Top Political Documentaries movies on DVD and Blu-ray

Rent An Inconvenient Truth on DVD An Inconvenient Truth
Synopsis
Former Vice President Al Gore wages a passionate campaign -- not for the White House, but for the environment -- in this Oscar-winning documentary. Laying out the facts of global warming, Gore urges audiences to act before it's too late.
Cast
Cast
Al Gore
Director
Director
Davis Guggenheim
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries, Political Documentaries
Rent Inside Job on DVD Inside Job
Synopsis
Featuring in-depth interviews with financial experts and insiders, this sobering, Oscar-winning documentary presents in comprehensive detail the pervasive and deep-rooted Wall Street corruption that led to the global economic meltdown of 2008.
Cast
Cast
Jonathan Alpert, Matt Damon, Daniel Alpert, William Ackman, Sigridur Benediktsdottir, Ben Bernanke, Willem Buiter, George W. Bush, Brigadier General John Campbell, Satyajit Das, Jerome Fons, Barney Frank, Timothy Geithner, Alan Greenspan
Director
Director
Charles Ferguson
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Political Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent Sicko on DVD Sicko
Synopsis
Michael Moore sets his sights on the plight of the uninsured in this Oscar-nominated documentary that uses his trademark humor and confrontational style to ask the difficult questions and get to the truth behind the health-care crisis.
Cast
Cast
Michael Moore
Director
Director
Michael Moore
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Political Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent Religulous on DVD Religulous
Synopsis
Politically provocative talk show host Bill Maher skewers the current state of organized religion in this hot-button documentary, making stops in Jerusalem, the Vatican and other holy destinations.
Cast
Cast
Bill Maher, Jose Luis De Jesus Miranda, Tal Bachman, Dean Hamer, Jonathan Boulden, Francis Collins
Director
Director
Larry Charles
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Political Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent Fahrenheit 9/11 on DVD Fahrenheit 9/11
Synopsis
Michael Moore's hard-hitting documentary addresses the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, outlining the reasons the United States became a target for hatred and terrorism and criticizing President George W. Bush's response to the attacks.
Cast
Cast
Michael Moore
Director
Director
Michael Moore
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Political Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Blockbusters
Rent Food, Inc. on DVD Food, Inc.
Synopsis
Drawing on the nonfiction books Fast Food Nation and The Omnivore's Dilemma, director Robert Kenner's provocative, Oscar-nominated documentary looks at the food industry's detrimental effects on human health and the environment.
Cast
Cast
Eric Schlosser, Michael Pollan, Joel Salatin
Director
Director
Robert Kenner
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Political Documentaries, Food Stories, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Food & Wine, Science and Nature Documentaries
Rent Who Killed the Electric Car? on DVD Who Killed the Electric Car?
Synopsis
Amid a volatile climate of ever-changing gas prices, this documentary delves into the short life of the GM EV1 electric car -- a fuel-efficient auto that was once all the rage in the mid-1990s and now has fallen by the roadside.
Cast
Cast
Martin Sheen, Peter Horton, Mel Gibson, Tom Hanks, Phyllis Diller, Alexandra Paul, Ed Begley Jr., J. Karen Thomas, David Freeman, Colette Divine, Chelsea Sexton
Director
Director
Chris Paine
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Political Documentaries
Rent Waiting for Waiting for "Superman"
Synopsis
Dynamic documentarian Davis Guggenheim weaves together stories about students, families, educators and reformers to shed light on the failing public school system and its consequences for the future of the United States.
Cast
Cast
Geoffrey Canada, Michelle Rhee, Bill Strickland, Randi Weingarten, Daisy Esparza, Bianca Hill, Anthony Black
Director
Director
Davis Guggenheim
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Political Documentaries
Rent Bowling for Columbine on DVD Bowling for Columbine
Synopsis
Famed filmmaker and left-wing political humorist Michael Moore tackles America's obsession with firearms in this Oscar-winning documentary centered on the Columbine High School massacre of 1999.
Cast
Cast
Michael Moore, Marilyn Manson, Charlton Heston, Dick Clark, Matt Stone, John Nichols
Director
Director
Michael Moore
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Political Documentaries
Rent Capitalism: A Love Story on DVD Capitalism: A Love Story
Synopsis
Filmmaker Michael Moore (Sicko, Fahrenheit 9/11) takes on capitalism's roots, the floundering U.S. economy, and 2008's global financial meltdown and subsequent bank bailout in this rousing documentary. Combining stories about those who suffer most from Corporate America's greed and insatiable thirst for profits and the people most responsible for myriad crises, Moore embarks on another shocking fact-finding rampage.
Cast
Cast
Michael Moore
Director
Director
Michael Moore
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Political Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent The Fog of War on DVD The Fog of War
Synopsis
This Oscar-winning documentary traces former Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara's career from government to the World Bank; but his work during the Vietnam War -- examined through archival footage and interviews -- is the real highlight.
Cast
Cast
Robert McNamara
Director
Director
Errol Morris
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Military Documentaries, Political Documentaries
Rent The Corporation on DVD The Corporation
Synopsis
Filmmakers Mark Achbar and Jennifer Abbott explore the genesis of the American corporation, its global economic supremacy and its psychopathic leanings, with social critics like Noam Chomsky and Milton Friedman lending insight in this documentary.
Cast
Cast
Mikela J. Mikael, Noam Chomsky, Milton Friedman, Michael Moore
Director
Director
Mark Achbar, Jennifer Abbott
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Political Documentaries
Rent Why We Fight on DVD Why We Fight
Synopsis
Through personal stories of soldiers, government officials, scholars, journalists and innocent victims, this documentary examines the political and economic interests and ideological factors, past and present, behind American militarism.
Cast
Cast
John S.D. Eisenhower, John McCain, Gore Vidal, Chalmers Johnson, Graydon Carter, William Kristol, James G. Roche, Richard Perle
Director
Director
Eugene Jarecki
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Military Documentaries, Political Documentaries, Indie Documentaries
Rent The Tillman Story on DVD The Tillman Story
Synopsis
Pat Tillman's family comes forward to tell the real story about what happened on April 22, 2004, in Afghanistan when the pro football player-turned-U.S. soldier was killed by friendly fire and not the Taliban, as first reported. Amir Bar-Lev's documentary pieces together the Tillmans' search for the truth, how they exposed a military cover-up that led to top-ranking officers and called to the carpet the likes of Donald Rumsfeld.
