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21 Below
rating:3.2

21 Below

2009Runtime:0 minutes
On learning that her infant niece, Maya, is dying of a rare disease, newly pregnant Sharon decides she must return home to Buffalo, N.Y., to help out -- but instead, she steps into a hornet's nest of family turmoil. While Maya deteriorates, another crisis erupts when Karen -- Maya's mother -- becomes pregnant with the child of a former gang member in this cinema verité-style portrait of a family on the brink.

Directed by:

  • Samantha Buck
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    Clans of Scotland
    rating:3.2

    Clans of Scotland

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    Presenter Paul Murton uses historical and modern-day locations, the stunning drama of Scotland's scenery and the testimony of present-day descendants to explore defining moments in the fierce and bloody history of Scotland's clans. Focusing on major characters and events, each episode throws light on one of Scotland's most famous clans: their origins, traditions, ancient hatreds, military prowess and battles to survive extermination and exile.

    Directed by:

  • Paul Murton
  • Kathryn Ross
  • Peter Strachan
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    Gender Rebel
    rating:3.2

    Gender Rebel

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    Director Elaine Epstein's captivating documentary explores the lives of three biological females who reject the conventional concepts of gender and see themselves not as female or male, but something in between. The camera follows these individuals as they encounter challenges at every turn -- from the strain on their relationships to confrontations from communities intolerant of their way of life -- and find a way to cope with social alienation.

    Directed by:

  • Elaine Epstein
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    American Experience: The Great Fever
    rating:3.2

    American Experience: The Great Fever

    2005Runtime:0 minutes
    The scourge of 19th-century America, yellow fever stymied health officials for decades before a team of doctors and scientists ventured to Cuba for answers. This documentary tells their story. When a yellow fever outbreak threatened the lives of U.S. soldiers occupying Cuba in 1900, the U.S. Army sent a team to investigate. Soon, they found the culprit -- mosquitoes -- and set in motion the first public health triumph of the 20th century.

    Directed by:

  • Adriana Bosch
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    To Catch a Dollar: Muhammad Yunus Banks on America
    rating:3.2

    To Catch a Dollar: Muhammad Yunus Banks on America

    2010Runtime:0 minutes
    Gayle Ferraro's documentary tells the story of Muhammad Yunus, a figure whose special banking system financed the dreams of more than 7 million impoverished Bangladeshi women, here attempting to do the same for the women of Queens, New York. Over the course of 30 years, Yanus has built a model of practical philanthropy, and this film serves to demonstrate that the so-called Third World and the so-called First aren't as far apart as they seem.

    Directed by:

  • Gayle Ferraro
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    The Conquerors
    rating:3.2

    The Conquerors

    2005Runtime:0 minutes
    Former U.S. Marine Capt. Dale Dye is your host on a long walk through time in this History Channel series, presenting a documentary tour de force on the world's greatest battles and the fearless men who fought them -- from King David and El Cid to Napoleon and Julius Caesar. Moving through history, the film also chronicles the developments in man-made technology that made the conquering of foreign lands ever easier to achieve.

    Directed by:

  • Scott Billups
  • Sonya Gay Bourn
  • Andrew Nock
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    American Experience: Building the Alaska Highway
    rating:3.2

    American Experience: Building the Alaska Highway

    2005Runtime:0 minutes
    During the dark early days of World War II, thousands of American soldiers began one of the most titanic construction efforts ever attempted -- the Alaska Highway, which would eventually span across the sub-Arctic wilderness of British Columbia, the Yukon Territory and Alaska. This documentary features interviews with highway workers, archival footage and, of course, breathtaking scenery. Part of the award-winning "American Experience" series.

    Directed by:

  • Tracy Heather Strain
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    Last Call at the Oasis
    rating:3.2

    Last Call at the Oasis

    2011Runtime:0 minutes
    This compelling documentary explores the global water crisis, examining deficiencies in the supply system and communities affected by water shortages. Scientists, activists and social entrepreneurs shed light on this shocking and pervasive problem.

