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This Is Not a Film

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This clandestine documentary, shot partially on an iPhone and smuggled into France in a cake for a last-minute submission to Cannes, depicts the day-to-day life of acclaimed director Jafar Panahi (Offside, The Circle) during his house arrest in his Tehran apartment. While appealing his sentence - six years in prison and a 20 year ban from filmmaking - Panahi is seen talking to his family and lawyer on the phone, discussing his plight with Mirtahmasb and reflecting on the meaning of the art of filmmaking. -- (C) Palisades Tartan
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Jiro Dreams of Sushi

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Jiro Dreams of Sushi is the story of 85 year-old Jiro Ono, considered by many to be the world's greatest sushi chef. He is the proprietor of Sukiyabashi Jiro, a 10-seat, sushi-only restaurant inauspiciously located in a Tokyo subway station. Despite its humble appearances, it is the first restaurant of its kind to be awarded a prestigious 3 star Michelin review, and sushi lovers from around the globe make repeated pilgrimage, calling months in advance and shelling out top dollar for a coveted seat at Jiro's sushi bar.At the heart of this story is Jiro's relationship with his eldest son Yoshikazu, the worthy heir to Jiro's legacy, who is unable to live up to his full potential in his father's shadow. -- (C) Magnolia
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Waiting for Superman

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Every morning, in big cities, suburbs and small towns across America, parents send their children off to school with the highest of hopes. But a shocking number of students in the United States attend schools where they have virtually no chance of learning--failure factories likelier to produce drop-outs than college graduates. And despite decades of well-intended reforms and huge sums of money spent on the problem, our public schools haven't improved markedly since the 1970s. Why? There is an answer. And it's not what you think. From "An Inconvenient Truth" director Davis Guggenheim comes "Waiting for 'Superman'", a provocative and cogent examination of the crisis of public education in the United States told through multiple interlocking stories--from a handful of students and their families whose futures hang in the balance, to the educators and reformers trying to find real and lasting solutions within a dysfunctional system. Tackling such politically radioactive topics as the power of teachers' unions an
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Hit So Hard: The Life and Near Death Story of Patty Schemel

/movie/Hit So Hard: The Life and Near Death Story of Patty Schemel

When Nirvana burst onto the national scene in 1991, the music they played spoke directly to a generation that had emerged from the Reagan-Bush years angry and disenfranchised. As grunge took off, the music industry was completely transformed in a way nobody expected... especially the young musicians who went from tiny shared Seattle apartments to international superstardom, sometimes overnight. Some handled it well... and some did not. Just three years later, the drug-related deaths of several prominent musicians, capped by the suicide of Kurt Cobain, closed the books on an all too brief era. As the acclaimed drummer of Courtney Love's seminal rock band Hole, Patty Schemel was right in the middle of all of it. The openly gay woman who always felt "different" never dreamed she would be part of a multi-platinum selling band, touring with legends, or on the cover of Rolling Stone. Or that, thanks to drug addiction, she could lose it all. HIT SO HARD tells the story of Patty's rise to fame (and nearly fatal fall
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Crime After Crime

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Crime After Crime is the exclusive documentary film on the legal battle to free Debbie Peagler, a woman imprisoned for over a quarter century due to her connection to the murder of the man who abused her. She finds her only hope for freedom when two rookie attorneys with no background in criminal law step forward to take her case... -- (C) Official Site
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Born Into Brothels: Calcutta's Red Light Kids

/movie/Born Into Brothels: Calcutta's Red Light Kids

A powerful and uplifting documentary.
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redacted

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Despite DePalma's obvious commitment to the material and passion for the issues at hand, Redacted suffers from stereotypical characters and a forced faux-doc style.
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How To Start A Revolution

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How To Start a Revolution reveals the remarkable story of modern activism, and the power of people to change their world, through the legacy of this unassuming, soft-spoken man. Professor Sharp has written the blueprint for revolutionary leaders around the globe, "From Dictatorship to Democracy," a handbook of 198 strategic 'weapons' to topple dictators. The film explores how organizers of an uprising in one country train and inspire participants in the next, and how social media now threatens tyrants in ways that were unimaginable a decade ago. We also meet progressive trailblazers from Serbia, Ukraine, Egypt and Syria, who discuss how they struggled to seize democratic power. -- (C) 7th Art
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Walking With Dinosaurs 3D

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For the first time in movie history, audiences will truly see and feel what it was like when dinosaurs ruled the Earth. WALKING WITH DINOSAURS is the ultimate immersive experience, utilizing state of the art 3D to put audiences in the middle of a thrilling and epic prehistoric world, where an underdog dino triumphs to become a hero for the ages.
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My Avatar and Me (Min Avatar og mig)

/movie/My Avatar and Me (Min Avatar og mig)

