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Erasing David
rating:3.2

Erasing David

2009Runtime:0 minutes
British citizen David Bond decides to find out, for better or for worse, just how private his identity is - by hiring detectives to locate him after he's "disappeared" for a month. His goal: to see if one can drop out of sight in this day and age.

Directed by:

  • Melinda McDougall
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    Harsh Beauty
    rating:3.2

    Harsh Beauty

    2005Runtime:0 minutes
    Eunuchs were once a prized component of India's spiritual life, but now many live in the slums, isolated from the rest of society. Amid these conditions, eunuch trio Jyothi, Usha and Hira Bai struggle for acceptance. Filmed over the course of four years, this surprisingly warm documentary provides an intimate look at eunuch life in India, as the three women work in a harem and share their dreams and frustrations with rare candor.

    Directed by:

  • Alessandra Zeka
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    American Waitress, New Mexico
    rating:3.2

    American Waitress, New Mexico

    2002Runtime:0 minutes
    Director Vanessa Vassar's humorous and humbling documentary puts a name to the face of four New Mexico food servers, who dispense their thoughts about social structures, sexual politics and spirituality with hard-won grace and wit. Their views about the vocation range from realistic to romantic to existential, but the mystery of how these waitresses spend their time off -- motorcycling, welding, mountain climbing -- may be the greater revelation.

    Directed by:

  • Vanessa Vassar
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    Gangland: Bullets Over Hollywood
    rating:3.2

    Gangland: Bullets Over Hollywood

    2005Runtime:0 minutes
    Exploring Tinseltown's portrayal of the underworld, this made-for-cable documentary is packed with film clips, interviews and archival footage featuring bona fide gangsters. Boasting stars such as Edward G. Robinson and Al Pacino, along with fare ranging from The Godfather to "The Sopranos," the mobster genre has always thrived. James Caan, ex-wiseguy Henry Hill, former G-man Joe Pistone and others discuss our fascination with organized crime.

    Directed by:

  • Elaina Archer
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    The True Story of Che Guevera
    rating:3.2

    The True Story of Che Guevera

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    In the years since his death, revolutionary Che Guevara has attained iconic status. This documentary explores the truth behind the myths, delving into Guevara's plans to spread his philosophy throughout Latin America and his ultimate effect on the Cold War. Biographer Jon Lee Anderson takes viewers from Guevara's Argentine homeland to the battlefields of the Cuban revolution and reveals the CIA's plot to quell the activist's tide of change.

    Directed by:

  • Maria Wye Berry
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    Sweetgrass
    rating:3.2

    Sweetgrass

    2010Runtime:0 minutes
    As much a work of cultural anthropology as it is a documentary, this unique film traces the path of a family of Montana sheepherders as they drive their flock down from the treacherous and beautiful Absaroka Beartooth mountain range.

    Directed by:

  • Ilisa Barbash
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    War Don Don
    rating:3.2

    War Don Don

    2010Runtime:0 minutes
    Filmmaker Rebecca Richman Cohen offers this gripping documentary that follows the sensational trial of Issa Sesay, a controversial leader in Sierra Leone's bloody civil war who stands accused of heinous crimes against humanity.

    Directed by:

  • Rebecca Richman Cohen
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    Sissyboy
    rating:3.2

    Sissyboy

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    Follow the improbable rise of Portland-based drag troupe Sissyboy, which, for more than three years, infused its members with pride and a sense of possibility while serving its fans cutting-edge social commentary. In this documentary, Sissyboy members, known for testing the boundaries of good taste, talk about the acceptance they felt as part of the troupe and how this unconventional art movement changed their lives.

    Directed by:

  • Katie Turinski
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    Gangs of Baghdad
    rating:3.2

    Gangs of Baghdad

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    In this gripping documentary, filmmaker Aida Schlaepfer -- born to an Iraqi father and a Lebanese mother -- captures stories of brutal gang violence that erupted in Baghdad during the wake of the city's fall in 2003. Among the victims' heartbreaking narratives are a grieving family's memories of their relative's violent murder and a wealthy clan's harrowing escape from the hands of abusive kidnappers.

