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My Generation
rating:3.0

My Generation

2000Runtime:0 minutes
In this penetrating documentary, filmmakers Thomas Haneke and Barbara Kopple compare the epic, independently organized 1969 Woodstock music festival with the corporate-branded Woodstock anniversary concerts held in 1994 and 1999. Focusing on how the festivals both forged and reflected the identity of two different generations, Haneke and Kopple also chronicle the chaos and ugly violence that marred the later concerts.

Directed by:

  • Thomas Haneke
  • Barbara Kopple
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    La Santa Muerte: Saint Death
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    La Santa Muerte: Saint Death

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    Looking for spiritual solace, the disenfranchised of Mexico City's slums worship the skeletal figure of Saint Death. Filmmaker Eva Aridjis examines the role this icon plays in the lives of gang members, prisoners, transsexuals and everyday people. In their need for hope, this disparate group of poor and indigent finds a tangible presence in death that no other religious figure can provide. Gael García Bernal narrates.

    Directed by:

  • Eva Aridjis
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    The Rainbow Warriors of Waiheke Island
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    The Rainbow Warriors of Waiheke Island

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    In this politically charged documentary, survivors of the 1985 attack on the Greenpeace ship the &NFi;Rainbow Warrior&NFi_; recount the vessel's history and its key role in increasing public awareness of nuclear testing on Mururoa Atoll in the Pacific. What began as a "rusty old ship" became a symbol of Greenpeace's environmental activism -- and eventually attracted the attention of the French secret service.

    Directed by:

  • Suzanne Raes
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    The Port of Last Resort: Zuflucht in Shanghai
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    The Port of Last Resort: Zuflucht in Shanghai

    1998Runtime:0 minutes
    Desperate to find a corner of the world that would afford safety from the scourge of Adolf Hitler, between 1938 and 1941 thousands of European Jews headed to Shanghai, China -- the only city without entry requirements. This fascinating documentary examines a little-known sliver of history through archival footage, home movies and the recollections of four people who experienced it: Fred Fields, Siegmar Simon, Ernest Heppner and his wife, Illo.

    Directed by:

  • Paul Rosdy
  • Joan Grossman
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    Eat This New York
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    Eat This New York

    2004Runtime:0 minutes
    Documentarians Andrew Rossi and Kate Novack intercut scenes of the trials and tribulations of two young restaurateurs with interviews with some of New York City's most successful and famous restaurateurs in this engaging film. Daniel Boulud (Cafe Boulud), Keith McNally (Balthazar) and Danny Meyer (Gramercy Tavern) tell of their humble beginnings and how they were able to make it in a city where most eateries close within five years.

    Directed by:

  • Kate Novack
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    My Name Was Sabina Spielrein
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    My Name Was Sabina Spielrein

    2002Runtime:0 minutes
    Using letters, photographs and dramatic reenactments, director Elisabeth Marton provides a portrait of Sabina Spielrein, a key but often overlooked figure in the early days of psychoanalysis. The first patient as well as the lover of Carl Jung -- a relationship Jung's mentor Sigmund Freud advised against -- Spielrein went on to become a psychoanalyst herself. The letters between Spielrein, Freud and Jung form the basis for this documentary.

    Directed by:

  • Elisabeth Marton
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    ANPO: Art X War
    rating:3.0

    ANPO: Art X War

    2010Runtime:0 minutes
    The power of art to articulate the ideas of social activists and generate political action is illuminated in this documentary about Japanese artists who create to protest the American military, who have been in Japan since the 1940s. Using archival footage of demonstrations occurring since World War II, interviews with artists and profiles of many art works, director Linda Hoaglund examines the complex history between Japan and the U.S.

    Directed by:

  • Linda Hoaglund
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    Flag Wars
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    Flag Wars

    2003Runtime:0 minutes
    A gripping look at a complex issue, this documentary explores the upheaval that occurs in a primarily African-American working-class neighborhood in Columbus, Ohio, when it becomes gentrified by an influx of white homosexuals. While longtime residents struggle to survive, the gay newcomers face their own set of issues. The economic and political clash between two historically oppressed groups brings out prejudice and insensitivity on both sides.