A scripted documentary turned bizarre satire, MY AVATAR AND ME is the reconstructed account of Mikkel Stolt's fantastical immersion into the cyberspace world of Second Life. Initially a failed documentary filmmaker, Mikkel lives an ordinary life with his ordinary girlfriend Helle. One day he comes across an article about Second Life in a newspaper, attends a conference, and decides to make it the subject of his next film. Mikkel introduces himself into this new virtual world as Mike Proud, the Avatar or graphic alter ego he creates and has total control over. Discouraged by continual rejection from other Avatars at first, Mike finally meets Helena, a beautiful and voluptuous blonde who owns the nightclub Mike frequents in Second Life. Consequently, Mike becomes infatuated with Helena, ultimately transcending into Mikkel's addiction with his new fantasy world. The more time Mikkel spends in his second life, the more he is removed from reality, eventually being thrown out of his apartment by his real-life girlf
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49 Up

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The latest installment in this remarkable series, 49 Up is a satisfying continuation of Michael Apted's singular sociological and cinematic experiment.
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2012: Time For Change

/movie/2012: Time For Change

Journalist and author Daniel Pinchbeck goes on a quest to use ancient wisdom from tribal cultures to understand questions of modern life, by processing these ideas through the scientific method. The film includes appearances by David Lynch, Gilberto Gil, Terence MCKenna, and more. ~ Cammila Albertson, Rovi
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The Road To Guantanamo

/movie/The Road To Guantanamo

A gut-wrenching and riveting docu-drama that serves as a stinging indictment of U.S. military justice in an era of ever-increasing scrutiny.
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When the Road Bends...tales of a Gypsy Caravan

/movie/When the Road Bends...tales of a Gypsy Caravan

A dynamic doc following five Romani bands is a pleasure for the senses thanks to vibrant colors and eclectic music.
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In the Shadow of the Moon

/movie/In the Shadow of the Moon

Director David Sington poetically interwove 20th Century's cosmonautic history with its effect on the public's view of their country, their heroes and their future.
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Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D

/movie/Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D

This inspirational 3D IMAX film approximates for audiences what it is like to set steps on the moon.
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The Way We Get By

/movie/The Way We Get By

The Way We Get By is a thoughtful, poignant look at some unsung American heroes.
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Ghost Town

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Structured in three parts to highlight the growing fissure between the past and the present, the desperation of the locals, and the plight of the abandoned, director Zhao Dayong's documentary offers a poignant snapshot of a town haunted by the ghosts of the past, and devoid of any discernible future. Venture deep into Southwest China, and eventually you'll come across Zhiziluo, a town populated by lost souls, and seemingly frozen in time. Here, Christian pastor Yuehan clashes with his father, John the Elder, about the future of their local church, Pu Biqui ponders leaving his lover to seek work in the city (despite the very likely prospect that she will be sold into marriage in his absence), and 12-year-old Ah Long scavenges for food on a daily basis. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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Lou Reed's Berlin

/movie/Lou Reed's Berlin

Julian Schnabel expertly captures the dark melancholy of Lou Reed's misunderstood concept album in this moving concert documentary.
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What the Bleep Do We Know!?

/movie/What the Bleep Do We Know!?

Educational, but as entertainment, it'll have viewers asking, 'What the bleep?'
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Machete Maidens Unleashed!

/movie/Machete Maidens Unleashed!

In the 1960s and 70s, drive-in movie theaters and big city grindhouses were eager to book the wildest and most action-packed fare they could find, and low-budget producers were always on the lookout for something unique to offer their viewers. Many of them found it in the Philippines, a country full of exotic locations, cooperative officials and folks willing to work cheap. Local producer Eddie Romero began exporting his cut-rate horror and crime pictures to American distributors in the 60s, and before long U.S. filmmakers were traveling there to shoot crazed jungle epics, women in prison thrillers, bloody horror stories and violent wartime dramas. It certainly helped that Philippine extras and technicians would work hard for low pay, and that local stuntmen didn't seem to worry much about risking their necks for a good shot; as one producer put it, "Human life was cheap, film was cheap -- it was a great place to shoot a movie!" Filmmaker Mark Hartley, who shared the crazed true story of the Australian exploi
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The Whistleblower

/movie/The Whistleblower

This ripped-from-the-headlines thriller is inspired by actual events. Kathy Bolkovac (Rachel Weisz) is a Nebraskan police officer who takes a job working as a peacekeeper in post-war Bosnia. Her expectations of helping to rebuild a devastated country are dashed when she uncovers a dangerous reality of corruption, cover-up and intrigue amid a world of private contractors and multinational diplomatic doubletalk. -- (C) Samuel Goldwyn
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Apollo 13

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In recreating the troubled space mission, Apollo 13 pulls no punches: it's a masterfully told drama from director Ron Howard, bolstered by an ensemble of solid performances.
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Bigger, Stronger, Faster*

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Bigger, Stronger, Faster* is a fascinating, informative, entertaining and especially introspective account of the American 'enhancement' culture.
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Super Size Me

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Entertaining doc about the adverse effects of eating fast food.
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Buried Prayers

