Top 100 Documentaries

Caine’s Arcade
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This documentary is guaranteed to make you smile or your money back! In this time of a tough economy, it’s inspiring to see the next generation of entrepreneurs starting to emerge from the shadows.

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Silencing the Thunder
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The Yellowstone landscape is vast and diverse. The population of bison that live on this landscape has developed many different survival strategies.

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Burzynski: Cancer is Serious Business
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This award-winning documentary, originally released in 2010, tells the true story of a medical doctor and PhD biochemist named Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski, founder of the Burzynski Research Institute, a bio-pharmaceutical company that is committed to developing cancer treatments based on genomic and epigenomic principles.

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Meat the Truth
4

The ten hottest years that have ever been measured have all occurred in the last fourteen years. Global warming is the world’s current greatest concern; it’s real and humans are most certainly to blame because industrial civilization has caused irreparable damage.

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Control Room
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Control Room, by Jehane Noujaim, an award-winning Arab-American filmmaker who has lived within and embraced both worlds, provides an opportunity to re-examine what is perhaps the most pressing question of international relations today: “is America radicalizing or stabilizing the Arab world?” Without miring itself in shadowy conspiracy theories, Control Room provides a balanced view of Al-Jazeera’s presentation of the second Iraq war to their worldwide Arab audience.

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How to Build a Beating Heart
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It is almost time for humanity to start building humans. The stuff of science fiction has become more of an ethical debate than a theoretical one.

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A Shining Light
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Journeyman Pictures presents, “A Shining Light,” a short film of only 11 minutes following Illac Diaz who began a project called “Liter of Light.” The film takes place in the slums of Manila, Philippines in August of 2012.

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Back to the Moon for Good
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In December 1972 two astronauts climbed into a small metal capsule and prepared to return to Earth. The Apollo 17 crew included the first scientist to set foot on the moon and the astronauts spent more than three days exploring.

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Overview
9

Life-changing stories of seeing the Earth from the outside

In December of 1968, Apollo 8 went to the moon. When the cameras turned to give viewers a look of Earth, many were touched deeply beyond words.

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The Battle of Chernobyl
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On April 26, 1986, a reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the Ukrainian city of Pripyat exploded and began spewing radioactive smoke and gas.

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The Zen Mind
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Zen is a school of Mahāyāna Buddhism. The Japanese word Zen is derived from the Chinese word Chán, which in turn is derived from the Sanskrit word dhyāna, which means “meditation” or “meditative state.” Zen emphasizes experiential prajñā in the attainment of enlightenment.

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Last Days of the Arctic
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The world turns its gaze toward the Arctic. Nowhere are the signs of climate change more visible; here global warming already affects the day-to-day lives of the local people.

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Starsuckers
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Starsuckers is a feature documentary about the celebrity obsessed media, that uncovers the real reasons behind our addiction to fame and blows the lid on the corporations and individuals who profit from it.

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The Yes Men Fix The World
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The Yes Men are world renowned trouble-makers. They specialize in posing as representatives of big corporations they don’t like, making fake websites, and then waiting for people to accidentally invite them for interviews.

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Queen: Inside the Rhapsody
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What makes a song great is when the listener can relate it to his or her own experience and feel it in his or her own life.

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That’s Not Funny
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A Dead Serious Documentary About Comedy

It was Thomas Jefferson who said that ridicule is the only weapon that can be used against unintelligible propositions. There are quite a few people around the globe that refuse to watch movies that aren’t comedies.

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They Chose China
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21 American soldiers came to an astonishing decision following the Korean War: they chose to stay in China and build a life there.

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The Vice Guide to Travel: Takanakuy
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Do you think you’re tough? Let’s take a trip to the mountains of Peru and see how these hypermasculine folks bottle up their personal grudges all year long and then on Christmas day battle it out in the middle of town.

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Earth: The Operator’s Manual
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In much the same way as an operator’s manual gives you important information regarding your car or refrigerator, Earth Science can do the same for the planet.

