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    • African-American leaders
      African-American leaders

      This collection features five revealing films about some of history's most influential African-American figures. Learn about their lives, the experiences that shaped them and the impact they had on history. Includes: Civil War Journal: Frederick Douglass; Who Killed Martin Luther King, Jr.?; Thurgood Marshall: Justice For All: Malcolm X: A Search For Identity; and Barack Obama.
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    • Freedom summer
      Freedom summer

      In the hot and deadly summer of 1964, the nation could not turn away from Mississippi. Over ten memorable weeks known as Freedom Summer, more than 700 student volunteers joined with organizers and local African Americans in a historic effort to shatter the foundations of white supremacy in one of the nation's most segregated states, even in the face of intimidation, physical violence, and death.
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    • Cesar 911
      Cesar 911

      Traveling to communities in desperate need of Cesar Millan's help. He is summoned by neighbors, co-workers, relatives and friends who "blow the whistle" on a four-legged menace that has turned their lives upside down. Whether it's a spoiled chihuahua going wild in a family business, or an aggressive mutt spreading fear throughout a neighborhood, he will use his unparalleled expertise to bring balance to the dogs and their communities.
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    • Komodo, secrets of the dragon [videorecording]
      Komodo, secrets of the dragon [videorecording]
      a Humble Bee Films production for BBC and Amimal Planet
      Get up close and personal with one of the planet's most fearsome predators. The most dangerous lizard in the world, with a powerful set of jaws used to rip prey apart, may actually have a secret weapon, extremely poisonous venom. This film follows scientist Bryan Fry's quest to truly understand this dragon's deadly bite, beyond its ripping teeth.
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    • Smithsonian Channel. Shark collection [videorecording]
      Smithsonian Channel. Shark collection [videorecording]
      director, Benjamin G. Hewett.
      Sharks are universally feared, but also widely misunderstood and suddenly endangered. Marine biologists, shark experts, and conservationists are doing everything they can to reverse the tide of public opinion before it's too late, even if it means diving into infested waters, where sharks hold every advantage
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    • Snow babies
      Snow babies
      BBC Productions
      Wildlife footage provides an intimate and playful look at the first year of adorable baby animals raised in ice and snow. Animals include emperor penguins, snow monkeys, polar bears, arctic foxes, and reindeer.
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    • Scanners [videorecording]
      Scanners [videorecording]
      director, David Cronenberg.
      After a man with extraordinary, and frighteningly destructive, telepathic abilities is nabbed by agents from a mysterious rogue corporation, he discovers he is far from the only possessor of such strange powers, and that some of the other "scanners" have their minds set on world domination, while others are trying to stop them.
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    • America's test kitchen. Season 14.
      America's test kitchen. Season 14.

      Join Christopher Kimball and the cast of America's test kitchen to learn the basics of great home cooking. Learn recipes that will work the first time you try them, thanks to the dozens of test cooks who develop, refine, and test recipes again and again until they arrive at the very best versions. Learning to become a better cook has never been this foolproof or fun!
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    • After the end [videorecording]
      After the end [videorecording]
      directed by Andrew Morgan
      A documentary about the effect of loss in each of our lives. Anyone who has ever lost a loved one will find solace and comfort in Andrew Morgan's delicate approach to life's most challenging experience. Following the stories of people who have each experienced the death of a loved one, the film explores what it means to lose someone without losing ourselves in the process.
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    • Afternoon of a faun [videorecording] : Tanaquil Le Clercq
      Afternoon of a faun [videorecording] : Tanaquil Le Clercq
      Kino Lorber presents an Augusta Films production in association with Steeplechase Films
      Nancy Buirski's documentary on famed prima ballerina Tanaquil Le Clercq, the muse of both George Balanchine (who married her), and Jerome Robbins who created his famous choregraphic work, Afternoon of a Faun, for her.
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    • Burn : one year on the front lines of the battle to save Detroit
      Burn : one year on the front lines of the battle to save Detroit
      General Motors Entertainment Marketing, Apostle & TBVE
      This riveting and inspiring film spends a year with Detroit firefighters, who are charged with the thankless task of saving a city many have written off as dead. With vast stretches of abandoned buildings, the highest arson rate in the country, and a budget crisis of epic proportions, these brave men and women risk injury, disablement, and death to try and make a difference for the city they call home.
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    • Comedy warriors [videorecording] : healing through humor
      Comedy warriors [videorecording] : healing through humor
      Galileo Media Arts presents
      An uplifting documentary featuring five severely wounded veterans from the Iraq/Afghanistan conflicts, with injuries ranging from burns to multiple amputations, embarking on an exciting new mission: stand-up comedy. With help from their own comedy writer mentors, and coaching from A-List comedians: Zach Galifianakis, Bob Saget, B.J. Novak, and Lewis Black, they were guided in creating their own personal standup routines and fine-tuned until ready to perform at LA's top comedy clubs.
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    • Fracknation [videorecording]
      Fracknation [videorecording]
      directed by Phelim McAleer, Ann McElhinney, Magdalena Segieda
      Journalist Phelim McAleer searches for the truth about the alleged dangers of fracking, a method of extracting natural gas from shale rock by drilling deep underground, specifically challenging claims made by activist Josh Fox in his film Gasland. Interviewing scientists and individuals directly affected by fracking, McAleer uncovers presents a different side to the fracking debate.
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    • The hooping life.
      The hooping life.