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In April and May 1943, thousands of survivors of the Warsaw ghetto uprising were held in the Maidanek death camp. Realizing they were being selected for death, these innocent families chose to surreptitiously bury the personal objects in their possession six inches beneath the earth's surface in a collective act of courage, defiance and hope. Based upon unique witness testimony, an international team of survivors and experts from Australia, USA, Germany, Israel, Italy, and England were able to organize an archeological expedition to unearth these relic keepsakes that have remained hidden for 63 years. Over 80 significant pieces of jewelry and other items were recovered and deposited with the Maidanek State Museum, making it the largest reported recovery of valuables in a death camp to date. -- (C) Official Site
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American Teen

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American Teen skates some thin ice with its documentary ethics but, in the end, presents a charming and stylish (if packaged) tale.
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American Hardcore

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American Hardcore is an informative and highly entertaining look at the heyday of punk in the early 1980s.
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Beautiful Losers

/movie/Beautiful Losers

An insightful if fawning documentary that explores a group of 90s NYC artists.
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The Devil and Daniel Johnston

/movie/The Devil and Daniel Johnston

Whether you think this mentally ill cult musician is worthy of being called a "genius," this document of his life is crafted with sincere respect and is fascinating to watch.
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The Devil Came on Horseback

/movie/The Devil Came on Horseback

The Devil Came on Horseback is both a strong primer on the complexities of the situation in Darfur and a harrowing first-person doc.
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The Missing Piece: The Truth About Vincenzo Peruggia and the Unthinkable Theft of the Mona Lisa

/movie/The Missing Piece: The Truth About Vincenzo Peruggia and the Unthinkable Theft of the Mona Lisa

It's the greatest little known art theft in history Committed by a most unlikely thief. And no one knows why he really did it. Until now. -- (C) Official Site
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Flying Monsters 3D with David Attenborough

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For thousands of years, humans have believed that there were once flying monsters. They became mythologized, with stories about them shared around the world. But could they have really existed? 220 million years ago dinosaurs were on their rise to dominating Earth. But another group of reptiles was set to make an extraordinary leap: pterosaurs were about to take control of the skies. These creatures were the first flying vertebrates, which grew to have a 40ft wingspan, the size of a jet. The story of how and why these mysterious creatures took to the air is more fantastic that any fiction.
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The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town

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In 1975, the album Born To Run transformed Bruce Springsteen from a barnstorming New Jersey rocker with an East Coast cult following to one of rock's most promising new stars. But the success of Born To Run brought Springsteen trouble as well as fame; when money began rolling in, he discovered just how unfair his contract with his then-manager was, leading to a long and difficult legal battle to win back control of his career. And while Springsteen spun tales of street kids in love and in trouble on Born To Run, for his next album he was eager too explore more mature themes in the lives of the working class community where he grew up. Recording the album became a long and painstaking process, as Springsteen wrote literally dozens of songs and spent months in the studio, tinkering with the tunes until the feel and the performances were exactly right. The album that resulted, 1977's Darkness On The Edge Of Town, was a critically lauded step forward for Springsteen that anticipated the themes and approach of muc
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Better This World

/movie/Better This World

Better This World follows the journey of David McKay (22) and Bradley Crowder (23) from political neophytes to accused domestic terrorists with a particular focus on the relationship they develop with a radical activist mentor in the six months leading up to their arrests. A dramatic story of idealism, loyalty, crime and betrayal.
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Somewhere Near Tapachula

/movie/Somewhere Near Tapachula

In November 2000, Alan and Pam Skuse left their home on the Sunshine Coast of Australia, to volunteer at an orphanage for twelve months in Tapachula, Chiapas, a coastal city at the base of an extinct volcano. Little did they know that the organization they joined would close after six months, leaving the Skuses with a choice: to return to Australia, or take on the overwhelming challenge of caring for the remaining children on their own. Pam and Alan lacked resources and critical support, but dreamed of creating a true refuge, in place of a cold institution, or worse, the existing vacuum. In this coastal city with no other wave riders, Pam and Alan set out to create a unique surf community, dreaming of hope for children who otherwise had none. Surfing there allowed children who had suffered the unimaginable to forget the past, and taught them to live in the moment.
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Fake It So Real

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Fake It So Real dives head-first into the world of independent pro wrestling. Filmed over a single week leading up to a big show, the film follows a ragtag group of wrestlers in North Carolina, exploring what happens when the over-the-top theatrics of the wrestling ring collide with the realities of the working-class South. Gabriel is the rookie trying make it to the Big Time and be a part of this family of tough guys. Jeff is the leader who may miss his first show in ten years, due to an unexpected and debilitating injury. J-Prep, Zane, Pitt, Solar and the rest of the crew each face obstacles on their way to the big show. They aren't paid for their passion, but they treat wrestling like any artist treats his work. This is a film about doing something real. -- (C) Official Site
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Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour

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This high-energy concert film should please Cyrus' rabid pre-teen fan base -- and may come as a pleasant surprise for parents.
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Justin Bieber: Never Say Never

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Justin Bieber: Never Say Never is the inspiring true story and rare inside look at the rise of Justin from street performer in the small town of Stratford, Ontario to internet phenomenon to global super star culminating with a dream sold out show at the famed Madison Square Garden in 3-D. -- (C) Paramount
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Magic Trip

