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Paris Is Burning
rating:3.8

Paris Is Burning

1990Runtime:0 minutes
Penetrating the tight-knit community of minority drag queens living in New York City, Jennie Livingston's acclaimed documentary offers an early glimpse at the art of "voguing," the underground dance style later popularized by Madonna in her hit song. The film also explores issues such as racism, homophobia and AIDS, while offering a detailed examination of the intricate Ball culture, in which queens are judged for their style and expression.

Directed by:

  • Jennie Livingston
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    The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo
    rating:3.8

    The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo

    2005Runtime:0 minutes
    Rita Moreno narrates this documentary that chronicles the life of artist Frida Kahlo. The biography reveals Kahlo's story in conjunction with events that defined the times in which she lived and that shaped her life and artwork. Kahlo's tragedies and triumphs are examined, from her childhood through to her debilitating accident, her moving self-portraits, an affair with Russian radical Leon Trotsky and a tumultuous marriage to muralist Diego Rivera.

    Directed by:

  • Amy Stechler
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    Graphic Sexual Horror
    rating:3.8

    Graphic Sexual Horror

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    If you think office politics are bad at your workplace, take a look at this shocking documentary that offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the power dynamics and personalities that drive the notorious bondage site Insex.com. Featuring revealing interviews with the creator, models, members and staff of the violent porn Web site, the film exposes a world that inextricably intertwines bondage, sadomasochism and money.

    Directed by:

  • Barbara Bell
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    Autism: The Musical
    rating:3.8

    Autism: The Musical

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    Filmed over a six-month period, Tricia Regan's inspiring, Emmy-nominated documentary captures the transformation of five autistic children as they develop and rehearse "The Miracle Project," an original musical about autism. Supported by their families and led by educator and coach Elaine Hall (whose son is in the production), the kids slowly develop social skills as they learn to work with one another. For some, the metamorphosis is nothing short of amazing.

    Directed by:

  • Tricia Regan
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    Race to Nowhere
    rating:3.8

    Race to Nowhere

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    Director Vicki Abeles interviews numerous teachers and children in this cautionary documentary that focuses on the potential adverse impacts of parents' increasing obsession with their children's academic results. The collateral effects of this extra stress on students and the impacts on entire families are hard to quantify, but the highly emotional reactions of parents and kids captured on camera underscore its importance as a social issue.

    Directed by:

  • Vicki Abeles
  • Jessica Congdon
  • rating:3.8 3.8 Average Rating

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    Evolution
    rating:3.8

    Evolution

    2002Runtime:0 minutes
    Covering all facets of the evolutionary process, this comprehensive PBS documentary -- narrated by actor Liam Neeson -- looks at everything from the genesis of Charles Darwin's natural selection theory to the clash between science and spirituality. Via computer animation, dramatic re-creations, film clips and expert interviews, the seven-part series presents a definitive view of how evolution has changed our perceptions of the world.

    Directed by:

  • David Espar
  • Susan K. Lewis
  • Alastair Reid
  • Joel Olicker
  • Kate Churchill
  • Richard Hutton
  • Gail Willumsen
  • Noel Buckner
  • Robert Whittlesey
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    All of Us
    rating:3.8

    All of Us

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    While investigating the high rate of HIV infections among black women, South Bronx physician Mehret Mandefro examines the personal lives of her patients Chevelle and Tara, women whose past and current situations place them at high risk for infection. As she looks at her patients' struggles with drug dependence, poverty and sexual abuse, Dr. Mandefro reflects on her own history and discovers many surprising vulnerabilities.

    Directed by:

  • Emily Abt
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    Witness to Hope: The Life of John Paul II
    rating:3.8

    Witness to Hope: The Life of John Paul II

    2002Runtime:0 minutes
    Pope John Paul II -- actor, poet, playwright, mystic and head of the Roman Catholic Church -- is the subject of this fascinating documentary chronicling the extraordinary life of the religious leader, the first non-Italian pontiff in four centuries. Archival and on-location footage filmed in Rome and Krakow, Poland, recount John Paul's life from underground seminarian in his Nazi-occupied homeland to contemporary human-rights defender.

