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21 UP South Africa: Mandela's Children

"Give me the child until he is seven and I will give you the man." The Jesuit maxim at the heart of the landmark UP Series has now been taken to South Africa, where a group of diverse children, first filmed in 1992 at the age of 7, are now 21.

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49 UP

In 1964 a group of seven year old children were interviewed for the documentary “Seven Up”. Director Michael Apted has been back to film them every seven years since, examining the progression of their lives. Now they are 49.

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56 UP

In 1964 a group of seven year old children were interviewed for the documentary “Seven Up”. Director Michael Apted has been back to film them every seven years since, examining the progression of their lives. Now they are 56.

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Algorithms

In India, a group of boys dream of becoming Chess Grandmasters. But this is no ordinary chess and these are no ordinary players. Algorithms is a documentary that transports us into the little known world of Blind Chess.

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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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Argentina

Poetic, riveting and moving, three-time Academy Award nominee Carlos Saura's latest foray into the music of Argentina explores the heart of traditional Argentine folklore and its stunning musical heritage - from traditional styles to modern dance.

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Aristide and the Endless Revolution

In 2004, the democratically elected president Jean-Bertrand Aristide was taken against his will from Haiti in an American helicopter. The 2004 coup d'etat was not the first American intervention into Haitian politics.

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Art of Ballet, The

The Art of Ballet, a special edition box set, features four of our most popular dance films on four discs: Ballerina, The Dancer, Etoiles: Dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet and Prima Ballerina.

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Ballerina

In the grand tradition of the Ballets Russes comes this portrait of five Russian ballerinas from the Mariinsky Theatre. From the backstage studio to stages around the world, Ballerina captures the sublime beauty of ballet in all its resplendent glory.

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Ballet Boys

Ballet Boys follows the struggles, set-backs and accomplishments of three friends and hopeful future dance stars- Lukas, Syvert, and Torgeir- as they sacrifice a normal high school experience for the sake of ambition and a love of dance.

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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.

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Bigger Splash, A

Filmmaker Jack Hazan follows artist David Hockney as he struggles to create what would prove to be some of his most enduring works: those featuring Hockney's model and lover, Peter Schlesinger.

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Che Guevara: Where You'd Never Imagine Him

Using archival film and photo materials, Cuban director Manuel Pérez paints a personal portrait of Che Guevara, from his childhood in Argentina to the motorcycle trip through Latin America that changed his life forever.

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Circo

Gorgeously filmed along the back roads of rural Mexico and set to the music of Calexico, Circo follows the Ponce family’s hardscrabble circus as it struggles to stay together as the fate of this century-old family tradition hangs in the balance.

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Clean Spirit

Clean Spirit introduces us to one pro cycling team that strives to compete without doping - and in the process has launched the careers of two of the most talented riders of this generation, Marcel Kittel and John Degenkolb.

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Cocalero

Born out of the U.S. war on drugs, an Aymara Indian named Evo Morales – backed by a troop of coca leaf farmers – travels through the Andes and Amazon leading a historic bid to become Bolivia’s first Indigenous president.

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Complete Human Rights Watch DVD Collection

Ten films from the Human Rights Watch Collection. Titles included: The Camden 28, Dangerous Living, Dreaming Lhasa, La Sierra, The Devil's Miner, S21, Roses in December, Silent Waters and A Jihad for Love, and American Outrage.

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Concrete Love: The Architecture of the Böhm Family

Pritzker Prize laureate Gottfried Böhm is widely regarded as Germany’s preeminent architect. The son of a master builder of churches, he’s also the patriarch of a modern architecture dynasty to which his three sons belong.

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Cool & Crazy

A Film by Knut Erik Jensen. Meet a group of men who find purpose, companionship and even fame as members of a male choir in Berlevag, Norway!

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Cool & Crazy on the Road
A film by Knut Erik Jensen

Cool & Crazy on the Road is the story of 30 singers from a small fishing village in Norway and their encounter with a nation in mourning as they travel to the United States for their first US tour, only 3 weeks after the tragedy of September 11th.

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Dancer, The

A Film by Donya Feuer. Watch the gifted Katja Bjorner as she endures years of intensive training at the Royal Swedish Ballet School and then becomes an international ballet star.

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Dancing Dreams

In 2008, world-famous dancer and choreographer Pina Bausch selected 40 teenagers who had never heard her name to be part of her dance piece Contact Zone. For 10 months, the dancers discover Bausch’s genius and their own bodies.

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Dear Uncle Adolf: The Germans and Their Fuhrer

A treasure of more than 100,000 personal letters written by the German people to Adolf Hitler was recently found, hidden in a secret Russian archive. They provide a reflection of the German spirit in the years from 1932 to 1945.

