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Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case

by Andreas Johnsen

Premiere Date: October 2, 2015


How the government's attempts to silence Ai Weiwei have turned him into China's most powerful artist and an irrepressible voice for free speech and human rights around the globe. Official Selection of the 2013 International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam.

Don't Tell Anyone (No Le Digas a Nadie)

by Mikaela Shwer

Premiere Date: September 21, 2015


In a community where silence is seen as necessary for survival, immigrant activist Angy Rivera joins a generation of Dreamers ready to push for change in the only home she’s ever known — the United States. A co-presentation with Latino Public Broadcasting.

Beats of the Antonov

by hajooj kuka and Steven Markovitz

Premiere Date: August 3, 2015


Sudanese civilians facing government bombing campaigns celebrate their heritage through music, finding hope and a common identity. Winner, Grolsch People's Choice Documentary Award, 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.

Return to Homs

by Talal Derki

Premiere Date: July 20, 2015


A look behind the barricades of the besieged Syrian city of Homs, where, for 19-year-old Basset and his ragtag group of comrades, the audacious hope of revolution is crumbling like the buildings around them. Winner of the first George Polk Documentary Film Award.

A More Perfect Union

by Mike Rauch and Tim Rauch

Premiere Date: June 29, 2015


Theresa Burroughs recalls her persistence to claim her right to vote during the Jim Crow era in the rural South. (2:48 minutes)

Koch

by Neil Barsky

Premiere Date: September 22, 2014


Meet Ed Koch, the quintessential New Yorker. Combative, funny and blunt, he was mayor from 1978 to 1989, an era of graffiti, near-bankruptcy and crime. Before his death in 2013, the intensely private man recalled his life and legacy. (90 minutes)

A World Not Ours

by Mahdi Fleifel

Premiere Date: August 18, 2014


A passionate, bittersweet account of one family’s multi-generational experience living as permanent refugees at Ain el-Helweh refugee camp in southern Lebanon. (90 minutes)

Getting Back to Abnormal

by Louis Alvarez and Andrew Kolker and Peter Odabashian and Paul Stekler

Premiere Date: July 14, 2014


Election time in New Orleans: Corruption. Racism. Dancing in the streets. And one in-your-face politician trying to get re-elected. Let the good times roll. (90 minutes)

American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs

by Grace Lee

Premiere Date: June 30, 2014


Meet Grace Lee Boggs, a Chinese American philosopher in Detroit who has been waging a revolution for 75 years. Her story unfurls to portray an evolving city and to examine the power of ideas and imagination to propel change. (90 minutes)

POV Short Cuts

by Various Filmmakers

Premiere Date: August 9, 2012


Short is sweet as POV presents brief documentary encounters — the Academy Award-nominated The Barber of Birmingham, the Student Academy Award winner Sin País, and the return of StoryCorps. (60 minutes)

Protest or Terrorism? Stories from Post-9/11 America

by Kelly Duane de la Vega and Katie Galloway and Marshall Curry

Premiere Date: September 6, 2011


Two films featuring political activists who crossed the line into law-breaking and authorities who may have crossed their own lines to catch them.

Better This World

by Kelly Duane de la Vega and Katie Galloway

Premiere Date: September 6, 2011

Encore Broadcast: August 30, 2012


The story of two men who were accused of intending to firebomb the 2008 Republican National Convention, is a dramatic tale of idealism, loyalty, crime and betrayal. (90 minutes)

The Most Dangerous Man in America

by Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith

Premiere Date: October 5, 2010

Encore Broadcast: June 7, 2011


Forty years ago, a whistleblower's daring act of conscience led directly to Watergate, President Nixon’s resignation and the end of the Vietnam War. (90 minutes)

The Principal Story

by Tod Lending and David Mrazek

Premiere Date: September 15, 2009


Over the course of a school year, two public school principals with unique styles and similar passions make a difference in the lives of their students. (60 minutes)

Soldiers of Conscience

by Gary Weimberg and Catherine Ryan

Premiere Date: October 16, 2008


When is it right to kill? In the midst of war, is it right to refuse? Eight U.S. soldiers, some whom have killed and some who have said no, reveal their inner moral dilemmas. (90 minutes)

Critical Condition

by Roger Weisberg

Premiere Date: September 30, 2008


What happens if you get sick and are one of 47 million Americans without health insurance? (90 minutes)

