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Grandi Speranze
rating:2.5

Grandi Speranze

2009Runtime:0 minutes
Filmmakers Massimo D'Anolfi and Martina Parenti craft a fascinating documentary that takes a hard look at entrepreneurship, business ethics and the global economy through the words and actions of three modern Italian businessmen. There's tense drama and bitter comedy in their efforts to establish a mineral water factory in Shanghai, China, as their Western beliefs and business models clash with a culture they can't comprehend.

Directed by:

  • Massimo D'Anolfi
  • Martina Parenti
  • rating:2.5 2.5 Average Rating

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    Barbara Hendricks: Artist of Life
    rating:2.5

    Barbara Hendricks: Artist of Life

    2001Runtime:0 minutes
    Combining performances, interviews and archival footage, Artist of Life presents a rare look into the life of the multi-talented and multi-faceted opera singer Barbara Hendricks. Not only one of opera's biggest stars, Hendricks -- who has been a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN's High Commission for Refugees -- is also renowned as a humanitarian and global art advocate.

    Directed by:

  • Catherine Tatge
  • rating:2.5 2.5 Average Rating

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    Vanishing Cultures: Bushmen of the Kalahari
    rating:2.5

    Vanishing Cultures: Bushmen of the Kalahari

    2005Runtime:0 minutes
    British actor Michael York narrates filmmaker Paula Ely's thought-provoking examination of the San people of southern Africa, a culture rooted in the Kalahari Desert that's survived for some 80,000 years but now faces all-out extinction. Also known as Bushmen, these inherently peaceful people are now grappling with the encroachment of modern society. In the process, their ancestral ways are vanishing.

    Directed by:

  • Paula Ely
  • rating:2.5 2.5 Average Rating

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    Earth Camp One
    rating:2.5

    Earth Camp One

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    Using mixed-media techniques, this contemplative film chronicles a painful period in the life of director Jennie Livingston, who lost four members of her family in five years. On the flip side, the movie recounts her experiences at a hippie summer camp in the 1970s. Known for tackling uncommon subjects, Livingston made waves with her debut documentary Paris Is Burning, which copped the Grand Jury Prize at the 1991 Sundance Film Festival.

    Directed by:

  • Jennie Livingston
  • rating:2.5 2.5 Average Rating

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    Who's Dancin' Now
    rating:2.5

    Who's Dancin' Now

    1999Runtime:0 minutes
    In 1983, the children of the National Dance Institute were introduced to the world in the Oscar-winning documentary He Makes Me Feel Like Dancin'. Now, in 1999, the children involved in Jacques D'Amboise's educational dance program are all grown up -- and they've moved on to illustrious and disparate careers. This engaging documentary profiles the adult lives of program graduates and reveals the impact dance has had on each of their destinies.

    Directed by:

  • Judy Kinberg
  • rating:2.5 2.5 Average Rating

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    Children of Fate: Life and Death in a Sicilian Family
    rating:2.4

    Children of Fate: Life and Death in a Sicilian Family

    1993Runtime:0 minutes
    This gritty documentary details the three-decade struggle of Angela Capra, a mother living in the Cortile Cascino slum of Palermo, Italy. Struggling to raise her children after leaving her husband, Angela faces violence and poverty, but her faith and spirited outlook on life keep her family going. Children of Fate garnered a Best Documentary Oscar nomination and won the Cinematography Award and Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.

    Directed by:

  • Michael Roemer
  • Andrew Young
  • Robert M. Young
  • Susan Todd
  • rating:2.4 2.4 Average Rating

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    Ice People
    rating:2.4

    Ice People

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    In the brutal region of Antarctica, researchers leave behind the comforts of their former lives in the name of science, pouring their ceaseless energy into their work and, in the process, forging new understandings about climate change. Emmy-winning filmmaker Anne Aghion spent four months in the icy locale to make this exhilarating documentary, painting dual portraits of gritty human determination and eye-popping natural splendor.

    Directed by:

  • Anne Aghion
  • rating:2.4 2.4 Average Rating

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    Stealing America: Vote by Vote
    rating:2.4

    Stealing America: Vote by Vote

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    As memories of 2000 and 2004 grow dimmer, this documentary reminds viewers of the controversy surrounding the elections of George W. Bush. Filmmaker Dorothy Fadiman uses film clips and interviews to make the strong case that Bush won neither contest. Voters, election officials and politicos discuss their efforts to expose the truth, while media footage -- including some spot-on calls from Comedy Central -- recalls the events at the time.

