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Sunny Land
rating:2.8

Sunny Land

2010Runtime:0 minutes
Applying an experimentalist's eye to the documentary format, German filmmakers Marietta Kesting and Aljoscha Weskott revisit a bizarre chapter in South African history: an apartheid-era casino complex that was open to people of all races. The film blends archival footage with recently shot re-enactments culled from visitors' vivid memories, resulting in a tone that's closer to ridiculous than reverent.

Directed by:

  • Aljoscha Weskott
  • Marietta Kesting
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    Innocent Until Proven Guilty
    rating:2.8

    Innocent Until Proven Guilty

    1999Runtime:0 minutes
    James Forman, a 31-year-old public defender and son of a civil rights leader, provides representation for black youth in Washington, D.C., who can't afford their own attorneys in this riveting documentary that goes inside the criminal justice system. Director Kirsten Johnson's award-winning film also sheds light on the difficulties that ex-offenders face when trying to break the cycle of crime and imprisonment.

    Directed by:

  • Kirsten Johnson
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    SoleJourney
    rating:2.8

    SoleJourney

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    Chronicling a 65-mile protest march to the headquarters of Focus on the Family, an outspoken, anti-gay Christian organization, this compelling documentary follows a group of gay-rights activists that embraces nonviolent means to advance their cause. Interviews with high-profile participants such as former evangelical pastor Mel White shed light on the group's efforts to see equal rights established for Americans of every sexual orientation.

    Directed by:

  • Kate Burns
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    Listening to the Judge
    rating:2.8

    Listening to the Judge

    2011Runtime:0 minutes
    Edited down from a more than six-hour conversation between director Isabel Coixet and her subject, this documentary portrait gives controversial Spanish judge Baltasar Garzón free reign to discuss his highest-profile public actions.

    Directed by:

  • Isabel Coixet
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    Home
    rating:2.8

    Home

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    As Irish immigrant and filmmaker Alan Cooke meditates on his new life in New York City, his sentimental journey explores such themes as nostalgia and the meaning of home. Along the way, other New Yorkers share their reflections on the Big Apple. The impressive roster of interviewees includes Liam Neeson, Susan Sarandon, Frank McCourt, Rosie Perez, Colin Quinn, Alfred Molina, Mike Myers and Fran Lebowitz.

    Directed by:

  • Dawn Scibilia
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    On the Downlow
    rating:2.8

    On the Downlow

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    In this fascinating 2007 documentary, experimental filmmaker Abigail Child and cinematographer Arthur Jafa shadow four African-American males who are living dichotomous sexual lifestyles in Cleveland. Tending to their sexual needs "on the downlow" while maintaining a veneer of being straight, these conflicted men are ultimately forced to confront the realities of their sexual choices and the subsequent effects on their lives.

    Directed by:

  • Abigail Child
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    Hollywood's Hot Wheels
    rating:2.8

    Hollywood's Hot Wheels

    1999Runtime:0 minutes
    Here's a fast-paced joyride that takes a colorful look at some of Hollywood's most famous automobiles. From the Batmobile to the time-traveling DeLorean of Back to the Future, you'll race through nearly a century of celebrities, cars and pop culture. Join narrator Adam West for this insider's look at some of the hottest, most imaginative cars ever, featuring dynamic footage and exclusive interviews with legendary customizers.

    Directed by:

  • Edith Becker
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    How to Cook Your Life
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    How to Cook Your Life

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    German filmmaker Doris Dörrie documents a summer in the life of renowned Zen practitioner and cook Edward Espe Brown as he teaches culinary classes in Zen centers in Austria and California, revealing the role food plays in our bodies and spirits.

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    Double Tide
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    Double Tide

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    Building on a series of documentary films about work, filmmaker Sharon Lockhart shadows a female clam digger who makes her living trolling for mollusks on the shores of Maine, dutifully combing the mud flats at dawn and at dusk. The film not only sheds light on a little-known occupation but also skillfully captures the striking juxtaposition between the strain of the woman's effort and the serenity of her surroundings.

    Directed by:

  • Sharon Lockhart
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    The Third Wave
    rating:2.8

    The Third Wave

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    This uplifting documentary follows New York filmmaker Alison Thompson and her boyfriend, Oscar Gubernati, as they travel to Sri Lanka after the 2004 tsunami, intending to help in any way they can.

    Directed by:

  • Alison Thompson
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    Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music?
    rating:2.8

    Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music?

    2004Runtime:0 minutes
    What is Christian rock? Directors Vickie Hunter and Heather Whinna approach this question methodically in their insightful documentary, which explores the genre's development and includes interviews with artists who discuss the obstacles they face in a secular industry. Dismissed by critics when its musicians first appeared on the scene, Christian rock has gradually gained momentum and has literally rocked the conventions of music and religion.

    Directed by:

  • Heather Whinna
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    *Single
    rating:2.8

    *Single

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    For the first time in American history, single people make up the majority of heads of households. This compelling documentary explores the sociological changes that have caused such an increase in unwed adults. Delving beyond the easy explanations that Americans live longer, marry later and divorce more, the film examines the complexities of modern life, the changing roles of women and increased choices for both genders.

    Directed by:

  • Richard Atkinson
  • Jane Scandurra
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    The Blonds
    rating:2.8

    The Blonds

    2003Runtime:0 minutes
    When Argentine director Albertina Carri was just 4 years old, her parents were kidnapped and murdered by the ruling junta on the suspicion that her family members were leftists. In a supreme and heroic act of catharsis, Carri trains her lens on that difficult period in her life and tries to come to terms with the tragedy through this eye-opening documentary.

    Directed by:

  • Albertina Carri
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    Antonia: A Portrait of the Woman
    rating:2.8

    Antonia: A Portrait of the Woman

    1995Runtime:0 minutes
    This Oscar-nominated documentary combines archival footage, candid interviews and animation to chronicle the groundbreaking career of conductor Antonia Brico, who wielded the baton before several of the world's premier symphony orchestras. Director Jill Godmilow and singer Judy Collins reveal the extraordinary strength of spirit that allowed Brico to overcome the obstacles she faced as a woman in a thoroughly male-dominated profession.

    Directed by:

  • Jill Godmilow
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    Family Values: An American Tragedy
    rating:2.8

    Family Values: An American Tragedy

    1996Runtime:0 minutes
    This riveting documentary traces the experiences of filmmaker Pam Walton as she struggles to reunite with her "family values" father after a long-standing rift. Rus Walton -- a radical religious fundamentalist -- disowned his daughter because of her lesbian lifestyle. Although he once suggested that practicing homosexuals should be executed, Pam is willing to pay the emotional price to fulfill her longing for parental acceptance.

    Directed by:

  • Pam Walton
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    State of Aloha
    rating:2.8

    State of Aloha

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    Documentarian Anne Misawa offers a provocative, thoughtful look at the first 50 years of Hawaii's statehood. How did it become the 50th state of the U.S., and how did residents in 1959 feel about the change? How do they feel now about their history? Influential citizens, historians and people from all walks of life are interviewed about their diverse culture for this film, an important contribution to a University of Hawaii research initiative.

    Directed by:

  • Anne Misawa
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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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