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  • Arab Diaries - A five-part documentary series that presents a fresh, insightful picture of contemporary life across the Arab world.

  • As a Young Girl of Thirteen - Holocaust survivor Simone Lagrange vividly recounts her experiences in Auschwitz, and the role she played in bringing Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie to justice.

  • 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.'

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  • Betelnut - Along a sleepy Hunan riverside, two delinquent boys experience a summer of love and violence.

  • Birth - The story of a woman caught up in a cycle of pregnancies because of social pressure to produce a male child, and two other stories of babies, in need, or absent, in Arab countries.

  • Bisexual Virgins Still
  • 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.

  • The Black and White Milk Cow - A young schoolteacher unknowingly enters a tangled web of politics.

  • Boy In The World - Following four-year-old Ronen, a young boy with Down syndrome, this intimate documentary concretely demonstrates that inclusive preschool classrooms benefit both children with special needs and their typical peers.

  • Breasts - Twenty-two women, ages 6 to 84-years-old, discuss how breasts play a crucial role in the experiences of puberty, motherhood, sex, health, and aging. ** 2002 Outstanding Achievement Award, Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality **

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  • 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.

  • The Clitoris - A close look at that part of the female anatomy that exists purely for pleasure, and how this highly sensitive organ has long been ignored or misunderstood in the medical literature.

  • Crystal Fear, Crystal Clear - Methamphetamine, or crystal meth, has become the drug of choice for teenagers in small towns across North America. Highly addictive, cheap, and easy to get, it can cause psychosis, permanent brain damage, and even death. This program docume

  • D

  • Die Before Blossom - The rising importance of Islamic values in an Indonesian public school is apparent in this portrait of modern schoolgirls Kiki and Dila. (new October, 2015)

  • E

  • East Punk Memories - Punks who struggled with Hungary's communist regime discuss their experiences, music and mohawks. (new May, 2015)

  • F

  • Flower in Otomi - Tells the story of Dení Prieto Stock, killed by the Mexican army in 1973.

  • G

  • Gambling Boys - Looks at the growing problem of gambling addiction among teenagers.

  • Gorgeous - Animated film by Kaz Cooke, whose character Hermoine, the Modern Girl, tackles plastic surgery, beauty therapy, and bulimia in a feral fit of inadequacy.

  • 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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  • Hand-Held - A documentary anthology on health and homelessness, and a frank and invaluable resource for anyone interested in how media and medicine can work together to change lives.

  • A History Lesson - A Holocaust survivor and two students - one black, the other Jewish - visit the Anne Frank in the World Exhibition in Johannesburg.

  • Housemaids - Seven Brazilian teenagers film their housemaids, exposing issues of class, race, and gender in their families, and in their country.

  • How I Coped When Mommy Died - This inspiring video was created by 13-year-old Brett after losing his mother to breast cancer when he was ten. Original music, animated video, photographs and artwork illustrate the teenager's experiences, thoughts, and feelings, while he

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  • The Inheritors - At early age children begin to work in the Mexican countryside. This is a portrait of theirs lives and their daily struggle for survival.

  • Inside Out - Transsexuals in Iran. Intimate conversations with doctors, religious authorities, and transsexuals about the mind/body conflict, Islamic interpretations, and the impact of sex-change treatments on their lives.

  • 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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  • Justice - Takes a camera where few have been, a criminal courtroom in Rio de Janeiro, to record the social theatre, the structures of power, what is usually invisible.

  • K

  • Kati With an I - In three tumultuous days, the future of one Alabama high school senior is cast into doubt.

  • L

  • La Sierra - Tracing a year in the life of a neighborhood in Medellin, Colombia ruled by a paramilitary gang, this is a searing exploration of three lives defined by years of overwhelming violence.

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

  • Let Them Eat Cake - Against the backdrop of the "Texas Cupcake Controversy," this humorous documentary takes a close look at the processed food industry and at the ways that junk food and beverages are marketed to children.

  • Little Moth - When an impoverished country couple adopts a crippled young girl and puts her to work begging on city streets, a battle soon ensues over her fate.

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  • The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear - A kaleidoscopic view of life for young adults in the contemporary Republic of Georgia.

  • Medellin Notebooks - In one high school class in Medellin, Colombia, the students are asked to record their personal and family stories in notebooks.