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The War on Democracy
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Never Believe Anything Until it's Officially Denied

A few years ago, George W. Bush stated “America will not impose our own style of living on the unwilling. Our goal instead is to help others to find their own voice, attain their own freedom, and make their own way.” Nevertheless the United States’ actions in Latin America are proof that exactly the opposite is true.

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Cafe Chavalos
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Overcoming the Streets

Chavalos is a term used to refer to the children marred by drug addiction and crime who roam the streets of Granada, the oldest city in Nicaragua.

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Walking With Dinosaurs
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Episode 1: New Blood Broadcast in 1999, Walking with Dinosaurs set out to create the most accurate portrayal of prehistoric animals ever seen on the screen.

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John Mayer: Someday I’ll Fly
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The best music transcends your playlist and moves into a place in your life where it becomes your companion. This film by Eastwood Allen chronicles the evolution of John Mayer: singer/songwriter, guitar player, touring musician, and recording artist.

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First Ascent: Alone On The Wall
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Twenty-three year old Alex Honnold is taking the high-stakes sport of free solo climbing to new heights. Climbing truly massive walls without a rope, and zero chance of survival if he falls, Alex is calm and fearless (except when it comes to girls).

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The English Surgeon
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Even God Can't Save Everyone

What is it like to have God like surgical powers, yet to struggle against your own humanity? What is it like to try and save a life, and yet to fail?

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Panopticon
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As technology advances our privacy is disappearing. This documentary, Panopticon, explores just how much our personal lives are being affected by the usage of invasive technology to monitor us.

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India Untouched
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‘India Untouched – Stories of a People Apart’ is a comprehensive look at untouchability. Director Stalin spent four years traveling the length and breadth of the country to expose the continued oppression of Dalits, ‘the broken people’, who suffer under a 4,000-year-old religious system.

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HOME
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A Stunning Visual Portrayal of Earth

In just a relatively short period of time, humans have managed to disrupt the balance that is essential to life. Earth is the perfect distance from the sun, so its atmosphere allows it to conserve water in liquid form.

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Dogs Decoded
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PBS NOVA brings us DOGS DECODED: a documentary for dog lovers from around the world. Did you know that there are more pet dogs in the world than there are babies?

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HUMAN
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What is it that makes us human? Is it the ability to love? Is it because we are able to show different emotions and express different feelings?

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The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
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The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (La revolución no será transmitida), also known as Chávez: Inside the Coup, is a 2003 documentary focusing on events in Venezuela leading up to and during the April 2002 coup d’état attempt, which saw President Hugo Chávez removed from office for two days.

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North Korean Labor Camps
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The Founder of VICE travels for 15 hours by train to finally arrive in Siberia and investigate logging camps that are using North Korean slave labor.

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The Brain that Changes itself
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We’ve all heard the saying ’you can’t teach an old dog new tricks’. Well scientists are proving this old adage to be absolutely wrong.

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Money and Life
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A Story About Money That Will Change Your Life

In today’s modern society, money has become the main objective and the ulterior motive to basically everything. People are willing to waste their lives away doing something that they hate day in and day out, just for the sake of making money.

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Bob Marley – Freedom Road
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Robert Nesta Marley, best known simply as Bob Marley, was an extraordinary man. Long after his death, his songs continue to inspire and motivate change in people of all races, all over the world.

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9/11: Decade of Deception
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On the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001, expert witnesses gathered at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada to provide evidence-based research that basically opposed the official story of what took place on that fateful day.

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Bugging Hitler’s Soldiers
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During times of war, high grade intelligence is as vital as firepower. During World War II, the MI19, an intelligence department of the British war office, set out to exploit over 4,000 German prisoners of war in the most ambitious surveillance operation ever attempted.

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The Crisis of Civilization
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The Crisis of Civilization is a feature-length documentary that examines the major crisis that we are facing in the contemporary world.

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The Secret Life of Chaos
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Chaos theory has a bad name, conjuring up images of unpredictable weather, economic crashes and science gone wrong. But there is a fascinating and hidden side to Chaos, one that scientists are only now beginning to understand.

