Top Social & Cultural Documentaries movies on DVD and Blu-ray

Rent Super Size Me on DVD Super Size Me
Synopsis
Director Morgan Spurlock takes a hilarious and often terrifying look at the effects of fast food on the human body, using himself as the proverbial guinea pig. For one month, Spurlock eats nothing but McDonald's fare.
Cast
Cast
Morgan Spurlock, Bridget Bennett, Dr. Lisa Ganjhu, Dr. Daryl Isaacs, Alexandra Jamieson, Dr. Stephen Siegel
Director
Director
Morgan Spurlock
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Food Stories
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 Born into Brothels on DVD Born into Brothels
Synopsis
Documentarians Zana Briski and Ross Kauffman offer a humorous and heartfelt portrayal of the resilience of children and the magic of art to transform the lives of young people living in the brothels of Sonagchi, Calcutta.
Cast
Cast
Zana Briski
Director
Director
Zana Briski, Ross Kauffman
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries, Photography
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 God Grew Tired of Us on DVD God Grew Tired of Us
Synopsis
After raising themselves in the desert along with thousands of other "lost boys," Sudanese refugees John, Daniel and Panther have found their way to America, where they experience electricity, running water and supermarkets for the first time.
Cast
Cast
Panther Bior, John Bul Dou, Daniel Abol Pach, Nicole Kidman
Director
Director
Christopher Dillon Quinn
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Biographical 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 Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room on DVD Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room
Synopsis
Based on the book of the same name by Peter Elkin, director Alex Gibney's documentary takes a behind-the-scenes look at the powerful energy company whose downfall forever changed the landscape of the business world.
Cast
Cast
Peter Coyote, John Beard, Jim Chanos, Dick Cheney, Carol Coale, Gray Davis, Reggie Dees II, Joseph Dunn, Max Eberts, Peter Elkind, David Freeman, Philip Hilder, Al Kaseweter, Bethany McLean, Amanda Martin-Brock
Director
Director
Alex Gibney
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Crime 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 Man on Wire on DVD Man on Wire
Synopsis
Philippe Petit captured the world's attention in 1974 when he walked across a high wire between New York's Twin Towers. This Oscar winner for Best Documentary explores the preparations that went into the stunt as well as the event and its aftermath.
Cast
Cast
Philippe Petit, Jean François Heckel, Jean-Louis Blondeau, Annie Allix, David Forman, Alan Welner, Mark Lewis, Barry Greenhouse
Director
Director
James Marsh
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural 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 What the #$*! Do We Know!? on DVD What the #$*! Do We Know!?
Synopsis
When she's thrust from her mundane life into an unfamiliar world, Amanda must develop an all-new perception of her surroundings and the people she interacts with in this quirky film that explores neurological processes and quantum uncertainty.
Cast
Cast
Marlee Matlin, Elaine Hendrix, John Ross Bowie, Robert Bailey Jr., Barry Newman, Larry Brandenburg
Director
Director
William Arntz, Betsy Chasse, Mark Vicente
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Spiritual Mysteries, Faith & Spirituality Documentaries
Rent The Cove on DVD The Cove
Synopsis
A group of activists and filmmakers travels to the small village of Taiji, Japan, to secretly obtain footage of a heavily guarded operation that captures and kills scores of dolphins to use as meat.
Cast
Cast
Richard O'Barry, Joe Chisholm, Mandy-Rae Cruikshank, Charles Hambleton, Simon Hutchins, Kirk Krack, Isabel Lucas, Hayden Panettiere, Roger Payne, John Potter
Director
Director
Louie Psihoyos
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent Jesus Camp on DVD Jesus Camp
Synopsis
Operated by pastor Becky Fisher, the Kids On Fire School of Ministry aims to indoctrinate children into a Christian movement that blends political activism with religion. This documentary follows three kids at the controversial summer camp.
Cast
Cast
Becky Fischer, Lou Engle, Ted Haggard, Mike Papantonio
Director
Director
Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Faith & Spirituality Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent Good Hair on DVD Good Hair
Synopsis
Chris Rock hops around the world going from beauty salons to science labs to comb through the mystery of African American hair. Rock contemplates the purpose and application of a weave as well as women's self-esteem and their locks.
Cast
Cast
Chris Rock, Raven-Symoné, Maya Angelou, Eve, Meagan Good, Ice-T, KRS-One, Al Sharpton, Nia Long
Director
Director
Jeff Stilson
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent This Film Is Not Yet Rated on DVD This Film Is Not Yet Rated
Synopsis
Kirby Dick's provocative documentary investigates the secretive and inconsistent process by which the Motion Picture Association of America rates films, revealing the organization's underhanded efforts to control culture. Dick questions whether certain studios get preferential treatment and exposes the discrepancies in how the MPAA views sex and violence. Interviewees include John Waters, Darren Aronofsky, Maria Bello, Atom Egoyan and more.
