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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.

  • Algeria's Bloody Years - Chronicles the country's struggle for peace, stability and democracy since independence, and the surprising origins of the brutal conflict between Islamic fundamentalists and the national Army.

  • Americas in Transition - A concise and fast-paced history of the volatile forces at work in Chile, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Nicaragua in the 1980s

  • Awakening from Sorrow: Buenos Aires 1997 - Documents the power to transform pain into action and to lift the veil of repression that has gripped a generation of young people orphaned by Argentina's 'Dirty War.'

  • B

  • A Baptism of Fire

    A Baptism of Fire - A new generation of freelance photographers flies low-cost to war zones on their own dime in the hope of selling images to printed media or websites.

  • 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.

  • Bethlehem Diary - On the West Bank, the town of Bethlehem is under siege. And things only get worse as the second intifada continues...

  • C

  • Capitalism - An ambitious and accessible six-part series that looks at both the history of ideas and the social forces that have shaped the capitalist world.

  • The Caste Struggle

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

  • Chicago Boys - After the coup in 1973, Chile was turned into a laboratory for the world's most radical neo-liberal experiment.

  • A Child's Century of War - Takes the viewer on a journey through the past century - the bloodiest in history - from the perspective of children, and tells their stories in their voices.

  • D

  • 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.

  • Death Squadrons

    Death Squadrons - The previously untold story of how the French military trained Latin American death squads in the 60s and 70s (and even U.S. Special Forces in the early days of our Vietnam War).

  • Democracy Road - After more than 20 years in exile in Norway, the Burmese journalists of DVB return to their homeland to establish their independent news station and test the limits of its newfound democracy.

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

  • The Destruction of Memory - Explores the intentional destruction of priceless artwork, artifacts and historical sites through war and terrorism.

  • Downtown Dream

    Downtown Dream - Five people in a Rust Belt town struggle to reinvent their lives and their dreams in contemporary America.

  • E

  • The East Wind State Farm - Condemned "Rightists," sentenced to 21 years of "thought reform," share first-person accounts of life in a Chinese labor camp.

  • Edward Said: The Last Interview - An extended discussion with Prof. Edward Said filmed less than a year before his death. The noted literary critic and Palestinian activist delivers his final testament about his life and work as a committed intellectual.

  • The Embassy - In one of Chris Marker's few fiction films, political dissidents seek refuge in a foreign embassy after a military coup d'état in an unidentified country.

  • The End of the Ottoman Empire

    The End of the Ottoman Empire - The Ottomans ruled three continents for six centuries. How did their rule end, and how does this history inform politics today?

  • Energy War - A global investigation into the geopolitical dynamics of the world's oil supply. How are the governments which control most of the oil wielding their power on the world stage?

  • Episode 1 - Capitalism is much more complex than the vision Adam Smith laid out in The Wealth of Nations. Indeed, it predates Smith by centuries and took root in the practices of colonialism and the slave trade.

  • Episode 2 - Adam Smith was both economist and moral philosopher. But his work on morality is largely forgotten, leading to tragic distortions that have shaped our global economic system.

  • Episode 3

    Episode 3 - The roots of today's global trade agreements lie in the work of stockbroker David Ricardo and demographer Thomas Malthus. Together, they would restructure society in the image of the market.

  • Episode 4 - Have we gotten Marx wrong by focusing on the Communist Manifesto instead of on his critique of how capitalism works - a critique that is relevant and as penetrating as ever?

  • Episode 5 - The ideological divide between the philosophies of John Maynard Keynes and Friedrich Hayek has dominated economics for nearly a century. Is it time for the pendulum to swing back to Keynes? Or do we need a whole new approach that goes beyond this dualism?

  • Episode 6 - An exploration of the life and work of Karl Polanyi, who sought to reintegrate society and economy. Could the commodification of labour and money ultimately be as disastrous as floods, drought and earthquakes?

  • Excellent Cadavers

    Excellent Cadavers - A dramatic investigation of the recent history of the Mafia and its integral relationship to postwar Italian politics. Based on the book by Alexander Stille.

  • F

  • FALN - A remarkable time capsule of Venezuelan political and social history, and valuable background to the ongoing social conflicts in that country.

  • 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.

  • Final Fitting - Showcases the changing cultural styles of Iran and its clerical elite through its portrait of one master tailor and his time-honored craft.

  • Forever Lenin

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

  • Free Lunch Society - What would you do if your income was taken care of? A search for explanations, possibilities, and experiences regarding the implementation of this concept.

  • G

  • Gai Shanxi and Her Sisters - The story of one woman's brutal ordeal as a "comfort woman" for the Japanese Army during World War II.

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

  • Grassroots in Dry Lands

    Grassroots in Dry Lands - Tells the story of three unconventional social workers united by a common vision that transcends the antagonisms between their countries.

  • Gringo Trails - A global survey of the impacts on cultures, economies, and the environment of the most powerful globalizing force of our time: tourism.

  • H

  • Hiroshima Bound - A personal documentary that tracks the construction of America's collective memory (or lack of one) of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

  • Hissein Habre, A Chadian Tragedy - An unprecedented feat in international law: the dictator of Chad, Hissein Habre, is brought to trial.

  • How Putin Came to Power

    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.

  • Human Weapon - The first sober, in-depth examination of the history of suicide bombing. Filmed in Iran, Lebanon, Sri Lanka, Israel, Palestine, Europe and the United States.

