My favorite documentaries

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1.
Man on Wire (2008 Documentary)
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A look at tightrope walker Philippe Petit's daring, but illegal, high-wire routine performed between New York City's World Trade Center's twin towers in 1974, what some consider, "the artistic crime of the century". (94 mins.)
Director: James Marsh
 
2.
Home (2009 Documentary)
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With aerial footage from fifty-four countries, 'Home' is a depiction of how Earth's problems are all interlinked. (120 mins.)
 
3.
An Inconvenient Truth (2006 Documentary)
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Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim follows Al Gore on the lecture circuit, as the former presidential candidate campaigns to raise public awareness of the dangers of global warming and calls for immediate action to curb its destructive effects on the environment. (96 mins.)
 
4.
Zeitgeist (2007 Documentary)
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Mythology and belief in society today, presenting uncommon perspectives of common cultural issues. (118 mins.)
Director: Peter Joseph
 
5.
The End of the Line (2009 Documentary)
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Documentary filmmaker Rupert Murray examines the devastating effect that overfishing has had on the world's fish populations and argues that drastic action must be taken to reverse these trends. (85 mins.)
Director: Rupert Murray
 
6.
Inside Job (2010 Documentary)
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Takes a closer look at what brought about the 2008 financial meltdown. (105 mins.)
 
7.
Senna (2010 Documentary)
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A documentary on Brazilian Formula One racing driver Ayrton Senna, who won the F1 world championship three times before his death at age 34. (106 mins.)
Director: Asif Kapadia
 
8.
Life in a Day (2011 Documentary)
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A documentary shot by film-makers all over the world that serves as a time capsule to show future generations what it was like to be alive on the twenty-fourth of July, 2010. (95 mins.)
 
9.
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
 
10.
The Queen of Versailles (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary that follows a billionaire couple as they begin construction on a mansion inspired by Versailles. During the next two years, their empire, fueled by the real estate bubble and cheap money, falters due to the economic crisis. (100 mins.)
 
11.
Marley (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary on the life, music, and legacy of Bob Marley. (144 mins.)
Director: Kevin Macdonald
 
12.
Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005 Documentary)
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A documentary about the Enron corporation, its faulty and corrupt business practices, and how they led to its fall. (110 mins.)
Director: Alex Gibney
 
13.
Waste Land (2010 Documentary)
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On the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro is Jardim Gramacho, the world's largest landfill, where men and women sift through garbage for a living. Artist Vik Muniz produces portraits of the workers and learns about their lives. (99 mins.)
Stars: Vik Muniz
 
14.
Miss Representation (2011 Documentary)
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Explores the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America, and challenges the media's limited portrayal of what it means to be a powerful woman. (85 mins.)
 
15.
Food, Inc. (2008 Documentary)
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An unflattering look inside America's corporate controlled food industry. (94 mins.)
Director: Robert Kenner
 
16.
The Shock Doctrine (2009 Documentary)
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An investigation of "disaster capitalism", based on Naomi Klein's proposition that neo-liberal capitalism feeds on natural disasters, war and terror to establish its dominance. (79 mins.)
 
17.
The Two Escobars (2010 Documentary)
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Pablo Escobar was the richest, most powerful drug kingpin in the world, ruling the Medelli­n Cartel with an iron fist... (104 mins.)
 
18.
30 for 30 (2009 TV Series)
Episode: Once Brothers (2010)
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Drazen Petrovic and Vlade Divac were two friends who grew up together sharing the common bond of basketball... (60 mins.)
 
19.
Big Boys Gone Bananas!* (2011 Documentary)
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Dole Food Company wages a campaign to prevent a pair of Swedish film-makers from showing their documentary about a lawsuit against the company. (90 mins.)
Director: Fredrik Gertten
 
20.
Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010 Documentary)
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The story of how an eccentric French shop-keeper and amateur film-maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy... (87 mins.)
Director: Banksy
 
21.
Eames: The Architect & The Painter (2011 Documentary)
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The husband-and-wife team of Charles and Ray Eames were America's most influential and important industrial designers... (85 mins.)
 
22.
American Masters (1985 TV Series)
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A documentary on Woody Allen that trails him on his movie sets and follows him back to Brooklyn as he visits his childhood haunts. (90 mins.)
 
