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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.


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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American Reds

Weaving powerful and compelling personal stories told by American Communists with objective historical sources and analysis, American Reds: "What Must We Dream Of?" illuminates the epic story of the rise and fall of the American Communist Party.

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American Socialist: The Life and Times of Eugene Victor Debs

Directed by prolific filmmaker Yale Strom, American Socialist: The Life and Times of Eugene Victor Debs traces the history of American populism, with the man who inspired progressive ideas - from FDR's New Deal to Bernie Sanders' 2016 presidential campaign. This is an objective but passionate history of the movement as championed and founded by Debs, a movement that continues to have an impact on our daily lives today.

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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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Braddock America

A few miles outside of Pittsburgh, lies the town of Braddock, the last bastion of steel. Like many cities in the industrial heartland, Braddock has seen better days. But its community continues to come together as it tries try to reinvent itself in a postindustrial West.

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Buying Sex

Buying Sex is a timely examination of the ongoing and global debate about prostitution laws. Would decriminalizing prostitution free sex workers to take more control over their activities or give the buyers of sex (as well as illicit sex-trade business owners) power to exploit the sale of sexual services?

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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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Chet Zar: I Like to Paint Monsters

Enter the foreboding world of Chet Zar, an influential figure in the Dark Art Movement, where apocalyptic industrial landscapes are inhabited by monstrosities. Sometimes gruesome, periodically funny, but always thought-provoking, Zar's art is as enigmatic as it is frightening.

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Clean Spirit

Clean Spirit follows pro cycling team Argos-Shimano during the 100th edition of the Tour de France as they strive to compete without doping. Knowing that they cannot beat their opponents in the mountains, they have specialized in the sprint.

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Company Town

This groundbreaking investigative documentary offers a rare look inside Crossett, Arkansas, a small town ruled by a single company, where the government's environmental protections have been subverted and ignored, leaving its citizens to take on entrenched powers in a fight for justice.

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Every Three Seconds

Every three seconds someone in the world dies from factors related to extreme poverty - 30,000 people a day and 10.5 million a year. The sheer magnitude can be overwhelming, causing people to ask "What can one person do to make a difference?"

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Girl Model

Girl Model follows two protagonists: an ambivalent model scout who scours the Siberian countryside looking for fresh faces, and one of her discoveries, a 13-year-old plucked from her home and dropped into Tokyo with promises of a profitable career.

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I Can Be President

What would it be like to grow up and become president of the United States? In I Can Be President: A Kid's-Eye View, a diverse group of children candidly share their thoughts on the subject, affirming the importance of having dreams at any age.

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Last Season, The

Every September over 200 seasonal workers set up a camp near the town of Chemult, Oregon where they search for the rare matsutake mushroom. This probing documentary examines the bond between two of these hunters in one unusually hard season.

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Levitated Mass

Prominently displayed outside the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, land artist Michael Heizer's Levitated Mass gained worldwide recognition during its installation in 2012.

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Live Nude Girls Unite!

Julia Query, a stripper at a club called the Lusty Lady, put in long hours on stage and in the peep booth. But when faced with no sick leave, unfair demotions, safety concerns, and racial discrimination, Query and her co-workers decide to organize and unionize.

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Making Rounds

We spend a trillion dollars a year on high-tech tests and yet almost 20% of patients are misdiagnosed. Making Rounds reintroduces the oldest diagnostic method - listening to the patient - by following two leading cardiologists as they care for critically-ill patients.

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Population Boom

In Population Boom, acclaimed director Werner Boote traverses the globe to examine the myths and facts about overpopulation. Speaking with everyone from demographic researchers to environmental activists, Boote comes to a surprising conclusion.

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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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Sex Trade, The

Part investigative report and part editorial, The Sex Trade is a behind-the-scenes analysis of a rapidly growing business featuring incisive comments from experts and enlightening interviews with current and former sex workers.

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Storm Makers, The

Featuring brutally candid testimony, The Storm Makers is a chilling expose of Cambodia's human trafficking underworld and an eye-opening look at the complex cycle of poverty, despair and greed that fuels this modern slave trade.

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Strange and Familiar: Architecture on Fogo Island

As Fogo Island struggles to sustain its unique way of life in the face of a collapse of its fishing industry, architect Todd Saunders and social entrepreneur Zita Cobb's vision results in the building of strikingly original architecture that will become a catalyst for social change.

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Talent Has Hunger

Filmed over 7 years, Talent Has Hunger is an inspiring film about the power of music to consume, enhance, and propel lives. It focuses on master cello teacher Paul Katz and the challenges of guiding gifted young people through the struggles of mastering the instrument.

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Tricked

Tricked is a documentary that uncovers one of America's darkest secrets. Modern-day slavery is alive and well in the United States, as thousands of victims are trafficked across the country to satisfy America's $3-billion-a-year sex trafficking industry.

  American Teacher- While research proves that teachers are the most important school factor in a child's success, American Teacher reveals the frustrations facing today's educators.

Art Is...The Permanent Revolution- Among the wide range of 60 artists on display are Rembrandt, Goya, Daumier, Kollwitz, Dix, Masereel, Grosz, Gropper, and Picasso. Three contemporary American artists and a master printer make an etching, a woodcut and a lithograph before our eyes, while explaining the dynamic relationship between art and social engagement.

Circo- Gorgeously filmed along the back roads of rural Mexico, Circo follows the Ponce family's hardscrabble circus as it struggles to stay together despite mounting debt, dwindling audiences, and a simmering family conflict.

Devil's Miner, The- An astonishing portrait of two brothers, 14-year-old Basilio and 12-year-old Bernardino, who work deep inside the silver mines of Cerro Rico, Bolivia.

Howard Zinn: You Can't be Neutral on a Moving Train- This film documents the life and times of the historian, activist and author of the best selling classic A People’s History of the United States. Featuring rare archival materials, interviews with Howard Zinn as well as colleagues and friends.

Inventing Our Life- Set against the backdrop of its glorious 100-year history, Inventing Our Life reveals the heartbreak and hope of Israel’s modern kibbutz movement as a new generation struggles to ensure its survival. Can a radically socialist institution survive a new capitalist reality?

Men at Lunch- Director Seán Ó Cualáin tells the story of "Lunch atop a Skyscraper", the iconic photograph taken during the construction of Rockefeller Center. Part homage, part investigation, Men at Lunch is the sublime tale of an American icon, an unprecedented race to the sky and the immigrant workers that built New York.

Modern Life- Magnum photographer and filmmaker Raymond Depardon casts an affectionate and irreverent eye on a small community of farmers in France as they are confronted by the problems and challenges the contemporary world brings.

Reich Underground, The- Long forgotten after the victorious American Army sealed them off from intruders, the sprawling underground labyrinths built by the Nazis to house armament factories are reopened for the first time in decades by a team of experts.

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.