Cast
Cast
Pat Tillman, Donald Rumsfeld
Director
Director
Amir Bar-Lev
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Political Documentaries, Military Documentaries
Rent Control Room on DVD Control Room
Synopsis
This documentary peers into the controversial and often dangerous operations of the Al Jazeera news network, an outlet that's become the most accepted informational resource in the Arab community -- even though it often enrages its own people. Egyptian-American filmmaker Jehane Noujaim gains extraordinary access to Al Jazeera journalists and examines the risks they confront on a daily basis by simply doing their jobs.
Cast
Cast
Josh Rushing, Samir Khader, Hassan Ibrahim, Deema Khatib, Tom Mintier, David Shuster
Director
Director
Jehane Noujaim
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Political Documentaries, Miscellaneous Documentaries
Rent Maxed Out on DVD Maxed Out
Synopsis
With sobering facts, this thought-provoking documentary unveils the consequences of Americans' collective addiction to plastic debt -- including its contribution to the vanishing of a once-robust middle class. Investigating personal debt, the U.S. government's out-of-control national debt and those who prey on the poor, this film explores the staggering financial burden people live with every day, which has driven some to extreme action.
Cast
Cast
Louis C.K., Chris Barrett
Director
Director
James D. Scurlock
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Political Documentaries
Rent No End in Sight on DVD No End in Sight
Synopsis
This Oscar-nominated documentary from filmmaker (and former Brookings Institution fellow) Charles Ferguson examines the decisions that led to the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq and the handling of the subsequent occupation by President George W. Bush and his administration. Featuring detailed analysis and exclusive interviews with central players, the film pulls no punches as it chronicles the twists and turns America took on the path to war.
Cast
Cast
Campbell Scott
Director
Director
Charles Ferguson
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Political Documentaries, Military Documentaries
Rent The U.S. vs. John Lennon on DVD The U.S. vs. John Lennon
Synopsis
David Leaf and John Scheinfeld's provocative documentary -- produced in collaboration with Yoko Ono -- examines John Lennon's growing involvement in antiwar efforts from 1966 to 1976 and the U.S. government's attempts to silence him.
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Cast
Director
Director
David Leaf, John Scheinfeld
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Political Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries
Rent Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion on DVD Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion
Synopsis
Ten years in the making, this feature-length documentary was filmed during nine remarkable journeys throughout Tibet, India and Nepal, chronicling the dark secrets of Tibet's recent past through interviews, personal stories and archival images.
Cast
Cast
Ed Harris, Tim Robbins, Shirley Knight, Edward Edwards, Susan Sarandon, Martin Sheen
Director
Director
Tom Peosay
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Political Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Travel & Adventure Documentaries
Rent The Last Days on DVD The Last Days
Synopsis
Directed by James Moll and executive-produced by Steven Spielberg, this powerful, Oscar-winning documentary recounts the harrowing stories of five Hungarian Jews who endured the horrors of the holocaust and the reign of Adolf Hitler. In addition to the testimonials of the Hungarian subjects, the heart-wrenching film also includes accounts from U.S. soldiers who participated in the liberation of the Nazi death camps in 1945.
Cast
Cast
Renee Firestone, Bill Basch, Randolph Braham, Alice Lok Cahana, Tom Lantos, Warren Dunn, Dario Gabbai, Katsugo Miho
Director
Director
James Moll
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries, Political Documentaries
Rent Outfoxed: Murdoch's War on Journalism on DVD Outfoxed: Murdoch's War on Journalism
Synopsis
Filmmaker Robert Greenwald delivers a no-holds-barred documentary on Rupert Murdoch's Fox News cable channel, which has been criticized in certain quarters as running a "race to the bottom" in television news. Featuring interviews with a range of media experts, the film offers an in-depth look at the dangers of burgeoning corporations that take control of the public's right to know and explores Murdoch's ever-expanding media empire.
Cast
Cast
Jeff Cohen, Bob McChesney, David Brock, Jeff Chester, Chellie Pingree, Eric Alterman, Rupert Murdoch, Roger Ailes, George W. Bush
Director
Director
Robert Greenwald
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Political Documentaries
Rent Frost Nixon: Watergate Interviews on DVD Frost Nixon: Watergate Interviews
Synopsis
In this edited collection of interviews, tenacious British journalist David Frost conducts his now-famous 1977 talk with Richard Nixon in which the former president candidly discusses the Watergate scandal and its aftermath. Additional footage includes Frost's reflections on the interview and his reaction to "Frost/Nixon," the Tony-winning stage play and subsequent film inspired by his history-making work.
Cast
Cast
Richard Nixon, David Frost
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Political Documentaries
Rent 2016: Obama's America on DVD 2016: Obama's America
Synopsis
Conservative best-selling author Dinesh D'Souza questions where America will be in 2016 if President Barack Obama were to serve a second term, and hypothesizes about how Obama's past will influence his politics over the next four years.
Cast
Cast
Dinesh D'Souza
Director
Director
Dinesh D'Souza, John Sullivan
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Political Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent Howard Zinn: You Can't Be Neutral on DVD Howard Zinn: You Can't Be Neutral
Synopsis
Matt Damon narrates this documentary chronicling Howard Zinn's commitment to social change through archival materials, commentary from Zinn and interviews with contemporaries Noam Chomsky, Daniel Ellsberg, Tom Hayden and Alice Walker, among others.
Cast
Cast
Howard Zinn, Matt Damon, Daniel Berrigan, Alice Walker, Tom Hayden, Noam Chomsky, Daniel Ellsberg, Marian Wright Edelman
Director
Director
Deb Ellis, Denis Mueller
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Political Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent Gonzo on DVD Gonzo
Synopsis
Always ready to hurl himself into the heart of the action, journalist and author Hunter S. Thompson was fearless as well as reckless. This admiring documentary looks beyond his wild antics to focus on the pluck and principles that made him a success. Home movies, audiotapes and unpublished materials offer added insight into a complex cult figure renowned for his love of sex, drugs and alcohol. Johnny Depp narrates.
