart. In an effort to find out how anyone can "hate me without knowing me," Daryl likes to meet and befriend members of the Ku Klux Klan.

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After Stonewall

Narrated by Melissa Etheridge, this sequel to Before Stonewall chronicles the history of LGBT life from the riots at Stonewall to the end of the millenium. Capturing both tragic defeats and exciting victories, it also explores how AIDS changed the direction of the movement.

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All Governments Lie

Independent journalists like Amy Goodman and Glenn Greenwald are changing the face of journalism. The cameras follow as they expose government and corporate deception – just as the ground-breaking journalist I.F. Stone did decades ago.


Altina

A woman ahead of her time, Altina Schinasi was born in 1907 in New York City; the daughter of a tobacco tycoon and descendent of Sephardic Jews. Her genteel upbringing was in sharp contrast to the bold sexuality of her art and her life.

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America Betrayed

Narrated by Oscar winner Richard Dreyfuss, this searing documentary about the collapse of America's national infrastructure is both a cautionary tale for those who trust their government, and a wake-up call to Washington and Americans everywhere.

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American Outrage

Two elderly Western Shoshone sisters put up a heroic fight for their land rights- and their human rights- in this award-winning documentary about a dispute that went to the Supreme Court, and eventually the United Nations.

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An American Conscience: The Reinhold Niebuhr Story

Reinhold Niebuhr's Serenity Prayer remains one of the most quoted writings in American literature. Yet Niebuhr's impact was far greater, as presidents and civil rights leaders like Martin Luther King Jr. often turned to his writings for guidance and inspiration.

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Anita: Speaking Truth to Power

Directed by Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Freida Mock, Anita: Speaking Truth to Power celebrates Anita Hill's legacy and reveals the story of a woman who has empowered millions to stand up for equality and justice.

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Arguing the World

With the Cold War raging and competing political philosophies vying to exert influence in every corner of the globe, four brilliant men -- Irving Howe, Daniel Bell, Nathan Glazer and Irving Kristol -- tried to change the world with their ideas.

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Beat Hotel, The

1957. The Latin Quarter, Paris. A cheap no-name hotel becomes a haven for artists fleeing the conformity and censorship of America, producing some of the most important works of the Beat generation.

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Before & After Stonewall:
25th Anniversary Edition

Two seminal documentaries tell the remarkable tale of how homosexuals, a heretofore hidden and despised group, became a vibrant and integral part of America.

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Before Stonewall

When the police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in Greenwich Village, three nights of rioting sparked a national gay liberation movement. This acclaimed documentary tells the dramatic story of gay and lesbian life from the 1920s up until Stonewall.

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Behind the Burly Q

Burlesque was one of America’s most popular forms of live entertainment in the first half of the 20th century, yet now it is often vilified and misunderstood. This film tells the intimate and surprising stories of burlesque from its golden age.

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Berkeley in the Sixties

A Film by Mark Kitchell. The Sixties come to life in this gripping film that captures the decade's events - the Free Speech Movement, Civil Rights marches, anti-war protests, Black Panthers - in all their immediacy and passion.

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Bert Stern: Original Mad Man

The definitive look at life and work of one of the greatest American photographers, whose images helped create modern advertising and whose iconic photos of celebrities like Marilyn Monroe minted him as a celebrity in his own right.

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Birth of the Living Dead

In 1968 a young college drop-out named George A. Romero directed Night of the Living Dead, a low budget horror film that shocked the world, became an icon of the counterculture, and spawned a zombie industry worth billions of dollars.

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Blood in the Face

A jaw-dropping view of America's white supremacy movement. Rare archival footage, darkly humorous interviews, and their own promotional materials bring to light the inner workings of the Ku Klux Klan and other radical right groups.

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Braddock America

A few miles outside of Pittsburgh lies the town of Braddock, the last bastion of steel. Braddock America tells the story of a city hit hard by globalization. But behind the rusty facades, the community tries to shape its future in a post-industrial America.

