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A Wayfarer's Journey: Listening to Mahler
rating:3.4

A Wayfarer's Journey: Listening to Mahler

2007Runtime:0 minutes
Academy Award winner Richard Dreyfuss lends his voice as the late-19th-century Austrian composer Gustav Mahler, who overcame a difficult childhood by using music as his therapy. Nearly 100 years later, renowned pianist Christoph Eschenbach reveals how Mahler's music helped heal the wounds of his own childhood trauma. The documentary explores the healing power of music and how therapists are using it to treat patients today.

Directed by:

  • Ruth Yorkin Drazen
  • rating:3.4 3.4 Average Rating

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    Robert Rauschenberg: Inventive Genius
    rating:3.4

    Robert Rauschenberg: Inventive Genius

    1999Runtime:0 minutes
    This episode from the PBS series "American Masters," which highlights the lives of great Americans and their contributions to society and the arts, features the work of artist Robert Rauschenberg. His interest in popular culture combined with his unique painting style made Rauschenberg one of the most celebrated artists of his time. Unorthodox methods such as applying paint to a car's tire and using the track as the piece of art were not uncommon.

    Directed by:

  • Karen Thomas
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    Billy the Kid
    rating:3.3

    Billy the Kid

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    Filmmaker Jennifer Venditti documents the engrossing life of Billy P., a teen in small-town Maine enamored with girls and pro wrestling. But as the cameras roll, a more complex portrait emerges of a troubled but ultimately triumphant young man. From finding the courage to ask a girl on a date to confronting his painful childhood with remarkable humor, Billy is a testament to the power of love and family to overcome any obstacle.

    Directed by:

  • Jennifer Venditti
  • rating:3.3 3.3 Average Rating

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    Korean Wedding Chest
    rating:3.3

    Korean Wedding Chest

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    Capturing in detail the elaborate blend of old and new wedding customs in Korea, filmmaker Ulrike Ottinger provides a thoughtful -- and, at times, humorous -- documentary centered on the ancient tradition of the wedding chest. The groom carries this chest, which contains specifically stipulated valuables, on his back to the parents of his bride. Meanwhile, modern wedding assistants meticulously make sure everything is perfect on the special day.

    Directed by:

  • Ulrike Ottinger
  • rating:3.3 3.3 Average Rating

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    The Beaches of Agnès
    rating:3.3

    The Beaches of Agnès

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    Filmmaking icon Agnès Varda, the award-winning director regarded by many as the grandmother of the French new wave, turns the camera on herself with this unique autobiographical documentary. Composed of film excerpts and elaborate dramatic re-creations, Varda's self-portrait recounts the highs and lows of her professional career, the many friendships that affected her life and her longtime marriage to cinematic giant Jacques Demy.

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    Farmingville: POV
    rating:3.3

    Farmingville: POV

    2004Runtime:0 minutes
    This Sundance Special Jury Prize-winning documentary examines the hate-based attempted murders of two Mexican workers, a crime that catapulted a Long Island town into national headlines, unmasking a new front line in the border wars: suburbia. For nearly a year, filmmakers Carlos Sandoval and Catherine Tambini lived in Farmingville, N.Y., recording the stories of residents, day laborers and activists battling one another over the American Dream.

    Directed by:

  • Carlos Sandoval
  • Catherine Tambini
  • rating:3.3 3.3 Average Rating

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    My Neighbor, My Killer
    rating:3.3

    My Neighbor, My Killer

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    Victims of the 1994 Rwandan genocide try to make peace with the perpetrators of the violence in this compelling documentary from filmmaker Anne Aghion, who takes viewers to a village where government trials attempt to foster reconciliation. The powerful footage follows the court proceedings, where women whose family members were killed are asked to forgive the responsible parties so they can move back into their communities.

    Directed by:

  • Anne Aghion
  • rating:3.3 3.3 Average Rating

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    Smothered
    rating:3.3

    Smothered

    2002Runtime:0 minutes
    An incredible slice of America's media and pop culture history, Smothered tells the story of the censorship struggles of "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour," the Emmy Award-winning TV program broadcast on CBS from 1967 until it was prematurely struck from the airwaves in 1969. Chock full of hilarious and outrageous clips from the show, this documentary also features interviews and appearances by celebrity writers, performers and network honchos.

