Top 100 Documentaries

White Fright
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There’s a community called Islamberg located in Delaware County. This is a rural area about 130 miles northwest of New York City.

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Lowland Kids
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The ground that Louisiana sits on is sinking and many of its families now have to relocate. Isle de Jean Charles could disappear within the next few decades.

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Human Zoos
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America's Forgotten History of Scientific Racism

This film tells the heartbreaking story of how thousands of indigenous people from all over the world were openly displayed in the United States in the early 20th Century.

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In Praise of Action
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We’ve all got to admit that without stunt people the movies we love would probably be lame. These brave men and women sometimes risk their lives just to create excitement for us to enjoy.

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The Spider’s Web: Britain’s Second Empire
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The British Empire was the largest empire the world has ever known and the city of London was the world’s biggest global financial center.

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Cambodia’s Hollywood Dad
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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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Salmon Confidential
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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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That’s My Jazz
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Growing up as the son of a famous jazz musician had its perks. As a young boy Milt Abel II remembers getting an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the life of an entertainer.

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Medical Genocide
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Hidden Mass Murder in China's Organ Transplant Industry

China, the most populated country on Earth has developed a thriving organ transplant industry. Previously, the government indicated that the organs were harvested from prisoners on death row or from donors, but discoveries that came to light in 2006 have shown that this is not always the case.

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The Trap
10

The Deadly Sex-trafficking Cycle in American Prisons

Human trafficking takes many different forms. However it’s identifiable because there’s always some type of exploitation. Contrary to popular belief, it doesn’t usually involve criminal gangs or people being snuck across a border.

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Plugged In
11

The true toxicity of social media revealed

There is a clear connection between teen depression and social media. In fact, the teen suicide rate has gone up in the last two or three decades.

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Momenta
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This film by Plus M Productions and Protect Our Winters was created with the sole purpose of activating communities to rethink fossil fuels and their negative impact on the climate and the environment.

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Ignite
13

A Burning Man Film

It has been called a social experiment, but Burning Man is so much more than that. It’s even much more than a week-long desert party.

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Inside the Superhuman World of the Iceman
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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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Dwarf in China
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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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Tungrus
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One day Mr. Bharde sees a vendor selling chicks to boys and girls and decides that one of those would make a fun toy for his two cats.

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Searching for Meaning
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Death is a natural part of living.  Every single one of us will die at some point. As somebody pointed out ‘none of us will survive; it’s just a matter of when and how we will die’.

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Scars
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How our Wounds Make Us Who We Are

People who have to live with scars in visible places go through a lot of emotions in public. People stare, some ask, some look away in embarrassment, others pretend they are invisible, and quite a few immediately judge and reject.

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The Secrets of Silicon Valley
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What Big Tech doesn’t want you to know

Silicon Valley is not just a location in the southern San Franciso Bay area of northern California; it’s an idea. When the urge to digitize, track, and store all the information in the world came about, then Silicon Valley became a reality.

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Black 14
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This film was directed by Darius Clark Monroe and produced by Spike Lee. It tells the story of a group of young college athletes from the Wyoming Cowboys Football Team that decided to wear black armbands protesting against Brigham Young University, a large Mormon University.

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War By Other Means
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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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When We Were Knights
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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
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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
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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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Mystery Mind Maps
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Bangkok, the capital of Thailand is covered with thousands of mysterious graffiti. Whoever is making the drawings seems to have been doing it for years and is probably the most prolific street artist ever.

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Dirty Business
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Plastic has become a real problem. We’ve never consumed more plastic than we do now at any other moment in history.

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Bill Moyers Journal: Buying the War
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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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The Living Forest
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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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Chasing Bubbles
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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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Buyers Club
30

the network providing people with affordable hepatitis C medicine

Hepatitis C is a chronic viral infection that can cause fatal liver disease. Around 71 million people worldwide suffer from this condition.

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The Story of Tetris
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In 1984 while the Cold War raged between the United States and the Soviet Union, the United States experienced unprecedented social and economic growth.

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Iboga Nights
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In the mid 80s, David Graham Scott started experimenting with film and with drugs. His experiments led him to become an addict with an aimless hollow existence.