    Directed by:

  • Aida Schlaepfer
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    Aging Out
    rating:3.2

    Aging Out

    2004Runtime:0 minutes
    This gritty documentary from filmmakers Roger Weisberg and Vanessa Roth offers an unflinching look at America's foster care system as seen through the eyes of three adolescents preparing to exit the program. Released into the unfamiliar landscape of adulthood with no occupational skills, little money and no idea what lies ahead, these self-reliant teens endure homelessness, imprisonment and drug addiction before taking control of their lives.

    Directed by:

  • Roger Weisberg
  • Vanessa Roth
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    Cleopatra: The First Woman of Power
    rating:3.2

    Cleopatra: The First Woman of Power

    1999Runtime:0 minutes
    Narrated by actress Anjelica Huston, this 1999 documentary explores the myths surrounding the legendary ruler of Egypt, separating fact from fiction. Was Cleopatra a captivating temptress who seduced her way to the top? Or was she a capable and intelligent leader? With the help of reenactments, location footage, Hollywood film clips and interviews with historians, the fascinating truth about Cleopatra emerges.

    Directed by:

  • Katherine Gilday
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    Empires: Peter and Paul and the Christian Revolution
    rating:3.2

    Empires: Peter and Paul and the Christian Revolution

    2002Runtime:0 minutes
    This SBS-TV production examines the life of Peter and Paul and how they weathered persecution as they led the rise of Christianity, born thousands of years ago when Jesus preached his good word and was nailed to the cross for it. His believers kept his teachings alive in spite of the oppressive Roman Empire, which worked to kill the commitment of the faithful. Instead, the Empire failed and Christianity lives on.

    Directed by:

  • Margaret Koval
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    Held Hostage in Colombia
    rating:3.2

    Held Hostage in Colombia

    2004Runtime:0 minutes
    When Marxist soldiers captured U.S. government contractors Thomas Howes, Marc Gonsalves and Keith Stansell in February 2003 after their plane went down in the Colombian jungle, only reporter Jorge Enrique Botero was allowed to interview them. In this documentary by Karin Hayes and Victoria Bruce, viewers accompany Botero on his visit to the camp where the Americans were being held captive.

    Directed by:

  • Jorge Enrique Botero
  • Victoria Bruce
  • Karin Hayes
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    Archeology of Memory: Villa Grimaldi
    rating:3.2

    Archeology of Memory: Villa Grimaldi

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    Years after he was incarcerated in the vicious detention center Villa Grimaldi under the rule of Gen. Augusto Pinochet, Chilean exile musician Quique Cruz returns to his homeland to mount an ambitious and moving multimedia art piece. Along the way, he enlists the help of other artist friends who were imprisoned with him. This film was an official selection at the Vancouver Film Festival and at California's Mill Valley Film Festival.

    Directed by:

  • Quique Cruz
  • Marilyn Mulford
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    Lost Souls
    rating:3.2

    Lost Souls

    2010Runtime:0 minutes
    In her first documentary film, California-born Monika Navarro explores her family history via slightly unconventional means, traveling to Mexico with camera in hand to talk to her U.S. Army veteran uncle, who was deported with his brother in 1999. A stranger in his own "homeland," he's now barely clinging to survival. But his brother's fate was far worse, ultimately succumbing to addiction and despair.

    Directed by:

  • Monika Navarro
  • rating:3.2 3.2 Average Rating

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    Shining Soul: Helen Keller's Spiritual Life and Legacy
    rating:3.2

    Shining Soul: Helen Keller's Spiritual Life and Legacy

    2005Runtime:0 minutes
    While many people know the particulars of Helen Keller's battle to find her voice, few are aware of the depth and importance of her religious and spiritual beliefs, which are explored in this thought-provoking program. Keller was perhaps most influenced by the work of Swedish philosopher and mystic Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772), a man who claimed to have talked to angels and to have been directed by God himself.

    Directed by:

  • Penny Price
  • 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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