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Invisibles
rating:3.1

Invisibles

2006Runtime:0 minutes
Filmed in several languages by five acclaimed directors, this collection of shorts honors the humanitarian efforts of unsung heroes all over the world and sheds light on once-invisible crises that plague underdeveloped regions. Selections include "Letters to Nora," which documents the horrors of Chagas' disease in Latin America, and "Night Commuters," which shadows small groups of Ugandan youths on the run from violent kidnappers and murderers.

Directed by:

  • Mariano Barroso
  • Isabel Coixet
  • Javier Corcuera
  • Fernando Leon de Aranoa
  • Wim Wenders
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    Great Directors
    rating:3.1

    Great Directors

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    New York-based businesswoman and filmmaker Angela Ismailos offers this collection of in-depth interviews with David Lynch, John Sayles, Catherine Breillat, Bernardo Bertolucci and six other internationally acclaimed film directors. Touching on everything from the creative process and the history of cinema to the necessity of balancing art and commerce, Ismailos's interviews also include sit-downs with Liliana Cavani, Ken Loach and Agnès Varda.

    Directed by:

  • Angela Ismailos
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    I Love Hip Hop in Morocco
    rating:3.1

    I Love Hip Hop in Morocco

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    Documentary filmmakers Joshua Asen and Jennifer Needleman journey to Morocco, where local hip-hop artists such as H-Kayne and Fnaire labor to stage a monumental traveling "I Love Hip Hop in Morocco" festival for their fans. Stymied by their conservative culture, the pioneering Moroccan organizers nevertheless pull off a multi-city event that blends an upbeat and courteous Moroccan sensibility with American hip-hop style.

    Directed by:

  • Joshua Asen
  • Jennifer Needleman
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    American Experience: Sister Aimee
    rating:3.1

    American Experience: Sister Aimee

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    At the peak of her immense popularity in the 1920s, evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson was drawing larger crowds to her revivals than those of P.T. Barnum or Harry Houdini. This chapter of "American Experience" paints a vivid portrait of the controversial and charismatic religious figure. Credited with mainstreaming religion in American culture, Sister Aimee created one of the country's first Christian radio stations, among other accomplishments.

    Directed by:

  • Linda Garmon
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    Journey of the Heart: Henri Nouwen
    rating:3.1

    Journey of the Heart: Henri Nouwen

    2003Runtime:0 minutes
    Filmed just a year before his death, this inspiring documentary captures charismatic scholar and spiritual leader Henri Nouwen knee-deep in his thought-provoking work, ministering to people with severe developmental disabilities. Melding rarely seen footage with a string of fascinating interviews with Nouwen's friends, colleagues and family members, this intimate portrait is a snapshot of a modern-day saint.

    Directed by:

  • Karen Pascal
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    Wade in the Water, Children
    rating:3.1

    Wade in the Water, Children

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    Through a passionate mixture of private videos, uncensored interviews and school-day adventures, the children of New Orleans's violent Central City neighborhood have created a riveting portrait of childhood at the heart of an ongoing American crisis. The result of a documentary-film class at Singleton Charter School, Wade in the Water, Children offers a poetic and devastating look at life in the Crescent City through the eyes of its youngest citizens.

    Directed by:

  • Elizabeth Wood
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    Making Grace
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    Making Grace

    2005Runtime:0 minutes
    In this intimate documentary, filmmaker Catherine Gund examines lesbian motherhood through the eyes of longtime partners Ann Krsul and Leslie Sullivan, who desperately want to have a child. Charting their unconventional path toward parenthood, from the first tough decisions -- such as choosing a sperm donor and deciding who will carry the child -- to their joy at the birth of baby Grace, this moving film reveals a uniquely emotional journey.

    Directed by:

  • Catherine Gund
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    Black Coffee
    rating:3.1

    Black Coffee

    2005Runtime:0 minutes
    Director Irene Lilienheim Angelico steers this documentary series about a simple subject -- coffee -- into compelling territory by chronicling its long and often complicated history throughout the world. Beginning with the bean's discovery in Ethiopia, Angelico traces how coffee came to be one of the most craved beverages in the world, boosting economies, sparking revolutions and spreading the love of caffeine everywhere.

