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What Are We Doing to Our Children and Our Planet
rating:2.4

What Are We Doing to Our Children and Our Planet

2008Runtime:0 minutes
Filmmaker and concerned mother Judy Apicella follows up her exposé of vaccines, Shoot 'em Up, with this broader look at global contamination. Her interviews with medical experts reveal that today's advances may be endangering our children's future. The film goes beyond the issues of air, water and ground pollution to examine human contamination through vaccines and antibiotics that are creating stronger, more resistant bacteria.

Directed by:

  • Judy Apicella
  • rating:2.4 2.4 Average Rating

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    Something to Do with the Wall
    rating:2.4

    Something to Do with the Wall

    1990Runtime:0 minutes
    In 1989, as filmmakers Ross McElwee and Marilyn Levine's documentary about the Berlin Wall's 25th anniversary was nearing completion, history intervened, the wall came tumbling down and the duo decided to keep filming the pending cultural shifts. The monumental event intersecting this intimate film about sweeping political change reveals a portrait of the German people both excited and apprehensive about their reunified country's future.

    Directed by:

  • Ross McElwee
  • Marilyn Levine
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    Act of God
    rating:2.4

    Act of God

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    Acclaimed filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal (Manufactured Landscapes) directs this documentary that delves into the lives of several people who have been struck by lightning and explores the lasting metaphysical effects a strike can have on a human being. Drawing on the experiences of individuals from all around the globe, the subjects of Baichwal's captivating film include a improvisational guitarist and a prolific author.

    Directed by:

  • Jennifer Baichwal
  • rating:2.4 2.4 Average Rating

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    White Thunder
    rating:2.3

    White Thunder

    2004Runtime:0 minutes
    Director Victoria King helms this documentary about the fateful 1931 voyage of the &NFi;S.S. Viking&NFi_;, which sailed from Newfoundland with plans to film (aboard the ship) the final scenes of a lavish Hollywood picture about Newfoundland sealers. Sadly, an explosion on the vessel took the lives of the filmmaker, Varick Frissell, and 26 others. King delves into the tragedy in this affecting film, also taking time to cover Frissell's enduring life story.

    Directed by:

  • Victoria King
  • rating:2.3 2.3 Average Rating

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    When We Were Boys
    rating:2.3

    When We Were Boys

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    Capturing the realities of student life at an elite private school for privileged boys, filmmaker Sarah Goodman focuses on two friends and faithfully follows them over the course of two years as they move from grade eight to the senior school. As with any boys who have been friends since grade school, Noah and Colin are bound to drift apart. But must they sever their boyish ties completely in their quest to become men?

    Directed by:

  • Sarah Goodman
  • rating:2.3 2.3 Average Rating

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    Homo Promo
    rating:2.3

    Homo Promo

    1993Runtime:0 minutes
    Hollywood's relationship with the gay community and the way it portrays them on film has run the gamut from incendiary to awkward to heartbreakingly poignant. This documentary explores the industry's attempts to include gay themes by way of trailers of vintage films (those made between 1956 and 1977), including "Tea and Sympathy," "Outrageous," "Midnight Cowboy" and more, and looks at how the films were marketed to moviegoers.

    Directed by:

  • Jenni Olson
  • rating:2.3 2.3 Average Rating

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    Robert Frost: A Lover's Quarrel with the World
    rating:2.3

    Robert Frost: A Lover's Quarrel with the World

    1963Runtime:0 minutes
    One of the 20th century's finest poets, Robert Frost used nature as a source for insights into deeper truths, his verse earning international recognition and four Pulitzer Prizes. Shirley Clarke's Oscar-winning documentary explores the life of this complex man. A loner who surrounded himself with a large audience, a rebel who sought acceptance, Frost once said, "I would have written of me on my stone: I had a lover's quarrel with the world."

    Directed by:

  • Shirley Clarke
  • rating:2.3 2.3 Average Rating

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    Blake: The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
    rating:2.3

    Blake: The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    Featuring dramatizations by Oscar-winning actress Anne Baxter and Tony winner George Rose, this 1983 documentary looks at the life and works of Englishman William Blake, a prolific poet, engraver, painter and mystic. Though his symbolic expressions of religious visions -- especially in his book &NFi;The Marriage of Heaven and Hell&NFi_; -- brought the innovative Blake a measure of fame, his genius went largely unrecognized during his lifetime.

