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Documentaries have emerged as a major force in the theatrical marketplace and now reach a much broader audience, rivaling the draw of traditional narrative features. This section presents an overview of the best new non-fiction cinema from around the world.


Beyond Hatred   

Beyond Hatred
France, 2006, 86 min.
After their gay son is murdered by a gang of skinheads, a close-knit French family tries to move toward understanding and even forgiveness in this devastating documentary. In classic vérité style, director Olivier Meyrou allows this immensely cathartic story to unfold at its own pace without unneces... more



Beyond the Call   

Beyond the Call
USA, 2006, 82 min.
In an Indiana Jones-meets-Mother Teresa adventure, three middle-aged men, former soldiers and modern-day knights, travel the world delivering lifesaving humanitarian aid directly into the hands of civilians and doctors in some of the most dangerous yet beautiful places on Earth, the front lines of... more



Buddha’s Lost Children   

Buddha’s Lost Children
Netherlands, 2006, 97 min.
Mark Verkerk’s inspirational documentary follows the exploits of a Thai ex kick boxing champ and soldier turned Buddhist monk who for the last 15 years has created a safe haven and given a sense of hope to the children throughout the Golden Triangle.... more



The Cats of Mirikitani   

The Cats of Mirikitani
USA, 2006, 74 min.
When filmmaker Linda Hattendorf turned her lens on Jimmy Mirikitani, a homeless octogenarian Japanese-American artist, she got far more than she anticipated: the collapse of the World Trade Center, a family reunion more than 50 years in the making, and a series of small miracles. Audience Award Winn... more



Floating Lamp Of The Shadow Valley   

Floating Lamp Of The Shadow Valley
India, 2006, 64 min.
This inspirational documentary features nine-year-old Kashmir boy Arif, who serves as breadwinner of the family after his Muslim militant father abandons them for the sake of the jihad. Jala touches on Arif’s predicament with care and compassion, set in some of the most breathtaking scenery in the w... more



Forever   

Forever
Netherlands, 2006, 95 min.
Forever takes viewers on a mesmerizing tour of artists' graves in Paris' famous Pere-Lachaise cemetery, to show that art is eternal and plays a powerful role in our lives. The tombs of departed greats prompt curious stories from dedicated visitors. Best Documentary at the Netherlands Film Festival.... more



Gypsy Caravan   

Gypsy Caravan
USA, 2006, 110 min.
Part concert film and part sociological study, this documentary travels between concert venues and cultures to give us an inside look at Gypsy music. With Macedonian diva Esma Redzepova, traditional Indian troupe Maharaja, Romanian groups Fanfare Ciocarlia and Taraf de Haidouks, and the Antonio El P... more



Into Great Silence   

Into Great Silence
Germany, 2006, 164 min.
Documentary filmmaker Philip Groeing shows us the never-before-seen life of a monastery high in the French Alps, in which the monks, bound by a vow of silence and solitude, live a simple life of faith.... more



I Only Wanted to Live   

I Only Wanted to Live
Italy, 2006, 75 min.
Drawing on the extensive archives of Steven Spielberg’s Shoah Foundation, director Mimmo Calopresti has crafted a straightforward, yet deeply affecting portrait of what happened to Italy's Jews. The eyewitness accounts are told with a searing intensity, each a unique and necessary testimony.... more



Meth   

Meth
USA, 2006, 79 min.
Palm Springs-based filmmaker Todd Ahlberg has created a mesmeric exploration of a particularly timely —and emotionally charged—topic: the endemic and growing use of the drug crystal meth among gay men, in this and other communities over the course of recent years.... more



Murch   

Murch
USA, 2006, 78 min.
Legendary editor and sound designer Walter Murch (American Graffiti, The Godfather, The Conversation, Apocalypse Now, The English Patient) is the focus of Edie and David Ichioka’s entertaining and edifying documentary that manages to capture both the man, and his artistic vision.... more



The Rape of Europa   

The Rape of Europa
USA, 2006, 117 min.
Based on an award-winning study, this powerful documentary— using contemporary interviews and historic footage—tells the history of art during War World II, from the Nazi’s looting and destruction, to the heroes who struggled return these treasures to their rightful owners. Narrated by Joan Allen.... more



Three Women and a Chateau   

Three Women and a Chateau
USA, 2006, 81 min.
This intriguing and enjoyable documentary recounts the history of a remarkable mansion, happily brought back yet again and again from the edge of ruin. Built in 1915 by heiress Harriet Pullman Carolan, it was abandoned after her marriage fell apart. Rescued by two subsequent owners, one a countess a... more



Trantasia   

Trantasia
USA, 2006, 92 min.
Trantasia is a voyeuristic look behind the scenes of the world’s first “Most Beautiful Transexual Pagent” in Las Vegas. Six contestants reveal what it is like to live as beautiful women. Trantasia presents the ultimate triumph of “sisterhood” in a moving humorous celebration of the human spirit.... more



Unknown Soldier—What Did You Do in the War, Dad?   

Unknown Soldier—What Did You Do in the War, Dad?
Germany, 2006, 97 min.
Based on the recent exhibition of never-before-seen private WWII photographs that shocked an ever-more-complacent Germany, Michael Verhoeven's (The Nasty Girl) film traces some of the common crimes committed by German soldiers during the war, exploding the myth that the SS were the real bad g... more



When Pigs Fly   

When Pigs Fly
USA, 2007, 62 min.
Ostensibly a portrait of inspirational Florida animal-lover Lory Yazurlo, a quadriplegic since a traffic accident in 1990, and her burgeoning sanctuary for an ever-increasing herd of rescued pigs, When Pigs Fly is also an incisive indictment of the nation’s attitude to workers’ compensation p... more



Who Gets To Call It Art?   

Who Gets To Call It Art?
USA, 2006, 80 min.
This fabulously entertaining filmic collage traces the life and times of art lover Henry Geldzahler, the curator/director of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art who had a profound effect on the course of mid-century art in this country, and the movement away from abstract expressionism into the wo... more



Yippee   

Yippee
USA, 2006, 74 min.
Award-winning writer/director/actor Paul Mazursky chronicles his whirlwind journey to Uman, a small Ukrainian town that is the site of an annual gathering of Hassidim visiting the burial place of the revered Rabbi Nachman. An investigation of the mass expression of spiritual ecstasy.... more



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