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After Kony: Staging Hope

After Kony: Staging Hope follows a team of actors, playwrights, and activists who use theater to help Ugandan teens share their story of resilience through a childhood filled with terror caused by Joseph Kony and the Lord's Resistance Army.

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Argentina

Poetic and moving, Argentina explores the heart of traditional Argentine folklore and its stunning musical heritage - from traditional styles such as the Zamba of "La Felipe Varela" through to modern dance - as choreographed by critically-acclaimed Carlos Saura.

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Ballerina

In the grand tradition of the Ballets Russes comes this portrait of five Russian ballerinas from the Mariinsky Theatre. From the backstage studio to stages around the world, Ballerina captures the sublime beauty of ballet in all its resplendent glory.

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Ballet Boys

Filmed over four years, Ballet Boys follows the victories, trials, and set-backs of three friends and rising Dutch dance stars who sacrifice a normal high school experience including parties and dating for the sake of ambition and a love of dance.

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Dance Goodbye, The

What is life like for a dancer when they can no longer dance? Inspired by Merrill Ashley's departure from the New York City Ballet as an acclaimed principal dancer, this documentary captures the poignancy of this life turning point.

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Dream Deceivers

Two young men shoot themselves in a churchyard. Ray Belknap dies; James Vance - severely disfigured - survives. Their parents take heavy-metal icons Judas Priest to court, claiming the band "mesmerized" their sons.

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Extraordinary Ordinary People

Extraordinary Ordinary People is a music-fueled journey through folk and traditional arts in America. At a time when the existence of the National Endowment for the Arts has never been more threatened, Alan Govenar's documentary focuses on one of its least known and most enduring programs: the National Heritage Fellowship, awarded annually since 1982.

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King of Masks, The

In 1930s China, aging street performer Wang yearns for a male heir to whom he can pass on the secrets of his renowned act. When he buys an 8-year-old orphan named Doggie, his new heir reveals a desperate secret.

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Know How

Written and acted by young people in New York's foster care system, Know How presents stories from their own lives. Five characters' worlds intersect as they confront loss, adulthood, and bureaucracy in this tale about transience and perseverance.

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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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Miss Hill: Making Dance Matter

Miss Hill: Making Dance Matter tells the inspiring and largely unknown story of Martha Hill, a woman whose life was defined by her love for dance, and who successfully fought against great odds to establish dance as a legitimate art form in America.

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Secundaria

Secundaria quietly follows one high school class on its journey through Cuba's world-famous National Ballet School. The teens love to dance, but for many of them, dance is also their sole escape from a life of poverty.

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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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Through a Lens Darkly

The first documentary to explore the role of photography in shaping the identity of African Americans from slavery to the present, Through a Lens Darkly probes the recesses of American history by discovering images that have been suppressed, forgotten and lost.

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Vince Giordano: There's a Future in the Past

For nearly 40 years, Vince Giordano and The Nighthawks have brought the joyful syncopation of the 1920s and '30s to life with their virtuosity, vintage musical instruments, and more than 60,000 period band arrangements.

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You Don't Need Feet to Dance

This documentary reveals the extraordinary life of Sidiki Conde, who lost the use of his legs to polio at age fourteen. Today, he balances his career as a performing artist with the almost insurmountable obstacles of life in New York City.

  Behind the Burly Q- Burlesque and vaudeville were America's most popular form of live entertainment in the first half of the 20th century - until cinema drove them from the mainstream. By telling the intimate and surprising stories from its golden age, Behind the Burly Q reveals the story of burlesque, even as it experiences a new renaissance.

Bolero, The- One of the most honored films of its time and winner of an Academy Award, The Bolero captures the essence of an orchestra as Zubin Mehta conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a stellar performance of Ravel's classic.

Carmen & Geoffrey- This joyful documentary celebrates two giants of the dance and theatrical worlds: dancer/choreographer/ actress Carmen De Lavallade and multi-hyphenate Geoffrey Holder, married to each other for nearly fifty years.

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.

Cool and Crazy- Meet a group of men who find purpose, companionship and even fame as members of a male choir in Berlevag, Norway.

Dance for Camera- Selected from festivals in Europe and North America, and winners of over 17 international awards, these six dance films are among the most outstanding examples of a new genre that merges dance and film.

Dance for Camera 2- From a Butoh-inspired portrait of a demented aristocrat, to a sensual bedroom metamorphosis, this latest collection of award-winning dance films from around the world will "bewitch, bedazzle and bewilder!"

Dancer, The- Watch the gifted Katja Bjorner as she endures years of intensive training at the Royal Swedish Ballet School and then becomes an international ballet star.

Dancing Across Borders- This documentary chronicles the intimate and triumphant story of Sokvannara Sar who was discovered by filmmaker Anne Bass in Cambodia in 2000 and brought to the ballet stage in America.

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.

Etoiles: Dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet- Celebrated filmmaker Nils Tavernier celebrates the legacy of the famed Paris Opera Ballet by weaving together rehearsals and tour snapshots of classical ballets as well as contemporary works.

Googoosh: Iran's Daughter- This documentary tells the story of Iranian pop phenomenon Googoosh, and also of the political and cultural context which pushed her to the heights of success in the 60’s and 70’s, only to silence her completely after Iran’s Islamic revolution of 1979.

