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Urban Explorers: Into the Darkness
rating:3.4

Urban Explorers: Into the Darkness

2007Runtime:0 minutes
Discover the secret world of urban explorers, daring modern archaeologists who seek out the hidden nooks and crannies of cities in abandoned subway stations, long-sealed sewers and condemned buildings, in this captivating documentary. Filmmaker Melody Gilbert joins these thrill seekers as they hunt for the lost trappings of the modern world and, in the process, shines a light on a fascinating subculture that is, quite literally, underground.

Directed by:

  • Melody Gilbert
  • rating:3.4 3.4 Average Rating

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    30 for 30: The House of Steinbrenner
    rating:3.4

    30 for 30: The House of Steinbrenner

    2010Runtime:0 minutes
    Yankees owner George Steinbrenner proved to be as iconic to the team as its pinstripes. Through all the ups and downs of his reign, "the Boss" managed to link the legends and legacy of Yankees past to Yankees present.

    Directed by:

  • Barbara Kopple
  • rating:3.4 3.4 Average Rating

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    Recording the Producers: A Musical Romp with Mel Brooks
    rating:3.4

    Recording the Producers: A Musical Romp with Mel Brooks

    2001Runtime:0 minutes
    The exuberant atmosphere of the Broadway blockbuster is captured in Recording the Producers: A Musical Romp With Mel Brooks, a new 85-minute film from the Emmy Award-winning director Susan Froemke and Maysles Films. The film candidly captures the excitement of translating the show into a complete experience for the recording's audience.

    Directed by:

  • Susan Froemke
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    Sisters in Law
    rating:3.4

    Sisters in Law

    2005Runtime:0 minutes
    Two legal dynamos from Kumba, Cameroon, fight deeply entrenched attitudes in their male-dominated justice system to take on crimes against women in this festival favorite from filmmakers Kim Longinotto and Florence Ayisi. With ferocity and humor, prosecutor Vera Ngassa and judge Beatrice Ntuba take on cases of adultery, rape and abuse in their tiny one-room court -- including that of a Muslim woman who bravely accuses her husband of beating her.

    Directed by:

  • Florence Ayisi
  • rating:3.4 3.4 Average Rating

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    Earth Made of Glass
    rating:3.4

    Earth Made of Glass

    2010Runtime:0 minutes
    Filmmaker Deborah Scranton's inspiring documentary charts the dual stories of Rwandan President Paul Kagame and genocide survivor Jean Pierre, both of whom are searching for truths that remain elusive and mysterious. While Kagame sorts through questions swirling around the arrest of Rose Kabuye, his closest aide, on terrorism charges, Pierre remains haunted by his father's unexplained death 15 years ago.

    Directed by:

  • Deborah Scranton
  • rating:3.4 3.4 Average Rating

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    American Experience: The Kennedys
    rating:3.4

    American Experience: The Kennedys

    1992Runtime:0 minutes
    The cult of Camelot is demystified in this fascinating PBS documentary featuring interviews with Kennedy family members and friends, archival footage, never-before-seen photographs and other documents. What comes across is a detailed portrait of a political dynasty that figured prominently in American history and continues to do so in the new millennium. The documentary ncludes an interview with historian Robert Dallek.

    Directed by:

  • Marilyn H. Mellowes
  • rating:3.4 3.4 Average Rating

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    The Second City: The First Family of Comedy
    rating:3.4

    The Second City: The First Family of Comedy

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    An uproarious behind-the-scenes look at Chicago's famed Second City comedy club and troupe, this retrospective spans from the group's early days to the hit "SCTV" series and beyond as it tickles with reminiscences from Dan Aykroyd, Tina Fey, Martin Short, Alan Arkin and Mike Meyers. Footage of Jim Belushi, Bill Murray, Gilda Radner, John Candy, Eugene Levy and other alumni affirms Second City's place in comedy history.

    Directed by:

  • Sharon Bartlett
  • rating:3.4 3.4 Average Rating

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    Protagonist
    rating:3.4

    Protagonist

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    A German terrorist, a thief, an "ex-gay" Christian evangelist and a martial arts student put their obsession with self-control on display in filmmaker Jessica Yu's absorbing documentary about lives lived on the fringe. With her interweaving narrative, Yu explores the lives of four men who go to extremes with violence, crime, physical dominance and religion to work through the aftermath of their harsh childhoods.