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Bright Leaves

Using the Hollywood melodrama "Bright Leaf" as a jumping off point, filmmaker Ross McElwee reaches back to his roots in this witty rumination on American History, tobacco, and the myth of cinema.

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Brothers in Arms

In the early months of 1969, six men met on a swift boat on the Mekong Delta during some of the worst fighting in the Vietnam War. Their commander happened to be a young Yale graduate named John Kerry.

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Bulletproof Salesman

A self-confessed war profiteer, Fidelis Cloer always had an on eye on growth opportunities and found the perfect war when the US invaded Iraq. But as the war evolved, Fidelis quickly found himself engaged in a pathological arms race.

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Camden 28, The

An award-winning documentary that tells the story of the group of 28 activists, mostly conscientious objectors from the Catholic left, who broke into a draft board office in Camden, New Jersey in the summer of 1971.

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Casablancas: The Man Who Loved Women

When he created the Elite modeling agency in the 1970s, John Casablancas invented the concept of the "supermodel." If names like Naomi, Cindy, or Kate are part of popular culture today, it's mostly his doing.

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Casting By

Tom Donahue combines archival material and interviews with Glenn Close, Jeff Bridges, Martin Scorsese and many more to tell the story of legendary casting director Marion Dougherty, and Hollywood's most unheralded profession.

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Champagne Safari, The

The true story of Charles Bedaux, wealthy businessman, glamorous playboy, daring adventurer, who hobnobbed with the rich, powerful and famous all over the globe - including Nazi Germany.

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Commune

Black Bear Ranch was the prototypical 1960s commune, with the motto “Free Land for Free People.” This acclaimed documentary offers a candid look into the joys and difficulties of communal living.

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Divide in Concord

Octogenarian Jean Hill is deeply concerned about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch - the world's largest landfill. She spends her golden years attending meetings and calling residents. As she prepares for one last Town Meeting, Jean faces the strongest opposition yet.

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Dying of the Light, The

The Dying of the Light explores the history and craft of motion picture presentation through the lives and stories of the last generation of career projectionists. The result is a loving tribute to the art and romance of the movies.

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Eames: The Architect and the Painter

Insightfully narrated by James Franco, Eames: The Architect and the Painter is an intimate portrait of two of America's most important designers, the husband-and-wife team of Charles and Ray Eames.

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Erroll Garner: No One Can Hear You Read

In a triumphant career that lasted forty years, Erroll Garner pushed the playability of the piano to its limits, developed an international reputation, and made an indelible mark on the jazz world.

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Evergreen: The Road to Legalization

After a 40 year nationwide 'War on Drugs,' the state of Washington has become a key battleground in the fight to legalize marijuana. But many marijuana advocates are vehemently opposed to I-502, the law that will legalize cannabis.

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Feed: A Comedy About Running for President

Using intercepted satellite feeds and footage of unsuspecting candidates shot during the 1992 presidential primaries,Feed presents the wild, wacky world of American politics. Watch Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail, Jerry Brown snort nose inhalers, and more!

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Ferlinghetti: A Rebirth of Wonder

Featuring Allen Ginsberg, Dennis Hopper, Bob Dylan and more, this incisive and entertaining portrait of American poet and City Lights Bookstore founder Lawrence Ferlinghetti explores his vital role as catalyst for numerous literary careers, and for the Beat movement itself.

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Fidel

A unique look at one of the most influential and controversial figures of our time through exclusive interviews with Castro himself, Alice Walker, Harry Belafonte, Nelson Mandela, and many more.

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Fierce Green Fire, A

Spanning 50 years of grassroots and global activism, this Sundance documentary brings to light the vital stories of the environmental movement where people fought - and succeeded - against enormous odds.

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Fire On the Mountain

From filmmakers Beth & George Gage (Bidder 70,American Outrage) comes this thrilling story of the 10th Mountain Division, America's only winter warfare fighting unit, who fought the Nazis on skis in the high mountains.

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Full Battle Rattle

"Surreal and fabulously disorienting" (Village Voice), Full Battle Rattle is a revelatory look at the soul of the American war machine - an astonishing journey inside a once top-secret military base where U.S. soldiers train to confront a new kind of enemy.