    Directed by:

  • Judith Dwan Hallet
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    The Devil Came on Horseback
    rating:3.8

    The Devil Came on Horseback

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    In this unflinching documentary chronicling the genocide in Darfur, former Marine Capt. Brian Steidle is forever transformed by the atrocities he witnesses as a military observer for the African Union.

    Directed by:

  • Ricki Stern
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    Believe: The Eddie Izzard Story
    rating:3.8

    Believe: The Eddie Izzard Story

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    In this documentary, filmmaker Sarah Townsend chronicles the winding path that cross-dressing British comic Eddie Izzard has taken on his journey from showbiz obscurity to the heights of international stardom on the stage and silver screen. Interspersed with revealing personal moments, home movies and plenty of performance clips, Izzard himself reflects on the relentless determination that has seen him through the up and downs of his career.

    Directed by:

  • Sarah Townsend
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    Frontline: A Death in Tehran
    rating:3.8

    Frontline: A Death in Tehran

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    PBS's influential documentary series "Frontline" tackles a heartrending subject in this exploration of the death of Neda Agha Soltan, an Iranian woman killed while watching a protest of the controversial 2009 Iranian presidential election. Soltan's death was filmed on a camera phone and uploaded to the Internet, documenting the extent of the political turmoil in Iran and how new methods of communication are changing the way news is reported.

    Directed by:

  • Monica Garnsey
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    Veiled Voices
    rating:3.7

    Veiled Voices

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    In this documentary, director Brigid Maher examines the private lives and public work of three Muslim women who are speaking out and changing the way their male-dominated societies view the role and concerns of all women. Maher's profiles of Egyptian TV personality Dr. Su'ad Saleh, Lebanese educator Ghina Hammoud and popular Syrian lecturer Huda al-Habash emphasize their belief that Islam can be a catalyst, not an obstacle, for change.

    Directed by:

  • Brigid Maher
  • rating:3.7 3.7 Average Rating

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    Kicking It
    rating:3.7

    Kicking It

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    Filmmaker Susan Koch's touching documentary follows six homeless soccer players battling poverty and addiction as they prepare to compete in the Fourth Annual Homeless World Cup in Cape Town, South Africa. Hailing from places as far reaching as Afghanistan, Kenya, Ireland, Spain, Russia and North Carolina, 500 dispossessed athletes use the level playing field of competitive sports to regain their dignity and transform their lives.

    Directed by:

  • Susan Koch
  • rating:3.7 3.7 Average Rating

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    Paris: Luminous Years
    rating:3.7

    Paris: Luminous Years

    2010Runtime:0 minutes
    In the early 20th century, Paris was the glittering crossroad of the avant-garde art world, where Pablo Picasso mingled with Gertrude Stein and Jean Cocteau, and this vivid documentary charts its conversion from creative hotbed to cultural zeitgeist. Radicals in dance, film, music and literature flocked from all over, and key figures such as Ernest Hemingway, Marc Chagall and Marcel Duchamp recount their roles in the historic birth of modernity.

    Directed by:

  • Perry Miller Adato
  • rating:3.7 3.7 Average Rating

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    Time of Fear
    rating:3.7

    Time of Fear

    2004Runtime:0 minutes
    One of the most heroic times in American history is also the darkest; while World War II raged on and U.S. soldiers fought for freedom and democracy elsewhere, Japanese-Americans were removed from their homes and communities and interned in camps situated in the farthest recesses of Arkansas. Footage of teachers and internees makes time stand still as the subjects relive their most poignant experiences from that dark era.

    Directed by:

  • Sue Williams
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    The Corporation
    rating:3.7

    The Corporation

    2003Runtime:0 minutes
    Filmmakers Mark Achbar and Jennifer Abbott explore the genesis of the American corporation, its global economic supremacy and its psychopathic leanings, with social critics like Noam Chomsky and Milton Friedman lending insight in this documentary.

    Directed by:

  • Mark Achbar
  • Jennifer Abbott
  • rating:3.7 3.7 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
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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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