23.
Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child (2010 Documentary)
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Director Tamra Davis pays homage to her friend in this definitive documentary but also delves into Basquiat as an iconoclast... (88 mins.)
Director: Tamra Davis
 
24.
Fire in the Blood (2013 Documentary)
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An intricate tale of "medicine, monopoly and malice", FIRE IN THE BLOOD tells the story of how Western... (87 mins.)
 
25.
The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara (2003 Documentary)
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The story of America as seen through the eyes of the former Secretary of Defense under President John F. Kennedy and President Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara. (107 mins.)
Director: Errol Morris
 
26.
Italy: Love It, or Leave It (2011 Documentary)
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After their award winning documentary, 'Suddenly, Last Winter', Luca and Gustav are back. This time they have to decide: should they stay in Italy... (75 mins.)
 
27.
Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011 Documentary)
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A documentary on 85-year-old sushi master Jiro Ono, his renowned Tokyo restaurant, and his relationship with his son and eventual heir, Yoshikazu. (81 mins.)
Director: David Gelb
 
28.
Nanook of the North (1922 Documentary)
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In this silent predecessor to the modern documentary, film-maker Robert J. Flaherty spends one year following the lives of Nanook and his family, Inuits living in the Arctic Circle. (78 mins.)
 
29.
The Story of Film: An Odyssey (2011 Mini-Series)
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A comprehensive history of the medium and art of motion pictures. (60 mins.)
 
30.
The Pervert's Guide to Ideology (2012 Documentary)
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Philosopher Slavoj Zizek examines the hidden themes and existential questions asked by world renowned films. (136 mins.)
Director: Sophie Fiennes
 
31.
Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004 Documentary)
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Michael Moore's view on what happened to the United States after September 11; and how the Bush Administration allegedly used the tragic event to push forward its agenda for unjust wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. (122 mins.)
Director: Michael Moore
 
32.
Stories We Tell (2012 Documentary)
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A film that excavates layers of myth and memory to find the elusive truth at the core of a family of storytellers. (108 mins.)
Director: Sarah Polley
 
33.
180° South (2010 Documentary)
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The film follows adventurer Jeff Johnson as he retraces the epic 1968 journey of his heroes Yvon Chouinard and Doug Tompkins to Patagonia. (85 mins.)
Director: Chris Malloy
 
34.
Bill Cunningham New York (2010 Documentary)
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A profile of the noted and extraordinarily cheerful veteran New York City fashion photographer. (84 mins.)
Director: Richard Press
 
35.
Happy (2011 Documentary)
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HAPPY takes us on a journey from the swamps of Louisiana to the slums of Kolkata in search of what really makes people happy... (76 mins.)
Director: Roko Belic
 
36.
Happy People: A Year in the Taiga (2010 Documentary)
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A documentary depicting the life and work of the trappers of Bakhtia, a village in the heart of the Siberian Taiga, where daily life has changed little in over a century. (90 mins.)
 
37.
Blackfish (2013 Documentary)
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A documentary following the controversial captivity of killer whales, and its dangers for both humans and whales. (83 mins.)
 
38.
Searching for Sugar Man (2012 Documentary)
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Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock n roller, Rodriguez. (86 mins.)
 
39.
Fed Up (2014 Documentary)
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An examination of America's obesity epidemic and the food industry's role in aggravating it. (92 mins.)
 
40.
La marche de l'empereur (2005 Documentary)
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In the Antarctic, every March since the beginning of time, the quest begins to find the perfect mate and start a family. (80 mins.)
Director: Luc Jacquet
 
41.
Bhutto (2010 Documentary)
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A riveting documentary of the recently assassinated Benazir Bhutto, a polarizing figure in the Muslim world... (111 mins.)
 
42.
Maidentrip (2013 Documentary)
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14-year-old Laura Dekker sets out on a two-year voyage in pursuit of her dream to become the youngest person ever to sail around the world alone. (82 mins.)
 
43.
And the Oscar Goes To... (2014 Documentary)
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The history of the Academy Awards. (87 mins.)
 