Cast
Cast
Darren Aronofsky, Maria Bello, Mary Harron, Matt Stone, Kimberly Peirce, John Waters, Kevin Smith, Atom Egoyan
Director
Director
Kirby Dick
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Miscellaneous Documentaries
Rent The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill on DVD The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill
Synopsis
This poignant documentary chronicles the true story of a modern-day St. Francis of Assisi, a homeless San Francisco street musician by the name of Mark Bittner who adopts a flock of wild parrots as he searches for meaning in his life. With a surprise ending that left festival audiences cheering, director Judy Irving's film celebrates urban wildness -- human and avian -- and links parrot antics to human behavior.
Cast
Cast
Mark Bittner
Director
Director
Judy Irving
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Indie Documentaries, Science and Nature Documentaries, Ages 8-10, Ages 11-12
Rent The Aristocrats on DVD The Aristocrats
Synopsis
More than 100 funny people (including big stars and lesser-known talents) tell the same raunchy vaudeville joke -- with about 100 different results -- in director-comedian Paul Provenza's outrageously foul-mouthed documentary.
Cast
Cast
Mario Cantone, Whoopi Goldberg, Chris Rock, Lewis Black, Don Rickles, George Carlin, Robin Williams, Andy Dick, Sarah Silverman, Trey Parker, Carrie Fisher, Phyllis Diller, Drew Carey, Billy Connolly, Hank Azaria, Gilbert Gottfried, Jason Alexander, Judy Gold, Eddie Izzard, Penn & Teller, Bill Maher, Kevin Nealon, Kevin Pollak, Paul Reiser, Bob Saget
Director
Director
Paul Provenza
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent Babies on DVD Babies
Synopsis
Documentary filmmaker Thomas Balmes charts the simultaneous early development of four babies from different parts of the world, illustrating what makes human life unique, similar and precious wherever it occurs.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Thomas Balmes
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Pregnancy & Parenting, France
Rent Spellbound on DVD Spellbound
Synopsis
This Oscar-nominated entry documents the intense experience of the National Spelling Bee as seen through the eyes of eight young spellers, with viewers glimpsing the kids' private lives as they train for and compete in the ultimate cerebral showdown. While they try to keep their eyes on the $10,000 prize, their personal stories illuminate their quirks, their obsessive study habits and their alternately heartbreaking and inspiring family dynamics.
Cast
Cast
Harry Altman, Ashley White, Angela Arenivar, Emily Stagg, Ted Brigham, Nupur Lala, April DeGideo, Neil Kadakia
Director
Director
Jeffrey Blitz
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent Mad Hot Ballroom on DVD Mad Hot Ballroom
Synopsis
Ballroom dancing goes from lame to cool for a group of New York City students in this insightful documentary, which follows a group of 11-year-olds as they learn to dance old-school styles including the merengue, rumba, tango, foxtrot and swing. Candid interviews capture the kids' initial reluctance at learning ballroom dance and their transformation into serious competitors determined to win a citywide competition.
Cast
Cast
Heather Berman, Emma Therese Biegacki, Paul Daggett, Graciela Daniele, Pierre Dulaine, Tara Devon Gallagher, Brian David Cange, Madeleine Hackney, Rodney Lopez, Victoria Malvagno
Director
Director
Marilyn Agrelo
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Indie Documentaries, Latin & Ballroom Dance, Ages 8-10, Ages 11-12
Rent Catfish on DVD Catfish
Synopsis
When gifted 8-year-old artist Abby contacts young photographer Nev through Facebook, he's intrigued. He gradually becomes involved with her family, even falling for her older sister -- until he realizes something's not quite right.
Cast
Cast
Yaniv Schulman, Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman, Melody C. Roscher, Angela Wesselman-Pierce
Director
Director
Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries, Miscellaneous 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 Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price on DVD Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price
Synopsis
Filmmaker Robert Greenwald takes aim at the corporate giant that's come to symbolize big business in America -- Wal-Mart -- blasting the box-store Goliath for allegedly paying substandard wages, skimping on employee benefits and gutting communities.
Cast
Cast
Don Hunter, Jon Hunter, Jeremy Hunter, Matt Hunter, Johnny Faenza, Frank Mormino, John Bruening, Tom Glassburner, Weldon Nicholson, Al Norman
Director
Director
Robert Greenwald
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural 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 Buck on DVD Buck
Synopsis
Master horseman Buck Brannaman, inspiration for The Horse Whisperer, reveals details of his troubled childhood and how our communication with our animal companions can teach us lessons about how we relate to fellow human beings.