  • Montaña de Luz - The children of the Montaña de Luz orphanage in Honduras are HIV positive, and a living testament to the beauty and innocence of childhood. This is a stirring portrait of a loving community.

  • More Than Horseplay - Explores the intersection of therapy and research of children with cerebral palsy as they grow in self-confidence and physical capability through participation in "hippotherapy," or physiotherapy involving horseback riding.

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  • No. 89 Shimen Road - It's the late 1980s, while Xiaoli's teachers talk about China's recovery from the devastation of the Cultural Revolution, another wave of cultural change is already underway.

  • Not Just a Cancer Patient - Focusing on several articulate teens undergoing treatment, this video helps nurses, physicians, social workers and psychologists understand the needs and feelings of this special population.

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  • Oblivion - Heddy Honigmann's latest film focuses on Peru's capital city of Lima, revealing the contrasts of wealth and poverty, and how its poorest citizens have survived decades of economic crisis and corruption.

  • 100 Children Waiting for a Train - Poetically tells the story of a group of Chilean children who discover a larger reality - and a different world - through the cinema.

  • One in 2000 - One in two thousand babies are born with anatomy that doesn't clearly mark them as either male or female. This provocative documentary demystifies the issue through intimate profiles of people born intersex.

  • Our House - A groundbreaking documentary that explores what it's like to grow up with gay or lesbian parents, as Americans struggle to re-define family values.

  • P

  • The Perfumed Garden - An exploration of the myths and realities of sensuality and sexuality in Arab society.

  • PicturePerfect - This lively and engaging video explores the impact media has on young women's physical, psychological and emotional health, and offers tools to begin dissecting the media that influence our behaviors, attitudes, and values.

  • Playing the News - Does the convergence online of current affairs (like the Iraq war) and computer games herald the future of news and entertainment? And if so, is it dangerous, or a new way to reach a young audience?

  • Positively Autistic - The autistic rights movement challenges accepted views of autism, and works to change how the world sees people with autism. Meet people at the forefront of this movement.

  • Private Dicks - Rarely do we hear men talking honestly about their penises - until now. Surveying men from all walks of life, this film explores the naked truth about how men feel about their penises.

  • R

  • Red Hook Justice - Profiles an innovative court in a Brooklyn neighborhood plagued by poverty and crime that is at the center of a legal revolution - the community justice movement.

  • Roll On - Aims to share the everyday lives of families living with neuromuscular disorders.

  • Russia's Wonder Children - Child prodigy pianists, and the story of Moscow's famed Central Music School.

  • S

  • School of Babel - Welcome to a unique Parisian program for immigrant children from all over the world. (new July, 2015)

  • 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.

  • The Sugar Curtain - An intimate portrait by Camila Guzmán Urzúa about growing up in Cuba during the "golden years" of the Cuban Revolution.

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  • Teeth - An amusing but informative look at the psychological, social and economic issues surrounding the modern American obsession with straight, white teeth.

  • That's Why I'm Working - A look at child labor in Bangladesh, a primary school in Dacca, and some of the working children who attend it.

  • 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.

  • Three Sisters - Three little sisters live alone in a small village in the high mountains of the Yunnan region. The little girls don’t go to school, spending their days working in the fields or wandering in the village. (new October, 2015)

  • Tikinagan - Reveals the challenges faced by a native run child care agency in northwestern Ontario.

  • 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.

  • Two Worlds — One Planet - This documentary brings Autism syndrome out of the shadows, stressing that young people with developmental disabilities can learn and grow, if their individual needs, styles, and abilities are respected.

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  • Western Eyes - The search for beauty and self-acceptance of two women of Asian descent contemplating plastic surgery - they believe their appearance, specifically their eyes, affect how they are perceived by others.

  • When the Bough Breaks - On the outskirts of Beijing, two teenage girls struggle to pay for their brother's schooling.

  • Winter Vacation - Bored teenagers and disillusioned adults rage at each other and the emptiness of life in frost-bitten northern China.

  • Wipe Out - Narrated by an Olympic gold snowboarder, this documentary tells the story of three young men living with permanent brain damage from head injuries while pursuing extreme sports.

  • Y

  • Youth - Four young women face issues of independence and empowerment in Algeria, Egypt, and Lebanon.

  • Z

  • Zorro's Bar Mitzvah - Four 12-year-olds are preparing for their bar or bat mitzvah. A critical and ironic look at Jewish tradition and its interpretations, while exploring the diffuse terrain of adolescence.

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