High Fidelity- From the filmmaking team that brought us the Academy Award-winning From Mao To Mozart: Isaac Stern in China comes this spirited and humorous documentary about the world-famous Guarneri String Quartet.

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.

I'll Sing For You- In the sixties, the people of Mali awoke each morning to the sound of Boubacar "KarKar" Traoré's voice on the radio, singing of independence. But KarKar, like his native country, fell on hard times. Also featuring Ali Farka Toure.

In Search of Blind Joe Death: The Saga of John Fahey- Known as the father of American Primitive Guitar, many consider John Fahey to be a foundational figure in American folk music.  In Search of Blind Joe Death combines interviews, performances and archival footage with animation in a kinetic, musically charged tribute to a tremendously influential composer, guitarist, author and provocateur.

Last Dance- Powerhouse creative forces unite, and sparks fly, in Mirra Bank's award-winning film that follows the dazzling Pilobolus Dance Theater and Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are) as they collaborate on a dance-theater work honoring a Holocaust legacy.

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.

Making the Boys- Before Prop 8, Milk or Will & Grace, The Boys in the Band changed everything. Making the Boys explores the drama, struggle and enduring legacy of the first-ever gay play and subsequent Hollywood movie to successfully reach a mainstream audience.

Master Qi and the Monkey King- This film explores the life and work of the preeminent master of Chinese Opera living in the United States, Qi Shu Fang.

Meredith Monk: Inner Voice- This documentary, which follows composer/ singer/ director/ choreographer Meredith Monk as she creates a new piece entitled Songs of Ascension, illuminates the artist at work, while also revealing her compelling personal history.

Never Stand Still: Dancing at Jacob's Pillow- Legendary dancers and choreographers appear alongside new innovators to reveal the passion, discipline, and daring of dance. Filmed at the iconic Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, this documentary features performances by world-renowned dancers interwoven with interviews and rare archival footage.

On the Rumba River-In 1948, Antoine ‘Wendo’ Kolosoy's first album made him the superstar of Congolese Rumba. But as Congo suffered under the dictator Mobutu, he was reduced to beggarhood. In the late 1990s, older and wiser, Wendo made his comeback.

Our City Dreams- Filmed over the course of two years, Our City Dreams is an invitation to visit the creative spaces of five women artists. These women, who span different decades and represent diverse cultures, have one thing in common beyond making art: the city to which they have journeyed and now call home - New York.

Peter Brook: The Tightrope- For the very first time in 40 years, Peter Brook, one of the foremost directors of contemporary theatre, has agreed to raise the curtain and allow his son Simon Brook to film behind the scenes and to reveal the secrets of his revolutionary training techniques.

Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune- Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune is a timely and relevant tribute to an unlikely American hero. Interview and performance footage of Ochs is illuminated by the ruminations of Joan Baez, Pete Seeger, Sean Penn, Peter Yarrow, Christopher Hitchens and others.

Pianomania- As Steinway & Sons’ chief technician and Master Tuner, Stefan Knüpfer is dedicated to the unusual task of pairing world-class instruments with world-famous pianists. Featuring Lang Lang, Alfred Brendel, Rudolf Buchbinder and Pierre-Laurent Aimand and more.

Rehearsal for a Sicilian Tragedy- Actor John Turturro takes audiences on a haunting, intimate journey to his maternal homeland of Sicily. There, while exploring the island's vanishing traditions, he is taken under the wing of one of the puppet theater's few remaining practitioners who instructs him in the distinctively Sicilian art of puppetry.

Sacred Stage- The Mariinsky theater (also known as the Kirov) of St. Petersburg has somehow maintained its artistic excellence through war, revolution and the collapse of Communism.

Shakespeare's Women & Claire Bloom- The legendary actress introduces us to Shakespeare through the roles that she played including Juliet, Portia, Rosalind, Lady Anne and Gertrude.

Speak the Music- Robert Mann has been a vital force in the world of music for more than seventy years.  As founder and first violinist of the Julliard String Quartet, and as a soloist, composer, teacher, and conductor, Mann has brought a sense of adventure to chamber music performance, master classes, and orchestral performances worldwide.

Tickle in the Heart, A- A Tickle in the Heart captures the story of the Epstein Brothers - Max, Willie and Julius - klezmer legends on a joyous (and hilarious) international tour.

To Dance Like a Man- Cuban identical triplets Angel, César and Marcos are top young students at Cuba's world-famous National Ballet School. To Dance Like a Man follows them as they are poised to begin their dancing careers.

Tutu Much- This documentary follows nine young ballet dancers as they compete for highly-coveted spots in an intensive four-week professional ballet summer program at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School.

Wagner & Me- English actor and raconteur Stephen Fry explores his passion for history’s most controversial composer. Can he salvage Richard Wagner’s music from its association with Hitler?

When Jews Were Funny- Insightful and hilarious, When Jews Were Funny surveys the history of Jewish comedy, from the early days of Borsht belt to the present, ultimately exploring the entire unruly question of what it means to be Jewish.

When the Drum Is Beating- In Haiti, there is one band that has seen it all: Septentrional. For six decades this 20 piece band has made passionate music - a fusion of Cuban big band and Haitian voodoo beats - through dictatorships, natural disasters, coup d'états, and chaos, navigating the ups and downs, the glory and the tragedy that is Haiti's history.