Top Foreign Documentaries movies on DVD and Blu-ray

Rent The Story of the Weeping Camel on DVD The Story of the Weeping Camel
Synopsis
This unique documentary follows a Mongolian camel that's rejected her newborn white colt. Now, all hope lies with two young shepherd boys, who must travel across the Gobi desert to find a healing musician. Will the violinist's ritual do the trick? This Oscar-nominated film moves beyond its narrative structure to offer a keenly observed portrait of nomadic herders who are preserving an ancient way of life.
Cast
Cast
Janchiv Ayurzana, Chimed Ohin, Amgaabazar Gonson, Zeveljamz Nyam, Ikhbayar Amgaabazar, Odgerel Ayusch
Director
Director
Byambasuren Davaa, Luigi Falorni
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Documentaries, Germany
Rent Into Great Silence on DVD Into Great Silence
Synopsis
Director Philip Gröning's study of the Grande Chartreuse monastery introduces a world of austere beauty as it follows the daily activities of the resident monks, whose silence is broken only by prayer and song. With no sound save the natural rhythms of age-old routines, the documentary -- a Special Jury Prize winner at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival -- captures the simplicity and profundity of lives lived with absolute purpose and presence.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Philip Gröning
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Foreign, Foreign Documentaries, Faith & Spirituality Documentaries, Religion & Mythology Documentaries, France
Rent Jiro Dreams of Sushi on DVD Jiro Dreams of Sushi
Synopsis
This delectable documentary profiles sushi chef Jiro Ono, an 85-year-old master whose 10-seat, $300-a-plate restaurant is legendary among Tokyo foodies. Ono is also a father, whose sons struggle to live up to his legacy and make their own marks.
Cast
Cast
Jiro Ono, Yoshikazu Ono
Director
Director
David Gelb
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Foreign, Biographical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Food Stories, Foreign Documentaries, Japanese Language
Rent Blind Spot: Hitler's Secretary on DVD Blind Spot: Hitler's Secretary
Synopsis
Documentarians Andre Heller and Othmar Schmiderer turn their camera on 81-year-old Traudl Junge, who served as Adolf Hitler's secretary from 1942 to 1945, and allow her to speak about her experiences. Junge sheds light on life in the Third Reich and the days leading up to Hitler's death in the famed bunker, where Junge recorded Hitler's last will and testament. Her gripping account is nothing short of mesmerizing.
Cast
Cast
Traudl Junge
Director
Director
André Heller, Othmar Schmiderer
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Documentaries, Eastern Europe, German Language, Foreign Regions, Foreign Languages
Rent The Gatekeepers on DVD The Gatekeepers
Synopsis
Meet six leaders of Israel's secret service, the Shin Bet, which has dealt with conflict amid the quest for peace for nearly 50 years. For the first time, these men discuss the challenging truths and consequences of their counterterrorism mission.
Cast
Cast
Ami Ayalon, Avi Dichter, Yuval Diskin, Carmi Gillon, Yaakov Peri, Avraham Shalom
Director
Director
Dror Moreh
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Foreign, Political Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Historical Documentaries, Foreign Documentaries, Hebrew Language, Israel
Rent Triumph of the Will on DVD Triumph of the Will
Synopsis
Leni Riefenstahl's infamous propaganda film documenting the Third Reich's 1934 Nuremberg Party Rally features a cast of thousands -- including Adolf Hitler, Heinrich Himmler, Joseph Goebbels, Rudolf Hess, Hermann Goering and other top officials. Images of cheering crowds, precision marching, military bands, banners lining Nuremberg's streets and Hitler's climactic speech illustrate with chilling clarity how Germany fell under his spell.
Cast
Cast
Adolf Hitler, Josef Goebbels, Heinrich Himmler, Hermann Goring
Director
Director
Leni Riefenstahl
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Political Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Foreign Must-See, Germany, Foreign Documentaries, German Language, Foreign Regions, Foreign Languages
Rent To Be and To Have on DVD To Be and To Have
Synopsis
The once-acclaimed French school system is under siege, with overcrowding making it impossible for children to receive the education they deserve. But there's one place that's trying to buck the tide. This documentary by Nicolas Philibert visits a one-room schoolhouse in rural Saint-Étienne-sur-Usson, where Georges Lopez teaches his 13 students, ranging in age between 3 and 10, the old-fashioned way ... with effort, attention and encouragement.
Cast
Cast
Georges Lopez
Director
Director
Nicolas Philibert
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries, France, Foreign Documentaries, French Language, Foreign Regions, Foreign Languages
Rent Night and Fog on DVD Night and Fog
Synopsis
Employing haunting images, such as a hill of human hair or a pyramid of shoes, director Alain Resnais contrasts 1955 footage of Auschwitz's quiet, empty buildings with black-and-white footage shot there in 1944. This landmark documentary -- one of the first cinematic reflections on the unspeakable horrors of the Holocaust -- is as lyrical as it is graphic, and has influenced contemporary movies such as Schindler's List.
Cast
Cast
Michel Bouquet
Director
Director
Alain Resnais
Genres
Genres
Classics, Foreign, Foreign Documentaries, France, Foreign Classics, French Language, Foreign Languages, Foreign Regions, The Criterion Collection
Rent Bus 174 on DVD Bus 174
Synopsis
This moving documentary depicts a fateful day in June 2000 when a Rio de Janeiro bus carrying 12 passengers was hijacked by a man named Sandro do Nascimento. Cameras rolled as he touted his plans to kill all aboard but was finally persuaded to give himself up. A cop nonetheless opened fire on Nascimento, killing a passenger instead and causing the city's streets to erupt in riots. Details of Nascimento's very troubled childhood are also featured.
Cast
Cast
Sandro do Nascimento
Director
Director
José Padilha, Felipe Lacerda
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Documentaries, Brazil, Portuguese Language
Rent Balseros on DVD Balseros
Synopsis
This Oscar-nominated documentary from Carles Bosch and Josep Maria Domenech follows the 1994 exodus of refugees from Cuba to Miami. The perilous journey of the <i>balseros</i> (Cuban rafters) is captured through remarkable footage, including dramatic shots of the would-be refugees tearing down their houses to construct dangerously flimsy rafts. The filmmakers also catch up, seven years later, with a handful of refugees who were allowed into the U.S.
Cast
Cast
Guillermo Armas, Rafael Cano, Miriam Hernandez
Director
Director
Carles Bosch, Josep Maria Domenech
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Documentaries, Spanish Language, Spain
Rent War Photographer on DVD War Photographer
Synopsis
In this engrossing, Academy Award-nominated documentary, director Christian Frei follows photojournalist James Nachtwey into the world's combat zones as he fights to capture the struggles of those who face harrowing violence in places such as Kosovo, Indonesia and the West Bank. Nachtwey skirts through murky politics to tell the stories of the suffering in hopes that he can bring attention to their plight, one picture at a time.
Cast
Cast
James Nachtwey, Christiane Amanpour, Hans-Hermann Klare, Christiane Breustedt, Des Wright, Denis O'Neill
Director
Director
Christian Frei
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Military Documentaries, Photography, Special Interest, Art & Design, German Language, Foreign Documentaries, Foreign Languages
Rent Unmistaken Child on DVD Unmistaken Child
Synopsis
Filmmaker Nati Baratz follows the spellbinding journey of Tibetan Buddhist monk Tenzin Zopa as he travels far and wide to identify the child who is the reincarnation of his deceased master, Lama Konchog. Acting on instructions from the Dalai Lama, the shy Zopa relies on astrology, dreams and other signs to locate the child, knowing that if he succeeds, he must also convince the boy's parents to release their child into his care.
