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Blindsight   

Blindsight
United Kingdom, 2006, 104 min.
This insightful documentary follows a group of blind Tibetan teenagers—outcasts in their culture—as they attempt to hike up the 23,000-foot summit of Lhakpa Ri on the north side of Mount Everest with the aid of a dedicated, mountaineering dream team. Director Lucy Walker captures the monumental land... more



Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore?   

Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore?
USA, 2006, 82 min.
When Dick Gephardt vacated his democratic Senate seat in 2004, an unknown political science instructor entered the race, defying all odds and expectations to demonstrate that with no money and lots of enthusiasm, you can become a contender. This Capra-esque documentary is an inspiring example of how... more



Deliver Us From Evil   

Deliver Us From Evil
USA, 2006, 101 min.
For over two decades, Roman Catholic priest Oliver O’Grady molested dozens of young boys and girls throughout central California. Documentary filmmaker Amy Berg uncovers the truth behind the scandal, and why the Church kept trying to cover it up. Winner of the 2006 New York Film Critics Circle Award... more



The Ground Truth: After The Killing Ends   

The Ground Truth: After The Killing Ends
USA, 2006, 72 min.
Documentary filmmaker Patricia Foulkrod lets veterans step and recount their heartrending experiences being in Iraq, and even worse returning from that war—wounded, traumatized, with little or no government assistance to support them. It’s a story that is not only heartbreaking, but absolutely vital... more



An Inconvenient Truth   

An Inconvenient Truth
USA, 2006, 100 min.
The documentary, narrated by Al Gore, is the decade’s scariest film in which he shows man’s toxic effect on the environment—global warming. The biggest event-documentary since Fahrenheit 9/11, the film provides a timely, salutary look at the physical state of our Earth. ... more



Iraq in Fragments   

Iraq in Fragments
USA, 2006, 94 min.
The title of this poetic account of Iraq in 2003 has a double meaning, referring to the violence and instability of the crumbling nation as well as the film’s three-part structure, which focuses on Sunni, Shiite, and Kurdish lives. The film took top honors at Sundance for directing, cinematography, ... more



Jesus Camp   

Jesus Camp
USA, 2006, 86 min.
Documentary filmmakers Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady (The Boys of Baraka) take their camera into the “Kids on Fire” camp in Devils Lake, North Dakota to witness the fun and games of an extremely evangelical Christian summer camp. ... more



Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple   

Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple
USA, 2006, 86 min.
This engrossing documentary uses archival footage to revisit the paradoxes of idealism and destruction that defined Jim Jones and his California cult, the People’s Temple, who eventually committed mass suicide in the jungle of Guyana in 1978.... more



My Country, My Country   

My Country, My Country
USA, 2006, 90 min.
Filmmaker Laura Poitras traveled to Baghdad shortly after the Abu Ghraib scandal became public and worked alone in the besieged country for eight months, assembling a vital snapshot of the chaotic and resilient Iraqi lives on the front lines.... more



Shut up and Sing   

Shut up and Sing
USA, 2006, 99 min.
Barbara Kopple and Cecilia Peck document the scandal that dogged, and nearly destroyed, The Dixie Chicks after they criticized the president in 2003 in a quip heard around the world, as well as the group’s miraculous come back in producing their number-one selling album “Taking the Long Way” in 2005... more



Sisters in Law   

Sisters in Law
Burkina Faso, 2006, 104 min.
Documentary filmmakers Kim Longinotto and Florence Ayisi take their cameras into the courtroom of a small Cameroon town to introduce us to a female judge and prosecutor who are cleaning up decades of gender discrimination.... more



Storm of Emotions   

Storm of Emotions
Israel, 2006, 106 min.
The Israeli government’s decision to order the evacuation of the Gaza Strip in 2005 caused great political and social upheaval. This extraordinary documentary charts this tumultuous time from the point of view of several Israeli Army officers.... more



The Trials of Darryl Hunt   

The Trials of Darryl Hunt
USA, 2006, 113 min.
In 1984, a black North Carolinian teenager was convicted of life in prison for the murder of a young white woman. What transpired over the next 19 years graphically illustrates the holes in the American Justice system. Outraged without being outrageous, this is an investigative documentary of the hi... more



An Unreasonable Man   

An Unreasonable Man
Canada, 2006, 121 min.
From his 1966 attack on General Motors’ safety record, to his refusal to step out of the 2000 presidential election and throw his support to Al Gore, Ralph Nader, as this moving documentary demonstrates, has made being unreasonable a political credo.... more



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