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Film Type: Documentary

Beyond the Call

  • Director: Adrian Belic
  • Release Date: 2006
  • Production Country: United States

Three men take it upon themselves to go in and deliver aid to areas in the world that most NGOs won't or cannot access, delivering medical supplies, equipment, food, and sometimes cold hard cash to groups where even the smallest help from outside can mean the difference between life and death.

Blood and Oil: The Middle East in World War I

  • Director: Marty Callaghan
  • Release Date: 2006
  • Production Country: United States

Numerous aspects of the Middle East are examined, including Western political intrigues from World War I, the demise of the Ottoman Empire, and the birth of the Republic of Turkey as the foundation for current events in the Middle East.


  • Director: Christopher Burgard
  • Release Date: 2007
  • Production Country: United States

Fraught with charges of racism and intolerance, the topic of illegal immigration from Mexico to the United States is complex, with many facets, issues, and opinions on both sides of the border. The parties involved (including the people seeking a better life, those who prey on them as they travel north, and the ranchers and volunteers in the United States wanting an end to the damaging passage across their land) have many stories to tell.

Born into Brothels (Born Into Brothels: Calcutta's Red Light Kids)

  • Director: Zana Briski, Ross Kauffman
  • Release Date: 2004
  • Production Country: United States

In India to film a documentary about the sex workers of Kalkota, filmmakers find themselves intrigued by the children of those workers and give them cameras at first so they could record their parents; eventually, however, they make the controversial decision that photography could be a potential route out of poverty for these children.

Bowling for Columbine

  • Director: Michael Moore
  • Release Date: 2002
  • Production Country: Canada, United States, Germany

The United States is not the only nation with easy access to guns, a violent national history, or violent media, yet it has an astronomical crime rate compared to other nations that share these traits. Michael Moore sets out to examine how and why, focusing on the racial violence, bigotry, and corporations that make the guns in order to find his answers.

Brazil: An Inconvenient History

  • Director: Phil Grabsky
  • Release Date: 2000
  • Production Country: Brazil, United Kingdom

The last country to abolish slavery in the Western World, Brazil was by far the largest participant in the Atlantic slave trade, receiving nearly half of all Africans who survived the slave ships.

Bruce Lee: A Warrior's Journey

  • Director: John Little, Bruce Lee
  • Release Date: 2000
  • Production Country: United States, United Kingdom, Hong Kong

Bruce Lee's profile as a movie star and action hero shows his legacy to be the man who introduced the Western world to the martial arts film genre.

Butte, America: The Saga of a Hard Rock Mining Town

  • Director: Pamela Roberts
  • Release Date: 2008
  • Production Country: United States

The discovery of copper in Butte, Montana in the 1880s launches the small mining town on a wild ride of greed, ambition, prosperity, labor strikes, and vice. But when the copper runs out, so do the mine owners, leaving largely forgotten the city that helped launch labor rights and electrify the nation—literally, its only legacy the environmental devastation left in the wake of a glorious past.

Byzantium: The Lost Empire

  • Director: Ron Johnston
  • Release Date: 1997
  • Production Country: United Kingdom

The Byzantines were the last vestige of the Roman Empire and the first Christian Empire that, for 1,000 years, ruled an ever-shrinking empire that nevertheless created great art, literature, and the Hagia Sophia.

Call + Response

  • Director: Justin Dillon
  • Release Date: 2008
  • Production Country: United States

Contrary to popular Western belief, slavery is alive and well in the 21st century. Experts and victims discuss the realities of the slave trade, such as children who are kidnapped to become soldiers or sex workers, while singers and other artists lend their talents in an attempt to raise awareness about the issue.

Cave of Forgotten Dreams

  • Director: Werner Herzog
  • Release Date: 2010
  • Production Country: Canada, United States, France, Germany, United Kingdom

The prehistoric paintings in the Chauvet Cave in France are spectacularly displayed, providing learnings about primitive man from the oldest known depictions of humankind.

Chasing Ice

  • Director: Jeff Orlowski
  • Release Date: 2012
  • Production Country: United States

Photographer James Balog's passion for photographing ice becomes a passion for showing the world the reality of climate change as he documents the rapid decline of glaciers around the globe.

Chelovek s kinoapparatom (The Man with a Movie Camera or Living Russia)

  • Director: Dziga Vertov
  • Release Date: 1929
  • Production Country: Soviet Union

Before traffic cams, before cell phone cameras, and before the idea of Big Brother watching, one Soviet filmmaker and his camera documented just how much a camera could see. The camera records not only the day-to-day routines of people in an industrializing Soviet Union, but also the myriad angles from which life and objects could be recorded, even to the reversal of time itself, as film turns back the clock on everything from chess to a butchered side of beef.

Chicago 10

  • Director: Brett Morgen
  • Release Date: 2007
  • Production Country: United States

Violence gradually escalates at the rallies held during the 1968 Democratic National Convention to protest President Lyndon B. Johnson's policies on the Vietnam War. The 20,000 police and National Guardsmen called in to keep the peace exacerbate the emotions and anger of the 15,000 or so protestors until full scale rioting breaks out—but only 8 people were ever charged, all of them from among the protestors.

Children Underground

  • Director: Edet Belzberg
  • Release Date: 2001
  • Production Country: United States

Victims of Nicolae Ceaușescu's social engineering, the unwanted children of Romania struggle to survive on the streets... fighting, stealing, and inhaling glue for a few moments of relief and euphoria each day. Even those children who attempt to maintain some dignity in their lives face an uphill battle in a country seemingly too overwhelmed with the poverty and the numbers of these children to effectively accomplish any significant changes in their circumstances.

Chircales (The Brickmakers)

  • Director: Marta Rodríguez, Jorge Silva
  • Release Date: 1972
  • Production Country: Columbia

A family of poverty-stricken brickmakers in Columbia provide a view into labor and living for Indigenous Columbians.

Cinema 500 km

  • Director: Abdullah Al-Eyaf
  • Release Date: 2006
  • Production Country: Saudi Arabia

Movie theaters do not exist in Saudi Arabia, so a young Saudi fan applies for a visa and travels to Bahrain so that he can see a movie in a theater for the first time in his life.

Cinema Is Everywhere

  • Director: Teal Greyhavens
  • Release Date: 2011
  • Production Country: United States

Actresses, actors, directors, film-goers, all find their own truths in film, yet the truths found are often universal human truths. Four different "film stories" are told here: an actress struggling to find success despite racial barriers; a novice director in a saturated film market; a documentary filmmaker going against cultural taboos; and a successful actress and director trying to forge new connections with film audiences. Together, they document how film not only tells our stories but is our story.

Clear Cut: The Story of Philomath, Oregon

  • Director: Peter Richardson
  • Release Date: 2006
  • Production Country: United States

Philomath, Oregon has long been a lumber town, but the decline of the timber industry in the late twentieth century threatens the community's traditional way of life. The older, rural culture built on the rhythms of the lumber trade and the urban identity of the newer residents are at odds, a difference crystallized in the battle over a decades-old tradition of providing scholarships to local high school graduates—grants funded by the largesse of an industry many of the newer residents neither understand nor value.

Crèvecoeur (Heartbreak Ridge)

  • Director: Jacques Dupont
  • Release Date: 1955
  • Production Country: France

Garcet is finally shed of his job as a liaison officer and given a military command with the French troops in Korea. Now he must win the respect of both his men and his peers if he truly wants to lead, though he cannot answer the question his volunteer troops most want answered: Just what is it they are here to fight—and likely die—for?

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