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Our Times
rating:2.8

Our Times

2002Runtime:0 minutes
Renowned Iranian director Rakshan Bani-Etemad fashions a captivating account of the 2002 elections -- and the role of women -- in her native country. The story begins with the preparations made by a handful of women with political aspirations; they dream of leading their nation into a new era, one in which women are treated as men's equals. The dream is most dear to one candidate in particular, who aims for the highest office: president.

Directed by:

  • Rakhshan Bani-Etemad
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    Freedom on My Mind
    rating:2.8

    Freedom on My Mind

    1994Runtime:0 minutes
    This powerful documentary chronicles the Mississippi Voter Registration Project during the Civil Rights movement of the early 1960s. Archival footage and contemporary interviews explore early efforts to register disenfranchised blacks, the Freedom Summer drive and the formation of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party. Freedom on My Mind garnered a Best Documentary Oscar nomination and won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.

    Directed by:

  • Connie Field
  • Marilyn Mulford
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    Alicia Bustamente
    rating:2.8

    Alicia Bustamente

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    An iconic figure in New German Cinema, Hanna Schygulla brings her heroine instinct to bear in this homage to kindred spirit Alicia Bustamante -- herself a legend of Cuban theater and film -- whom Schygulla met on the set of a 1992 production. Through spontaneous moments caught on celluloid, she captures the personality, charm and infectious humor of the multifaceted Bustamante, who has been Schygulla's colleague and companion for nearly 20 years.

    Directed by:

  • Hanna Schygulla
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    War & Truth
    rating:2.8

    War & Truth

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    Since World War II, war correspondents have played an important role in bringing the face of conflict to the public. This documentary reveals the dedication of reporters who risk their lives for the story, including more than 2,000 embedded in Iraq. Noted correspondents such as Helen Thomas, Joe Galloway and Norman T. Hatch share their experiences in reporting on the truth of war despite mortal danger and political opposition.

    Directed by:

  • Michael Samstag
  • Debbie Etchison
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    The Story of Mothers & Daughters
    rating:2.8

    The Story of Mothers & Daughters

    1997Runtime:0 minutes
    This poignant documentary from directors Judith Leonard, Catherine Ryan and Gary Weimberg explores the rich complexity of mother-daughter relationships as told by women themselves in scores of candid interviews. Honoring the sometimes close, sometimes fractious, but always vital link moms share with their girls, this film celebrates how these relationships evolve in stages from birth through adulthood to the end of life.

    Directed by:

  • Judith Leonard
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    Astronaut Pam: Countdown to Commander
    rating:2.8

    Astronaut Pam: Countdown to Commander

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    Blast off on a journey of a lifetime as this high-flying documentary takes you aboard the space shuttle &NFi;Discovery&NFi_; with Comm. Pam Melroy and crew and into orbit for a rendezvous with the International Space Station. Traveling to more than 220 miles above the Earth's surface, the seven-member &NFi;Discovery&NFi_; team carries out its 2007 mission and stills find time for some zero-gravity fun before returning to Earth at a top speed of mach 25.

    Directed by:

  • Mary Jo Godges
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    The Jim Rose Circus Show
    rating:2.8

    The Jim Rose Circus Show

    1993Runtime:0 minutes
    Seattle-based performer Jim Rose and his troupe of weirdos (who really test audience limits) inflict all manner of pain to their own bodies in front of a capacity hometown crowd. Here, you can see him with his original band of freaks in a highly original, incredibly entertaining -- and occasionally stomach-turning -- stage show!

    Directed by:

  • Valerie Faris
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    Dinner with the President
    rating:2.8

    Dinner with the President

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    An insightful look into the political climate of Pakistan, this documentary interviews experts, everyday people on the streets and Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf to gauge what kind of role democracy may have in the country. A leader who gained power through a military coup, Musharraf addresses his political past, his plans for the future and the apparent contradictions of his government.