Cast
Cast
Buck Brannaman, Robert Redford
Director
Director
Cindy Meehl
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent Grey Gardens on DVD Grey Gardens
Synopsis
Documentary pioneers the Maysles brothers (Gimme Shelter) capture poignant moments in the lives of Jackie O's quirky relatives -- Edith Bouvier Beale, aka Big Edie, and her middle-aged daughter, Little Edie -- at their decaying estate, Grey Gardens. The ladies shut out their bleak present by recalling richer times and lost loves, and while Little Edie confides that she'd like to leave, the camera captures an enduring co-dependency.
Cast
Cast
Edith 'Little Edie' Bouvier Beale, Edith Bouvier Beale
Director
Director
Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Ellen Hovde, Muffie Meyer
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent Wordplay on DVD Wordplay
Synopsis
From the masters who create the mind-bending diversions to the tense competition at the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament, Patrick Creadon's documentary reveals a fascinating look at a decidedly addictive pastime. Creadon captures New York Times editor Will Shortz at work, talks to celebrity solvers -- including Bill Clinton and Ken Burns -- and presents an intimate look at the national tournament and its competitors.
Cast
Cast
Will Shortz, Merl Reagle, Tyler Hinman, Trip Payne, Al Sanders, Ellen Ripstein, Jon Delfin, Jon Stewart, Ken Burns, Amy Ray, Emily Saliers, Daniel Okrent, Mike Mussina, Bob Dole, Bill Clinton
Director
Director
Patrick Creadon
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Hobbies & Games, Miscellaneous Hobbies & Games
Rent Restrepo on DVD Restrepo
Synopsis
Author Sebastian Junger and photographer Tim Hetherington spent a year embedded with the Second Platoon in Afghanistan, chronicling the hard work, fear and brotherhood that comes with repelling a deadly enemy in this Oscar-nominated documentary.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Tim Hetherington, Sebastian Junger
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Military Documentaries, Social & Cultural 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 Young@Heart on DVD Young@Heart
Synopsis
Coldplay, the Clash and Jimi Hendrix will never sound the same once you've heard the Young@Heart chorus, a group of Massachusetts senior citizens who thrill audiences worldwide with their unusual -- and unusually poignant -- covers of rock songs. Stephen Walker's humane and heartwarming documentary, which premiered at Sundance in 2008, follows the elderly ensemble as they prepare their latest show for public performances.
Cast
Cast
Joe Benoit, Helen Boston, Louise Canady, Elaine Fligman, Jean Florio, Len Fontaine, Stan Goldman, Jeanne Hatch, Eileen Hall, Donald Jones
Director
Director
Stephen Walker, Sally George
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Rock & Pop
Rent Super High Me on DVD Super High Me
Synopsis
Determined to find out the true effects of cannabis on the human body, stand-up comedian and former Stoner of the Year Doug Benson chronicles his experience as he avoids pot for a month and then consumes massive amounts of the drug for 30 days.
Cast
Cast
Doug Benson, Bob Odenkirk, Graham Elwood, Greg Proops, Rob Huebel, Rob Riggle, Brian Posehn, Patton Oswalt, Sarah Silverman
Director
Director
Michael Blieden
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent Baraka on DVD Baraka
Synopsis
Accompanied by diverse world music -- without any dialogue -- this mesmerizing visual study conveys the relationship between humans and the environment, with images ranging from the daily devotions of Tibetan monks to views of the Hong Kong skyline.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Ron Fricke
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Experimental
Rent Exit Through the Gift Shop on DVD Exit Through the Gift Shop
Synopsis
Filmmaker Thierry Guetta's project to chronicle the underground world of street art takes a fascinating twist when he meets elusive stencil artist Banksy, who turns the project around to film Guetta while he reinvents himself as a street artist.
Cast
Cast
Banksy, Shepard Fairey, Thierry Guetta, Rhys Ifans, Space Invader, Jay Leno, Joshua Levine
Director
Director
Banksy
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Art & Design, Painting
Rent Devil's Playground on DVD Devil's Playground
Synopsis
When Amish teens turn 16, they have the opportunity to venture out in the "Devil's Playground" (the Amish's term for the outside world) and indulge in 21st-century vices such as drinking and smoking -- a period called "Rumspringa." This documentary tracks 18-year-old Faron's struggle to reconcile his drug addiction with his deeply ingrained desire to live his parents' Amish life. But ultimately, committing to the church will be his decision.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Lucy Walker
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Faith & Spirituality Documentaries, Faith & Spirituality, Religion & Mythology Documentaries
Rent Dark Days on DVD Dark Days
Synopsis
Documentarian Marc Singer trains his camera on a group of homeless people who live in an abandoned New York City railroad tunnel. At night, they retreat underground, where they have a sense of community that many surface dwellers would envy.
