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Ken Burns: The Central Park Five
PBS
THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE, from award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns, tells the story of the five black and Latino teenagers from Harlem who were wrongly convicted of raping a white woman in New York City's Central Park in 1989. This Peabody…
I Am Not Your Negro - James Baldwin and Race in America
An Oscar-nominated documentary narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO explores the continued peril America faces from institutionalized racism. In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, Remember This House.…
Mister Rogers: It's You I Like - A Retrospective of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
PBS
This new documentary pays tribute to the beloved Fred Rogers and the nearly 900 episodes of his landmark children's television program first seen in 1968 on PBS that continues to resonate with children and adults alike. In this retrospective hosted…
Stonewall Uprising
PBS
In the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay bar in the Greenwich Village section of New York City. Such raids were not unusual in the late 1960s, an era when homosexual…
The Pervert's Guide To Ideology
Cultural theorist superstar Slavoj Zizek re-teams with director Sophie Fiennes ( The Pervert's Guide to Cinema ) for another wildly entertaining romp through the crossroads of cinema and philosophy. With infectious zeal and a voracious appetite for popular culture, Zizek…
Sammy Davis Jr. - I've Gotta Be Me
PBS
The first major film documentary to examine the performer's vast career and his journey for identity through the shifting tides of civil rights and racial progress during 20th-century America. Sammy Davis, Jr., had the kind of career that was indisputably…
After Auschwitz - Profiling Six Extraordinary Holocaust Survivors and Their Lives After the War
"You're free. Go home." Most Holocaust films end with these words, the very words that survivors heard at liberation. But AFTER AUSCHWITZ is not a typical "Holocaust" film. It begins with these words, inviting audiences to experience what happened next.…
She's Beautiful When She's Angry - The History of the Women’s Liberation Movement
A provocative, rousing and often humorous account of the birth of the modern women's liberation movement in the late 1960s through to its contemporary manifestations in the new millennium, direct from the women who lived it. Best Documentary winner at…
Hitchcock/Truffaut - The Timeless Legacy of Alfred Hitchcock
In 1962, Francois Truffaut persuaded Alfred Hitchcock to sit with him for a week long interview in which the great British auteur would share with his young admirer the secrets of his cinema. Based on the original recordings of this…
Bombshell - The Hedy Lamarr Story
Austrian actress Hedy Lamarr fled an oppressive marriage to create a name for herself as one of Hollywood's top leading ladies in the 1940s. Behind the glamour and sex appeal, though, was a talented and inquisitive inventor who created a…
What Is Democracy? - A Philosophical Journey Exploring Government
Coming at a moment of profound political and social crisis, WHAT IS DEMOCRACY? reflects on a word we too often take for granted. Director Astra Taylor's idiosyncratic, philosophical journey spans millennia and continents: from ancient Athens' groundbreaking experiment in self-government…
The Revolutionary - An American in Mao’s Cultural Revolution
Sidney Rittenberg arrived in China as a GI Chinese language expert at the end of World War II. Discharged there, he joined the Chinese Communist Party, and was an active participant in the Chinese communist revolution and its aftermath. An…
We Were Here - The AIDS Years in San Francisco
An intimate, yet epic history of the AIDS years in San Francisco, as told through the stories of five longtime San Franciscans. The film documents the coming of what was called the "Gay Plague" in the early 1980s. It illuminates…
Neanderthal
PBS
This documentary investigates what our ancient ancestors looked like and what would have happened when we met them. It turns out that what we thought we knew about them is wrong. They weren't hunched, grunting, knuckle-dragging ape-men at all. In…
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The Babushkas of Chernobyl
The Babushkas of Chernobyl journeys into the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone several decades after the world's worst nuclear disaster in April 1986. The tightly regulated 1000 square mile Dead Zone remains one of the most radioactively contaminated places on Earth, complete…
2 videos
All Things Must Pass - The Rise and Fall of Tower Records
Everyone thinks they know what killed Tower Records: The Internet. But that's not the story. ALL THINGS MUST PAST examines this iconic company's explosive trajectory, tragic demise, and legacy forged by its rebellious founder Russ Solomon. Featuring interviews from music…
The Pruitt-Igoe Myth 
It began as a housing marvel. Built in 1956, Pruitt-Igoe was heralded as the model public housing project of the future, "the poor man's penthouse." Two decades later, it ended in rubble - its razing an iconic event that the…
Berkeley in the Sixties
Six years in the making and with a cast of thousands, BERKELEY IN THE SIXTIES recaptures the exhilaration and turmoil of the unprecedented student protests that shaped a generation and changed the course of America. This Academy Award -nominated documentary…
The Waldheim Waltz - Investigating Former UN Secretary General Kurt Waldheim
A film about truth, lies and how a dishonest man can rise to power. Ruth Beckermann documents the process of uncovering former UN Secretary General Kurt Waldheim's wartime past. It shows the swift succession of new allegations by the World…
Howard Zinn: A People's History of the United States
With the tremendous success of his book, A People's History of the United States, Howard Zinn radically changed the way Americans see themselves. His friend Noam Chomsky says that Zinn litteraly transformed a generation's conscience. Zinn talks about those who…