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16 Acres

The rebuilding of ground zero is the most architecturally, politically, and emotionally complex urban renewal project in recent American history. The struggle to develop these 16 acres has encompassed 11 years and over $20 billion.

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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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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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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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Birth of the Living Dead

In 1968 a young college drop-out named George A. Romero directed Night of the Living Dead, a low budget horror film that shocked the world, became an icon of the counterculture, and spawned a zombie industry worth billions of dollars.

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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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Crude

This riveting film from Joe Berlinger tells the epic story of one of the largest and most controversial legal cases on the planet: the $27 billion "Amazon Chernobyl" case pitting 30,000 rainforest dwellers in Ecuador against U.S. oil giant Chevron.

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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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Evergreen: The Road to Legalization

After a 40 year nationwide 'War on Drugs,' the state of Washington has become a key battleground in the fight to legalize marijuana. But many marijuana advocates are vehemently opposed to I-502, the law that will legalize cannabis.

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Farewell Party, The

The Farewell Party is a unique, compassionate and unlikely funny story of a group of friends at a Jerusalem retirement home who decide to help their terminally ill friend. When rumors of their assistance begin to spread, more and more people ask for their help.

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Fear of 13

After 23 years on Death Row a convicted murderer petitions the court asking to be executed. But as he tells his story, it gradually becomes clear that nothing is quite what it seems. A final shocking twist casts everything in a new light.

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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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Harper Lee: From Mockingbird to Watchman

In this update of her 2011 documentary, filmmaker Mary McDonagh Murphy sifts through the facts and speculation surrounding Lee and both her novels. Includes interviews with Lee's older sister, close friends and admirers, from Oprah Winfrey to Wally Lamb.

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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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I Can Be President

What would it be like to grow up and become president of the United States? In I Can Be President: A Kid's-Eye View, a diverse group of children candidly share their thoughts on the subject, affirming the importance of having dreams at any age.

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Indian Point

Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant looms just 35 miles from Times Square. With over 50 million people living in close proximity to the aging facility, its continued operation has the support of the NRC, yet has stoked a great deal of controversy in the community.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Welcome to Leith

Welcome to Leith chronicles the attempted takeover of a small town in North Dakota by notorious white supremacist Craig Cobb. As his behavior becomes more threatening, tensions soar, and the residents desperately look for ways to expel their unwanted neighbor.

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When Justice Isn't Just

Directed by NAACP Image Award winner David Massey, this dynamic documentary features legal experts, local activists, and law enforcement officers delving into ongoing charges of inequality, unfair practices, and politicized manipulations of America's judicial system.

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When Two Worlds Collide

In this tense and immersive Sundance award-winner, audiences are taken directly into the line of fire between powerful, opposing Peruvian leaders who will stop at nothing to keep their respective goals intact.

  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.

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.

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.

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.

Hey, Boo- Hey, Boo: Harper Lee & To Kill a Mockingbird chronicles how the beloved novel came to be written, the context and history of the Deep South where it is set, and the social change it inspired after its publication.  The film also offers an unprecedented peek into the life of author Harper Lee.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sex & Justice- Narrated by Gloria Steinem, Sex & Justice presents the highlights of the dramatic confrontation between Anita Hill and Clarence Thomas at his Supreme Court confirmation hearings before the United States Senate in 1991.

Split Decision- Talented boxer Jesus "El Matador" Chavez is deported back to Mexico to face new battles: the fight to return to his life in the U.S. and to find acceptance in the land of his birth.

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.

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.

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.