44.
Vals Im Bashir (2008)
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An Israeli film director interviews fellow veterans of the 1982 invasion of Lebanon to reconstruct his own memories of his term of service in that conflict. (90 mins.)
Director: Ari Folman
 
45.
Life Itself (2014 Documentary)
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The life and career of the renowned film critic and social commentator, Roger Ebert. (120 mins.)
Director: Steve James
 
46.
Hitman Hart: Wrestling with Shadows (1998 Documentary)
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Documentary focusing on the career of pro wrestler Bret Hart & his controversial exit from the WWF. (93 mins.)
Director: Paul Jay
 
47.
Flamenco (1995 Documentary)
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As a hall fills with performers, a narrator says that flamenco came from Andalucia, a mix of Greek psalms... (100 mins.)
Director: Carlos Saura
 
48.
Terms and Conditions May Apply (2013 Documentary)
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A documentary that exposes what corporations and governments learn about people through Internet and cell phone usage, and what can be done about it ... if anything. (79 mins.)
Director: Cullen Hoback
 
49.
Stop at Nothing: The Lance Armstrong Story (2014 Documentary)
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An intimate but explosive portrait of the man behind the greatest fraud in sporting history. Lance Armstrong enriched himself by cheating his fans... (104 mins.)
Director: Alex Holmes
 
50.
El desencanto (1976 Documentary)
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This film is a documentary about the poet 'Leopoldo Panero'. His widow and his sons talk about death... (97 mins.)
Director: Jaime Chavarri
 
51.
Touching the Void (2003 Documentary)
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The true story of two climbers and their perilous journey up the west face of Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes in 1985. (106 mins.)
Director: Kevin Macdonald
 
52.
Far Out Isn't Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story (2012 Documentary)
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Far Out Isn't Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story depicts one man's wild, lifelong adventure of testing... (98 mins.)
Director: Brad Bernstein
 
53.
The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst (2015 Mini-Series)
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Filmmaker Andrew Jarecki examines the complicated life of reclusive real estate icon, Robert Durst, the key suspect in a series of unsolved crimes. (279 mins.)
 
54.
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
 
55.
Inequality for All (2013 Documentary)
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A documentary that follows former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich as he looks to raise awareness of the country's widening economic gap. (89 mins.)
Director: Jacob Kornbluth
 
56.
Yume to kyôki no ôkoku (2013 Documentary)
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Follows the routines of those employed at Studio Ghibli, including filmmakers Hayao Miyazaki, Isao Takahata, and Toshio Suzuki as they work to release two films simultaneously, The Wind Rises and The Tale of the Princess Kaguya. (118 mins.)
Director: Mami Sunada
 
57.
What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015 Documentary)
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A documentary about the life and legend Nina Simone, an American singer, pianist, and civil rights activist labeled the "High Priestess of Soul." (101 mins.)
 
58.
Amy (2015 Documentary)
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Archival footage and personal testimonials present an intimate portrait of the life and career of British singer/songwriter Amy Winehouse. (128 mins.)
Director: Asif Kapadia
 
59.
Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (2012 Documentary)
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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. (91 mins.)
Director: Alison Klayman
 
60.
An Honest Liar (2014 Documentary)
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The life and career of the renowned stage magician turned scientific skeptic of the paranormal, James Randi. (90 mins.)
 
61.
Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret (2014 Documentary)
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Follow the shocking, yet humorous, journey of an aspiring environmentalist, as he daringly seeks to find the real solution to the most pressing environmental issues and true path to sustainability. (85 mins.)
 
62.
The Wolfpack (2015 Documentary)
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Confined in an apartment from a New York housing project, the six Angulo brothers learned everything they know about the world through watching films and spend their time reenacting their favorite movies with intricate homemade costumes. (90 mins.)
Director: Crystal Moselle
 
63.
Going Clear: Scientology & the Prison of Belief (2015 Documentary)
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A film that claims to be a look at the inner-workings of the Church of Scientology. (119 mins.)
Director: Alex Gibney
 
64.
Twinsters (2015 Documentary)
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Adopted from South Korea, raised on different continents & connected through social media, Samantha & Anaïs believe that they are twin sisters separated at birth. (89 mins.)
 
65.
Soaked in Bleach (2015 Documentary)
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Tom Grant, a private investigator once hired by Courtney Love, reveals his take on the death of Kurt Cobain. (90 mins.)
 