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Garbo: The Spy

"Ingenious and engrossing" (Roger Ebert), this documentary thriller tells the tale of self-made counterspy Juan Pujol García, the only person to have been decorated by both the Allies and the Axis for service during World War II.

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Good War and Those Who Refused to Fight It, The

Narrated by Ed Asner, this important film tells the story of a previously ignored chapter of WWII – the American conscientious objectors who refused to fight. It is a story of courage, idealism and nonconformity based on both ethical and religious beliefs.

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Harper Lee: From Mockingbird to Watchman

In this update of her 2011 documentary, filmmaker Mary McDonagh Murphy sifts through the facts and speculation surrounding Lee and both her novels. Includes interviews with Lee’s older sister, close friends and admirers, from Oprah Winfrey to Wally Lamb.

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Hey, Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird

Hey, Boo explores the To Kill a Mockingbird phenomenon and unravels some of the mysteries surrounding Harper Lee. It also brings to light the context and history of the novel's Deep South setting and the social changes it inspired after publication.

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Hilleman: A Perilous Quest to Save the World's Children

Maurice Hilleman had a singular focus: to eliminate the diseases of children. From his poverty-stricken youth in Montana, Hilleman came to prevent pandemic flu, invent the MMR vaccine, and develop the first-ever vaccine against human cancer.

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Hilleman: A Perilous Quest to Save the World's Children - Bluray

Maurice Hilleman had a singular focus: to eliminate the diseases of children. From his poverty-stricken youth in Montana, Hilleman came to prevent pandemic flu, invent the MMR vaccine, and develop the first-ever vaccine against human cancer.

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History Lessons

Lesbian history is presented in an extraordinary array of archival footage - from popular films to newsreels, sex ed pics, stag reels, old nudies and more - that is playfully manipulated to make it seem as though lesbians were everywhere.

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Hitler Chronicles, The

This collector's edition box set features four riveting documentaries about Adolf Hitler and the rise and fall of the Third Reich: The Architecture of Doom, Dear Uncle Adolf, Hitler: A Career, and The Top Secret Trial of the Third Reich.

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Hole in a Fence, A

Chronicling the changing fortunes of Red Hook, Brooklyn, A Hole in a Fence explores the complicated issues of development, class and identity facing one of New York City’s most unique neighborhoods.

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Homemade Hillbilly Jam

This enjoyable documentary captures the rich and wonderful sounds of “hillbilly” music by following three families of modern-day hillbillies back to the roots of their music-making heritage.

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Homo Sapiens 1900

Homo Sapiens 1900 is a stunning exploration of the history of eugenics, race hygiene and the quest to improve the human race featuring startling archival footage and long-hidden documents.

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Hot Type: 150 Years of The Nation

Directed by Academy Award winner Barbara Kopple, Hot Type: 150 Years of The Nation is a vivid look at America's oldest continuously published weekly magazine and a journey into the soul of American Journalism.

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Howard Zinn: You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train

This commemorative edition features over an hour of new bonus materials, including speeches, college talks, interviews, and excerpts with Studs Terkel.

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Into the Fire: American Women in the Spanish Civil War

16 brave and idealistic nurses, writers and journalists who volunteered to help fight the Fascists in the Spanish Civil War, share stories of courage and commitment.

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James Castle: Portrait of an Artist

Born deaf in 1899 in rural Idaho, James Castle mined the local landscape and his own deeply private world to produce an astonishing body of drawings, collages, and constructions that eventually gained worldwide recognition.

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James Thurber: The Life and Hard Times

Narrated by George Plimpton, this documentary about the life and work of one of America's greatest humorists includes interviews with Edward Albee, John Updike, Alistair Cooke, Roy Blount Jr., Fran Lebowitz and others.

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JFK: The Private President

With reminiscences by Robert Kennedy Jr., Harry Belafonte, Ted Sorensen and Sergei Khrushchev, and rare footage from the private Kennedy archives, JFK: The Private President is an intimate view of the life of the legendary First Family.

