Documentary, History, War: Heroism. Horror. World War I’s brutal trenches and terrible new technologies buried romantic notions of combat forever.
Economics & Politics, History, Science : The world once watched Apollo 11's journey on TV. Now, 50 years later, we can finally see it the way the astronauts did.
Biography, History, Music: The story of the iconic trio and the triumphs and hurdles of their career, with insight from many musicians including oldest brother Barry.
Biography, Documentary, Drama: An emotional rollercoaster ride. Astonishing plot twists. It's hard to believe this is a documentary.
Documentary, History, Thriller: Plot for Peace is a thrilling documentary, that tells an untold story behind the secret events leading up to the end of apartheid and ultimately the release of Nelson Mandela. To some, such as South Africa’s former President Thabo Mbeki, Jean Yves Olliver (alias “Monsieur Jacques”) was either a mysterious businessman and sanctions buster or a French spy. For others, such as Winnie Mandela and Mozambique’s former President Joaquim Chissano, he was a trusted friend and a man of bold vision. For the first time, heads of state, generals, diplomats, master spies and anti-apartheid fighters reveal how Monsieur Jacques positioned himself to be the improbable key to Mandela’s prison cell. Stepping out of the shadows Monsieur Jacques navigates us through a rugged landscape of moral dilemmas, as he bears vivid testimony to the behind-the-scenes bargaining, intrigue and crises that he engineered and which were instrumental in bringing about regional peace and the end of racial discrimination in South Africa. “I shake the hand I cannot sever”, says Jean Yves Olliver. He was the first man in history to be given South Africa’s highest honour “Grand Officer In The Cape Of Good Hope” by both the leader of the apartheid regime President P.W. Botha, as well as Nelson Mandela, the first democratically elected President of the new South Africa.
Documentary, History: The rebuilding of the World Trade Center is the most architecturally, politically, and emotionally complex urban renewal project in American history. 16 Acres tells the dramatic inside story of the monumental collision of interests at Ground Zero in the decade after 9/11. As with all great urban projects, from the Pyramids to Rome’s Coliseum to Rockefeller Center, a small group of powerful people will dictate how the World Trade Center is rebuilt. And at the heart of their story is the dramatic tension between noble intentions, the desire of everyone involved to “get it right, ” and the politics, hubris, ego and ideology that is the bedrock of New York City. Three thousand workers are now building four of the tallest skyscrapers in America, a train station, a performing arts center and a sacred memorial and museum. What will emerge in downtown Manhattan over the next few years will redefine the city – and the country – for generations.
Action, Documentary, History: From his embed with US Marines Echo Company in Afghanistan, photojournalist and filmmaker Danfung Dennis reveals the devastating impact a Taliban machine-gun bullet has on the life of 25-year-old Sergeant Nathan Harris. The film seamlessly transitions from stunning war reportage to an intimate, visceral portrait of one man's personal struggle at home in North Carolina, where Harris confronts the physical and emotional difficulties of re-adjusting to civilian life with the love and support of his wife, Ashley. Masterfully contrasting the intensity of the frontline with the unsettling normalcy of home, HELL AND BACK AGAIN lays bare the true cost of war.
Comedy, Documentary, History: The director embarks on a journey to reveal the story behind the legendary Café Nagler, owned by her family during the 1920s in Berlin, and finds that historical truths can be overrated.
Documentary, History: A human-rights lawyer conducts conversations with two men whose fathers were indicted as war criminals for their roles in WWII - Nazi Governors and consultants to Adolf Hitler himself.
Documentary, History: Oscar-nominated documentary from Spike Lee, telling the story of four black children who lost their lives in a devastating church bombing.
Documentary, History, War: ”The Network” connects both past and present – bouldering, sport, and competition climbing – and this cutting-edge film tangles the viewer inside the spider web of connections that makes up the world of the professional rock climber.
Biography, Documentary, Drama: When one night the Soviet alarms went off alerting military that US missiles were approaching, one man saved the world from a nuclear holocaust. The film tells the amazing story of Lt. Colonel Stanislav E. Petrov, formerly of the Soviet Army. A man who held the fate of the world in his hands for a few crucial minutes in history. When an alarm went off indicating that five American nuclear missiles had been launched against the Soviet Union, he followed his gut feeling and went against orders, convincing the armed forces that the threat was a false alarm, hereby saving the world from a nuclear war. Two decades later, the forgotten hero goes on a spectacular journey to the United States, where he is finally acknowledged for his historical deed – and he gets to meet the Americans who were once his mortal enemies. The Man Who Saved the World is an epic tale. Focusing on a man who, by sheer coincidence, was put to the ultimate test when he had to make a decision that could have changed our world forever. A successful Lt. Colonel who had been chosen especially to handle a test just like that. As Stanislav Petrov himself puts it, “No sane man would ever be able to make such a tremendous decision to decide if we should destroy our planet”.
Crime, Documentary, History: Slavery. Jim Crow. Criminalization. Links in a chain of racial inequality, forged by political and economic motives.