Cast
Cast
Hunter S. Thompson, Johnny Depp, Sonny Barger, Tom Wolfe, Sondi Wright, Jimmy Carter, Pat Buchanan, George McGovern, Ralph Steadman, Douglas Brinkley, Jann Wenner
Director
Director
Alex Gibney
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Political Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent Taxi to the Dark Side on DVD Taxi to the Dark Side
Synopsis
Alex Gibney (Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room) directs this Best Documentary Oscar winner that uses interviews, news footage and firsthand reports to examine the Bush administration's policy on torture. The film focuses on the case of an Afghan taxi driver who picked up three passengers and never returned home. Instead, he wound up dead at the Bagram Air Base, killed by injuries inflicted by U.S. soldiers.
Cast
Cast
Brian Keith Allen
Director
Director
Alex Gibney
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Political Documentaries, Military Documentaries
Rent A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash on DVD A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash
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In this straight-from-the-headlines documentary, award-winning filmmakers Basil Gelpke and Ray McCormack examine the world's dependency on oil and the impending chaos that's sure to follow when the resource finally runs dry.
Cast
Cast
Wade Adams, Abdul Samad Al-Awadi, Fadhil J. Al-Chalabi, Roscoe Bartlett, Robert Bottome, Colin J. Campbell, Marcello Colitti, Alberto Quirós Corradi, Mir-Babajev Mir-Jusiv Fazilogli, Daniele Ganser
Director
Director
Basil Gelpke, Raymond McCormack, Reto Caduff
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Political Documentaries, Science and Nature Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent When the Levees Broke on DVD When the Levees Broke
Synopsis
Spike Lee commemorates the people of New Orleans with a four-hour epic documentary that not only recounts the events of late August 2005 but asks why they unfolded the way they did in the first place. Weaving interviews with news footage and amateur video, Lee uses the film to give meaningful voice to the people who were left behind. With a detached and unsentimental eye, he delivers a poignant account of a major moment in recent U.S. history.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Spike Lee
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Historical Documentaries, Political Documentaries
Rent Shut Up & Sing on DVD Shut Up & Sing
Synopsis
Directed by Barbara Kopple (of Harlan County, U.S.A. fame), this documentary centers on country music's The Dixie Chicks and their nationwide vilification over critical statements they made about President Bush in 2003. Over a three-year period, the singers went from darlings of the industry to political targets, receiving constant death threats and being demonized by the national media and denounced by their fans. Cecilia Peck co-directs.
Cast
Cast
Dixie Chicks, Natalie Maines, Emily Robison, Rick Rubin, George W. Bush, Martie Maguire, Simon Renshaw
Director
Director
Cecilia Peck, Barbara Kopple
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Political Documentaries, Country & Western/Folk, New Country, Rockumentaries
Rent Inside Deep Throat on DVD Inside Deep Throat
Synopsis
Featuring interviews with the stars, this fascinating documentary examines the goings-on behind the porn film that grew to become an icon, Deep Throat, which made more money than its producers anticipated and ignited a sexual and social revolution.
Cast
Cast
Dennis Hopper, Gore Vidal, Norman Mailer, John Waters, Erica Jong, Harry Reems, Linda Lovelace, Gerard Damiano
Director
Director
Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Miscellaneous Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Political Documentaries
Rent GasLand on DVD GasLand
Synopsis
In this Oscar-nominated documentary, director Josh Fox journeys across America to examine the negative effects of natural-gas drilling, from poisoned water sources to kitchen sinks that burst into flames to unhealthy animals and people.
Cast
Cast
Josh Fox, Dick Cheney, Pete Seeger, Richard Nixon, Aubrey K. McClendon, Pat Fernelli, Ron Carter, Jean Carter, Norma Fiorentino, Debbie May, Mike Markham, Marsha Mendenhall, Dave Neslin
Director
Director
Josh Fox
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries, Political Documentaries
Rent Uncovered: The War on Iraq on DVD Uncovered: The War on Iraq
Synopsis
In this examination of the United States government's case for the 2003 invasion of Iraq, filmmaker Robert Greenwald provides compelling evidence that the Bush administration misled American citizens in the run-up to war. Crosscutting interviews with CIA analysts, weapons inspectors and military brass with press conferences and speeches from Donald Rumsfeld, Condoleezza Rice and former President Bush, the film paints a thought-provoking picture.
Cast
Cast
George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Condoleezza Rice, John Dean, Dr. Hans Blix, David Kay, Paul Wolfowitz, Karen Kwiatkowski, Scott Ritter, Donald Rumsfeld
Director
Director
Robert Greenwald, David O. Russell
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Political Documentaries, Military Documentaries, Indie Documentaries
Rent King Corn on DVD King Corn
Synopsis
In Aaron Woolf's thought-provoking documentary, friends Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis move back to America's Corn Belt to plant an acre of the nation's most-grown and most-subsidized grain and follow their crop into the U.S. food supply.
Cast
Cast
Curt Ellis, Ian Cheney
Director
Director
Aaron Woolf
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries, Political Documentaries
Rent Ralph Nader: An Unreasonable Man on DVD Ralph Nader: An Unreasonable Man
Synopsis
Thought-provoking and revealing, this biographical documentary profiles the personal and professional life of Ralph Nader, one of America's most controversial consumer advocates and political activists. Interviews and archival footage help illuminate the career of an influential public figure whose willingness to take on big industry earned him a reputation as both a working-class hero and a public pariah.
Cast
Cast
Ralph Nader
Director
Director
Henriette Mantel, Steve Skrovan
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Political Documentaries
Rent Trouble the Water on DVD Trouble the Water
Synopsis
Filmmakers Tia Lessin and Carl Deal recount a surprising tale of heroism amid tragedy in New Orleans, where a wannabe rapper and her husband brave the floodwaters of Hurricane Katrina to rescue their neighbors. Featuring live video diary footage from the couple, the Oscar-nominated documentary is both a poignant portrait of a family's will to survive and a startling portrayal of Katrina's devastating power.
Cast
Cast
Brian Nobles, Wink Rivers, Kimberly Rivers Roberts, Scott Roberts, Larry Sims
Director
Director
Carl Deal, Tia Lessin
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Political Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent The Times of Harvey Milk on DVD The Times of Harvey Milk
Synopsis
Harvey Fierstein narrates this documentary by Rob Epstein about San Francisco's most colorful -- and tragic -- political figure: Harvey Milk, a staunch fighter for gay rights who helped forge a presence for the city's gay community in city hall. Milk became the first openly gay member of San Francisco's combative city council. But his life, along with Mayor George Moscone's, was cut short by infamous fellow politico Dan White.
