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Cat Ladies
rating:3.6

Cat Ladies

2009Runtime:0 minutes
One constructs a shrine to a dearly departed feline friend. Another opens her home to more than 100 of them. These are just two of the eccentric characters in this quirky cinema vérité-style documentary about "cat ladies." Turning a compassionate lens on four feline-friendly gals, filmmaker Christie Callan-Jones goes beyond cat lady stereotypes to explore the emotional needs that drive the deep connections between these women and their cats.

Directed by:

  • Christie Callan-Jones
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    Hear and Now
    rating:3.6

    Hear and Now

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    Filmmaker Irene Taylor Brodsky aims her camera at her own life to capture the remarkable transformation of her deaf parents, who decided to undergo a life-changing procedure to restore their hearing after spending 65 years in silence. Chronicling her parents' experiences over their first year of having sound in their lives, Brodsky tells a deeply personal tale that moved viewers to bestow it with the Documentary Audience Award at Sundance 2007.

    Directed by:

  • Irene Taylor Brodsky
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    Unprecedented: The 2000 Presidential Election
    rating:3.6

    Unprecedented: The 2000 Presidential Election

    2002Runtime:0 minutes
    Filmmakers Joan Sekler and Richard Ray Perez rehash the dramatic events of the 2000 presidential election, exposing a chain of incidents they claim led up to the battle for the presidency in Florida and the undermining of democracy in America. Narrated by Peter Coyote, this revealing documentary examines an allegedly suspicious pattern of irregularities, injustices and voter purges -- all in a state governed by the winning candidate's brother.

    Directed by:

  • Richard Ray Perez
  • Joan Sekler
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    America Beyond the Color Line
    rating:3.6

    America Beyond the Color Line

    2004Runtime:0 minutes
    Prominent literary critic and scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. explores the status of black America at the start of the 21st century in this documentary. Gates travels to the East Coast, the Deep South, inner-city Chicago and Hollywood for a close look at the current issues facing today's black communities. He interviews everyday African Americans as well as influential leaders and celebrities including Colin Powell, Maya Angelou and Morgan Freeman.

    Directed by:

  • Mary Crisp
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    Jerome Robbins: Something to Dance About
    rating:3.6

    Jerome Robbins: Something to Dance About

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    This biographical portrait celebrates the controversial career of American choreographer and director Jerome Robbins, renowned for Broadway hits such as "West Side Story" and "Fiddler on the Roof" and for his work with the New York City Ballet. Featuring rare rehearsal and performance footage, along with interviews with Robbins and luminaries such as Mikhail Baryshnikov, the film offers an unparalleled glimpse into the mind of a master.

    Directed by:

  • Judy Kinberg
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    Life and Debt
    rating:3.6

    Life and Debt

    2001Runtime:0 minutes
    Director Stephanie Black's documentary examines how policies of the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other aid organizations have altered the Jamaican economy over the past 25 years, leaving the locals to struggle in poverty. Author Jamaica Kincaid narrates passages from her book on the topic, &NFi;A Small Place&NFi_;, with Belinda Becker to a reggae soundtrack that includes songs by Bob Marley, Ziggy Marley, Mutubaruka and Peter Tosh.

    Directed by:

  • Stephanie Black
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    Manufactured Landscapes
    rating:3.6

    Manufactured Landscapes

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    More than a simple portrait of an artist, this documentary about celebrated photographer Edward Burtynsky is also an examination of industrialization and globalization. Known for finding strange beauty in large industrial vistas, Burtynsky searches for great shots on trips to China and Bangladesh. In contrast to his seemingly impersonal aesthetic, the film focuses on individuals, revealing the dreariness and dangers of industrial work.

    Directed by:

  • Jennifer Baichwal
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    The Gleaners and I
    rating:3.6

    The Gleaners and I

    2000Runtime:0 minutes
    Inspired by Jean-François Millet's famous painting "Les Glaneuses," filmmaker Agnes Varda strikes out with just a hand-held digital camera in search of the modern equivalent of Millet's grain field gleaners. She finds her quarry at dumpsters, outdoor markets and roadsides across France. Varda's no-holds-barred documentary about scavengers and recyclers is an insouciant treat from beginning to end, with an unexpectedly obtuse perspective.