Cast
Cast
Tenzin Zopa
Director
Director
Nati Baratz
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Foreign Documentaries, Faith & Spirituality Documentaries, Spiritual Mysteries
Rent Wonderful/ Horrible Life: Leni Riefenstahl on DVD Wonderful/ Horrible Life: Leni Riefenstahl
Synopsis
By directing propaganda films such as Triumph of the Will for Adolf Hitler and his Nazi party, Leni Riefenstahl became one of the most controversial filmmakers of all time. This engrossing documentary explores her legacy and association with Hitler. Riefenstahl, who at various points in her life was also a dancer, actress and photographer, defends herself and her actions, making no apology for her glorification of the loathsome German leader.
Cast
Cast
Leni Riefenstahl, Adolf Hitler
Director
Director
Ray Muller
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Biographical Documentaries, Historical Documentaries, Foreign Documentaries, German Language, Germany, Political Documentaries, Foreign Languages, Foreign Regions
Rent Ballerina on DVD Ballerina
Synopsis
Filmmaker Bertrand Normand's fascinating documentary profiles five outstanding Russian ballerinas from the prestigious Mariinsky Theatre (the renamed Kirov Ballet), following them from grueling rehearsals to flawless performances around the globe. Dancers in the spotlight include gifted 18-year-old Alina Somova, the newest Mariinsky ballerina, along with Svetlana Zakharova, Evguenya Obraztsova, Diana Vishneva and Uliana Lopatkina.
Cast
Cast
Alina Somova, Svetlana Zakharova, Evguenya Obraztsova, Diana Vishneva, Ulyana Lopatkina
Director
Director
Bertrand Normand
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Documentaries, Ballet & Modern Dance, Dance, Ages 8-10, Ages 11-12, Russian Language, French Language, France
Rent Stalingrad on DVD Stalingrad
Synopsis
The long and bloody battle that marked the beginning of the end for Nazi Germany is the subject of this Emmy-nominated World War II documentary. Filmmakers Sebastian Dehnhardt, Christian Deick and Jorg Mullner make extensive use of soldier-shot footage to show the conflict from both Russian and German perspectives, and employ eyewitness accounts, archive film and 3-D animation to reconstruct the city and plot the course of its destruction.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Sebastian Dehnhardt
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Germany, Foreign Documentaries, Foreign Languages, Foreign Regions
Rent Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Impassioned Eye on DVD Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Impassioned Eye
Synopsis
Exploring the life and work of influential French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson, this captivating documentary tells the story of a camera-shy photographer whose vision quietly shaped the emerging field of photojournalism. Focusing primarily on the artist's career from the 1940s to the '60s, the film features memorable images of Marilyn Monroe, Henri Matisse, the liberation of Paris and the death of Gandhi.
Cast
Cast
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Delpire, Isabelle Huppert, Arthur Miller
Director
Director
Heinz Bütler
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Photography, Art & Design, Foreign Documentaries, French Language, Foreign Languages
Rent The Gleaners and I on DVD The Gleaners and I
Synopsis
Inspired by Jean-Fran&#231;ois Millet's famous painting "Les Glaneuses," filmmaker Agnes Varda strikes out with just a hand-held digital camera in search of the modern equivalent of Millet's grain field gleaners. She finds her quarry at dumpsters, outdoor markets and roadsides across France. Varda's no-holds-barred documentary about scavengers and recyclers is an insouciant treat from beginning to end, with an unexpectedly obtuse perspective.
Cast
Cast
Bodan Litnanski, Agnès Varda, François Wertheimer
Director
Director
Agnès Varda
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Documentaries, France, French Language, Foreign Languages, Foreign Regions
Rent A Film Unfinished on DVD A Film Unfinished
Synopsis
This potent documentary uses a long-lost film reel to illustrate how the Nazis controlled images of Jewish life during World War II. Though the Nazis made a propaganda movie of contented Jews in the Warsaw ghetto, the missing spool exposes the truth. Director Yael Hersonski shows how the imagery was staged to distort historical knowledge and, with the aid of Jewish survivors' testimony, chronicles the horrifying reality of ghetto life.
Cast
Cast
Alexander Beyer, Rüdiger Vogler
Director
Director
Yael Hersonski
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Documentaries, Germany, German Language
Rent Man with the Movie Camera on DVD Man with the Movie Camera
Synopsis
Cinema pioneer Dziga Vertov's controversial 1929 film still pulses with energy, innovation and genius. This landmark silent masterpiece from the Soviet avant-garde director stylishly highlights the buzz of everyday city life (shops, traffic, children, coal miners, nature) as seen through the eyes of a roving cameraman. Many filmic devices are used to comment on vision, life, Marxism and modernity in the Soviet Union.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Dziga Vertov
Genres
Genres
Classics, Foreign, Silent Films, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Experimental, Foreign Documentaries, Russia, Foreign Silent Films, Foreign Classics, Foreign Regions
Rent The White Diamond on DVD The White Diamond
Synopsis
In this penetrating documentary about the nature of obsession, Dr. Graham Dorrington, a visionary scientist and aeronautics expert, has designed a helium-filled airship for the purpose of exploring the Guyanese rainforest canopy. But Dorrington's motivations are not entirely scientific: A friend's death -- which occurred years earlier during a similar experiment -- still haunts him, driving him to atonement. Werner Herzog directs.
Cast
Cast
Werner Herzog
Director
Director
Werner Herzog
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Science and Nature Documentaries, Germany, Foreign Documentaries, Foreign Regions
Rent Happy People: A Year in the Taiga on DVD Happy People: A Year in the Taiga
Synopsis
Venerated documentarian Werner Herzog teams with director Dmitry Vasyukov for this observant look at life along the River Yenisei in northern Russia, where the industrious inhabitants of a rural village truly live off the land.
Cast
Cast
Werner Herzog
Director
Director
Dmitry Vasyukov, Werner Herzog
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Science and Nature Documentaries, Foreign Documentaries
Rent Our Daily Bread on DVD Our Daily Bread
Synopsis
Bypassing the human factor, Nikolaus Geyrhalter's provocative documentary offers an intensely clinical look at the machinery of industrial food production. Geyrhalter focuses his lens on high-tech aspects of agriculture, using a rich mix of film techniques to capture machines in action. Humans, animals and crops appear incidentally, with droning conveyor belts, automated crop dusters and other machinery in starring roles.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Nikolaus Geyrhalter
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Food Stories, Food & Wine, Foreign Documentaries
Rent The Five Obstructions on DVD The Five Obstructions
Synopsis
In this collaboration with fellow director Jørgen Leth, Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier challenges Leth to remake his 1967 movie The Perfect Human and documents the entire process, allowing viewers to see two geniuses at work.
Cast
Cast
Claus Nissen, Majken Algren Nielsen, Jorgen Leth, Lars von Trier, Daniel Hernandez Rodriguez
Director
Director
Jorgen Leth, Lars von Trier
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Foreign, Foreign Documentaries, Foreign Dramas, Foreign Art House, Scandinavia, Danish Language
Rent Last Train Home on DVD Last Train Home
Synopsis
Documentarian Lixin Fan follows a couple who, like 130 million other Chinese peasants, left their rural village for work in the city, leaving their children to be raised by grandparents, returning only once a year on an arduous 1,000-mile journey.
Cast
Cast
Changhua Zhan, Suqin Chen, Qin Zhang, Yang Zhang, Tingsui Tang
Director
Director
Lixin Fan
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Documentaries, China, Mandarin Language
Rent Afghan Star on DVD Afghan Star
Synopsis
Havana Marking's eye-opening documentary follows four finalists on "Afghan Star," an "American Idol"-style show that's become wildly popular -- yet still extremely controversial -- since the Taliban's ban on music was lifted.
