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Salesman
rating:3.8

Salesman

1968Runtime:0 minutes
Before delivering Gimme Shelter, cinema verité filmmakers Charlotte Zwerin and brothers Albert and David Maysles hatched this culturally significant documentary examining the utterly American profession of the traveling salesman. The film follows four reps of the Mid-American Bible Company as they peddle gold-embossed versions of "the Word" to families with little interest in fancy scriptures, providing a searing portrait of life on the road.

Directed by:

  • Albert Maysles
  • David Maysles
  • Charlotte Zwerin
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    Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin
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    Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin

    2003Runtime:0 minutes
    This Sundance Grand Jury Prize nominee chronicles the life of civil rights activist Bayard Rustin, who, among many contributions to the cause, is best known for organizing the 1963 March on Washington, D.C., involving hundreds of thousands of people. But Rustin's skin color wasn't the only thing that reinforced the feeling that he was an outsider in America. He was also openly gay at a time when most gay men -- particularly black men -- remained in the closet.

    Directed by:

  • Bennett Singer
  • Nancy D. Kates
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    Alive Day Memories: Home from Iraq
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    Alive Day Memories: Home from Iraq

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    Nearly every soldier who survives the Iraq War experiences an "alive day," in which they narrowly escape death on the battlefield. This sobering, Emmy-nominated documentary examines 10 veterans who suffer from "alive day" physical and emotional trauma. Recovering back home, the soldiers discuss the effect their brutal experiences have had on their views of the war and serving their country. The film was executive produced by actor James Gandolfini.

    Directed by:

  • Jon Alpert
  • Ellen Goosenberg Kent
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    Through Deaf Eyes
    rating:3.8

    Through Deaf Eyes

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    Emmy-winning actress Stockard Channing narrates this documentary that chronicles the history of deaf culture in America from the 19th century to the present day. Interviews with actress Marlee Matlin, community leaders and other deaf Americans provide an up-front and diverse perspective of this segment of society. Short films created by deaf artists are interspersed throughout the in-depth program.

    Directed by:

  • Diane Garey
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    Suzanne Farrell: Elusive Muse
    rating:3.8

    Suzanne Farrell: Elusive Muse

    1996Runtime:0 minutes
    For over 20 years, ballerina Suzanne Farrell was the last muse and quintessential interpreter of choreographer George Balanchine. Through numerous interviews with Farrell, her mother, dance partner, Jacques d'Amboise and others, this documentary traces her development as a dancer and expores the dramatic story of her relationship with "Mr. B" and the years following his death.

    Directed by:

  • Anne Belle
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    Fidel
    rating:3.8

    Fidel

    2002Runtime:0 minutes
    This documentary by director Estela Bravo takes a look at the political and social impact the immensely powerful Cuban dictator Fidel Castro has had on the world during the 40-plus years he's been in power. Through interviews with politicians (Nelson Mandela, Arthur Schlesinger), friends (Gabriel Garcia Marquez), and other cultural experts (Alice Walker), Fidel's personality and work are explored and discussed.

    Directed by:

  • Estela Bravo
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    Panama Deception
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    Panama Deception

    1992Runtime:0 minutes
    Filmmakers Barbara Trent and David Kasper explain the untold truths behind the United States' 1989 invasion of Panama in this hard-hitting documentary that illuminates the complex relationship between Gen. Manuel Noriega and the U.S. government. Juxtaposing interviews with experts and eyewitnesses with historical media reports, the film shows how the press helped win the American public's approval despite widespread condemnation abroad.

    Directed by:

  • Barbara Trent
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    Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision
    rating:3.8

    Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision

    1995Runtime:0 minutes
    In this Oscar-winning documentary, director Freida Lee Mock captures the genius of architect Maya Lin, who vaulted to fame at age 21 when her sparse, modern and controversial design was chosen to memorialize the Vietnam War in Washington, D.C. While many voiced displeasure with her design and Asian heritage, the memorial has become one of the most powerful in the world. The film also highlights Lin's Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery, Ala.