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Sand Men
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Three men: Neculai Marin, Aurel Barbu, and Raj Hurdui leave their native Romania in search for a better life elsewhere. They leave behind more than only memories; walking away from everything that is familiar can be very difficult at times.

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Bluebird Man
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This is the story of an amazing man who lives in Daggett Creek, Idaho. At the age of 94, he is a self-taught conservationist.

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American Psychosis
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According to author and activist Chris Hedges, most people have no concept about how fragile our environment really is. He believes there’s an emotional incapacity to understand collapse even when it’s facing us.

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Orca Rescue
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This short film was shot on location in New Zealand. It documents the life and research of Dr. Ingrid Visser. From a very young age, Dr.

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Run Mama Run
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In 2012,  Sarah Michelle Bowman Brown had an injury and fell short of making the Olympic team. She had prepared for four years and then suddenly everything changed.

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Meat the Truth
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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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The Butterfly Child
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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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Prisoner Number A26188: Henia Bryer
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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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Hard to Believe
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China is one of the countries with the largest number of organ transplants per year. Although the statistic sounds noble, very little is known about the source of these organs.

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Adam Thorn Presents: The Tale of the Tapir
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The Jungle is one of the most formidable environments known to man and the Malayan jungle is the oldest jungle on the planet.

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Injustice
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A Film About Crime, Prison and Us

There are currently over 80,000 prisoners in England and Wales. A large number of these prisoners spent time in some type of government-funded institution as children.

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Carb-Loaded: A Culture Dying to Eat
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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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Mama Agatha
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About 6,000 migrant women learn how to cycle each year in the Netherlands. Cycling is the preferred form of transportation in this country and the laws that protect cyclists are so strict, that most cyclists don’t need to wear helmets.

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The Last Resort
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In 2006, Andrew Miners’ vision was to build an eco-resort and center for marine conservation in West Papua, Indonesia. This place holds the world’s most bio diverse marine habitat.

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Congo
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A Journey to the Heart of Africa

The Democratic Republic of the Congo is a large, beautiful,  mineral-rich country with wildlife that can’t be found anywhere else on Earth.

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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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Shipbreakers
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The shipbreakers have a special prayer that they dedicate to the goddess Kali in the place where they live— the place where ships go to die.

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Just The Way You Are
50

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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Gatekeeper
51

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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The Fallen of World War II
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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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Hometown
54

A Portrait of the American Opioid Epidemic

A mother tells the painful story of her son’s short life. He was a happy young man with unlimited potential who made a few questionable decisions that led him down a dark pathway.

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Adam Thorn Presents: The Temple of the Viper
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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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Vibrant Highland, Commercial Love
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It is said that for one day every year Hmong people from a remote village in Vietnam reunite with old lovers.

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Legend of a Warrior
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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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Cry of the Wild
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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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500 MILES
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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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One Killer Punch
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This documentary shares three dramatic stories that highlight how one split second decision can change a person’s entire life. Ben Hayes decided to attend a party at the last minute.

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Nuestra Santisima Muerte (Our Most Holy Death)
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“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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Anonymous Comes to Town
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The hackers who took on high school sexual assault in Ohio

In August 2012 a party took place in a small town called Steubenville located in Ohio. On that night a group of football players took advantage of an underage girl.

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H.O.P.E
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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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73 Cows
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Over time as we mature, our beliefs change. This is exactly what happened to Jay Wilde. He grew up on a farm and played with cows for as long as he could remember.

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Cry of a River
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About 4,800 people die every day from waterborne diseases. The World Health Organization has determined that as much as 80% of the world’s illnesses are caused by people drinking water that is filled with harmful chemicals and toxins.

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Hampi: Valley of the Kings
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For hundreds of years the small village of Hampi housed gods and kings. It was the capital of rulers who presided over a magnificent empire.

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Forest Man
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Almost four decades ago Jadav Payeng embarked on an impressive project. He decided that he wanted to save his beloved hometown.

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The Lost Estrellas of Nasca
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The Nasca lines are some of the most intriguing mysteries of ancient Peru. Thousands of geometric shapes and spirals have been drawn on the desert surface for unknown purposes.