Cast
Cast
Habib Amiri, Setara Hussainzada, Rafi Naabzada, Lima Sahar, Hameed Sakhizada, Massoud Sanjer, Daoud Sediqi, Tahir Shaqi, Fazl Hadi Shinwari
Director
Director
Havana Marking
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Documentaries, HBO Documentaries
Rent Calle 54 on DVD Calle 54
Synopsis
Director Fernando Trueba -- a staunch fan of Latin jazz -- gathers his favorite performers from around the world in a recording studio on Manhattan's 54th street and films them as they jam individually and collectively.
Cast
Cast
Gato Barbieri, Israel Lopez, Michel Camilo, Chano Domínguez, Paquito D'Rivera, Eliane Elias, Jerry Gonzalez, Chico O'Farrill, Carlos 'Patato' Valdés, Tito Puente
Director
Director
Fernando Trueba
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Foreign, Rockumentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Afro-Cuban & Latin Jazz, Latin Music, Foreign Documentaries, Spanish Language, Spain
Rent The Goebbels Experiment on DVD The Goebbels Experiment
Synopsis
Reading from the diaries kept by Third Reich propagandist Joseph Goebbels between 1924 and 1945, Kenneth Branagh brings the infamous Nazi spin doctor to life, all the way up to his suicide at the end of World War II. Using this primary source material as their canvas, filmmakers Lutz Hachmeister and Michael Kloft paint a portrait of a 20th century figure who was sometimes a success, sometimes a failure and always fascinating.
Cast
Cast
Udo Samel, Kenneth Branagh
Director
Director
Lutz Hachmeister
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Documentaries, Germany, German Language
Rent Burma VJ on DVD Burma VJ
Synopsis
Filmmaker Anders &#216;stergaard's Oscar-nominated documentary profiles the courageous efforts of a renegade band of Burmese reporters (aka the Burma VJs) who -- in the face of a repressive regime and media censorship -- refuse to be silenced.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Anders Østergaard
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Foreign, Political Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Foreign Documentaries, Southeast Asia, HBO Documentaries
Rent The Mystery of Picasso on DVD The Mystery of Picasso
Synopsis
The artist approaches his easel, wields his brush and the painting dances into being before our eyes. Pablo Picasso, one of the most influential artist of the 20th century, is making art, and French director Henri-Georges Clouzot is making a movie. This entirely new kind of art documentary captures the moment and the mystery of creativity; for this film, the master created 20 artworks -- all of which were destroyed when the film was completed.
Cast
Cast
Pablo Picasso
Director
Director
Henri-Georges Clouzot
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Documentaries, France, French Language, Painting, Art & Design
Rent Pina on DVD Pina
Synopsis
Wim Wenders directs to arresting effect in this performance documentary about Pina Bausch's Tanztheater Wuppertal dance company. Performing alfresco in Wuppertal, Germany, the troupe's pieces include "The Rite of Spring."
Cast
Cast
Pina Bausch, Regina Advento, Malou Airaudo, Ruth Amarante, Rainer Behr, Andrey Berezin, Damiano Ottavio Bigi, Bénédicte Billet, Ales Cucek, Clementine Deluy
Director
Director
Wim Wenders
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Foreign, Ballet & Modern Dance, Biographical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Dance, Foreign Documentaries, German Language, Germany
Rent The Act of Killing on DVD The Act of Killing
Synopsis
A 2014 Oscar nominee for Best Documentary Feature, this film follows two former death squad leaders as they reenact atrocities they committed during a bloody era in Indonesia when more than a million people were slaughtered.
Cast
Cast
Haji Anif, Syamsul Arifin, Sakhyan Asmara, Anwar Congo, Jusuf Kalla, Herman Koto, Haji Marzuki, Safit Pardede, Ibrahim Sinik, Soaduon Siregar
Director
Director
Joshua Oppenheimer
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Political Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Crime Documentaries, Foreign Documentaries, Foreign Languages, Scandinavia
Rent The Beaches of Agnès on DVD The Beaches of Agnès
Synopsis
Filmmaking icon Agn&#232;s Varda, the award-winning director regarded by many as the grandmother of the French new wave, turns the camera on herself with this unique autobiographical documentary. Composed of film excerpts and elaborate dramatic re-creations, Varda's self-portrait recounts the highs and lows of her professional career, the many friendships that affected her life and her longtime marriage to cinematic giant Jacques Demy.
Cast
Cast
Agnès Varda, André Lubrano, Blaise Fournier, Vincent Fournier, Andrée Vilar, Stéphane Vilar, Christophe Vilar, Rosalie Varda, Mathieu Demy, Christophe Vallaux, Mireille Henrio, Didier Rouget, Anne-Laure Manceau, Gérard Ayres, Jim McBride
Director
Director
Agnès Varda
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Documentaries, Foreign Art House, France, French Language
Rent The Knowledge of Healing on DVD The Knowledge of Healing
Synopsis
This fascinating Swiss documentary visits with the Dalai Lama and his personal physician, Tenzin Choedrak, in his home in the foothills of India, as well as with Tibetan doctor Chimit-Dorzhi Dugarov in eastern Siberia. Subsequent interviews with physicians, scientists and other practitioners in Austria, Switzerland and Israel reveal the tried-and-true science behind the 2,000-year-old art of Tibetan medical thinking.
Cast
Cast
Dalai Lama, Dr.Tanzin Gyatso, Dr. Tenzin Choedrak, Dr. Isaac Ginsburg, Dr. Chimit-Dorzhi Dugarov, Dr. Alfred Hassig, Dr. Alexander P. Nechunayev
Director
Director
Franz Reichle
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Science and Nature Documentaries, Foreign Documentaries, Faith & Spirituality Documentaries, German Language, Foreign Languages, Religion & Mythology Documentaries, Faith & Spirituality, Mindfulness & Prayer, Healing & Reiki
Rent 5 Broken Cameras on DVD 5 Broken Cameras
Synopsis
This Oscar-nominated documentary centers on Emad Burnat, a Palestinian farmer trying to make a living amid Israeli occupation. Steadfastly uninvolved in West Bank politics, Emad is forced when Israel plans to build a wall through his land.
Cast
Cast
Emad Burnat
Director
Director
Emad Burnat, Guy Davidi
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Foreign, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Foreign Documentaries, Arabic Language, Hebrew Language, Middle East
Rent Stranded: I've Come from a Plane... on DVD Stranded: I've Come from a Plane...
Synopsis
In 1972, a plane carrying players, coaches and friends of a Uruguayan rugby team crashed in the Andes. Using dramatic reenactments and interviews with the remaining survivors, this documentary recounts the riveting story of their horrific ordeal. The harrowing tale of human survival (which inspired the movie Alive) became even more dramatic when it was discovered the men ate the dead bodies of their friends to go on living.
Cast
Cast
Jose Pedro Algorta, Roberto Canessa, Alfredo Delgado, Roy Harley, José-Luis Inciarte, Alvaro Mangino, Javier Methol, Carlos Páez, Fernando Parrado, Ramón Sabella
Director
Director
Gonzalo Arijon
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Documentaries, France, Spanish Language, Foreign Regions, Foreign Languages
Rent The Flat on DVD The Flat
Synopsis
When Arnon Goldfinger's grandmother died at 98, he was charged with cleaning out her Tel Aviv apartment, where he made a shocking discovery. The filmmaker plays detective as he sorts through decades of the Holocaust survivor's letters and photos.