    Directed by:

  • Sabiha Sumar
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    A Bookshelf on Top of the Sky
    rating:2.8

    A Bookshelf on Top of the Sky

    2002Runtime:0 minutes
    German filmmaker Claudia Heuermann reveals her devotion to musician John Zorn in this fresh and unique documentary (screened at the Montreal International Film Festival and the Munich International Film Festival) that traces the artist's influences. But Heuermann's approach has a multilayered, complex style that doesn't follow a chronological trajectory and mimics, in a way, Zorn's own celebrated approach to music.

    Directed by:

  • Claudia Heuermann
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    In the Family
    rating:2.8

    In the Family

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    After testing positive for the BRCA1 gene mutation at the age of 27, Chicago filmmaker Joanna Rudnick faces an agonizing decision: Should she have her breasts and ovaries removed or risk developing cancer? Turning the camera on her own dilemma, Rudnick reaches out to other women in similar situations as she ponders her own priorities about life, love and family in this informative and deeply affecting documentary.

    Directed by:

  • Joanna Rudnick
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    Pond & River
    rating:2.8

    Pond & River

    1996Runtime:0 minutes
    In this installment of the award-winning Eyewitness series, the filmmakers use cool and quirky photography to examine how rivers and ponds have a sweeping impact on human and animal life. Keep an eye out for some angry piranhas and friendly river dolphins, as well as breathtaking views of waterfalls. Distinguished actor Martin Sheen narrates this educational and family-friendly program.

    Directed by:

  • Leanne Pooley
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    Christa McAuliffe: Reach for the Stars
    rating:2.8

    Christa McAuliffe: Reach for the Stars

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    Susan Sarandon narrates this biographical portrait of social studies teacher turned astronaut Christa McAuliffe, a remarkable woman who won a spot on the ill-fated space shuttle Challenger but never lived to see herself in outer space. With music composed by Carly Simon and never-before-seen footage of McAuliffe and her family, this documentary celebrates her achievements in life and mourns the tragedy of her untimely death.

    Directed by:

  • Mary Jo Godges
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    That Was the GDR: A History of the Other Germany
    rating:2.7

    That Was the GDR: A History of the Other Germany

    1993Runtime:0 minutes
    The people of the former German Democratic Republic, or East Germany, are the focal point of this comprehensive look back at the country, from its birth in 1949 to the destruction of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Tales from both average citizens and politicians create a personal story about the GDR's rise and fall in this documentary peppered with archival material including speeches, popular music and political cartoons.

    Directed by:

  • Gitta Nickel
  • Wolfgang Schwarze
  • Uwe Belz
  • Lothar Kompatzki
  • Arnold Seul
  • Donat Schober
  • Christian Klemke
  • Anne Worst
  • rating:2.7 2.7 Average Rating

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    H2 Worker
    rating:2.7

    H2 Worker

    1990Runtime:0 minutes
    Filmmaker Stephanie Black journeys fearlessly into the grim world of Jamaican farm workers who labor in Florida's sugar plantations under temporary H-2 visas, often enduring inhumane conditions and corrupt employers for very low pay. Black also examines the nuanced economic problems faced by Washington bureaucrats, their Jamaican counterparts and troubled American farms. The incisive film won the Sundance Film Festival's Grand Jury Prize in 1990.

    Directed by:

  • Stephanie Black
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    Barefoot to Timbuktu
    rating:2.7

    Barefoot to Timbuktu

    2010Runtime:0 minutes
    Blending new material and archival footage, filmmaker Martina Egi unfolds a fascinating tale of an activist artist who spent three years helping the residents of a barren desert settlement in Mali rebuild their community into an oasis. Although Ernst Aebi is best known for his urban pioneering in New York's Soho and Tribeca neighborhoods, his work in Araouane -- a seven-day camel ride from Timbuktu -- is one of his proudest accomplishments.

    Directed by:

  • Martina Egi
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    Plastic Disasters
    rating:2.7

    Plastic Disasters

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    Filmmakers Kate Davis and David Heilbroner offer a sobering look at cosmetic surgery gone horribly wrong. The documentary tells the shocking story of Mona, whose bowel was punctured during liposuction, resulting in the loss of her legs. Then there's Tony, whose nose job ended up causing permanent damage to his bones, and Lucille, whose operations left her with breathing problems -- and looking 20 years older.

    Directed by:

  • Kate Davis
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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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