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The Record Breaker
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The Record Breaker is a short documentary that tells the life story of Ashrita Furman, an eccentric and charming middle-aged man who happens to be the person with the most Guinness World Records of all time.

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Body Parts – Denmark
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Imagine that all you need to live is a new heart. The surgeons are standing by. People are dying all around you.

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The Internet’s Own Boy
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The Story of Aaron Swartz

Aaron Swartz was a programmer, writer, and involved in activism that helped shape the Internet. A few of his major contributions he’s made to the technology world are, but not limited to, the invention of RSS feeds, the conceptualization of the Creative Commons, and his involvement in the popular social news site Reddit.

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How Hot Can it Get?
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This time Michael from VSauce explores the concept of temperature and heat in this incredibly interesting documentary. We’ve all heard of absolute zero– the theoretically lowest possible temperature.

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Mr. Happy Man
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Meet Mr. Happy Man: 88-year-old Bermudian Johnny Barnes devotes six hours every day to an endearing traffic ritual that has made him one of the island’s most cherished citizens.

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How to Buy Happiness
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“Money Can’t Buy You Love,” sang The Beatles. But they neglected to mention that money CAN buy you happiness. In this TED TALK, Michael Norton tells you how.

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Insiders: The House with a Star
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Urban exploration is becoming increasingly more popular these days. People all over the world illegally prowl rooftops, abandoned sheds, basements, tunnels, and bomb shelters just to get that adrenaline kick.

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Out in the Silence
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This film tells the story of what it’s like to live in a place where you feel trapped and alone, a place where it’s safer to be silent than to be yourself.

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We Are Legion
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The Story of Hacktivists

Anonymous, a “hacktivist” collective, assert themselves as the rulers of the Internet and protectors of free speech; they represent a certain type of chaotic freedom.

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Everything is a Remix
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Everything is a Remix: in four parts. Digital technology has made everything into a remix: our photographs, our videos, our songs, our memories are a constant re-imagining, re-positioning, and re-filtering.

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Pricele$$
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This film by Steve Cowan explores what it takes to stay in a political office and the impact that money has on the elected leaders.  

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Sunset Over Selungo
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Deep in the jungles of northern Borneo, Malaysia, lies a small village. It’s the last portion of untouched rainforest left in the country.

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Out of the Blue
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The Definitive Guide to the UFO Phenomenon

This award-winning documentary is considered one of the best ever made about UFOs and alien life. Even if you’re skeptical, you’ll be presented with an in-depth look at the scientific side of the debate about extraterrestrial life.

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The Scientist
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The Story of Dr. Raphael Mechoulam and the Endocannabinoid System

This is a documentary that traces the personal story of Nobel Prize nominee Dr. Mechoulam. He was born in Bulgaria and grew up during the war.

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Green Gold
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The story of how modern man is slowly exhausting the planet is not a new one. Deserts are advancing, water is becoming scarce, and every twelve years the Earth’s population increases by 1 billion people.

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Ape Genius
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At a research site in Fongoli, Senegal, a female chimpanzee breaks off a branch, chews the end to make it sharp, and then uses this rudimentary spear to skewer a tasty bush baby hiding inside a hollow tree.

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The Living Stones of Sacsayhuaman
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At a height of 3.5 thousand meters in the Peruvian Andes, one can find a fascinating city called Cuzco that was built during the reign of the Incas.

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The Choice is Ours
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This two-part documentary film by Roxanne Meadows and Joel Holt explores the determinants of behavior to dispel the myths and prove that environment shapes human behavior.

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Wartorn
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In every war, there are invisible wounds

The suicide the rate among servicemen and veterans continues to rise. Many of them come home from war bearing insurmountable emotional pain.

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War on Whistleblowers
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This documentary film brings to the light a few recent cases in which government employees and contractors went before the media to expose their discoveries on fraud and abuse.

