Top 100 Documentaries

Dwarf in China
1

This documentary tells the story a Dutch street performer who travels throughout rural China telling an unusual story that touches the hearts of young and old.

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Rhinos Without Borders
2

About a hundred years ago there were close to one million rhinos living in South Africa. These days their amounts have dwindled to about 20,000 white rhinos, 4,000 black rhinos, and only three northern white rhinos The population just keeps shrinking.

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The Bad Boy of Bowling
3

Pete Weber calls himself the best in the world because he believes he is. He was inducted to the Bowling Hall of Fame in 1998 and holds 37 career titles.

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The Butterfly Child
4

Imagine being in so much pain that you can even feel it in your sleep. Imagine that pain never ever going away, not even for a minute.

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Nuestra Santisima Muerte (Our Most Holy Death)
5

“Holy Death, protect us. Holy Death, hear us. Holy Death, come into us. Holy Death, be with us…” These are the words of a prayer offered once a month before an altar set up on a street corner in Mexico City.

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Salmon Confidential
6

A keystone species is a species that is essential to the functioning of the ecosystem as a whole. Such a species supports the entire interdependent network of life because other animals simply cannot live without it.

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The Fallen of World War II
7

World War II began on September 1, 1939 when Germany invaded Poland. Two days later, Britain and France declared war on Germany and most of the other members of the Commonwealth of Nations followed suit.

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Just The Way You Are
8

Most children in the United States that were born between the late sixties and the early nineties watched Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.

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Legend of a Warrior
9

Frank Lee arrived in Canada in 1960. He was Grandmaster White Crane Kung Fu who devised his own style for contact fighting.  

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Two Hearts – India
10

DocumentaryStorm.com brings you another in our extremely popular conjoined twins series.   This time, we look at Stuti and Aradhana: two twins from India who are extremely poor.

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Cambodia’s Hollywood Dad
11

Scott Neeson: From Hollywood highs to Cambodia’s slum kids

Scott Neeson went from being a poor young immigrant from Scotland, working as a projectionist in a drive-in movie theater to becoming a top Hollywood movie industry executive.

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When We Were Knights
12

BASE jumping is an extreme sport that has become increasingly popular in the last few years. In 2016, there was a dramatic rise in BASE jumping deaths.

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The Frozen Road
13

American novelist Jack London once said,  “Any man, who is a man, can travel alone.” Twenty-four year old Ben Page took this saying to heart and decided to cycle around the world.

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REFUGE
14

Human Stories From The Refugee Crisis

The world is changing quickly and the things that some take for granted are impossible dreams for others. Many men, women, and children have had to leave the comforts of their home and the familiarity of their place of birth to set out on a quest for survival.

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Adam Thorn Presents: The Temple of the Viper
15

Malaysia is home to some of the most dangerous and treacherous jungles on the planet. These jungles are home to an impressive diversity of living things.

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FLOORED
16

For Some People, Risking Everything is Nothing

On April 3, 1848, a group of 83 merchants founded the Chicago Board of Trading. It was an exciting enterprise. Futures Trading permitted buyers and sellers to manage their risk against unpredictable price fluctuations.

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Dear President Obama
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The Clean Energy Revolution is NOW

In his 2012 State of the Union Address, President Barack Obama stated that nowhere is the promise of innovation greater than in American-made energy.

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Meat the Truth
18

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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US Veterans: Not Forgotten
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The military conflicts that the United States has been involved in has produced thousands of veterans. Most of these men and women have a very hard time coping with real life once they return home.

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Damocracy
20

Dams: Destroying Amazonia and Mesopotamia

The world’s last remaining rivers are in danger of disappearing along with the millions of lives and cultures that depend on them.

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War By Other Means
21

In 1985 ‘Live Aid’ became a symbol of concern and generosity, but a little known fact is that during that year the hungriest countries in Africa gave twice as much money to developed nations than what they received from them.

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Vanishing Point
22

Imagine being only six years old, waking up one day and being told you are going to leave your home and all the familiar places where you’ve played.

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Beauties Save the World
23

Taking On The Silent Eco Threat From Plastic Microbead Pollution

A team comprised of 14 female researchers hop on a yacht and sail to the Caribbean. When they first made the announcement, there were many chuckles.

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Inside the Superhuman World of the Iceman
24

Nowadays it’s easy to come across somebody offering miracle cures and fake therapy. But when somebody comes around that can actually back up his claims, it’s time to set aside all preconceived notions and start learning.