Cast
Cast
Harvey Fierstein
Director
Director
Rob Epstein
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, LGBT, Political Documentaries, Historical Documentaries
Rent The Devil Came on Horseback on DVD The Devil Came on Horseback
Synopsis
In this unflinching documentary chronicling the genocide in Darfur, former Marine Capt. Brian Steidle is forever transformed by the atrocities he witnesses as a military observer for the African Union.
Cast
Cast
Brian Steidle, Nicholas Kristof
Director
Director
Ricki Stern, Anne Sundberg
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Political Documentaries, Military Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent The Weather Underground on DVD The Weather Underground
Synopsis
Lili Taylor narrates this documentary that tells the story of the rise and fall of the controversial group of idealistic young people who tried to violently overthrow the U.S. government in the 1960s and '70s.
Cast
Cast
Billy Ayers, Kathleen Cleaver, Bernadine Dohrn, Brian Flanagan, David Gilbert, Todd Gitlin, Naomi Jaffe, Mark Rudd, Laura Whitehorn, Lili Taylor, Pamela Z
Director
Director
Sam Green, Bill Siegel
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Political Documentaries, Historical Documentaries, Crime Documentaries
Rent The Yes Men on DVD The Yes Men
Synopsis
This humorous documentary monitors the exploits of a group of jokester liberals who make names for themselves as they mimic members of the World Trade Organization at various venues across the globe. The absurd facade gets started when two members of The Yes Men create a web site that looks quite similar to the WTO site, resulting in the group being invited to high-level meetings and being mistaken for WTO officials.
Cast
Cast
Mike Bonanno, Andy Bichlbaum, Michael Moore, Dr. Andreas Bichlbauer
Director
Director
Dan Ollman, Sarah Price, Chris Smith
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Political Documentaries
Rent Bush's Brain on DVD Bush's Brain
Synopsis
Based on a book by James C. Moore and Wayne Slater, this documentary examines how Karl Rove, President George W. Bush's closest advisor, has shaped the policies of our nation, charting the role Rove has played in Bush's rise to the top. Feared and admired by Republicans and Democrats alike, Rove's remarkable political influence raises a disturbing question for Americans: Who really runs the country?
Cast
Cast
Jacques Vroom
Director
Director
Joseph Mealey, Michael Shoob
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Political Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries
Rent Children Underground on DVD Children Underground
Synopsis
This Oscar-nominated documentary explores the tragic policy decision by Romanian dictator Nicolei Ceaucescu to outlaw the use of contraceptives and encourage his impoverished populace to have more children. Thousands of children were born to broken or dysfunctional families in a nation mired in political and economic instability, resulting in a large and rapidly growing population of homeless children in the city of Bucharest.
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Cast
Director
Director
Edet Belzberg
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Political Documentaries, Foreign Languages
Rent The Awful Truth with Michael Moore on DVD The Awful Truth with Michael Moore
Synopsis
Filmmaker Michael Moore uses ample humor to hammer home his points in this documentary series that exposes corporate, government and societal problems in sometimes-outlandish ways -- like driving a "Sodomobile" through states that criminalize sodomy.
Cast
Cast
Michael Moore
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
TV Shows, TV Documentaries, TV War & Politics, Political Documentaries
Rent Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers on DVD Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers
Synopsis
Director Robert Greenwald makes a passionate point -- that private contractors are getting rich while others are suffering -- in this thought-provoking 2006 documentary about profiteering and the Iraq War. Using whistle-blower testimony, firsthand accounts, financial records and classified documents, Greenwald levels charges of greed, corruption and incompetence against private contractors and shows the effect they have on Americans and Iraqis.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Robert Greenwald
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Indie Documentaries, Political Documentaries
Rent I.O.U.S.A. on DVD I.O.U.S.A.
Synopsis
With the country's debt growing out of control, Americans by and large are unaware of the looming financial crisis. This documentary examines several of the ways America can get its economy back on the right track. In addition to looking at the federal deficit and trade deficit, the film also closely explores the challenges of funding national entitlement programs such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Patrick Creadon
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Political Documentaries, Indie Documentaries
Rent Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky on DVD Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky
Synopsis
Funny and provocative, this 1992 documentary explores the political life and ideas of Noam Chomsky, a world-renowned linguist, intellectual and political activist. Chomsky illustrates how the media tacitly manipulates public opinion to further the agendas of the powerful. A compelling examination of the suppression of news about the U.S.-supported Indonesian invasion and subjugation of East Timor brings home the point.
Cast
Cast
Mark Achbar, Noam Chomsky, Edward S. Herman
Director
Director
Peter Wintonick, Mark Achbar
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Political Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent The Most Dangerous Man in America on DVD The Most Dangerous Man in America
Synopsis
Revisiting a pivotal point in American history, this documentary chronicles Pentagon insider Daniel Ellsberg's daring endeavor to leak top-secret government papers that disclosed shocking truths about the Vietnam War and Nixon's presidency.
Cast
Cast
John Dean, Daniel Ellsberg, Patricia Ellsberg, Richard Falk, Max Frankel, Mike Gravel, Morton Halperin, Egil "Bud" Krogh, Howard Zinn
Director
Director
Judith Ehrlich, Rick Goldsmith
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Political Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries, Historical Documentaries
Rent Flow: For Love of Water on DVD Flow: For Love of Water
Synopsis
From both local and global perspectives, this documentary examines the harsh realities behind the mounting water crisis. Learn how politics, pollution and human rights are intertwined in this important issue that affects every being on Earth. With water drying up around the world and the future of human lives at stake, the film urges a call to arms before more of our most precious natural resource evaporates.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Irena Salina
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries, Political Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent Liberty! The American Revolution on DVD Liberty! The American Revolution
Synopsis
This PBS production showcases the events that led up to the American War for Independence, in comprehensive and sequential order. No stone is left unturned, as everything from the Boston Tea Party to the approval of the U.S. Constitution is explored. The documentary combines narration, reenactments of events, interviews with academics and historians, actors' dramatic readings of letters and diaries written at the time and much more.
