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Independent Lens: New Year Baby

Traveling to Cambodia in her superb documentary, New Year Baby, Socheata Poeuv hopes to find faces to fill in the gaps in her family's story.

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26 May 2008 // 9:10 AM

The Andromeda Strain

The Andromeda Strain offers several physically fit and non-nerdy doctors, and conveniently deposits them as a group inside the Wildfire Lab.

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So You Think You Can Dance

So You Think You Can Dance understands that there are as many styles of dance as there are styles of music, and strives to educate its contestants, forcing them to reach beyond their comfort zones.

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23 May 2008 // 2:10 AM


Recount doesn't quite argue that the system remains infinitely gameable for those who know it, those in power who wish to remain in power.

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Independent Lens: A Dream in Doubt

A Dream in Doubt observes the struggle to understand American justice and oppression as the story becomes increasingly complicated.

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12 May 2008 // 11:00 PM

Frontline: Storm Over Everest

As Storm Over Everest shows, it's impossible to know any single story of the disaster in 1996, to know exactly how it was for the 15 climbers who perished or even for those who survived.

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11 May 2008 // 11:00 PM

Nova: A Walk to Beautiful

For all its attention to the good work done by doctors in Ethiopia, A Walk to Beautiful maintains focus on its women subjects.

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Independent Lens: Nā Kamalei: The Men of Hula

As Robert Cazimero notes more than once Nā Kamalei: The Men of Hula, his devotion to hula hasn't always been easy.

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29 Apr 2008 // 3:03 AM


Shark's return is boosted by the specter of Jimmy Woods and Michael Rooker locked in a stare-down, as they display their weird-and-creepy chops.

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American Experience: Roberto Clemente

Clemente was a brilliant ballplayer, but also conflicted and complicated, as demonstrated in Bernardo Ruiz's documentary, Roberto Clemente.

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American Experience: Walt Whitman

Like its subject, Mark Zwonitzer's Walt Whitman is grand and particular.

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14 Apr 2008 // 3:15 AM

King Corn

King Corn reveals that corn’s toxic effects extend beyond the cattle it fattens and helps to rush to market.

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Black in America - Eyewitness to Murder: The King Assassination

That "Eyewitness to Murder" doesn't reach a definitive conclusion speaks elliptically and effectively to the experience of being "black in America."

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1 Apr 2008 // 1:00 AM


Compañeras shows that even when the musicians are women, expectations and structures remain male-dominated.

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26 Mar 2008 // 2:27 AM

Peter & the Wolf

The new Peter & The Wolf's sophisticated visual take on its familiar themes is utterly disarming.

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25 Mar 2008 // 3:29 AM

Autism: the Musical

Autism: the Musical complicates and enhances Hall's fierce hope with a series of stories of anger and resentment, generosity and dynamic love.

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19 Mar 2008 // 1:00 AM

Nice Bombs

Airing on Sundance as part of its "Iraq War Anniversary" programming, Nice Bombs is an extraordinary film, the story focused through personal experience and resonating outward.

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19 Mar 2008 // 12:59 AM

The Situation

As The Situation makes a mucky melodrama out of the war in Iraq, it accommodates an American perspective of its own actions.

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18 Mar 2008 // 2:40 AM

Iron Ladies of Liberia

As Iron Ladies of Liberia documents, Liberia's president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf faces multiple obstacles, yet approaches her work with resolve and ingenuity.

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14 Mar 2008 // 2:00 AM

The Return of Jezebel James

To start, the premise of The Return of Jezebel James -- infertility -- isn’t exactly a knee-slapper.

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