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ANTHROPOLOGY

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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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Algorithms

In India, a group of boys dream of becoming Chess Masters, driven by a man with a vision. But this is no ordinary chess and these are no ordinary players. Algorithms is a documentary on the thriving but little known world of Blind Chess in India.

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Altruism Revolution, The

For generations we have believed that man is driven by ruthless self-interest, but new research from fields as diverse as political science, psychology, sociology and experimental economics is forcing us to rethink human actions and motivation.

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Among the Believers

Firebrand cleric Abdul Aziz Ghazi, an ISIS supporter and Taliban ally, is waging jihad against the Pakistani government with the aim of imposing Shariah law. His primary weapon is his expanding network of Islamic seminaries for children as young as four.

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Berkeley in the Sixties

The Sixties come to life in Mark Kitchell's gripping film that captures the decade's events - the Free Speech Movement, Civil Rights marches, anti-war protests, Black Panthers - in all their immediacy and passion.

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Brothers in Arms

In the early months of 1969, six men met on a swift boat on the Mekong Delta during some of the worst fighting in the Vietnam War. Their commander happened to be a young Yale graduate named John Kerry.

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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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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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German Doctor, The

Patagonia, 1960. A German doctor meets an Argentinean family who welcomes him into their home and entrusts their daughter to his care, not knowing that they are harboring Josef Mengele, one of WWII's most heinous Nazi war criminals.

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Hole in a Fence, A

Chronicling the changing fortunes of Red Hook, Brooklyn, A Hole in a Fence explores the complicated issues of development, class and identity facing one of New York City's most unique neighborhoods.

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Other Man, The

Featuring in-depth interviews with politicians and anti-apartheid activists, filmmaker Nic Rossier explores the fascinating and complex political journey and legacy of South African president F.W. de Klerk.

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People of a Feather

Featuring stunning footage from seven winters in the Arctic, People of a Feather takes us into the world of the Inuit in northern Canada. Connecting past, present and future is the Inuit's unique relationship with the eider duck.

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Population Boom

In Population Boom, acclaimed director Werner Boote traverses the globe to examine the myths and facts about overpopulation. Speaking with everyone from demographic researchers to environmental activists, Boote comes to a surprising conclusion.

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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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Ruins of Lifta, The

Discovering that his parents' Holocaust experiences may have distorted his views of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, filmmaker Menachem Daum - an Orthodox Jew from Brooklyn - sets out to establish a personal relationship with a Palestinian.

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Speed Sisters

The Speed Sisters are the Middle East's first all-woman race car driving team. Grabbing headlines and turning heads at improvised tracks across the West Bank, these women have sped their way into the heart of Palestine's gritty, male-dominated street car-racing scene.

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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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Sukkah City

Sukkah City chronicles the architecture competition created by Joshua Foer and Roger Bennett that explored the creative potential of the ancient Jewish sukkah and created a temporary exhibition of 12 newly designed sukkahs in the heart of New York City.

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Surviving Progress

Based on the best-selling book A Short History of Progress, this documentary explores the concept of progress in our modern world, guiding us through a sweeping but detailed survey of the major "progress traps" facing our civilization in the arenas of technology, economics, consumption, and the environment.

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Through a Lens Darkly

The first documentary to explore the role of photography in shaping the identity of African Americans from slavery to the present, Through a Lens Darkly probes the recesses of American history by discovering images that have been suppressed, forgotten and lost.

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Unlocking the Cage

Arguing that cognitively complex animals have the capacity for limited personhood rights, animal rights lawyer Steve Wise is making history by filing the first lawsuits that seek to transform a chimpanzee from a "thing" with no rights to a "person" with legal protections.

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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.

  Before Stonewall- When the police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in Greenwich Village, three nights of rioting sparked a national gay liberation movement. This acclaimed documentary tells the dramatic story of gay and lesbian life from the 1920s up until Stonewall.

Behind the Burly Q- Burlesque and vaudeville were America's most popular form of live entertainment in the first half of the 20th century - until cinema drove them from the mainstream. By telling the intimate and surprising stories from its golden age, Behind the Burly Q reveals the true story of burlesque, even as it experiences a new renaissance.

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.

Breaking the Maya Code- Based on archaeologist Michael Coe's book and filmed in nine countries, Breaking the Maya Code is the amazing story of the 200-year struggle to unlock the secret hieroglyphs of the ancient Maya.

Commune- Black Bear Ranch was the prototypical 1960s commune, with the motto “Free Land for Free People.” This acclaimed documentary offers a candid look into the joys and difficulties of communal living.