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In 1964, Ken Kesey, the famed author of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," set off on a legendary, LSD-fuelled cross-country road trip to the New York World's Fair. He was joined by "The Merry Band of Pranksters," a renegade group of counterculture truth-seekers, including Neal Cassady, the American icon immortalized in Kerouac's "On the Road," and the driver and painter of the psychedelic Magic Bus. Kesey and the Pranksters intended to make a documentary about their trip, shooting footage on 16MM, but the film was never finished and the footage has remained virtually unseen. With Magic Trip, Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney and Alison Ellwood were given unprecedented access to this raw footage by the Kesey family. They worked with the Film Foundation, HISTORY and the UCLA Film Archives to restore over 100 hours of film and audiotape, and have shaped an invaluable document of this extraordinary piece of American history. --(C) Magnolia Pictures
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If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front

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Filmmaker Marshall Curry explores the inner workings of the Earth Liberation Front, a revolutionary movement devoted to crippling facilities involved in deforestation, while simultaneously offering a profile of Oregon ELF member Daniel McGowan, who was brought up on terrorism charges for his involvement with the radical group. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg

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The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg is an affectionate, often very funny portrait of a baseball pioneer.
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Classic Albums: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Damn the Torpedoes

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This documentary examines the recording of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' classic third album Damn the Torpedos. The filmmakers sit down with Petty, his bandmates, and the album's producer and they all explain how they achieved the album's signature sound, as well as point out how their lives and careers changed after the album became a smash hit. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi
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Casino Jack And The United States Of Money

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Lobbyists have long played a powerful role in American politics, but it wasn't until Jack Abramoff became the center of a 2006 corruption scandal with ties to leading members of Congress (and even the White House) that many became aware of just how deep and pernicious their influence truly was. The son of a wealthy businessman, Abramoff became a Republican activist in college, involved in programs to raise funds for GOP candidates and supporting political movements in Angola and South Africa that he believed promoted a free-market ideology. In 2001, Abramoff took control of a profitable gaming empire after the murder of casino owner Gus Boulis, while also operating a lobbying business that curried political favor among Republican politicians through money and expensive gifts (one of his leading allies was GOP party whip Tom DeLay). However, when Abramoff was discovered to have defrauded a number of Native American groups hoping to open gambling casinos with promises of political favors that could be obtained
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Shanghai Ghetto

/movie/Shanghai Ghetto

Explores a little-known piece of Holocaust history, weaving together stories of overlapping cultures and their coexistence under the pretext of a war to create a touching and unusual narrative.
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Beyond the Mat

/movie/Beyond the Mat

Even if you aren't a fan, Beyond the Mat provides a riveting, perceptive look into the world of professional wrestling by taking a closer look at the people beneath the personas.
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I, Wombot

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I, Wombot begins when Associate Professor Michael Heimlich kick-starts Australia's first ever team to compete at the international FIRST (R) Robotics Competition. This underdog story follows the high school Australian team, 'Thunder Down Under', as they take on the challenge of designing and building a robot in only six weeks, accompany their robot to New Hampshire, USA, and compete in a high-octane sports tournament against forty-eight other robots.
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Outrage

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Outrage walks a difficult moral and ethical line -- and not always successfully -- but despite its flaws, it's a fascinating, provocative look at homosexuality in American politics.
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Mitchell 20: Teacher Quality Is The Answer

/movie/Mitchell 20: Teacher Quality Is The Answer

This documentary is about 20 of the 29 teachers at a Phoenix, Arizona public school who set out on a journey toward improving the quality of their teaching during what turned out to be a very tough time to be a teacher - especially in Arizona. Over the last three years we have followed these teachers as they attempted National Board Certification, a grueling program that is the most accurate measure of teacher effectiveness in relation to student achievement.
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R... No Longer Answers (R... ne repond plus)

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This documentary reveals the Dardennes' fascination with alternative modes for sharing and distributing information. Where the earlier film recounts the history of a workers' newspaper, "R... No Longer Answers" introduces its audience to a vast network of amateur, independent and pirate radio broadcasters. The film is a collage, filmed at a variety of locations, from radio studios to snowy landscapes where transmitters are set up. Just as the broadcasters bring together far-flung communities of listeners, the Dardennes' montage creates a whole out of this network of spaces and people.
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Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days & 30 Nights - Hollywood to the Heartland

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Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show has some entertaining moments, but is a mostly hit-and-miss documentary.
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Holy Rollers: The True Story Of Card Counting Christians

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Holy Rollers follows the rise of arguably the largest and most well-funded blackjack team in America-made up entirely of churchgoing Christians. While they succeed in taking millions from casinos, how will they manage to find a place for faith and God in the arena of high stakes gambling?
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Cherry Tree Lane

/movie/Cherry Tree Lane

A couple is terrorized by a gang who is hunting their son.
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Yves Saint Laurent - L'amour fou

