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The Complex Man Behind “Uncle Walt”

The rise (and rise) of Walt Disney, from starving artist to visionary filmmaker to union-busting studio boss to family-entertainment tycoon.

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Who’s Surveilling Whom in ‘(T)Error’?

(T)Error follows an FBI sting operation as it happens; and then the FBI decides to follow the filmmakers...

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‘Body of War’ Explores What it Means to Love a Nation and Protest Its Policies Simultaneously

While making the injuries to Iraq war veteran Tomas Young visible, Body of War's pressing point concerns the future -- a future we're now living.

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‘He Named Me Malala’ Is Moving Portrait of Nobel-winning Teen

A big screen heroine of astounding power is swooping into theaters, caped in a hijab, a backpack full of books slung over her shoulder, a crooked smile the reminder of her fearlessness.

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Color Snapshots: Agnès Varda in California

Six hard-to-find films are now available in brightly colored restorations.

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The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst

The Jinx is a truly one-of-a-kind true crime viewing experience, and one that will never be repeated again (which almost forgives the DVD's complete absence of bonus features).

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Roberto M. Dainotto Explores the Making of the Mafia Myth

The Mafia: A Cultural History offers a Sicilian perspective on the enduring popularity of organized crime stories.

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‘The Other Man’ Examines Apartheid’s End and a Principal Architect of That Demise

An intriguing documentary about the fall of apartheid and the politician who engineered his own exit, this film teeters the thin line between success and failure, often falling one way or the other throughout.

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‘Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon’

Douglas Tirola’s celebration of the '70s comedy institution doesn’t know when to put on the brakes. Nevertheless, its enthusiasm proves infectious.

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‘Salad Days’ Provides Punk Food for Thought

This D.C. punk doc eschews rose colored glasses as it looks back on that most influential American punk scene.

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How Do You Define the Genre of Trans Literature?

In the late ‘90s there was an explosion of politicized art – film, video, and performance art – by trans artists. What we're seeing in literature today is a move to a much broader scale.

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‘The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution’ Is Insightful, Timely

The social crisis that helped to create the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense in the 1960s is still very much with us.

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18 Sep 2015 // 9:42 AM

An Open Challenge From Gay Muslim Filmmaker, Parvez Sharma

In the documentary A Sinner in Mecca, Sharma explores the effect of Wahhabism on the centuries-old pilgrimage.

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‘All American High Revisited’ Is Hardly Typical

Torrance High School was used as the setting for both Beverly Hills 90210 and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which may be one reason it seems like a “typical American high school".

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‘Growing Up Trans’ Offers a Nuanced and Often Positive Look at Transgender Youths

PBS's Frontline documentary Growing Up Trans centers the stories of eight transgender youth as they navigate family, friends, gender, and medical decisions they face as they approach puberty.

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American Dreams and Road Trips: Packing Up Season 1 of ‘Unplanned America’

In the final two episodes of its first season, the guys seek out the paranormal, settle for the weird, and wrap up their cross-country adventure.

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The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution Gives a Lesser Known History

Stanley Nelson’s studious history shows that even without the law enforcement campaign of disinformation, infiltration, and assassination, the Black Panthers would have imploded on their own.

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‘Welcome to Leith’ Tells of the Day the Nazis Came to Town

When a white supremacist tried to turn this tiny North Dakota town into his own Aryan enclave, the locals were horrified but found that they had limited resources to fight back.

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What Happens When Public Health Becomes a Battleground for the “Moral Language of Health&#8221

After the Wrath is an amazing read and full of thought-provoking ideas and theories about how religion – leaders, institutions, and policy – frames responses to disease.

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28 Aug 2015 // 10:02 AM

‘Rosenwald’ Reveals a Philanthropist With a Mission

Aviva Kempner expertly documents unexpected aspects of Jewish life in America, revealing the combination of factors that turned this Jewish businessman into an exceptionally generous donor to the African-American community.

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Con Brio: The Best New Live Band in America?

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"There’s a preciousness to McCarter and the rest of the mostly young band. You want to freeze the moment, to make sure they are taking it all in too. Because it’s going to change.

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