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Deconstructing Supper
rating:3.7

Deconstructing Supper

2002Runtime:0 minutes
On a personal quest to understand our food choices, acclaimed chef John Bishop travels around the world exploring where genetically modified crops come from, whether they may be harmful and what alternative options currently exist. Through interviews with farmers, scientists and activists, this thought-provoking documentary offers substantial insight into the nuts and bolts of global food production.

Directed by:

  • Marianne Kaplan
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    High Lonesome: The Story of Bluegrass Music
    rating:3.7

    High Lonesome: The Story of Bluegrass Music

    1994Runtime:0 minutes
    Longtime fans of bluegrass music and those only recently discovering it will appreciate this documentary on the genre, which was born of a combination of African and Celtic sounds and is the base of American country music. This film traces the musical form from its Appalachian roots to the present and features more than 100 songs performed by legends such as Bill Monroe, the Stanley Brothers, Mac Wiseman, Jimmy Martin, Flatt & Scruggs and others.

    Directed by:

  • Rachel Liebling
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    American Experience: Stonewall Uprising
    rating:3.7

    American Experience: Stonewall Uprising

    2010Runtime:0 minutes
    Through eyewitness interviews and archival footage, documentary filmmakers Kate Davis and David Heilbroner recapture a pivotal moment in time that mobilized a generation of gay activists and marked the dawn of the modern Gay Rights Movement. Much like Rosa Parks's symbolic refusal to move to the back of the bus, gay bar patrons' refusal to comply with a police raid at Greenwich Village's Stonewall Inn in 1969 would change the course of history.

    Directed by:

  • Kate Davis
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    The Trials of Darryl Hunt
    rating:3.7

    The Trials of Darryl Hunt

    2005Runtime:0 minutes
    This poignant documentary details the story of Darryl Hunt, a black North Carolina man who spent 20 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit. After the rape and murder of a young white journalist in 1984, public outcry and intense media scrutiny -- along with simmering racial tensions -- pressured officials to close the case. Hunt was quickly convicted. In 1994, DNA evidence proved his innocence, but Hunt wasn't exonerated for 10 more years.

    Directed by:

  • Ricki Stern
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    Monica & David
    rating:3.7

    Monica & David

    2009Runtime:0 minutes
    Documentarian Alexandra Codina explores the nuances of love and commitment in this cinematic portrait of a soon-to-be married couple with Down syndrome, and the proud but protective mothers who have long shielded them from life's cruel realities. Monica and David don't expect to live a completely independent life. But as adults, they want the same chance that any other "normal" married couple has to succeed or fail.

    Directed by:

  • Alexandra Codina
  • rating:3.7 3.7 Average Rating

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    Howard Zinn: You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train
    rating:3.7

    Howard Zinn: You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train

    2004Runtime:0 minutes
    Matt Damon narrates this documentary chronicling Howard Zinn's commitment to social change through archival materials, commentary from Zinn and interviews with contemporaries Noam Chomsky, Daniel Ellsberg, Tom Hayden and Alice Walker, among others.

    Directed by:

  • Deb Ellis
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    What I Want My Words to Do to You
    rating:3.7

    What I Want My Words to Do to You

    2003Runtime:0 minutes
    Inmates at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women try to determine if redemption is really possible after committing a crime. Proctored by playwright Eve Ensler, the convicts (including two former members of the Weather Underground) perform a series of writing exercises and discussions that could lead to healing. The film culminates in a prison performance of the women's writings by Glenn Close, Marisa Tomei and Rosie Perez.

    Directed by:

  • Madeleine Gavin
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    Before Stonewall
    rating:3.7

    Before Stonewall

    1984Runtime:0 minutes
    Life was very different before the 1969 Stonewall riots put the issue of gay rights front and center in America. Using archival films and interviews with gays and lesbians who were forced to hide their sexuality for fear of reprisals, this documentary by Robert Rosenberg, Greta Schiller and John Scagliotti sheds light on American gay life from the 1920s to the 1960s and the sociopolitical climate that finally led to profound change.