Biography, History, Science : In 1961, NASA successfully sent its first astronaut into space, restoring the world’s faith in the US space program. Now, nearly six decades later, the human spirit for exploration remains as fervent as ever. The Real Right Stuff traces back to the very beginning, as the nation’s first astronauts – famously known as the Original Mercury 7 – become overnight heroes during the high-stakes era of the space race. A companion piece to Disney+ and National Geographic’s scripted series, The Right Stuff, this new documentary from Emmy and Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Tom Jennings (“Apollo: Missions to the Moon,” “Diana: In Her Own Words”) is based on Tom Wolfe’s bestselling book of the same name. Jennings uses his signature style of first-person storytelling to create a gripping account of NASA’s Project Mercury program, which revolutionized America’s role in space exploration. Told from Wolfe’s point of view and through the perspectives of the Mercury astronauts, the two-hour special catapults viewers back to the late 1950s and tells the remarkable story that inspired future generations of space enthusiasts. Free of modern-day narration and interviews, The Real Right Stuff interlaces archival news and radio reports, newly transferred and previously unheard NASA mission audio recordings, and rare and unseen material to immerse viewers in one of the most dramatic and tenacious periods in American history.
History: In the heat of summer, they built a close-knit community. But what came next changed history — and humanity — forever.
Documentary, Drama, History: Unlocking the Cage is a 2016 American documentary film by D. A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus about the work of the Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP) and lawyer Steven Wise's efforts to achieve legal rights for nonhuman animals. The Guardian called it an "exemplary animal rights documentary", and that it "presents some fascinating legal and ethical issues". Variety called it "tiresome".
Biography, Documentary, History: A searing account of what happens when raw talent and extreme personalities collide. In this unflinching, never-before-seen account of drugs and the dark side of professional skateboarding, brothers Tas and Ben Pappas' intense bond and charisma take them from the pinnacle of their sport into a spiralling world of self-destruction. All This Mayhem is the latest film from the producer of the award-winning documentaries Senna and Exit Through The Gift Shop.
Documentary, History, War: Ghosts of Abu Ghraib is a 2007 documentary film, directed by Rory Kennedy, that examines the events of the 2004 Abu Ghraib torture and prisoner abuse scandal. The film premiered January 19, 2007 at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. The film aired on HBO on February 22, 2007. It was also shown at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival on March 23, 2007 and at the Cleveland International Film Festival on March 25, 2007. Working Films coordinated the US national community engagement campaign with Ghosts of Abu Ghraib. It brought together the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, the American Civil Liberties Union, faith groups, and others to end US policy sanctioning torture.
Documentary, History: Studio 54 was the epicenter of 70s hedonism--a place that not only redefined the nightclub, but also came to symbolize an entire era. Its co-owners, Ian Schrager and Steve Rubell, two friends from Brooklyn, seemed to come out of nowhere to suddenly preside over a new kind of New York society. Now, 39 years after the velvet rope was first slung across the club's hallowed threshold, a feature documentary tells the real story behind the greatest club of all time.
Biography, Crime, Documentary: Anwar Congo and his friends have been dancing their way through musical numbers, twisting arms in film noir gangster scenes, and galloping across prairies as yodelling cowboys. Their foray into filmmaking is being celebrated in the media and debated on television, even though Anwar Congo and his friends are mass murderers. Medan, Indonesia. When the government of Indonesia was overthrown by the military in 1965, Anwar and his friends were promoted from small-time gangsters who sold movie theatre tickets on the black market to death squad leaders. They helped the army kill more than one million alleged communists, ethnic Chinese, and intellectuals in less than a year. As the executioner for the most notorious death squad in his city, Anwar himself killed hundreds of people with his own hands. The Act Of Killing is a journey into the memories and imaginations of the perpetrators, offering insight into the minds of mass killers. The film is a nightmarish vision of a frighteningly banal culture of impunity in which killers can joke about crimes against humanity on television chat shows, and celebrate moral disaster with the ease and grace of a soft shoe dance number.
Biography, Documentary, History: My Father's Vietnam personifies the connections made and unmade by the Vietnam War. Featuring never-before-seen photographs and 8mm footage of the era, My Father's Vietnam is the story of three soldiers, only one of whom returned home alive.
Documentary, History: Waco: The Rules of Engagement explores the shocking revelations behind the tragic series of events outside Waco, Texas that killed four federal agents and 76 members of the Branch Davidian religious sect.
Biography, Documentary, History: RED ARMY is an inspiring true story about the Cold War played out on the ice rink, and a man who stood up to a powerful system, paving the way for generations of Russians. From Oscar(r) nominated and Emmy award-winning filmmakers, RED ARMY examines the most successful dynasty in sports history: the Red Army hockey team. Told from the perspective of its captain Slava Fetisov, the story portrays his transformation from national hero to political enemy. With the demise of Communism came the end of the Cold War, as Soviet players began joining the National Hockey League. The film explores how sport mirrors social and cultural movements in Cold War Russia.
Biography, Crime, Documentary: The unbelievable but true story of four young men who brazenly attempt to execute one of the most audacious art heists in U.S. history.