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  • Afghanistan 1979: The War That Changed the World

    Afghanistan 1979: The War That Changed the World - A behind-the-scenes history of the Soviet Union's 10-year long war in Afghanistan.

  • C

  • A Crime to Fit the Punishment - Visits blacklisted Hollywood filmmakers who came together to make the seminal labor film, SALT OF THE EARTH.

  • Cul de Sac - An allegory for a working class suburb in decline, this film investigates the story of Shawn Nelson, who stole a tank and went on a rampage through the residential streets of Clairemont, CA.

  • Cycling the Frame - A quirky 1988 documentary in which Tilda Swinton tours the circumference of the Berlin Wall on a bicycle.

  • D

  • Deadly Enemies

    Deadly Enemies - From early attempts to use bacteria as weapons, to the advent of gene splicing and the creation of superbugs, this is the chilling story of the development of biological weapons.

  • Devils Don't Dream! - Analysis of the CIA-sponsored 1954 coup in Guatemala.

  • Disco and Atomic War - The Soviet regime in Estonia went head to head with J.R. Ewing and the heroes of Western television...and lost.

  • Do Communists Have Better Sex? - In divided Germany, studies showed that East Germans enjoyed their sexual lives more than their West German counterparts. What could account for the difference?

  • E

  • East Punk Memories

    East Punk Memories - Punks who struggled with Hungary's communist regime discuss their experiences, music and mohawks.

  • F

  • Far from Vietnam - The landmark collaboration between Jean-Luc Godard, Joris Ivens, William Klein, Claude Lelouch, Chris Marker and Alain Resnais in protest of the Vietnam war.

  • Forever Lenin - Why, and how, was Lenin mummified in 1924? And how, and why, is he still on display in Red Square today?

  • Freddy Ilanga: Che's Swahili Translator - A documentary about Freddy Ilanga, an African man whose life was abruptly transformed through a chance encounter with Che Guevara.

  • G

  • Golden Slumbers

    Golden Slumbers - An inventively directed history of the lost Cambodian cinema.

  • A Grin Without A Cat - Chris Marker's epic film-essay on the worldwide political wars of the 60's and 70's: Vietnam, Che, May '68, Prague, Chile, and the fate of the New Left.

  • H

  • The Hermitage Dwellers - This kaleidoscope of people and events in the great museum unfolds into a poignant account of Russia's painful 20th century transformed by the "dwellers" intimate relationship with the art.

  • Hermitage-Niks - This five-part series is the expanded, in-depth version of THE HERMITAGE DWELLERS.

  • I

  • I Am Become Death: They Made the Bomb

    I Am Become Death: They Made the Bomb - Illuminating stories told by scientists who actually worked on the Manhattan Project.

  • I For India - A chronicle of immigration, from the Sixties to the present day, as seen through the eyes of one Asian family and their 40 years worth of Super 8mm home movies.

  • Investigation of a Flame - An intimate look at the Catonsville Nine who on May 17, 1968 walked into a Catonsville, Maryland draft board office, grabbed hundreds of selective service records and incinerated them with homemade napalm.

  • J

  • Japan, The Emperor and the Army - Examines how Japan's demilitarization in the months following the WWII continues to resonate today - in Japanese politics, national identity and cultural influence on the international stage.

  • Joe Polowsky: An American Dreamer

    Joe Polowsky: An American Dreamer - The story of an American World War II veteran who met the Russians at the Elbe River, and who dedicated his life to promoting peace.

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  • K.O.R. - An insider's look at Poland's dissident Workers Defense Committee - and how the group's actions led directly to the formation of the Solidarity union and the end of Poland's Communist regime.

  • L

  • Le Joli Mai - Chris Marker and Pierre Lhomme's legendary portrait of Paris and Parisians at the close of the Algerian war.

  • O

  • Outlaw-Matsu Comes Home - Shohei Imamura follows a former Japanese soldier during his first trip home after having been abandoned by the military in Thailand during World War II.

  • R

  • Rabbit a la Berlin

    Rabbit a la Berlin - 2010 Academy Award Nominee, Best Documentary Short Subject. The history of the Berlin Wall from the rabbits' point-of-view.

  • S

  • Shadow Play - With recently declassified documents and interviews with newly liberated Indonesians, offers a startling new interpretation of events that shaped modern Indonesian history and changed the destiny of Southeast Asia.

  • T

  • They Chose China - Academy Award-nominated documentarian Shuibo Wang tells the controversial story of American POWs who after the Korean War refused repatriation, and stayed in China.

  • They Would All Be Queens - The stories of women from the Soviet Union who married Cuban men and moved to Cuba before the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

  • Y

  • Yugoslavia: Origins of a War

    Yugoslavia: Origins of a War - Provides a detailed background to the ethnic conflicts in the former Yugoslavia, using only archive and unpublished material.

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