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Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo
rating:2.8

Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo

2009Runtime:0 minutes
Jessica Oreck -- a past contributor to PBS' "Nature" -- turns her lens on the insect world in this documentary, but her true focus is on the hold the creepy-crawly creatures exert on the collective imagination of the Japanese people. Tracing the connection all the way back to that country's first emperor -- who dubbed Japan "Isle of the Dragonflies" -- the film shows how bugs have wormed their way into every aspect of Japanese culture.

Directed by:

  • Jessica Oreck
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    The Truth About Cancer
    rating:2.8

    The Truth About Cancer

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    Using her husband's struggle with cancer as a case in point, filmmaker Linda Garmon explores the status of the fight against the devastating disease and looks at the lives of the medical professionals dedicated curing it. Interweaving personal testimony with science, this compelling documentary also includes a panel discussion with cancer experts led by broadcast journalist and cancer survivor Linda Ellerbee.

    Directed by:

  • Linda Garmon
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    George W. Bushisms
    rating:2.8

    George W. Bushisms

    2004Runtime:0 minutes
    He didn't really say that ... did he?! "Dubya" is the butt of this collection of presidential bloopers and weird sayings ("Bushisms") from the 2004 presidential campaign. Hosted by comedian Brian Unger and featuring a comically caustic commentary by radio and TV personality Al Franken and author Jacob Weisberg, this video is a hilarious, off-the-cuff rip on our sometimes tongue-tied commander in chief.

    Directed by:

  • Elizabeth Reeder
  • rating:2.8 2.8 Average Rating

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    Vito After
    rating:2.8

    Vito After

    2005Runtime:0 minutes
    With this compelling film, documentarian Maria Pusateri captures the moving story of Vito Friscia, an NYPD cop whose heroic acts during Sept. 11 have thrown him into an impending life-threatening battle with the toxic aftereffects of ground zero exposure. By chronicling Friscia's personal struggle, Pusateri offers insight into the plight of first responders who continue to confront the physical, mental and emotional fallout of that fateful day.

    Directed by:

  • Maria Pusateri
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    Poison Dust
    rating:2.8

    Poison Dust

    2005Runtime:0 minutes
    By telling the stories of three veterans of the war in Iraq who haven't been able to find explanations for the medical problems they've suffered since their 2003 tours of duty, director Sue Harris reveals a public health issue few people are aware of. Could the increased use of radioactive depleted-uranium weapons -- and a subsequent Pentagon cover-up -- be to blame for the rise in serious health issues among soldiers returning from Iraq?

    Directed by:

  • Sue Harris
  • rating:2.8 2.8 Average Rating

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    Malls R Us
    rating:2.8

    Malls R Us

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    This provocative documentary from filmmaker Helene Klodawsky examines the ways that shopping malls transcend their profane function as centers of commerce to become -- for better or worse -- de facto sacred spaces in modern life. Drawing on illustrations from malls across the globe and insights from architects, activists and shoppers, Klodawsky explores how social interaction in these public spaces is redefining cultural values.

    Directed by:

  • Helene Klodawsky
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    New York Memories
    rating:2.8

    New York Memories

    2010Runtime:0 minutes
    In this filmic memoir, German director Rosa von Praunheim returns to New York, a city he knew and loved in the woolly 1970s, to see what he might find and also to check in on the colorful protagonists of his 1989 documentary, Ɯberleben in New York. Both a personal journey and a historical survey, New York Memories captures a transformed city by charting the shifting course of gay life, from Warhol Factory figures to the AIDS ravaged, within it.

    Directed by:

  • Rosa von Praunheim
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    A Finished Life: The Goodbye & No Regrets Tour
    rating:2.8

    A Finished Life: The Goodbye & No Regrets Tour

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    For nearly half his 48 years, Gregg Gour combated his HIV with medications that made him sicker than the disease itself. This documentary follows Gour as he abandons the drugs and spends his last six months facing death on his own terms. After heartfelt reconciliations with family and friends, he gives away everything he owns, buys an RV and hits the road with his beloved dog, Cody. Along the way, he discusses his disease, life and death.