    Directed by:

  • Linda Goode Bryant
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    Mussolini: Italy's Nightmare
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    Mussolini: Italy's Nightmare

    1995Runtime:0 minutes
    In this revealing DVD, rare photos and newsreels tell the story of Benito Mussolini's life, from his days as a class bully to the creation of the dreaded black shirt brigades. Eyewitness experts reveal how the Italian dictator's alliance with Hitler ultimately destroyed his country and led to his execution and mutilation by Italian partisans. Contemporary observers explore his renewed popularity and the shocking return of fascism to Italy today.

    Directed by:

  • Molly Thompson
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    Signs Out of Time: The Story of Archaeologist Marija Gimbutas
    rating:3.0

    Signs Out of Time: The Story of Archaeologist Marija Gimbutas

    2003Runtime:0 minutes
    Blending eye-opening interviews and authentic footage, this documentary doubles as a carefully crafted portrait of archaeologist Marija Gimbutas, shedding light on her influential research in the field of prehistoric European civilizations. After shaking up the archaeological establishment with her unconventional theories, Gimbutas went on to inspire a whole new generation of thinkers, winning both supporters and critics along the way.

    Directed by:

  • Donna Read
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    Who's Afraid of Kathy Acker?
    rating:3.0

    Who's Afraid of Kathy Acker?

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    Trace the extreme life of outlaw writer, performance artist and punk icon Kathy Acker through this vibrant documentary portrait, which chronicles her controversial career challenging society's assumptions about gender and sexuality. Through animation, archival footage, interviews and dramatic reenactments, director Barbara Caspar explores Acker's colorful history, from her well-heeled upbringing to her role as the scribe of society's fringe.

    Directed by:

  • Barbara Caspar
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    Motherland
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    Motherland

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    Six women, who have all suffered the death of a child, set out on a mission to help poor children in rural South Africa. As they interact with kids and share their feelings with each other, the women begin to discover hope and experience healing. This character-driven documentary profiles the compelling stories of paramedic Debbi, actress Helena, volunteer Anne, suburban mom Kathy, nursing student Barbara and college student Lauren.

    Directed by:

  • Jennifer Steinman
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    Let It Come Down: The Life of Paul Bowles
    rating:3.0

    Let It Come Down: The Life of Paul Bowles

    1998Runtime:0 minutes
    American expatriate author and composer Paul Bowles -- best known for his influential 1949 novel The Sheltering Sky -- is the subject of this definitive documentary from Canadian director Jennifer Baichwal. While the film's nucleus is an extensive interview with the famously reclusive Bowles, who is surprisingly forthcoming, the highlight is footage of his final rendezvous with fellow scribes Allen Ginsberg and William Burroughs.

    Directed by:

  • Jennifer Baichwal
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    The Peddler
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    The Peddler

    2010Runtime:0 minutes
    Movie magic sparkles at the heart of this portrait of Daniel Burmeister, a one-man film crew who drives through rural Argentina convincing locals in one town after another to help him make a feature film right there "on location." The rambling director's energy and ingenuity, and the enthusiasm his productions inspire in the locals, transform villages into movie sets and villagers into the stars of their own features.

    Directed by:

  • Lucas Marcheggiano
  • Eduardo de la Serna
  • Adriana Yurcovich
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    Carmen Miranda: Bananas Is My Business
    rating:3.0

    Carmen Miranda: Bananas Is My Business

    1994Runtime:0 minutes
    Beloved by U.S. audiences as the embodiment of Latin American spice but dismissed in South America as a caricatured stereotype, actress Carmen Miranda was once the richest woman in America. Her complex and turbulent life gets the star treatment in this 1994 documentary about the Brazilian Bombshell, whose signature fashion statement was a fruit basket on her head. Interviewees include actors Cesar Romero, Alice Faye and Rita Moreno.

    Directed by:

  • Helena Solberg
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    The World of Jacques Demy
    rating:3.0

    The World of Jacques Demy

    1995Runtime:0 minutes
    For a change, French New Wave auteur Jacques Demy is in front of, instead of behind, the lens in this fascinating documentary -- directed by his wife, filmmaker Agnes Varda -- that looks at Demy's life and his work. Get to know the director of the seminal Bay of Angels, Lola and The Umbrellas of Cherbourg through the eyes of those closest to him.

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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
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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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