Cast
Cast
Arnon Goldfinger, Gertrude Kino, Leopold von Mildenstein
Director
Director
Arnon Goldfinger
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Foreign, Historical Documentaries, Political Documentaries, Foreign Documentaries, Hebrew Language, Israel
Rent La Sierra on DVD La Sierra
Synopsis
Colombia-based journalists Scott Dalton and Margarita Martinez introduce us to a nation at civil war by hitting the streets of Medell&#237;n, a dangerous city ruled by a fierce paramilitary gang. By focusing on three vastly different personalities -- Edison, a gang leader; Cielo, a widowed teenage mother; and Jesus, a drug-using thug -- the filmmakers draw us into their world and capture startling moments of truth and sorrow.
Cast
Cast
Edison Flores, Cielo Munoz, Jesus Martinez
Director
Director
Scott Dalton, Margarita Martinez
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Documentaries, Latin America, Spanish Language, Foreign Regions, Foreign Languages
Rent The Eagle Huntress on DVD The Eagle Huntress
Synopsis
Aspiring to be an eagle hunter -- a role historically performed only by men -- Mongolian teen Aisholpan Nurgaiv dedicates herself to the art of taming and training golden eagles to hunt game in the stark Altai Mountains.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Otto Bell
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Foreign Documentaries
Rent Shoah on DVD Shoah
Synopsis
Director Claude Lanzmann's devastating Holocaust documentary sheds light on one of the darkest periods in the history of humankind. With more than nine hours of footage, the film relies solely on testimony from survivors, witnesses and perpetrators. Eschewing archival footage, Lanzmann interviews each subject -- many at length -- beginning with Simon Srebnik, one of only two Jews who survived the Chelmno death camp.
Cast
Cast
Simon Srebnik, Mordechaï Podchlebnik, Motke Zaidl, Hanna Zaidl, Jan Piwonski, Itzhak Dugin, Richard Glazer, Paula Biren, Pana Pietyra
Director
Director
Claude Lanzmann
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Documentaries, France, Hebrew Language, German Language, Polish Language, French Language
Rent Nostalgia for the Light on DVD Nostalgia for the Light
Synopsis
Two distinct activities are under way in Chile's Atacama Desert: While astronomers study stars through a giant telescope, local people sift through the soil looking for graves of family members killed during the nation's brutal political past.
Cast
Cast
Gaspar Galaz, Lautaro Núñez, Luís Henríquez, Miguel, Victor González, Vicky Saavedra
Director
Director
Patricio Guzmán
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Documentaries, Spanish Language, France
Rent S21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine on DVD S21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine
Synopsis
This chilling documentary explores the prison camps where thousands of Cambodians were tortured by Khmer Rouge soldiers in the 1970s, incorporating accounts from both survivors and the soldiers who abused them.
Cast
Cast
Khieu Poev Ches, Houy Him, Nhieb Ho, Prakk Kahn, Top Pheap, Som Meth, Mak Thim, Nhiem Ein, Peng Kry, Chum Mey, Vann Nath
Director
Director
Rithy Panh
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Military Documentaries, Political Documentaries, Foreign Documentaries, Southeast Asia
Rent The Betrayal on DVD The Betrayal
Synopsis
During the Vietnam War, the United States performed secret operations in Laos, which led to much destruction in that country. After the war, the fallout of U.S. foreign policy remained, forcing Thavisouk Phrasavath and his family to flee the country. This documentary -- more than 20 years in the making -- follows Phrasavath's journey from war-torn Laos to his painful reunion with his family in Brooklyn years later, and netted an Oscar nomination for Best Documentary.
Cast
Cast
Thavisouk Phrasavath
Director
Director
Ellen Kuras, Thavisouk Phrasavath
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Documentaries, Southeast Asia, Foreign Regions
Rent The Great Happiness Space on DVD The Great Happiness Space
Synopsis
This compelling film explores the rarely seen world of Japanese host boys, men who are paid to entertain wealthy women in exclusive nightclubs. Almost but not quite gigolos, more akin to male geishas, the host boys of Caf&#233; Rakkyo share their secrets with director Jake Clennell in his first documentary. The narrative focuses on Issei, Osaka's top host boy, but all the characters in this unique subculture are fascinating.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Jake Clennell
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Documentaries, Japan, Japanese Language, Foreign Languages, Foreign Regions
Rent The Nomi Song on DVD The Nomi Song
Synopsis
Through concert footage, still photographs and vivid anecdotes, filmmaker Andrew Horn celebrates the brief but bittersweet life of 1980s cult sensation Klaus Nomi in this engrossing documentary. The German-born Nomi -- who died at 39 from AIDS complications -- was one of the most bizarre characters to rise to prominence on the pop-culture stage with his startling act, which spanned the opera, cabaret, New Wave and performance-art genres.
Cast
Cast
Klaus Nomi, Ann Magnuson, Gabriele Lafari, David McDermott, Page Wood, Tony Frere, Man Parrish, Kristian Hoffman, Ron Johnsen, Kenny Scharf
Director
Director
Andrew Horn
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Indie Documentaries, Foreign Documentaries
Rent Verdict on Auschwitz on DVD Verdict on Auschwitz
Synopsis
Twenty-two former members of Hitler's SS, many of whom had carved out comfortable lives for themselves in postwar West Germany, stood trial in 1963 before 360 witnesses who accused them of murdering millions. This riveting, heartbreaking documentary re-creates the momentous Frankfurt trial. Filmmakers Rolf Bickel and Dietrich Wagner build the film around taped testimony from more than 200 Auschwitz survivors.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Rolf Bickel, Dietrich Wagner
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Germany, Foreign Documentaries, German Language, Foreign Regions, Foreign Languages
Rent Terror's Advocate on DVD Terror's Advocate
Synopsis
Director Barbet Schroeder's documentary explores the life and career of controversial French lawyer Jacques Verg&#232;s, who gained notoriety for defending Nazi butcher Klaus Barbie and numerous terrorists, including Algerian caf&#233; bomber Djamila Bouhired. By examining Verg&#232;s's sensational court cases and his personal ties to terrorism, the unsettling film reveals hidden connections among the world's terrorist networks.
Cast
Cast
Jacques Vergès, Abderrahmane Benhamida, Bachir Boumaâza, Isabelle Coutant-Peyre, Lionel Duroy, Hans-Joachim Klein, Magdalena Kopp, Anis Naccache, Martine Tigrane
Director
Director
Barbet Schroeder
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Documentaries, France, French Language, Foreign Regions, Foreign Languages
Rent Fellini: I'm a Born Liar on DVD Fellini: I'm a Born Liar
Synopsis
Take a look at the life and successful career of celebrated Italian Federico Fellini (1920-1993). Commentary from actors who worked with the late director, scenes from his famous films and an interview with Fellini himself are included. Fellini was lauded for his distinct cinematic style, which mixed fantasy and baroque images. His films included La Dolce Vita and 8 1/2. Damian Pettigrew directs this intriguing documentary.
Cast
Cast
Federico Fellini, Roberto Benigni, Italo Calvino, Donald Sutherland, Terence Stamp, Giuseppe Rotunno
Director
Director
Damian Pettigrew
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Biographical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Italy, Foreign Documentaries, Italian Language, Foreign Regions, Foreign Languages
Rent L'Amour Fou on DVD L'Amour Fou
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Yves Saint-Laurent -- synonymous with Le Smoking suit, the safari jacket and Studio 54 -- met Pierre Berg&#233; in 1958. This intimate documentary pays tribute to their love affair, business partnership and extraordinary 50-year friendship.
