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HUMAN RIGHTS

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1971

On March 8, 1971, eight ordinary citizens broke into an FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania, took hundreds of secret files, and shared them with the public. In doing so, they uncovered the FBI's vast and illegal regime of spying and intimidation.

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Accidental Courtesy

Musician Daryl Davis has played all over the world, but it's what he does in his free time that sets him apart. In an effort to find out how anyone can 'hate me without knowing me,' Daryl likes to meet and befriend members of the Ku Klux Klan.

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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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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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Anita: Speaking Truth to Power

Directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Freida Mock, Anita: Speaking Truth to Power celebrates Anita Hill's legacy and reveals the story of a woman who has empowered millions to stand up for equality and justice.

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Before & After Stonewall

Two seminal documentaries tell the remarkable tale of how homosexuals, a heretofore hidden and despised group, became a vibrant and integral part of America.

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Buying Sex

Buying Sex is a timely examination of the ongoing and global debate about prostitution laws. Would decriminalizing prostitution free sex workers to take more control over their activities or give the buyers of sex (as well as illicit sex-trade business owners) power to exploit the sale of sexual services?

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Camden 28, The

An award-winning documentary that tells the story of the group of 28 activists, mostly conscientious objectors from the Catholic left, who broke into a draft board office in Camden, New Jersey in the summer of 1971.

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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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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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I am FEMEN

A revealing look at FEMEN- the topless female activists who fight corrupt and patriarchal political systems in Kiev and all across Europe- as well as a portrait of the group's co-founder and creative backbone, the bewitching Oksana Shachko.

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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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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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Nuclear Nation II

Nuclear Nation II follows a new group of people exiled from Futaba, the region occupied by the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, and questions the real cost of nuclear energy and unbridled capitalism.

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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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Power and Terror: Noam Chomsky in our Times

Power and Terror presents the incisive and controversial thinking of one of the most articulate, committed and hard-working political dissidents of our time, MIT linguist and political philosopher Noam Chomsky.

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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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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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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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War Photographer

War photographer James Nachtwey hasn't missed a single war in twenty years. This Academy Award nominated film follows Nachtwey for two years into the wars in Indonesia, Kosovo, and Palestine, as well as to other troubled areas around the world.

  After Stonewall- Narrated by Melissa Etheridge, this sequel to Before Stonewall chronicles the history of lesbian and gay life from the riots at Stonewall to the end of the millenium.

Altiplano- High in the Andes of Peru, silent but deadly traces of mercury bring illness and death to a local village. Seeking retribution, the villagers mistakenly attribute the outbreak to Western doctors who work in the mountains. Two women are brought together in this haunting film about our divided yet inextricably intertwined world.

Architecture of Doom, The- Featuring never-before-seen film footage of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi regime, The Architecture of Doom captures the inner workings of the Third Reich and illuminates the Nazi aesthetic in art, architecture and popular culture.

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.

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.

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.

Bliss- Adapted from internationally acclaimed author Zülfü Livaneli’s novel, Bliss is an unconventional road movie in which the executioner of an honour killing and his victim go on a journey of self-discovery.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Herman's House- Herman Wallace may be the longest-serving prisoner in solitary confinement in America - 40 years and counting in a 6-by-9-foot cell. This award-winning documentary reveals the remarkable expression his struggle finds in an unusual art project.

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.

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.

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.

Monseñor: The Last Journey of Óscar Romero- In El Salvador in the late Seventies, one man was the voice of the campesinos, the poor, the disenfranchised, and the Disappeared – all struggling under the corrupt Salvadoran government.  Appointed Archbishop in early 1977, Monseñor Óscar Romero worked tirelessly and in constant personal peril until the day he was assassinated in March 1980.

Mugabe and the White African- Selected as one of the 15 feature documentaries on the 2010 short list for Oscar consideration, Mugabe and the White African is an intimate account of one family's astonishing bravery as they fight to protect their property, their livelihood and their country.

Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary- Before he was convicted of murdering a policeman in 1981 and sentenced to die, Mumia Abu-Jamal was a gifted journalist and brilliant writer. This is a portrait of a man whom many consider America's most famous political prisoner - a man whose existence tests our beliefs about freedom of expression.

Neshoba: The Price of Freedom- The story of a Mississippi town still divided about the meaning of justice, 40 years after the murders of civil rights workers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, an event dramatized in the Oscar-winning film, Mississippi Burning.

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.

Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune- Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune is a timely and relevant tribute to an unlikely American hero. Interview and performance footage of Ochs is illuminated by the ruminations of Joan Baez, Pete Seeger, Sean Penn, Peter Yarrow, Christopher Hitchens and others.

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.

Rising From Ashes- American cycling legend Jock Boyer moved to Rwanda, Africa to help a group of struggling genocide survivors pursue their dream of a national team. Rising From Ashes follows Boyer and Team Rwanda as they set out against impossible odds and rise from the ashes of their past.

Roses in December- On December 2, 1980 lay missioner Jean Donovan and three American nuns were brutally murdered by members of El Salvador’s security force. The film chronicles Jean’s life, from her affluent childhood to her tragic death.

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.

Sacco and Vanzetti-Sacco and Vanzetti brings to life the story of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, two Italian immigrant anarchists who were accused of a murder in 1920, and executed in Boston in 1927 after a notoriously prejudiced trial.

Sergio Vieira de Mello: En Route to Baghdad- An award-winning documentary about Sergio Vieira de Mello, the diplomat who was one of the most tireless and effective advocates for peace and stability the world has ever known.

Silent Waters- Silent Waters is set in 1979 in Pakistan, when General Zia-ul-Haq took control of the country and stoked the fires of Islamic nationalism.

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

They Killed Sister Dorothy- At the mouth of the Amazon River, a murder trial is taking place. The victim – Sister Dorothy Stang, a 73-year-old Catholic nun from Dayton, Ohio – was shot six times at point blank range. The events that led to her death, and the trials that follow, reveal the larger battle being fought for the future of the rainforest.

Unreal Dream, An- From Oscar-nominated director Al Reinert, An Unreal Dream is the terrifying true story of Michael Morton, who spent over two decades in Texas prisons for a crime he didn't commit.

Vito- Directed by award-winner Jeffrey Schwarz, Vito paints a galvanizing portrait of Vito Russo, author of the seminal book The Celluloid Closet and an outspoken activist in the LGBT community’s struggle for equal rights.

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.

Wrong Side of the Bus- Sidney Bloch returns to Cape Town, South Africa for his medical school reunion. Sid has suffered from a troubled conscience for forty years and wants to resolve his guilt for colluding with Apartheid – but what will it take to free him from his past?