      Hula-hooping is back. From South Central to South Africa, witness the rise of an infectious new subculture at the intersection of fitness, art, spirituality, and entrepreneurship. Introduced by hooper Shaquille Ob2sNeal with a score by Basement Jaxx, follow eight pioneers of the movement who sometimes left an established career to make a living as hoop-makers, performers, and teachers. The film alternates between performance footage and interviews, self-filmed video diaries and street practice.
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    • How to survive a plague [videorecording]
      How to survive a plague [videorecording]
      Public Square Films presents a France/Tomchin film
      The story of the brave young men and women who successfully reversed the tide of an epidemic, demanded the attention of a fearful nation, and stopped AIDS from becoming a death sentence. This improbable group of activists bucked oppression and infiltrated government agencies and the pharmaceutical industry, helping to identify promising new medication and treatments and move them through trials and into drugstores in record time.
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    • I was there : days the world changed [videorecording]
      I was there : days the world changed [videorecording]
      director, Max Serio.
      Witness some of the world's most significant events through the eyes of someone who was there, in person, and lived to tell the story. Get a ringside seat to the great triumphs and tragedies of the past seventy years! Feel the past's beating pulse and keep in step with the march of history, from the bombing of Hiroshima to the capture of Saddam Hussein. Find out what it was like to be at Ground Zero on that terrible day in September 2001.
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    • Jodorowsky's Dune [videorecording]
      Jodorowsky's Dune [videorecording]
      Sony Pictures Classics
      A documentary film about Alejandro Jodorowsky's attempt to make a film adaptation of Frank Herbert's 1965 science fiction novel, Dune, starring Jodorowsky's own 12-year-old son, as well as Orson Welles, Mick Jagger, David Carradine and Salvador Dali with music by Pink Floyd; film includes interviews with Jodorowsky and others.
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    • Loving a stranger [videorecording]
      Loving a stranger [videorecording]
      [produced by Heartache Productions]
      Profiles four Canadian women who married Muslim men from Morocco, Pakistan, and Guinea. Examines the clash of cultures and the fraudulent motives of some of the men.
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    • Maidentrip [videorecording]
      Maidentrip [videorecording]
      a Wild Shot Films production
      Fourteen-year-old Laura Dekker sets out, camera in hand, on a two-year voyage in pursuit of her dream to be the youngest person ever to sail around the world alone. In the wake of a year-long battle with Dutch authorities that sparked a global storm of media scrutiny, Laura now finds herself far from land, family and unwanted attention, exploring the world in search of freedom, adventure, and distant dreams of her early youth at sea.
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    • Season of a lifetime [videorecording]
      Season of a lifetime [videorecording]
      Endorphin Entertainment Production
      The true and inspiring story of head football coach, Jeremy Williams, and his resilient Greenville Patriots high school football team. For one last season, Williams, who is terminally ill with ALS, will lead his players through a tough Region 4 schedule in their quest for the Georgia state championship. Actor/writer/producer Rick Cohen follows the team, their coach, and his family through a season filled with challenges and struggles, ultimately showing how family and faith can inspire.
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    • Seduced and abandoned [videorecording]
      Seduced and abandoned [videorecording]
      HBO Documentary Films and Michael Mailer Films in association with James Toback Films and El Dorado Pictures present
      Follows actor Alec Baldwin and director James Toback as they pitch their film concept at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival providing a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to secure financing for their idea.
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    • Too hot for burn [videorecording]
      Too hot for burn [videorecording]
      Detroit Public Television
      "More than 80 minutes of firefighting outtakes from the documentary Burn"--Cover.
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    • Visitors [videorecording]
      Visitors [videorecording]
      The Vivid Unknown
      Reveals humanity's trancelike relationship with technology. Footage of nonverbal human portraits and communication reveals a constant stream of unconscious emotions, barely noticed by most people. The protagonist, a wise gorilla, sagely witnesses the antics of homo sapiens.
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    • Winnebago
      Winnebago