66.
Making a Murderer (2015 TV Series)
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Filmed over a 10-year period, Steven Avery, a DNA exoneree who, while in the midst of exposing corruption in local law enforcement... (60 mins.)
 
67.
Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia (2013 Documentary)
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This is an unashamedly opinionated film. In Gore Vidal's America, the political coup has already happened... (83 mins.)
 
68.
The True Cost (2015 Documentary)
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The True Cost is a documentary film exploring the impact of fashion on people and the planet. (92 mins.)
Director: Andrew Morgan
 
69.
Requiem for the American Dream (2015 Documentary)
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The academic and activist Noam Chomsky describes the systems that have led to financial inequality, and the current concentration of wealth and power. (73 mins.)
 
70.
Best of Enemies (2015 Documentary)
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A documentary on the series of televised debates in 1968 between liberal Gore Vidal and conservative William F. Buckley. (87 mins.)
 
71.
(Dis)Honesty: The Truth About Lies (2015 Documentary)
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From ticket-fixing in our police departments to test-score scandals in our schools, from our elected... (90 mins.)
Director: Yael Melamede
Stars: Dan Ariely
 
72.
The Irish Pub (2013 Documentary)
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The tradition of the Irish pub. Speaking to pub owners all over Ireland, Alex Fegan gets into the heart of what makes "the Irish pub" the institution that it is. (76 mins.)
Director: Alex Fegan
 
73.
Flight of the Butterflies (2012 Documentary)
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A film of hundreds of millions of monarchs in their remote overwintering sanctuaries and along their migratory routes from Canada and across the U.S. to Mexico. (40 mins.)
Director: Mike Slee
 
74.
Chasing Ice (2012 Documentary)
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Follow National Geographic photographer James Balog across the Arctic as he deploys time-lapse cameras designed for one purpose: to capture a multi-year record of the world's changing glaciers. (75 mins.)
Director: Jeff Orlowski
 
75.
Amanda Knox (2016 Documentary)
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American exchange student Amanda Knox is convicted and eventually acquitted for the 2007 death of another student in Italy. (92 mins.)
 
76.
13th (2016 Documentary)
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An in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation's history of racial inequality. (100 mins.)
Director: Ava DuVernay
 
77.
Omnibus (1967 TV Series)
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Arts documentary series with concerts and experimental dramatizations.
 
78.
We Were Here (2011 Documentary)
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A deep and reflective look at the arrival and impact of AIDS in San Francisco and how individuals rose to the occasion during the first years of this unimaginable crisis. (90 mins.)
 
79.
Particle Fever (2013 Documentary)
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As the Large Hadron Collider is about to be launched for the first time, physicists are on the cusp of the greatest scientific discovery of all time -- or perhaps their greatest failure. (99 mins.)
Director: Mark Levinson
 
80.
Microbirth (2014 Documentary)
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Winner of Grand Prix Award at 2014 Life Sciences Film Festival. A documentary on the latest research on the origins of the microbiome; how microscopic events during childbirth have lifelong consequences for the health of our children. (60 mins.)
 
81.
The Business of Being Born (2008 Documentary)
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Birth: it's a miracle. A rite of passage. A natural part of life. But more than anything, birth is a business... (87 mins.)
Director: Abby Epstein
 
82.
What the Health (2017 Documentary)
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An intrepid filmmaker on a journey of discovery as he uncovers possibly the largest health secret of our time and the collusion between industry, government, pharmaceutical and health organizations keeping this information from us. (97 mins.)
 
83.
Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin and The Farm Midwives (2012 Documentary)
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Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin and The Farm Midwives captures a spirited group of women who taught themselves... (95 mins.)
 
84.
Strong Island (2017 Documentary)
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Examining the violent death of the filmmaker's brother and the judicial system that allowed his killer to go free... (107 mins.)
Director: Yance Ford
 
85.
Given (2016 Documentary)
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GIVEN is the story of a legacy that takes one unique family on an adventure from their home in Kauai around the world... (72 mins.)
Director: Jess Bianchi
 
86.
Chasing Coral (2017 Documentary)
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Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. A team of divers, photographers and scientists set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to discover why and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world. (93 mins.)
Director: Jeff Orlowski