    Directed by:

  • Penny Price
  • rating:2.3 2.3 Average Rating

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    Kilimanjaro for Hope
    rating:2.3

    Kilimanjaro for Hope

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    Follow a group of novice hikers, including director Holly Stadtler, as they scale the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain, in an effort to raise money for sick children, including Hope, a baby born 12 weeks premature. As the climbers ascend the treacherous peak, they contend with altitude sickness and injuries, finding that not all have the strength to reach the summit in this breathtaking documentary.

    Directed by:

  • Holly Stadtler
  • rating:2.3 2.3 Average Rating

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    Comme Les Oiseaux...
    rating:2.3

    Comme Les Oiseaux...

    1993Runtime:0 minutes
    French filmmaker Dominique Delouche showcases Monique Loudières, the famous principal dancer of the Paris Opera Ballet, in this documentary profile featuring her inspired interpretations of selections from "Giselle," "Don Quixote" and "In the Night." The fascinating film also includes a look at Loudières's coaching sessions with dancers such as Jerome Robbins, Violette Verdy, Yvette Chauviré and others.

    Directed by:

  • Dominique Delouche
  • rating:2.3 2.3 Average Rating

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    Showbiz Goes to War
    rating:2.3

    Showbiz Goes to War

    1982Runtime:0 minutes
    While a few Hollywood celebrities such as James Stewart and Clark Gable saw combat during World War II, the majority used their talents to rally the American public through bond sales, morale-boosting USO tours, patriotic war dramas and escapist film fare. Comedian David Steinberg plays host for this star-studded, 90-minute documentary, which looks at the way Tinseltown helped the United States' war effort.

    Directed by:

  • Norman Sedawie
  • Gail Gibson Sedawie
  • rating:2.3 2.3 Average Rating

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    Climb Against the Odds
    rating:2.3

    Climb Against the Odds

    1999Runtime:0 minutes
    Narrated by Oscar winner Olympia Dukakis, this affecting documentary follows 12 women who face seemingly insurmountable odds on an expedition up North America's tallest peak: Alaska's towering Mount McKinley. But scaling it isn't their only challenge -- five of them are also breast cancer survivors, and their struggles on and off the mountain serve as an inspiring tribute to women's courage under daunting circumstances.

    Directed by:

  • Karen Carlson
  • rating:2.3 2.3 Average Rating

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    Festival Pass with Chris Gore
    rating:2.3

    Festival Pass with Chris Gore

    2002Runtime:0 minutes
    Festival Pass takes cineastes all over the map in search of the newest and the best movies screened at various film festivals. Movie guru Chris Gore, who also edits Film Threat Magazine, travels to distances near and far to interview celebrities such as Bob Odenkirk (of Melvin Goes to Dinner), Harvey Pekar (the inspiration for American Splendor), William H. Macy (doing press for The Cooler), Paul Rudd (talking about The Shape of Things) and more.

    Directed by:

  • Mary Jo Intorcio
  • rating:2.3 2.3 Average Rating

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    Girls Kissing
    rating:2.2

    Girls Kissing

    2003Runtime:0 minutes
    Barbara Lee's fast-paced documentary explores lesbianism from a variety of angles, including how pop culture is changing society's outlook on the subject. Radio show host Sue Johanson ("Sunday Night Sex Show") comments on social and political issues, and Lee's film captures a range of personal experience and opinion on the subject through candid interviews with real-life couples, porn stars, gay activists, Christian crusaders and many others.

    Directed by:

  • Barbara K. Lee
  • rating:2.2 2.2 Average Rating

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    The Courageous, the Forgotten
    rating:2.2

    The Courageous, the Forgotten

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    Arriving in the Balkans in 1993 to set up educational programs in refugee camps during the Bosnian war, artist and photographer Cynthia Underwood soon found herself turning her lens on five refugee girls whom she befriended. This film is the result. Following the girls for 14 years -- from the time they fled their villages to escape "ethnic cleansing" to young adulthood -- the documentary reveals the lasting effects of war on children.

    Directed by:

  • Cynthia Underwood
  • rating:2.2 2.2 Average Rating

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    Wijdan: The Mystery of Gnawa Trance Music
    rating:2.2

    Wijdan: The Mystery of Gnawa Trance Music

    2000Runtime:0 minutes
    Exiled by the Malian Empire and enslaved in Morocco during the 16th century, the Gnawa people are known around the world for their ritualistic trance music -- a sound that has had undeniable influence on blues and rock musicians for generations. Witness a historic meeting between Moroccan musician Brahim El Belkani and Mali's own Sibiri Samaké as the two luminaries discuss their musical roots and share insights on the future of Gnawan trance.

    Directed by:

  • Bella Le Nestour
  • rating:2.2 2.2 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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