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What’s it like growing up in a cult alongside your family? Through extraordinary personal footage, filmmaker Cara Jones takes us inside Reverend Sun Myung Moon’s Unification Church as she grapples with leaving her parents behind with the cult.
Starring Viggo Mortensen, the beautiful, surreal Western follows a captain and his 15-year-old daughter who arrive at a remote military outpost in Patagonia. When she runs away with a soldier, he must venture into enemy territory to find her.
Once prosperous, the village of Congo Mirador is now rotting away. At the center are two women on opposing sides of Venezuelan politics. As national elections approach, can the village survive corruption, pollution, and economic decay?
Dan Aykroyd stars as Crawford Gordon, the president of Avro Canada who attempted to produce the Avro Arrow supersonic jet interceptor aircraft. This mini-series is noted as having the highest viewership ever for a CBC program.
In Patricio Guzmán’s otherworldly odyssey to Atacama Desert, the driest place on earth, earthly and celestial quests meld as women search for the remains of their loved ones in the sand while astronomers observe the translucent sky above.
Looking back on the life and work of Portuguese filmmaker Joaquim Pinto as he undergoes an experimental HIV treatment, the film is a beautiful portrait of a man looking beyond his own mortality at the world around him.
The untold story of feminist surrealist artist Penny Slinger and the traumatic events that led to her masterpiece, “An Exorcism.” Inspired by 1960s counterculture, Slinger embraced personal freedom and sexual liberation in her groundbreaking art.
Eschewing the tropes of the typical artist biopic, Michael Gregory’s documentary is an unprecedented look at the pioneering Uruguayan sculptor’s work and a fascinating portrait of a renaissance man who lived and worked on his own terms.
Drawing on over 30 years of never-before-seen imagery, the documentary weaves together the history of the Northern Irish Troubles, the story of a son's search for his father, and the tension between personal and political responsibility.
Narrated by Laurence Fishburne, Everyday Sunshine charts the turbulent history of the incomparable all-Black ska-punk band Fishbone. The LA band challenged racial stereotypes and industry politics to become one of the most original bands in history.
The exhilarating documentary from Niall McCann explores the rise of the Glaswegian music scene. Featuring a stunning mix of live performances and interviews, the film reunites key personnel in an exploration of friendship and making music.
A lone Vietnamese fisherman trying to survive in an apocalyptic future encounters an android he hoped would have remained in his dark past. Sci-fi and nature collide in this dystopian story set against the lush and expansive South China Sea.
Bureaucracy can be frustrating, but this is absurd. Dejan has plans to meet his daughter, but when he tries to renew his car registration he gets completely tangled up in red tape. He may have to resort to extreme measures just to be a good father.
A story about life, death, and kimchi. Ken, a Japanese man meeting his Korean girlfriend’s family for the first time, makes an unlikely connection with her grandfather when he asks to take his photo and gets him to smile by saying, “Kimchiiiiii.”
A young boy caught in an abusive household uses his street smarts to take matters into his own hands. When his plan to enlist a local tough guy goes awry, he ends up in even more trouble. But will it bring him closer to his mother?
Dementia affects millions of Americans, but there’s been a miraculous breakthrough. Through conversations with neurologist Oliver Sacks and musician Bobby McFerrin, this emotionally powerful documentary demonstrates how music can awaken every soul.
Late one night, an array of men- a police commissioner, a prosecutor, a doctor, a murder suspect and others- pack themselves into three cars and drive through the endless Anatolian country side, searching for a body.
Friends, parties, new romance. Some people dive headfirst into their 20s. For Noemí Goldberg, who has unreliable friends, overbearing relatives, and an unwanted pregnancy, her 20s feel more like choppy waters she must wade through.
She had a plum role on “The Wire,” but she gave it up to start a family. In this intimate portrait, actress Brandy Burre tries to juggle her ambitions with domestic life and determine what her most important role is: mother, wife, or actress?
Coming of age in Brooklyn is an exhilaratingly unique experience. Shot over three years, the film follows sisters Ginger and Dusty, and their friends, as they navigate high school, the city, and the mysterious course from childhood to adulthood.
Part mystery, part coming-of-age tale, the film explores memory and urbanization through two parallel stories, one about a young engineer and the other a boy. As the stories unfold, the connections between them proliferate and grow stranger.
They don’t have much in common, but that’s their strength. A rock and roll drummer with bipolar disorder and a teen with Asperger’s strike up the unlikeliest of friendships in this tender dramedy that portrays mental illness with heart.
Filmed entirely from inside a cable car, this unique documentary experience follows a range of passengers going to the ancient Hindu Manakamana Temple, 4,271 feet above Nepal. Join their peaceful yet exhilarating journey.
Like a Nietzschean parable, this stark and beautifully haunting film illustrates the heaviness of human existence through the imagined fate of the infamous horse and its owner that sparked Friedrich Nietzsche’s mental breakdown.
“There’s never been a rat problem in Baltimore, it’s always been a people problem.” In his dazzling directorial debut, Theo Anthony uses the rat as a passageway into the dark, complicated history of Baltimore.
A groundbreaking, mesmerizing look at the harrowing lives of commercial fishermen, the film is shot by filmmakers and crewmembers alike to capture every angle—from dizzying underwater shots to sweeping aerial views—and immerse viewers in the action.
Through the work of cult photographer Metinides and today's tabloid photographers, we discover a different Mexico City and confront our horror and fascination with morbidity, rubbernecking through the Metinides Gaze.
