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1. Scenes from a Dry City (2018)

13 min | Documentary, Short

8.5
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Gripped by a fear of drought, 'SCENES FROM A DRY CITY' uses the lens of water to reveal cracks in Cape Town's complex social fabric.

Directors: Francois Verster, Simon Wood

Votes: 15

2. Graven Image (2017)

10 min | Documentary, Short

8.3
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Using over 100 years of archival footage, director Sierra Pettengill explores the history of the largest Confederate monument, Georgia's Stone Mountain.

Director: Sierra Pettengill

Votes: 7

3. The World Tomorrow (2012)

28 min | Talk-Show

8.2
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Stars: Julian Assange, Jacob Appelbaum, Andy Müller-Maguhn, Jérémie Zimmermann

Votes: 45

4. In the Absence (2018)

Short

8.2
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Director: Seung-jun Yi

Votes: 6

5. The Fabulous Picture Show (2006–2011)
Episode: Peepli Live (2010)

History, Talk-Show

8.2
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Natha decides to commit suicide to get the farmers' compensation. However, the media and politicians learn about his intentions and descend on their village to capture the rare event.

Director: César Caldito | Stars: Aamir Khan, Amanda Palmer, Laura Poitras, Burhan Qurbani

Votes: 13

6. Citizenfour (2014)

R | 114 min | Documentary, Biography, Thriller

8.1
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88 Metascore

A documentarian and a reporter travel to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with Edward Snowden.

Director: Laura Poitras | Stars: Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald, William Binney, Jacob Appelbaum

Votes: 47,889 | Gross: $2.80M

7. The Square (2013)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary, Drama, History

8.1
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84 Metascore

A group of Egyptian revolutionaries battle leaders and regimes, risking their lives to build a new society of conscience.

Director: Jehane Noujaim | Stars: Ahmed Hassan, Khalid Abdalla, Magdy Ashour, Ramy Essam

Votes: 7,986 | Gross: $0.12M

8. The Engineer (2013)

Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

8.1
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Israel Ticas is the only criminologist working in one of Latin America's most dangerous countries. In El Salvador, one child goes missing every three minutes*. Many children are killed by ... See full summary »

Directors: Mathew Charles, Juan Luis Passarelli

Votes: 32

9. P.O.V. (1988– )

Documentary

7.9
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POV, a cinema term for "point of view," is television's longest-running showcase for independent non-fiction films. Since 1988, POV has presented more than 300 of the best, boldest and most... See full summary »

Stars: Angela Davis, Deann Borshay, Peter Dinklage, Mohamed Bangura

Votes: 132

10. Independent Lens (1999– )
Episode: 1971 (2015)

Documentary

7.9
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Director: Johanna Hamilton | Stars: Jonathan Joel Brennan, Dennis Brito, Safiya Fredericks, Rich Graff

Votes: 11

11. The Daily Show (1996– )
Episode: Laura Poitras (2014)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy, News, Talk-Show

7.7
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Filmmaker Laura Poitras discusses her latest documentary "Citizenfour," which examines the life of Edward Snowden.

Director: Chuck O'Neil | Stars: Jon Stewart, Nolan Finley, Mike Gassaway, Alice Jennings

Votes: 27

12. Marwencol (2010)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary, Biography, Fantasy

7.6
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82 Metascore

After a vicious attacks leaves him brain-damaged and broke, Mark Hogancamp seeks recovery in "Marwencol", a 1/6th scale World War II-era town he creates in his backyard.

Director: Jeff Malmberg | Stars: Mark Hogancamp, Emmanuel Nneji, Edda Hogancamp, Tom Neubauer

Votes: 3,102 | Gross: $0.11M

13. The Loving Story (2011)

Not Rated | 77 min | Documentary, Drama, History

7.6
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A racially-charged criminal trial and a heart-rending love story converge in this documentary about Richard and Mildred Loving, set during the turbulent Civil Rights era. Long Way Home: The... See full summary »

Director: Nancy Buirski | Stars: Jane Alexander, Lindsay Almond Jr., Edward L. Ayers, Leon M. Bazile

Votes: 651

14. Nuuca (2017)

12 min | Documentary, Short

7.6
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This evocative meditation draws a disturbing link between the industrial exploitation of Canadian land and violence inflicted on Indigenous women.

Director: Michelle Latimer

Votes: 9

15. Evaporating Borders (2014)

Not Rated | 73 min | Documentary, Drama

7.6
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Evaporating Borders is a visual essay on displacement and the search for identity. Told through a series of vignettes portraying the lives political migrants on the island of Cyprus, the ... See full summary »

Director: Iva Radivojevic | Star: Iva Radivojevic

Votes: 103

16. Real Time with Bill Maher (2003– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Comedy, News, Talk-Show

7.5
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Comedian and political satirist Bill Maher discusses topical events with guests from various backgrounds.

Stars: Bill Maher, Andrew Sullivan, Arianna Huffington, Michael Moore

Votes: 11,442

17. Crime + Punishment (2018)

112 min | Documentary

7.5
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88 Metascore

A group of brave NYPD officers risk it all to expose the truth about illegal quota practices in police departments.

