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True Stories

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 special section presents an overview of the best new non-fiction films from around the world.


14 Women   

14 Women
USA, 2007, 77 min.
An intimate documentary portrait of the 14 female senators who currently serve our country. Director Mary Lambert has gained extraordinary access, following the senators cinema verité style from 2004–2006 as they struggle to fight the good fight while balancing family, friends and workload.... more



Angels in the Dust   

Angels in the Dust
South Africa, 2007, 94 min.
A wealthy Johannesburg family abandons their comfortable existence and spends their life savings to establish an orphanage in a village where 50% of the population is HIV-positive. This powerful documentary celebrates how children who are surrounded by death and tragedy can be instilled with strengt... more



Anita O'Day:  The life of a Jazz Singer   

Anita O'Day: The life of a Jazz Singer
USA, 2007, 93 min.
This biographical documentary chronicles one of the most respected female vocalists in jazz, Anita O’Day (1919-2006), who died mere weeks after contributing interviews for the film.... more



As Seen Through These Eyes   

As Seen Through These Eyes
USA, 2007, 70 min.
Hilary Helstein’s revelatory documentary looks at the Holocaust from point of view of those interned who fought back by making art, documenting the horrors that lay before them as well as those dwelling so uneasily in their memories. Narrated by Maya Angelou.... more



Ballerina   

Ballerina
France, 2007, 77 min.
Fans of Ballets Russes will enjoy this resplendent documentary about the training and unique skills of five dancers from the Mariniinski Theater, formerly known as the Kirov Ballet. Rich with ravishing performances, it focuses on some of Russia’s pre-eminent ballerinas.... more



Black White + Gray   

Black White + Gray
USA, 2007, 72 min.
Exploring the relationships between legendary curator Sam Wagstaff, famed photographer Robert Mapplethorpe and punk rock’s “poet laureate” Patti Smith, Black White + Gray reveals the fascinating story of the influential figures who helped form the epicenter of New York’s grand collision of ar... more



The Bodybuilder and I   

The Bodybuilder and I
Canada, 2007, 86 min.
Bryan Friedman’s account of his distant father’s obsessive training for a “Grandmaster” bodybuilding title is a confessional and amusing documentary about re-establishing bonds.... more



The Business of Being Born   

The Business of Being Born
USA, 2007, 84 min.
Abby Epstein’s intelligent investigative documentary details the downside of hospital child birthing practices while stumping for innately healthier natural childbirth methods. Actor Ricki Lake (shown having her baby naturally) is our guide through this perfect companion piece to Sicko.... more



Call Me Troy   

Call Me Troy
USA, 2007, 100 min.
A rousing, riveting paean to a hero of the contemporary fight for GLBT rights, Call Me Troy traces the life and times of the charismatic Reverend Troy Perry, a founder of the Metropolitan Community Church in Los Angeles, self-proclaimed “polar teddy bear” and tireless activist for gay rights ... more



Cat Dancers   

Cat Dancers
USA, 2007, 75 min.
Before Siegfried and Roy, there was Ron and Joy Holiday. Cat Dancers is the story of the husband and wife team who became the world's first exotic cat entertainers in the 1960's. Their act and their lives changed dramatically when dashing young Chuck Lizza joined the pair in the 1980's. In a ... more



Chihuly in the Hotshop   

Chihuly in the Hotshop
USA, 2007, 90 min.
This engaging documentary focuses on Dale Chihuly, whose work in the field of glassblowing has revolutionized the medium. The camera follows Chihuly at a weeklong residency at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, where it captures the creative chaos of his working style.... more



Encounters at the End of the World   

Encounters at the End of the World
USA, 2007, 99 min.
Not just another penguin movie—humans share equal time with nature as maverick director Werner Herzog explores his newest frontier, Antarctica, to capture the absurd, the surreal and the sublime of this icy wilderness at the bottom of the world. ... more



Garbage Warrior   

Garbage Warrior
United Kingdom, 2007, 86 min.
Maverick architect Mike Reynolds has been building sustainable housing for 30 years in New Mexico using beer cans, tires, and plastics; this film tracks his fight against state bureaucrats.... more



Hats Off   

Hats Off
USA, 2007, 81 min.
Mimi Weddell, 92 years young, makes her living in New York City in “theatre, movies, print and little TV things that come along.” As the camera follows her from lessons to auditions and back, we discover one woman—seen in Sex & the City, Law and Order, Hitch and The Purple Rose of Cairomore



Hollywood Singing & Dancing   

Hollywood Singing & Dancing
USA, 2007, 118 min.
Hollywood Singing and Dancingis a wonderfully entertaining and comprehensive documentary about the Hollywood Musical—a celebration of song and dance that begins with the era of Busby Berkley through the highly acclaimed 2007 box office smash hit Dreamgirls.... more



Icon   

Icon
USA, 2007, 60 min.
Filmmaker Teddy Grouya takes a fascinating look at the iconic images of the early Eastern European churches with an inspirational Romanian artist.... more



Lagerfeld Confidential   

Lagerfeld Confidential
France, 2007, 87 min.
Fashionistas and non-fashionistas alike will enjoy this documentary about the prolific and eccentric German-born designer Karl Lagerfeld, reviver of the Chanel brand, stylish to the tips of his fingers—adorned in fingerless gloves and multiple silver rings.... more



A Man Named Pearl   

A Man Named Pearl
USA, 2006, 78 min.
This charming documentary (akin in tone to The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill) follows a factory worker and self-taught topiary artist who transformed his South Carolina yard into an inspirational garden—and a major tourist destination.... more



My Enemy's Enemy   

My Enemy's Enemy
France, 2007, 87 min.
This hard-hitting documentary on the Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie looks at how society has trouble dealing with ‘human monsters’, and how the hypocrisy of Western governments allowed Barbie to operate as a U.S. counter-intelligence agent against budding democracies in Latin America.... more



Passion and Power: The Technology of Orgasm   

Passion and Power: The Technology of Orgasm
USA, 2007, 74 min.
This humorous, revealing, and informative documentary traces the history of the vibrator, which evolved along with the women’s movement, from medical to mechanical to recreational device.... more



The Pixar Story   

The Pixar Story
88 min.
Oscar nominated director Leslie Iwerks takes us on a twenty-year journey through the world of Pixar Animation Studios, where creativity, science, and daily drama have fueled their pioneering pursuits of an ever inspired art form.... more



She's a Boy I Knew   

She's a Boy I Knew
Canada, 2007, 70 min.
When Gwen Haworth decided to be true to her identity, her loved ones lost someone—their son, brother and husband—Steven. This sensitive documentary examines the emotional impact of her successful gender transformation on her nearest and dearest... more



Surfwise   

Surfwise
USA, 2007, 93 min.
This lively documentary follows 85-year-old surfer and health guru Dorian “Doc” Paskowitz, whose strict, bohemian life with his wife and nine children resulted in various arrested developments.... more



To the Limit   

To the Limit
Germany, 2007, 95 min.
German filmmaker Pepe Danquart documents the Huber brothers, famed speed rock-climbers, as they scale alpine cliffs and test their physical and emotional limits, roped together for life.... more



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