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The Little Travelers: Japan
rating:3.0

The Little Travelers: Japan

2008Runtime:0 minutes
Experience Japan through the eyes of a child as American sisters Chantelle Hart and Nakia Hart begin their travels making friends and exploring the country's culture and customs in this award-winning educational adventure for the whole family. Spending three months in the ancient country, the twosome learn a little Japanese, play taiko drums, dress up in kimonos, meet ninjas, spend a day in preschool and taste lots of food -- even snails.

Directed by:

  • Angelina Hart
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    Twisted: A Balloonamentary
    rating:3.0

    Twisted: A Balloonamentary

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    In this engrossing documentary, you'll explore the unusual world of balloon twisters, as eight experts explain how learning to transform balloons into animals, people and other amazing shapes has also transformed their lives. Filmmakers Naomi Greenfield and Sara Taksler visit Twist and Shout, one of the world's top conventions for this uncommon pastime, and discover that in the right hands, simple latex balloons can become almost anything.

    Directed by:

  • Naomi Greenfield
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    Rebels with a Cause
    rating:3.0

    Rebels with a Cause

    2000Runtime:0 minutes
    Using news clips, archival footage and recently conducted interviews to put it all in context, director Helen Garvey spins a fascinating documentary about the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), the passionate, often contentious but deeply committed activist group that blazed its way through the issues of the day (Vietnam, in particular) in the 1960s. Interviewees include former senator Tom Hayden, Todd Gitlin and Bernardine Dohrn.

    Directed by:

  • Helen Garvy
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    The Third Monday in October
    rating:3.0

    The Third Monday in October

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    As America faced a divisive presidential election in 2004, filmmaker Vanessa Roth took her camera to another series of elections: student council races in four diverse middle schools across the country. The kids discuss issues ranging from updating school textbooks and equipment to improving school lunches. With humor and insight, this documentary explores the impact of family, geography, class and national politics on the students' choices.

    Directed by:

  • Vanessa Roth
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    The Arrivals
    rating:3.0

    The Arrivals

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    Heart-tugging stories of refugees from around the globe -- all hoping to find a better life -- form the focus of this unblinking documentary about French social workers' efforts to help the world's dispossessed. Among the throng are families who can't even explain how they got where they are: at a crowded intake center in Paris. Lacking papers of any kind, the immigrants' fates rest in the hands of the overwhelmed workers trying to assist them.

    Directed by:

  • Claudine Bories
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    Cruel & Unusual
    rating:3.0

    Cruel & Unusual

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    Five transgender women share their experiences behind bars in this shocking documentary. Though they consider themselves women, their male genitalia forces them into men's prisons, where they face unspeakable abuse from both inmates and officials. Easy targets on the inside and frequently denied the medical care and hormone treatments they require, these inmates spend years caught between worlds, making their sentences even harder to bear.

    Directed by:

  • Dan Hunt
  • Janet Baus
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    Soul in the Hole
    rating:3.0

    Soul in the Hole

    1997Runtime:0 minutes
    Documentary filmmaker Danielle Gardner examines New York street basketball and its powerful place in African-American communities. The film focuses on the Brooklyn champion Ed "Booger" Smith and one season with his team, The Kenny Kings, and the hotheaded man who coaches them, Kenny Jones. The Bedford-Stuyvesant hoopsters' relationships with each other, the community and their coach add up to much more than a simple sports documentary.

    Directed by:

  • Danielle Gardner
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    Catching Out
    rating:3.0

    Catching Out

    2002Runtime:0 minutes
    Sarah George's adventurous documentary chronicles the lives of four freight-train-hopping hobos. Candid interviews reveal the circumstances that led each individual to the hobo life, an existence free of authority figures and complicated financial obligations. After years of riding the rails, Switch and Baby Girl face the responsibilities of parenthood, while Lee publishes a hobo-zine and college dropout Jessica quenches her wanderlust.

    Directed by:

  • Sarah George
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    Wonders of the African World
    rating:3.0

    Wonders of the African World

    1999Runtime:0 minutes
    Take a journey to far-off lands with world-renowned scholar and educator Henry Louis Gates Jr. as he examines the historical events that shaped 20th century Africa. Exploring the continent on both land and water, Gates attempts to locate the centuries-old remains of celebrated African cities and kingdoms, sometimes finding what he's looking for in unlikely places scattered throughout modern towns.

    Directed by:

  • Helena Appio
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    Geburt
    rating:3.0

    Geburt

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    Beautifully photographed and conceived, this sublime documentary from filmmakers Erich Langjahr and Silvia Haselbeck artfully chronicles the stages of pregnancy, from gestation and fetal development to Lamaze classes and delivery. Additionally, Langjahr and Haselbeck's film profiles the work of a modern-day midwife, and reveals the serene and almost spiritual way she welcomes a new life into the world.

    Directed by:

  • Erich Langjahr
  • Silvia Haselbeck
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    Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis
    rating:3.0

    Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    In this entrancing documentary on performance artist, photographer and underground filmmaker Jack Smith, photographs and rare clips of Smith's performances and films punctuate interviews with artists, critics, friends and foes to create an engaging portrait of the artist. Widely known for his banned queer erotica film Flaming Creatures, Smith was an innovator and firebrand who influenced artists such as Andy Warhol and John Waters.

    Directed by:

  • Mary Jordan
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    Bird
    rating:3.0

    Bird

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    In this entry in the Dorling Kindersley Eyewitness series, Martin Sheen narrates an amazing look at the world of birds, from their prehistoric past to their evolution into the thousands of different feathered creatures that live today. Stunning footage of birds in the wild reveals how these winged wonders have evolved -- and thrived -- in every part of the world, whether they fly, swim or run.

    Directed by:

  • Alisa Robbins
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    Lockdown, USA
    rating:3.0

    Lockdown, USA

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    Rebecca Chaiklin and Michael Skolnik's stimulating documentary follows hip-hop entrepreneur Russell Simmons's efforts to reform the New York Rockefeller drug laws that inordinately punish first-time and minority offenders. As the outspoken mogul rallies community support, he personalizes the case of Darryl Best -- who was unwittingly caught in the laws' dragnet and sentenced to 15 years -- and enters the quagmire of political negotiation.

    Directed by:

  • Michael Skolnik
  • Rebecca Chaiklin
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    Searching for Debra Winger
    rating:3.0

    Searching for Debra Winger

    2002Runtime:0 minutes
    Originally airing on Showtime, this documentary directed by actress Rosanna Arquette focuses on the life of somewhat hermetic star Debra Winger, as well as the struggles that actresses over the age of 40 have endured in Hollywood. Through interviews with contemporaries such as Diane Lane, Teri Garr, Holly Hunter, Whoopi Goldberg, Meg Ryan and Sharon Stone, Arquette conveys a problem facing many older actresses: the search for quality roles.

    Directed by:

  • Rosanna Arquette
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    Knuckleball!
    rating:3.0

    Knuckleball!

    2012Runtime:0 minutes
    Focusing on one of baseball's more eccentric wrinkles, this documentary spotlights a pitch that's confounded batters and extended pitchers' careers. Archival footage combines with a look at two modern knuckleballers, R.A. Dickey and Tim Wakefield.

    Directed by:

  • Ricki Stern
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    The Good Life
    rating:3.0

    The Good Life

    2010Runtime:0 minutes
    This gently observant documentary relates the tragicomic life story of once-wealthy dowager Mette Beckmann and her middle-aged daughter, Annemette, who subsist in a cramped Portuguese apartment on Mette's tiny pension and their own bickering company.

    Directed by:

  • Eva Mulvad
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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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