Cast
Cast
Marc Singer
Director
Director
Marc Singer
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries
Rent The September Issue on DVD The September Issue
Synopsis
Director R.J. Cutler's documentary offers a rare look inside Vogue as the fashion magazine's influential editor, Anna Wintour, and creative director, Grace Coddington, produce the highly anticipated September issue.
Cast
Cast
Anna Wintour, Hamish Bowles, Charles Churchward, Oscar de la Renta, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Karl Lagerfeld, Philip Lim, Coco Rocha, Mario Testino, Isabel Toledo, Vera Wang, Grace Coddington, André Leon Talley, John Galliano
Director
Director
R.J. Cutler
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Style & Beauty
Rent Dave Chappelle's Block Party on DVD Dave Chappelle's Block Party
Synopsis
Comedian extraordinaire Dave Chappelle hosts this remarkable block party shot in Brooklyn, N.Y., featuring performances by Kanye West, Mos Def, The Roots, the reunited Fugees and many others.
Cast
Cast
Dave Chappelle, Kanye West, Mos Def, The Roots, Fugees, Dead Prez, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu
Director
Director
Michel Gondry
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Rockumentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Rap & Hip-Hop, Contemporary R&B, Urban & Dance
Rent The Last Waltz on DVD The Last Waltz
Synopsis
Director Martin Scorcese captures the legendary final concert by The Band, staged at San Francisco's Winterland arena on Thanksgiving Day 1976. Along with revealing interviews, the concert footage features Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and Bob Dylan.
Cast
Cast
The Band, Rick Danko, Robbie Robertson, Richard Manuel, Levon Helm, Garth Hudson, Eric Clapton, Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Emmylou Harris, Ringo Starr, Van Morrison, Muddy Waters
Director
Director
Martin Scorsese
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Rockumentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Classic Rock, Rock & Pop
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 Cocaine Cowboys on DVD Cocaine Cowboys
Synopsis
This penetrating documentary from director Billy Corben pulls out all the stops to explore the many dimensions of Miami's cocaine-trafficking boom of the 1980s, as told by the smugglers, cops and average citizens who were there. The film is an unflinching study of Miami's most notorious and lethal vice -- from how the drug was moved and its financial impact on the city to the havoc and violence that followed in its wake.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Billy Corben
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Crime Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent The King of Kong on DVD The King of Kong
Synopsis
When Steve Wiebe got laid off, he turned to the classic arcade game Donkey Kong for solace; soon, he challenged Billy Mitchell's long-standing record score. So began the bitter rivalry that lies at the heart of this curiously compelling documentary.
Cast
Cast
Billy Mitchell, Steve Wiebe, Walter Day, Todd Rogers, Steve Sanders, Brian Kuh, Roy Shildt, Doris Self, Nicole Wiebe, Mark Alpiger
Director
Director
Seth Gordon
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries, Triumph of the Underdogs
Rent The Bridge on DVD The Bridge
Synopsis
Over the span of a year, cameras capture tormented souls trying to kill themselves by leaping from San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, underscoring the landmark's rep as the world's most popular suicide destination.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Eric Steel
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent Dogtown and Z-Boys on DVD Dogtown and Z-Boys
Synopsis
Legendary skateboarder Stacy Peralta directed this fast-paced, award-winning documentary that focuses on the Z-Boys of Venice Beach, Calif., who revolutionized skateboarding in the 1970s when they infused surfing techniques into the sport. Credited with founding skating culture as we know it, these young, innovative guys became legends in the field, and the depth of their influence is still felt in a variety of sports -- and society -- today.
Cast
Cast
Jay Adams, Bob Biniak, Paul Constantineau, Shogo Kubo, Jim Muir, Peggy Oki, Stacy Peralta, Sean Penn
Director
Director
Stacy Peralta
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Sports Documentaries, Skateboarding, Extreme Sports, Sports Stories
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 The Future of Food on DVD The Future of Food
Synopsis
Before compiling your next grocery list, you might want to watch filmmaker Deborah Koons Garcia's eye-opening documentary, which sheds light on a shadowy relationship between agriculture, big business and government. By examining the effects of biotechnology on the nation's smallest farmers, the film reveals the unappetizing truth about genetically modified foods: You could unknowingly be serving them for dinner.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Deborah Koons
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Science and Nature Documentaries, Food & Wine, Food Stories
Rent Deliver Us from Evil on DVD Deliver Us from Evil
Synopsis
This Oscar-nominated documentary investigates the life pedophile priest Oliver O'Grady and exposes corruption that allowed him to abuse countless children. Victims' stories and a disturbing interview with O'Grady offer a view into his troubled mind.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Amy Berg
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Crime Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Indie 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 Rize on DVD Rize
Synopsis
Former commercial photographer and music video director David LaChapelle delves into the "krumping" culture in South Central Los Angeles, capturing the unbelievable gyrations of dancers with moves so quick that they warrant a special disclaimer.