/movie/Yves Saint Laurent - L'amour fou

The public life of Yves Saint Laurent was as extravagant as it was decadent, as a design prodigy and then the grand couturier of a fashion empire, he influenced fifty years of style - but few are familiar with the private life of the legend. In Pierre Thoretton's L'AMOUR FOU, Pierre Berge, the man with which YSL shared four decades of his life and love, reflects on the equally extravagant history of their personal relationship. Framed around the 2009 auction of the priceless, elaborate art collection amassed by Yves and Pierre personally over several decades, this extraordinary documentary provides an unprecedented look at the life of the mythic personality, whose personal life matched his public for elegance, extravagance and passion. An Official Selection of the Toronto and Tribeca Film Festivals, L'AMOUR FOU is an un-missable film event for fans of documentary film and fashion die-hards alike. --(c) IFC
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Saint Misbehavin': The Wavy Gravy Movie

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Beginning with Woodstock '99, director Michelle Esrick has spent ten years documenting the life of Wavy Gravy. Saint Misbehavin' journeys from the hills of California to the Himalayan Mountains to reveal the life of this one of a kind servant to humanity. The film blends Wavy's own words with magical stories from an extraordinary array of fellow travelers both cultural and counter-cultural, revealing the man behind the clown's grin and the fool's clothing. In Saint Misbehavin' Wavy is revealed more than the tie-dyed entertainer and ice-cream flavor namesake that often defines him in the popular imagination. Audiences will come to know the activist, the optimist, and the healer who reaches beyond political, economic, and cultural divisions in his commitment to social change and the alleviation of human suffering. Wavy's life is his message, serving as deeply needed inspiration that we can change the world and have fun doing it. Satirist Paul Krasner describes Wavy as "The illegitimate son of Harpo Marx and Mot
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Gonzo: The Life and Work of Hunter S. Thompson

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While not the comprehensive profile of the man that his die-hard fans might have hoped for, Gonzo remains an insightful introduction to the life of rebellious writer Hunter S. Thompson and his influences.
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Route Irish

/movie/Route Irish

The story of a private security contractor in Iraq who rejected the official explanation of his friend's death and sets out to discover the truth.
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Heavy Metal in Baghdad

/movie/Heavy Metal in Baghdad

Despite being a Gonzo-esque rockumentary following the fortunes of Iraq's one and only heavy metal band, Acrassicauda, Heavy Metal is actually a moving and impassioned account of the middle-east crisis.
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Heavy Load

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Intriguing and engaging rockumentary that demolishes stereotypes of the mentally challenged, and celebrates the inspirational story of Heavy Load.
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Tracker

/movie/Tracker

An engrossing drama.
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Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy

/movie/Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy

Explore the origins of everyone's favorite hideously charred boogeyman, discover the secrets of the horror franchise that keeps coming back, and find out just what an impact Wes Craven's creation has had on the world of pop culture in this documentary narrated by original Nightmare on Elm Street star Heather Langencamp. In-depth interviews with the actors and filmmakers who helped make Freddy Krueger a true icon of fright reveal delicious details about the series that's been giving horror fans goose-bumps since 1984, and newly unearthed materials offer a better look than ever at the Elm Street legacy. Highlights include interviews with Wes Craven, John Saxon, and Robert Englund, as well as behind-the-scenes footage, special effects footage, and deleted scenes. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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The Psycho Legacy

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This documentary examines the ongoing influence Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 classic Psycho has had on not just horror films, but on mainstream filmmaking. The filmmakers interview many of the people involved with both the original film, as well as people who appeared in the sequels. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi
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The Hammer

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Inspired by the life of deaf UFC fighter, Matt Hamill. The Hammer tells the story of what it takes to be a champion, on and off the mat. The Hammer is a coming of age drama depicting the struggles and successes of what it takes to become a champion. Raised among those with the ability to hear, Matt later finds himself no less an outsider amidst the Deaf Community. But through sheer determination, he uses his 'perceived' disability as an asset, and becomes not only the first deaf wrestler to win a National Collegiate Championship, but an inspirational force to both hearing and deaf alike. -- (C) Official Site
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The Apple Pushers

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The Apple Pushers, narrated by actor Edward Norton, and underwritten by the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, is the latest film from writer/director Mary Mazzio. The film follows immigrant street cart vendors who are rolling fresh fruits and vegetables into the inner cities of New York (where finding a fresh red ripe apple can be a serious challenge.) These pushcart vendors (who all have immigrated here from all parts of the world for different reasons and who have sacrificed so much to come to this country (near death crossing the Mexican border, as an example) - are now part of a new experiment in New York to help solve the obesity crisis in the inner city. -- (C) Official Site
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My Kid Could Paint That

/movie/My Kid Could Paint That

Director Amir Bar-Lev grapples with exposing the authenticity of four-year-old Marla's paintings at the sake of burdening her publicly shamed family to transfixing results.
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An Inconvenient Truth

/movie/An Inconvenient Truth

While global warming is a hotly-debated subject, what everyone on both sides can agree upon is that, if real, it's a very bad thing. Since losing the 2000 presidential election to George W. Bush, former Vice President Al Gore has busied himself by being an outspoken figure against this potential environmental disaster. As much about the man as about greenhouse gases, this candid, powerful and informative documentary illuminates some of the myths surrounding both of its subjects equally well.
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The Ground Truth