Cast
Cast
Yves Saint-Laurent, Pierre Bergé, Betty Catroux, Loulou De La Falaise, Jack Lang
Director
Director
Pierre Thoretton
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Foreign, Biographical Documentaries, Foreign Documentaries, French Language, France
Rent The Saltmen of Tibet on DVD The Saltmen of Tibet
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Journey to the rooftop of the world! Documenting the ancient traditions and day-to-day rituals of a Tibetan nomadic community, the film transports us into a realm of endless mystery untainted by the tides of foreign invasion or encroaching modernity. The Saltmen of Tibet is a work of sublime beauty and epic proportion.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Ulrike Koch
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Documentaries, Germany
Rent Cocalero on DVD Cocalero
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This 2007 Sundance Film Festival competition entry from director Alejandro Landes documents Aymara Indian Evo Morales's grassroots political campaign to become the first indigenous president of Bolivia. Morales, former president of the Chapare coca growers union, solicited a groundswell of native political support during the 2002 elections, a telling response to the incumbent administration's attempts to eradicate the crop.
Cast
Cast
Evo Morales
Director
Director
Alejandro Landes
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Documentaries, Latin America, Spanish Language, Foreign Regions, Foreign Languages
Rent Please Vote For Me on DVD Please Vote For Me
Synopsis
Though China's government is Communist, the third grade election for the prestigious position of Class Monitor at the Evergreen Primary School in Wuhan is being decided by a democratic vote. In this enlightening documentary, filmmaker Weijun Chen captures all the action as the three candidates -- two boys and a girl -- go all out to win: performing in a talent show, debating each other and delivering speeches to their classmates.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Weijun Chen
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Documentaries, China, Mandarin Language, Foreign Languages
Rent Etoiles: Dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet on DVD Etoiles: Dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet
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Nils Tavernier, son of French director Bertrand Tavernier, makes his theatrical debut with this documentary about the Paris Opera Ballet Company. The movie combines still photographs, footage of ballet performances of "Swan Lake" and Beethoven's "Ninth Symphony" with interviews with teachers, management, students and the company's biggest stars.
Cast
Cast
Aurelie Dupont, Laurent Hilaire, Nicolas Leriche, Manuel Legris, José Martinez, Elisabeth Platel, Jean-Guillaume Bart, Jiri Kylian, Maurice Bejart
Director
Director
Nils Tavernier
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Documentaries, French Language, France
Rent Hell on Wheels on DVD Hell on Wheels
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Cycling's defining contest, the Tour de France, is caught in all its grueling glory in this documentary as top riders reveal their hopes and fears. Amid the drama of the race, the film sheds light on those who support the athletes behind the scenes.
Cast
Cast
Erik Zabel, Lance Armstrong, Rolf Aldag, Andreas Kloden, Alexander Winokurow, Steve Zampieri, Jan Ullrich, Tyler Hamilton, Mario Kummer, Serge Laget
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Director
Pepe Danquart, Werner Schweizer
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Genres
Foreign, Foreign Documentaries, Germany, German Language
Rent Mondo Cane on DVD Mondo Cane
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Mondo Cane ranks as a legendary (albeit offbeat and, to some, off-putting) milestone in film history. It's a documentary aimed to shock. Lensed by European filmmakers Gualtiero Jacopetti and Franco Prosperi, Mondo Cane whisks viewers on a bizarre journey into some macabre places, with the camera strategically (and voyeuristically) placed to record all manner of oddities.
Cast
Cast
Rossano Brazzi, Stefano Sibaldi
Director
Director
Gualtiero Jacopetti, Paolo Cavara, Franco Prosperi
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Genres
Foreign, Foreign Documentaries, Italian Horror, Italy, Italian Language, Foreign Regions, Foreign Languages
Rent Watermarks on DVD Watermarks
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Sixty-five years after fleeing Austria to evade the Nazis, a group of champion women swimmers from the Jewish sports club Hakoah Vienna reunite to tell their inspiring story in this documentary. Now in their eighties, the women return to the Vienna pool where they trained for Hakoah Vienna, which was founded in 1909 after Austrian sports clubs were forbidden to admit Jews. The film captures the reunion and chronicles the athletes' story.
Cast
Cast
Judith Haspel, Ann Marie Pisker, Anni Lampl, Hanni Lux, Trude Hirschler, Nanne Selinger, Elisheva Susz, Greta Stanton
Director
Director
Yaron Zilberman
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Genres
Foreign, Foreign Documentaries, Hebrew Language, German Language, Foreign Languages, Foreign Regions
Rent The Devil's Miner on DVD The Devil's Miner
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Filmmakers Kief Davidson and Richard Ladkani pan their cameras beneath the surface of Bolivia's Cerro Rico silver mines, a place so dark, depressing and frightening that locals believe it's the devil's home. Chronicling the daily ordeal of 14-year-old breadwinner Basilio Vargas -- who chews coca leaves on his way to work to numb his persistent, primordial terror -- this somber documentary captures the hellish realities of fear.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Kief Davidson, Richard Ladkani
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Documentaries, Spanish Language
Rent Antonio Gaudi on DVD Antonio Gaudi
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The great innovator of the Spanish art nouveau movement, architect and sculptor Antonio Gaudi left an indelible mark on artists Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali -- and on the city of Barcelona, where the bulk of Gaudi's distinctive work still stands. Using minimal narration in this astonishing documentary, Japanese director Hiroshi Teshigahara guides viewers through the achievements of the playful, Gothic surrealist.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Hiroshi Teshigahara
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Documentaries
Rent Phantom India on DVD Phantom India
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In this groundbreaking documentary, acclaimed French filmmaker Louis Malle (My Dinner with Andre) crafts a deeply personal scrapbook of lively scenes and haunting images shot during his tour of India in the late 1960s. Originally commissioned by France's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and broadcast as a miniseries on European television, the film reveals both the simple joys and sobering realities of life in a third world country.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Louis Malle
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Documentaries, France, French Language, Foreign Languages, Foreign Regions
Rent Yves St. Laurent: His Life and Times on DVD Yves St. Laurent: His Life and Times
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An expert at creating the finest in haute couture, Yves Saint Laurent is one of the fashion world's most celebrated designers. This documentary takes an in-depth look at St. Laurent's life via interviews with his mother, his partner Pierre Berge, friend Loulou de la Falaise and fan Lee Radziwill. From age 3 (when he noted to his aunt that her shoes and dress did not match) to his retirement in 2002, St. Laurent has enjoyed tremendous success.
Cast
Cast
Yves Saint-Laurent
Director
Director
David Teboul
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Documentaries, France, French Language
Rent Genesis on DVD Genesis
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A right-on blend of humor and seriousness, innocence and wisdom results when an African storyteller (Sotigui Kouyate) uses the language of myth and fable to relate the birth of the universe and the appearance of life on Earth -- in essence, the story of all of us. Kouyate wends a fascinating tale of time, matter, birth, love and death in which animals are the main players. Claude Nuridsany and Marie Perennou direct.
Cast
Cast
Sotigui Kouyaté
Director
Director
Claude Nuridsany, Marie Pérennou
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Science and Nature Documentaries, Foreign Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, France, Foreign Regions
Rent The Dancer on DVD The Dancer
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This personal profile of Katja Björner, a tenacious aspiring ballerina, sheds light on her rigorous training rituals at the Royal Swedish Ballet School and her dreams of international stardom.
