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49 Up

In 1964 a group of seven year old children were interviewed for the documentary Seven Up. Director Michael Apted has been back to film them every seven years since, examining the progression of their lives. Now they are 49.

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56 Up

The original concept was to interview children from diverse backgrounds from all over England about their lives and their future dreams. Every seven years, director Michael Apted has returned to talk to them about their progress. Now they are 56.

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After Kony: Staging Hope

After Kony: Staging Hope follows a team of actors, playwrights, and activists who use theater to help Ugandan teens share their story of resilience through a childhood filled with terror caused by Joseph Kony and the Lord's Resistance Army.

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Ballet Boys

Filmed over four years, Ballet Boys follows the victories, trials, and set-backs of three friends and rising Dutch dance stars who sacrifice a normal high school experience including parties and dating for the sake of ambition and a love of dance.

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Best and Most Beautiful Things

Legally blind and on the autism spectrum, 20-year-old Michelle defies labels as she chases big dreams with humor and bold curiosity. Searching for community, Michelle explores an uncensored world online and experiences a provocative sexual awakening.

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Brooklyn Castle

Brooklyn Castle tells the stories of five members of the chess team at a below-the-poverty-line inner city junior high school that has won more national championships than any other in the country.

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Chet Zar: I Like to Paint Monsters

Enter the foreboding world of Chet Zar, an influential figure in the Dark Art Movement, where apocalyptic industrial landscapes are inhabited by monstrosities. Sometimes gruesome, periodically funny, but always thought-provoking, Zar's art is as enigmatic as it is frightening.

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Dream Deceivers

Two young men shoot themselves in a churchyard. Ray Belknap dies; James Vance - severely disfigured - survives. Their parents take heavy-metal icons Judas Priest to court, claiming the band "mesmerized" their sons.

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Eastern Boys

Presented in four parts, this absorbing, continually surprising film by Robin Campillo is centered around relationships that defy easy categorization, in which motivations and desires are poorly understood even by those to whom they belong.

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Every Three Seconds

Every three seconds someone in the world dies from factors related to extreme poverty - 30,000 people a day and 10.5 million a year. The sheer magnitude can be overwhelming, causing people to ask "What can one person do to make a difference?"

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Girl Model

Girl Model follows two protagonists: an ambivalent model scout who scours the Siberian countryside looking for fresh faces, and one of her discoveries, a 13-year-old plucked from her home and dropped into Tokyo with promises of a profitable career.

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Hilleman: A Perilous Quest to Save the World's Children

Maurice Hilleman had a singular focus: to eliminate the diseases of children. From his poverty-stricken youth in Montana, Hilleman came to prevent pandemic flu, invent the MMR vaccine, and develop the first-ever vaccine against human cancer.

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Invisible Scars

Johnna Janis reveals the life-long struggles she has faced as a result of the the sexual abuse she endured as a child and explores the tools and resources which are available to help CSA victims overcome the debilitating effects of their childhood experiences.

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Know How

Written and acted by young people in New York's foster care system, Know How presents stories from their own lives. Five characters' worlds intersect as they confront loss, adulthood, and bureaucracy in this tale about transience and perseverance.

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Maidentrip

In the wake of a battle with Dutch authorities that sparked a global media storm, 14-year-old Laura Dekker sets out - camera in hand - on a two-year voyage in pursuit of her dream to be the youngest person ever to sail around the world alone.

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Praying With Lior

Winner of multiple awards and acclaimed by audiences around the world, this moving and entertaining documentary asks whether someone with Down syndrome can be a "spiritual genius."

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PS Dance!: Dance Education in Public Schools

Narrated by Paula Zahn, PS Dance! captures what happens when students at five NYC public schools add dance to their daily studies. The journey is one of imagination, curiosity, hard work and discipline.

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Quest

Filmed with vérité intimacy over the course of nearly a decade, Quest is the moving portrait of the Rainey family living in North Philadelphia. Epic in scope, Quest is a vivid illumination of race and class in America, and a testament to love, healing and hope.

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Secundaria

Secundaria quietly follows one high school class on its journey through Cuba's world-famous National Ballet School. The teens love to dance, but for many of them, dance is also their sole escape from a life of poverty.

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Sex Trade, The

Part investigative report and part editorial, The Sex Trade is a behind-the-scenes analysis of a rapidly growing business featuring incisive comments from experts and enlightening interviews with current and former sex workers.

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Sex(ed)

Sex(ed) captures the humor, shock and vulnerability people face when learning about sex, through the lens of the often hilarious, only sometimes informative, sex-ed films from 1910 to the present day.

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Storm Makers, The

Featuring brutally candid testimony, The Storm Makers is a chilling expose of Cambodia's human trafficking underworld and an eye-opening look at the complex cycle of poverty, despair and greed that fuels this modern slave trade.

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Talent Has Hunger

Filmed over 7 years, Talent Has Hunger is an inspiring film about the power of music to consume, enhance, and propel lives. It focuses on master cello teacher Paul Katz and the challenges of guiding gifted young people through the struggles of mastering the instrument.