Company, The- Hosted by the distinguished actor Cyril Cusack, The Company examines the life and legacy of Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus and one of the most influential reformers of the Christian Church. Includes Thomas Berry: Dreamer of the Universe.

Constantine’s Sword- This astonishing exploration of the dark side of Christianity follows former priest and National Book Award winner James Carroll on a journey of remembrance and reckoning.

Dangerous Living-Dangerous Living is the first documentary to deeply explore the lives of gay and lesbian people in non-western cultures. From the producer of Before & After Stonewall.

Dear Uncle Adolf- A treasure of more than 100,000 personal letters written by the German people to Adolf Hitler was recently found, hidden in a secret Russian archive. They provide a reflection of the German spirit in the years from 1932 to 1945.

Defamation- Speaking with the head of the Anti-Defamation League, controversial author Norman Finkelstein, and others, director Yoav Shamir sets out to discover the realities of anti-Semitism today.

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.

Dreaming Lhasa- Karma, a Tibetan filmmaker from New York, goes to India to make a documentary about former political prisoners who have escaped from Tibet. There she embarks on a journey into Tibet's fractured past and a voyage of self-discovery.

Duch: Master of the Forges of Hell- Between 1975 and 1979, the Khmer Rouge was responsible for the deaths of nearly 2 million
people. Kaing Guek Eav, known as Duch, directed both the M13 and S21 centers where tens of thousands of people were tortured and executed.

End of Time, The- Peter Mettler’s enthralling new film combines elements of documentary, essay, and experimental cinema to create a tour de force that challenges our conception of time - and perhaps the very fabric of our existence.

Female Misbehavior- A collection of five films from director Monika Treut which explore the outer limits of female sexuality and behavior. Each features a woman who has challenged the status quo, provoking shock and outrage in some and gaining respect from others.

Firestorm- Using rare film footage and stirring interviews with historians, former bomber pilots and survivors of the destruction, this extraordinary film brings to light the devastating allied air campaign against Nazi Germany.

Food Beware- Food Beware takes a look at a small village in France, where - in opposition to powerful economic interests - the town's mayor has declared that the school lunchroom will serve mostly local food, grown by organic methods. This moving testament to one community's answer is a case study of a growing revolution.

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.

Goebbels Experiment, The- Kenneth Branagh reads from the diaries of Hitler’s propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels. A rare and chilling glimpse into a brilliant but toxic mind.

Hiding and Seeking- This award-winning documentary tells the dramatic and emotional story of a Jewish father who journeys with his two utlra-orthodox sons back to Poland to try to find the Christian farmers who hid their family from the Nazis.

High Fidelity- From the filmmaking team that brought us the Academy Award-winning From Mao To Mozart: Isaac Stern in China comes this spirited and humorous documentary about the world-famous Guarneri String Quartet.

Homemade Hillbilly Jam- This enjoyable documentary captures the rich and wonderful sounds of “hillbilly” music by following three families of modern-day hillbillies back to the roots of their music-making heritage.

Homo Sapiens 1900- Homo Sapiens 1900 is a stunning exploration of the history of eugenics, race hygiene and the quest to improve the human race, featuring startling archival footage and long-hidden documents.

House of Life- House of Life tells the story of The Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague, the site of layer upon layer of buried members of the once-vibrant Jewish community, and chronicles its history which is rich in lore, mysticism, tradition and philosophy.

Howling with the Angels- When Hitler’s army marched into Prague in 1938, Jan Bodon, a young captain with a secret in the Czech Army was “asked” to join the Nazis. He promptly fled and joined the Czech Resistance Movement instead.

Inside the Koran- In this powerful and informative film, award-winning director Antony Thomas goes deep into the heart of the Muslim world, examining the personal lives of his subjects, each abiding by his or her own understanding of the Koran.  Their relationship with this holy Book reveals a complex, beautiful and often contradictory guide for humanity.

Inside the Third Reich- Inside the Third Reich is a unique collection of seminal films about Nazi Germany essential for an accurate insight into the real life ‘heart of darkness.’ 

Jihad for Love, A- In this revealing documentary, which was filmed in 12 countries and 9 languages, Muslim gay filmmaker Parvez Sharma travels the many worlds of Islam, discovering the stories of its most unlikely storytellers: lesbian and gay Muslims.

Life Apart, A- Seven years in the making, this extraordinarily intimate film takes us into the mysterious and joyous world of the Hasidic Jews, revealing a place few outsiders have seen and fewer yet could imagine.

