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The Education of Shelby Knox
rating:3.4

The Education of Shelby Knox

2005Runtime:0 minutes
Small-town Texas teenager Shelby Knox becomes an advocate for sex education (and the local media's so-called "Sex Ed Girl") when she tries to improve the county's sky-high teen pregnancy rate by challenging her high school's policy of teaching abstinence. In this documentary from Marion Lipschutz and Rose Rosenblatt -- which uses footage shot over a three-year period -- the action unfolds almost effortlessly, revealing a stunning transformation.

Directed by:

  • Marion Lipschutz
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    Broken Rainbow
    rating:3.4

    Broken Rainbow

    1985Runtime:0 minutes
    This Oscar-winning documentary tells the story of the forced relocation of 12,000 Navajo Indians in Arizona that took place after U.S. Secretary of the Interior James Watts sold inexpensive leases to developers in 1983. Claiming the land rightfully belonged to the Hopi, the U.S. government moved the Navajo residents to tract homes in other areas. Both Navajo and Hopi Indians describe how a century of bureaucratic racism has affected their lives.

    Directed by:

  • Maria Florio
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    Talhotblond
    rating:3.4

    Talhotblond

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    Director Barbara Schroeder's true-crime documentary follows a real-life love triangle whose participants had never met beyond cyberspace -- yet whose passions ended up sending one member to prison and another to the grave. Drawing on interviews as well as transcripts of the lovers' online chats, Schroeder tells the story of a teen named Jessie and the devastation caused by her online affairs with two men who worked together.

    Directed by:

  • Barbara Schroeder
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    Rachel
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    Rachel

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    When 22-year-old activist Rachel Corrie tried to prevent Israeli army bulldozers from leveling a Palestinian home in the Gaza Strip, her life came to an abrupt end as she tripped and was buried under a mountain of dirt. This film tells her story. Blending footage of the incident with photos, interviews with witnesses, activists and army personnel, and excerpts from Rachel's own diary, the film illuminates the risks activists face in the region.

    Directed by:

  • Simone Bitton
  • rating:3.4 3.4 Average Rating

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    The Reckoning
    rating:3.4

    The Reckoning

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    In this powerful documentary, filmmaker Pamela Yates follows Luis Moreno Ocampo and his team of attorneys from the International Criminal Court (ICC) across four continents, chronicling their attempts to arrest and prosecute war criminals. Created in 2002, the ICC became the first permanent international court to try crimes against humanity. With no police force to back them up, Ocampo and his colleagues face enormous challenges in their quest.

    Directed by:

  • Pamela Yates
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    When the Mountains Tremble
    rating:3.4

    When the Mountains Tremble

    1983Runtime:0 minutes
    Filmed amidst the bloody confrontation between Guatemala's military and virtually unarmed Mayans, this Sundance award-winning documentary chronicles the amazing story of Rigoberta MenchĂș, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

    Directed by:

  • Newton Thomas Sigel
  • Pamela Yates
  • rating:3.4 3.4 Average Rating

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    Rent Boys
    rating:3.4

    Rent Boys

    2011Runtime:0 minutes
    This nonjudgmental and engrossing documentary profiles the lives of five male sex workers in Germany, three of whom are Roma. They tell their stories with candor, revealing how past experiences and societal expectations shaped their current choices.

    Directed by:

  • Rosa von Praunheim
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    Mary Pickford: American Experience
    rating:3.4

    Mary Pickford: American Experience

    2005Runtime:0 minutes
    America's first film sweetheart, Mary Pickford, possessed a winsome way of acting that entranced audiences. She was also a shrewd businesswoman who played a pivotal role in shaping the media of the 20th century. (Pickford, along with husband Douglas Fairbanks, Charlie Chaplin, William S. Hart and others, formed United Artists.) This program features footage, stills, original audio interviews with Pickford and clips from her movies.

    Directed by:

  • Sue Williams
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    The Oath
    rating:3.4

    The Oath

    2010Runtime:0 minutes
    Oscar-nominated director Laura Poitras's documentary tells of two men whose fateful meeting in 1996 led them on a journey that would include Osama bin Laden, the horrific events of 9/11, Guantanamo Bay and a brush with the U.S. Supreme Court.

    Directed by:

  • Laura Poitras
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    Darfur Diaries
    rating:3.4

    Darfur Diaries

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    Leaving thousands dead and homeless, the conflict in Sudan's Darfur region raged for years before the world intervened. This documentary provides a record of the events through the voices of refugees, women and children. Chosen by Amnesty International as an educational tool for its members, the film provides a historical and cultural context through which to understand the current political and humanitarian crisis.

    Directed by:

  • Aisha Bain
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    The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls
    rating:3.4

    The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    Trace the fascinating lives of New Zealand's provocative music and comedy duo Jools and Linda Topp through this enjoyable documentary, which details the lesbian twins' rural upbringing, political activism and immense popularity at home and abroad. Featuring hilarious interviews with several of the sisters' most outrageous alter egos, this joyous celebration also includes brilliant insights into New Zealand's history.

    Directed by:

  • Leanne Pooley
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    Forgiveness: A Time to Love & A Time to Hate
    rating:3.4

    Forgiveness: A Time to Love & A Time to Hate

    2011Runtime:0 minutes
    Documentarian Helen Whitney explores the practice of forgiveness and how the reality of atoning can diverge from idealized concepts of it. Can bygones really be bygones, no matter the severity of the infraction?

    Directed by:

  • Helen Whitney
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    The Yes Men
    rating:3.4

    The Yes Men

    2003Runtime:0 minutes
    This humorous documentary monitors the exploits of a group of jokester liberals who make names for themselves as they mimic members of the World Trade Organization at various venues across the globe. The absurd facade gets started when two members of The Yes Men create a web site that looks quite similar to the WTO site, resulting in the group being invited to high-level meetings and being mistaken for WTO officials.

    Directed by:

  • Dan Ollman
  • Sarah Price
  • Chris Smith
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    Encounter Point
    rating:3.4

    Encounter Point

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    As violence continues in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, some of those touched by the bloodshed become advocates for peace. This documentary introduces citizens on both sides for whom an end to conflict has become a personal crusade. Family members of slain Palestinians and Israelis, both military and civilian, share their stories and how they've turned their grief into a force for change in the region.

    Directed by:

  • Ronit Avni
  • Julia Bacha
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    Jesus Camp
    rating:3.4

    Jesus Camp

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    This riveting Oscar-nominated documentary offers an unfiltered look at a revivalist subculture in which devout Christian youngsters are being primed to deliver the fundamentalist community's religious and political messages. Building an evangelical army of tomorrow, the Kids on Fire summer camp in Devil's Lake, N.D., is dedicated to deepening the preteens' spirituality and sowing the seeds of political activism.

    Directed by:

  • Heidi Ewing
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    Word Is Out: Stories of Some of Our Lives
    rating:3.4

    Word Is Out: Stories of Some of Our Lives

    1977Runtime:0 minutes
    First released in 1977, this landmark documentary chronicles the experiences of some two dozen gay and lesbian Americans living throughout the country during the early days of the gay rights movement. Directed by a coalition of gay and lesbian filmmakers, the movie features interviews with poet Elsa Gidlow, activist Harry Hay and others who reflect candidly on growing up in a country that was still deeply and almost uniformly anti-gay.

    Directed by:

  • Nancy Adair
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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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