/movie/The Ground Truth

The stories the soldiers have to tell are eye-opening and wrenching to hear; collectively it's a searing peek into the toll of war both during and after.
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An Inconsistent Truth

/movie/An Inconsistent Truth

An Inconsistent Truth is one man's odyssey to find the truth about man-made global warming. As the title suggests, this is an answer to Al Gore's Oscar-winning documentary but it's much more than a simple rebuttal. We not only talk with leading scientific experts on the 'skeptic' side but we explore the entire culture of the global warming movement; often in a humorous and satirical way. The viewpoint of this film might not be the most popular position on the subject but it offers refreshing diversity. Diversity, after all, is not just found in different cultures or races or religions. True diversity is diversity of thought. -- (C) Rocky Mountain Pictures
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You Don't Like the Truth: 4 Days Inside Guantanamo

/movie/You Don't Like the Truth: 4 Days Inside Guantanamo

Canadian Omar Khadr was 15 years old, a child soldier, when he was sent by his militant father to work with the Taliban in Afghanistan, assembling mines in an Al Qaeda compound. In 2002, he was captured by U.S. forces during a raid in which he was severely wounded and an American soldier was killed by a hand grenade. Omar was sent to Guantanamo and given the choice of pleading guilty to this murder and accepting an 8-year sentence, or contesting the charge and facing the possibility of life imprisonment. You Don't Like the Truth was culled from seven hours of surveillance material, taken of Omar's questioning, recently declassified by the Canadians. It is the only interrogation footage from inside Gitmo that has ever been released. The legal, political, and psychological implications of this prisoner's ordeal are manifold. -- (C) Films Transit
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The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye

/movie/The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye

Genesis P-Orridge is a infamous figure in the international music and art community; he earned both acclaim and controversy with his work as part of the British art collective COUM Transmissions in the mid-70s, was a founding member of the experimental rock band Throbbing Gristle, and was a pioneering figure in industrial and electronic music with his later ensemble Psychic TV. But P-Orridge himself became one of his own most notable art projects when, after relocating to the United States, he met Jacqueline Breyer in 1993. P-Orridge and Breyer feel deeply in love, and became constant companions and collaborators, so much so that he became fascinated with the notion of fusing their identities. The two began extensive rounds of plastic surgery so they would look nearly identical, with P-Orridge getting breast implants so his figure would more closely resemble hers. Filmmaker Marie Losier explores Genesis P-Orridge's life and career and his relationship with Breyer in the documentary The Ballad of Genesis and L
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Locked Out

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This David vs. Goliath story tracks the struggle of 560 miners in a Mojave desert town, who fought back successfully against the giant Rio Tinto Group, a multinational global mining corporation that drastically cut the workers' benefits when the union contract expired.
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Living Downstream

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Based on the acclaimed book by ecologist and cancer survivor Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D., "Living Downstream" is an eloquent and cinematic feature-length documentary following Sandra during one pivotal year as she works to break the silence about cancer and its environmental links.
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GhettoPhysics: Will the Real Pimps and Hos Please Stand Up!

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Documentary filmmakers William Arntz and E. Raymond Brown draw parallels between Wall Street power players and ghetto pimps through interviews with such outspoken celebrities as Ice-T, KRS-One, Too Short, and Dr. Cornel West. Animations and satirical dramatizations portray how the same power techniques implemented by pimps to keep their employees under control are being emulated by the powers that be in order to keep the general public sedate, and real-life pimps offer compelling insight into the complex power dynamics that help to ensure that the person holding the most cash always comes out on top. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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Encounters at the End of the World

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Encounters at the End of the World offers a poignant study of the human psyche amid haunting landscapes.
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Chasing Madoff

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Chasing Madoff is the compelling story of Harry Markopolos and his team of investigator's ten-year struggle to expose the harrowing truth behind the infamous Madoff scandal. Throughout the decade long investigation, Markopolos pieced together a chain of white-collar predators consisting of bankers, lieutenants, and henchmen, all linked to the devastating Ponzi scheme. With risk and danger apparent, Markopolos and his loyal team relentlessly continued to pursue the frightening truth. Finding himself trapped in a web of epic deceit, the once unassuming Boston securities analyst turned vigilante investigator now feared for his life and the safety of his family, as he discovered no one would listen. -- (C) Official Site
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Chasing Legends

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"Chasing Legends" shows the grit, passion and history of the Tour de France with stories from the athletes and commentators. The film highlights what it means to riders to compete in the Tour, as well as how hard it is both physically and mentally.
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TT3D Closer To The Edge

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By vividly recounting the TT's legendary rivalries and the Isle of Man's unique road racing history, this 3D feature documentary will discover why modern TT riders still risk their lives to win the world's most dangerous race. The Isle of Man Tourist Trophy is the greatest motorcycle road race in the world, the ultimate challenge for rider and machine. It has always called for a commitment far beyond any other racing event, and many have made the ultimate sacrifice in their quest for victory. A story about freedom of choice, the strength of human spirit and the will to win. It's also an examination of what motivates those rare few, this elite band of brothers who risk everything to win.
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Aisha