    Directed by:

  • Maureen Muldaur
  • rating:3.3 3.3 Average Rating

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    Something to Cheer About
    rating:3.3

    Something to Cheer About

    2002Runtime:0 minutes
    In 1955, the Crispus Attucks Tigers of Indiana became the first all-black high school basketball team to win a state championship. A half century later, documentarian Betsy Blankenbaker catches up with the original team members, including NBA great Oscar Robertson and former Harlem Globetrotter Hallie Bryant. Between the inspiring interviews are clips from the famed event, which shows the young men at the top of their historic game.

    Directed by:

  • Betsy Blankenbaker
  • rating:3.3 3.3 Average Rating

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    Jockey
    rating:3.3

    Jockey

    2004Runtime:0 minutes
    Follow the lives of three dedicated thoroughbred riders -- Shane Sellers, Randy Romero and Chris Rosier -- as they strive to cope with their often life-threatening profession's twists and turns. Highlighted by footage of dramatic moments in horse-racing history, HBO's eye-opening "America Undercover" exposé introduces viewers to the high-stakes sport of horse racing in a unique fashion. Award-winning documentarian Kate Davis directs.

    Directed by:

  • Kate Davis
  • rating:3.3 3.3 Average Rating

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    Huxley on Huxley
    rating:3.3

    Huxley on Huxley

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    This documentary uses interviews with celebrated figures like Ram Dass to shine a light on the extraordinary life of Aldous Huxley's wife, Laura, who authored several books and founded a nonprofit organization.

    Directed by:

  • Mary Ann Braubach
  • rating:3.3 3.3 Average Rating

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    Mrs. Goundo's Daughter
    rating:3.3

    Mrs. Goundo's Daughter

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    Years after she fled her troubled country of Mali, a mother must convince a U.S. immigration judge that if her family is sent back home, her 2-year-old daughter will be subjected to the ritual of female genital cutting. In interviews with women in Malian villages, as well as West African immigrants in America, this chilling documentary examines the consequences of this ancient practice, which affects nearly all Malian women.

    Directed by:

  • Barbara Attie
  • rating:3.3 3.3 Average Rating

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    Sarah Palin: You Betcha!
    rating:3.3

    Sarah Palin: You Betcha!

    2011Runtime:0 minutes
    Filmmaker Nick Broomfield tracks down friends, relatives and colleagues of polarizing Alaska politician Sarah Palin in this irreverent documentary. Among those interviewed are Palin's father and plenty of folks with axes to grind.

    Directed by:

  • Nick Broomfield
  • Joan Churchill
  • rating:3.3 3.3 Average Rating

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    On the Ropes
    rating:3.3

    On the Ropes

    1999Runtime:0 minutes
    Filmmakers Nanette Burstein and Brett Morgen's bracing documentary goes behind the scenes to chronicle a year in the lives and careers of three upstart pugilists determined to fight their way out of the ghetto against almost insurmountable odds. Their stories are recounted through the perspective of trainer Harry Keitt, an aging former boxer who, despite constant setbacks, relentlessly guides his charges toward the Golden Gloves championships.

    Directed by:

  • Nanette Burstein
  • rating:3.3 3.3 Average Rating

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    Daughter from Danang: American Experience
    rating:3.3

    Daughter from Danang: American Experience

    2002Runtime:0 minutes
    This documentary follows an adopted American woman -- one of thousands of Vietnamese children who were separated from their families and flown to America in 1975 -- who gets more than she bargained for when she's reunited with her birth mother. The film emphasizes how much culture, rather than innate physical characteristics, can shape an individual. The film won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival.

    Directed by:

  • Gail Dolgin
  • rating:3.3 3.3 Average Rating

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    El General
    rating:3.3

    El General

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    Filmmaker Natalia Almada's documentary traces 100 years of Mexico's history through the story of her great-grandfather Plutarco Elías Calles, whose brutal regime as president from 1924-28 overshadowed his heroics during the Mexican Revolution. A rich portrait of the Mexican people and the country's tumultuous history emerges as Almada contrasts her family's memories of Calles with the collective memory of her country.

    Directed by:

  • Natalia Almada
  • rating:3.3 3.3 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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