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  • About Executing Eichmann - Why did a prominent group of Holocaust survivors and philosophers oppose the death sentence for Adolf Eichmann? (new June, 2015)

  • Agent Orange - A look at the long-term effects, on U.S. soldiers, the Vietnamese people, and the environment of Vietnam, of the spraying of Agent Orange on Vietnam during the Vietnam War.

  • Alfred Ayer & Arne Naess - Analytic philosopher Alfred Ayer and Arne Naess, father of the deep ecology movement, discuss skepticism, fact, and truth.

  • America's Brutal Prisons - Exposes the violence occurring inside prisons throughout America, where prisoners are routinely abused, even tortured, by prison guards.

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  • 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. (new December, 2015)

  • Barcelona or Die - Madou, a Senegalese fisherman, risks his life on an illegal boat to Europe. (new December, 2016)

  • Between Midnight and the Rooster's Crow - Traveling along the cross-Andes route of an oil pipeline in Ecuador, a case study of the troubling connections between corporations, Western consumption, and the 3rd World.

  • Bevel Up: Drugs, Users & Outreach Nursing - This compelling documentary follows a team of "street nurses" as they reach out to prevent AIDS and other STDs by going directly to the young people, sex workers, and homeless men and women living in the inner city.

  • Bisexual Virgins - This engaging, non-confrontational documentary invites us to look at the fluidity of sexuality in a whole new way as two "bi-curious" young women confront their fears and inhibitions.

  • Black Africa White Marble - A contemporary David-and-Goliath story that sheds a harsh light on the colonial past and troubled present of The Republic of Congo.

  • Blowing Up Paradise - The story of thirty years of French nuclear testing in the South Pacific, including the lethal bombing of the "Rainbow Warrior" — the Greenpeace ship sunk by the French Secret Service.

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  • The Caste Struggle - A controversial affirmative action policy in India has brought about unprecedented social and political change. (new December, 2016)

  • Code Gray - Academy Award nominee for Best Short Documentary. Explores four open-ended cases in which nurses confront serious ethical dilemmas in their day-to-day work.

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  • Damages - Behind the scenes at Koskoff, Koskoff and Bieder, a leading law firm specializing in personal injury cases.

  • Dear Dr. Spencer - From the early 1920s until his death in 1969, Dr. Robert Douglas Spencer practiced medicine in a small town in Pennsylvania, where he treated colds, set fractures - and performed illegal abortions.

  • Death On Request - Controversial documentary records the last days - and actual death - of a Dutch man who chose euthanasia to end his suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

  • 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).

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  • Ethics Thru Drama - A powerful and evocative series of short, one-character dramas created by two nurse-educators, and designed to focus discussion on complex ethical issues in end-of-life care.

  • Exit - Profiles the EXIT organization, which for over twenty years has counseled and accompanied the terminally-ill and severely handicapped towards a death of their choice.

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  • The Face of Evil - A history of attempts to categorize the physiognomy of evil. From the paintings of Hieronymous Bosch to physiognomics, phrenology, eugenics, and anthropometrics.

  • Facing Death - Elisabeth Kübler-Ross's seminal book "On Death and Dying," brought her international fame. This intimate portrait was filmed in 2002, when she lived secluded in the desert, awaiting - as she says - her own death.

  • Facing Death - Elisabeth Kübler-Ross's seminal book "On Death and Dying," brought her international fame. This intimate portrait was filmed in 2002, when she lived secluded in the desert, awaiting - as she says - her own death.

  • First Kill - Compellingly brings out the contradictory feelings that war evokes - fear and anger, but also seduction, fascination and excitement. With Michael Herr (Apocalypse Now, Dispatches).

  • Front Wards, Back Wards - They were called idiots and for 160 years Fernald State School was where they would stay. Residents, staff and families recall the evolution of attitudes toward people with developmental disabilities.

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  • Give Us Our Skeletons! - Niillas Somby, a Sami, an ethnic group which inhabits northern Scandinavia, is fighting the Norwegian authorities, trying to compel them to release the skull of a rebellious ancestor.

  • Grave Words - Blends humor, music and insight in an entertaining primer for physicians and other healthcare providers who need to talk with patients about end-of-life decisions.

  • Guns & Mothers - The contentious debate over gun control, as seen through the eyes of two mothers on opposite sides of the issue.

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  • The Healer's Syndrome - Many African AIDS patients consult with tranditional faith healers for their medical care. (new December, 2016)

  • The Human Zoo Still
  • The Human Zoo - The story of 25 people from four Chilean indigenous groups who in the 19th centry were exhibited as attractions across Europe.