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    The Children of Leningradsky
    rating:3.6

    The Children of Leningradsky

    2005Runtime:0 minutes
    Nominated for an Academy Award, this gut-wrenching 2004 documentary examines the plight of homeless youngsters who've made Moscow's Leningradsky train station their sanctuary. While post-Cold War Russia rises as an industrial and economic power, its children continue falling through the cracks into a chasm engulfed by drugs, violence, sexual predators and the soul-killing dance of survival played out on the streets.

    Directed by:

  • Andrzej Celinski
  • Hanna Polak
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    Arctic Tale
    rating:3.6

    Arctic Tale

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    Following the epic struggle of a tenacious young walrus and a polar bear, this saga of survival amid the rapidly changing Arctic wilderness comes from the creators of March of the Penguins and An Inconvenient Truth. Queen Latifah narrates the life journey of Seela the walrus and Nanu the polar bear, from birth through maturity and parenthood, where the cycle begins anew and they pass what they've learned to the next generation.

    Directed by:

  • Sarah Robertson
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    This Is What Democracy Looks Like
    rating:3.6

    This Is What Democracy Looks Like

    2000Runtime:0 minutes
    Narrated by Susan Sarandon and Michael Franti, this powerful documentary recounts the story of more than 100 activists who gathered to promote economic justice and turned cameras on police during the 1999 World Trade Organization summit in Seattle. During a days-long massive demonstration, violent clashes with the cops were broadcast by news outlets around the world as the protestors shut down the WTO.

    Directed by:

  • Rick Rowley
  • Jill Friedberg
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields
    rating:3.6

    Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields

    2010Runtime:0 minutes
    A decade in the making, this documentary by filmmakers Kerthy Fix and Gail O'Hara examines the career of prolific singer-songwriter Stephin Merritt, the enigmatic, deep-voiced heart and soul of indie pop band the Magnetic Fields.

    Directed by:

  • Kerthy Fix
  • Gail O'Hara
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    NOW on PBS: Fixing the Future
    rating:3.6

    NOW on PBS: Fixing the Future

    2010Runtime:0 minutes
    Actor David Brancaccio leads an exploration of new opportunities in the wake of 2008's financial meltdown. From Maine to Washington State, Brancaccio shares stories of regular Americans reinventing their way out of the Great Recession, including leaders of cooperatives, entrepreneurs, and activists committed to buying and hiring locally. Nobel Prize winners and economists also offer reflections on this new era's challenges.

    Directed by:

  • Ellen Spiro
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    The Boys of Baraka
    rating:3.6

    The Boys of Baraka

    2005Runtime:0 minutes
    In an experimental program to reduce the rate of juvenile delinquency, the city of Baltimore sent a group of 12-year-olds deemed "at risk" to a boarding school in Kenya, affording the boys the rare opportunity to turn their troubled lives around. Focusing on four of the youths, this compelling documentary follows the students as they struggle to overcome the obstacles of their past in their hopeful bid for a shot at a brighter future.

    Directed by:

  • Heidi Ewing
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    What Are Dreams?: Nova
    rating:3.6

    What Are Dreams?: Nova

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    The stuff of dreams -- not just the content, but the circuitry and neurological coding, too -- is the subject of this penetrating "Nova" inquiry into the most mystifying of human activities. Researchers are taking a variety of investigative tacks, from "eavesdropping" on sleeping rats to methodical studies of thousands of dreams, in an effort to fill in the blanks of understanding. Their findings give tantalizing glimpses of the mind at rest.

    Directed by:

  • Charles Colville
  • Sarah Holt
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    Bones Brigade: An Autobiography
    rating:3.6

    Bones Brigade: An Autobiography

    2012Runtime:0 minutes
    This documentary follows six teenagers who formed a skateboarding team in the 1980s, revitalizing the sport and becoming its top athletes: Steve Caballero, Tommy Guerrero, Tony Hawk, Mike McGill, Lance Mountain and Rodney Mullen.

    Directed by:

  • Stacy Peralta
  • 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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