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Katja Björner, Anneli Alhanko, Erland Josephson, Clint Farha, Valentina Savina, Michael Messerer, Aleksander Khmelnitski, Robert Cohan, Rudi van Dantzig, Niklas Ek, Hans Nilsson
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Director
Donya Feuer
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Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Foreign Documentaries, Ballet & Modern Dance, Dance, Scandinavia
Rent Fata Morgana on DVD Fata Morgana
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In this documentary by acclaimed director Werner Herzog, the Sahara Desert is the backdrop for this meditative, mostly silent film. The powerful images are accompanied by a reading the Mayan creation myth <i>Popul Vuh</i> and music from Leonard Cohen. Herzog, who also made the films Aguirre, The Wrath of God and Fitzcarraldo, captures mirages on the desert landscape, which is at times polluted with the machinery modern nations have left behind.
Cast
Cast
Lotte Eisner, James William Gledhill, Eugen Des Montagnes, Wolfgang von Ungern-Sternberg
Director
Director
Werner Herzog
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Genres
Foreign, Experimental, German Language, Foreign Documentaries, Foreign Classics, Germany, Foreign Regions, Foreign Languages
Rent Food Beware: The French Organic Revolution on DVD Food Beware: The French Organic Revolution
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Jean-Paul Jaud's documentary visits a village in France where the mayor has mandated an all-organic menu for the lunch program in the local school. Farmers, parents, kids and health care advocates discuss the impact of the decision.
Cast
Cast
Perico Légasse
Director
Director
Jean-Paul Jaud
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Documentaries, French Language, France
Rent Fados on DVD Fados
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Through performances of traditional pieces and contemporary expressions, celebrated filmmaker Carlos Saura explores the heritage of fado music, a haunting Portuguese vocal tradition born in the 1820s that speaks of lost love and longing for home. By turns moving and inspiring, this captivating musical documentary features such renowned fado artists as Caman&#233;, Carlos do Carmo and Lila Downs.
Cast
Cast
Cesaria Evora, Lila Downs, Chico Buarque de Hollanda, Carlos do Carmo, Camané, Toni Garrido, Lura, Alfredo Marceneiro, Mariza, Miguel Poveda, Amalia Rodrigues
Director
Director
Carlos Saura
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Genres
Foreign, Foreign Documentaries, Foreign Art House, Foreign Musicals, Portuguese Language, Foreign Languages
Rent Who the Hell Is Juliette? on DVD Who the Hell Is Juliette?
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This award-winning docudrama features remarkable cinematography, a wonderful sense of humor and the spirited performance of 16-year-old Yuliet Ortega as herself -- charismatic, street smart and sexy. Reared by her grandmother after Yuliet's father abandoned the family and her mother committed suicide, Yuliet turned to prostitution on the streets of Havana. But a chance meeting with melancholy Mexican model Fabiola Quiroz changes Yuliet's life.
Cast
Cast
Yuliet Ortega, Salma Hayek
Director
Director
Carlos Marcovich
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Biographical Documentaries, Foreign Documentaries, Mexico, Spanish Language, Foreign Regions, Foreign Languages
Rent The Unknown Soldier on DVD The Unknown Soldier
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This gripping documentary focuses on the controversial Wehrmacht Exhibition of the late 1990s and early 2000s, which challenged the traditional German belief that the regular army didn't participate in atrocities perpetrated by the SS.
Cast
Cast
Hannes Heer, Dr. Dieter Pohl, Myriam Y Arani, Dirk Rupnow, Rudolf Moessner
Director
Director
Michael Verhoeven
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Foreign, Foreign Documentaries, Germany, German Language, Foreign Regions, Foreign Languages
Rent More Than Honey on DVD More Than Honey
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Already hailed as a definitive work on the subject, this comprehensive documentary examines the disappearance of honeybee populations worldwide. Cutting-edge filmmaking illustrates the causes and consequences of this alarming phenomenon.
Cast
Cast
Fred Jaggi, Randolf Menzel, Liane Singer
Director
Director
Markus Imhoof
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Foreign Documentaries, German Language, Germany
Rent This Is Not a Film on DVD This Is Not a Film
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When the Iranian government banned director Jafar Panahi from making a film for 20 years, he titled his next project This Is Not a Film. The resulting documentary covers a day in Panahi's life as he reflects on his unhappy situation.
Cast
Cast
Jafar Panahi
Director
Director
Mojtaba Mirtahmasb, Jafar Panahi
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Foreign, Biographical Documentaries, Miscellaneous Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Foreign Documentaries, Foreign Languages, Iran
Rent Sins of My Father on DVD Sins of My Father
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Nicolas Entel's searing documentary tells the story of Pablo Escobar -- Colombian drug kingpin, murderer and family man -- through the eyes of his son, Sebastian, as well as the sons of two of Escobar's most prominent victims.
Cast
Cast
Sebastian Marroquin, Pablo Escobar
Director
Director
Nicolas Entel
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Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Crime Documentaries, Foreign Documentaries, Spanish Language, Argentina
Rent Hitler's Children on DVD Hitler's Children
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The descendants of Adolf Hitler's inner circle -- including Hermann Goering, Heinrich Himmler and Amon Goeth -- come to terms with their infamous surnames and the role their families played in the Holocaust.
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Cast
Bettina Goering, Katrin Himmler, Monika Goeth, Rainer Hoess, Eldad Beck, Niklas Frank, Yael Bedarshi
Director
Director
Chanoch Zeevi
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Genres
Documentary, Foreign, Biographical Documentaries, Military Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Foreign Documentaries, German Language, Germany
Rent The Last Zapatistas, Forgotten Heroes on DVD The Last Zapatistas, Forgotten Heroes
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In this engrossing piece of living history, director Francesco Taboada Tabone captures a group of men (all well into their 90s) who reminisce about their exploits during the 1910 Mexican Revolution. Through enthralling interviews, the film brings to life the testimony of these last 12 surviving revolutionaries of the storied Liberation Army of the South -- patriots who fought and bled alongside Gen. Emiliano Zapata.
Cast
Cast
Marcelino Anrubio, Audiaz Anzures, Captain Manuel Corona, Matias Cruz Corridista, Baldomero Blanquet Don, Galo Pacheco Lieutenant, Feliciano Mejía Messenger, Emeterio Pantaleon
Director
Director
Francesco Taboada Tabone
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Genres
Foreign, Foreign Documentaries, Spanish Language, Mexico, Foreign Regions, Foreign Languages
Rent Only When I Dance on DVD Only When I Dance
Synopsis
To achieve their shared dream of becoming ballet superstars, two young black dancers from the slums of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, must overcome poverty, prejudice and incredible odds -- a journey captured in this inspiring documentary. Filmmaker Beadie Finzi chronicles the day-to-day struggles of these gifted performers as they challenge the notion that ballet is the province of the wealthy, white elite.
Cast
Cast
Irlan Santos da Silva, Isabela Coracy Alves
Director
Director
Beadie Finzi
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Genres
Foreign, Foreign Documentaries, Brazil, Portuguese Language
Rent Crazy Horse on DVD Crazy Horse
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Renowned documentarian Frederick Wiseman sets up his cameras inside Paris's famed Crazy Horse cabaret, "the best nude dancing show in the world." The result is a titillating take on "nude chic" -- and the surprising amount of work that goes into it.
Cast
Cast
Naamah Alva, Daizy Blu, Philippe Decouflé, Philippe Katerine
Director
Director
Frederick Wiseman
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Documentaries, French Language, France
Rent The Architecture of Doom on DVD The Architecture of Doom
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This chilling documentary explores how artistic, cultural and historical trends forged the National Socialist aesthetic, which in turn contributed to the unspeakable horrors of the Holocaust. Swedish-born filmmaker Peter Cohen, whose parents escaped the Nazis, examines Hitler's failed career as an artist, his fascination with Wagner, the Nazi obsession with cleanliness, the paradoxical link between "beauty" and evil in the Third Reich, and more.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Peter Cohen
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Documentaries, Swedish Language, Scandinavia
Rent The Queen and I on DVD The Queen and I
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Nahid Persson Sarvestani's thought-provoking documentary about her friendship with Queen Farah, the Shah of Iran's wife, demonstrates how even those at odds can find middle ground and understanding as the conversation becomes political and personal.
