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  • I Talk to Animals

    Directed by Peter Friedman • Documentary • With Samantha Khury • 1990 • 54 minutes

    Samantha is an "animal therapist and psychic" who has convinced skeptical pet owners, zoo keepers, and race horse trainers that she really can "talk" to their animals. Here we see her at work counselling race hors...

  • An Encounter with Simone Weil

    Directed by Julia Haslett • Documentary • With Soraya Broukhim • 2014 • 85 minutes

    "An Encounter with Simone Weil" tells the story of French philosopher, activist, and mystic, Simone Weil – a woman Albert Camus described as "the only great spirit of our time." On her quest to understand Simone W...

  • Lomax the Songhunter

    Directed by Rogier Kappers • Documentary • 2005 • 95 minutes

    Alan Lomax (1915-2002) devoted his life to recording the world's folk tunes before they would permanently disappear with the rise of the modern music industry. In LOMAX THE SONGHUNTER filmmaker Rogier Kappers follows the route that Lom...

  • Lumumba

    Directed by Raoul Peck • Drama • With Eriq Ebouaney • 2001 • 115 minutes

    Made in the tradition of such true-life political thrillers as Malcolm X and JFK, Raoul Peck's award-winning Lumumba is a gripping epic that dramatizes for the first time the rise and fall of legendary African leader Patric...

  • Django

    Directed by Etienne Comar • Drama • With Reda Kateb, Cécile de France • 2017 • 117 minutes

    During the German Occupation, gypsy Django Reinhardt, a true hero of the guitar, is at the peak of his career. Every night he has Paris reeling to his swing music at the Folies Bergères, while his gypsy br...

  • Starring Picasso

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    Whether animated or experimental, these four films and one series with Pablo Picasso showcase his talent and personality often in surprising, unexpected ways.

  • Mr. Fish: Cartooning from the Deep End

    Directed by Pablo Bryant • Documentary • With Dwayne Booth • 2018 • 70 minutes

    A political cartoonist known for his outrageous and subversive art, Mr. Fish’s work has been published in places such as Harper’s, The Nation, The Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly and The Village Voice and sites like trut...

  • Howard Zinn: You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train

    Directed by Deb Ellis and Denis Mueller • Documentary • With Matt Damon • 2010 • 78 minutes

    This acclaimed film looks at the amazing life of the renowned historian, activist and author. Following his early days as a shipyard labor organizer and bombardier in World War II, Howard Zinn became an a...

  • Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune

    Directed by Kenneth Bowser • Documentary • With Joan Baez, Billy Bragg, Tom Hayden, Christopher Hitchens, Sean Penn, Pete Seeger, Peter Yarrow • 2010 • 97 minutes

    As our country continues to embroil itself in foreign wars, PHIL OCHS: THERE BUT FOR FORTUNE is a timely and relevant tribute to an u...

  • Ruth Stone's Vast Library of the Female Mind

    Directed by Nora Jacobson • Documentary • 2022 • 77 minutes

    After tragedy strikes, acclaimed poet Ruth Stone retreated to the margins of the literary world, working tirelessly to provide for her children, and transforming her intense grief into poetry, using simple, startling language.

    Using a ...

  • Sacco and Vanzetti

    Directed by Peter Miller • Documentary • With John Turturro, Tony Shalhoub, Howard Zinn, Arlo Guthrie, Studs Terkel • 2006 • 82 minutes

    Sacco and Vanzetti brings to life the story of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, two Italian immigrant anarchists who were accused of a murder in 1920, and ...

  • The Greenaway Alphabet

    Directed by Saskia Boddeke • Documentary • 2017 • 70 minutes

    The fascinations of filmmaker Peter Greenaway, whose motto is "art is life and life is art,"are captured like butterflies and arranged in an alphabet, a form that suits him perfectly as an encyclopedist. In intimate conversations with ...