Cast
Cast
Roger Rees, Campbell Scott, Terrence Mann, Donna Murphy
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Military Documentaries, Political Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, TV Documentaries, TV War & Politics
Rent Frontline: Ghosts of Rwanda on DVD Frontline: Ghosts of Rwanda
Synopsis
A decade after the genocide in which Hutu extremists killed some 800,000 Rwandans, PBS's Frontline series takes a hard look at how such an atrocity occurred through the lens of social, political and diplomatic factors. The program provides firsthand accounts of the situation through interviews with officials, relief workers, U.N. peacekeepers, diplomats and survivors, and explores whether a similar situation could occur again.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Political Documentaries, PBS, PBS Documentaries, TV Documentaries
Rent Life and Debt on DVD Life and Debt
Synopsis
Director Stephanie Black's documentary examines how policies of the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other aid organizations have altered the Jamaican economy over the past 25 years, leaving the locals to struggle in poverty. Author Jamaica Kincaid narrates passages from her book on the topic, <i>A Small Place</i>, with Belinda Becker to a reggae soundtrack that includes songs by Bob Marley, Ziggy Marley, Mutubaruka and Peter Tosh.
Cast
Cast
Jamaica Kincaid, Belinda Becker, Bob Marley, Ziggy Marley, Mutubaruka, Peter Tosh
Director
Director
Stephanie Black
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Political Documentaries, Historical Documentaries
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 Loose Change 9/11: An American Coup on DVD Loose Change 9/11: An American Coup
Synopsis
Informed by footage from Sept. 11, interviews with experts and new evidence, filmmaker Dylan Avery argues that the world hasn't heard the full truth behind the terrorist attacks and urges citizens to demand accountability from the U.S. government.
Cast
Cast
Daniel Sunjata
Director
Director
Dylan Avery
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Political Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent Where in the World Is Osama bin Laden? on DVD Where in the World Is Osama bin Laden?
Synopsis
In his follow-up to the hit Super Size Me, documentarian Morgan Spurlock tries to one-up the U.S. government by finding Osama bin Laden. Spurlock reportedly shot more than 800 hours of footage while scouring the Middle East for the infamous leader.
Cast
Cast
Morgan Spurlock, Dr. Daryl Isaacs, Alexandra Jamieson, Laken James Spurlock
Director
Director
Morgan Spurlock
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Political Documentaries
Rent Hearts and Minds on DVD Hearts and Minds
Synopsis
This Academy Award-winning documentary casts a sharp eye toward the U.S. government's costly all-out effort during the Vietnam War. Director Peter Davis uses war footage, newsreels, speeches and interviews to make a compelling argument against war.
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Cast
Georges Bidault, Clark Clifford, George Coker, Kay Dvorshock, Daniel Ellsberg, Randy Floyd, J. William Fulbright, William C. Westmoreland
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Documentary, Military Documentaries, Political Documentaries, Historical Documentaries
Rent Collapse on DVD Collapse
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In an avant-garde soliloquy, investigative journalist Michael Ruppert details his unnerving theories about the inexorable link between energy depletion and the collapse of the economic system that supports the entire industrial world.
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Michael Ruppert
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Director
Chris Smith
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Documentary, Political Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent Outrage on DVD Outrage
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Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Kirby Dick sets out to expose the hypocrisy of gay politicians who passionately criticize the LGBT community in public while concealing their own sexual orientation.
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Director
Kirby Dick
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Documentary, Political Documentaries, LGBT
Rent Unprecedented on DVD Unprecedented
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Filmmakers Joan Sekler and Richard Ray Perez rehash the dramatic events of the 2000 presidential election, exposing a chain of incidents they claim led up to the battle for the presidency in Florida and the undermining of democracy in America. Narrated by Peter Coyote, this revealing documentary examines an allegedly suspicious pattern of irregularities, injustices and voter purges -- all in a state governed by the winning candidate's brother.
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Cast
George W. Bush, Peter Coyote, Katherine Harris, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas
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Rent Iraq in Fragments on DVD Iraq in Fragments
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Honored with an Oscar nod, director James Longley's striking portrait of a nation divided presents a collage of images and commentary by ordinary Iraqi citizens coping with the effects of war, political unrest, religious feuds and an unclear future. The film moves beyond the abstract, powerfully capturing the indelible humanity of those living in a battle-scarred country that finds itself defined by conflict.
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Cast
Director
Director
James Longley
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Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Political Documentaries, Arabic Language
Rent The Trials of Henry Kissinger on DVD The Trials of Henry Kissinger
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This documentary based on a book by Christopher Hitchens paints former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger as a warmonger responsible for military cover-ups in Vietnam, Cambodia and East Timor, as well as the assassination of a Chilean leader in 1970.
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Cast
Henry Kissinger, William Safire, Alexander Haig, Seymour Hersh, Christopher Hitchens, Brian Cox
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Rent Triumph of the Will on DVD Triumph of the Will
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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.
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Cast
Adolf Hitler, Josef Goebbels, Heinrich Himmler, Hermann Goring
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Leni Riefenstahl
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Foreign, Political Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Foreign Must-See, Germany, Foreign Documentaries, German Language, Foreign Regions, Foreign Languages
Rent Street Fight on DVD Street Fight
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This unfliching documentary follows upstart politician Cory Booker's campaign to unseat 16-year incumbent Sharpe James in the 2002 mayoral election in Newark, N.J. As Booker gathers steam, the local political machine aims to ensure his defeat.
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Cast
Cory Booker, Sharpe James
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Marshall Curry
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Documentary, Political Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries, PBS, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent Jimmy Carter: Man from Plains on DVD Jimmy Carter: Man from Plains
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Hollywood director Jonathan Demme tackles the documentary form in this intimate portrait of Jimmy Carter, explicating the former president's view of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by shadowing him on his national book tour. During the publicity junket, Carter is accused of being a liar, a bigot and an anti-Semite. But his candid responses to the controversy and criticism reveal the Nobel Peace Prize winner's true character.