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Gallipoli
25

Between April in 1915 and January 1916, a military disaster took place that claimed the lives of about 58,000 allied soldiers on the Gallipoli Peninsula in the northwestern coast of Turkey.

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Chasing Bubbles
26

The True Story of "The Worst Sailor to Ever Sail Around the World."

This is the story of a man named Alex, who wanted more out of life. He loved to do crazy things as a small child growing up in Southern Indiana.

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H.O.P.E
27

What You Eat Matters

This is a film about how the consequences of our choices aren’t limited only to us.  Since we all share this planet we are all affected by the decisions others make.

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Burzynski: Cancer is Serious Business
28

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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Standing Army
29

A standing army is a permanent militia maintained in times of peace and war. This film shares an often-untold story and reveals something of which most citizens of the United States are unaware.

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Caine’s Arcade
30

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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Bill Moyers Journal: Buying the War
31

The story of how the media bought what the White House was selling has not been told in depth on television.

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500 MILES
32

There’s a program called Heroes and Horses that is focused on helping combat veterans to heal. 20% of veterans with PTSD become addicted to drugs.

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Crapshoot: The Gamble With Our Wastes
33

A hazardous mix of waste is flushed into the sewer every day. The billions of litres of water – combined with unknown quantities of chemicals, solvents, heavy metals, human waste and food – where does it all go?

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Last Days of the Arctic
34

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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Find My Phone
35

About 300 smartphones get reported as stolen every week in the Netherlands.  In Amsterdam alone, about 17 missing phones are reported every day.

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Carb-Loaded: A Culture Dying to Eat
36

How many of the health problems that we are witnessing today are the result of our modern food culture? With all the advancements in medicine, people should be healthier now than ever before, however it seems like exactly the opposite is the case. 

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The Yes Men Fix The World
37

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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Bugging Hitler’s Soldiers
38

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 Living Forest
39

The concept of Kawsak Sacha (living forest) is not new; it’s just common sense. And the Kitchwa men and women know exactly why this is important.

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Vice on HBO: Season 2
40

VICE is a documentary TV series that portrays the sometimes-absurd reality of what’s going on around the world. These are the controversial and intriguing stories that the mainstream media usually overlooks.

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Prisoner Number A26188: Henia Bryer
41

This thought-provoking film tells the story of a Holocaust survivor in her own words. Henia was born into a middle-class Jewish family.

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Gatekeeper
42

In the year 2015, almost 70 people committed suicide every day in Japan. That amounts to a total of 24,025 documented cases.

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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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Out of Mind, Out of Sight
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Brockville Mental Health Centre is a forensic psychiatric hospital where people who have committed violent crimes are sent to receive treatment for their mental illness.

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Gun Nation
45

There seems to be an insatiable thirst for firearms in the United States. Some statistics show that there are over 350 million guns in the country.

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A Shining Light
46

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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How to Build a Beating Heart
47

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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Tashi And The Monk
48

How Far Will Kindness Take You?

Lobsang Phuntsok is a Buddhist monk that received the honor of being trained under the guidance of His Holiness The Dalai Lama.

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Cry of the Wild
49

Bill Mason— a lover and defender of wildlife, directed this film by the National Film Board of Canada. Very few people can honestly say that they have ever heard the howl of the wolf echoing across the Northern Lake. 

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In a Dream
50

Every year tens of thousands of people visit South Philadelphia to take a look at Isaiah Zagar’s art and to witness his life commemorated on the walls.

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Panopticon
51

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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Ferryman at the Wall
52

Mike Davidson first arrived at Big Bend because he was moving out of Texas and wanted to be around mountains. As an active outdoorsman he thought it would be a good idea to visit the national park before leaving.

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Life Inside ‘Islamic State’
53

In January 2014, a new Jihadist group invaded Syria and set up its headquarters in Raqqa. Since then the Islamic State they established has become the most extremist terrorist group in the modern history of the world.

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Letting You Go
54

This film presents the painful reality of those who have to struggle with mental disease every day. Most of the times medications have little to no effect and the patients are left hanging on to sanity by the fingernails.

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Lions: The New Endangered Species?
55

A man steps out of a jeep somewhere near Pretoria, South Africa. He calls out a name and within seconds two large female lions trot towards him and throw their full weight against his body.

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The Bitcoin Phenomenon
56

The short definition of bitcoin is: cash for the Internet. Basically it’s a new kind of currency and a payment network.