Cast
Cast
Queen Farah, Nahid Persson Sarvestani, Zinat S. Lloyd, Kambiz Atabai
Director
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Nahid Persson Sarvestani
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Foreign, Foreign Documentaries, Iran, Scandinavia, Farsi Language, Swedish Language
Rent Talmud on DVD Talmud
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Director Pierre-Henry Salfati's incisive documentary explores the origins and history of the Talmud, the fundamental text of rabbinic principals and wisdom, regarded as the most influential text on the everyday conduct of Jewish life. Through expert analysis and in-depth interviews, Salfati goes to great lengths to demystify this vast collection of philosophical commentary and debate, which has been called "the hidden face of the Torah."
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Pierre-Henry Salfati
Genres
Genres
Documentary, France, French Language, Faith & Spirituality Documentaries, Faith & Spirituality, Religion & Mythology Documentaries, Judaica, Foreign Documentaries, German Language, Foreign Languages, Foreign Regions
Rent Shape of the Moon on DVD Shape of the Moon
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Leonard Retel Helmrich's stirring documentary, which won the 2005 Sundance Film Festival's World Cinema Documentary Grand Jury Prize, explores the daily lives of a Christian family in Indonesia. Rumidja, a widow, prays regularly to God with her granddaughter, Tari, while practicing some Muslim traditions; Rumija's son, Bakti, is fiercely independent and eschews Muslim traditions -- until he decides to marry a Muslim woman and must convert.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Leonard Retel Helmrich
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Genres
Foreign, Foreign Documentaries, Southeast Asia, Netherlands
Rent Budrus on DVD Budrus
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Documentarian Julia Bacha delves into the fraught world of Palestinian-Israeli relations in this amazing account of one family's leadership of a movement to prevent Israel's Separation Barrier from slicing the Palestinian village of Budrus in half.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Julia Bacha
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Foreign, Political Documentaries, Foreign Documentaries, Arabic Language, Israel
Rent North Korea: A Day in the Life on DVD North Korea: A Day in the Life
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Filmmaker Pieter Fleury provides a rare look at life inside North Korea -- albeit one that's been vetted and approved by the government of Kim Jong II. Fleury had to make plenty of concessions to North Korea just to get the film made, and it's clear that all the participants are putting their best faces forward here. Still, the film manages to reveal far more than the government would like about life under its repressive regime.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Pieter Fleury
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Foreign, Foreign Documentaries, Korea, Korean Language, Foreign Regions, Foreign Languages
Rent Encounter Point on DVD Encounter Point
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As violence continues in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, some of those touched by the bloodshed become advocates for peace. This documentary introduces citizens on both sides for whom an end to conflict has become a personal crusade. Family members of slain Palestinians and Israelis, both military and civilian, share their stories and how they've turned their grief into a force for change in the region.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Ronit Avni, Julia Bacha
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Documentaries, Arabic Language, Hebrew Language, Israel
Rent All Boys on DVD All Boys
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A behind-the-scenes look at the business of gay porn in Eastern Europe, this insightful documentary explores male erotica's rise after the fall of the Berlin Wall and profiles disenfranchised young men who drift in and out of the industry. With remarkable access to this seductive world, filmmaker Markku Heikkinen focuses special attention on Dan Komar, an American who relocated to Prague in order to produce porn.
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Cast
Dan Komar, Ruda
Director
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Markku Heikkinen
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Foreign, Foreign Documentaries, Czech Language, Foreign Regions, Foreign LGBT
Rent Gerhard Richter Painting on DVD Gerhard Richter Painting
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In this documentary, renowned German painter Gerhard Richter reveals his fascinating creative process and unique methods, which include using both modified squeegees and brushes to create his abstract masterpieces.
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Cast
Gerhard Richter, Norbert Arns, Hubert Becker, Sabine Moritz-Richter, Konstanze Ell, Marian Goodman, Benjamin Buchloh, Kasper König, Ulrich Wilmes, Sandy Nairne, Paul Moorhouse
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Corinna Belz
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Documentary, Foreign, Biographical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Painting, Foreign Documentaries, German Language, Germany
Rent Armadillo on DVD Armadillo
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Documentarian Janus Metz Pedersen hunkers down with a platoon of Danish soldiers on a six-month Afghan tour of duty, and his exceptional access yields a field-level view of the boredom, adrenaline and confusion that comprise their daily routine. Shot in assorted digital formats on cameras at times fixed to soldiers' helmets, the film records the recruits on patrol and at rest and witnesses their transformation when finally called to combat.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Janus Metz Pedersen
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Foreign, Foreign Documentaries, Danish Language, Scandinavia
Rent Circo on DVD Circo
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Mexican ringmaster Tino struggles to operate his family's long-running traveling circus in the midst of an economic downturn, while coping with the demands of his fed-up wife and four talented young children in this fascinating documentary.
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Cast
Tino Ponce, Ivonne Ponce, Gilberto Ponce, Lupe Ponce
Director
Director
Aaron Schock
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Genres
Foreign, Foreign Documentaries, Mexico, Spanish Language
Rent The Square on DVD The Square
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A 2014 Oscar nominee for Best Documentary Feature, this film chronicles the history-making revolution in Egypt -- starting in 2011 -- that captivated the world with scenes of courage and freedom in the face of violent opposition.
Cast
Cast
Ahmed Hassan, Khalid Abdalla, Magdy Ashour, Ramy Essam, Bothania Kamel, Dina Abdullah, Aida Elkashef, Ragia Omran, Pierre Seyoufr, Dina Amer, Sherif Boray, Khaled Nagy, Salma Saied, Ahmed Saleh, Alaa Seif
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Jehane Noujaim
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Rent Arna's Children on DVD Arna's Children
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Arna Mer Khamis was a legendary activist for the rights of the Palestinian people who founded a theatre group at a refugee camp, teaching children to express themselves through acting. Her son Juliano, a director for the group, filmed Arna working with the children over a 6-year period. Following Arna's death, he returns to the camp to find out what became of the young refugees. Best Documentary Feature winner at the 2004 Tribeca Film Festival.
Cast
Cast
Arna Mer-Khamis
Director
Director
Juliano Mer Khamis, Danniel Danniel
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Genres
Foreign, Foreign Documentaries, Israel, Arabic Language
Rent This Is Kung Fu on DVD This Is Kung Fu
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Communicating the spirit of traditional Chinese martial arts, authentic kung fu masters demonstrate their spectacular sport, covering the entire range of styles in this exciting documentary. The video also provides an inside look at the history of kung fu in China. Featuring Jet Li, the film boasts a wide variety of weapons as well as two-, three- and four-person battles fought against the backdrop of China's breathtaking natural landscapes.
Cast
Cast
Jet Li
Director
Director
Genres
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Foreign, Kung Fu, Sports Documentaries, Martial Arts, Hong Kong, Foreign Documentaries, Mandarin Language, Foreign Regions, Foreign Languages
Rent Writer of O on DVD Writer of O
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Published in 1954 under a pseudonym, the erotic novel <i>The Story of O</i>, an engrossing exploration of the relationship between sexuality and power, became a worldwide sensation. But the author's true identity remained a mystery until 1994, when Dominique Aury, a literary editor, revealed herself to be the writer. In this documentary, director Pola Rapaport uncovers Aury's inspiration for one of the most scandalous works in modern fiction.
