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Last updated April 19, 2021

Miss Representation Poster

Miss Representation

2011 | NR | 4.3 out of 5 Stars

Explore how the media's often disparaging portrayals of women contribute to the under-representation of females in positions of power, creating another generation of women defined by beauty and sexuality, and not by their capacity as leaders.
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Burzynski

2010 | NR | 4.3 out of 5 Stars

This true story follows a biochemist who challenged the Food and Drug Administration for his right to begin clinical trials on a new cancer treatment. In addition to recounting Burzynski's astonishing legal victories in the face of skepticism, this documentary also examines several of his patients and their success in fighting terminal cancer.
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Zeitgeist: Addendum Poster

Zeitgeist: Addendum

2008 | NR | 4.2 out of 5 Stars

Continuing the discussion from Zeitgeist: The Movie about the controversial links between religion and the financial markets, this documentary explores the causes of social corruption and puts forth a solution based on human alignment with nature.
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Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

2012 | NR | 4.2 out of 5 Stars

This compelling documentary explores three years in the life of celebrated Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei, who uses social media and his art to inspire protests against the state, and suffers government persecution for his actions.
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Lynching Charlie Lynch

2011 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

This documentary explores the rift between state and federal laws regarding medical marijuana, following the story of a man who even called the DEA before opening his California dispensary -- but still wound up convicted on federal charges.
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Farmageddon

2011 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

Americans' right to access fresh, healthy foods of their choice is under attack. This documentary tells the story of farms that were providing safe, nutritional foods to their communities but were forced to stop, sometimes through violent action.
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Ken Burns: Prohibition

2011 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

Ken Burns's fascinating multipart documentary examines the history of alcohol in America, including the events leading up to the passage of the 18th Amendment, the social and legal effects of prohibiting alcohol, and the repeal of Prohibition.
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Zeitgeist: Moving Forward

2011 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

This compelling documentary examines the current state of the global socioeconomic monetary paradigm and concludes that we need to transition to a new resource-based economy for our continued human and social survival.
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Ken Burns: Prohibition Poster

Ken Burns: Prohibition

2011 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

Ken Burns's fascinating multipart documentary examines the history of alcohol in America, including the events leading up to the passage of the 18th Amendment, the social and legal effects of prohibiting alcohol, and the repeal of Prohibition.
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A Good Day to Die

2010 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

In-depth interviews and archival footage profile the life of Dennis Banks, co-founder of the American Indian Movement, which staged protests, including the 1973 occupation of Wounded Knee, to draw attention to the mistreatment of Native Americans.
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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Historical Perspective Poster

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Historical Perspective

1994 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

This documentary program focuses on the Civil Rights leader's many groundbreaking accomplishments. Footage covers Dr. King's war on poverty and his staunch opposition to the Vietnam War. Also included is his stirring "I Have a Dream" speech.
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The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975

2011 | NR | 4.0 out of 5 Stars

From 1967 to '75, a film crew aimed cameras at major figures in the Black Power movement, creating hours of footage that remained unreleased for decades. In clips, Stokely Carmichael, Huey P. Newton and Angela Davis discuss the movement's evolution.
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The House I Live In

2012 | NR | 4.0 out of 5 Stars

This documentary shines a harsh light on America's "war on drugs" and its long-term impact on society. Filmmaker Eugene Jarecki captures the stories of dealers, police officers, prison inmates and others affected by the crusade.
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The Big Fix

2011 | NR | 4.0 out of 5 Stars

While turning their cameras on the devastating 2010 oil spill that pumped 779,037,744 liters of crude oil and other contaminants into the Gulf of Mexico, filmmakers Joshua Tickell and Rebecca Harrell Tickell unearth a stunning stream of corruption.
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Ethos

2011 | NR | 4.0 out of 5 Stars

Woody Harrelson hosts this exploration of the systemic ways in which modern society is self-destructing, from the disproportionate power of corporations, media and the military to the failure of government and democratic ideals.
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Speaking Freely: Vol. 4: Chalmers Johnson Poster

Speaking Freely: Vol. 4: Chalmers Johnson

2007 | NR | 4.0 out of 5 Stars

Writer and professor Chalmers Johnson warns of the dangers of American imperialism, a trend evidenced in the presence of U.S. military bases abroad, the passage of the Patriot Act and the executive branch's use of military force.
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Zeitgeist: The Movie

2007 | NR | 4.0 out of 5 Stars

Peter Joseph explores the controversial links between organized religion, the global financial markets and the international power structure in this thought-provoking documentary that probes several well-known conspiracy theories.
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Kennedys' Home Movies

2011 | NR | 4.0 out of 5 Stars

Three generations of Kennedys as we've never seen them before captured in home movies and rare footage. From Joe Kennedy and Joe Jr. through John, Robert and Edward "Teddy" Kennedy. Narrated by Stockard Channing.
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Speaking Freely: Vol. 1: John Perkins Poster

Speaking Freely: Vol. 1: John Perkins

2007 | NR | 4.0 out of 5 Stars

Author and former economic consultant John Perkins takes aim at himself, confessing his shameful role in helping organizations such as World Bank and the IMF drive poor nations into crippling debt while enriching U.S. corporations. His social conscience awakened, Perkins finally got fed up and quit his job. Now, he runs a successful nonprofit group that works to help indigenous peoples protect and strengthen their environments and cultures.
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Secrets of the Dead: Churchill's Deadly Decision Poster

Secrets of the Dead: Churchill's Deadly Decision

2010 | NR | 4.0 out of 5 Stars

In the summer of 1940, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill was faced with a difficult decision after France's capitulation to Germany. Unless Churchill acted, warships of the French Navy harbored in Algeria would fall into Hitler's hands.
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How To Survive a Plague

2012 | NR | 4.0 out of 5 Stars

Faced with their own mortality, a group of mostly HIV-positive young men and women break the mold in taking on Washington and the medical establishment. Their activism and innovation turns HIV from a death sentence into a manageable condition.
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The Union: The Business Behind Getting High

2007 | NR | 4.0 out of 5 Stars

This documentary explores one of British Columbia's most profitable industries: the illegal business of growing and selling marijuana. Interviews with law enforcement officials, doctors, celebrities and more shed light on the subject.
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GasLand

2010 | NR | 4.0 out of 5 Stars

In this Oscar-nominated documentary, director Josh Fox journeys across America to examine the negative effects of natural-gas drilling, from poisoned water sources to kitchen sinks that burst into flames to unhealthy animals and people.
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Fela Kuti: Music Is the Weapon

1982 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

Musician Fela Anikulapo Kuti recorded more than 60 albums to promote the magic of Afrobeat but never lost his political voice as an outspoken critic against widespread government corruption in Nigeria. This documentary examines the role that Fela, dubbed "Black President," played in shedding light on atrocities in his homeland and in promoting the ascent of African music worldwide.
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Salute

2008 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

At the 1968 Olympics, two African American athletes outraged the Olympic Committee with a political gesture. A third athlete, Australian Peter Norman, stood in solidarity with the men in a move that would affect their lives and civil rights history.
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