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Cast
Jimmy Carter
Director
Director
Jonathan Demme
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Documentary, Political Documentaries
Rent The Hunting of the President on DVD The Hunting of the President
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Morgan Freeman narrates this documentary that provides a sobering look inside the "vast right-wing conspiracy" that Hillary Clinton claimed was committed to driving her husband from the presidency. Bill Clinton confidant Harry Thomason entertainingly chronicles a particularly tumultuous period in American politics, showcasing a cast of characters that includes Clinton foes such as Gennifer Flowers and Kenneth Starr.
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Cast
Morgan Freeman, Bill Clinton
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Director
Nickolas Perry, Harry Thomason
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Genres
Documentary, Political Documentaries
Rent Inequality for All on DVD Inequality for All
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Discussing numerous issues in clear and accessible language, former U.S. labor secretary and current UC Berkeley professor Robert Reich makes a compelling case about the serious crisis the U.S. faces due to the widening economic gap.
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Cast
Robert Reich
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Director
Jacob Kornbluth
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Documentary, Political Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent Ulysses S. Grant: Warrior / President on DVD Ulysses S. Grant: Warrior / President
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Ulysses S. Grant was one of America's most paradoxical leaders. The greatest hero of the Civil War, Grant was a brilliant military strategist who rose from obscurity to George Washington's former rank. Propelled into the White House by his battlefield success, Grant lacked the political skills to deal with reconstructing the South and managing the nation's rapidly expanding economy, and his life after the White House was filled with disaster.
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Cast
Liev Schreiber
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Director
Adriana Bosch, Elizabeth Deane
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Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries, Military Documentaries, TV Documentaries, PBS, PBS Documentaries, Political Documentaries, TV War & Politics
Rent Fidel on DVD Fidel
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This documentary by director Estela Bravo takes a look at the political and social impact the immensely powerful Cuban dictator Fidel Castro has had on the world during the 40-plus years he's been in power. Through interviews with politicians (Nelson Mandela, Arthur Schlesinger), friends (Gabriel Garcia Marquez), and other cultural experts (Alice Walker), Fidel's personality and work are explored and discussed.
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Cast
Fidel Castro, Muhammad Ali, Vlasta Vrana, Harry Belafonte, Sydney Pollack, Ted Turner, Alice Walker, Nelson Mandela, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Angela Davis
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Estela Bravo
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Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Political Documentaries, Historical Documentaries
Rent America: Imagine the World Without Her on DVD America: Imagine the World Without Her
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What would the world look like if America never existed? Dinesh D'Souza, best-selling author and creator of 2016: OBAMA'S AMERICA, explores this fascinating question in this stirring, thought-provoking documentary.
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Cast
Russell W. Reed,  John Koopman,  Tina Fortune
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John Sullivan
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Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Political Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent The Union: Business Behind Getting High on DVD The Union: Business Behind Getting High
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This documentary explores one of British Columbia's most profitable industries: the illegal business of growing and selling marijuana. Interviews with law enforcement officials, doctors, celebrities and more shed light on the subject.
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Cast
Tommy Chong, Joe Rogan, Norm Stamper, Larry Campbell, Jack A. Cole, Jeffery Miron, Steve Bloom, Marc Emery, Ian Mulgrew
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Documentary, Political Documentaries
Rent Inside the U.S. Secret Service on DVD Inside the U.S. Secret Service
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With unparalleled access to one of the world's most protective and enigmatic government organizations, National Geographic takes you to a place few outsiders have been: inside the United States Secret Service.
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Documentary, Military Documentaries, Political Documentaries, TV Documentaries, National Geographic
Rent Incident at Oglala on DVD Incident at Oglala
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Narrated by Robert Redford, this provocative documentary chronicles the controversial events surrounding the shooting of two FBI agents on South Dakota's Pine Ridge Reservation in 1975, resulting in the conviction of Sioux activist Leonard Peltier. Featuring reenactments and interviews with key players in the incident, the film offers evidence that the government's prosecution of Peltier was unjust and politically motivated.
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Cast
Robert Redford, Norman Zigrossi, Robert Sikma, Darelle 'Dino' Butler, Bob Robideau, Norman Browning, Leonard Peltier, Duane Brewer, Calvin Jumping Bull, William Muldrow
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Michael Apted
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Documentary, Political Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries, Crime Documentaries
Rent Scottsboro: An American Tragedy on DVD Scottsboro: An American Tragedy
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When two white women accused nine black teenagers of raping them on an Alabama bus in 1931, their claims set off a chain reaction that eventually reached the Supreme Court -- and launched the modern-day Civil Rights movement.
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Cast
Andre Braugher, Frances McDormand, Stanley Tucci, Harris Yulin, Jeffrey DeMunn, Lee Wilkof, Nesbitt Blaisdell, Sam Catlin, Daver Morrison
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Director
Daniel Anker, Barak Goodman
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Rent Eleanor Roosevelt: American Experience on DVD Eleanor Roosevelt: American Experience
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Admired for expanding the first lady's role in the White House, Eleanor Roosevelt was an early feminist turned contemporary heroine who overcame her share of obstacles -- as evidenced in this installment of "American Experience." With input from biographers Allida Black, Blanche Wiesen Cook and Geoffrey C. Ward -- plus Roosevelt's surviving relatives -- this documentary paints a comprehensive portrait of one of history's most fascinating subjects.
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Cast
Eleanor Roosevelt, Alfre Woodard, David McCullough
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Director
Sue Williams
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Documentary, PBS, TV Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries, Political Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, TV War & Politics
Rent The True Story of Charlie Wilson's War on DVD The True Story of Charlie Wilson's War
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Charlie Wilson was a Texas congressman who became part of an unbelievable stunt in which he helped funnel more than $300 million into a covert effort to fund Afghanistan's war against the Soviet Union. Going beyond the Hollywood dramatization Charlie Wilson's War, this eye-opening film details the whole shocking story of Wilson's involvement in the scheme, along with CIA agent Gust Avrakotos and socialite Joanne Herring.
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Cast
Frank V. Gaide, Michelle Ashley, Melanie Morgan
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Documentary, Political Documentaries, Military Documentaries, Historical Documentaries, TV Documentaries, History Channel
Rent Darwin's Nightmare on DVD Darwin's Nightmare
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Only the fittest survive in Hubert Sauper's moving documentary about hardscrabble life in Tanzania, where the hungry are left to fend for themselves on whatever they can find while their waters are emptied of perch that's sent to wealthier nations. As the impoverished country teeters on the brink of starvation and devastation, weapons are brought in far more often than food and clothing for the nation's needy.
