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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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Altruism Revolution, The

For generations we have believed that man is driven by ruthless self-interest, but new research from fields as diverse as political science, psychology, sociology and experimental economics is forcing us to rethink human actions and motivation.

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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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Among the Believers

Firebrand cleric Abdul Aziz Ghazi, an ISIS supporter and Taliban ally, is waging jihad against the Pakistani government with the aim of imposing Shariah law. His primary weapon is his expanding network of Islamic seminaries for children as young as four.

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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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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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Brothers in Arms

In the early months of 1969, six men met on a swift boat on the Mekong Delta during some of the worst fighting in the Vietnam War. Their commander happened to be a young Yale graduate named John Kerry.

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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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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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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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God Loves Uganda

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Roger Ross Williams explores the role of the American Evangelical movement in fueling Uganda's terrifying turn towards biblical law and the proposed death penalty for homosexuality.

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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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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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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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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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JFK: The Private President

With reminiscences by Robert Kennedy Jr., Harry Belafonte, Ted Sorensen and Sergei Khrushchev, and rare footage from the private Kennedy archives, JFK: The Private President is an intimate view of life inside 'Camelot' with the legendary First Family.

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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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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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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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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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Sex(ed)

Sex(ed) captures the humor, shock and vulnerability people face when learning about sex, through the lens of the often hilarious, only sometimes informative, sex-ed films from 1910 to the present day.

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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.

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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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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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War After, The

The War After is a powerful documentary featuring nine U.S. veterans transitioning from active duty to the unexpected challenges of civilian life. At a time when thousands of U.S. service members are returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan, The War After is a timely view of the American service experience.

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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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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.

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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.

  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.

America Betrayed- Narrated by Academy Award winner Richard Dreyfuss and featuring interviews with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists, scientists, and politians, this searing documentary exposes the rampant collusion, corruption and cronyism within the government agencies whose very purpose is to protect us.

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.

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. 
Brick City- Brick City is a provocative and eye-opening documentary series that fans out around the city of Newark, New Jersey to capture the daily drama of a community striving to become a better, safer, stronger place to live.

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.

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.

Feed- Using footage shot during the primaries and intercepted satellite feeds of unsuspecting candidates, Feed presents the wild, wacky world of American politics. Watch Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail, Jerry Brown snort nose inhalers, and more.

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.

For the Bible Tells Me So- This provocative, entertaining documentary brilliantly reconciles homosexuality and Biblical scripture, and in the process reveals that religious anti-gay bias is based almost solely upon an often malicious misinterpretation of the Bible.

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.

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.

Let's Get Frank- A film about one of America’s most well loved and outspoken politicians, Rep. Barney Frank. This is a hilarious and insightful look at modern politics, gay life and political hypocrisy.

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.

One Bright Shining Moment- When presidential candidate George McGovern took on Richard Nixon in 1972, he didn’t win- but in his bold, grassroots campaign, we find the genesis of today's progressive movement.

Perfect Candidate, A- Sometimes horrifying, often hilarious, this twisted journey into the underbelly of American politics offers an astonishing look at Oliver North's run for the U.S. Senate.

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.

Please Vote For Me- Chronicling a public school's first open elections in a third-grade class at an elementary school in central China, Please Vote for Me is a witty, engaging macro-lens view of human nature, China's one-child policy and the democratic electoral process.

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.

Senator Obama Goes to Africa- Part personal odyssey and part chronicle of diplomacy in action, this timely documentary follows Barack Obama as he takes an emotional journey to Kisumu, Kenya - land of his ancestry.

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.

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.

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.

Unborn in the USA-A riveting look into the deep secrets and deep pockets of the pro-life movement. Exclusive interviews are interwoven with astonishing archival footage to document one of the most controversial social movements in American history.

With God on Our Side- What makes George W. Bush tick? While much of the world is confounded by his righteous rhetoric and his boundless certainty, Bush's story makes perfect sense to one group: America's conservative evangelicals... also known as the Religious Right.

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.