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Tokyo Fiancee

In this entertaining romantic comedy, Amelie, a French tutor in Tokyo, finds herself in a passionate relationship with her only student, the charming Rinri. As the two explore the joys of their first real romance, many cultural barriers fall...but some still remain.

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Tricked

Tricked is a documentary that uncovers one of America's darkest secrets. Modern-day slavery is alive and well in the United States, as thousands of victims are trafficked across the country to satisfy America's $3-billion-a-year sex trafficking industry.

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Up Series, The

In 1964 a group of seven year old children were interviewed for the documentary "Seven Up". Director Michael Apted has been back to film them every seven years since. This seven disc box set includes all eight films in the series to date.

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Vandal

Vandal is the story of a wayward young man named Cherif who comes of age in the world of graffiti art after he discovers a local gang who roam the night in the shadow of a mysterious and legendary tagger.

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Yalom's Cure

Bestselling author, popular scholar and existentialist Irvin D. Yalom is one of the most influential living psychotherapists. Together with Dr. Yalom we travel through the many layers of the human mind while he shares his fundamental insights and wisdom.

  21 UP South Africa: Mandela's Children- The Jesuit maxim behind the landmark UP Series has been taken to South Africa, where a group of children, first filmed in 1992 at the age of 7, are now 21. The fascinating portraits offer insights into the social and political upheavals that have occurred since the crumbling of Apartheid.

4th & Goal- Shot over six years, 4th & Goal tells the story of six standouts at a respected junior college football program.  Each of the young men are recruited for top Division 1 college scholarships.  As they fan out across the country to the nation’s best college football teams, each carries with him the belief that he will be one of the chosen few who will someday play for the NFL.

Beyond Hatred- In this deeply moving, award-winning documentary, a French family reflects on the vicious murder of their 29-year-old gay son by neofascist skinheads and courageously tries to move beyond feelings of hatred and revenge.

Devil's Miner, The- An astonishing portrait of two brothers, 14-year-old Basilio and 12-year-old Bernardino, who work deep inside the silver mines of Cerro Rico, Bolivia.

For the Bible Tells Me So- This provocative, entertaining documentary brilliantly reconciles homosexuality and Biblical scripture, and in the process reveals that religious anti-gay bias is based almost solely upon an often malicious misinterpretation of the Bible.

In a Town This Size -In A Town This Size introduces an Oklahoma town and its long-ignored tragedy of child sexual abuse by a prominent pediatrician. The film illustrates that with determination, support and direct conversation about abuse, those harmed can choose their survival.

InRealLife- InRealLife asks what exactly is the internet and what is it doing to our children? Taking us on a journey from the bedrooms of teenagers to Silicon Valley, filmmaker Beeban Kidron's film asks if we can afford to stand by while our children, trapped in their 24/7 connectivity, are being outsourced to the net?

Last Flight of Petr Ginz, The- By age 14, Petr Ginz wrote five novels and penned a diary about the Nazi occupaton of Prague. By 16, he produced more than 170 drawings and paintings, edited an underground magazine, wrote numerous short stories, and walked to the gas chamber at Auschwitz. A story of tragedy but also celebration, this film combines live action to create a testament to how one boy's creativity represents the best of what makes us all human.

Paralyzing Fear: The Story of Polio in America, A- Seldom has society come full circle in the cycle of a disease - from illness, to epidemic, to cure. Polio is the 20th century's most notable exception. This fascinating story is told here using thousands of photographs and films along with interviews with polio survivors, their families, nurses, doctors, and community leaders, bringing to life an America that was both brave and innocent.

Petites Freres- A wonderful follow-up from Jacques Doillon, director of Ponette, Petits Freres is the gritty and lyrical story of a young girl who finds real friendship in a Paris housing project.

Photographic Memory - Filmmaker Ross McElwee (Sherman’s March, Bright Leaves) finds himself in frequent conflict with his son, a young adult who seems addicted to and distracted by the virtual worlds of the internet.

Please Vote For Me-   Chronicling a public school's first open elections in a third-grade class at an elementary school in central China, Please Vote for Me is a witty, engaging macro-lens view of human nature, China's one-child policy and the democratic electoral process.

Pressure Cooker- Wilma Stephenson runs an infamous Culinary Arts “boot camp” for students at Frankford High School in Philadelphia. A teacher for 40 years, Wilma can be blunt and cantankerous – but beneath her tough exterior is a person who cares passionately about getting the best out of her kids.

Spark Among the Ashes- In this emotional documentary, a 13-year-old Connecticut boy stands at the center of a complex human drama that attracts world-wide attention when he travels to Cracow to participate in the first bar mitzvah there since the War.

Tutu Much- This documentary follows nine young ballet dancers as they compete for highly-coveted spots in an intensive four-week professional ballet summer program at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School.

Waiting for Lightning- Waiting For Lightning is the inspirational story of Danny Way, a visionary skateboarder with a love of big air in half-pipes and on gigantic ramps who decides to attempt the impossible: jump China's Great Wall on a skateboard.