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American Reds

Weaving powerful and compelling personal stories told by American Communists with objective historical sources and analysis, American Reds: "What Must We Dream Of?" illuminates the epic story of the rise and fall of the American Communist Party.

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Captive

At a beach resort in the Philippines, 20 guests are kidnapped by an Islamic separatist group fighting for the independence of Mindanao. French social worker Therese Bourgoine is among those taken to a jungle island, with the Filipino army in hot pursuit.

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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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Fuhrer Cult and Megalomania

By early in the 20th century Nuremberg was regarded as the most anti-Semitic city in Europe. By 1929 Hitler had decided to make it the "City of the Party Rallies" and a symbol representing the greatness of the German Empire.

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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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Germans and Jews

Through personal stories Germans & Jews explores Germany's transformation as a society, from silence about the Holocaust to facing it head on. At once uncomfortable and enlightening, this film presents a nuanced story of reconciliation.

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Hitler Chronicles, The

This box set features four riveting documentaries about Adolf Hitler and the rise and fall of the Third Reich: The Architecture of Doom, Dear Uncle Adolf, Hitler: A Career, and The Top Secret Trial of the Third Reich.

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Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: Enter Here

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: Enter Here is a double portraitof the lives and work of Russia's most celebrated international artists, now American citizens, as they come to terms with their global lives and the new Russia.

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K2: Siren of the Himalayas

This breathtaking documentary follows four world-class alpinists as they team up for an attempt to reach the summit of the world's most challenging peak on the 100-year anniversary of the Duke of Abruzzi's landmark K2 expedition.

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King of Masks, The

In 1930s China, aging street performer Wang yearns for a male heir to whom he can pass on the secrets of his renowned act. When he buys an 8-year-old orphan named Doggie, his new heir reveals a desperate secret.

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Last Season, The

Every September over 200 seasonal workers set up a camp near the town of Chemult, Oregon where they search for the rare matsutake mushroom. This probing documentary examines the bond between two of these hunters in one unusually hard season.

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Okinawa: The Afterburn

Released in Japan on the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Okinawa, Okinawa: The Afterburn is the first documentary to provide a comprehensive look at the battle and the ensuing 70-year occupation of Okinawa by the United States military.

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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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Our Man in Tehran

In this gripping documentary, the story of the "Canadian Caper" is told by the man who knows it best: Ken Taylor, Canada's former ambassador to Iran, who hid the six Americans and obtained the counterfeit documents that allowed them to escape Tehran.

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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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Professor, The: Tai Chi's Journey West

The Professor tells the story of the remarkable life of one of Tai Chi's greatest masters, Cheng Man-Ching, a man who brought Tai Chi and Chinese culture to the West during the swinging, turbulent 60's.

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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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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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Tangerines

A story of awakening humanity in the midst of violence, Tangerines is the spare, yet haunting tale of an older Estonian man who cares for two wounded soldiers from opposite sides of the 1990s-era war in Georgia.

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Trials of Henry Kissinger, The

Alex Gibney and Eugene Jarecki's The Trials of Henry Kissinger explores how a young boy who fled Nazi Germany grew up to become one of the most powerful and controversial figures in U.S. history.

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Where is the World Going, Mr. Stiglitz?

Simply and eloquently, Nobel Prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz explains, in clear and concise language that experts and non-experts alike can understand, how the world's economy works.

  Almost Peaceful- Set during the largely unexplored period immediately following World War II, the film follows a group of mostly Jewish Parisians who attempt to restart their lives and rekindle their capacity for happiness in the shadow of unspeakable horrors.

Art Is...The Permanent Revolution- Among the wide range of 60 artists on display are Rembrandt, Goya, Daumier, Kollwitz, Dix, Masereel, Grosz, Gropper, and Picasso. Three contemporary American artists and a master printer make an etching, a woodcut and a lithograph before our eyes, while explaining the dynamic relationship between art and social engagement.

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress- Based on the best-selling novel set during China's cultural revolution, this acclaimed film is about two young men who are sent to a remote mountain village for a Maoist re-education.

Bhutto- A Sundance world premiere, Bhutto tells the epic story of one of the most fascinating characters of our time-- Benazir Bhutto, the first woman in history to lead a Muslim nation. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

Fatherland- This rigorously structured and visually engrossing essay film explores Argentina's fractious modern history through the words of writers - both founding fathers and oppositional voices - who lay buried in Buenos Aires's famed Recoleta Cemetery.

Fidel- A unique look at one of the most influential and controversial figures of our time through exclusive interviews with Castro himself, Alice Walker, Harry Belafonte, Nelson Mandela, and many more.

Fire on the Mountain- The story of the 10th Mountain Division, America's only winter warfare fighting unit, who fought the Nazis on skis in the high mountains.

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.

