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I Am the Blues - Tracing Blues Music Roots
From juke joints to church halls, up the mountain and down to the bayou, I AM THE BLUES travels the back roads with the last of the blues legends. I AM THE BLUES takes the audience on a musical journey…
The Endless Summer - The Search for the Perfect Wave
This classic documentary is the ultimate surfing adventure, crossing the globe in search of the perfect wave. From the uncharted waters of West Africa, to the shark-filled seas of Australia, to the tropical paradise of Tahiti and beyond, two California…
Richard Pryor: Icon - The Life and Career of an American Comic
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Richard Pryor's impact on comedy and this generation's top comedians -- who cite Richard as their biggest influence -- is unrivaled. He was one of the first black men ever on television. He pioneered a new brand of humor: black…
American Commune - The Mundo Sisters Go Home to Revisit America's Largest Socialist Experiment
In 1970, 1,500 hippies and their guru Stephen Gaskin founded a commune in rural Tennessee. Members forked over their savings, grew their own food, delivered their babies at home and built a self-sufficient society. Raised in this alternative community by…
I Am Not Your Negro - James Baldwin and Race in America
An Oscar-nominated documentary narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO explores the continued peril America faces from institutionalized racism. In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, Remember This House.…
The Babushkas of Chernobyl
The Babushkas of Chernobyl journeys into the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone several decades after the world's worst nuclear disaster in April 1986. The tightly regulated 1000 square mile Dead Zone remains one of the most radioactively contaminated places on Earth, complete…
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Jesse Owens - An Olympic Athlete
Part of the Series: American Experience
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The story of the 22-year-old Olympic champion sprinter, who infuriated the Nazis and captivated the world with his triumph at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Although Jesse Owen was a four time Olympic gold medalist and record-breaker, he returned home to…
Tower - First Hand Accounts of the University of Texas' 1966 Shooting
August 1st 1966 was the day our innocence was shattered. A sniper rode the elevator to the top floor of the iconic University of Texas Tower and opened fire, holding the campus hostage for 96 minutes in what was a…
Renaissance Italy
The Renaissance was a time of significant accomplishments in architecture, art, music, science and exploration. It began in the Italian city-states, with Florence generally described as the cradle of the Renaissance. Venice was a trading superpower with a large empire.…
The Most Dangerous Man in America - Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers
In 1971, Daniel Ellsberg, a high-level Pentagon official and Vietnam War strategist, concludes that the war is based on decades of lies and leaks 7,000 pages of top secret documents to The New York Times, making headlines around the world.…
Vanuatu - Celebrating Independence for a Pacific Island Nation
A record of the colourful week-long celebration throughout the New Hebrides in the lead up to independence. On 30 July 1980, the New Hebrides gained independence from Britain and France after 70 years. On that day the island groups took…
Cuban Missile Crisis - Three Men Go to War
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Premiering on the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Missle Crisis, this film focuses on three central figures in the crisis -- President John F. Kennedy, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev and Cuban leader Fidel Castro. On October 22, 1962, President John…
Kamp Katrina - A Tent City in the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina
An award-winning cinema verite documentary, follows a small group of people who have taken refuge in a garden transformed into a tent city by an extraordinary New Orleans couple, Ms. Pearl and her husband, David. Kamp Katrina focuses on the…
The Disappeared - A Personal Story About Argentina's Dirty War
A film that relives the horrors of Argentina's Dirty War (1976-83) through the experience of Horacio Pietragalla, a young man raised by the maid of the officer who kidnapped him after the military brutally murdered his parents. The film follows…
Unforgivable Blackness - The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson
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Jack Johnson -- the first African-American Heavyweight Champion of the World, whose dominance over his white opponents spurred furious debates and race riots in the early 20th century -- enters the ring once again in UNFORGIVABLE BLACKNESS: THE RISE AND…
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Soft Vengeance - Albie Sachs and the New South Africa
Winner of a Peabody Award , SOFT VENGEANCE is a film about Albie Sachs, a lawyer, writer, art lover and freedom fighter set against the dramatic events leading to the overthrow of the apartheid regime in South Africa. As a…
Finding Kukan - Uncovering the Story of An Asian-American Female Producer from the 1940's
KUKAN, a landmark color film that revealed the atrocities of World War II China to audiences around the world, was the first ever American feature documentary to receive an Academy Award in 1942 and was considered lost for decades. When…
Nancy Reagan: The Role of a Lifetime - A Look Into Nancy Reagan's Role as First Lady
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An intimate look at First Lady, Nancy Reagan. Historians, White House staffers and advisors, family, and friends share their recollections of one of the most influential and controversial first ladies in American history.
Custer's Last Stand
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Follow General George Armstrong Custer from his memorable, wild charge at Gettysburg to his lonely, untimely death on the windswept Plains of the West. On June 26, 1876, Custer, a reputation for fearless and often reckless courage ordered his soldiers…
America and the Holocaust
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Weaving together interviews, official photos and documents, home movies, and archival film, this 90-minute film explores the complex social and political factors that shaped America's response to the Holocaust. The story of Kurt Klein, who struggled with State Department red…