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La Sierra
rating:3.5

La Sierra

2005Runtime:0 minutes
Colombia-based journalists Scott Dalton and Margarita Martinez introduce us to a nation at civil war by hitting the streets of Medellín, a dangerous city ruled by a fierce paramilitary gang. By focusing on three vastly different personalities -- Edison, a gang leader; Cielo, a widowed teenage mother; and Jesus, a drug-using thug -- the filmmakers draw us into their world and capture startling moments of truth and sorrow.

Directed by:

  • Scott Dalton
  • Margarita Martinez
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    American Experience: The Mormons
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    American Experience: The Mormons

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    Documentarian Helen Whitney directs this fascinating PBS presentation exploring the history and influence of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, one of the fastest-growing religions in the United States whose reach extends worldwide. Touching on all aspects of this complex and sometimes controversial religion, Whitney gains access to Mormon archives and captures candid interviews with church supporters, opponents and historians.

    Directed by:

  • Helen Whitney
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    Submitted for Your Approval: Rod Serling
    rating:3.5

    Submitted for Your Approval: Rod Serling

    1998Runtime:0 minutes
    This documentary about Rod Serling derives its name from the weekly introduction that the "Twilight Zone" host delivered with his signature clenched diction. These fantasy playlets linger because of their twist endings and science-fiction trappings, which shrewdly disguise the taut morality plays the prolific screenwriter Serling (Seven Days in May, Requiem for a Heavyweight, Planet of the Apes) hid within.

    Directed by:

  • Susan Lacy
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    Everything's Cool
    rating:3.5

    Everything's Cool

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    In this documentary, filmmakers Daniel B. Gold and Judith Helfand (Blue Vinyl) follow a troupe of self-proclaimed global warming "warriors" on a mission to get the world to care about rising temperatures and melting polar ice caps. Taking a topic that's inherently serious and applying their signature blend of humor and emotional heft, Gold and Helfand advance the environmental dialogue in a surprisingly entertaining way.

    Directed by:

  • Daniel B. Gold
  • Judith Helfand
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    Punk's Not Dead
    rating:3.5

    Punk's Not Dead

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    This documentary explores the evolution of punk music, tracing the scene from era to era with the bands that have come to define the genre. Sanctioned by the artists, this film features contributions from bands like the Ramones, Black Flag and NOFX.

    Directed by:

  • Susan Dyner
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    Granito: How to Nail a Dictator
    rating:3.5

    Granito: How to Nail a Dictator

    2011Runtime:0 minutes
    Filmmaker Pamela Yates directs this documentary that chronicles how her own 1983 film When the Mountains Tremble, which exposed Guatemala's genocidal campaign against its own indigenous Mayan people, has become evidence in a war-crimes trial. As the case unfolds against a Guatemalan military official, Yates meets with Rigoberta MenchĂș, the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Mayan activist first brought to the world's attention in Yates's original film.

    Directed by:

  • Pamela Yates
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    An Islamic Conscience: The Aga Khan and the Ismailis
    rating:3.5

    An Islamic Conscience: The Aga Khan and the Ismailis

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    Meet the Aga Khan, the influential leader of the Ismaili Muslim sect. In a series of rare interviews, he shares his views on politics and social justice and discusses his foundation, which invests more than $400 million annually in aid projects. Though little known among non-Muslims, the Aga Khan has played an important role in fighting world poverty and is becoming a key voice of moderation at a time of rising religious conflict.

    Directed by:

  • William Cran
  • Shamir Allibhai
  • Jane Chablani
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    5 Films About Christo & Jeanne-Claude
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    5 Films About Christo & Jeanne-Claude

    1973Runtime:0 minutes
    This fascinating anthology shows the passion, vision and complexity of the environmental art of Christo and Jeanne-Claude, whose projects include a 24-mile, 18-foot-high fence in California and a giant curtain hung between two mountains in Colorado. The films -- spanning 30 years -- document not only the process but also the transformational effect the completed works have on those who come in contact with them.