    Directed by:

  • Greta Schiller
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    All in This Tea
    rating:3.7

    All in This Tea

    2007Runtime:0 minutes
    Few people know the fascinating history of tea growing and making. This intriguing documentary aims to change that by following renowned tea importer David Lee Hoffman as he scours the far-flung corners of China to find the richest teas on earth. Tea making is an art and tradition that goes back generations in the East, and Hoffman makes it his goal to bring to the rest of the world the exquisite teas produced by struggling small farmers.

    Directed by:

  • Les Blank
  • Gina Leibrecht
  • rating:3.7 3.7 Average Rating

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    The Rolling Stones: Gimme Shelter
    rating:3.7

    The Rolling Stones: Gimme Shelter

    1970Runtime:0 minutes
    Featuring classic renditions of "Sympathy for the Devil," "Under My Thumb," "Satisfaction," "Jumpin' Jack Flash" and "Wild Horses," this unvarnished documentary chronicles the Rolling Stones' chaotic 1969 American tour. The film starts off on a high note at a riveting New York City show and concludes in the aftermath of the infamous Altamont Speedway gig, where Hell's Angels who were hired to do security ultimately brutalized concert-goers.

    Directed by:

  • Albert Maysles
  • David Maysles
  • Charlotte Zwerin
  • rating:3.7 3.7 Average Rating

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    Battlefield Britain
    rating:3.7

    Battlefield Britain

    2004Runtime:0 minutes
    Britain has long witnessed battles waged on its native soil, as documented in this fascinating series that uses computer-generated graphics to reenact actual events. Discover how the Battle of Culloden, which led to the disintegration of the Highland clan structure, unfolded; see how William III conquered James II at the Battle of the Boyne; and find out how the English Civil War ended at the Battle of Naseby.

    Directed by:

  • Mary Cranitch
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    Yes Madam, Sir
    rating:3.7

    Yes Madam, Sir

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    Filmmaker Megan Doneman's compelling documentary looks at the tumultuous career of Kiran Bedi, a tennis champ who became a crusading social activist -- and the first woman to join the Indian Police Service. Although Bedi's detractors have labeled her a self-serving publicity seeker, there's no debate about her accomplishments, which include overhauling one of Asia's worst prisons and reforming India's penal system. Helen Mirren narrates.

    Directed by:

  • Megan Doneman
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    Beyond Belief
    rating:3.7

    Beyond Belief

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    Two strangers, Patti Quigley and Susan Retik, formed a common bond in their grief when both lost their husbands on Sept. 11, 2001. This documentary chronicles how the two coped with their unimaginable loss, traveling to Afghanistan to meet women there who were also widowed by violence. Director Beth Murphy follows Quigley and Retik as they discover that they share a kinship with their Middle Eastern counterparts, even though they're worlds apart.

    Directed by:

  • Beth Murphy
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    Lost Boys of Sudan
    rating:3.7

    Lost Boys of Sudan

    2003Runtime:0 minutes
    As orphans living in the midst of civil war, Peter and Santino dealt with dangers like lion attacks and gunfire from militia. But even more daunting are the challenges they face in suburbia after they're chosen to start a new life in America. Megan Mylan and Jon Shenk direct this award-winning documentary that follows two Sudanese refugees throughout their intense journey from their native Africa to the United States.

    Directed by:

  • Megan Mylan
  • rating:3.7 3.7 Average Rating

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    The Fall of Fujimori
    rating:3.7

    The Fall of Fujimori

    2006Runtime:0 minutes
    Ellen Perry's true-life political thriller documents the reign of former Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori, a man who ran on a ticket to fight poverty but whose rule was ultimately marked by violence, corruption and controversy. With promises to restore stability and crush terrorist insurgents, Fujimori won popular support -- and the 1990 election -- but his administration eventually dissolved under the weight of political abuses and scandal.

    Directed by:

  • Ellen Perry
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    Chevolution
    rating:3.7

    Chevolution

    2008Runtime:0 minutes
    This intriguing documentary charts the history of photographer Alberto Korda's iconic portrait of Argentinean revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara, from the moment the picture was taken to its spread as an international symbol of rebellion. Using archival footage, filmmakers Trisha Ziff and Luis Lopez take a fascinating look at how a single image helped galvanize a generation of counterculturists.

    Directed by:

  • Trisha Ziff
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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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