    Directed by:

  • Dorothy Fadiman
  • rating:2.4 2.4 Average Rating

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    Agile, Mobile, Hostile: A Year with Andre Williams
    rating:2.4

    Agile, Mobile, Hostile: A Year with Andre Williams

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    This candid and engaging documentary chronicles the tumultuous life of 72-year-old blues artist Andre Williams, addressing as its dominant theme the gap between his great musical success and heartbreaking personal desperation. Followed here in 2006 and 2007, Williams once recorded multiple hit tunes and performed with great R&B stars like Stevie Wonder and Ike Turner. But he also suffered through drug addiction, homelessness and legal troubles.

    Directed by:

  • Tricia Todd
  • rating:2.4 2.4 Average Rating

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    On a Roll
    rating:2.4

    On a Roll

    2004Runtime:0 minutes
    Offering an unblinking look at what it's like to be "different" in America, this PBS documentary follows the trials of 65-pound Greg Smith, a tireless advocate who speaks out from his wheelchair on behalf of those with disabilities. Some of the film's most eye-opening moments occur when Smith struggles to accomplish tasks that most people take for granted, including his attempts at mobility in a largely inaccessible world.

    Directed by:

  • Joanne Caputo
  • rating:2.4 2.4 Average Rating

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    Bump! Western America
    rating:2.4

    Bump! Western America

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    Join hosts Charlie David and Shannon McDonough as they lead viewers on an exciting exploration of Western America and help gay tourists locate the region's best gay- and lesbian-friendly destinations. Highlights include Charlie's introduction to Telluride, Colo., during the fifth annual Gay Ski Week, Shannon's meet-up with Denver's unofficial gay mayor and a rejuvenating journey to a luxurious health spa in Santa Fe, N.M.

    Directed by:

  • Rowan Nielson
  • Michelle Mama
  • rating:2.4 2.4 Average Rating

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    Out of the Poison Tree
    rating:2.4

    Out of the Poison Tree

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    On the eve of the long-awaited Khmer Rouge trial, an American survivor of the genocide returns to Cambodia hoping to unlock the mystery of her father's disappearance in 1975. Thida Buth Mam's pursuit of the truth dredges up one family's nightmare, brings to light inconceivable heartache and ultimately shatters a people's long silence. Beth Pielert directs this poignant documentary.

    Directed by:

  • Beth Pielert
  • rating:2.4 2.4 Average Rating

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    Small Steps: Creating the High School for the Contemporary Arts
    rating:2.4

    Small Steps: Creating the High School for the Contemporary Arts

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    Two talented teens navigate life in an experimental arts-themed high school located in one of the most notorious neighborhoods in the Bronx in this emotional and absorbing documentary from acclaimed filmmakers Barbara Kopple and David Becker. Spending a year with students and faculty at the new school, the filmmakers construct a meticulous portrait of institutional change within a bureaucratic educational system.

    Directed by:

  • David Becker
  • Barbara Kopple
  • rating:2.4 2.4 Average Rating

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    Desperate Generation
    rating:2.4

    Desperate Generation

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    The rockabilly revival that rocked Southern California in the 1990s is lovingly chronicled in this fascinating documentary filled with vintage hot rods, greasers, tattoos and twang-heavy music. Images of this striking subculture are accompanied by music from artists such as James Intveld, Big Sandy and the Dynotones. Made by 19-year-old film student Emily Dutton, this gritty portrait became an underground hit.

    Directed by:

  • Emily Dutton
  • rating:2.4 2.4 Average Rating

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    I Can Tell the World
    rating:2.4

    I Can Tell the World

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    The spiritual -- the wellspring of such genres as jazz, blues and hip-hop -- is celebrated in this uplifting documentary that follows the interracial Spirituals Project Choir as it seeks to breathe new life into the original American form of music. Members of the group delve into the history and meaning of works such as "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" and "Go Down, Moses," while performance clips attest to the songs' contemporary relevance.

    Directed by:

  • Larry Bograd
  • Coleen Hubbard
  • rating:2.4 2.4 Average Rating

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    Design for Death
    rating:2.4

    Design for Death

    1948Runtime:0 minutes
    A Best Documentary Oscar winner, Design for Death uses clips from captured Japanese newsreel footage, historical dramas and propaganda films to trace the steps that led to Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor. In an effort to educate audiences and prevent future wars, Theodor S. Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss) created this cautionary film, using his expertise in Asian history to explore the unheeded warning signs of World War II.

    Directed by:

  • Theodor S. Geisel
  • Helen Geisel
  • rating:2.4 2.4 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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