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Air Guitar Nation
rating:3.5

Air Guitar Nation

2006Runtime:0 minutes
If your bedroom has become too small a stage for your air guitar antics, take inspiration from the competitors featured here as they battle their way from the inaugural U.S. Air Guitar Championship to the world championship in Oulu, Finland. Along the way, filmmaker Alexandra Lipsitz documents the fierce rivalries that develop as would-be rock legends vie for top honors in technical accuracy, stage presence and "airness."

Directed by:

  • Alexandra Lipsitz
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    Speaking in Code
    rating:3.5

    Speaking in Code

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    Delving deep into the world of electronic music, filmmaker Amy Lee Grill lets the cameras run while colorful figures on the scene -- including artists, DJs, journalists, promoters and producers -- do most of the talking. Highlights include appearances from Ellen Allien, Tobias Thomas, Wolfgang Voigt, Michael Mayer, Reinhard Voigt, Sasha Funke and Miss Kittin, plus a parallel storyline about one man's quest to make Boston love techno.

    Directed by:

  • Amy Lee Grill
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    Southern Comfort
    rating:3.5

    Southern Comfort

    2001Runtime:0 minutes
    This moving documentary chronicles the last year in the life of Robert Eads, a female-to-male transsexual dying of ovarian cancer. We're introduced to several prominent figures in Robert's life -- most importantly, his life partner, Lola Cola. Lola is a transsexual who's become Robert's life partner and caretaker. The two prepare to lead a panel at the annual Southern Comfort conference, a yearly event created for transgendered individuals.

    Directed by:

  • Kate Davis
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    Yo Soy Boricua, Pa'Que Tu Lo Sepas!
    rating:3.5

    Yo Soy Boricua, Pa'Que Tu Lo Sepas!

    2005Runtime:0 minutes
    Actress Rosie Perez makes a stunning directorial debut in this heartfelt tribute to Puerto Rican pride, in which she takes an in-depth look at the complex and often controversial history of Puerto Rican-U.S. relations. By turns shocking and celebratory, this wide-ranging documentary examines such rich themes of the Puerto Rican experience as family, language and racism, all with careful consideration of historical context.

    Directed by:

  • Rosie Perez
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    National Geographic: The FBI
    rating:3.5

    National Geographic: The FBI

    2003Runtime:0 minutes
    With worries about the state of our national security increasing, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has been under more intense scrutiny than ever. This penetrating documentary offers high-security access behind the scenes at the FBI. Rare footage and interviews with agents combine to offer insight as to how the Bureau really operates.

    Directed by:

  • Barbara Leibovitz
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    Budrus
    rating:3.5

    Budrus

    2010Runtime:0 minutes
    Documentarian Julia Bacha delves into the fraught world of Palestinian-Israeli relations in this amazing account of one family's leadership of a movement to prevent Israel's Separation Barrier from slicing the Palestinian village of Budrus in half.

    Directed by:

  • Julia Bacha
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    Blue Vinyl
    rating:3.5

    Blue Vinyl

    2002Runtime:0 minutes
    In this sardonic but sobering exposé, activist filmmakers Judith Helfand and Daniel B. Gold reveal the potentially toxic effects of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), which is used in everything from cars to water mains to toys. Armed with a piece of blue vinyl siding, Helfand and Gold head to Louisiana -- America's vinyl-manufacturing capital -- and to Italy, where bigwigs from a PVC-producing company stand accused of manslaughter in a landmark case.

    Directed by:

  • Daniel B. Gold
  • Judith Helfand
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    Fire on the Mountain
    rating:3.5

    Fire on the Mountain

    1996Runtime:0 minutes
    An elite group of champion skiers, mountain climbers and European mountaineers become the U.S. Army's 10th Mountain Division, America's only mountain and winter warfare fighting unit. From the intensive training atop the Colorado Rockies to the spectacular night climb of Italy's Riva Ridge -- where the 10th scored their biggest victory against Hitler's troops -- the exploits of this famous division are scrupulously chronicled.