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Director
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Hubert Sauper
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Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Political Documentaries
Rent The Ground Truth on DVD The Ground Truth
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Director Patricia Foulkrod's powerful documentary spotlights American soldiers sharing -- with aching honesty -- their experiences on the battlefield in Iraq and back home as they try to reassemble their lives. These men and women discuss the anguish of war, the difficulties of readjusting to life after their tours of duty and the often callous treatment returning troops receive from the military and the Veterans Administration.
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Director
Director
Patricia Foulkrod
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Documentary, Military Documentaries, Political Documentaries
Rent Power and Terror: Noam Chomsky on DVD Power and Terror: Noam Chomsky
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This in-depth interview with Noam Chomsky, intercut with clips from his 2001-02 U.S. lecture tour, finds the outspoken intellectual blasting U.S. foreign policy decisions related to the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
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Cast
Noam Chomsky
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Director
John Junkerman
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Rent Crude on DVD Crude
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Joe Berlinger's provocative documentary explores the ongoing battle waged by 30,000 indigenous Ecuadorans and their lawyers against Chevron for dumping billions of gallons of toxic waste into the Amazon, a catastrophe dubbed the "Amazon Chernobyl."
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Director
Director
Joe Berlinger
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Documentary, Political Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Science and Nature Documentaries
Rent Ken Burns: Prohibition on DVD Ken Burns: Prohibition
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Ken Burns's fascinating multipart documentary examines the history of alcohol in America, including the events leading up to the passage of the 18th Amendment, the social and legal effects of prohibiting alcohol, and the repeal of Prohibition.
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Cast
Adam Arkin, Philip Bosco, Patricia Clarkson, Kevin Conway, Peter Coyote, Blythe Danner, Paul Giamatti, Tom Hanks, Jeremy Irons, Samuel L. Jackson, John Lithgow, Josh Lucas, Amy Madigan, Carolyn McCormick, Oliver Platt, Campbell Scott
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Rent A/k/a Tommy Chong on DVD A/k/a Tommy Chong
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In 2003, the U.S. government allocated an astounding $12 million to apprehend the elusive Tommy Chong -- better known as half of the classic comedy team Cheech and Chong -- for selling bong-like glass pipes over the Internet. In this fascinating documentary featuring interviews with Richard "Cheech" Marin, Jay Leno and Bill Maher, filmmaker Josh Gilbert chronicles the sting that came to be known as "Operation Pipe Dream."
Cast
Cast
Tommy Chong, Shelby Chong, Paris Chong, Eric Schlosser, Lou Adler, Dick Allen, Steven Hager, Stanton D. Levenson, Mike Nasatir, Peter Coyote, Josh Gilbert, Jay Leno, Bill Maher, Cheech Marin, George Thorogood
Director
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Josh Gilbert
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Documentary, Political Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent Zeitgeist: The Movie on DVD Zeitgeist: The Movie
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Peter Joseph explores the controversial links between organized religion, the global financial markets and the international power structure in this thought-provoking documentary that probes several well-known conspiracy theories.
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Director
Director
Peter Joseph
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Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Political Documentaries, Religion & Mythology Documentaries
Rent Noam Chomsky: Rebel Without a Pause on DVD Noam Chomsky: Rebel Without a Pause
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MIT professor and respected political analyst Noam Chomsky speaks his mind on sober issues including the U.S. war on terrorism, anti-American sentiment, media manipulation, the after-effects of 9/11, and social activism at high-profile gatherings. The film also features interviews with his wife, activists, fans and critics, and examines the truths and myths surrounding the anti-capitalist and longtime advocate of liberty and justice.
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Cast
Noam Chomsky, Carol Chomsky
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Will Pascoe
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Documentary, Political Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent Client 9: Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer on DVD Client 9: Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer
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A tale of hubris, sex and power, Client 9 takes an in-depth look at the rapid rise and dramatic fall of New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer. With a promising career and his sights on the presidency, Spitzer fell from grace amid a sordid prostitution scandal.
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Cast
Eliot Spitzer, Joseph Bruno, Kenneth Langone, Roger Stone, Maurice R. 'Hank' Greenberg, Cecil Suwal, Lloyd Constantine, Peter Elkind
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Director
Alex Gibney
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Genres
Documentary, Political Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries
Rent Last Days in Vietnam on DVD Last Days in Vietnam
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This documentary recounts the Vietnam War's final days, when unexpected roadblocks threatened the evacuation of America's South Vietnamese allies. Witnesses and rare footage reveal the heroism and sacrifice that played out amid the chaos.
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Cast
Director
Director
Rory Kennedy
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Genres
Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Military Documentaries, Political Documentaries
Rent Hacking Democracy on DVD Hacking Democracy
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With electronic voting machines tabulating more than 80 percent of the ballots cast in America, Seattle grandmother Bev Harris set out to determine the obvious: Do they work? Based on the evidence presented here, the answer is "not really." The picture that emerges as Harris unearths a treasure trove of info about mishandled votes and the inner workings of the machines is that they're not only fallible but also highly vulnerable to hacking.
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Cast
Director
Director
Simon Ardizzone, Russell Michaels
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TV Shows, HBO, HBO Documentaries, TV Documentaries, Political Documentaries
Rent The Unforeseen on DVD The Unforeseen
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Robert Redford and Terrence Malick executive produce director Laura Dunn's vivid examination of unchecked development at the expense of environmental sustainability, specifying the Barton Springs aquifer of Austin, Texas, as case in point. The documentary draws on archival footage and interviews with Redford, former Gov. Ann Richards, lobbyist Dick Brown and Austin land developer Gary Bradley to contemplate the true cost of the American Dream.
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Cast
Robert Redford, Willie Nelson, Ann Richards, Gary Bradley, Judah Folkman, William Greider
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Laura Dunn
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Documentary, Political Documentaries, Science and Nature Documentaries
Rent Friends of God:...Alexandra Pelosi on DVD Friends of God:...Alexandra Pelosi
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Filmmaker Alexandra Pelosi takes a remarkable journey across the heartland to uncover the religious, cultural and political beliefs of evangelical Christians, including Jerry Falwell, Ted Haggard and best-selling author Joel Osteen. Interviewing both leaders and rank-and-file believers and attending events such as a Christian wrestling match, Pelosi reveals a vibrant subculture whose convictions may surprise and possibly bewilder you.