Forgiving Dr. Mengele- Eva Kor and her sister were victims of the infamous Nazi doctor Josef Mengele at Auschwitz. Haunted ever since, something shocking occurs: Eva finds the power to forgive him. But not everyone is ready to forgive the unforgivable.

Garbo the Spy- Juan Pujol Garcia, self-made double agent, is the only person to have been decorated by both the Allies and the Axis for service during World War II. In this documentary thriller, director Edmon Roch interweaves fragments of propaganda footage, interviews with key players in Pujol's life, and clips from Hollywood films. 

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.

Googoosh: Iran's Daughter- This documentary tells the story of Iranian pop phenomenon Googoosh, and also of the political and cultural context which pushed her to the heights of success in the 60’s and 70’s, only to silence her completely after Iran’s Islamic revolution of 1979.

Hellfire: A Journey from Hiroshima- Nominated for an Academy Award, John Junkerman's documentary film Hellfire captures the artists Iri and Toshi Maruki in their decades-long collaboration to create a testament to the effects of the atomic bomb- the Hiroshima Murals.

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.

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.

Howard Zinn: You Can't be Neutral on a Moving Train- This film documents the life and times of the historian, activist and author of the best selling classic A People’s History of the United States. Featuring rare archival materials, interviews with Howard Zinn as well as colleagues and friends.

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.’ 

Into the Fire- In this enthralling documentary, 16 brave and idealistic nurses, writers and journalists who volunteered to help fight the Fascists in the Spanish Civil War, share stories of courage and commitment.

Inventing Our Life- Set against the backdrop of its glorious 100-year history, Inventing Our Life reveals the heartbreak and hope of Israel’s modern kibbutz movement as a new generation struggles to ensure its survival. Can a radically socialist institution survive a new capitalist reality?

Island President, The- President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives is confronting a problem greater than any other world leader has ever faced - the survival of his country and everyone in it.

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.

Leon Blum: For All Mankind- This powerful documentary tells the story of a prominent French leader-a Jew who at different times was prime minister of France and a prisoner in the Buchenwald concentration camp. Blum devoted his life to improving the well-being of French workers and was an early champion of women's rights.

Man Nobody Knew, The- The Man Nobody Knew: In Search Of My Father, Cia Spymaster William Colby is at once a probing history of the CIA, a personal memoir of a family living in clandestine shadows, and an inquiry into the costs of a nation's most cloaked actions.

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.

Mystery of Eva Peron- Actress, seductress, political powerhouse and cultural icon of Argentina and the world, the life and legend of María Eva Duarte de Perón, or Evita, as she came to be known, endures to this day.

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.

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.

Prosecution of an American President, The- This electrifying film documents the efforts of Vincent Bugliosi, one of the nation's foremost prosecutors, as he presents his case that George W. Bush should be prosecuted for the deaths of American soldiers in Iraq.

Rehearsal for a Sicilian Tragedy- Actor John Turturro takes audiences on a haunting, intimate journey to his maternal homeland of Sicily. There, while exploring the island's vanishing traditions, he is taken under the wing of one of the puppet theater's few remaining practitioners who instructs him in the distinctively Sicilian art of puppetry.

Reich Underground, The- Long forgotten after the victorious American Army sealed them off from intruders, the sprawling underground labyrinths built by the Nazis to house armament factories are reopened for the first time in decades by a team of experts.

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.

Sagrada: The Mystery of Creation- One of the most iconic structures ever built, Barcelona's La Sagrada Familia is a fascinating architectural project conceived by Antoni Gaudi in the late 19th century. More than 125 years after construction began, the basilica still remains unfinished.

Search for Mengele, The- Josef Mengele was the most notorious SS doctor at Auschwitz. After the end of World War II, Mengele was one of the world’s most wanted war criminals – yet for the next forty years he escaped justice.

Siege of Leningrad, The- In 1941, Hitler ordered the German Army to invade Russia. But Leningrad - the cradle of the Bolshevik Revolution - did not fall quickly. Instead it resisted. It is a breathtaking story both of heroism and mankind's failings.

Soldiers of Paint- Soldiers of Paint follows a dramatic battle involving 5,000 people who re-stage the Invasion of Normandy, in Oklahoma. Instead of bullets they use paint and it's any man's game, which means the Germans could win! 

Television Under the Swastika- Making use of 285 reels of film discovered in the catacombs of the Berlin Federal Film Archive, this documentary is a fascinating look at the world’s first television broadcast network and the programming the Nazis put on it.

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.

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.

Wagner's Jews- Richard Wagner was notoriously anti-Semitic, and his writings on the Jews were later embraced by Hitler and the Nazis. But many of Wagner's closest associates were Jews-- young musicians who became personally devoted to him, and provided crucial help to his career.

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.

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.