Cast
Cast
Tommy the Clown, Larry Berry, Dragon, La Niña, Miss Prissy, Kevin Scott Richardson, Lil C., Tight Eyez
Director
Director
David LaChapelle
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Hip-Hop & Contemporary Dance, Dance
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
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Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Political Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
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In this fascinating Oscar-nominated documentary, American guitarist Ry Cooder brings together a group of legendary Cuban folk musicians (some in their 90s) to record a Grammy-winning CD in their native city of Havana. The result is a spectacular compilation of concert footage from the group's gigs in Amsterdam and New York City's famed Carnegie Hall, with director Wim Wenders capturing not only the music -- but also the musicians' life stories.
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Cast
Ry Cooder, Ibrahim Ferrer, Rueben Gonzalez, Eliades Ochoa, Omara Portuondo, Compay Segundo, Joachim Cooder, Amadito Valdés
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In this blistering, satirical documentary, ex-journalist Michael Moore gives a personal account of the tough times in his hometown of Flint, Mich., after the General Motors plant was closed in the mid-1980s. The film revolves around Moore's dogged attempts to gain an interview with Roger Smith, the elusive and well-insulated head of GM and the man responsible for massive layoffs that eliminated more than 30,000 jobs and left the town destitute.
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Cast
Michael Moore, Roger B. Smith, Pat Boone, Anita Bryant, Ronald Reagan, Bob Eubanks
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Director
Michael Moore
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Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries
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Attending predominantly white Roosevelt High because her mother thinks she'll have better opportunities under the school's successful coach, gifted black hoopster Darnellia Russell puts herself -- and her coach -- through the wringer. Shot in a suburban Seattle high school over a seven-year period, director Ward Serrill's stirring documentary explores the complicated relationship between gender, race and organized sports.
Cast
Cast
Darnellia Russell, Bill Resler, Joyce Walker, Ludacris
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Director
Ward Serrill
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Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Sports Stories, Sports Documentaries, Basketball, African-American Documentaries
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Director Paul Justman's music-infused documentary chronicles the reunion of the Funk Brothers -- the anonymous backup group that from 1959 to 1972 provided the music for nearly every hit produced by Berry Gordy's famous Motown Records.
Cast
Cast
Andre Braugher, Earl Van Dyke, Joe Hunter, Johnny Griffith, Eddie Willis, Joe Messina, Robert White, Benny 'Papa Zita' Benjamin, Richard 'Pistol' Allen, Uriel Jones, James Jamerson, Bob Babbitt, Jack Ashford, Eddie 'Bongo' Brown, Ben Harper, Chaka Khan, Tom Scott, Martha Reeves, Bootsy Collins, Montell Jordan, Gerald Levert, Me'Shell NdegeOcello, Joan Osborne, Rudy Robinson
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As orphans living in the midst of civil war, Peter and Santino dealt with dangers like lion attacks and gunfire from militia. But even more daunting are the challenges they face in suburbia after they're chosen to start a new life in America. Megan Mylan and Jon Shenk direct this award-winning documentary that follows two Sudanese refugees throughout their intense journey from their native Africa to the United States.
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Cast
Santino Majok Chuor, Peter Kon Dut
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Megan Mylan, Jon Shenk
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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.
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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
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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.
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Cast
Director
Director
Spike Lee
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Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Historical Documentaries, Political Documentaries
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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.
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Cast
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Director Daniel G. Karslake goes to the Bible to examine the ways in which conservative Christian groups have used -- and sometimes exploited -- scripture to deny human rights to gays and lesbians around the world.
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Cast
Imogene Robinson, Victor Robinson, Gene Robinson, Isabella McDaniel, Brenda Poteat, David Poteat, Tonia Poteat, Randi Reitan, Phil Reitan, Jake Reitan, Britta Reitan, Jane Gephardt, Richard Gephardt, Chrissy Gephardt, Mary Lou Wallner
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Glimpse at what happens backstage at a Broadway show with this documentary that follows hopeful dancers as they audition for spots in the 2006 revival of "A Chorus Line." Clear parallels exist between the aspiring actors and the events in the play.
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Whitwell Middle School in Tennessee is the setting for this documentary about an extraordinary experiment in Holocaust education. Struggling to grasp the concept of 6 million Holocaust victims, the students decide to collect 6 million paper clips.
