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The Two Horses of Genghis Khan
rating:3.6

The Two Horses of Genghis Khan

2009Runtime:0 minutes
Carrying out a promise she made to her family, noted Mongolian musician Urna Chahar-Tugchi seeks out a renowned instrument maker to repair the cherished violin her grandmother was forced to smash during China's Cultural Revolution. Urna then sets out on a revelatory journey through Mongolia to recover the missing verses of "The Two Horses of Genghis Khan," an ancient song inscribed on the violin's neck. Byambasuren Davaa directs this documentary.

Directed by:

  • Byambasuren Davaa
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    Lodz Ghetto
    rating:3.6

    Lodz Ghetto

    1989Runtime:0 minutes
    In this critically acclaimed documentary, filmmakers Kate Taverna and Alan Adelson shed light on the experiences of some 250,000 Jews held captive and forced to work as slaves under Nazi rule in the Polish city of Lodz. Employing eye-opening personal accounts gleaned from diaries, journals and rare archival footage, the film offers an unprecedented look at those who lived and died inside the barbed-wire perimeters of the Lodz Ghetto.

    Directed by:

  • Alan Adelson
  • Kate Taverna
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    Blood, Sweat & Cheers
    rating:3.6

    Blood, Sweat & Cheers

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    In the small cheerleading-crazy town of Burlington, Mass., girls start training at age 7 to master the acrobatic sport. Their dedication has generated many national championships, but will this year's crop measure up to their sisters' achievements? Filmmakers Al Ward and Laura Molta explore the price and glory of being the best in this adrenaline-pumping documentary, which culminates in a breathless two-and-a-half-minute showdown at nationals.

    Directed by:

  • Laura Molta
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    Fidel Castro: American Experience
    rating:3.6

    Fidel Castro: American Experience

    2004Runtime:0 minutes
    Cuban leader Fidel Castro's life is chronicled in fascinating detail in this documentary, narrated by actor David Ogden Stiers, which charts Castro's rise from outspoken soldier to political icon who leads his nation through changing times. Powerful and puzzling, Castro remains a mystery decades after his first face-off against the American government. Outliving his foes, he's beloved by some in his native country but feared by many more.

    Directed by:

  • Adriana Bosch
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    Born Into Brothels
    rating:3.6

    Born Into Brothels

    2004Runtime:0 minutes
    British filmmaker Zana Briski's Oscar-winning documentary is a portrait of several unforgettable children who live in Calcutta's red-light district, where their mothers work as prostitutes to ensure their survival. Spurred by the kids' fascination with her camera, Briski decides to teach them photography. As they begin to look at and record their world through new eyes, the kids awaken to their own talents and sense of worth.

    Directed by:

  • Ross Kauffman
  • Zana Briski
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    America: The Story of Us
    rating:3.6

    America: The Story of Us

    2010Runtime:0 minutes
    Experience American history like never before with this television miniseries, narrated by Liev Schreiber, that highlights such momentous events as the arrival of the Pilgrims, the American Revolution, the Civil War and the incredible lunar landing.

    Directed by:

  • Nick Green
  • Marion Milne
  • Andrew Chater
  • Jenny Ash
  • Clare Beavan
  • Renny Bartlett
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    Two Angry Moms
    rating:3.6

    Two Angry Moms

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    Filmmaker Amy Kalafa offers this incisive documentary that examines the alarming lack of nutritious food found in America's school cafeterias, focusing especially on nationwide grassroots movements calling on schools to serve more wholesome fare. Kalafa explores the problem's many levels, from powerful corporate interests down to the role of parents, and also chronicles the experience of one school that made healthy changes to its cafeteria menu.

    Directed by:

  • Amy Kalafa
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill
    rating:3.6

    The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill

    2005Runtime:0 minutes
    This poignant documentary chronicles the true story of a modern-day St. Francis of Assisi, a homeless San Francisco street musician by the name of Mark Bittner who adopts a flock of wild parrots as he searches for meaning in his life. With a surprise ending that left festival audiences cheering, director Judy Irving's film celebrates urban wildness -- human and avian -- and links parrot antics to human behavior.

    Directed by:

  • Judy Irving
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    The Story of the Weeping Camel
    rating:3.6

    The Story of the Weeping Camel

    2003Runtime:0 minutes
    This unique documentary follows a Mongolian camel that's rejected her newborn white colt. Now, all hope lies with two young shepherd boys, who must travel across the Gobi desert to find a healing musician. Will the violinist's ritual do the trick? This Oscar-nominated film moves beyond its narrative structure to offer a keenly observed portrait of nomadic herders who are preserving an ancient way of life.

