Top 100 Documentaries

Damocracy
1

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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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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Legend of a Warrior
3

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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REFUGE
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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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Find My Phone
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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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Pussy Riot: The Movement
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About six decades ago Rock and Roll changed the world with its dreams of love and peace. It gave artists the power to speak out with a message that was uncommon at the time.

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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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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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Meat the Truth
9

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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Bill Moyers Journal: Buying the War
10

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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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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Chasing Bubbles
12

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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Galapagos: Realm of Giant Sharks
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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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Islam: Empire of Faith
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Episode 1: The Messenger What is Islam? Who is Muhammad? This is the first of 3 part documentary narrated by Ben Kingsley about Islam and attempts to answer these questions.

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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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Standing Army
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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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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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Propaganda
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Propaganda is a viral documentary film that blurs the line between reality, fiction and persuasion. Suggesting what might be a fictionalized premise that the film was presented to a translator from possible defectors from North Korea, the film is apparently a work of propaganda aimed against western society and culture as a means of bolstering the strength of the DPRK.

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Gatekeeper
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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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Gluten: A Gut Feeling
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Gluten has become the new dietary enemy as more people are eliminating wheat and grains from their diets, in pursuit of better health.

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NCR: Not Criminally Responsible
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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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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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Gun Nation
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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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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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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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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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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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Tashi And The Monk
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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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In a Dream
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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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Crapshoot: The Gamble With Our Wastes
30

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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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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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 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 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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Crossroads: Labor Pains of a New Worldview
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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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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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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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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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A Day in Transnistria
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If you’ve never heard of Transnistria or Pridnestrovie, you are not alone. This is the ‘Renegade Republic’, which no state in the world recognizes although they have their own parliament, currency, passport, and national anthem.

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Letting You Go
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Green Gold
50

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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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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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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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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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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Overview
55

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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Out of the Blue
56

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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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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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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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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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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Life: The Griot
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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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TPB AFK: The Pirate Bay Away From Keyboard
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Trashed
68

If You Think Waste is Someone Else's Problem... Think Again

On average, Americans throw out an average of 4.5 pounds of garbage every single day. But where exactly all this garbage end up?

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A Fighting Chance
69

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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Back to the Moon for Good
70

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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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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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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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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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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Terminal F: Chasing Edward Snowden
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Edward Snowden, a 29-year-old who worked as an analyst for the National Security Agency (NSA) has been called a criminal, a coward, and a traitor who betrayed his country.

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The Coca Cola Case
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The Truth That Refreshes

It was Martin Luther King who once said that ‘injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.’ These are the words belted out over a megaphone as a group of supporters in the US take to the streets to speak out against Coca Cola’s shady business practices in countries such as Colombia.

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The Real Castaway
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At the age of fifteen, Martin Popplewell saw the popular 1980 film ‘Blue Lagoon’ starring Brooke Shields and Christopher Atkins. The story is about two teenagers who end up stranded on a tropical island. 

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JIHAD
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A Story of the Others

‘The Quran is our constitution. To see martyrdom in the path of Allah is our highest ambition and our goal.’ These are the words of one of the founding fathers of the Jihad in the UK and one of the people most responsible for spreading jihad throughout the Western world.

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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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The Great Culling
80

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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Heist: Who Stole the American Dream?
81

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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Cold Rush
82

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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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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Bob Marley – Freedom Road
84

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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Origins
85

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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The Third Jihad
86

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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Apartheid Did Not Die
87

In 1994, millions of South Africans waited patiently to vote in the country’s first democratic elections. The world was inspired because it was the end of Apartheid; a system in which people were forcefully segregated based on the color of their skin. 

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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 Light Bulb Conspiracy
89

The Light Bulb Conspiracy, also known as Pyramids of Waste, is a documentary about products that are designed to fail. The term planned obsolescence is the policy of designing or manufacturing a product with a the intent of limiting its lifespan.

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The Vice Guide to North Korea
90

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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Architecture of Doom
91

An absorbing and chilling documentary about the National Socialist aesthetic, and how attempts to create the Aryan Ideal caused the extermination of millions.

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Euromania
92

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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Sicko
93

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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My Life as a Turkey
94

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 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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Wartorn
96

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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The Shining Star of Losers Everywhere
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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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The Immortals
98

A sect has been defined as a small religious group that is usually a derivative of a larger organization. The members usually follow a leader who calls himself a ‘prophet’ or acts like an exclusive spokesperson for God.

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The Living Stones of Sacsayhuaman
99

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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9/11: Decade of Deception
100

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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