    Directed by:

  • Jessica Yu
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    Lewis and Clark: Great Journey West: Special Edition
    rating:3.2

    Lewis and Clark: Great Journey West: Special Edition

    1997Runtime:0 minutes
    Sent by President Jefferson to find the fabled Northwest Passage, Lewis and Clark led the most courageous and important expedition in American history. Journey with them across a breath-taking landscape for an experience that explores the history -- and the promise -- of America.

    Directed by:

  • Karen Goodman
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    The Party's Over
    rating:3.2

    The Party's Over

    2001Runtime:0 minutes
    This engaging documentary, hosted by a pre-Oscar Philip Seymour Hoffman, finds the actor covering the Democratic and Republican conventions in 2000, interviewing politicians, pundits and voters of all political stripes. Ample time is also given to the myriad protesters on both sides. The filmmakers score interviews with Ralph Nader, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Newt Gingrich, Barney Frank, Noam Chomsky, Bill Maher and Michael Moore, among others.

    Directed by:

  • Donovan Leitch
  • Rebecca Chaiklin
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    Mysteries of the Deep: Legendary Shipwrecks: Lost Ships of the Mediterranean
    rating:3.2

    Mysteries of the Deep: Legendary Shipwrecks: Lost Ships of the Mediterranean

    1999Runtime:0 minutes
    Martin Sheen hosts this fascinating documentary series produced by the award-winning &NFi;National Geographic&NFi_; team. Plunge deep into the ocean and discover an eerie world of shipwrecks, steeped in secrets that hold the key to some of the most tragic maritime disasters in history. Also includes "Lost Ships of the Mediterranean."

    Directed by:

  • Gail Willumsen
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    Stolen
    rating:3.2

    Stolen

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    In 1990, thieves absconded with 13 masterpieces -- including works by Rembrandt and Vermeer -- from Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, pulling off the greatest art heist in U.S. history. Rebecca Dreyfus's investigative documentary delves into this modern mystery, piecing together clues gleaned from archival documents, art critics, historians, collectors and informants (both credible and dubious) to shed light on the as-yet unsolved case.

    Directed by:

  • Rebecca Dreyfus
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    Intangible Asset No. 82
    rating:3.2

    Intangible Asset No. 82

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    After 16 failed attempts, Australian drummer Simon Barker returns to South Korea a final time, looking to meet and study with elusive shaman Kim Seok-Chul, a grandmaster musician officially honored by his country as its 82nd Intangible Asset. Filmmaker Emma Franz captures Barker's life-changing journey as he encounters a variety of colorful characters, overcomes cultural barriers and finally locates Seok-Chul just days before the master's death.

    Directed by:

  • Emma Franz
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    9500 Liberty
    rating:3.2

    9500 Liberty

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    Under pressure from anti-immigration groups, officials in Virginia's Prince William County enact a controversial measure requiring police to step up their efforts to identify and detain suspected illegal aliens. Filmmakers Eric Byler and Annabel Park detail the turmoil that the new law stirs in the community, as well as the efforts of local citizens to resist what they regard as an unconstitutional assault on individual rights.

    Directed by:

  • Eric Byler
  • Annabel Park
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    Vlast (Power)
    rating:3.2

    Vlast (Power)

    2010Runtime:0 minutes
    Documentarian Cathryn Collins makes her directorial debut with a poignant portrait filmed over the course of several years, dissecting the evolution of political power in Russia through the rise and fall of oil exec Mikhail Borisovich Khodorkovsky. Once the richest Russian alive, Khodorkovsky found himself arrested and his company seized after publicly opposing Vladimir Putin's leadership. But until his name is cleared, "freedom" is relative.

    Directed by:

  • Cathryn Collins
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    Be Good, Smile Pretty
    rating:3.2

    Be Good, Smile Pretty

    2003Runtime:0 minutes
    In March 2001, when Tracy Droz Tragos happened upon a first-hand account of her father's death on a U.S. Naval swift boat in Vietnam, she decided she needed to know exactly who that 25-year-old stranger was. Be Good, Smile Pretty documents Tragos's journey of discovery and the powerfully moving, personal exploration of her grief for the father she never knew, a grief shared by the estimated 20,000 Americans whose fathers were killed in Vietnam.

    Directed by:

  • Tracy Droz Tragos
  • rating:3.2 3.2 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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