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The Killing of America (1981 Documentary)
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A documentary of the decline of America. It features a lot a great footage (most exclusive to this film) from race riots to serial killers and much-much more. (90 mins.)
Director: Sheldon Renan
 
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One Day in September (1999 Documentary)
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The Palestinian terrorist group Black September holds Israeli athletes hostage at the 1972 Summer Olympic Games in Munich. (94 mins.)
Director: Kevin Macdonald
 
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Cocaine Cowboys 2 (2008 Documentary)
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Set in 1991 on the inner-city streets of Oakland, California, cocaine dealer Charles Cosby has his life... (97 mins.)
Director: Billy Corben
 
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Paradise Lost 2: Revelations (2000 Documentary)
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The case of the West Memphis Three, its questionable circumstances and the parties involved are followed up years later. (130 mins.)
 
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Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills (1996 Documentary)
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A horrific triple child murder leads to an indictment and trial of three nonconformist boys based on questionable evidence. (150 mins.)
 
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Cocaine Cowboys (2006 Documentary)
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In the 1980s, ruthless Colombian cocaine barons invaded Miami with a brand of violence unseen in this country since Prohibition-era Chicago... (118 mins.)
Director: Billy Corben
 
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Bowling for Columbine (2002 Documentary)
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Filmmaker Michael Moore explores the roots of America's predilection for gun violence. (120 mins.)
Director: Michael Moore
 
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Until the Light Takes Us (2008 Documentary)
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Interviews and news footage explore the rise of black metal music in Norway in the 1990s, including artists who were involved in suicide, murder and arson. (93 mins.)
 
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Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory (2011 Documentary)
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A further followup of the case of the West Memphis Three and the decades long fight to exonerate them that finally gained traction with new DNA evidence. (121 mins.)
 
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Capturing the Friedmans (2003 Documentary)
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Documentary on the Friedmans, a seemingly typical, upper-middle-class Jewish family whose world is instantly transformed when the father and his youngest son are arrested and charged with shocking and horrible crimes. (107 mins.)
Director: Andrew Jarecki
 
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Ghosts of Cité Soleil (2006 Documentary)
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In the slum of Cité Soleil, President Aristide's most loyal supporters were ruling as kings. The five... (85 mins.)
 
12.
Made in America (2008 Documentary)
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With a first-person look at the notorious Crips and Bloods, this film examines the conditions that have lead to decades of devastating gang violence among young African Americans growing up in South Los Angeles. (93 mins.)
Director: Stacy Peralta
 
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American Pimp (1999 Documentary)
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Street pimps, all of them African-American, discuss their lives and work: getting started, being flamboyant... (87 mins.)
 
14.
Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple (2006 Documentary)
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Featuring never-before-seen footage, this documentary delivers a startling new look at the Peoples Temple, headed by preacher Jim Jones who, in 1978, led more than 900 members to Guyana, where he orchestrated a mass suicide via tainted punch. (86 mins.)
Director: Stanley Nelson
 
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The Thin Blue Line (1988 Documentary)
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A film that successfully argued that a man was wrongly convicted for murder by a corrupt justice system in Dallas County, Texas. (103 mins.)
Director: Errol Morris
 
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Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer (2003 Documentary)
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Nick Broomfield's second documentary on Aileen Carol Wuornos, a highway prostitute who was executed in 2002 for killing six men in the state of Florida. This second installment includes the filmmaker's testimony at Wournous's trial. (93 mins.)
 
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Biggie and Tupac (2002 Documentary)
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Documentary on the deaths of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls and the East Coast/West Coast, hip-hop/rap rivalry that culminated in late 1996 and early 1997. (108 mins.)
Director: Nick Broomfield
 
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The Imposter (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary centered on a young man in Spain who claims to a grieving Texas family that he is their 16-year-old son who has been missing for 3 years. (99 mins.)
Director: Bart Layton
 
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Unraveled (2011 Documentary)
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A documentary on Marc Dreier, the once-prominent Manhattan attorney who was arrested for orchestrating a massive fraud scheme that netted over 700 million dollars from hedge funds. (84 mins.)
Director: Marc H. Simon
 
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Bedragaren (2008 Documentary)
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The film follows the tracks of a master fraudster, impersonator and Ponzi schemer who, among other exploits... (85 mins.)
 