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Lenny Bruce Without Tears

The outrageous, groundbreaking comic whose iconoclastic material in a conservative era got him into tragic trouble is here profiled by a close friend who prefers to remember the laughs Lenny Bruce's memory evokes instead of the tears.

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Life Apart: Hasidism in America, A

A Film by Menachem Daum & Oren Rudavsky. Seven years in the making, this extraordinarily intimate film takes us into the mysterious and joyous world of the Hasidic Jews, revealing a place few outsiders have seen and fewer yet could imagine.

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Making the Boys
A film by Crayton Robey

This documentary explores the legacy of “The Boys in the Band” - the first ever gay play and subsequent Hollywood movie to successfully reach a mainstream audience. With Edward Albee, Mart Crowley, Dominick Dunne, Tony Kushner and more.

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Man Nobody Knew, The: In Search of My Father, CIA Spymaster William Colby

A probing history of the CIA, a personal memoir of a family living in clandestine shadows, and an inquiry into the hard costs of a nation's most cloaked actions.

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Man Nobody Knew, The: In Search of My Father, CIA Spymaster William Colby (Blu-ray)

A probing history of the CIA, a personal memoir of a family living in clandestine shadows, and an inquiry into the hard costs of a nation's most cloaked actions.

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Man on a Mission

Richly funny and invigorating, Man on a Mission tags along with computer legend Richard Garriott on his years-long quest to follow in his father's footsteps, all the way to outer space.

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Men at Lunch

Part homage, part investigation, Men at Lunch tells the story of "Lunch atop a Skyscraper," the iconic photograph taken during the construction of 30 Rockefeller Plaza, and the unprecedented race to the sky and the workers that built New York.

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Miss Hill: Making Dance Matter

Miss Hill reveals the little known story of Martha Hill, the visionary founding director of Juilliard's Dance Division, who fought against great odds to make contemporary and modern dance a legitimate art form in America.

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Monumental: David Brower's Fight for Wild America

From the moment David Brower first laid eyes on the beauty of the Yosemite Valley, he fought to preserve the American wilderness for future generations.

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More Than the Rainbow

Chronicling the life and times of New York street photographer and former taxi driver Matt Weber, More Than the Rainbow is a poetic celebration of the world's greatest city and the individuals who walk its streets.

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Moving Midway

Godfrey Cheshire's film about his family's Southern plantation - and the colossal feat of moving it to escape urban sprawl - is a thoughtful and witty look at how the racial legacy from the past continues into the present.

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Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary

Before he was convicted of murdering a policeman in 1981 and sentenced to die, Mumia Abu-Jamal was a gifted journalist and writer. Now after more than 30 years in prison, Mumia is not only still alive but continuing to report, provoke and inspire.

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Nelson Algren: The End is Nothing, The Road is All

This in-depth portrait of notorious American author Nelson Algren uses interviews, rare archival footage, and the gritty voice of Algren himself to capture the elusive and unique literary figure whose fame was cemented with the success of The Man with the Golden Arm.

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Neshoba: The Price of Freedom

In 1964, a mob of Klansmen murdered three civil rights workers in Mississippi (the 'Mississippi Burning' murders). Neshoba tells the story of these three American heroes and the long struggle to bring their killers to justice.

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New York in the Fifties

A Film by Betsy Blankenbaker. The story of a unique time and place, when New York was the hotbed of new artistic expression, free love, drinking, hot jazz and radical politics.

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Okinawa: The Afterburn

On April 1, 1945, American troops landed on Okinawa, beginning a battle that claimed the lives of 240,000. The legacy of the war translates into a deep aversion to military force, and the film explores the roots of this resistance and Okinawa's vision for the future.

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One Bright Shining Moment

When presidential candidate George McGovern took on Richard Nixon in 1972, he didn’t win- but in his bold, grassroots campaign, we find the genesis of today's progressive movement.

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Our Man in Tehran

In this gripping documentary that explores the real story behind the Oscar-winning film Argo, the account of the "Canadian Caper" is told by Ken Taylor, Canada’s former ambassador to Iran, who helped six Americans make their escape from Tehran.