      Offering 400 square feet of living space, the Winnebago Vectra, the ultimate motor home, also includes a giant basement. Visit the ultimate factories that create this behemoth home away from home.
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    • Escape from a Nazi death camp
      Escape from a Nazi death camp
      produced by Darlow Smithson Productions Limited for PBS and National Geographic Channels International
      The secret Nazi death camp at Sobibor was created solely for the mass extermination of Jews. But on October 14, 1943, in the biggest and most successful prison revolt of the Second World War, the inmates fought back. Using dramatic reenactments four survivors; Toivi Blatt, Philip Bialowitz, Selma Engel-Wijnberg, and former Russian POW Semjon Rozenfeld, tell firsthand accounts of the day they escaped certain death to freedom.
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    • Russia's last tsar [videorecording]
      Russia's last tsar [videorecording]
      produced by the National Geographic Society
      Fabled Romanovs, led by Nicholas II and Empress Alexandra, ruled imperial Russia in high splendor, despite the disintegration of their divided, war-torn country. In 1918 the rise of Communism violently collided with the rule of royalty when the tsar, his beloved wife, and their children were murdered and buried in a secret grave. Story is told from newly discovered photographs and archival film.
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    • Ghost adventures. Season 5 [videorecording]
      Ghost adventures. Season 5 [videorecording]
      My-Tupelo Entertainment.
      The Ghost Chasers crew, Zak Bagans, Nick Groff and Aaron Goodwin are back to investigate the scariest, most notorious, haunted places in the world. The trio will interview eyewitnesses and historians at each location, arming themselves with the stories of the ghosts they will later provoke and confront during their dusk-to-dawn lockdowns. Then they'll review and analyze their findings with some the most respected experts and specialists in the paranormal field.
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    • Jillian Michaels. One week shred [videorecording]
      Jillian Michaels. One week shred [videorecording]
      an Empowered Media production.
      Jillian Michaels leads viewers through a 7-day diet and exercise plan, comprised of two 30-minute workouts each day--a morning strength workout and an evening cardio workout--and an online meal plan.
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    • Jillian Michaels. Yoga inferno [videorecording]
      Jillian Michaels. Yoga inferno [videorecording]
      EM Productions.
      Contains two unique 30-minute multi-level workouts. Each vigorous workout focuses on yoga flow as well as burning both calories and fat by using Jillian's unique style of training.
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    • Kathy Smith's timeless collection. Power walk for weight loss
      Kathy Smith's timeless collection. Power walk for weight loss

      Enjoy an indoor walk with an outdoor feel with a 30-minute workout that delivers maximum results in less time. Using light hand weights, sculpt and tone the upper body while walking. Plus, burn belly fat and tone the core while moving with Kathy's new Cardio Core moves. Boredom isn't a factor as Kathy keeps it interesting while toning and working muscles in all directions. Then pump up the fun factor in a 10-minute segment in which Kathy teaches how to let loose and de-stress.
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    • Apostle Paul : a polite bribe [videorecording]
      Apostle Paul : a polite bribe [videorecording]
      director, Robert Orlando.
      For the first time, learn how one man's vision kept the early Christian movement together. How one man defied the very followers of Jesus himself-- and in the end left his homeland to conquer an Empire. This is the compelling story of Paul the Apostle, originally named Saul of Tarsus. He zealously persecuted the early followers of Jesus and violently tried to destroy the newly forming Christian church.
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    • Generation iron [videorecording]
      Generation iron [videorecording]
      The Vladar Company presents a Vladar Company Production in association with American Media, Inc.
      A documentary about seven rivals as they battle for the title of Mr. Olympia. But beyond the gym, the stage, and the misconceptions about the sport, how far will each of them go to achieve the ultimate in extreme physical perfection?
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    • The trials of Muhammad Ali [videorecording]
      The trials of Muhammad Ali [videorecording]
      Kartemquin Films
      The powerful documentary examines the life of Muhammad Ali beyond the boxing ring to offer a personal perspective on the American sporting legend. Investigating Ali's spiritual transformation includes his conversion to Islam, resistance to the Vietnam War draft, and humanitarian work. The documentary connects Ali's transcendent life story to America' struggles with race, religion, and war in the twentieth century.
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    • Payback. 2014
      Payback. 2014

      Following the excitement of the inaugural edition of Payback in 2013, get ready for more action-packed matches in the second ever Payback, coming again from the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois.
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    • Goldberg
      Goldberg

      Goldberg was one of the most dominant and talented individuals ever witnessed in sports entertainment, exploding onto the scene by amassing an epic win streak of 173 matches. Here are some of the biggest matches in Goldbergb2ss impressive career.
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    • United we slam : the best of great American bash
      United we slam : the best of great American bash

      One of sports entertainment's most patriotic traditions, it provided the July fireworks from 1985-2009. Relive the best star-spangled excitement form nearly twenty events, featuring the greatest matches and moments from history's top superstars.
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    • 100 years of WWI
      100 years of WWI
      History [videorecording].
      WWI introduced game-changing weapons of mass destruction: armored tanks, chemical weapons, submarines, and the aerial bombardments of cities. Using experts, eyewitness testimony, and riveting archival re-creations, explores the deadly mix of weapons that defined modern warfare and shocked the world. See how these weapons were developed and witness the devastation they left behind.
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