Belarusian Waltz

by Andrzej Fidyk

Premiere Date: August 12, 2008


The story of Alexander Pushkin, whose audacious, comical exploits against totalitarianism find him facing the hostility of the police and the consternation of his family. (60 minutes)

Campaign

by Kazuhiro Soda

Premiere Date: July 29, 2008


This is democracy — Japanese style: the story of a man plucked from obscurity by the ruling political party to run for a critical city council seat. (60 minutes)

The Last Conquistador

by John J. Valadez and Cristina Ibarra

Premiere Date: July 15, 2008


Renowned sculptor John Houser has a dream: to build the world's tallest bronze equestrian statue for the city of El Paso, Texas. (60 minutes)

The Ballad of Esequiel Hernández

by Kieran Fitzgerald

Premiere Date: July 8, 2008


In 1997, U.S. Marines patrolling the Texas-Mexico border as part of the War on Drugs shot and killed Esequiel Hernández Jr. (90 minutes)

Election Day

by Katy Chevigny

Premiere Date: July 1, 2008


Forget the pie charts, color-coded maps and hyperventilating pundits. What's the street-level experience of voters in today's America? (90 minutes)

Wrestling With Angels

by Freida Lee Mock

Premiere Date: December 12, 2007


Tony Kushner, whose epochal Angels in Americawon a Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award, begins a revival run in New York this week, is one of the country's leading playwrights — and one of its fiercest moral critics.

Made in L.A.

by Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar

Premiere Date: September 4, 2007

Encore Broadcast: August 11, 2009


Follow the remarkable journey of three Latina immigrants working in L.A.'s garment factories and their long battle to bring a major clothing retailer to the negotiating table. (90 minutes)

My Country, My Country

by Laura Poitras

Premiere Date: October 25, 2006


Working alone in Iraq over eight months, filmmaker Laura Poitras takes an unforgettable journey into the heart of war-ravaged Iraq in the months leading up to the January 2005 elections.

Maquilapolis

by Vicky Funari and Sergio De La Torre

Premiere Date: October 10, 2006


Carmen and Lourdes work at maquiladoras just over the border in Tijuana, Mexico, where each day they confront labor violations, environmental devastation and urban chaos. (60 minutes)

Al Otro Lado

by Natalia Almada

Premiere Date: August 1, 2006


The proud Mexican tradition of corrido music provides both heartbeat and backbone to this rich examination of songs, drugs and dreams along the U.S./Mexico border.

Street Fight

by Marshall Curry

Premiere Date: July 5, 2005


The Academy Award-nominated film covers the turbulent campaign of Cory Booker, a 32-year-old Rhodes Scholar running for mayor of Newark against a four-term incumbent. (90 minutes)

Chisholm '72

by Shola Lynch

Premiere Date: February 7, 2005


In 1972, Shirley Chisholm became the first black woman to run for president. Her wit, spirit and charisma reminds all Americans of their power as citizens. (75 minutes)

Freedom Machines

by Jamie Stoble and Janet Cole

Premiere Date: September 14, 2004

Encore Broadcast: September 9, 2008


Freedom Machines takes a new look at disability through the lens of assistive technology.

Last Man Standing

by Paul Stekler

Premiere Date: July 20, 2004


Asking what the politics are that launched George W. Bush to national office, award-winning filmmaker Paul Stekler takes his camera to Texas for a lively, behind-the-scenes look at a pair of 2002 elections — one for state representative in a district that includes Lyndon Johnson's hometown, and a polarizing race for governor. (90 minutes)

Bill's Run

by Richard Kassebaum

Premiere Date: June 29, 2004


When documentary filmmaker Richard Kassebaum learned that his younger brother, Bill, a rancher and country lawyer, had decided to run for the Kansas House of Representatives, he left Los Angeles and spent seven weeks on the campaign trail chronicling his brother's first run for public office. (60 minutes)

Farmingville

by Carlos Sandoval and Catherine Tambini

Premiere Date: June 22, 2004


The shocking hate-based attempted murders of two Mexican day laborers catapult a small Long Island town into national headlines, unmasking a new front line in the border wars: suburbia. (90 minutes)

Georgie Girl

by Annie Goldson and Peter Wells

Premiere Date: June 20, 2003


What are the chances that a former prostitute could be elected a Member of the Parliament of New Zealand by a conservative, rural district? What if that person were also a transsexual? The odds may seem daunting, but Georgina Beyer did it. (54 minutes)