    Directed by:

  • Jessica Yu
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    Olympia
    rating:3.4

    Olympia

    1938Runtime:0 minutes
    On the heels of her propaganda film, Triumph of the Will, German filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl chronicled the 1936 Olympics with this stellar, poetic sports documentary which captures the games in Berlin, including Jesse Owens's history-making victory. The thrill of the games, the beauty and power of the athletes, Riefenstahl's groundbreaking camera techniques and an evocative soundtrack make this one of the best sports documentaries ever made.

    Directed by:

  • Leni Riefenstahl
  • rating:3.4 3.4 Average Rating

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    The Carter Family: Will the Circle be Unbroken: American Experience
    rating:3.4

    The Carter Family: Will the Circle be Unbroken: American Experience

    2005Runtime:0 minutes
    Decades ago, The Carter Family changed the face of folk music and lifted the spirit of the nation by singing tunes that gave voice to the struggles of everyday Americans during the soul-weary Depression years. Discover their roots and learn how this influential group managed to capture the imaginations of music lovers throughout the nation. This documentary features interviews with such artists as Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson.

    Directed by:

  • Kathy Conkwright
  • rating:3.4 3.4 Average Rating

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    Youssou N'Dour: I Bring What I Love
    rating:3.4

    Youssou N'Dour: I Bring What I Love

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    This documentary from filmmaker Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi chronicles the controversy surrounding renowned Senegalese singer Youssou N'Dour, who recorded his stirring album "Egypt" as a celebration of his Islamic faith. Considered too irreverent by religious conservatives in Senegal, and initially met with suspicion by audiences in a post-9/11 America, N'Dour nevertheless persists and meets both challenges with grace.

    Directed by:

  • Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
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    On Native Soil
    rating:3.4

    On Native Soil

    2005Runtime:0 minutes
    Focusing on the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, director Linda Ellman's potent film combines hard-hitting reporting, graphic footage and emotional drama to chronicle the efforts of the victims' families to hold the government accountable for the tragedy. Their search for the truth ultimately led to the 9/11 Commission Report, a document that spawned a series of national security reforms. Kevin Costner and Hilary Swank provide the narration.

    Directed by:

  • Linda Ellman
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    One Nation Under God
    rating:3.4

    One Nation Under God

    1993Runtime:0 minutes
    This documentary explores the humorous techniques -- including theory from psychiatry and religion -- proposed to "cure" homosexuals. Through interviews and footage from the annals, the argument is made that homosexuality is nothing short of an affliction that can be treated. "Former" lesbian women are featured getting beauty tips, while "former" gay men take to the football fields to prove their masculinity.

    Directed by:

  • Teodoro Maniaci
  • Francine Rzeznik
  • rating:3.4 3.4 Average Rating

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    New Muslim Cool
    rating:3.4

    New Muslim Cool

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    Jennifer Maytorena Taylor's documentary follows Puerto Rican American rapper Hamza Pérez, a former drug dealer and gang member who converted to Islam, became a grassroots activist and moved to inner-city Pittsburgh to establish a religious community. While Pérez raises his children and settles into a new marriage, the FBI raids his mosque. Now he must delve even deeper into his faith to forge connections with other communities in a post-9/11 world.

    Directed by:

  • Jennifer Maytorena Taylor
  • rating:3.4 3.4 Average Rating

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    Sister Helen
    rating:3.4

    Sister Helen

    2002Runtime:0 minutes
    This award-winning documentary centers on Sister Helen Travis, an unconventional nun and recovering alcoholic who runs a halfway house in the Bronx, dispensing her unique form of tough love in a tireless effort to help recovering addicts.

    Directed by:

  • Rebecca Cammisa
  • rating:3.4 3.4 Average Rating

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    Blossoms of Fire
    rating:3.4

    Blossoms of Fire

    2000Runtime:0 minutes
    Maureen Gosling and Ellen Osborne's documentary reveals the fascinating history of the town of Juchitan in Oaxaca, Mexico. Hundreds of years ago, a matriarchal society existed in the area, and Juchitan still exhibits a remarkable link to its past. Women run most of the town's businesses, manage family finances, act as government leaders and activists, and enjoy a rare level of social equality uncommon in the rest of the world.

    Directed by:

  • Maureen Gosling
  • 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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