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Stimulating documentaries that will make you laugh, cry, and everything in between.

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Born into Brothels
SOCSCI DVD BOR / R

While living in the red light district of Calcutta, documenting life in the brothels, New York-based photographer Zana Briski embarked on a project by which she gave cameras to the children of prostitutes and taught them photography, awakening within them hidden talent and creativity and giving them a means to transform their lives.


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Buck
BIOGRAPHY DVD BRANNAMAN / PG

Follows Buck Brannaman from his abusive childhood to his phenomenally successful approach to horses. A real-life ‘horse-whisperer’, he eschews the violence of his upbringing and teaches people to communicate with their horses through leadership and sensitivity, not punishment. Buck possesses near magical abilities as he dramatically transforms horses, and people, with his understanding, compassion and respect.


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Nova: Car of the Future
TRANSPOR CARS DVD CAR / NOT RATED

With soaring prices at the pump and worries about the global greenhouse, it’s no laughing matter. But the car guys turn an expert, comic eye on the promise and pitfalls of tomorrow’s auto tech.


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Exit Through the Gift Shop
ART DVD EXI / R

An eccentric French shopkeeper turned documentary maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner with spectacular results. Banksy is a graffiti artist with a global reputation whose work can be seen on walls from post-hurricane New Orleans to the Palestinian segregation wall in the West Bank. Fiercely guarding his anonymity to avoid prosecution, Banksy has so far resisted all attempts to be captured on film.


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Freakonomics
BUSINESS ECON DVD FRE / PG-13

he highly anticipated film version of the phenomenally bestselling book about incentives-based thinking by renowned economists Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner. Like the book, the film examines human behavior with provocative and sometimes hilarious case studies, bringing together a dream team of filmmakers responsible for some of the most acclaimed and entertaining documentaries in recent years.


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American Experience: Freedom Summer
SOCSCI CIVTRS FRE / TV-PG

In the hot and deadly summer of 1964, the nation could not turn away from Mississippi. Over ten memorable weeks known as Freedom Summer, more than 700 student volunteers joined with organizers and local African Americans in a historic effort to shatter the foundations of white supremacy in one of the nation’s most segregated states, even in the face of intimidation, physical violence, and death.


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Hey, Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird
BIOGRAPHY DVD LEE / NOT RATED

Mary McDonagh Murphy’s Hey, Boo explores the To Kill a Mockingbird phenomenon and unravels some of the mysteries surrounding Harper Lee, including why she never published again. It also brings to light the context and history of the novel’s Deep South setting and the social changes it inspired after publication.


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Inside Job
BUSINESS ECON DVD INS / PG-13

Provided is an analysis of the global financial crisis of 2008, which nearly resulted in a global financial collapse. Through exhaustive research, and extensive interviews with key financial insiders, politicians, journalists, and academics, traces the rise of a rogue industry which has corrupted politics, regulation, and academia.


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Frontline: The Interrupters
SOCSCI DVD INT / NOT RATED

The moving and surprising stories of three Violence Interrupters who, with bravado, humility, and even humor, try to protect their Chicago communities from the violence they once employed. Shot over the course of a year, this documentary captures a period in Chicago when it became a national symbol for the violence in America’s cities.


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Murderball
SPORTS DVD MUR / R

A film about tough, highly competitive quadriplegic rugby players. These men have been forced to live life sitting down, but in their own version of the full-contact sport, they smash each other in custom-made gladiator-like wheelchairs. In addition to smashing chairs, it will smash every stereotype you ever had about the disabled.


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Planet Earth: The Complete BBC Series
SCIENCE EARTH DVD PLA / NR

A stunning 11-part series that captures rare action, impossible locations, and intimate moments with our planet’s best-loved, wildest, and most elusive creatures.


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Ken Burns: Prohibition
HISTORY US 20TH DVD PRO / NOT RATED

This explores the extraordinary story of what happens when a freedom-loving nation outlaws the sale of intoxicating liquor, and the disastrous unintended consequences that follow. The utterly relevant cautionary tale raises profound questions about the proper role of government and the limits of legislating morality.


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Searching for Sugar Man / PG-13
BIOGRAPHY DVD RODRIGUEZ

In the early 1970s, Sixto Rodriguez was a Detroit folksinger who had a short-lived recording career. Unknown to him, his musical story continued in South Africa where he became a pop music icon. Long rumored there to be dead, a few fans in the 90s decided to seek out the truth of his fate. What follows is a heartening story in which they found far more in their quest than they ever hoped.


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Stories We Tell
SOCSCI DVD STO / PG-13

In this inspired, genre-twisting film, Oscar-nominated writer/director Sarah Polley discovers that the truth depends on who’s telling it. Polley is both filmmaker and detective as she investigates the secrets behind a family of storytellers. She playfully interviews and interrogates a cast of characters of varying reliability, eliciting refreshingly candid, yet mostly contradictory, answers to the same questions.


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Tim's Vermeer
ART HISTORY DVD TIM / PG-13

Tim Jenison, a Texas-based inventor, attempts to solve one of the greatest mysteries in all art: how did seventeenth century Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer manage to paint so photo-realistically, 150 years before the invention of photography? Spanning ten years, his adventure takes him to Delft, Holland, where Vermeer painted his masterpieces, to the north coast of Yorkshire to meet artist David Hockney, and even to Buckingham Palace to see a Vermeer masterpiece in the collection of the Queen.


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20 Feet from Stardom
MUSIC DVD TWE / PG-13

They are the voices behind the greatest rock, pop and R&B hits of all time, but no one knows their names. Now, in this award-winning documentary, director Morgan Neville shines the spotlight on the untold stories of such legendary background singers as Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, Judith Hill, and more.


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