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Defamation

Intent on shaking up the ultimate ‘sacred cow’ for Jews, Israeli director Yoav Shamir embarks on a provocative – and at times irreverent – quest to answer the question, “What is anti-Semitism today?”

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Devil's Miner, The

Part of our Human Rights Watch collection, this award-winning documentary is 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.

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Duch: Master of the Forges of Hell

Between 1975 and 1979, the Khmer Rouge was responsible for the death 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.

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End of Time, The

With stunning cinematography and a knack for capturing astonishing moments, Peter Mettler's enthralling, mind-bending new documentary is a tour de force that challenges our conception of time - and perhaps the very fabric of our existence.

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Etoiles: Dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet

Celebrated filmmaker Nils Tavernier celebrates the legacy of the famed Paris Opera Ballet by weaving together rehearsals and tour snapshots of classical ballets as well as contemporary works.

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Excellent Cadavers

This documentary about the Mafia focuses on the Cosa Nostra as a powerful amoral corporate entity, and on two brave prosecutors who battled them in the courts for years before both were assassinated.

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Eye of Vichy, The

A Film by Claude Chabrol (Madame Bovary). Using rarely seen Nazi and Vichy propaganda newsreels and footage, Chabrol creates a masterful look at the Nazi occupation of France during World War II.

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Fambul Tok

In Fambul Tok, victims and perpetrators of Sierra Leone’s brutal civil war come together for the first time in tradition-based truth-telling and forgiveness ceremonies, building sustainable peace at the grass-roots level.

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Fatherland

La Recoleta Cemetery rests in the heart of one of Buenos Aires‘ swankiest neighborhoods. A city-within-a-city, it is the final resting place for key figures of its nation‘s history: statesmen and poets, founding fathers and oppositional voices.

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Fidel

A unique look at one of the most influential and controversial figures of our time through exclusive interviews with Castro himself, Alice Walker, Harry Belafonte, Nelson Mandela, and many more.

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Firestorm

Using rare film footage and stirring interviews with historians, former bomber pilots and survivors of the destruction, this extraordinary film brings to light the devastating allied air campaign against Nazi Germany.

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Food Beware: The French Organic Revolution

Food Beware visits a small village in the mountains of France, where the town’s mayor has decided to make the school lunch menu organic, with much of it grown locally. Will this experiment in safe food work?

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Führer 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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Garbo: The Spy

"Ingenious and engrossing" (Roger Ebert), this documentary thriller tells the tale of self-made counterspy Juan Pujol García, the only person to have been decorated by both the Allies and the Axis for service during World War II.

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Give Up Tomorrow

This award-winning film is an intimate family drama focused on the near mythic struggle of two angry and sorrowful mothers who have dedicated more than a decade to executing or saving one young man.

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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 for two decades after Iran’s Islamic revolution of 1979.

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Heinrich Himmler: Anatomy of a Mass Murderer

Born into a bourgeois family, Heinrich Himmler became the driving force behind the indescribable crimes of the Nazi regime. Using rare archival materials, this film biography shows how – and why – Himmler became a “monster of history.”

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Hell on Wheels

Academy Award Winner Pepe Danquart shows us the torture and the pain, the fear and the courage of the riders of Le Tour de France, the toughest bicycle race of all. Featuring Lance Armstrong, Eric Zabel,Tyler Hamilton & more!

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Human Rights Watch Collection, The

Human Rights Watch endorses select First Run films that promote awareness of human rights abuses taking place around the world. This box set features seven HRW Select titles on seven discs.

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I am FEMEN

An inside 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 creative backbone, the bewitching Oksana Shachko.

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I'll Sing For You

In the sixties, the people of Mali awoke each morning to the sound of Boubacar "KarKar" Traoré's voice on the radio, singing of independence. But KarKar, like his native country, fell on hard times. Also featuring Ali Farka Toure.

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Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: Enter Here

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: Enter Here is a double portrait in film of 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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In the Garden of Sounds

Deprived of his sight at an early age, Wolfgang Fasser established a physical therapy retreat for disabled children where they use music and noise to communicate with others and gain control of their own bodies.

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InRealLife

InRealLife takes us on a journey from the world of Silicon Valley to the bedrooms of British teenagers in order to ask an important question: What exactly is the internet doing to our children?

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Inside the Third Reich Box Set

This box set includes four provocative, astonishing documentaries about Nazi Germany: Firestorm, The Reich Underground, Television Under the Swastika and The Goebbels Experiment.

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Inventing Our Life: The Kibbutz Experiment

Set against the backdrop of the kibbutz movement's 100-year history, Inventing Our Life reveals the heartbreak and hope of Israel's communal living experiment and asks: can a radically socialist institution survive a new capitalist reality?

