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ACORN and the Firestorm

Fueled by a YouTube video made by two young conservatives who posed as pimp and prostitute in a sting, ACORN's very existence would be challenged. ACORN and the Firestorm goes beyond the 24-hour news cycle and cuts to the heart of the great political divide.

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All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception, and the Spirit of I.F. Stone

Independent journalists like Amy Goodman and Glenn Greenwald are changing the face of journalism, providing investigative alternatives to mainstream news outlets and exposing government and corporate deception - just as journalist I.F. Stone did decades ago.

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Alone on the Island of the Blue Dolphins

Every year nearly half a million children read 'Island of The Blue Dolphins,' the story of a Native American girl left alone for 18 years on a remote California island in the 1800s. This new documentary explore her true story.

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American Socialist: The Life and Times of Eugene Victor Debs

Bernie Sanders inspired a generation - but who inspired him? Most people don't know that the contemporary political movement to address income inequality began over 100 years ago with Eugene Debs. This documentary is an in-depth look at Debs.

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Boston

From its humble origins 120 years ago to present day, Boston immerses the viewer into the wondrous kaleidoscope of the oldest annually contested marathon in the world. Featuring Shalane Flanagan, Meb Keflezighi, Bill Rodgers, Frank Shorter and many more.

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Central Park: The People's Place

This loving portrait of New York's collective backyard explores Central Park's historic creation as the first truly public park, its psychological and sociological significance, artistic design, and its role as an urban oasis.

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Coach Jake

Martin Jacobson ('Coach Jake') may be the winningest high school soccer coach in New York City public school history, but his greatest victories lie in helping others and attaining what he likes to call 'the beautiful game.'

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Company Town

This groundbreaking investigative documentary offers a rare look inside Crossett, Arkansas, a small town ruled by a single company, where the government's environmental protections have been subverted and ignored, leaving its citizens to take on entrenched powers in a fight for justice.

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Extraordinary Ordinary People

A music-fueled journey through folk and traditional arts in America. At a time when the existence of the NEA is under threat, Alan Govenar's documentary focuses on one of its least known and most enduring programs: the National Heritage Fellowship.

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The Future of Work and Death

In this provocative documentary, worldwide experts in the fields of futurology, anthropology, neuroscience and philosophy consider the impact of technological advances on the two certainties of human life: work and death.

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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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Gray Matters

The documentary Gray Matters explores the long, fascinating life of architect and designer Eileen Gray, whose uncompromising vision defined and defied the practice of modernism in decoration, design and architecture.

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A Gray State

This provocative documentary explores the life of David Crowley, an Iraq war veteran and aspiring filmmaker who was also a charismatic voice in the fringe politics of the Tea Party and nascent alt-right. But then he was found dead, along with his family. Suicide...or conspiracy?

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Hans Richter: Everything Turns - Everything Revolves

A documentary that celebrates the life of the Dadaist, abstract painter and experimental filmmaker who, along with friends Marcel Duchamp, Sergei Eisenstein and Mies Van Der Rohe were major forces in redefining 20th century art.

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Hilleman: A Perilous Quest to Save the World's Children

Maurice Hilleman had a singular focus: to eliminate the diseases of children. From his poverty-stricken youth in Montana, Hilleman came to prevent pandemic flu, invent the MMR vaccine, and develop the first-ever vaccine against human cancer.

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Hot to Trot

Mad Hot Ballroom meets Paris is Burning in this entertaining documentary set in the swinging world of same-sex competitive ballroom dancing.

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In the Land of Pomegranates

From the Oscar-nominated filmmaker comes this multi-layered documentary centered on a group of young people who were born into an insidious ongoing war. They are young Palestinians and Israelis invited to Germany to join a retreat called 'Vacation From War.'

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Invisible Hands

'Invisible Hands' is the first feature documentary to expose child labor and trafficking within the supply chains of the world's biggest companies. It is a harrowing account of children as young as 6 years old making the products we use every day.

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The Lost Village

With a provocative eye and fearless tone, The Lost Village pulls back the curtain on the greedy land grab to discover what happened to the place that gave us Dylan, Warhol, Kerouac, Hendrix, Ginsberg, Lady Gaga, Richard Pryor, Judy Collins and so many more.

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Nana

Directed by 25 year-old Serena Dykman, NANA documents her journey with her mother Alice as they retrace her grandmother's Auschwitz survival story - where she was the forced translator for the "Angel of Death," Josef Mengele.

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Naples '44

Benedict Cumberbatch gives life to the words of British soldier Norman Lewis, whose remarkable memoir of post-World War II Naples form the basis for this haunting evocation of a ravaged land, and later a city of infinite charm.

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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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Olancho

Olancho is the story of a group of musicians who perform for the powerful drug cartels in Honduras. Their songs glorify the traffickers who have destroyed their country, but in a world where the cartels wield the most power, do the musicians have any other choice?

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Patrimonio

A small Mexican beach town rises up against an American mega development that threatens their scarce water, their fragile environment and their cultural heritage.

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Penguin Counters, The

Armed with low-tech gear and high-minded notions that penguin populations hold the key to human survival, Ron Naveen lays bare his 30 year love affair with the world's most pristine scientific laboratory: Antarctica.

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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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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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Quest

Filmed with vérité intimacy over the course of nearly a decade, Quest is the moving portrait of the Rainey family living in North Philadelphia. Epic in scope, Quest is a vivid illumination of race and class in America, and a testament to love, healing and hope.

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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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Strangers on the Earth

One of Europe's most popular pilgrimages, the Camino de Santiago attracts wayfarers of all stripes to walk its ancient paths in search of meaning. One such pilgrim an American cellist who walks the Camino with his instrument, performing for fellow pilgrims along the way.

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Sunday Sessions, The

An intimate portrait of one man's struggle to reconcile his religious conviction and sexual identity. The documentary follows a gay man in his late twenties as he seeks counseling from a conversion therapist.

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Tracking Edith

When she wasn't working as a Soviet agent and recruiting spies including Kim Philby , Edith Tudor-Hart was taking photos of workers and street children in Vienna and London, documenting poverty and social deprivation.

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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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Vince Giordano: There's a Future in the Past

For nearly 40 years, Vince Giordano and The Nighthawks have brought the joyful syncopation of the 1920s and '30s to life with their virtuosity, vintage musical instruments, and more than 60,000 period band arrangements.