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Fighting Shame
69

The word shame is defined as a painful feeling of humiliation and distress. There’s a lot of shame surrounding poverty. That’s one of the reasons why so many are afraid of falling into it, afraid of admitting it, and afraid of asking for help.

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Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow: The Futurism of Walt Disney
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This documentary features original footage and interviews with various Disney legends and historians along with valuable archival material that are the property of The Walt Disney Company.

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Our House
71

The Homeless Man, the Hippy and the Property Developer

Just a casual walk around Liverpool will reveal how big a of problem rough sleeping and begging has become. Yet in contrast, there are signs of prosperity all around and a high-end property boom.

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I Was a Winner
72

Computer gaming addiction is real.  In this short film, three gamers share their personal experiences that led them to fall into this condition.

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Rhinos Without Borders
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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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Cobra Gypsies
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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
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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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Fools and Dreamers: Regenerating a Native Forest
76

This film is a 30-minute documentary about Hinewai, a beautiful place located on New Zealand’s Banks Peninsula. In 1987 Hugh Wilson announced to the local community that he was planning to allow a weed to grow as a nurse canopy to regenerate farmland into native forest and restore the native biodiversity as much as possible.

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Lions: The New Endangered Species?
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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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Ferryman at the Wall
78

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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Few Words: A Candide Thovex Film
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This award winning film tells the story of one of the world’s most accomplished skiers: Candide Thovex. Born in France in 1982, Candide has won numerous contests and accolades from a very young age.

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Baalbek Megaliths
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The Baalbek Temple Complex located in Beirut is one of the most amazing structures of antiquity. There have been many conflicts in the region for many years and even though it’s not currently the case, the buildings still hold traces of recent hostilities.

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Beauties Save the World
81

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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Find My Phone
82

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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Pakistan’s Hidden Shame
83

About four million Pakistani children are forced to work from an early age to help support their families. More than a million of these children actually live on the streets.

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Bitcoin: The End of Money as We Know It
84

We spend much of our lives chasing money to make a living and accomplish our dreams, but at the same time, it can be an instrument of destruction because it drives many to steal, lie, cheat, and even murder.

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Consumed
85

This film takes the viewer on a trip to visit production landscapes, shipyards, and factories in China to unveil the secret world of the objects we use on a daily basis.

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Tashi And The Monk
86

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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The Seed Vault
87

Nestled in the frozen Norwegian landscape lies the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. It can be described as a library of life with an incomplete catalog.

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Nowt But a Fleeting Thing
88

A Young Farmer's Fight for Survival

The suicide rate among farmers is almost double that of the rest of the population. This should not really come as a surprise considering the fact that a farmer’s work just goes on and on for hours without any rest.

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Why Big Oil Conquered the World
89

Big Oil is up to something, and it’s going to be epic. The 20th Century was all about oil. Virtually every aspect of our modern lifestyle and the world as we know it has been shaped by the oil industry.

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The Scientist
90

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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Burzynski: Cancer is Serious Business
91

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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The Third Industrial Revolution
92

A Radical New Sharing Economy

The slow down in economic activity has increased dissatisfaction toward government institutions while germinating extreme political movements around the world. To make matters worse, scientists are predicting that global warming will produce a mass extinction of life on Earth.

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The Botanist
93

Many difficulties came about as a result of the collapse of The Soviet Union in December of 1991. This dissolution gave rise to 15 independent states, including Tajikistan.

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Damocracy
94

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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Crossroads: Labor Pains of a New Worldview
95

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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Love Bite
96

Laurie Lipton and her Disturbing Black and White Drawings

Laurie Lipton says that there’s nobody on the planet that has drawn more than she has. She hasn’t cooked or had children.

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Victims of ISIS
97

ISIS is the most brutal terrorist group in recent history. They murder, rape, pillage, enslave, and destroy, and it’s all done in the name of religion.

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Gun Nation
98

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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EARTHRISE: The First Lunar Voyage
99

This film tells the interesting story of how it came to be that the United States Government joined the space race and challenged NASA to embark on a mission to explore the moon.

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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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