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Jane Austen's "Emma" comes to New Delhi.
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Back to Normandy

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Back in 1975, Nicolas Philibert was a young assistant to film maker Rene Allio. They made the film "Moi, Pierre Riviere, ayant egorge ma mere, ma soeur et mon frere" (I, Pierre Riviere, having cut the throat of my mother, my sister and my brother). All the main parts were played by peasants of the region. Thirty years later, Nicolas Philibert went back to Normandy to find those peasants and see what they had become. He told their story in his new movie: "Return to Normandy".All the peasants remember exactly the film of 1975 as a wonderful experience. Lucidly, all of them knew that it would be a one-time experience and no one dreamed about becoming a famous actor."Return to Normandy" jumps back and forth in time, between present time, the shooting of the movie in 1975 and the triple murder committed in 1835 by a young peasant of the region, Pierre Riviere. Throughout the movie, the peasant playing the main role, which of Pierre Riviere, remains a mystery until the end: both the spectator and Nicolas Philibert
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American Cannibal: The Road to Reality

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American Cannibal is a scathing, funny exploration of America's obsession with constructed realism and fame.
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Keep the River on Your Right - A Modern Cannibal Tale

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Keep the River on Your Right places the spotlight on a fascinating individual, Tobias Schneebaum.
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Central State: Asylum for the Insane

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Film Maker Dan T. Hall takes an exclusive tour through the grounds of the abandoned Central State Mental Institution to uncover the mysteries left behind when the facility closed in 1994.
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Stranded: I Have Come from a Plane That Crashed on the Mountains

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Stranded is a thoroughly uplifting account of the well-known tragedy, with touching testimony from remaining survivors.
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Sex Magic, Manifesting Maya

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Welcome to Sedona, Arizona, and the mystical kingdom of world-renowned sex shaman Baba Dez. Dez is thrown into a tailspin when his mission to heal women with sexual dysfunctions (he's slept with more than a thousand) drives away his one true love, Maya. He'll try to get her back the only way he knows how - by channeling her love while having sex with other women! Magic! This raucous documentary discovers the gut-splitting comedy in Dez's surreal drama.
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Gunnin' for That #1 Spot

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Beastie Boy Adam Yauch proves his worth as a director with Gunnin' for That #1 Spot, a fun-filled chronicle of the top high school hoopsters of 2006.
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Morning Light

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Breathtaking scenery aside, Morning Light is geared more for the sailing enthusiasts than for the average viewers.
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Bonsai People: The Vision of Muhammad Yunus

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To some, it sounds impossible. But Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus is doing exactly that. Bonsai People celebrates Yunus' extraordinary humanitarian work, which started when he simply lent $27 to 42 people out of his own pocket. As the founder of Grameen Bank, Yunus pioneered microcredit, the innovative banking program that provides poor people - mainly women - with small loans they use to launch businesses and lift their families out of poverty. His Grameen Bank currently lends to one out of every 1,000 people on earth and with a 98% rate of return - unheard of in the financial world. But Muhammad Yunus didn't stop there. Bonsai People offers a glimpse into his visionary work. -- (C) Official Site
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La Boheme From Gran Teatre Del Liceu (Live)

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From the mid-19th century onwards - against the background of industrialization, the supremacy of bourgeois values, and an intellectual climate dominated by secular materialistic and scientific positivism - art became realistic, seeking to show things as they really were - almost photographically -, rather than making them more amiable or more beautiful. An opera such as La Boheme, which talks of the fragile nature of happiness in a world of poverty, cold and disease, is an obvious example of this trend. In La Boheme, however, the aesthetic of Verism - the Italian equivalent of the French Naturalism of Emile Zola - becomes more sentimental an everyday lives amid dreams and disappointments, waiting for the event that is to win them renown, but poverty and misfortune deprive the leading characters - Mimi and Rodolfo - of the joy of mutual love. The text and music relate all this with a pleasant melodramatic tenderness with which it is easy to identify.
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Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone

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From the shifting faultlines of Hollywood fantasies and the economic and racial tensions of Reagan's America, Fishbone rose to become one of the most original bands of the last 25 years. With a blistering combination of punk and funk they demolished the walls of genre and challenged the racial stereotypes and political order of the music industry and the nation. Telling it like it is, the iconic Laurence Fishburne narrates Everyday Sunshine, a story about music, history, fear, courage and funking on the one. At the heart of the film's story is lead singer Angelo Moore and bassist Norwood Fisher who show how they keep the band rolling out of pride, desperation and love for their art. To overcome money woes, family strife, and the strain of being aging Punk rockers on the road, Norwood and Angelo are challenged to re-invent themselves in the face of dysfunction and ghosts from a painful past. -- (C) Official Site
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Naked Beauty: A Love Story that Feeds the Earth