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Blood and Oil
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The Middle East in World War I

In the spring of 2003, the United States invaded the country of Iraq and removed its dictator, Saddam Hussein from power.

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Jessie’s Dad
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On February 23, 2005, a repeat sex offender that lived right across the street in a trailer abducted and murdered the nine-year-old daughter of a Florida truck driver by the name of Mark Lunsford.

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Free to Play
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FREE TO PLAY is a feature-length documentary that follows three professional video game players as they compete for a $1,000,000 prize in a competition that could change their lives forever.

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The Third Jihad
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Radical Islam’s Vision for America

There are estimated to be over 1.6 billion Muslims around the world, comprising almost a quarter of the world’s population. Most Muslims are peaceful and do not support terror.

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A Fighting Chance
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A FIGHTING CHANCE, an ESPN Film, is the story of Kyle Maynard, a young man born without arms or legs who lives his life with no excuses.

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Heist: Who Stole the American Dream?
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Contrary to popular belief, Wall Street did not cause the economic crisis of 2008, which led to many thousands losing the jobs, their homes, and their retirement savings.

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Naughty by Nature: Sex and the Jungle
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In Pure Nature Specials: Naughty by Nature (Sex and the Jungle) filmmakers bring together a wide variety of research into the sex lives of wild animals.

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The Cross of the Moment
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This feature-length documentary is a powerful source of information based on interviews done with some of the top academics, scientists and public intellectuals.

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The Secret Life Of The Manic Depressive
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Stephen Fry explores the world of manic depression, a mental illness which affects up to 4 million people in the UK, including himself.

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JFK to 911: Everything is a Rich Man’s Trick
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Immediately after the assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy on November 22, 1963, the United States government came to the conclusion that a lone gun man, a former U.S.

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Sicko
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According to the documentary film Sicko, almost fifty million Americans are uninsured while the remainder, who are covered, are often victims of insurance company fraud and red tape.

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Minecraft: The Story of Mojang
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This film tells the story of one of the most popular video games of all times, Minecraft. The documentary profiles the first year of Mojang, the studio that created the hugely successful computer game Minecraft.

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Euromania
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Uncovering the European Union

Euromania is a film produced by Peter Vlemmix in which he voices his personal concerns over losing his beloved Holland to the European Union and investigates what being part of the E.U.

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The Vice Guide to North Korea
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Getting into North Korea was one of the hardest and weirdest processes VBS has ever dealt with. After we went back and forth with their representatives for months, North Korea officials finally said they were going to allow 16 journalists into the country to cover the Arirang Mass Games in Pyongyang.

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The War You Don’t See
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John Pilger’s “The War You Don’t See,” originally released in 2011, is a timely investigation into the media’s role in war, which begs the question: “how much of what we see on television is the truth?” During World War One, for instance, 16 million died and 21 million were wounded.

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Waste Land
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An uplifting feature documentary highlighting the transformative power of art and the beauty of the human spirit. Top-selling contemporary artist Vik Muniz takes us on an emotional journey from Jardim Gramacho, the world’s largest landfill on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, to the heights of international art stardom.

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9/11 Exposed
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On September 11, 2001 the world watched in disbelief as evil took over. Many couldn’t figure out what had just happened and the original reactions were of anger, deep sorrow, anxiety and everything in between.

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Skid Row
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Skid Row is a 50 to 54-square block area in downtown Los Angeles between 3rd and 7th Streets to the North and South, and Alameda and Main to the East and West.

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Cosmic Journeys: The Age of Hubble
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An army of high-tech telescopes, including the Hubble Space Telescope, is peering into every corner of the universe. They are gathering huge volumes of data that offer explanation to many of the questions that have baffled scientists for years.

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Kill The Messenger
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Sibel Edmonds, a 32-year-old Turkish-American, was hired as a translator by the FBI shortly after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 because of her knowledge of Middle Eastern languages.