  • American Socialist: Eugene Debs

    Directed by Yale Strom • Documentary • With Eugene Victor Debs, Amy Madigan, Richard Wolff, Dr. Frances Fox Piven, Dr. Nick Salvatore • 2018 • 97 minutes

    Bernie Sanders inspired a generation – but who inspired him? Yale Strom's new documentary traces the history of American populism by exploring...

  • Nelson Algren: The End is Nothing, The Road is All

    Directed by Mark Blottner, Ilko Davidov & Denis Mueller • Documentary • 2015 • 85 minutes

    This in-depth portrait of notorious American author Nelson Algren uses interviews, rare archival footage, and the gritty voice of Algren himself to capture the elusive and unique literary figure whose fame ...

  • Camille Claudel

    Directed by Bruno Nuytten • Drama • With Isabelle Adjani, Madeleine Robinson, Laurent Grevill, Philippe Clevenot, Gérard Depardieu • 1988 • 175 minutes

    The biography of the iconic French sculptor Camille Claudel in a tale of love, betrayal and female empowerment. When her enthusiasm for the arts...

  • Foucault Against Himself

    Directed by Francois Caillat • Documentary • With Michel Foucault • 2014 • 52 minutes

    'Don't ask me who I am, and don't tell me to remain the same.' -- Michel Foucault From the history of madness, to sexuality and pleasure in classical antiquity, to the law and penal institutions, the breadth of...

  • Roque Dalton

    Directed by Tina Leisch • Documentary • 2013 • 85 minutes

    It was once illegal to read books by Roque Dalton, one of El Salvador's most celebrated poets, in his own country. A descendant of legendary outlaws the Dalton Gang, he devoted his life to the cause of socialist revolution in Latin Americ...

  • King of the Hill

    Directed by William Canning, Donald Brittain • Documentary • 1974 • 56 minutes

    Spring 1972. The Chicago Cubs are poised to win the National League's Pennant race, lead by their star pitcher, a Black Canadian named Ferguson Jenkins, who was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1991. Out of ...

  • Artists and Love (2 Seasons)

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    From Georgia O’Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz to Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, ARTISTS & LOVE delves into the tumultuous romantic and creative partnerships that shaped some of the towering figures of modern art. Over the course of two seasons, directors Stéphanie Colaux and Delphine Deloget chronicl...

  • Margaret Sanger: A Public Nuisance

    Directed by Terese Svoboda and Steve Bull • Documentary • 1992 • 28 minutes

    MARGARET SANGER: A PUBLIC NUISANCE highlights Sanger's pioneering strategies of using media and popular culture to advance the cause of birth control. It tells the story of her arrest and trial, using actuality films, va...

  • This Old Cub

    Directed by Jeff Santo • Documentary • With Ron Santo, Bill Murray, William Petersen • 2003 • 98 minutes

    A documentary about Ron Santo’s remarkable life and career, not only examining his years as a player and broadcaster, but his longtime struggle with the disease that has cost him a leg but ha...

  • Tina In Mexico

    Directed by Brenda Longfellow • Documentary • 2004 • 60 minutes

    A new independent feature documentary by acclaimed Canadian director Brenda Longfellow, TINA IN MEXICO, follows the tumultuous and epic story of Tina Modotti, revolutionary, bohemian spirit and renowned photographer, acclaimed for h...

  • Fengming, a Chinese Memoir

    Directed by Wang Bing • Documentary • 2017 • 184 minutes

    Often cited as one of the great documentary achievements, Wang Bing’s dazzling tour-de-force — a gripping monologue recounting five decades in the life of a once-ardent socialist in the new China — is a testament to the power of oral histo...

  • Portrait of Jason

    Directed by Shirley Clarke • Documentary • 1967 • 108 minutes

    On the night of December 2, 1966, Clarke and a tiny crew convened in her apartment at the Hotel Chelsea to make a film. There, for twelve straight hours they filmed the one-and-only Jason Holliday as he spun tales, sang, donned costum...