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Cast
Alexandra Pelosi, Jerry Falwell, Ted Haggard, Ron Luce, Joel Osteen
Director
Director
Alexandra Pelosi
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Genres
Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Faith & Spirituality Documentaries, Political Documentaries, TV Documentaries, HBO
Rent Commanding Heights on DVD Commanding Heights
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Based on the best-selling book by Pulitzer Prize-winner Daniel Yergin and Joseph Stanislaw, this three-part PBS documentary series confronts head-on critical concerns about the new interconnected world. The three segments -- "The Battle of Ideas," "The Agony of Reform" and "The New Rules of the Game" -- begin with the dawn of technological change in 1914, taking an in-depth look at globalization and how it will affect our society's future.
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Cast
David Ogden Stiers
Director
Director
William Cran, Greg Barker
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TV Shows, TV Documentaries, Historical Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, Political Documentaries
Rent Wonderful/ Horrible Life: Leni Riefenstahl on DVD Wonderful/ Horrible Life: Leni Riefenstahl
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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.
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Cast
Leni Riefenstahl, Adolf Hitler
Director
Director
Ray Muller
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Foreign, Biographical Documentaries, Historical Documentaries, Foreign Documentaries, German Language, Germany, Political Documentaries, Foreign Languages, Foreign Regions
Rent Standard Operating Procedure on DVD Standard Operating Procedure
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Through captivating interviews and dramatic reenactments, filmmaker Errol Morris documents the scandal that erupted in Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison, where mistreatment of detainees at the hands of members of the U.S. military was captured on film. What was the psychological state of the soldiers? Why were the pictures taken? These questions and more are explored in detail in this engaging look at one of the Iraq War's most notorious episodes.
Cast
Cast
Christopher Bradley, Joshua Feinman, Zhubin Rahbar, Daniel Novy, Cyrus King, Roy Halo, Merry Grissom, Jeff L. Green, Sarah Denning
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Errol Morris
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Genres
Documentary, Military Documentaries, Political Documentaries
Rent Endgame: Blueprint for Global Enslavement on DVD Endgame: Blueprint for Global Enslavement
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Filmmaker Alex Jones details his theory that once the global elite have firmly cemented the "new world order," they'll hold onto their power by exterminating 80 percent of the population and enslaving the rest. Jones explores the faction's rumored plan to use advanced technology to live forever; the imminent collapse of the United States; the formation of the North American Transportation Control Grid; and the activities of the Bilderberg Group.
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Cast
Jim Tucker, Daniel Estulin, Michael Coffman, Alex Jones, Arthur Peterson, Ron Paul, Hank Gilbert, James Wolfensohn, David Rockefeller
Director
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Alex Jones
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Genres
Documentary, Political Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Historical Documentaries
Rent Pray the Devil Back to Hell on DVD Pray the Devil Back to Hell
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Pray the Devil Back to Hell is the gripping account of a group of brave and visionary women -- both Christian and Muslim -- who demanded peace for Liberia, a nation torn to shreds by a decades-old civil war.
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Cast
Janet Johnson Bryant, Etweda Cooper, Vaiba Flomo, Leymah Gbowee, Asatu Bah Kenneth, Etty Weah
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Gini Reticker
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Documentary, Political Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent Casino Jack and the United States of Money on DVD Casino Jack and the United States of Money
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Documentarian Alex Gibney (Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room) turns his acute focus on convicted Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff, reproaching him and other legislators for their negative impact on U.S. politics. Gibney's film plays less like a dry treatise and more like a high-stakes political thriller, fearlessly examining the ways American policies and political processes are undermined by an endless quest for power.
Cast
Cast
Jack Abramoff, Tom Delay, William Branner, Donn Dunlop, Michael Scanlon, Bob Ney, Neil Volz, Stanley Tucci, Paul Rudd, Kevin Henderson, Hal Kreitman, Kelly Brian Kuhn
Director
Director
Alex Gibney
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Genres
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Rent Frontline: The Dark Side on DVD Frontline: The Dark Side
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This "Frontline" report dissects Vice President Dick Cheney's actions as architect of the war on terror and his scraps with CIA director George Tenet. Interviews with more than 40 key participants shed light on the political infighting.
Cast
Cast
Will Lyman
Director
Director
Michael Kirk
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Genres
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Rent American Drug War: The Last White Hope on DVD American Drug War: The Last White Hope
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With commentary from soldiers on both sides of the conflict, filmmaker Kevin Booth's incisive documentary wades into the murky waters of the American war on drugs, the longest and costliest war in U.S. history. Taking viewers from prisons and inner-city streets to the halls of Congress and his own kitchen, Booth attempts to sort out the intricacies of the national drug policy -- and the reasons for its unmitigated failure.
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Cast
Jello Biafra, Joe Arpaio, Jeff Blackburn, Curt Booth, Kevin Booth, Celerino Castillo III, Eddie Bravo, Chico Brown, John Deutch, Judge James Gray, Tommy Chong, Paris Chong, Lou Daigle, Gary Fisher, Gary Gardner
Director
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Kevin Booth
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Rent Hot Coffee on DVD Hot Coffee
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This documentary examines the so-called "hot coffee lawsuit" in which a woman sued McDonald's after she spilled her coffee and burned herself, specifically looking at the reasons why the fast-food giant invested heaps of money to sway public opinion.
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Cast
Joan Claybrook, Oliver Diaz, Joanne Doroshow, Al Franken, Colin Gourley, Connor Gourley, John Grisham
Director
Director
Susan Saladoff
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Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Political Documentaries
Rent The Singing Revolution on DVD The Singing Revolution
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This moving documentary recounts Estonia's fight for freedom from 50 years of Soviet occupation, telling the remarkable story of the hundreds of thousands of protestors who gathered in public to voice their dissent through song.
Cast
Cast
Linda Hunt, Heiki Ahonen, Mari-Ann Kelam, Tunne Kelam, Mart Laar, Marju Lauristin, Ivo Linna, Tiia-Ester Loitme
Director
Director
James Tusty, Maureen Castle Tusty
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