    Directed by:

  • Freida Lee Mock
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    Dancing Dreams: Teenagers Perform Kontakthof by Pina Bausch
    rating:3.8

    Dancing Dreams: Teenagers Perform Kontakthof by Pina Bausch

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    Late choreographer Pina Bausch makes her final filmed appearance in this engrossing documentary, which tracks a group of German teens over the course of a year as they learn the moves of Bausch's daunting dance work, "Kontakthof." With the venerated instructor as their guide, the students develop the intense physical skills required and also discuss the emotional strides they've made, both in the studio and in daily life.

    Directed by:

  • Anne Linsel
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    Flow: For Love of Water
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    Flow: For Love of Water

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    From both local and global perspectives, this documentary examines the harsh realities behind the mounting water crisis. Learn how politics, pollution and human rights are intertwined in this important issue that affects every being on Earth. With water drying up around the world and the future of human lives at stake, the film urges a call to arms before more of our most precious natural resource evaporates.

    Directed by:

  • Irena Salina
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    Mapping Stem Cell Research: Terra Incognita
    rating:3.8

    Mapping Stem Cell Research: Terra Incognita

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    This documentary follows the journey of neurologist Dr. Jack Kessler, who was inspired to apply stem cell research to find a cure for spinal cord injuries after his daughter Allison was paralyzed in a skiing accident. Exploring the science of modern stem cell research through a personal prism, the film offers a candid look at the bioethical issues and puts a human face to those living with injuries like Allison's.

    Directed by:

  • Maria Finitzo
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    Frontline: The Madoff Affair
    rating:3.8

    Frontline: The Madoff Affair

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    Sentenced to 150 years in federal prison, Bernie Madoff perpetrated the largest financial fraud in history. Following a timeline dating back to the 1960s, Frontline takes you inside the web of deception that snagged investors for $65 billion.

    Directed by:

  • Martin Smith
  • Marcela Gaviria
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    Egypt's Golden Empire
    rating:3.8

    Egypt's Golden Empire

    2002Runtime:0 minutes
    This three-part program tracks the development of Egypt's glorious New Kingdom, a majestic era marked by the rise of powerful rulers, the birth of a sophisticated civilization and advances in art, culture and politics that would influence the world for years to come. Originally broadcast on PBS, the series blends archival documents and ancient artifacts with on-location footage and expert interviews to weave a complex but compelling narrative.

    Directed by:

  • Richard Bradley
  • James Hawes
  • Ciara Byrne
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    Prison Town, USA
    rating:3.8

    Prison Town, USA

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    Hoping to cash in on the prison-building boom of the 1990s, the struggling town of Susanville, Calif., welcomed the construction of a correctional facility, a development that completely transformed the rural community. Through conversations with those most affected, including a dairy farmer, an inmate's family and hopeful prison guard candidates, this documentary reveals the penal colony's drastic social and economic effects on the small town.

    Directed by:

  • Katie Galloway
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    Frontline: Facing Death
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    Frontline: Facing Death

    2010Runtime:0 minutes
    This powerful installment of the long-running PBS series takes a look at the complex -- and often agonizing -- end-of-life decisions that must be made by physicians, those facing the prospect of death and their loved ones. Doctors, patients and families discuss key issues such as when to disconnect a breathing tube, when to continue treatment, when to bring in hospice and the affordability of the mounting costs associated with end-of-life care.

    Directed by:

  • Miri Navasky
  • Karen O'Connor
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    Only When I Dance
    rating:3.8

    Only When I Dance

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    To achieve their shared dream of becoming ballet superstars, two young black dancers from the slums of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, must overcome poverty, prejudice and incredible odds -- a journey captured in this inspiring documentary. Filmmaker Beadie Finzi chronicles the day-to-day struggles of these gifted performers as they challenge the notion that ballet is the province of the wealthy, white elite.

    Directed by:

  • Beadie Finzi
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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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