Director: Stephen Maing | Stars: Manuel 'Manny' Gomez, Sandy Gonzales, Rukia Lumumba

Votes: 438 | Gross: $0.02M

18. Garbage Dreams (2009)

79 min | Documentary

7.5
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67 Metascore

A look at the lives of Egyptian trash collectors.

Director: Mai Iskander

Votes: 137

19. They Took Them Alive (2017)

19 min | Documentary

7.5
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A community reels as the Mexican government obstructs an investigation into one of the most notorious state crimes in recent memory.

Director: Emily Pederson

Votes: 6

20. Cameraperson (2016)

Not Rated | 102 min | Documentary

7.4
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86 Metascore

Exposing her role behind the camera, Kirsten Johnson reaches into the vast trove of footage she has shot over decades around the world. What emerges is a visually bold memoir and a revelatory interrogation of the power of the camera.

Director: Kirsten Johnson | Stars: Kirsten Johnson, Roger Phenix

Votes: 1,902 | Gross: $0.10M

21. The Oath (2010)

Unrated | 90 min | Documentary

7.4
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72 Metascore

Tells the story of two men whose fateful encounter in 1996 set them on a course of events that led them to Afghanistan, Osama bin Laden, 9/11, Guantanamo, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Director: Laura Poitras | Stars: Osama bin Laden, Salim Hamdan, Abu Jandal, Troy Lebane

Votes: 741 | Gross: $0.04M

22. The Law in These Parts (2011)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary, History

7.4
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Can justice truly be served in the occupied territories given the current system of law administered by Israel for Palestinians?

Director: Ra'anan Alexandrowicz

Votes: 339

23. The Fabulous Picture Show (2006–2011)

History, Talk-Show

7.3
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Stars: Amanda Palmer, Mohamed Al Daradji, Scandar Copti, Cherien Dabis

Votes: 30

24. The Moderators (2017)

22 min | Documentary, Short

7.3
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Directors: Ciaran Cassidy, Adrian Chen

Votes: 20

25. Speaking Is Difficult (2016)

12 min | Documentary, Short

7.3
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This film always begins in the present day. A scene of tragedy unfolds, accompanied by fear, chaos, and disbelief. As it rewinds into the past, retracing our memories, it tells a cumulative history that is both unbearable and inevitable.

Director: AJ Schnack

Votes: 33

26. The List (II) (2012)

84 min | Documentary

7.3
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A modern day Oskar Schindler story that focuses on Kirk Johnson, a young American fighting to save thousands of Iraqis whose lives are in danger because they worked for the U.S. to help ... See full summary »

Director: Beth Murphy

Votes: 18

27. The Panama Papers (2018)

Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary

7.2
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76 Metascore

A documentary feature film about the biggest global corruption scandal in history, and the hundreds of journalists who risked their lives to break the story.

Director: Alex Winter | Stars: Luke Harding, Frederik Obermaier, Bastian Obermayer, Elijah Wood

Votes: 459

28. My Country, My Country (2006)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

7.2
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Documentary by Oscar winner Laura Poitras about the war in Iraq.

Director: Laura Poitras

Votes: 252

29. 1971 (2014)

Unrated | 79 min | Documentary, History, Thriller

7.2
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73 Metascore

The story of a notorious 1971 activist burglary of an FBI office that led to the Bureau's numerous abuses against dissidents being exposed.

Director: Johanna Hamilton | Stars: Bonnie Raines, John Raines, Bob Williamson, Keith Forsyth

Votes: 811

30. The Program (2012)

9 min | Documentary, Short

7.2
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Filmmaker Laura Poitras profiles William Binney, a 32-year veteran of the National Security Agency who helped design a top-secret program he says is broadly collecting Americans' personal data.

Director: Laura Poitras | Stars: William Binney, Daniel Ellsberg, Jameel Jaffer, James Bamford

Votes: 29

31. The Journey (VII) (2016)

Documentary, Short

7.2
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The camera follows a group of Syrians in their trip to Western Europe.

Director: Matthew Cassel

Votes: 6

32. P.O.V. (1988– )
Episode: My Country, My Country (2006)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

7.2
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74 Metascore

The director follows a Sunni Arab doctor as he prepares to run for the early 2005 elections in Iraq.

Director: Laura Poitras | Stars: Dr. Riyadh, Aaron Castle, Scott Farren-Price, Renato Gonclaves

Votes: 417 | Gross: $0.03M

33. XY Chelsea (2019)

92 min | Documentary

7.1
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55 Metascore

A look at the life and career of Chelsea Manning, a trans woman soldier in the United States Army, who was sentenced to serve 35 years at an all-male military prison for leaking information about the country's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Director: Tim Travers Hawkins | Stars: Chelsea Manning, Nancy Hollander, Vincent J. Ward, Chase Strangio

Votes: 13

34. Angels Are Made of Light (2018)

117 min | Documentary

7.1
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A dozen years after his Oscar-nominated Iraq in Fragments, American documentarian James Longley delivers a sweeping, profoundly compassionate group portrait of Afghan students and teachers still weathering national turbulence.