Cast
Cast
Dominique Aury, Catherine Mouchet, Thierry de Carbonnieres, Barney Rosset, John de St. Jorre, Cyril Corral, Alain Rimoux, Penelope Puymirat
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Pola Rapaport
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Foreign, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries, France, French Language, Foreign Documentaries, Foreign Regions, Foreign Languages
Rent Land of Silence and Darkness on DVD Land of Silence and Darkness
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Werner Herzog lenses this documentary about 56-year-old Fini Straubinger, who was blind and deaf since her late teens and confined to her bed by her mother for three decades before fighting to overcome her isolation. Included are some harrowing scenes of people who encounter a daily struggle against the confines nature has imposed on them, making the film a wonderful testament to the triumphant nature of the human spirit.
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Cast
Heinrich Fleischmann, Fini Straubinger, Vladimir Kokol
Director
Director
Werner Herzog
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Foreign, Foreign Documentaries, Germany, German Language, Foreign Regions, Foreign Languages
Rent The Orchestra of Piazza Vittorio on DVD The Orchestra of Piazza Vittorio
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After rounding up musicians from a thriving immigrant neighborhood in Rome to create the eclectic Orchestra di Piazza Vittorio, filmmaker Agostino Ferrente captured their heartwarming individual stories in this captivating documentary. The film reveals that, for many members of the group -- which is made up of Muslims, Jews, Christians, Hindus and atheists from 11 countries -- making music is as second nature as breathing.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Agostino Ferrente
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Foreign, Foreign Documentaries, Italy, Italian Language, Foreign Languages, Foreign Regions
Rent Moro No Brasil on DVD Moro No Brasil
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Follow Finnish director Mika Kaurism&#228;ki on a musical odyssey of his second home, Brazil. Digging deeper than the well-known samba and bossa nova styles, this documentary mines Brazil's diverse cultures and unearths many musical gems. With visits to Pernambuco, Bahia and Rio de Janiero, Kaurismaki explores the role of music in everyday Brazilian life. Along the way, he weaves an intricate patchwork of colors, sounds and faces.
Cast
Cast
Seu Jorge, Mika Kaurismäki
Director
Director
Mika Kaurismäki
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Genres
Foreign, Brazil, Portuguese Language, Foreign Documentaries, Foreign Languages, Foreign Regions
Rent Tokyo-Ga on DVD Tokyo-Ga
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Part tribute to Japanese director Yasujir&#244; Ozu and part commentary on modern life, this documentary offers snapshots of life in late 20th-century Tokyo -- golfers on rooftops, baseball in cemeteries -- along with perspectives on Ozu and his work.
Cast
Cast
Chishu Ryu, Werner Herzog, Yûharu Atsuta
Director
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Wim Wenders
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Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Foreign Documentaries, Japanese Language, Germany, Foreign Regions, Foreign Languages
Rent Alix Lambert's The Mark of Cain on DVD Alix Lambert's The Mark of Cain
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Exploring the violent world inside Russia's brutal prison system, filmmaker Alix Lambert's intensely gritty documentary examines how tattoos play a role in marking the status of the most hard-core prisoners. With jails so overcrowded that inmates must decide who will stand while others sleep, a well-defined hierarchy has developed where rank is determined by details of crimes committed and amount of time served.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Alix Lambert
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Foreign, Foreign Documentaries, Russia, Russian Language
Rent The Inner Tour on DVD The Inner Tour
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Director Ra'anan Alexandrowicz takes viewers on a journey through Israel along with a busload of Palestinian tourists. Heartbreakingly honest, this documentary poignantly puts into focus the human emotions underlying the vast and overwhelming Middle East conflict: A stop at a kibbutz, for instance, shows how one side can feel like courageous pioneers even as the other side struggles with feeling violated and enraged.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Ra'anan Alexandrowicz
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Foreign, Faith & Spirituality Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Israel, Arabic Language, Hebrew Language, Foreign Documentaries, Foreign Regions, Foreign Languages, Faith & Spirituality, Religion & Mythology Documentaries
Rent God's Country on DVD God's Country
Synopsis
Over the course of six years, acclaimed filmmaker Louis Malle's (My Dinner with Andre) searing documentary chronicles the shocking economic decline of a small Midwestern farming community in the cradle of America's heartland. After capturing the daily lives of Glencoe, Minn., residents on film in 1979, Malle returned in 1985 at the start of Ronald Reagan's second presidential term to find the town drowning in foreclosures and financial crises.
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Cast
Director
Director
Louis Malle
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Foreign, Foreign Documentaries, France, Foreign Regions
Rent Saudade Do Futuro on DVD Saudade Do Futuro
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The vibrant colors of the city of Sao Paulo, Brazil, are brought to life with flourishing energy in this effervescent glimpse at the cantadores, folk singers who hail from the more underprivileged regions of Brazil. As the group performs, we learn about their everyday lives, including everything from their financial status to religious beliefs and personal relationships -- all set against the backdrop of one of the world's most beautiful cities.
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Cast
Luiza Erundina, Fabio Freire, Ezequias Lira, Thomas Rohrer
Director
Director
Cesar Paes
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Brazil, Foreign Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Portuguese Language, Foreign Regions, Foreign Languages
Rent The Matador on DVD The Matador
Synopsis
Growing up in Granada, Spain, young David Fandila always dreamed of being a matador. This documentary captures the rise of "El Fandi," one of Spain's most renowned bullfighters, who first entered the ring at age 14. While it's never in doubt that Fandila is at the top of his game, filmmakers Stephen Higgins and Nina Gilden Seavey weigh the significance of bullfighting as a cultural tradition against its inherent danger and cruelty.
Cast
Cast
David Fandila
Director
Director
Stephen Higgins, Nina Gilden Seavey
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Documentaries, Spain, Spanish Language
Rent Close-Up on DVD Close-Up
Synopsis
Blending documentary trial footage with dramatic reenactments, director Abbas Kiarostami depicts the intriguing true story of Hossain Sabzian, a semi-employed Iranian who takes advantage of a family's kindness by claiming to be a famous filmmaker. Starring the actual people involved in this unusual series of events, this fascinating film explores complex themes such as identity, deception and truth.
Cast
Cast
Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Abolfazl Ahankhah, Mehrdad Ahankhah, Monoochehr Ahankhah, Mahrokh Ahankhah, Nayer Mohseni Zonoozi, Ahmad Reza Moayed Mohseni, Hossain Sabzian
Director
Director
Abbas Kiarostami
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Documentaries, Iran, Farsi Language
Rent Meet the Fokkens on DVD Meet the Fokkens
Synopsis
Identical twins Louise and Martine Fokkens discuss their lives as prostitutes in Amsterdam's Red Light District for more than 50 years, offering up racy stories of improbable clients, the prostitute trade union they established and much more.
Cast
Cast
Louise Fokkens, Martine Fokkens
Director
Director
Gabrielle Provaas, Rob Schröder
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Foreign, Biographical Documentaries, Foreign Documentaries, Dutch Language, Netherlands
Rent Che Guevara: Where You'd Never Imagine Him on DVD Che Guevara: Where You'd Never Imagine Him
Synopsis
Assembled by Cuban director Manuel Perez, this documentary creates a complete portrait of famed revolutionary Che Guevara. Using rarely seen archival footage and photographs, the film follows Guevara from his early childhood in Argentina and the famed motorcycle trip recounted in 2004's The Motorcycle Diaries to his 1967 execution in Bolivia. Bonus features include rare earlier short films on Guevara's life and activism.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Manuel Perez
Genres
Genres
Foreign, Foreign Documentaries, Latin America, Spanish Language, Foreign Languages, Foreign Regions
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