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  • Behind the Rainbow

    Behind the Rainbow - An in-depth exploration into the recent internal conflicts of the ANC in South Africa, leading to Jacob Zuma's election as president.

  • C

  • The Caste Struggle - A controversial affirmative action policy in India has brought about unprecedented social and political change.

  • The Comrade - The story of Luiz Carlos Prestes, legendary leader of the Brazilian Communist Party (PCB) for over 35 years, who died in 1990.

  • D

  • The Deadline - A unique and intimate look at the realpolitik of South Africa's negotiated settlement, filmed in the closing stages of the writing of South Africa's new constitution.

  • The Democratic Revolutionary Handbook

    The Democratic Revolutionary Handbook - A how-to manual to the recent democratic (but definitely not spontaneous) revolutions in Georgia, Serbia, and the Ukraine.

  • E

  • An Empire of Reason - What it would have been like if television had covered the ratification process of the US Constitution in 1781.

  • G

  • Goodbye Mubarak! - Egypt in the months leading up to the Tahrir Square demonstrations—and a revolution already simmering under the surface.

  • H

  • How Putin Came to Power - A detailed investigation, with archives and exclusive interviews with the participants, into how Vladimir Putin rose from mayoral aide in St. Petersburg, to President of Russia, in only eight years.

  • I

  • The Intolerable Burden

    The Intolerable Burden - One black family's commitment to a quality education, from the pre-1965 time of segregation, through desegregation, and through the recent period of resegregation. **Winner, John E. O'Connor Film Award, American Historical Association**

  • Iran, Veiled Appearances - Depicts clashes in modern Iran between extreme fundamentalism and young people who are pushing for social change, filming with soldiers, religious leaders, students, artists and intellectuals.

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  • J'y Crois - I Believe In It -

    A beautifully composed political documentary investigating the decentralization process in Mali.

  • 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.

  • Jesus Politics

    Jesus Politics - A personal investigation into the role of religion in American politics, and specifically this year's presidential election.

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  • Kapitalism: Our Secret Recipe - Twenty years after Ceausescu, Romanian GDP is low and infrastructure poor. Interviewing the oligarchs who control the Romanian economy, this film finds out what happened.

  • M

  • Miners Shot Down - How could 34 South African mineworkers be killed during a non-violent strike for better wages&mdashnot under apartheid, but today?

  • Mobutu - The definitive history and visual record of the rise and fall of Joseph Désiré Mobutu, ruler of Zaire (the Congo) for over 30 years.

  • Mustapha Kemal Ataturk

    Mustapha Kemal Ataturk - The story of the founder of the Republic of Turkey, called Atatürk ("the father of the Turks").

  • N

  • The Nine Lives of Norodom Sihanouk - The life story of Norodom Sihanouk, by turns Cambodia's King, Prime Minister, Prince, Head of State for Life, Exile, and Prisoner.

  • O

  • 1989: A Statesman Opens Up - How did a political novice guide Hungary through a critical historical period and contribute to the fall of the Berlin Wall?

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  • People Power - The first in depth look at non-violent revolutions around the world.

  • R

  • Red Hat - Where Are You Going?

    Red Hat - Where Are You Going? - An examination of the socio-political role of the Mossi chiefs in the West African nation of Burkina Faso.

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  • Salvador Allende - Patricio Guzmán (The Battle of Chile) tells Allende's story, from his youth in Valparaiso and his early career, to his presidency of Chile and death during the coup of September 11, 1973.

  • Samora Machel, Son Of Africa - Before his death in a mysterious plane crash, Mozambican President Samora Machel gave the filmmaker and exclusive interview that forms the basis for the look at one of Africa's most important freedom fighters and revolutionaries.

  • 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.

  • Syria, Chess Match at the Borders

    Syria, Chess Match at the Borders - A chronicle, enriched by archival footage and interviews, of how Syria became simultaneously a player and a pawn in the geopolitical "chess match" that characterizes the Middle East today.

  • Syria: the Assads' Twilight - A lively documentary history of Syria's Assad regime, tracing its origins and influence, even as it clings to power in the face of the Arab spring.

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  • 30 Second Democracy - Explores the disturbing relationship between political parties and the advertising industry during election campaigns.

  • The Transition Period - With unprecedented access to a Communist Party leader, investigative filmmaker Zhou Hao offers a startlingly candid look inside Chinese politics at the local level.

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  • We All Fall Down

    We All Fall Down - The rise and fall of America's mortgage system and the damage in the wake of its collapse. With Nouriel Roubini, Richard Sylla and Chris Mayer.

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