  • I

  • Ice - An innovative independent thriller, shot in New York City, which centers on a revolutionary group plotting to attack a fascistic political regime.

  • Impunity - What is the cost of truth for families damaged by Colombia's violent past?

  • An Injury To One

    An Injury To One - Reconstructs the long-forgotten murder of union organizer Frank Little in Butte, Montana, and draws a connection between the unsolved murder of Little, and the attempted murder of the town itself.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Iran: A Cinematographic Revolution - The intertwined history of Iran and its cinema, from the first silent films to the talkies, from the Shah's regime to the Islamic revolution, and the international cinematic success of today.

  • J

  • J'y Crois - I Believe In It

    J'y Crois - I Believe In It -

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

  • Japan's Peace Constitution - Explores the origins of Japan's Constitution in the ashes of war, and the significance of its famous peace clause, Article 9, and the debates surrounding it, in the 21st century.

  • 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.

  • Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir - From 1967, for the first time on video or DVD, a portrait of two of the most influential and controversial writers and thinkers of the 20th century. They discuss their work, lives, and the role of intellectuals in modern society.

  • Justice and the Generals

    Justice and the Generals - Investigates the human rights and legal issues involved when two Salvadoran generals are sued in an American court for atrocities (such as the murder of four American churchwomen) committed during El Salvador's civil war.

  • K

  • 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.

  • Khmer Rouge, A Simple Matter of Justice - A UN-appointed court tracks down those responsible for the crimes committed under the Khmer Rouge.

  • Kuxa Kanema - The story of Mozambique's National Institute of Cinema (INC) - a history of the birth and death of local cinema, and the birth and death of an ideology.

  • L

  • Le Joli Mai

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

  • Leszek Kolakowski & Henri Lefebvre - Leszek Kolakowski and Henri Lefebvre discuss the ongoing significance of Marxism and the concept of alienation.

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  • A Massacre Foretold - Chronicles the historic events surrounding the 1997 massacre of 45 pacifist supporters of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation who were massacred while seeking refuge in a church.

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

  • N

  • Nanjing

    Nanjing - Till today the history of the 1937 "Rape of Nanking" is a point of contention between China and Japan. How is it seen in each country, and can a shared memory ever be constructed?

  • Nasser's Republic, The Making of Modern Egypt - The story of the most important political leader in the post-colonial Arab world.

  • Noam Chomsky & Michel Foucault - The now legendary 1971 conversation between Michel Chomsky and Michel Foucault on the subject of human nature.

  • O

  • 1428 - Du Haibin's award-winning documentary of the earthquake that devastated China's Sichuan province in 2008 explores how victims, citizens and government respond to a national tragedy.

  • 1989: A Statesman Opens Up

    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?

  • Out of Place - Traces the life and work of Edward Said (1935-2003), the Palestinian-born intellectual who wrote widely on history, literature, music, philosophy and politics.

  • P

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

  • The Pinochet Case - The story of the landmark legal case against General Augusto Pinochet of Chile, before and after his arrest in London in 1998.

  • The Price of Aid

    The Price of Aid - An investigation of America's food aid programs for famine-stricken nations, a multi-million dollar business, which asks both U.S. and African government officials whether such aid creates more problems than it solves.

  • R

  • 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.

  • S

  • 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.

  • Scars of Memory - An oral history of the 1932 massacre of 10,000 El Salvadorans, a trauma that has resonated through six decades of military rule, until the 1992 peace accords ended a brutal, 12-year civil war.

  • Shadow Play

    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.

  • The Sixth Side of the Pentagon - Chronicle of the 1967 Mobilization to End the War in Vietnam protest march on the Pentagon, by documentary essayist Chris Marker. Also on this disc is a second film, THE EMBASSY.

  • Sleeping Souls - A political hireling working for "United Russia" explains the cold inner mechanic of the system.

  • Sociology is a Martial Art - An introduction to the work of Influential sociologist Pierre Bourdieu, whose 40 books and countless articles represent a renovation and application of social science.

  • Stolen Land

    Stolen Land - Illustrates the decades-long often violent resistance movement of the indigenous Nasa people of Colombia over rights to their native land.

  • Stony Paths - Following in his great-grandfather's footsteps, Arnaud undertakes a trek across Anatolia to study the Armenian Genocide.

  • The Storytellers -

  • 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

    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.

  • T

  • Tahrir: Liberation Square - Director Stefano Savona lived and filmed on the front lines in Tahrir Square, Cairo, to make this film from the heart of the protests that overthrew Mubarak in Egypt last year.

  • The 3 Rooms of Melancholia - An award-winning, stunningly beautiful revelation of how the Chechen War has psychologically affected children in Russia and in Chechnya.

  • 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.

  • 20 Years Old in the Middle East

    20 Years Old in the Middle East - Filmed after the fall of Saddam Hussein, this film traverses the region - from Jordan to Syria, Iran, and Lebanon - to take the pulse of Arab and Iranian youth.

  • U

  • Under the Sun - A fascinating portrait of one North Korean girl and her parents in the year as she prepares to join the Korean Children's Union on Kim Jong-Il's birthday.

  • Z

  • Zone of Silence - Five Cuban intellectuals discuss censorship as a historical, political and social phenomenon.

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