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Ralph Nader: An Unreasonable Man
rating:3.6

Ralph Nader: An Unreasonable Man

2006Runtime:0 minutes
Thought-provoking and revealing, this biographical documentary profiles the personal and professional life of Ralph Nader, one of America's most controversial consumer advocates and political activists. Interviews and archival footage help illuminate the career of an influential public figure whose willingness to take on big industry earned him a reputation as both a working-class hero and a public pariah.

Directed by:

  • Henriette Mantel
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work
    rating:3.6

    Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work

    2010Runtime:0 minutes
    Documentarians Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg provide an uncompromising glimpse into the personal and professional life of comedian and red-carpet mainstay Joan Rivers, a woman clinging stubbornly and steadfastly to the pop-culture bandwagon.

    Directed by:

  • Ricki Stern
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North
    rating:3.6

    Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    A descendant of the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history, filmmaker Katrina Browne explores the contemporary legacy of slavery by traveling with fellow descendents from Rhode Island to Ghana and Cuba, retracing the Triangle Trade route. Along the way, Browne and her companions meet with similarly interested travelers and discover the considerable importance slavery once had for Northern commerce.

    Directed by:

  • Katrina Browne
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    Blindsight
    rating:3.6

    Blindsight

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    Six blind Tibetan teenagers set off on a gripping adventure as they attempt to climb the 23,000-foot Lhakpa Ri on the north side of Mount Everest. Considered cursed in Tibetan culture, blind children are often hidden away to live as pariahs. Determined to challenge that perception, the kids gear up for a demanding expedition led by climber Erik Weihenmayer -- the first blind man to scale Everest -- and learn some lessons about life along the way.

    Directed by:

  • Lucy Walker
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    What's on Your Plate?
    rating:3.6

    What's on Your Plate?

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    Aimed at children and adults, this entertaining documentary from activist Catherine Gund follows her daughter, Sadie, and her best friend, Safiyah, as the two 11-year-olds spend a year investigating the politics of food in America. The intrepid tweens interview farmers, school officials, chefs and ordinary folks to find out how food is grown and how agriculture can be transformed in order to improve both nutrition and profit.

    Directed by:

  • Catherine Gund
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    Forgiving Dr. Mengele
    rating:3.6

    Forgiving Dr. Mengele

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    During the Holocaust, Eva Mozes Kor and her twin sister, Miriam, were selected for a series of horrifying genetic experiments at the hands of the infamous Dr. Josef Mengele. Ironically, because of these experiments, the girls were able to survive Auschwitz; much of their family did not. In this documentary, Kor returns to Auschwitz on a quest to heal her wounds with an astonishing and controversial act of forgiveness.

    Directed by:

  • Bob Hercules
  • Cheri Pugh
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    Small Voices: The Stories of Cambodia's Children
    rating:3.6

    Small Voices: The Stories of Cambodia's Children

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    A revealing look at the difficult challenges street children in Cambodia face every day, this documentary chronicles the stories of Charam, Leakhena, Meng Ly, Layseng and Hov Nhagn, five youngsters struggling to overcome their illiteracy and poverty. This emotional tale of heartbreak and hope profiles how one local shelter, the Cambodian Children's Fund, works hard to help a population the rest of the country ignores.

    Directed by:

  • Heather E. Connell
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    The Ground Truth
    rating:3.6

    The Ground Truth

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    Director Patricia Foulkrod's powerful documentary spotlights American soldiers sharing -- with aching honesty -- their experiences on the battlefield in Iraq and back home as they try to reassemble their lives. These men and women discuss the anguish of war, the difficulties of readjusting to life after their tours of duty and the often callous treatment returning troops receive from the military and the Veterans Administration.

    Directed by:

  • Patricia Foulkrod
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    American Photography: A Century of Images
    rating:3.6

    American Photography: A Century of Images

    1999Runtime:0 minutes
    Photography has played an integral role in American history -- from the treasured family snapshot to Dorothea Lange's powerful images of the Great Depression to the front-page photo of man's footprints on the moon. This documentary explores its impact in America from 1900 to 1999 -- from the time everyday Americans could own cameras to photography's increasingly important role in shaping public opinion and its development as an art form.

    Directed by:

  • Ellen Hovde
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    Double Dare
    rating:3.6

    Double Dare

    2005Runtime:0 minutes
    With being thrown off buildings an occupational hazard, professional stuntwomen Jeannie Epper and Zoe Bell (the stunt doubles of Wonder Woman and Xena, respectively) would seem well-equipped for any challenges Hollywood might dish out. But finding roles -- and respect -- in a male-dominated field can prove more harrowing than dodging punches. Amanda Micheli directs this fascinating glimpse into the feminine side of a traditionally macho pursuit.

    Directed by:

  • Amanda Micheli
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    Dancing Across Borders
    rating:3.6

    Dancing Across Borders

    2010Runtime:0 minutes
    Art enthusiast and philanthropist Anne Bass makes her first foray into filmmaking with this moving documentary that traces the journey of a talented young Cambodian man in his transformation from street performer to classically trained ballet dancer. Discovered by Bass in his native land, Sokvannara "Sy" Sar must learn to assimilate to the rigid structures of Western ballet to fulfill his dream of becoming a professional dancer.

    Directed by:

  • Anne Bass
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    American Teacher
    rating:3.6

    American Teacher

    2011Runtime:0 minutes
    Profiling four extraordinary teachers from diverse parts of the country, this documentary feature examines the struggles of an underpaid profession. Educators weigh in on how the American school system might be radically transformed.

    Directed by:

  • Vanessa Roth
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    The Other City
    rating:3.6

    The Other City

    2010Runtime:0 minutes
    In this illuminating documentary, director Susan Koch both examines the spread of AIDS through the neglected neighborhoods of Washington, D.C., and celebrates the grassroots activists devoted to helping those who suffer from the disease. As politicians in nearby halls of power ignore the plight of the afflicted, a mother, a recovering drug addict and others work against racism, poverty and other social injustices fueling the city's HIV epidemic.

    Directed by:

  • Susan Koch
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    Chris & Don: A Love Story
    rating:3.6

    Chris & Don: A Love Story

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    The relationship between author Christopher Isherwood and artist Don Bachardy is chronicled in this documentary through home movies, interviews and readings from Isherwood's journal.

    Directed by:

  • Tina Mascara
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    Deadline
    rating:3.6

    Deadline

    2004Runtime:0 minutes
    On January 11, 2003, in a gesture rare in the annals of jurisprudence, outgoing Illinois governor George Ryan granted clemency to all 156 inmates on the state's death row. Death sentences previously imposed on almost all the inmates automatically became sentences to "life in prison without the possibility of parole." This documentary addresses the literal issue of "life and death" that Ryan faced and how he came to make his historic decision.

    Directed by:

  • Katy Chevigny
  • Kirsten Johnson
  • rating:3.6 3.6 Average Rating

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    A Film Unfinished
    rating:3.6

    A Film Unfinished

    2010Runtime:0 minutes
    This potent documentary uses a long-lost film reel to illustrate how the Nazis controlled images of Jewish life during World War II. Though the Nazis made a propaganda movie of contented Jews in the Warsaw ghetto, the missing spool exposes the truth. Director Yael Hersonski shows how the imagery was staged to distort historical knowledge and, with the aid of Jewish survivors' testimony, chronicles the horrifying reality of ghetto life.

    Directed by:

  • Yael Hersonski
  • 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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