Living in Emergency- Set in war-torn Congo and Liberia, Living in Emergency interweaves the stories of four volunteers with Doctors Without Borders as they struggle to provide emergency medical care under the most extreme conditions.

Merton- In his lifetime, Thomas Merton was hailed as a prophet and censured for his outspoken social criticism. An engaging profile of a man whose presence in the world touched millions of people and who still has profound impact and relevance today.

Modern Life- Magnum photographer and filmmaker Raymond Depardon casts an affectionate and irreverent eye on a small community of farmers in France as they are confronted by the problems and challenges the contemporary world brings.

Nazi Medicine- Two films by John Michalczyk. Nazi Medicine & The Cross and the Star are two riveting documentaries which confront the horrors of Hitler's Third Reich.

New Medicine- Driven by new scientific evidence, doctors are coming to understand that treating the body alone is not enough- the mind can also play a critical role in the healing process.

Old Jews Telling Jokes- 18 joke tellers- doctors, lawyers, a garment worker, a wine salesman - deliver, with great delight, the off-color and risqué jokes from a bygone era.

Patagonia Rising- In the heart of Patagonia, flow two of the world’s purest rivers. This film brings voice to the frontier people caught in the crossfire of Chile’s energy demands by juxtaposing the pro-dam business sector with renewable energy experts.

People Uncounted, A- A People Uncounted tells the little-known story of the Roma, who have long been both romanticized and vilified in popular culture, politics, and the arts. But the Roma persevere, even as they have been singled out for intolerance and persecution throughout Europe.

Perfect Candidate, A- Sometimes horrifying, often hilarious, this twisted journey into the underbelly of American politics offers an astonishing look at Oliver North's run for the U.S. Senate.

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.

Pruitt-Igoe Myth The- This documentary tells the story of the transformation of the American city in the decades after World War II, through the lens of the infamous Pruitt-Igoe housing development and the St. Louis residents who called it home.

S21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine- In 1975-79, the Khmer Rouge waged a campaign of genocide on Cambodia’s population. The detention center 'S21', where 17,000 people were tortured and killed, is now a museum where former Khmer Rouge are employed as guides.

Senator Obama Goes to Africa- Part personal odyssey and part chronicle of diplomacy in action, this timely documentary follows Barack Obama as he takes an emotional journey to Kisumu, Kenya - land of his ancestry.

September 11- Eleven acclaimed directors each make an 11 minute short film in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The result is a daring and moving global cinematic reply that "forces us to look at the entire event afresh." (The New York Times).

SoleJourney- SoleJourney documents the protest efforts of Soulforce, a group committed to LGBT equality and justice.

A Tickle in the Heart- A Tickle in the Heart captures the story of the Epstein Brothers - Max, Willie and Julius - klezmer legends on a joyous (and hilarious) international tour.

Top Secret Trial of the Third Reich, The-
Top Secret Trial of the Third Reich
 is the true story of the assassination attempt on Hitler's life.

Unknown Soldier, The- The Unknown Soldier documents Germany’s controversial Wehrmacht Exhibition, which for the first time ever revealed the personal letters, photographs and film footage implicating the common foot soldier in horrific acts.

Venus Boyz- Club Casanova, the legendary Drag King Night in New York, is the point of departure for an odyssey to the transgendered world. It's a world where women become men--some for a night, others for a lifetime.

Voices of the Andes- The Great Inca Road is an ancient network of roads spanning more than 8,000 miles, running through the heart of the Andes, from the ocean and deserts all the way to Machu Picchu. This visually striking documentary takes us along the Road - revealing its contours, its history, and its secrets.

We Were So Beloved- Between 1933 and 1941 thousands of Jews fled Nazi Germany and Austria for America. Leaving behind brothers, sisters and parents, more than 20,000 of them came together in Washington Heights in New York City.

Wetlands Preserved- This insightful and entertaining documentary tracks the history of Wetlands, the first-ever activist nightclub, a place that was as devoted to environmental and political issues as it was to great music.

When the Drum Is Beating- In Haiti, there is one band that has seen it all: Septentrional. For six decades this 20 piece band has made passionate music - a fusion of Cuban big band and Haitian voodoo beats - through dictatorships, natural disasters, coup d'états, and chaos, navigating the ups and downs, the glory and the tragedy that is Haiti's history.

Without the King- Winner of the Special Jury Prize at the Hot Docs International Documentary Festival, this acclaimed film tells an astonishing story of Africa’s last absolute monarchy, the Kingdom of Swaziland.