After graduating from college, young idealist Will Allen joined a spiritual community filled with like minded people looking for some answers to the basic questions of life, led by a charismatic but secretive guru.
While she awaits her death sentence, notorious female serial killer Aileen Wuornos explores her tortured childhood and her subsequent years on the road as a hitch-hiking sex worker which culminated in the murders that inspired the film MONSTER.
Corrupt governments hate them. The future of journalism needs them. Bellingcat’s independent collective of citizen journalists uses groundbreaking investigation tactics to uncover earthshaking truths about everything from war zones to drug cartels.
Gertrude (Catherine Keener) is a divorced mother of several children who agrees to take care of two girls. But, she violently imprisons one (Elliot Page) in the basement, turning her into the outlet for all of her anger. Based on a true story.
Winner of the Documentary Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, The Law in These Parts is a revelatory investigation into the judicial and moral complexities of Israel’s military legal system for governing Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
A small and stubborn Bulgarian village has been resisting foreign invaders for centuries. Now, its electorate is deciding on the future of Europe, inspiring postman Ivan to run for mayor in order to bring his village to life by welcoming refugees.
In 2012, South African platinum miners went on strike for better wages, and were massacred for it. The film shows the POV of three miners, who tried to fight for their rights in an increasingly false democracy and ended up fighting for their lives.
2018 Academy Award Nominee for Best Documentary Feature and winner of the Grand Jury documentary prize at the Sundance Film Festival - follows the efforts of the White Helmets, ordinary citizens who rush into Syrian battlefields hoping to save lives.
A chronicle of the life and death of one of the 20th century's most inspiring, and controversial, leaders, whose overthrow by an American-backed military destroyed not only his dream of Chilean socialism, but all those he inspired.
An unexpected response to Pinochet's 1973 coup d'etat in Chile, as seen in footage apparently found in an embassy, where political activists had taken refuge during the coup. But the events—and their setting—are not what they first appear to be.
Winner of the 1991 Academy Award for Best Feature Documentary, American Dream captures working men and women of Austen, Minnesota making tough choices about survival during a time of economic crisis in the American Midwest.
Through interviews with the passengers, tells the story of those Americans who were stranded in various airports throughout Canada on September 11, 2001 - and the kindness of the Canadian citizens who went out of their way to help them.
The story of Donald Trump's election told entirely through Russian propaganda. Horrifying and hilarious, this is a satirical portrait of Russian meddling in the 2016 election, revealing a fake news empire and its information warfare tactics.
A group of street-smart students, who are outcasts at an elite Ivy League university, band together and adventure to Cuba to see if revolution is truly possible. They film their journey through the streets of Havana and Santiago.
Academy Award nominated filmmaker explores life in 1960s Mississippi and the momentous impact of "Booker" Wright, a black man who voiced opinions on race relations on network TV, and the subsequent ensuing fallout.
In this gritty psychological thriller, three teenage boys have a rude awakening when they end up in a juvenile detention center. Facing attacks by hardened criminals and ruthless guards, they are forced to do whatever it takes to survive.
Set in French Colonial Algeria, the film follows Daru, a reclusive, pacifist teacher (Viggo Mortensen) tasked with delivering Mohammad, a docile Algerian murder suspect into the hands of French authorities as the Algerian War of Independence ignites.
A mild-mannered government worker charged with finding the family members of those who have died alone is assigned to his final case. He finds himself on a liberating journey that allows him to finally start living his life to the fullest.
Featuring Tony Hawk, Bones Brigade is a very personal story of a group of young, dorky, straight laced American kids who did the impossible through a combination of work, skill, passion, and the belief that anything is possible
An underdog story of how one of the most gifted teams in sporting history triumphed against all odds. A celebration of the power of sports as a vehicle for social change set to a reggae beat featuring Bob Marley and others.
Four women set out to row across the Pacific Ocean, from America to Australia. As they row over 8,000 miles during their nine months at sea, they must overcome extreme mental and physical challenges to make history.
Enter the unexplored realm of professional esports as told through the eyes of two of the world's best StarCraft II players, "MMA" and "MC." Go behind the scenes and experience the high pressure, high stakes lifestyle of professional esports.
The story of an unwitting hero. Marshawn Lynch is known for refusing to talk to reporters. This doc uses more than 700 clips to create a haunting montage of his resistance against the American sports-media complex and its racial oppression.
In Kumare, filmmaker Vikram Gandhi impersonates a wise guru from India and gains real followers, asking the question, “Can a fake guru teach real enlightenment?” Winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary at SXSW 2011
Once upon a time, villagers in a tiny hill town in Tuscany came up with a remarkable way to confront their issues: they turned their lives into a play. But with an aging population, the town’s 50th–anniversary performance just might be its last.
Tim Heidecker stars as an aging Brooklyn hipster who, as he’s set to inherit money from his dying father, begins testing the limits of acceptable behavior with his like-minded friends in this provocative character study.
In small-town Texas, a much-loved mortician goes to extreme ends to extract himself from the controlling relationship with a wealthy widow. Starring Jack Black and Shirley MacLaine. From director Richard Linklater. Based on a true story.
In this modern adaptation of a Henry James novel, a young girl in New York City is caught in the middle of her neglectful parents’ nasty custody battle. With Academy Award® winner Julianne Moore, Alexander Skarsgård, Steve Coogan and Onata Aprile.