Ai WeiWei: Never Sorry
This is a documentary that chronicles artist and activist Ai Weiwei as he prepares for a series of exhibitions and gets into an increasing number of clashes with the Chinese government.
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Inner-city middle school IS 318 has won more Middle School National Chess Championship Titles than any other school in the country. This film follows students as they practice, attend class, and play in tournaments. The students discuss their struggles and goals for their futures.
The Central Park Five
Ken Burns explores the case of "The Central Park Five," a group of minority youth who were accused and convicted of raping and brutally beating a white woman in New York's Central Park. In 2002, the real rapist confessed and the accused men were exonerated.
Charged with overeseeing Israel's war on terror, both Palestinian and Jewish, the head of the Shin Bet, Israel's Secret Service, is present at the crossroads for every decision made. This documentary features interviews with six former heads of the agency who have agreed to share their insights and reflect publicly on their actions and decisions.
The House I live in
Filmed in more than 20 states, it captures heart-wrenching stories from individuals involved in the forty-year War on Drugs at all levels: from the dealer to grieving mother, the narcotics officer to the senator, the inmate to the federal judge.
How to survive a plague
The story of the brave young men and women who successfully reversed the tide of an epidemic, demanded the attention of a fearful nation, and stopped AIDS from becoming a death sentence.
In 1994, a thirteen-year-old boy disappeared without a trace from San Antonio, Texas. Three-and-a-half years later, he is found alive and well thousands of miles away in Europe. Desperate to have their son back, the boy's family accept the young man's story of kidnap, despite the red flags that indicate that he is not who he claims to be.
The Invisible War
An estimated 30 percent of servicewomen and at least 1 percent of servicemen are sexually assaulted during their enlistment, not by the enemy, but at the hands of fellow soldiers. This film exposes a rape epidemic in the armed forces, investigating the institutions that perpetuate it as well as its profound personal and social consequences.
Jiro dreams of sushi
The 85-year-old Jiro Ono is considered by many to be the world's greatest sushi chef. He is the proprietor of a 10-seat sushi-only restaurant inauspiciously located in a Tokyo subway station. Sushi lovers from around the globe make repeated pilgrimages, calling months in advance and shelling out top dollar for a coveted seat at Jiro's sushi bar.
American filmmaker Vikram Gandhi, finding himself disgusted by fake spiritual leaders and their faithful followers, transforms himself into a self-proclaimed "guru" in order to prove the absurdity of unquestioning faith. As he attracts his own group of believers, he finds that he does, in fact, have enlightenment to share with them. But will they listen to his message once they discover his real identity?
A thrilling, immersive documentary that takes viewers deep inside the dangerous world of commercial fishing. Set aboard a hulking fishing vessel as it navigates the treacherous waves off the New England coast-the very waters that once inspired Moby Dick, the film captures the harsh, unforgiving world of the fishermen in starkly haunting, yet beautiful detail.
A Place at the table
50 million people in the U.S. - one in four children - don't know where their next meal is coming from, despite our having the means to provide nutritious, affordable food for all Americans. Directors Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush examine this issue through the lens of three people who are struggling with food insecurity.
The story of Nim, the chimpanzee who became the focus of a landmark 1970s experiment to show that an ape could learn to communicate with language if raised and nurtured like a human child. But as Nim's natural instincts take over and the humans trusted with his well-being fail to protect him, Project Nim uncovers the unflinching and extraordinary journey of one animal thrust into human society.
Soul Food Junkies
Filmmaker Byron Hurt looks at the past and future of soul food, covering its roots in Western Africa, its incarnation in the American South, and the role it plays in the health crisis in the African American community
Where heaven meets hell
Deep in the rain forests of Eastern Java, Indonesia, lies the active volcano, Kawah Ijen, where 500 sulfur miners carrying backbreaking loads, traverse treacherous terrain amidst spectacular vistas and toxic gases. Where Heaven Meets Hell relays the stories of four of the miners, who risk their lives and health daily in an industry we rely on for sugar, matches and cosmetics