    Directed by:

  • Albert Maysles
  • David Maysles
  • Ellen Giffard
  • Charlotte Zwerin
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    The Wobblies
    rating:3.5

    The Wobblies

    1979Runtime:0 minutes
    This fascinating documentary explores the group that won an eight-hour workday and fair wages in the early 20th century. Founded in 1905, the Industrial Workers of the World, aka the Wobblies, changed the course of history as they attempted to organize unskilled workers into one overarching union. Replete with striking archival footage, the film pays tribute to American workers who put their lives on the line to battle rampant corporate greed.

    Directed by:

  • Deborah Shaffer
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    Gypsy Caravan
    rating:3.5

    Gypsy Caravan

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    Join five international bands for a six-week tour of North America in an extravaganza of music and culture. The lyrical documentary features performances by Esma Redzepova, Maharaja, Fanfare Ciocarlia and other artists. Celebrate the diversity of the Romani people and their music, which includes flamenco, brass band, Indian folk, Romanian violin, jazz and raga. Johnny Depp, a fan of the Gypsy lifestyle, appears in this joyful musical portrait.

    Directed by:

  • Jasmine Dellal
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    The 11th Hour
    rating:3.5

    The 11th Hour

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    Actor Leonardo DiCaprio's documentary on the global environmental crisis paints a portrait of a planet at risk while also offering some exciting and radical solutions for making life on earth sustainable. Tapping the brains of leading scientists and thinkers -- including Stephen Hawking and Mikhail Gorbachev -- the film ultimately delivers a hopeful message: Our planet may be in crisis, but that doesn't mean it's too late change.

    Directed by:

  • Nadia Conners
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    A Small Act
    rating:3.5

    A Small Act

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    When Swedish citizen Hilde Back sponsors the education of Kenyan student Chris Mburu, she not only educates one child, but she sparks a lifelong love of learning. As an adult, Chris establishes a scholarship program in his home village. Later, when political violence threatens Kenya's educational system, Chris is determined to change it. One person's power to make an impact on the world is powerfully illustrated in this heartwarming documentary.

    Directed by:

  • Jennifer Arnold
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    The Best of the Real West
    rating:3.5

    The Best of the Real West

    1992Runtime:0 minutes
    The myths, legends and realities of the Old West come alive in "The Real West" with Kenny Rogers. Through authentic diaries, paintings, photos and expert commentary, this History Channel series reawakens the adventure of our most fabled era.

    Directed by:

  • Donna E. Lusitana
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    The Best of the Real West
    rating:3.5

    The Best of the Real West

    1992Runtime:0 minutes
    The myths, legends and realities of the Old West come alive in The Real West with Kenny Rogers. Through original footage, authentic diaries, paintings, photos and expert commentary, this award-winning History Channel series reawakens the adventure of our most fabled era, exposing the truth behind some of America's most celebrated stories and figures.

    Directed by:

  • Donna E. Lusitana
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    Little Man
    rating:3.5

    Little Man

    2005Runtime:0 minutes
    Turning the camera lens on her own life, lesbian filmmaker Nicole Conn captures the heart-wrenching process of having a surrogate child with her life partner, political activist Gwen Baba, only to have the baby be born 100 days too early. Weighing just 1 pound with a heart the size of a cashew, the tiny infant Nicholas fights valiantly for his own survival while his parents fight to keep their commitment alive.

    Directed by:

  • Nicole Conn
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    On Common Ground: A World War II Reunion
    rating:3.5

    On Common Ground: A World War II Reunion

    2001Runtime:0 minutes
    Combat in the Huertgen Forest ranked among the most devastating of World War II, with American and German forces suffering casualties upwards of 60,000 troops. More than a half-century later, soldiers from both sides assemble at the site for an emotional reunion. The intense feelings they experienced as young men are never far from the surface. Tom Brokaw, Walter Cronkite and John Kenneth Galbraith provide commentary.

    Directed by:

  • David Eilenberg
  • Jessica Glass
  • rating:3.5 3.5 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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