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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.

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Kestrel's Eye

Filmed over several years, Kestrel's Eye is a wonder-filled portrait of a family of kestrels (European falcons) who live in a church tower above a small Swedish village.

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Kings of Pastry

When D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus turn their sights on the competition for the Meilleurs Ouvriers de France (MOF), France’s top pastry prize, there is edge-of-the-seat drama as the chefs deliver their fantastical desserts to the table.

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Knowledge of Healing, The

The Knowledge of Healing is an illuminating examination of Tibetan medicine, which is strongly rooted in Buddhist principles and has developed over two millennia into an amazingly successful method of healing.

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La Sierra

This award-winning film is the story of three inhabitants of La Sierra, a barrio in Medellin, Colombia, the cocaine capital of the world. Here, lives are defined by drugs, guns and violence.

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Men at Lunch

Part homage, part investigation, Men at Lunch tells the story of "Lunch atop a Skyscraper," the iconic photograph taken during the construction of 30 Rockefeller Plaza, and the unprecedented race to the sky and the workers that built New York.

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Mercedes Sosa: The Voice of Latin America

Journey into the world of Argentina's most famous musical artist in this intimate documentary which explores the impact Mercedes Sosa had on the musical and political heritage of Latin America...and the world.

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Modern Life

Photographer and filmmaker Raymond Depardon casts an affectionate and irreverent eye on a small community of farmers in France as they are confronted by the problems and challenges the contemporary world brings.

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Moments with Fidel

Cuban director Rebeca Chávez uses archival film and audio material to create a collage of important moments in Fidel Castro’s political and personal life, including his re-definition of Cuba’s role after the collapse of the Communist Bloc.

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Monseñor: The Last Journey of Óscar Romero

In El Salvador in the late Seventies, Monseñor Óscar Romero was the voice of the poor, the disenfranchised, and the Disappeared – all struggling under the corrupt Salvadoran government.

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Motherland Afghanistan

After the US-led invasion of Afghanistan, filmmaker Sedika Mojadidi follows her father, a doctor who specializes in women's health, back to his war-ravaged homeland to help rebuild hospitals that serve women.

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Mystery of Eva Peron, The

Actress, seductress, political powerhouse and cultural icon of Argentina and the world, the life and legend of María Eva Duarte de Perón, or Evita, as she came to be known, endures to this day.

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New Rijksmuseum, The

In 2003, the ambitious renovation of The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam began. Home to masterpieces by Rembrandt, Vermeer and others, the museum finally reopened five years later than expected, with costs exceeding half a billion dollars.

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Nuclear Nation

March 11, 2011: A huge tsunami triggered by an 8.9 magnitude earthquake hits Japan, crippling the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, releasing radiation, and turning the residents of Futaba into "nuclear refugees."

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On the Rumba River

In 1948, Antoine ‘Wendo’ Kolosoy's first album made him the superstar of Congolese Rumba. But as Congo suffered under the dictator Mobutu, he was reduced to beggarhood. In the late 1990s, older and wiser, Wendo made his comeback.

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Other Man, The

In February 1990, President F.W. de Klerk lifted the ban on the African National Congress and ordered the release of Nelson Mandela. What pushed him to reverse his beliefs and make the end of apartheid in South Africa possible?

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Our Man in Tehran

In this gripping documentary that explores the real story behind the Oscar-winning film Argo, the account of the "Canadian Caper" is told by Ken Taylor, Canada’s former ambassador to Iran, who helped six Americans make their escape from Tehran.

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People of a Feather

Featuring stunning footage from seven winters in the Arctic, People of a Feather takes us into the world of the Inuit in northern Canada. Connecting past, present and future is the Inuit's unique relationship with the eider duck.

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Peter Brook: The Tightrope

Peter Brook is one of the world's most respected and revolutionary theatre directors. To help his actors achieve extraordinary performances, he has an exercise called 'the Tightrope' that revitalizes the theatrical experience.

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Pianomania

As Steinway & Sons’ chief technician and Master Tuner in Vienna, Stefan Knüpfer is dedicated to the unusual task of pairing world-class instruments with world-famous pianists. Featuring Lang Lang, Alfred Brendel, Rudolf Buchbinder and more.

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Plastic Planet

This feisty yet informative documentary takes us on a journey around the globe to reveal the far-flung reach of plastic, and shed light on how it affects our environment, our bodies, and the health of future generations.

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Please Vote for Me

Chronicling the first open elections of a third-grade class at a school in central China, this documentary is a witty, engaging macro-lens view of human nature, China’s one-child policy and the democratic electoral process.