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Cast
Sandra Roberts, Dagmar Schindel-Hildebrad, Tom Bosley, Linda Hooper, Peter Schroeder, David Smith
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In director Leon Gast's Oscar-winning documentary, reigning world champion George Foreman and former champ Muhammad Ali, who was supposedly past his prime, meet in Zaire for the much-anticipated 1974 "Rumble in the Jungle" heavyweight title bout.
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Cast
Muhammad Ali, George Foreman, Don King, James Brown, B.B. King, Mobutu Sese Seko, Spike Lee, Norman Mailer, George Plimpton, Thomas Hauser
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Leon Gast
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Director Abby Epstein's controversial documentary takes a hard look at America's maternity care system, juxtaposing hospital deliveries against the growing popularity of at-home, natural childbirths that some expectant parents are opting for. Former talk show host Ricki Lake was inspired to produce this compelling exposé after a dissatisfying birthing experience with her first child left her with many unanswered questions.
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Cast
Ricki Lake
Director
Director
Abby Epstein
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Genres
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Focusing on research by two food scientists, this documentary reveals that despite broad advances in medical technology, the popularity of animal-based and modern processed foods have led to epidemic rates of obesity, diabetes and other diseases.
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Cast
Director
Director
Lee Fulkerson
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Genres
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Shedding light on the legal system -- and on the media machine that often demonizes the accused -- this gripping documentary follows the notorious West Memphis Three, a trio of boys arrested for the murders of three children found in a creek bed. Appearing on many critics' year-end Top 10 lists for 1996, this film from directors Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky also won the National Board of Review's prestigious prize for Best Documentary.
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Cast
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In this character-driven documentary, filmmakers Eric Chaikin and Julian Petrillo follow four "word nerds" through their fastidious preparations and smaller tournaments that lead to the national championship Scrabble tournament in San Diego in 2002. Our favorite contender: Joel Sherman, a true dork with acid reflux trouble (he constantly quaffs Maalox) and no other discernable job besides playing Scrabble.
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Director
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In 1964, a filmmaker interviewed a diverse group of 7-year-olds and vowed to track their lives every seven years. Now, those "kids" are 49 years old. This documentary series reveals how Apted's subjects collectively serve as a microcosm of society.
Cast
Cast
Bruce Balden, Jacqueline Bassett, Symon Basterfield, Andrew Brackfield, John Brisby, Suzanne Dewey, Nicholas Hitchon, Neil Hughes, Lynn Johnson, Paul Kligerman, Susan Sullivan, Tony Walker
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We use it every day on our computers, we see it on street signs -- and we take it for granted. Now, Gary Hustwit's unique documentary introduces us to Helvetica, a font whose readability has made it the most popular font in the world.
Cast
Cast
Michael Bierut, Wim Crouwel, Erik Spiekermann, Paula Scher, Otmar Hoefer, Neville Brody, Stefan Sagmeister, Tobias Frere-Jones, Massimo Vignelli
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Rent The 11th Hour on DVD The 11th Hour
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Actor Leonardo DiCaprio's documentary on the global environmental crisis paints a portrait of a planet at risk while also offering some exciting and radical solutions for making life on earth sustainable. Tapping the brains of leading scientists and thinkers -- including Stephen Hawking and Mikhail Gorbachev -- the film ultimately delivers a hopeful message: Our planet may be in crisis, but that doesn't mean it's too late change.
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Cast
Leonardo DiCaprio, Mikhail Gorbachev, Stephen Hawking, Dr. Andrew Weil, Wangari Maathai
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Amir Bar-Lev directs this thought-provoking documentary about a precocious 4-year-old artist whose abstract works have drawn critical comparisons with modernist greats such as Kandinsky, Picasso and Pollack. Her talents have already profited her and her parents hundreds of thousands of dollars. But is she truly an artistic visionary trapped in the body of a preschooler, or is her gift with a paintbrush mere illusion?
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Cast
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Director
Amir Bar-Lev
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This harrowing documentary chronicles what became known as the "rape of Nanking," a World War II-era tragedy in which more than 200,000 Chinese citizens were murdered and tens of thousands were raped at the hands of Japanese soldiers.
Cast
Cast
Hugo Armstrong, Rosalind Chao, Stephen Dorff, John Getz, Mariel Hemingway, Chris Mulkey, Jürgen Prochnow, Sonny Saito, Graham Sibley, Mark Valley, Robert Wu, Woody Harrelson
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Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent Jonestown: The Life.... of Peoples Temple on DVD Jonestown: The Life.... of Peoples Temple
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How could one man -- Peoples Temple leader Jim Jones -- persuade 900 people to commit mass suicide by drinking cyanide-laced Kool-Aid in the jungles of Guyana? This penetrating portrait of the demented preacher attempts to answer that question. Using never-before-seen footage and audio accounts of two Jonestown survivors, documentarian Stanley Nelson paints a chilling picture of a social experiment gone horribly awry.
