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211: Anna
rating:3.0

211: Anna

2009Runtime:0 minutes
Witness journalist Anna Politkovskaya's austere approach to covering stories such as the Chechen War and Beslan school hostage crisis. Politkovskaya's 2006 assassination earned her place no. 211 on the Russian Union of Journalists record of members killed in Russia since 1991, but her highly lauded work lives on in this documentary that features interviews with her children, spouse and newspaper colleagues.

Directed by:

  • Giovanna Massimetti
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    Draquila: Italy Trembles
    rating:3.0

    Draquila: Italy Trembles

    2010Runtime:0 minutes
    Despite allegations of blackmail, bribery and worse, Silvio Berlusconi remains one of the most popular prime ministers in Italian history. In this sardonic documentary, satirist Sabina Guzzanti seeks to discover why he continues to be elected. At the heart of this 2010 Cannes Film Festival Official Selection is L'Aquila, an earthquake-ravaged small town that Guzzanti views as representative of the shift in Italian life under Berlusconi's leadership.

    Directed by:

  • Sabina Guzzanti
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    Code of the West
    rating:3.0

    Code of the West

    2012Runtime:0 minutes
    This political documentary follows a 2011 attempt by Montana lawmakers to repeal the state's medical marijuana law -- the first U.S. state to do so. The film portrays the complexities of the legislative process and the emotions raised by the issue.

    Directed by:

  • Rebecca Richman Cohen
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    Left Lane: On the Road with Folk Poet Alix Olson
    rating:3.0

    Left Lane: On the Road with Folk Poet Alix Olson

    2005Runtime:0 minutes
    In this intimate documentary, you'll tag along with fiery folk poet and progressive lesbian activist Alix Olsen as she and filmmaker Samantha Farinella -- who's also Alix's tour manager -- hit the road. Stopping in such places as Lincoln, Neb., and Charlotte, N.C., Alix delivers dynamic performances and champions the fight for independent thinking and tolerance. Also included are insightful interviews with her feisty grandmother and mom.

    Directed by:

  • Samantha Farinella
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    The Young and the Dead
    rating:2.9

    The Young and the Dead

    2001Runtime:0 minutes
    An entertaining documentary about the enterprising world of undertaking. The grave business of tending to the dead took a lively turn in Los Angeles recently when a cemetery in decline was revamped. The Hollywood Memorial Cemetery was a decaying burial ground until it was modernized -- with interactive features, touch-screen kiosks and even a gift shop -- and turned into the Hollywood Forever, a popular new tourist hot spot.

    Directed by:

  • Shari Springer Berman
  • rating:2.9 2.9 Average Rating

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    The Angola 3: Black Panthers and the Last Slave Plantation
    rating:2.9

    The Angola 3: Black Panthers and the Last Slave Plantation

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    This startling film exposes how speaking out against prisoner abuse led the Angola 3 -- Robert King Wilkerson, Herman Wallace and Albert Woodfox -- to be unjustly convicted of murder and forced to spend over three decades in solitary confinement. Featuring interviews with activists such as Geronimo Pratt, the documentary chronicles the trio's ongoing struggle for prisoners' rights while incarcerated at the Louisiana State Penitentiary.

    Directed by:

  • Scott Crow
  • Ann Harkness
  • rating:2.9 2.9 Average Rating

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    Mystical Brain
    rating:2.9

    Mystical Brain

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    Documentary filmmaker Isabelle Raynauld profiles a groundbreaking study carried out by researchers from the University of Montreal on the potential links between mystical or spiritual states of grace and human health. Enlisting the aid of Carmelite nuns and Buddhist monks, the team of scholars attempts to learn more about how patients can use meditation -- and similar "states of grace" -- to help improve the body's ability to heal.

    Directed by:

  • Isabelle Raynauld
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    The Pervert's Guide to Cinema
    rating:2.9

    The Pervert's Guide to Cinema

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    Philosopher and culture critic Slavoj Zizek dissects the hidden messages embedded in cinema classics from the likes of David Lynch, Alfred Hitchcock and the Marx brothers in this compelling documentary directed by Sophie Fiennes. Against the backdrop of iconic movie locales and replica sets, Zizek probes filmmakers' appeal to deep-seated human fears, the role of fantasy in sexual relations and the interplay between illusion and reality.