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A Walk to Beautiful
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A Walk to Beautiful is an award-winning feature documentary about five Ethiopian women reclaiming their dignity. Rejected by their husbands, having undergone horrifying childbirths, and alone, these women go on a walk and find true beauty.

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Origins
81

Our Roots. Our Planet. Our Future.

Every single one of us can take steps right now to make our planet, our families, and ourselves much better. The purpose of this film is to inspire everybody to choose a healthier lifestyle so we can preserve this planet for the generations to come.

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Are All Men Pedophiles?
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According to some sources, the type of pornographic videos that are most searched for on the Internet are those that include teenaged girls.

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My Life as a Turkey
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Biologist Joe Hutto was mother to the strangest family in the world, thirteen endangered wild turkeys that he raised from egg to the day they left home.

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The Great Culling
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Our Water. Our Food. Our Air.

In the late 1970s, an amazing monument was erected on a hilltop in Elbert, Georgia. It is known as the Georgia Guidestones.

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Forest Man
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Almost four decades ago Jadav Payeng embarked on an impressive project. He decided that he wanted to save his beloved hometown.

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Afghan Muscles
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The young men of Afghanistan have discovered the art of bodybuilding. In a country ravaged by war, these men still hold on to their dreams; dreams of muscle, honour and fame – absolute control of the body in a world of chaos.

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Between the Peaks
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This 2015 Best Documentary Feature Winner of the Mountain Film Festival portrays the experience of three friends who set out to climb two of the Seven Summits in 2013.

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The Ku Klux Klan: A Secret Society
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Waxing and waning in popularity over the decades, the Klan is the proverbial phoenix, rising from the ashes to gain membership and popularity when it seems to be extinguished.

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VICE on HBO: Season 1
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VICE is a documentary TV series that travels the world to uncover some of the most intriguing, often controversial, topics that often go uncovered by the mainstream media.

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Take Me to Pitcairn
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This film is about a man who had a dream. Even though he started out selling mini kites on the street, he dreamed of visiting one of the remotest places on Earth.

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Hofmann’s Potion
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The Pioneers of LSD

In the late 1930s, while the world was being ravaged by war, a Swiss chemist by the name of Albert Hofmann developed a substance that had a huge impact on the way science viewed the human mind.

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Educating Black Boys
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Join DocumentaryStorm, Tony Harris, and Al Jazeera as we go into Baltimore, into the inner city, into the classrooms, and into the head of black boys of America.

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God Grew Tired Of Us
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In 1987, Sudan’s Muslim government pronounced death to all males in the Christian south: 27,000 boys fled to Ethiopia on foot.

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RiP! A Remix Manifesto
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RIP! A Remix Manifesto, being officially backed up by the Canadian government, you will be astounded by what you see and what is openly discussed in this picture.

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Circus Rosaire
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For nine generations the Rosaire family has brought laughter and joy to the world through their work as circus performers. Torn between tradition and the changing world of entertainment, the film documents the family at a crossroads.

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Solitary Confinement
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National Geographic produced and distributed by DocumentaryStorm: SOLITARY CONFINEMENT. We take a look into the darkest, most lonely shadows of the prison system and see what it’s like to be in solitary confinement in the 21st century – and how it’s pretty similar to a 1,000 years ago.

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The Ken and Barbie Killers
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Dubbed ‘The Ken and Barbie Killers’ for their blonde, tanned and seemingly wholesome image, Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka were in fact a husband and wife team of serial killers from Ontario, Canada.

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I.O.U.S.A.
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I.O.U.S.A. boldly examines the rapidly growing national debt and its consequences for the United States and its citizens. Burdened with an ever-expanding government and military, increased international competition, overextended entitlement programs, and debts to foreign countries that are becoming impossible to honor, America must mend its spendthrift ways or face an economic disaster of epic proportions.

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Rise of the Machines
99

Drones have been making the headlines lately with their military use, especially in the Middle East. When we think about drones, we picture spy planes and overseas espionage.

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Into Great Silence
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Into Great Silence is a French Documentary film released in 2005. This edition has no subtitles, nor does it need it.

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