    Directed by:

  • Byambasuren Davaa
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    No Impact Man: The Documentary
    rating:3.6

    No Impact Man: The Documentary

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    In this engaging documentary, a Fifth Avenue family goes green when writer Colin Beavan leads his wife, Michelle Conlin, and their baby daughter on a yearlong crusade to generate no trash and otherwise make no net impact on the environment.

    Directed by:

  • Laura Gabbert
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    Ashtanga, NY
    rating:3.6

    Ashtanga, NY

    2003Runtime:0 minutes
    Yoga enthusiasts take their practice to a higher level in this fitness documentary that reveals the power of Ashtanga, a high-energy regimen that works the mind, body and soul and promotes strength and healing. Filmed around the same time that tragedy struck the city of New York on September 11, 2001, Ashtanga, NY shows how yogis and other practitioners helped a populace find peace during a terrible and taxing time for the city's denizens.

    Directed by:

  • Caroline Laskow
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    What Darwin Never Knew: NOVA
    rating:3.6

    What Darwin Never Knew: NOVA

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    Travel to the Galapagos Islands and the Arctic, examine the dramatic increase in animal variety half a billion years ago and visit research labs to explore questions Darwin couldn't answer in this fascinating installment of "Nova." More than a century after the publication of Darwin's groundbreaking &NFi;On the Origin of Species&NFi_;, scientists in the exciting new field of "evo devo" have begun linking evolution to embryo development in unexpected ways.

    Directed by:

  • John Rubin
  • Rushmore DeNooyer
  • Serena Davies
  • Sarah Holt
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    Thirst
    rating:3.6

    Thirst

    2004Runtime:0 minutes
    Control over public water supplies is already a critical policy issue for nations around the world, and its importance will only grow in the next decade, according to this articulate and compelling documentary. A global business trend toward privatizing water supplies has already led to civil unrest and protests -- some of which are detailed by the multinational group of activists profiled here.

    Directed by:

  • Alan Snitow
  • Deborah Kaufman
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    Deliver Us from Evil
    rating:3.6

    Deliver Us from Evil

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    This unsettling Oscar-nominated documentary from filmmaker Amy Berg investigates the life of 30-year pedophile Father Oliver O'Grady and exposes the corruption inside the Catholic Church that allowed him to abuse countless children. Victims' stories and a disturbing interview with O'Grady offer a view into the troubled mind of the spiritual leader who moved from parish to parish gaining trust ... all the while betraying so many.

    Directed by:

  • Amy Berg
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    Crips and Bloods: Made in America
    rating:3.6

    Crips and Bloods: Made in America

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    Through archival footage and first-person accounts from members of both factions, filmmaker Stacy Peralta's riveting documentary examines the culture of the infamous Los Angeles street gangs known as the Crips and the Bloods. Probing the deadly rivalry's genesis, Peralta explores the late 1960s conditions that have given rise to decades of bloodshed and heartache for generations of black Angelenos.

    Directed by:

  • Stacy Peralta
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    Independent's Day
    rating:3.6

    Independent's Day

    1998Runtime:0 minutes
    At once enlightening, humorous and brutally honest, Marina Zenovich's documentary, which was originally broadcast on the Sundance Channel, explores the world of independent filmmaking by taking us behind the scenes at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival. The film compiles interviews with the likes of Steven Soderbergh, Kevin Smith and festival head Robert Redford as it probes the many obstacles indie filmmakers faced in the mid-1990s.

    Directed by:

  • Marina Zenovich
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    Now and Then
    rating:3.8

    Now and Then

    1995Runtime:0 minutes
    Waxing nostalgic about the bittersweet passage from childhood to puberty in this tender coming-of-age tale, four childhood girlfriends -- Teeny, Chrissy, Samantha and Roberta -- recall the magical summer of 1970. During their walk down memory lane, they reconcile experiences with boys, secrets, bullies and more. Lesli Linka Glatter directs; Gaby Hoffmann, Ashleigh Aston Moore, Cloris Leachman, Thora Birch and Christina Ricci co-star.

    Directed by:

  • Lesli Linka Glatter
  • rating:3.8 3.8 Average Rating

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    Now and Then (1995)
    A heartwarming movie about four childhood girlfriends who, in adulthood reunion, relive their experience of the life-changing summer of 1970, including a mystery death, divorce, standing up to the boys, first kiss, and the meaning of true friendship. Each explores her unique identity amidst family and friends. Beautifully directed by Lesli Linka Glatter.
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