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Quebrando o Tabu (2011 Documentary)
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Documentary uncovering the failure of the UN sanctioned war on drugs. (80 mins.)
 
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Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired (2008 Documentary)
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Examines the public scandal and private tragedy which led to legendary filmmaker Roman Polanski's sudden flight from the United States. (99 mins.)
Director: Marina Zenovich
 
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The Interrupters (2011 Documentary)
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A year in the life of a city grappling with urban violence. (125 mins.)
Director: Steve James
 
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Into the Abyss (2011 Documentary)
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Conversations with death row inmate Michael Perry and those affected by his crime serve as an examination of why people - and the state - kill. (107 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
 
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American Drug War: The Last White Hope (2007 Documentary)
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The War on Drugs has become the longest and most costly war in American history, the question has become... (120 mins.)
Director: Kevin Booth
 
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The Trials of Darryl Hunt (2006 Documentary)
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"The Trials of Darryl Hunt" is a feature documentary about a brutal rape/murder case and a wrongly convicted man... (106 mins.)
 
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Brother's Keeper (1992 Documentary)
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This documentary by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky details the murder trial of Delbert Ward. Delbert's... (104 mins.)
 
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Banged Up Abroad (2007 TV Series)
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Survivors share their stories and experience of survival abroad. (90 mins.)
 
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How to Make Money Selling Drugs (2012 Documentary)
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Ten easy steps show you how to make money from drugs, featuring a series of interviews with drug dealers, prison employees, and lobbyists arguing for tougher drug laws. (96 mins.)
Director: Matthew Cooke
 
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At Night I Fly (2011 Documentary)
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In At Night I Fly: Images from New Folsom, inmates at one of California's most maximum security prisons let us see their world... (88 mins.)
Director: Michel Wenzer
 
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Hacking Democracy (2006 Documentary)
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The film the voting machine corporations don't want you to see. HACKING DEMOCRACY follows investigator/grandmother... (82 mins.)
 
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El Sicario, Room 164 (2010 Documentary)
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The story of a hitman for the drug cartels in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. (80 mins.)
Director: Gianfranco Rosi
 
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Narco Cultura (2013 Documentary)
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To a growing number of Mexicans and Latinos in the Americas, narco traffickers have become iconic outlaws and the new models of fame and success... (103 mins.)
Director: Shaul Schwarz
 
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Ônibus 174 (2002 Documentary)
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Documentary depicts what happened in Rio de Janeiro on June 12th 2000, when bus 174 was taken by an armed young man... (150 mins.)
 
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The Condemned (2013 Documentary)
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In the heart of Russia, in a forest larger than Germany, where winter temperatures drop to -40 degrees... (80 mins.)
Director: Nick Read
 
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The Legend of Shorty (2014 Documentary)
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A documentary that chronicles the hunt for the notorious Mexican drug lord El Chapo. (90 mins.)
Director: Angus MacQueen
 
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The Notorious Mr. Bout (2014 Documentary)
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When he was arrested in 2008 in Thailand as a result of a U.S. government sting operation, the career... (90 mins.)
 
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Cropsey (2009 Documentary)
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Realizing the urban legend of their youth has actually come true; two filmmakers delve into the mystery surrounding five missing children and the real-life boogeyman linked to their disappearances. (84 mins.)
 
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West of Memphis (2012 Documentary)
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An examination of a failure of justice in the case against the West Memphis Three. (147 mins.)
Director: Amy Berg
 
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Das Versprechen (2016 Documentary)
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They were an unlikely couple - Jens Soering, the geeky son of a German diplomat and Elizabeth Haysom... (130 mins.)