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Oyler House, The: Richard Neutra's Desert Retreat

In 1959, government employee Richard Oyler asked world-famous architect Richard Neutra to design his modest home. To Oyler's surprise, Neutra agreed and a friendship began that led to the construction of a modern masterpiece.

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Paralyzing Fear, A: The Story of Polio in America

Seldom has society come full circle in the cycle of a disease - from illness, to epidemic, to cure. Polio is the 20th century's most notable exception. This fascinating story is told here with thousands of photographs, films and interviews. Emmy award winner!

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Perfect Candidate, A

Sometimes horrifying, often hilarious, this twisted journey into the underbelly of American politics offers an astonishing look at Oliver North's 1994 run for the U.S. Senate. "I loved this movie!" - Roger Ebert

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Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune

From youthful idealism to rage to pessimism, the arc of Phil Ochs' life paralleled that of the times, and the righteous indignation that drove his music also drove him to despair. With Joan Baez, Pete Seeger, Sean Penn and others.

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Pleasures of Being Out of Step, The

Nat Hentoff is one of the enduring voices of the last 65 years, a writer who championed jazz as an art form and was present at the creation of ‘alternative’ journalism in America. Featuring interviews with Hentoff, Amiri Baraka, Stanley Crouch, and more.

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Power and Terror: Noam Chomsky in Our Times

Power and Terror presents the incisive and controversial thinking of one of the most articulate, committed and hard-working political dissidents of our time, MIT linguist and political philosopher Noam Chomsky.

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Professor, The: Tai Chi's Journey West

This documentary explores Tai Chi as both a martial art and spiritual practice and tells the story of the remarkable life of one of its greatest masters, Cheng Man-Ching, a man who brought Tai Chi and Chinese culture to the West during the swinging, turbulent 60s.

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Prosecution Book / DVD Combo

Buy The Prosecution of an American President on DVD together with Vincent Bugliosi's The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder hardcover book and save 30%!

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Prosecution of an American President, The

Famed Charles Manson prosecutor and best-selling author Vincent Bugliosi makes the most powerful argument of his career with a legal case that proves George W. Bush took our nation to war in Iraq under false pretenses.

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Pruitt-Igoe Myth, The

The Pruitt-Igoe Myth tells the story of the transformation of the American city in the decades after World War II, through the lens of the infamous Pruitt-Igoe housing development and the St. Louis residents who called it home.

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Pulitzer at 100, The

This enlightening documentary celebrates the centenary of the Pulitzers – the revered national award for excellence in journalism and the arts. Featuring interviews with Toni Morrison, Michael Chabon, Nicholas Kristof and many more.

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Ron Taylor: Dr. Baseball

Ron Taylor: Dr. Baseball is the story of an 11-year Major League pitcher, who after winning two world championships, embarked on a USO tour through Vietnam that would change his life. After visiting field hospitals, Ron devoted the rest of his life to medicine.

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Roses in December

On December 2, 1980 lay missioner Jean Donovan and three American nuns were brutally murdered by members of El Salvador’s security force. The film chronicles Jean’s life, from her affluent childhood to her tragic death.

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Sacco and Vanzetti

Sacco and Vanzetti brings to life the story of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, two Italian immigrant anarchists who were accused of a murder in 1920, and executed in Boston in 1927 after a notoriously prejudiced trial.

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September 11

Eleven acclaimed directors each make an 11 minute short film in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The result is a daring and moving global cinematic reply that "forces us to look at the entire event afresh" (The New York Times).

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Sex & Justice

Narrated by Gloria Steinem, Sex & Justice presents the highlights of the dramatic confrontation between Anita Hill and Clarence Thomas at his Supreme Court confirmation hearings before the United States Senate in 1991.

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Sex(Ed): The Movie

Sex(Ed): The Movie offers a revealing, occasionally awkward, and often hilarious look at how Americans have learned about sex from the early 1900s to the present, and ultimately shows us that what we learn (and how we learn it) affects our identity.