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Cast
Director
Director
Stanley Nelson
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Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Historical Documentaries
Rent Cave of Forgotten Dreams on DVD Cave of Forgotten Dreams
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In this spellbinding documentary, filmmaker Werner Herzog offers an unprecedented examination of the Chauvet Cave, a cavern in southern France that contains the oldest human-painted images yet to be found on Earth.
Cast
Cast
Werner Herzog, Dominique Baffier, Jean Clottes, Jean-Michel Geneste, Carole Fritz, Gilles Tosello, Michel Philippe, Julien Monney, Nicholas Conard, Charles Fathy
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Werner Herzog
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Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries
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After journeying to the four corners of the world to unearth the causes of inequality, professor Jared Diamond came up with a straightforward explanation: People's fortunes hinge on their geography and their contact with guns, germs and steel.
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Cast
Peter Coyote, Jared Diamond
Director
Director
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Genres
Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, TV Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, National Geographic
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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.
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Cast
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Director
Director
David Gelb
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Genres
Documentary, Foreign, Biographical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Food Stories, Foreign Documentaries, Japanese Language
Rent Seven Up / 7 Plus Seven on DVD Seven Up / 7 Plus Seven
Synopsis
When Seven Up was broadcast in 1964, it broke new ground and became the first segment of a laborious and momentous labor of love: an engrossing chronicle of the lives of 14 students from varied social backgrounds, beginning when they were 7 years old. The first meeting with the group of wide-eyed, innocent children invites viewers to take a look at lives in the making; the follow-up film, 7 Plus Seven, checks in on them 7 years later.
Cast
Cast
Bruce Balden, Jacqueline Bassett, Symon Basterfield, Andrew Brackfield, John Brisby, Peter Davies, Suzanne Dewey, Charles Furneaux, Nicholas Hitchon, Neil Hughes, Lynn Johnson, Paul Kligerman, Susan Sullivan, Tony Walker
Director
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Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, TV Documentaries, United Kingdom
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Set in civil war-ravaged Northern Uganda, this Best Documentary Oscar nominee follows the lives of three youngsters who attend school in a refugee camp and find hope through a rich tradition of song and dance. Coming from a world in which children are abducted from their families and forced to fight in the rebel army, these kids give it their all when they travel to the capital city to take part in the prestigious Kampala Music Festival.
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Director
Director
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Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, World Music, World Dance, Indie Documentaries
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Featuring classic renditions of "Sympathy for the Devil," "Under My Thumb," "Satisfaction," "Jumpin' Jack Flash" and "Wild Horses," this unvarnished documentary chronicles the Rolling Stones' chaotic 1969 American tour. The film starts off on a high note at a riveting New York City show and concludes in the aftermath of the infamous Altamont Speedway gig, where Hell's Angels who were hired to do security ultimately brutalized concert-goers.
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Cast
Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Mick Taylor, Charlie Watts, Bill Wyman, Jefferson Airplane, Marty Balin, Paul Kantner, Grace Slick, Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh, Ike Turner, Tina Turner, Bob Weir
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Tracing Valentino Garavani's life from his 70th birthday to his final couture show, this fashionable documentary captures the spirit of the legendary designer's influence on the style and substance of the way we look.
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Cast
Valentino Garavani, Giorgio Armani, Giancarlo Giammetti, Gwyneth Paltrow, Claudia Schiffer, Anna Wintour, Donatella Versace
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Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Style & Beauty
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In this contemplative documentary, filmmaker Tom Shadyac conducts in-depth interviews with prominent philosophers and spiritual leaders -- including Archbishop Desmond Tutu -- about what ails the world and how to improve it.
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Cast
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Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries
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Filmmaker Chris Bell points the camera at his brothers and at himself -- all of them users of steroids -- for this thought-provoking examination of sports, competition and the unyielding pressure to succeed.
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Chris Bell
Director
Director
Chris Bell
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Documentary, Sports Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
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Adult-film stars bare their souls about their careers and their celebrity in this behind-the-scenes look at the making of photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders's book <i>XXX: 30 Porn-Star Portraits</i>. Along with footage of Greenfield-Sanders as he shoots the portraits for his revealing tome, the film also captures candid conversations about the porn industry with authors, artists and cultural experts.
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Cast
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On January 19, 1995, a 22-year-old undergraduate in gender studies named Annabel Chong embarked on a marathon crusade to secure fame, notoriety and a permanent place in the hallowed halls of fornication. Her feat: having sex with 251 men over the course of one 10-hour day, doubling the record set by a sex worker in Amsterdam. Discover exactly what went into her decision in this fascinating, disturbing and intensely provocative documentary.