    Directed by:

  • Sophie Fiennes
  • rating:2.9 2.9 Average Rating

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    Full Frame: Documentary Shorts
    rating:2.9

    Full Frame: Documentary Shorts

    1999Runtime:0 minutes
    Full Frame, a highly selective documentary film festival chaired by none other than the iconic Martin Scorsese, is now releasing highlights from its collection of shorts. Catch the work of a diverse group of filmmakers, from recent film school grads to veterans such as Mira Nair (who directed Monsoon Wedding and Mississippi Masala).

    Directed by:

  • Mira Nair
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    So
    rating:2.9

    So

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    Unattached filmmaker Aimee Jennings steps in as the subject of her own documentary -- a film inspired by Chris Marker's Sans Soleil -- in this Tribeca Film Festival selection tracing her one-woman road trip through the wilds of Australia. An intriguing combination of pixilated moving images, still photographs and reflective voice-overs, the film touches on several themes, including loneliness, mediocrity, love and the search for happiness.

    Directed by:

  • Aimee Jennings
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    Ten9Eight: Shoot for the Moon
    rating:2.9

    Ten9Eight: Shoot for the Moon

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    In filmmaker Mary Mazzio's inspiring documentary, young inner-city students -- entrepreneurs -- discuss their harrowing lives and the numerous obstacles they've overcome as they compete to take home a $10,000 grant to start a business. The diverse group of creative, enthusiastic and determined teens is followed closely as they participate in a prestigious competition hosted by the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship.

    Directed by:

  • Mary Mazzio
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    Plaster Caster
    rating:2.9

    Plaster Caster

    2001Runtime:0 minutes
    Chicago artist and groupie Cynthia Plaster Caster -- who preserved rock-and-roll history in her own unique way by casting in plaster (hence her name) the private parts of the famous musicians she slept with -- dishes about her wild past with the help of Camille Paglia, artist Ed Pashke and some of the men she may (or may not) have memorialized: Jello Biafra of the Dead Kennedys, Paul Barker of Ministry and Jeff Tweedy of Wilco.

    Directed by:

  • Jessica Villines
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    Requiem for Billy the Kid
    rating:2.9

    Requiem for Billy the Kid

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    French filmmaker Anne Feinsilber revisits the Wild West to investigate the untimely death of famed outlaw William Bonney, known to history as Billy the Kid. Did Sheriff Pat Garrett really kill Billy, or does another man inhabit that New Mexico grave? Amid gorgeous scenic shots and vintage photographs, Feinsilber also explores parallels between the Kid and the short-lived French poet Arthur Rimbaud, whose words are read here by Kris Kristofferson.

    Directed by:

  • Anne Feinsilber
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    Junior
    rating:2.9

    Junior

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    Grab a front-row bench for this riveting portrait of Canada's highly competitive junior hockey division, featuring a season in the life of Baie-Comeau players as they struggle to turn around a losing season under enormous pressure. These young adult men must contend with many elements of a professional sports career, such as appeasing handlers, dealing with fans and being traded -- all while struggling to grow up just like everyone else.

    Directed by:

  • Isabelle Lavigne
  • rating:2.9 2.9 Average Rating

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    Whale Mission
    rating:2.9

    Whale Mission

    2005Runtime:0 minutes
    Join the hardy crew of the Sedna IV on a research mission to study the Atlantic whale population in its native environment. Driven to near-extinction by the world's hunger for blubber, these massive marine mammals are finally starting to recover. Narrator David Suzuki explains how scientists are trying to preserve and protect the world's whales, how close whales came to dying out and the dangers that still threaten them.

    Directed by:

  • Jean Lemire
  • Caroline Underwood
  • rating:2.9 2.9 Average Rating

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    American Mullet
    rating:2.9

    American Mullet

    2001Runtime:0 minutes
    Documentarian Jennifer Arnold hit the streets of America to see how people really feel about the mullet -- the 1980s short-on-top, long-in-back hairstyle (also known as "the ape drape" and "hockey hair," among other things). The results are hilarious and reveal that there are champions of this oft-maligned style in more American backwaters than you might expect.

    Directed by:

  • Jennifer Arnold
  • rating:2.9 2.9 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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