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Ken Burns: The Central Park Five
PBS
THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE, from award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns, tells the story of the five black and Latino teenagers from Harlem who were wrongly convicted of raping a white woman in New York City's Central Park in 1989. This Peabody…
Stonewall Uprising
PBS
In the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay bar in the Greenwich Village section of New York City. Such raids were not unusual in the late 1960s, an era when homosexual…
Los Angeles Plays Itself - A Cinematic History of Los Angeles
Thom Andersen's landmark documentary LOS ANGELES PLAYS ITSELF explores the tangled relationship between the movies and their fabled hometown as seen entirely though the films themselves. From its distinctive neighborhoods to its architectural homes, Los Angeles has been the backdrop…
Anita - Speaking Truth to Power
Against a backdrop of sex, politics, and race, ANITA reveals the intimate story of a woman who spoke truth to power. An entire country watched as a poised, beautiful African-American woman sat before a Senate committee of 14 white men…
The Great White Hoax - Donald Trump and the Politics of Race and Class in America
Acclaimed anti-racist educator and author Tim Wise explores how Donald Trump expertly tapped into long-simmering racial tensions and rode an accelerating wave of white anxiety and grievance straight to the White House. Rejecting the notion that Trump's racial appeals to…
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Precious Knowledge - Fighting for Mexican American Studies in Arizona Schools
Precious Knowledge reports from the frontlines of one of the most contentious battles in public education in recent memory, the fight over Mexican American studies programs in Arizona public schools. The film interweaves the stories of several students enrolled in…
Orgasm Inc. - The Strange Science of Female Pleasure
In the shocking and hilarious documentary ORGASM INC., filmmaker Liz Canner takes a job editing erotic videos for a drug trial for a pharmaceutical company. Her employer is developing what they hope will be the first Viagra drug for women…
Ex Libris - The New York Public Library
Frederick Wiseman's new film EX LIBRIS goes behind the scenes of one of the greatest knowledge institutions in the world and reveals it as a place of welcoming cultural exchange and learning. With 92 locations throughout Manhattan, the Bronx and…
Fame High - The Talented Students at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts
From the nail-biting freshman auditions to the spectacular year-end performances, FAME HIGH captures the in-class and at-home drama, competition, heartbreak, and triumph during one school year at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA). Talented teenagers reach…
Sound City - One of the Greatest Unsung Recording Studios
Deep in the San Fernando Valley, behind the train tracks and amidst dilapidated warehouses, was rock n' roll's best kept secret. Sound City, America's greatest unsung recording studio, housed a legendary, one-of-a-kind recording console, and became the birth place to…
My Brooklyn - Demystifying Gentrification
My Brooklyn is a documentary about Director Kelly Anderson's personal journey, as a Brooklyn "gentrifier," to understand the forces reshaping her neighborhood along lines of race and class. The story begins when Anderson moves to Brooklyn in 1988, lured by…
Reel Injun - On the Trail of the Hollywood "Indian"
Hollywood has made over 4000 films about Native people; over 100 years of movies defining how Indians are seen by the world. Reel Injun takes an entertaining and insightful look at the Hollywood Indian, exploring the portrayal of North American…
The King - The Rise and Fall of Elvis Presley
Driving a Rolls-Royce once owned by Elvis Presley - with a revolving crew of musicians in the backseat - director Eugene Jarecki embarks on a cross-country road trip to explore how Elvis lost his authenticity as America lost its soul.…
Life Off Grid - A Film About Disconnecting
A two-year journey exploring the lives of Canadians in every province and territory who have made the choice to disconnect. LIFE OFF GRID is a film about people who have chosen to build their lives around renewable energy, with beautiful,…
All Things Must Pass - The Rise and Fall of Tower Records
Everyone thinks they know what killed Tower Records: The Internet. But that's not the story. ALL THINGS MUST PAST examines this iconic company's explosive trajectory, tragic demise, and legacy forged by its rebellious founder Russ Solomon. Featuring interviews from music…
Check It - A Gang of LGBT Youth in Washington D.C.
This film festival favorite follows a group of African-American gay and transgender youth in one of Washington D.C.'s most violent neighborhoods. After being subjected to constant torment and assault, the group formed their own gang for camaraderie and protection. Official…
The Pruitt-Igoe Myth 
It began as a housing marvel. Built in 1956, Pruitt-Igoe was heralded as the model public housing project of the future, "the poor man's penthouse." Two decades later, it ended in rubble - its razing an iconic event that the…
The Birth of a Nation
A profoundly influential and controversial film, this is the epic story of two families, one northern and one southern, during and after the Civil War. D. W. Griffith's masterful direction combines brilliant battle scenes and tender romance with a vicious…
Howard Zinn: A People's History of the United States
With the tremendous success of his book, A People's History of the United States, Howard Zinn radically changed the way Americans see themselves. His friend Noam Chomsky says that Zinn litteraly transformed a generation's conscience. Zinn talks about those who…
Always At The Carlyle - New York's Most Glamorous (and Discreet) Hotel
While the walls at The Carlyle Hotel don't talk, they definitely whisper... ALWAYS AT THE CARLYLE brings to life the untold stories of the legendary New York hotel from its own employees and top guests George Clooney, Jeff Goldblum, Anthony…