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Cast
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Genres
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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.
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Cast
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Documentary, Political Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
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In this slice-of-life documentary, filmmaker Nanette Burstein follows five high school seniors in Warsaw, Ind., and captures their struggles in and out of the classrooms, including their friendships and romantic relationships. Chock full of the drama and emotion that accompany the adolescent experience, the film offers a compelling glimpse into the problems and issues that teenagers confront on a daily basis.
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Cast
Hannah Bailey, Colin Clemens, Geoff Haase, Megan Krizmanich, Mitch Reinholt, Jake Tusing, Ali Wikalinska
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Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries
Rent Lost in La Mancha on DVD Lost in La Mancha
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Filmmakers Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe chronicle the making of a movie that was never actually completed in this documentary about Terry Gilliam's repeated (and repeatedly failed) attempts to bring the story of Don Quixote to the big screen. In the end, it seems Gilliam's passionate project -- which starred Johnny Depp, Vanessa Paradis and Jean Rochefort -- metamorphosed into the impossible dream.
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Cast
Terry Gilliam, Johnny Depp, Jean Rochefort, Vanessa Paradis, Bernard Bouix, Rene Cleitman, Benjamin Fernandez, Tony Grisoni, Philip A. Patterson, Nicola Pecorini, Gabriella Pescucci, Jeff Bridges
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Intrepid filmmaker Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me) directs this bitingly ironic documentary, which scrutinizes the pervasive marketing, advertising and product placement practices that have become standard in the entertainment industry.
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Morgan Spurlock, Ben Silverman, Brett Ratner, Noam Chomsky, Ralph Nader, Quentin Tarantino, J.J. Abrams, Peter Berg, Antwan "Big Boi" Patton
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This documentary chronicles the disturbing true story of an obsessive relationship gone awry in 1950s New York, between a married lawyer and his twenty-something mistress. The fallout from their eventual break-up made headlines across the country.
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Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
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Meet the Siegels, glitterati who made a fortune in the time-share business, only to see it crumble in the 2008 financial collapse. The site of their rise and almost-fall is their home (America's largest), a gaudy replica of the Palace of Versailles.
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Ride along with actor-comedian Vince Vaughn as he drives his Wild West Comedy Show -- a 30-day stand-up tour featuring comedians Ahmed Ahmed, John Caparulo, Bret Ernst and Sebastian Maniscalco -- more than 6,000 miles across the country. This chronicle of each performance also includes interviews, behind-the-scenes antics and interludes with Vaughn and special guests Jon Favreau, Justin Long and Peter Billingsley.
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Cast
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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.
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Cast
Brian Steidle, Nicholas Kristof
Director
Director
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Documentary, Political Documentaries, Military Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
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Based on the 1994 autobiography of film producer Robert Evans, this documentary follows Evans's career as he went from fresh-faced clothing executive to Hollywood actor to Paramount executive to legendary producer (Marathon Man, Chinatown). We also follow Evans through a cocaine controversy, into disreputation and low times, and finally to his comeback producing several 1990s films. Evans himself provides the narration.
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Robert Evans
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Nanette Burstein, Brett Morgen
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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.
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Cast
Mike Bonanno, Andy Bichlbaum, Michael Moore, Dr. Andreas Bichlbauer
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Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Political Documentaries
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Filmmaker Taggart Siegel paints a fascinating portrait of a man who refused to yield. By transforming his farm into an experimental haven in the late 1960s, John Peterson attracted hundreds of artists, hippies and other political radicals. But when the agriculture crisis of the late 1980s led to the farm's eventual collapse -- and his neighbors publicly branded him a devil worshipper -- most locals thought he'd call it quits. They were wrong.
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John Peterson
Director
Director
Taggart Siegel
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Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
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Featuring the voices of Dakota Fanning and Larry Pine and the work of talented animators, this documentary tells the story of Henry Darger, a reclusive janitor by day with few -- if any -- friends, but by night a literary artist with a unique vision. Darger's resulting 15,000-page epic is a wonderland of imagination as it details the exploits of seven angelic sisters who lead a rebellion against men who enslave children.
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Jessica Yu
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Filmmaker Kurt Kuenne's poignant tribute to his murdered childhood friend, Andrew Bagby, tells the story of a child custody battle between the baby's grieving grandparents and Shirley Turner, Bagby's pregnant ex-girlfriend and suspected killer. Initially, Kuenne made this documentary as a memorial for Andrew's loved ones, but it morphs into an emotional legal odyssey when Turner goes free on bail and is allowed to raise her son.
Cast
Cast
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Director
Director
Kurt Kuenne
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Genres
Documentary, Crime Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
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