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Smiling Through the Apocalypse: Esquire in the 60s

Exploring the revolution in journalism sparked by the turbulence of the 1960s, Smiling Through the Apocalypse is the story of maverick editor Harold T.P. Hayes, who made Esquire magazine a galvanizing force in American culture.

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Soldiers of Paint

Soldiers of Paint follows a dramatic battle involving 5,000 people who re-stage the Invasion of Normandy, in Oklahoma. Instead of bullets they use paint and it's any man's game, which means the Germans could win!

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Sons of Tennessee Williams, The

Interweaving archival footage and contemporary interviews, The Sons of Tennessee Williams charts the evolution of the gay Mardi Gras krewe scene in New Orleans over the decades.

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Thomas Jefferson: A View from the Mountain

A story that tears at the heart of America, this critically acclaimed documentary from the director of Bonhoeffer explores Thomas Jefferson and his personal and public dilemma about race and slavery.

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Through a Lens Darkly

The first documentary to explore the American family photo album through the eyes of black photographers, Through a Lens Darkly probes the recesses of American history to discover images that have been suppressed, forgotten and lost.

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Tiger Next Door, The

Dennis Hill has been breeding and selling tigers from his backyard in Indiana for over 15 years. But now, after a surprise government inspection, he’s lost his license to keep exotic animals, and the state is threatening to shut him down.

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Top Hat & Tales: Harold Ross and the Making of The New Yorker

Narrated by Stanley Tucci, Top Hat and Tales chronicles the first 25 years of The New Yorker, from its creation by Harold Ross in 1925 to his death in 1951.

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Touch of Greatness, A

In an era when Dick, Jane, and discipline ruled America’s schools, Albert Cullum allowed Shakespeare, Sophocles, and Shaw to reign in his fifth grade public school classroom.

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Trials of Henry Kissinger, The

A Film by Alex Gibney & Eugene Jarecki. The Trials of Henry Kissinger explores how a young boy who fled Nazi Germany grew up to become one of the most powerful and controversial figures in U.S. history.

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Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art

Troublemakers unearths the birth of land art in the late 1960s and early 1970s when a cadre of renegade artists sought to transcend the limitations of painting and sculpture by producing monumental earthworks in the desert of the American southwest.

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Unborn in the USA

A riveting look into the deep secrets and deep pockets of the pro-life movement. Exclusive interviews are interwoven with astonishing archival footage to document one of the most controversial social movements in American history.

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Uranium Drive-In

Uranium Drive-In is the story of an economically devastated rural mining community in Colorado that finds itself hopeful for the first time in decades. Their potential salvation: a new uranium mill, the first of its kind built in the U.S. in 30 years.

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Vince Giordano: There's a Future in the Past

This beautiful documentary offers an intimate and energetic portrait of bandleader, musician, historian, scholar and collector Vince Giordano, who has brought the joyful syncopation of the 1920s and '30s to life for nearly 40 years.

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Waiting for Armageddon

America’s 50-million strong Evangelical community is convinced that the world’s future is foretold in Biblical prophecy. Waiting for Armageddon explores this apocalyptic worldview, from the homefront in America to the future battlefield of Israel.

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We Were So Beloved

Between 1933 and 1941 thousands of Jews fled Nazi Germany and Austria for America. Leaving behind brothers, sisters and parents, more than 20,000 of them came together in Washington Heights in New York City.

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Welcome to Leith

Welcome to Leith chronicles the attempted takeover of a small town in North Dakota by notorious white supremacist Craig Cobb. As his behavior becomes more threatening, the residents desperately look for ways to expel their unwanted neighbor.

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When Justice Isn't Just

Directed by Oscar-nominated David Massey, this dynamic documentary features legal experts, local activists, and law enforcement officers delving into ongoing charges of inequality, unfair practices, and politicized manipulations of America's judicial system.

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With God On Our Side

What makes George W. Bush tick? While much of the world is confounded by his righteous rhetoric and his boundless certainty, Bush's story makes perfect sense to one group: America's conservative evangelicals... also known as the Religious Right.