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Population Boom

In Population Boom, director Werner Boote traverses the globe to examine the myths and facts about overpopulation. Speaking with everyone from demographic researchers to environmental activists, he comes to a surprising conclusion.

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Prima Ballerina

A double portrait of two icons of contemporary Russian ballet: Svetlana Zakharova of the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow and Ulyana Lopatkina from the Mariinsky Theater in Saint Petersburg.

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Real, The Movie

Five stories illustrating the worldwide passion for Real Madrid are interwoven with exciting action and behind the scenes footage. Featuring David Beckham, Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo, Raul, and more.

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Reich Underground, The

Long forgotten after the victorious American Army sealed them off from intruders, the sprawling underground labyrinths built by the Nazis to house armament factories are reopened for the first time in decades by a team of experts.

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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.

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Sagrada: The Mystery of Creation

One of the most iconic structures ever conceived, Barcelona's La Sagrada Familia is an astonishing architectural project first imagined by Antoni Gaudi in the late 19th century. More than 125 years after construction began, La Sagrada Familia remains unfinished.

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Secundaria

Secundaria quietly follows one high school class on its journey through Cuba's world-famous National Ballet School. In their third year, a student named Mayara takes charge of her destiny in an astonishing way and this simple portrait takes a dramatic turn.

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September 11

Eleven acclaimed directors each make an 11 minute short film in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The result is a daring and moving global cinematic reply that "forces us to look at the entire event afresh" (The New York Times).

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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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Speed Sisters

The Speed Sisters are the first all-woman race car driving team in the Middle East. Turning heads at improvised tracks across the West Bank, these five women have sped their way into the gritty Palestinian street car-racing scene.

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Storm Makers, The

Produced by filmmaker Rithy Panh (S21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine, Duch: Master of the Forges of Hell), The Storm Makers is an eye-opening look at the cycle of poverty, despair and greed that fuels Cambodia's brutal modern slave trade.

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Take, The

Filmmakers Avi Lewis and Naomi Klein take viewers inside the lives of unemployed workers in Buenos Aires, who must fight for jobs and their dignity by confronting factory owners, politicians and judges.

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Television Under the Swastika

Making use of 285 reels of film discovered in the catacombs of the Berlin Federal Film Archive, this documentary is a fascinating look at the world’s first television broadcast network and the programming the Nazis chose to put on it.

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To Dance Like a Man

In this child’s eye view on the hunger for professional success, triplets Angel, César and Marcos, age 11, all want the same thing – a role in a major ballet production at Havana’s celebrated Grand Theatre. Who will be chosen?

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To the Limit

Pepe Danquart follows brothers Thomas and Alexander Huber to locations never before reached by film crew as they set out to break the record in speed climbing the 2,900 foot sheer cliff known as ‘The Nose’ of El Capitan in Yosemite Valley.

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Top Secret Trial of the Third Reich, The

Through authentic footage of the 1944 trial of the men who conspired to assassinate the Führer, this astonishing film details the various attempts to assassinate Hitler and sheds light on the anti-Nazi resistance.

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Unknown Soldier, The

The Unknown Soldier documents Germany’s controversial Wehrmacht Exhibition, which for the first time ever revealed the personal letters, photographs and film footage implicating the common foot soldier in horrific acts.

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UP Series Box Set, The

In 1964 a group of seven year old children were interviewed for the documentary “Seven Up”. Director Michael Apted has been back to film them every seven years since. This seven disc box set includes all eight films in the series to date.

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Wagner & Me

With the witty and charming English actor and raconteur Stephen Fry as our guide, this surprising film is a provocative yet enjoyable look at Richard Wagner‘s life – and his 'stained' legacy.

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We Are the Music!

This extraordinary film treats us to a rare panorama of Cuban music and dance from the 1960s. Featuring legendary Cuban musicians as well as vibrant performances, We Are the Music! captures the mood and vitality of Cuba during its golden period.

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When the Drum is Beating

The Haitian band Septentrional has been making passionate, beautiful music for six decades, navigating the ups and downs, the glory and the tragedy that is their nation's history.

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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 in the clash between powerful, opposing Peruvian leaders over indigenous Amazonian land.

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Whisper & Shout

Young people in East Germany used music to protest the political climate of their country. This documentary captures the legendary bands of East Germany’s vibrant punk and glam music scene with concert clips, interviews and more.

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Wine, Women & Friends

Many of us share the fantasy of moving to a lovely village in the South of France, to find a vineyard, create wonderful wines, to sell it and share it with all our friends. Carole LeBlanc and Jo Béfort, an engaging lesbian couple, have done just that.

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Wrong Side of the Bus

Sidney Bloch returns to South Africa for his medical school reunion. He 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.