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

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

  • 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.

  • The Ister - A journey up the Danube River, this film takes up some of the most challenging paths in Martin Heidegger's thought. With the philosophers Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe, Jean-Luc Nancy, Bernard Stiegler, and filmmaker Hans-Jürgen Syberberg.

  • It's My Life - Zackie Achmat, a leading AIDS activist in South Africa, refused to take anti-retroviral medicines until they were made available by the government in public hospitals and clinics.

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  • 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.

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  • Killed by Care - Every year, tens of thousands of Americans die as a result of medical mistakes.

  • Knock Off - Juxtaposes the deified position logos occupy in our consumer-culture, with the lives of sweatshop workers who cannot afford the items they create.

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  • Litigating Disaster - December 3, 1984. Bhopal, India. The worst chemical disaster of all time. How has Union Carbide manipulated the US and Indian legal systems for 20 years to avoid facing justice?

  • Long Story Short - Over 100 people at homeless shelters, food banks, and job training centers discuss their experiences of poverty. (new April, 2016)

  • The Loving Story - Oscar-shortlist selection, this is the definitive account of Loving v. Virginia, the landmark 1967 Supreme Court decision that legalized interracial marriage.

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  • Mademoiselle and the Doctor - Lisette Nigot seems an unlikely candidate for euthanasia. At 79, she is in good health, feels no pain, and does not seem depressed. But she says she sees no reason to continue living. And Dr. Philip Nitschke is willing to help her.

  • A Maid for Each - Documentary portrait of a housemaid agency in Beirut, Lebanon. (new July, 2016)

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

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  • On The Objection Front - When a group of Israeli officers and soldiers announced that, while willing to serve in Israel's defense, they would no longer participate in the "War of the Settlements." they provoked fierce reactions in Israeli society.

  • Optimum - The legacies of three 19th century visionaries - Jeremy Bentham, Charles Babbage, and Francis Galton - who helped shaped modern (post) industrial society.

  • Our Daily Bread - A spectacular visual essay composed of epic tableaus, a haunting vision of our modern food industry, and the methods and technology utilized for mass production.

  • Our Newspaper - A couple starts their own newspaper in rural Russia... which lands them in danger.

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

  • Philosophers: Debates and Dialogues - Four debates filmed in 1971 between renowed philosophers including Noam Chomsky, Michel Foucault, Arne Naess, Karl Popper, and others.

  • 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.

  • Presumed Guilty - A searing examination of the Mexican criminal justice system through the case of one man, wrongly accused of murder.

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  • Robert, Mary, and Katrina - The astounding story of how one elderly couple faced and survived Hurricane Katrina. "[Their] story of struggle and survival from the wrath of Katrina grips the audience's emotions." - Educational Media Reviews Online

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  • Safe Haven: The United Nations and the Betrayal of Srebrenica - Investigates the possibility of complicity - knowing or not - by the commanders of the United Nations forces in Bosnia in the disaster that befell Srebrenica.

  • 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.

  • Seed Battles - Deep inside a mountain, the Global Seed Vault preserves the seeds of the world. But to whom do they belong?

  • Selling Sickness - Explores the unhealthy relationships between society, medical science and the pharmaceutical industry as it promotes not just drugs but also the latest diseases that go with them.

  • Sex, Lies and Tabloids! - The rise and fall of tabloid papers in the US and UK. Now, tabloids may be gone, but their spirit is everywhere. (new November, 2015)

  • Snake Dance - A reflection on the Promethean dimensions of nuclear power, following German-born Aby Warburg and Robert Oppenheimer, inventor of the atomic bomb (new January, 2017)

  • The Spectre of Hope - Critic and writer John Berger and photographer Sebastião Salgado lead this searing examination of imagery and images, the abyss, hope, and globalization.

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  • Tagged - Playful, smart and engaging, TAGGED stealthily taps into a widespread sense of unease raised by the technological development of human implanted microchips.

  • Tracked Down by Our Genes - Explores the new possibilities and dangers created by the Human Genome Project's decoding of human DNA.

  • Trinkets and Beads - The oil company MAXUS and Huaroni Indians of the Amazon.

  • V

  • The Vanishing Line - Chronicles one physician's exploration of how to try and meet the needs of the dying and their families.

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  • The World According to Russia Today - The channel Russia Today was launched in 2005 to bring the Russian perspective on world events to a global audience. (new May, 2015)

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