    Directed by:

  • Michelle Boyaner
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    The Man Who Studies Murder
    rating:2.8

    The Man Who Studies Murder

    2003Runtime:0 minutes
    Elliott Leyton, the subject of this riveting documentary by filmmaker Barbara Doran, can't help but be fascinating; that's because Leyton, who teaches at the Memorial University in Newfoundland, is also a valuable ally for law enforcement officials who need his expertise in psychology and criminal behavior to catch some of the most heinous criminals: serial killers. See how Leyton uses his knowledge to catch sociopaths before they kill again.

    Directed by:

  • Barbara Doran
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    14 Women
    rating:2.8

    14 Women

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    Exploring the lives of the 14 female U.S. senators, this compelling documentary looks at the challenges they face, including the sometimes difficult balance between their roles as public servants and as wives and mothers. When the 109th Congress opened in 2005, it included more women senators than had served in the entire history of the Senate. With some of the senators' relatives producing and directing, the film offers a true insider's view.

    Directed by:

  • Mary Lambert
  • rating:2.8 2.8 Average Rating

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    Oz Encounters: UFOs in Australia
    rating:2.8

    Oz Encounters: UFOs in Australia

    1997Runtime:0 minutes
    The mystery of UFOs is universal, as this video proves through a series of interviews with folks from down under, who provide personal accounts of the flying craft they've witnessed in the Australian night sky. People of all ages and from all walks of life report what they've seen -- and what they believe to be true. Included are re-creations of the sightings and scientific musings on the explanations behind them.

    Directed by:

  • Debbie Byrne
  • rating:2.8 2.8 Average Rating

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    Venus Boyz
    rating:2.8

    Venus Boyz

    2002Runtime:0 minutes
    Meet a group of women who explore their masculine sides as "drag kings" in this offbeat documentary. Using a legendary Drag King Night in New York as a starting point, we follow some of the women into their lives, whether their drag persona is an identity they assume part-time or full-time. Drag kings in London and Zurich are also interviewed, including some who are experimenting with hormones to accelerate their masculinity.

    Directed by:

  • Gabrielle Baur
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    The Lost Gods
    rating:2.8

    The Lost Gods

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    Irish author Christy Kenneally is the writer and host of this six-part series that examines the religious systems of the ancient world. Each segment examines the fate and spiritual beliefs of a single ancient culture -- the Egyptians, Greeks, Celts, Romans, Maya and Inca -- through its art, architecture and stories. Journeys to ancient sites and modern cities provide a fascinating glimpse of what remains of these ancient belief systems.

    Directed by:

  • Christy Kenneally
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    Disarm
    rating:2.8

    Disarm

    2005Runtime:0 minutes
    Anti-personnel landmines injure or kill tens of thousands of civilians every year. This gripping documentary from directors Mary Wareham and Brian Liu investigates the personal and political toll exacted by this form of weaponry. Featuring shocking footage from Burma, Iraq, Colombia and Afghanistan, the film also includes interviews with numerous landmine victims, aid workers and diplomats, as well as Nobel Peace Prize winner Jody Williams.

    Directed by:

  • Mary Wareham
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    Wall
    rating:2.8

    Wall

    2004Runtime:0 minutes
    By asking simple questions of those affected by the construction of a concrete wall between Israelis and Palestinians, filmmaker Simone Bitton allows the people to speak for themselves. The result is a portrait of the Palestinian inhabitants, the Israeli settlers and the officials who are fencing them in -- a thoughtful documentary that explores the sweeping emotions behind one of the most enduring struggles of the 20th and 21st centuries.

    Directed by:

  • Simone Bitton
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    The Color of Olives
    rating:2.8

    The Color of Olives

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    Life is anything but ordinary for Palestinian Hani Amer and his family, whose home lies in the path of a long wall being built by Israel to keep suicide bombers out of the country. Armed militia, an electrified fence and locked gates now separate the Amers from their farm, providing a reminder that an age-old battle is clearly not over. Filmmaker Carolina Rivas' pensive documentary relies on natural light to lend peace to a war-torn environment.

    Directed by:

  • Carolina Rivas
  • rating:2.8 2.8 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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