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  • The Sorrow and the Pity

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    From its first release at an underground theater in Paris, this account of France's occupation under Nazi regime has been acclaimed as one of the most moving and influential films ever made. Director Marcel Ophüls interviewed the residents of Clermont-Ferrand who remembered...

  • Howard Zinn: A People's History of the United States

    Directed by Olivier Azam, Daniel Mermet • Documentary • With Howard Zinn • 2016 • 100 minutes

    "As long as rabbits don't have historians, history will be written by the hunters."

    With the tremendous success of his book, A People’s History of the United States, Howard Zinn radically changed the w...

  • 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...

  • The Girl With The Rivet Gun

    Directed by Anne de Mare, Kirsten Kelly • Documentary • 2021 • 15 minutes

    Built entirely by women filmmakers, THE GIRL WITH THE RIVET GUN is an unconventional animated documentary short based on the adventures of three real-life 'Rosie the Riveters' - Esther Horne, Susan Taylor King and Mildred ...

  • Fifi Howls from Happiness

    Directed by Mitra Farahani • Documentary • With Bahman Mohassess, Rokni Haerizadeh, Ramin Haerizadeh • 2014 • 102 minutes

    Mitra Farahani’s lyrical documentary explores the enigma of provocative artist Bahman Mohassess, the so-called “Persian Picasso,” whose acclaimed paintings and sculptures dom...

  • My Bolivia, Remembering What I Never Knew

    Directed by Rick Tejada-Flores • Documentary • 2017 • 58 minutes

    My Bolivia is a historic road trip to make sense of a family’s and a country’s past. A Latino filmmaker travels to Bolivia to find the things his parents told him, and what they never said — the family’s slave-owning past, his gran...

  • A Bit of Scarlet

    Directed by Andrea Weiss • Documentary • With Ian McKellen • 1996 • 74 minutes

    Billed as 'a kind of post-modern queer soap opera for Britain', Andrea Weiss' documentary tells a sharp story. She evaluates the way gay and lesbian people have been depicted in mainstream British film and television....

  • The Patriot Game

    Directed by Arthur MacCaig • Documentary • 1979 • 93 minutes

    Rich in emotional images, often tender but more often terrifying, THE PATRIOT GAME tells the story of the long and bitter battle for Northern Ireland.

    The film's introduction covers Ireland's history from British colonization to the t...

  • The Image You Missed

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    Directed by Donal Foreman • Documentary • 2018 • 74 minutes

    An Irish filmmaker grapples with the legacy of his estranged father, the late American documentarian Arthur MacCaig, through MacCaig's decades-spanning archive of the conflict in Northern Ireland.

    Drawing on over 30 years of unique and...

  • 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...

  • Night Mail

    Directed by Harry Watt & Basil Charles Wright • Documentary • 1936 • 23 minutes

    A cornerstone of British documentary, Harry Watt and Basil Wright's NIGHT MAIL, with music by Benjamin Britten and verse by W.H. Auden, stands as a beacon for John Grierson's original purpose for documentary - to mak...

  • Maria Luiza

    Directed by Marcelo Diaz • Documentary • With Maria Luiza Da Silva, Gabriel Graça, Sandra Studart, Diáulas Ribeiro, José Augusto Pinto Serrano • 2019 • 80 minutes

    Maria Luiza da Silva is the first transgender in the history of the Brazilian Armed Forces. After 22 years of work in the military, ...

  • London Can Take It

    Directed by Humphrey Jennings & Harry Watt • Documentary • 1940 • 10 minutes

    Humphrey Jennings and Harry Watt’s famous film, produced at the GPO film unit, is an enduring example of British self-mythology and rousing evidence of the artistic potential of supposed propaganda. A hymn to the Britis...

  • Edward Hopper

    Directed by Ron Peck • Documentary • 1981 • 47 minutes

    A study of the 20th century American painter's life and work.

  • Belly of the Beast

    Directed by Erika Cohn • Documentary • With Kelli Dillon, Cynthia Chandler • 2020 • 82 minutes

    When a courageous young woman and a radical lawyer discover a pattern of illegal sterilizations in California’s women’s prisons, they wage a near-impossible battle against the Department of Corrections...

  • The Silent Village

    Directed by Humphrey Jennings • Documentary • 1943 • 36 minutes

    The villagers of Cwmgiedd, southwest Wales, are the stars of Humphrey Jennings’ unforgettably inventive drama-doc. At Lidice, Czechoslovakia, a mining community’s entire male population was executed by the Nazis in 1942. Jennings (o...

  • Listen to Britain

    Directed by Humphrey Jennings & Stewart McAllister • Documentary • 1942 • 19 minutes

    Documentary, public information film, morale booster; propaganda film – all descriptions that apply to Humphrey Jennings and Stewart McAllister's extraordinary war-time film. Using his customary combination of p...

  • Fires Were Started

    Directed by Humphrey Jennings • Documentary • 1943 • 63 minutes

    A dramatisation of the work of the National Fire Service during the Fire Blitz of the winter and spring of 1940/41.

  • Neither Allah, Nor Master!

    Directed by Nadia El Fani • Documentary • 2011 • 71 minutes

    Winner of the International Secular Prize, Tunisian-Franco filmmaker Nadia El Fani, an avowed atheist, takes a personal approach to this cinematic exploration of secularism in the Muslim country of Tunisia before and after the depositio...

  • Sankara's Orphans

    Directed by Géraldine Berger • Documentary • 2022 • 84 minutes

    Thomas Sankara came to power in Burkina Faso in 1983, with the promise of a revolutionary government that would transform the West African country. To help build the revolution, he sent 600 children — many orphans from rural areas — ...

  • A Diary for Timothy

    Directed by Humphrey Jennings • Documentary • 1946 • 38 minutes

    A diary for the first six months in the life of a baby born 3rd September 1944, illustrating events and daily life during this period of the war. Directed by Humphrey Jennings.

  • The First Days

    Directed by Humphrey Jennings, Harry Watt & Pat Jackson • Documentary • 1939 • 23 minutes

    Sunday 3 September, 1939. The day begins peacefully with people going to church or to the country, but at 11.15am Neville Chamberlain broadcasts from 10 Downing Street the news that Britain has declared war...

  • Margin

    Directed by Maya Da-Rin • Documentary • 2007 • 54 minutes

    Large boats navigate the Amazon River daily, transporting people, animals and goods. This film portrays one of these trips, starting at the border of Brazil and Colombia to the Peruvian city Iquitos. During two days and three nights, pass...

  • Lands

    Directed by Maya Da-Rin • Documentary • 2009 • 75 minutes

    On the triple frontier between Brazil, Colombia and Peru, the twin towns of LetТcia and Tabatinga form an urban island surrounded by the Amazon rain-forest. Following the ordinary events and the constant come and go of people along the bo...