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Released as part of Walt Disney Studios' Disneynature banner, filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg's documentary employs macrophotography in order to show moviegoers a world they've likely never experienced. The secret lives of bats, butterflies, hummingbirds, and bumblebees come to life before our eyes as Schwartzberg and his talented team highlight how the determination and interdependence of these diminutive creatures somehow keep our chaotic world in balance. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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Story of Fashion with Karl Lagerfeld

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Feel like fashion? The Story of Fashion, with star designer Karl Lagerfeld, presents 100 years of fashion from the inventor of haute couture, Charles Worth, to the leading labels of the fashion industry of the 1980s. Fashion illustrations, photographs as well as unique footage reflect the Zeitgeist of the different periods, enchanting the viewer as the atmosphere of international catwalks is conjured. On its excursions to the different fields of fashion, the trilogy moves through cultural history, pointing out trendsetters from art, music and film, and portrays a great number of influential fashion designers such as Poiret, Chanel, Schiaparelli, Quant and Dior. Along with Lagerfeld, the designers Giorgio Armani, Pierre Cardin, Donna Karan and the critic Carrie Donovan afford us fascinating insights into the sensual world of fashion.
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From The Ashes

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Covering the story of English cricket's greatest ever comeback, "From The Ashes follows" the famous 1981 Ashes series, known to many as 'Botham's Ashes', where cricketing legend Sir Ian Botham stole the show and brought England Ashes glory against all the odds.
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Out Of The Ashes

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In just a few years, the Afghan cricket team has risen from obscurity in the sport's lowest ranks to phenomenal success in the highly competitive international arena. This is the remarkable and inspirational story of coach Taj Malik Aleem and his team, who became the sport's unlikeliest heroes during a triumphant campaign culminating in the crucial World Cup qualifier in South Africa. In a country more often associated with war and rigged elections, their incredible journey is an absolute joy to behold.
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Into Great Silence

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A meditative, deliberately paced doc capable of absorbing patient viewers into a whole different world.
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Do Dooni Chaar (Two Times Two Equals Four)

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A middle-class Delhi family strives to save up enough money to afford a car and attend an important family wedding in director Habib Faisal's affectionate, family-oriented comedy. Santosh Duggal is a simple schoolteacher and family man who knows the value of a hard-earned paycheck. His family resides in a comfortable home, even though they don't have enough disposable income to enjoy the finer things in life. Then, one day, Santosh's little sister Phupho arrives on the family doorstep with a wedding invitation. Their in-laws are getting hitched, but in order to attend the wedding the Duggals must show up in a car. Meanwhile, coming up with enough cash for such a major purchase starts to feel like child's play when the family attempts to agree on which make and model would best serve their needs. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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I Am Bruce Lee

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I Am Bruce Lee tells the amazing story of one of the most iconic human beings ever to enter the public consciousness. Voted as one of the most important people of the 20th century in Time Magazine's Time 100, as well as one of the Greatest Pop Culture Icons by People Magazine, Bruce Lee continues to be honoured and remembered for his enduring legacy. Bruce Lee's often revolutionary and sometimes controversial thinking on a multitude of planes has become a source of inspiration and debate for a generation of philosophers, actors, filmmakers and athletes. The film is a compelling and visually stunning uncovering of Bruce's life, his enormous impact, and his ever-expanding legacy in the world of martial arts, entertainment, and beyond-despite his tragic and sudden death at the age of 32. -- (C) D&E
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I Am

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I AM, a prismatic and probing exploration of our world, what's wrong with it, and what we can do to make it better, represents Tom Shadyac's first foray into non-fiction following a career as one of Hollywood's leading comedy practitioners, with such successful titles as "Ace Ventura," "Liar Liar," and "Bruce Almighty" to his credit. I AM recounts what happened to the filmmaker after a cycling accident left him incapacitated, possibly for good. Though he ultimately recovered, he emerged a changed man. Disillusioned with life on the A-list, he sold his house, moved to a mobile home community, and decided to start life anew.

Armed with nothing but his innate curiosity and a camera crew, Shadyac embarks upon a journey to discover how he as an individual, and we as a race, can improve the way we live. Appearing on-screen as character, commentator, guide, and even, at times, guinea pig, Shadyac meets with a variety of thinkers and doers--remarkable men and women from the worlds of science, philosophy,
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I Am Trying to Break Your Heart - A Film About Wilco

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Besides being a treat for Wilco fans, I Am Trying to Break Your Heart also exposes the workings of a profit-driven music industry.
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The Man Nobody Knew: In Search of My Father, CIA Spymaster William Colby

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A son's riveting look at a father whose life seemed straight out of a spy thriller, The Man Nobody Knew: In Search of My Father, CIA Spymaster William Colby uncovers the secret world of a legendary CIA spymaster. Told by William Colby's son Carl, the story is at once a probing history of the CIA, a personal memoir of a family living in clandestine shadows, and an inquiry into the hard costs of a nation's most cloaked actions. -- (C) Official Site
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Don't Quit Your Daydream

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This is the story of two life-long musicians who road trip through the heart of America recording their third album. Along the way they collaborate with strangers who force them to reconsider what it means to live a life dedicated to the art of music.
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