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8 Dec 2008 // 3:02 AM

In Prison My Whole Life

In Prison My Whole Life works through the contexts and details of Mumia Abu Jamal's experience, connecting it to other moments in recent American history.

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5 Dec 2008 // 2:18 PM

House of Saddam

At the start of House of Saddam, the Iraqi leader watches George W. Bush announce the coming war on TV, looking into a reflection of his own end, born of hubris and deception and decades of disloyalties.

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Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father

The links among truth, story, and memory come up repeatedly in Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father.

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2 Dec 2008 // 2:56 AM

Explorer: Marijuana Nation

Marijuana Nation is interested in what makes pot so "desired by so many."

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Dirty Driving: Thundercars in Indiana

Dirty Driving: Thundercars in Indiana, a subtle, provocative documentary that premiered last month on HBO, observes the complicated relationship between racers and the car industry.

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Frontline: The Hugo Chávez Show

The television show that propels, shapes, and delivers Hugo Chávez remains odd and provocative.

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Independent Lens: The Atom Smashers

Science, in a previous version of the United States, was part of daily, popular culture, a subject and career considered respectable, even admirable.

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24 Nov 2008 // 2:07 AM

The Rape of Europa

The film contrasts remarkable footage of the Fuhrer leading tours of museums with images of the devastation his troops wrought.

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21 Nov 2008 // 2:00 PM

24: Redemption

In Africa, where children are forced to soldier, Jack realizes, every day is full of terror -- not just the 24-hour spates he's used to confronting.

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50 Cent: The Money and the Power

Alternately disconcerting and trainwreck-fascinating, 50 Cent's entry into reality programming is a mix of The Apprentice and ego trip's The (White) Rapper Show.

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19 Nov 2008 // 1:11 AM

Homeless Youth Television

The front page of HYTV lays out a series of linked pages for "programs" that spoof recent high-profile/major network reality fare. It's a rather clever conceit.

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18 Nov 2008 // 2:58 AM

Independent Lens: March Point

March Point concentrates on the boys' way out, that is, the movie as a way to tell their story.

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13 Nov 2008 // 3:26 AM

Independent Lens: Lioness

Lioness, Meg McLagan and Daria Sommers' understated, affecting documentary on women in combat in Iraq, shows how they operate in a "grey zone," not quite legal, but following orders.

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Body of War: The True Story of an Anti-War Hero

In making "people like Tomas" visible, Body of War makes its most effective argument: wars cost more than we can know.

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Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story

Of the many historic changes signaled by Barack Obama's election, the defeat of divide-and-conquer politicking is among the most profound -- even if this demise is temporary.

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6 Nov 2008 // 3:25 AM

Independent Lens: Knee Deep

Knee Deep is actually less interested in the details of who shot Janette Osborne than in the multiple stories that emerged from the crime.

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4 Nov 2008 // 2:57 AM

The F Word

It so happens that Jed Weintrob's The F Word is airing on IFC this morning, the very morning that the U.S. Supreme Court is hearing FCC v. Fox Television Stations, the "fleeting expletives" case.

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The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror XIX

The way The Simpsons not only apes, but also twists familiar cultural touchstones shows reveals again that it's still smarter than all other parodists.

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Independent Lens: Dinner with the President: A Nation’s Journey

Dinner with the President: A Nation’s Journey finds a particular, recurring focus in the question of women's rights.

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24 Oct 2008 // 1:02 PM

Inside New Orleans High

Disappointments abound in Inside New Orleans High. But hopes are also unstoppable.

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