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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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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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Hot Type: 150 Years of The Nation

Two-time Oscar winner Barbara Kopple takes a lively behind-the-scenes look at America's oldest continuously published weekly magazine, capturing the day-to-day challenges of publishing and illuminating how the past continuously shapes current events.

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Nelson Algren: The End is Nothing, the Road is All

This in-depth documentary presents the compelling life story of one of America's greatest and least understood authors.

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The Pulitzer at 100

Directed by Academy Award Winner Kirk Simon, The Pulitzer at 100 celebrates the centenary of this revered national award for literary excellence in journalism and the arts. Featuring interviews with Toni Morrison, Michael Chabon, Tony Kushner, Wynton Marsalis and more.

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Smiling Through the Apocalypse

Esquire magazine was a galvanizing force in American culture from the early 1960s through the early '70s. The chief architect of this print revolution was Harold Hayes, a brilliant editor who granted contributors unprecedented journalistic freedom.

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Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe

The official Austrian entry for Foreign Language Feature at 2016 Oscars, Stefan Zweig: Farewell To Europe tells the story of the Austrian Jewish writer and his life in exile from 1936 to 1942.

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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.

  Beat Hotel- 1957. The Latin Quarter, Paris. A cheap no-name hotel becomes a haven for a new breed of artists fleeing the conformity and censorship of America. Called the Beat Hotel, it soon became an epicenter of the Beat generation. 

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.

Far Out Isn't Far Enough Far Out Isn’t Far Enough chronicles renegade children’s book author and illustrator Tomi Ungerer's wild, lifelong adventure of testing society's boundaries through his subversive art.

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.

Ferlinghetti: A Rebirth of Wonder- This definitive documentary is an incisive portrait of literary polymath Lawrence Ferlinghetti. In one-on-one interviews, he reflects on events that began to unfold in postwar America.

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.

James Thurber: The Life and Hard Times-
Narrated by actor George Plimpton, this is the first major documentary on the life and work of one of America's greatest humorists.  Known for his classic short story, "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," Thurber was a legendary contributor of prose and cartoons to The New Yorker magazine.

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.

Making the Boys- Before Prop 8, Milk or Will & Grace, The Boys in the Band changed everything. Making the Boys explores the drama, struggle and enduring legacy of the first-ever gay play and subsequent Hollywood movie to successfully reach a mainstream audience.

Paul Bowles: The Cage Door is Always Open- Though Bowles never hid his homosexuality, he was married to the lesbian writer Jane Bowles. What attracted them despite their extremely different personalities was a shared worldview: that one must travel to the point of no return in order to find salvation.

Paul Bowles: The Complete Outsider- Filmed in Morocco and featuring exclusive interviews with cultural icons such as Allen Ginsberg, Paul Bowles: The Complete Outsider explores the esoteric life of the man who wrote the The Sheltering Sky, one of the most provocative and influential novels of the 20th century.

Shakespeare's Women & Claire Bloom- The legendary actress introduces us to Shakespeare through the roles that she played including Juliet, Portia, Rosalind, Lady Anne and Gertrude.

Top Hat and Tales: Harold Ross and the Making of the New Yorker- Narrated by Stanley Tucci, Top Hat and Tales chronicles the first 25 years of The New Yorker magazine, from its creation by Harold Ross in 1925 to his death in 1951.