    Directed by:

  • Beth Gage
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer
    rating:3.5

    Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer

    2003Runtime:0 minutes
    Documentarian Nick Broomfield trains his lens on infamous serial killer Aileen Wuornos, who began her murder spree in 1992. A highway prostitute at the age of 13, Wuornos was convicted of killing six truck drivers who she insisted tried to rape her.

    Directed by:

  • Nick Broomfield
  • Joan Churchill
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    No. 4 Street of Our Lady
    rating:3.5

    No. 4 Street of Our Lady

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    This absorbing documentary reveals the story of heroine Francisca Halamajowa, a Catholic woman who, in the face of certain death during the Holocaust, rescued numerous Jewish neighbors in Sokal, a small town in Eastern Poland. While selflessly caring for the hidden, always-quiet group, Francisca makes a move regarding a German soldier that nearly puts an end to her ruse. This is a portrait of a woman who says what she did was "only human."

    Directed by:

  • Bird Maltz Sherman
  • Richie Sherman
  • Barbara Bird
  • Judy Maltz
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    Devil's Playground
    rating:3.5

    Devil's Playground

    2002Runtime:0 minutes
    When Amish teens turn 16, they have the opportunity to venture out in the "Devil's Playground" (the Amish's term for the outside world) and indulge in 21st-century vices such as drinking and smoking -- a period called "Rumspringa." This documentary tracks 18-year-old Faron's struggle to reconcile his drug addiction with his deeply ingrained desire to live his parents' Amish life. But ultimately, committing to the church will be his decision.

    Directed by:

  • Lucy Walker
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    A Life Without Pain
    rating:3.5

    A Life Without Pain

    2005Runtime:0 minutes
    Documentarian Melody Gilbert follows the daily lives of three girls -- a 3-year-old Minnesotan, a 7-year-old Norwegian and a 10-year-old German -- who share an extremely rare disease: congenital insensitivity to pain. Despite the efforts of their vigilant parents, these girls live in constant threat of bodily injury. This moving film was an official selection of the 2005 South by Southwest festival and was featured on "The Oprah Winfrey Show."

    Directed by:

  • Melody Gilbert
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    Destiny in Space: IMAX
    rating:3.5

    Destiny in Space: IMAX

    1994Runtime:0 minutes
    Explore the far reaches of space with this breathtaking documentary that allows you to board an Earth-orbiting satellite, soar above the surfaces of Mars and Venus and join a crew of astronauts deployed to repair the remarkable Hubble telescope. Narrated by Leonard Nimoy, this incredible IMAX experience is the closest thing most of us will ever get to flying among the stars.

    Directed by:

  • Ben Burtt
  • Phyllis Ferguson
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired
    rating:3.5

    Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    This penetrating documentary explores the tumultuous events of director Roman Polanski's personal life, including the murder of his pregnant wife, Sharon Tate, and the controversial sex scandal that prompted him to flee the United States for France. Highlights include an interview with Polanski's victim, Samantha Geimer, as well as candid conversations with Chinatown screenwriter Robert Towne and actress Mia Farrow.

    Directed by:

  • Marina Zenovich
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    Hitler's Hit Parade
    rating:3.5

    Hitler's Hit Parade

    2003Runtime:0 minutes
    This disturbing collage of Third Reich musicals, newsreels, home movies, cartoons and commercials includes rare segments in color and shows how the Nazis relied on escapist entertainment to promote their murderous ideology and bolster the veneer of normalcy during Adolf Hitler's reign. The film plays out without commentary, using Nazi catchphrases to preface segments on idealized German society. Oliver Axer and Susanne Benze co-direct.

    Directed by:

  • Oliver Axer
  • Susanne Benze
  • rating:3.5 3.5 Average Rating

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    American Teen
    rating:3.4

    American Teen

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    In this slice-of-life documentary, filmmaker Nanette Burstein follows five high school seniors in Warsaw, Ind., and captures their struggles in and out of the classrooms, including their friendships and romantic relationships. Chock full of the drama and emotion that accompany the adolescent experience, the film offers a compelling glimpse into the problems and issues that teenagers confront on a daily basis.

    Directed by:

  • Nanette Burstein
  • rating:3.4 3.4 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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