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2015 Academy Award Nominee For Best Documentary Feature: During the chaotic final days of the Vietnam War, as the North Vietnamese Army closed in on Saigon, South Vietnamese resistance crumbled. City after city and village after village fell to the North while the few U.S. diplomats and military operatives still in the country contemplated withdrawal. With the clock ticking and the city under fire, American officers on the ground found themselves faced with a moral dilemma: whether to follow official policy and evacuate U.S. citizens and their dependents only, or to ignore orders and evacuate the men, women, and children they had come to value and love in their years in Vietnam.
Film and theater luminaries, including Viola Davis, Charles Dutton, Laurence Fishburne, James Earl Jones, Suzan-Lori Parks and Phylicia Rashad, share their stories of the career- and life-changing experience of bringing August Wilson's rich theatrical voice to the stage. Wilson's sister Freda Ellis, his widow and costume designer Constanza Romero, as well as friends, colleagues and scholars trace Wilson's influences, creative evolution, triumphs, struggles and quest for cultural determinism before his untimely death from liver cancer.
A documentary by Jyllian Gunther that chronicles the first year of an inner-city charter school as the challenges of educating students in an economically-challenged system becomes daunting. An official selection at numerous film festivals, including SXSW, the Hamptons International Film Festival, SF Doc Film Festival, Urban World International Film Festival, and the African Diaspora International Film Festival.
Narrated by Emmy Award winning James Cromwell, an ardent supporter of Indigenous and Civil Rights, the film captures the declining fortunes of the Galpu clan, an aboriginal family led by the aging master didgeridoo craftsman Djalu (sounds like Jahlu) Gurruwiwi. Like anthropologists, over successive trips spanning ten years, filmmaker Joshua Bell and team were able to capture the hopes and fears of an indigenous family struggling to keep their ancient traditions alive within the constraints of the modern world.
Following a tragic motorcycle accident, Mike Bauer found himself confined to a wheelchair, a paraplegic. Used to constant movement and reinvention, Bauer was living in chronic pain when he became a patient of rehabilitative neurosurgeon Dr. Scott Falci. When Falci recognized the signs of depression in his patient and after learning about Bauer's earlier life, which included driving race cars, the doctor conceived of a race car with adaptive controls.
Do plants have feelings? A prolific horror writer, Eric Shapiro has crafted a tense and fast-paced film set around a dining table and the politics of food. Rhoda Jordan and Ben Siegler, a liberal yogini and her more conservative father-in-law, square off on veganism vs. meat-eating, in a PETA-endorsed narrative.
Director William Davenport allows twelve adults with different types of autism to let their voices be heard and explores the challenges, gifts, and distinct perspectives of 12 adults on the autism spectrum. Featuring an introduction by bestselling author, Dr. Temple Grandin, and interviews designed by adults with high-functioning autism, the film discusses many of the problems facing the autism community - from bullying to marginalization and discrimination.
Struggling Oregon families called into the state's "211info" social services hotline in search of help in the winter of 2012. The film presents an intimate snapshot of the state of the nation's economy as it is playing out in the lives of many American families, and reveals the human consequences of rising economic insecurity, budget cuts to the social safety net, and the fracturing of the American Dream.
The story of Daniel's journey of growing his idea into a viable company, and to see his dream of improving the lives of his countrymen realized, beginning with the small village of Banko. With controversial stances on sustainable energy, poverty, and African self-sufficiency, the documentary explores what it means to become your own man and the small steps that can change the destiny of a nation.
Celebrity trials are big business, and when the news media comes to town to cover sensational cases, lives are changed and ethical barriers are shattered. If a celebrity is involved, an otherwise unnoticed case of drunk driving, insider trading, rape, or even murder gets more national and local coverage than the real news of the day.
Based on the best-selling memoirs of Jennifer Worth, Call the Midwife is a moving, intimate, funny and, above all, true-to-life look at the colorful stories of midwifery and families in East London in the 1950s. Don't miss the chance to watch full episodes as they originally aired in the UK.
Nearly five decades later, The Beatles are still captivating audiences everywhere and are considered the most influential musicians of all time, according to Rolling Stone. Along with their musical legacy, The Beatles left behind personal stories with those lucky people who were able to share a moment with these legends.
This powerful drama, which was an Official Selection at the Berlin International Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival, stars Academy Award-winner Juliette Binoche as a journalist whose existing notions and perceptions about her own sexuality are challenged when she begins investigating student prostitution for an article.
Sal Landau filmed Castro using a 16mm camera in a variety of settings, from military camps to a pickup baseball game to Castro's speech on the 15th anniversary of his attack on Fort Moncada which marked the beginning of the Revolution. Landau captured an unparalleled time into the relationship of the Cuban people with their popular leader, at a time when the country was being transformed internally while internationally vilified.
When two friends take a road trip to the desert in search of meteorites they end up with more than they bargained for and something far more valuable. Consequently, they soon learn that what you find in the desert may not be yours. Written, directed and produced by Jeremiah Gurzi and shot on 16mm Eastman Kodak motion picture film stock with anamorphic prime lenses.
An in-depth dissection of the corporate takeover of the world's food supply and the resulting increases in hunger and poverty. The film explains how the World Food Program revealed in 2010 that more than 1 billion people worldwide are hungry due to increased food prices. The World Hunger Organization calculates that 30 million people starve to death every year - the majority of them being children - and that 90% of their countries are net exporters of food to wealthy nations.
In this documentary, through restored vintage audio recordings, Pickford narrates her own story along with actor Michael York. Classic film clips, rare home movies, and cameo interviews with Adolph Zukor (founder of Paramount Studios), famed aviator Amelia Earhart, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Lillian Gish, Buddy Rogers (Pickford's last husband), as well as the only interview ever given by Pickford's daughter, Roxanne Rogers Monroe, give the viewer an in-depth look into the early world of the American cinema.
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