Director: James Longley | Stars: Fazula, Hasiba, Yaldash Mir-Habibullah, Rostam Mir-Mohammed-Ullah

Votes: 18

35. Flag Wars (2003)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary

7.1
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"Flag Wars" is a cinema verite documentary that follows the conflicts that arise when gay white professionals move into a black working-class neighborhood. Filmed over a four years in ... See full summary »

Directors: Linda Goode Bryant, Laura Poitras | Stars: Nina Masseria, Floyd Goode, Josephine Goode, Shango Baba Olugbala

Votes: 193

36. The Above (2015)

8 min | Documentary, Short

7.1
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In Kirsten Johnson's The Above, a U.S. military surveillance balloon floats on a tether high above Kabul, Afghanistan. Its capacities are both highly classified and deeply mysterious.

Director: Kirsten Johnson

Votes: 43

37. Best of Luck with the Wall (2016)

7 min | Documentary, Short

7.1
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A voyage across the US-Mexico border, stitched together from 200,000 satellite images.

Director: Josh Begley

Votes: 31

38. The Surrender (2015)

23 min | Documentary, Short, Drama

7.1
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In August 2010, Stephen Kim, a highly-regarded State Department intelligence analyst, was indicted under the Espionage Act for jeopardizing national security by allegedly divulging ... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Maing | Star: Stephen Kim

Votes: 12

39. The Earth is Humming (2018)

13 min | Documentary, Short

7.0
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In Japan, earthquake preparedness is a way of life and a full-blown industry.

Director: Garrett Bradley

Votes: 5

40. Duterte's Hell (2017)

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Directors: Aaron Goodman, Luis Liwanag

Votes: 6

41. Project X (2016)

10 min | Documentary, Short

6.9
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A top-secret handbook takes viewers on an undercover journey to TITANPOINTE, the site of a hidden partnership. Narrated by Rami Malek and Michelle Williams, and based on classified NSA ... See full summary »

Directors: Henrik Moltke, Laura Poitras | Stars: Rami Malek, Michelle Williams

Votes: 73

42. Gatekeeper (2016)

39 min | Documentary, Short

6.9
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Patrolling a popular tourist destination of steep cliffs that plummet into the Sea of Japan, a retired police officer vigilantly intercepts troubled souls looking to jump, his count of lives saved now over 500.

Director: Yung Chang | Stars: Misako Kawagoshi, Kenji Morioka, Yukio Shige

Votes: 42

43. The Alternative Christmas Message 2013 (2013 TV Short)

2 min | Short

6.9
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Star: Edward Snowden

Votes: 7

44. Real Time with Bill Maher (2003– )
Episode: Episode #13.4 (2015)

TV-MA | 55 min | Comedy, News, Talk-Show

6.9
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Guests: Laura Poitras, Mel Brooks, Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX), Katty Kay, Monica Mehta.

Stars: Bill Maher, Mel Brooks, Joaquin Castro, Katty Kay

Votes: 27

45. Capturing Reality: The Art of Documentary (2008)

90 min | Documentary

6.8
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From cinema-verite; pioneers Albert Maysles and Joan Churchill to maverick movie makers like Errol Morris, Werner Herzog and Nick Broomfield, the world's best documentarians reflect upon ... See full summary »

Director: Pepita Ferrari | Stars: Jennifer Baichwal, Manfred Becker, Michel Brault, Nick Broomfield

Votes: 186

46. Death of a Prisoner (2013)

9 min | Documentary, Short

6.8
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The filmmaker Laura Poitras follows the tragic return home to Yemen of a Guantánamo Bay prison detainee, Adnan Latif.

Director: Laura Poitras

Votes: 28

47. Eric & Anna (2015)

15 min | Documentary, Short

6.7
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Directors: Kelly Duane, Katie Galloway | Stars: Zachary Jenson, Eric McDavid, Lauren Weiner

Votes: 6

48. A Night at the Garden (2017)

7 min | Documentary, Short, History

6.6
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Archival footage of an American Nazi rally that attracted 20,000 people at Madison Square Garden in 1939, shortly before the beginning of World War 2.

Director: Marshall Curry | Star: Fritz Kuhn

Votes: 1,132

49. The Oscars (2015 TV Special)

TV-14 | 223 min | Comedy, Music

6.6
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences celebrates the year's achievements in film.

Director: Hamish Hamilton | Stars: Neil Patrick Harris, Anna Kendrick, Lupita Nyong'o, Robert Duvall

Votes: 3,574

50. Relatively Free (2016)

19 min | Documentary, Short

6.6
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A short film following the release of journalist and activist Barrett Brown from prison, and his drive across Texas to a halfway house. 'Relatively Free' is an examination of Brown's return to a very different world, post the election.

Director: Alex Winter | Stars: Barrett Brown, Marlo Cadeddu

Votes: 12



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