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Anita - Speaking Truth to Power
Against a backdrop of sex, politics, and race, Anita reveals the intimate story of a woman who spoke truth to power. An entire country watched as a poised, beautiful African-American woman sat before a Senate committee of 14 white men…
Obit. - The New York Times Obituary Writers
It's a shame no one wants to talk to them at parties, because obituary writers are a surprisingly funny bunch. Ten hours before newspapers hit neighborhood doorsteps--and these days, ten minutes before news hits the web--an obit writer is racing…
The Last Laugh - On Holocaust Jokes and Comedic Taboo
Are we allowed to make jokes about the Holocaust? In this outrageously funny and thought-provoking film, filmmaker Ferne Pearlstein puts the question about comedy's ultimate taboo to legends including Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Sarah Silverman, Gilbert Gottfried, Harry Shearer, Jeff…
Who Is Dayani Cristal?
The body of an unidentified immigrant is found in the Arizona Desert. In an attempt to retrace his path and discover his story, director Marc Silver and Gael Garcia Bernal embed themselves among migrant travelers on their own mission to…
How To Change The World - The Story of Greenpeace
This astonishing documentary chronicles the adventures of an eclectic group of young pioneers - Canadian hippie journalists, photographers, musicians, scientists, and American draft dodgers - who set out to stop Richard Nixon's atomic bomb tests in Amchitka, Alaska, and end…
We Were Here - The AIDS Years in San Francisco
An intimate, yet epic history of the AIDS years in San Francisco, as told through the stories of five longtime San Franciscans. The film documents the coming of what was called the "Gay Plague" in the early 1980s. It illuminates…
Rumble - The Indians Who Rocked the World
This revelatory documentary brings to light the profound and overlooked influence of Indigenous people on popular music in North America. Focusing on music icons like Link Wray, Jimi Hendrix, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Taboo (The Black Eyed Peas), Charley Patton, Mildred Bailey,…
Check It - A Gang of LGBT Youth in Washington D.C.
This film festival favorite follows a group of African-American gay and transgender youth in one of Washington D.C.'s most violent neighborhoods. After being subjected to constant torment and assault, the group formed their own gang for camaraderie and protection. Official…
How to Die in Oregon
In 1994, Oregon became the first state in the U.S. to legalize physician aid-in-dying. At the time, only two countries (Switzerland and the Netherlands) permitted the practice, but more than 500 Oregonians have since ended their life using the law.…
Sugar Coated - Investigating PR Tactics Implemented by the Food Industry
Sugar Coated examines the various public relations tactics that the food industry has employed over the years to beat back accelerating concerns about the toxicity of sugar. Its starting point is a secret PR campaign the industry devised in the…
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Rich Hill - The Challenges and Dreams of Teenagers in a Rural American Town
Rich Hill, Missouri could be any of the countless small towns that blanket America's heartland. But to teenagers Andrew, Harley and Appachey, it's home. As they ride their skateboards, go to football practice, and arm wrestle their fathers, they are…
Just Eat It - A Food Waste Story
Filmmakers and food lovers, Jen and Grant dive into the issue of food waste from farm and retail, right to the back of their own fridge. In a deliciously entertaining challenge, they pledge to quit grocery shopping and survive only…
Best and Most Beautiful Things - A Young, Disabled Woman Finds Her Place in the World
In 2009, director Garrett Zevgetis googled the word "Beauty." He had been working on a number of darker-themed documentaries and was determined to find an uplifting story for a future project. The search returned a poignant Helen Keller quote that…
Last Men in Aleppo - The White Helmet Heroes Saving Lives in Syria
2018 Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary Feature, Syrian filmmaker Feras Fayyad's breathtaking work - a searing example of boots-on-the-ground reportage - follows the efforts of the internationally recognized White Helmets; ordinary citizens who are the first to rush towards…
Hip Hop - Beyond Beats and Rhymes
Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats & Rhymes provides a riveting examination of manhood, sexism, and homophobia in hip-hop culture. Director Byron Hurt, former star college quarterback, long-time hip-hop fan, and gender violence prevention educator, conceived the documentary as a "loving critique" of…
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United in Anger: A History of ACT UP - The Grassroots Movement to End the AIDS Crisis
An inspiring documentary about the birth and life of the AIDS activist movement from the perspective of the people in the trenches fighting the epidemic. Utilizing oral histories of members of ACT UP, as well as rare archival footage, the…
Bobbi Jene - A Superstar of Modern Dance Returns Home
After a decade of stardom in Israel, American dancer Bobbi Jene decides to leave behind her prominent position at the world-famous Batsheva Dance Company, as well as the love of her life, to return to the U.S. to create her…
All Governments Lie - Truth, Deception, and the Spirit of I.F. Stone
Independent journalists expose government lies and corporate deception, inspired by the legendary investigative journalist I.F. Stone. With government deception rampant, and intrusion of state surveillance into private life never more egregious, independent voices like Glenn Greenwald, Jeremy Scahill, and Amy…
American Commune - America's Largest Socialist Experiment
In 1970, 1,500 hippies and their guru Stephen Gaskin founded a commune in rural Tennessee. Members forked over their savings, grew their own food, delivered their babies at home and built a self-sufficient society. Raised in this alternative community by…
Mermaids - Mermaid Enthusiasts Share Their Passion
This feature documentary dives into the allure and transformative power of the universal myth of mermaids; from the sirens of ancient lore to a new subculture of tail-donning women who beckon us into their sometimes humorous and at other times…