    Directed by:

  • Irene Lilienheim Angelico
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    Miracle on the Hudson
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    Miracle on the Hudson

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    On Jan. 15, 2009, US Airways pilot Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger successfully "landed" flight 1549 in the middle of New York's Hudson River after the plane's engines were lost due to a birdstrike, saving the lives of all 155 on board. Featuring news footage, expert analysis and firsthand accounts from several of the passengers, crewmembers and rescue workers, this compelling documentary recounts the events of that memorable day.

    Directed by:

  • Christina Bavetta
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    The Two Cubas
    rating:3.1

    The Two Cubas

    2005Runtime:0 minutes
    Living within the confines of Fidel Castro's intolerant regime, Jose Rodriguez and Jose Luis open up to the creators of this Logo network documentary series and share their experiences on what it's like to be a gay man in Cuba. While Rodriguez never sees himself living any other place than Cuba, it's always been Luis's dream to travel to Germany, and it's the circumstances surrounding this desire that occupies much of this unique series.

    Directed by:

  • Carolina Valencia
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    In 500 Words or Less
    rating:3.0

    In 500 Words or Less

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    Training their cameras on a quartet of college-bound high school students, filmmakers Molly M. Fowler and Amanda Zinoman capture the inherent drama of preparing an all-encompassing essay that's 500 words long -- or less. It's not easy to define oneself at 17, especially in such a short space. But as the subjects work through the word count, they make surprising new discoveries about their goals and accomplishments.

    Directed by:

  • Amanda Zinoman
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    Hana, Dul, Sed...
    rating:3.0

    Hana, Dul, Sed...

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    Filmmaker Brigitte Weich follows four members of North Korea's national women's soccer team during their careers and after retirement in this fascinating documentary that provides a look inside the nation's culture. While playing, the women receive financial perks at home, but endure taunts about their country when abroad. Forced to retire when the team doesn't qualify for the Olympics, the women move on to other jobs or raising families.

    Directed by:

  • Brigitte Weich
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    Building Big: Dams
    rating:3.0

    Building Big: Dams

    2000Runtime:0 minutes
    Explore man's never-ending quest to control water flow in this documentary hosted by David Macaulay. The film focuses on the significance and power of dam structures such as Egypt's Aswan Dam; explores the reasons for the deadly 1889 flood in Johnstown, Pennsylvania; and reveals the visionaries behind the engineering feats, including Hoover Dam's relentless chief engineer, Frank Crowe. Extras include a mini-dam-building activity for kids.

    Directed by:

  • Judith Dawn Hallet
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    Class Act
    rating:3.0

    Class Act

    2005Runtime:0 minutes
    Morgan Spurlock, Joe Morley and Heather Winters -- the same group of filmmakers that exposed the greasy truth about fast-food "supersizing" -- team with director Sara Sackner for this eye-opening documentary that looks under the hood of America's public school curriculum. Under the microscope this time is arts education and its pitiable lack of funding, as well as the vital role a teacher can play in the lives of struggling students.

    Directed by:

  • Sara Sackner
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    Leona's Sister Gerri
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    Leona's Sister Gerri

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    Jane Gillooly's intense documentary humanizes an iconic photograph that became the centerpiece for the fight for abortion rights. Before her body was found on a motel floor after a botched illegal abortion -- an image captured and reprinted hundreds of times -- Gerri Santoro was a beloved mother and a sister. She was also a woman struggling to leave an abusive marriage. Here, she's remembered in all her complexity, rather than as simply a victim.

    Directed by:

  • Jane Gillooly
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    We're Not Broke
    rating:3.0

    We're Not Broke

    2012Runtime:0 minutes
    In this searing exposé, filmmakers explore the discontent of activists fed up with a government that allows U.S. corporations to skip out on paying their fair share of taxes, leaving consumers to shoulder the brunt of a great recession.

    Directed by:

  • Victoria Bruce
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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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