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The Mirror of the Spirit
57

This compelling documentary reaffirms the power of one of the world’s greatest traditional medicine, ayahuasca.  The film gathers an impressive cast of traditional practitioners, enthusiasts, and Western converts to reveal the essence of the ayahuasca experience.

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Out of the Blue
58

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
59

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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Dogs Decoded
60

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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Starsuckers
61

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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Crossroads: Labor Pains of a New Worldview
62

Directed by documentarian Joseph Ohayon, Crossroads: Labor Pains of a New Worldview, puts into question the human condition in the context of the 21st century.

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Queen: Inside the Rhapsody
63

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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Person of the Forest
64

Many years ago when there were no humans, there were great apes, very similar to the ones we know today. New research is underway to uncover and understand the unique regional behaviors of wild orangutans.

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HUMAN
65

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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Transplanting Memories?
66

Is science’s understanding of how memory works quite as cut and dried as once thought? In recent years several heart transplant recipients have reported unexpected side effects including experiencing memories, habits and desires they never had before.

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They Chose China
67

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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HOME
68

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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Cobra Gypsies
69

Musician and filmmaker Raphael Treza journeys into the heart of Northern India to spend three months living among one of the country’s nomadic tribes: the gypsies of Rajasthan called Kalbelia.

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Galapagos: Realm of Giant Sharks
70

In the far reaches of the Galapagos archipelago there is a remote island that is more like an ancient crumbling volcano.

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Qandeel
71

When somebody dares to go against the established norms in a culture, they become an easy target for criticism, judgment, and even death.

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The Crisis of Civilization
72

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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Silencing the Thunder
73

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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Bob Marley – Freedom Road
74

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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The Strange New World of Nanoscience
75

Where and what is nano? How will it shape our future? Nanoscience is the study of phenomena and manipulation of materials at the nanoscale, where properties differ significantly from those at a larger scale.

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Escobar’s Hitman
76

In the 1980s Medellin, Colombia was considered one of the most dangerous cities in Latin America. Pablo Escobar ran his drug cartel from this location and made millions of dollars yearly from drug trade and other illegal activities.

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Psychedelic Soldiers
77

Every veteran faces the risk of having to live with trauma for the rest of his or her life. Suicidal thoughts, anger, and fantasizing about killing are just a few of the dangers that often accompany post-traumatic stress.

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Cafe Chavalos
78

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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Life: The Griot
79

What Can One Man Do?

The word griot is a noun that means a member of a class of traveling poets, musicians and storytellers who maintain a tradition of oral history in parts of West Africa.

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The Internet’s Own Boy
80

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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Overview
81

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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TPB AFK: The Pirate Bay Away From Keyboard
82

Directed by Simon Klose TPB AFK (The Pirate Bay Away From Keyboard) begins the day prior to the trial of the co-founders of the world’s largest file sharing site, The Pirate Bay.

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The Vice Guide to Travel: Takanakuy
83

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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Green Gold
84

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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Back to the Moon for Good
85

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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The Choice is Ours
86

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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The English Surgeon
87

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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The Brain that Changes Itself
88

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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NCR: Not Criminally Responsible
89

Police received a call one night indicating that a woman was being stabbed in front of a WalMart.  The victim was a 22-year-old woman who was getting married within a short period of time.

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Everything is a Remix
90

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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First Ascent: Alone On The Wall
91

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 Shining Star of Losers Everywhere
92

This film tells the amazing story of a horse from a small countryside racetrack few people had ever heard about. The horse wore a pink Hello Kitty mask and lost a hundred races, but in 2003 she became a glimmer of hope for losers everywhere.

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North Korean Labor Camps
93

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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Bajau People: The Sea Gypsies
94

The Bajau people, also known as Sea Gypsies, live in the waters of the Sulu Sea and the Celebes Sea, east of Borneo.

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Free to Play
95

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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An Inconvenient Border: Where China Meets North Korea
96

China and North Korea share a border split by the rivers Yalu and Tumen. At night you can stand on one side and experience the complete darkness on the other side.

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Earth: The Operator’s Manual
97

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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Cold Rush
98

Drilling for Oil Amid Artic Ice

There is a man-made island that is the size of two football fields in the Pechora Sea. It can accommodate 200 people and its known as the Prirazlomnaya Platform.

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The Secret Life of Chaos
99

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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Chasing the Dragon
100

Each year more people die from drug overdose than from car accidents or gun violence. Approximately one in five high school seniors reports misusing prescription drugs at least once in their lifetime.

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