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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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    • 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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    • Mega dino-pack. Collection three
      Mega dino-pack. Collection three

      Almost three hours of amazing animation brings these astounding beasts to life in this all-new collection. Through the use of modern technology, witness these ancient giants roaming the earth once again, while revealing the latest scientific discoveries that will change what people thought they knew about dinosaurs.
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    • Puppies and more
      Puppies and more

      Too Cute returns with even more cuteness and this time ventures into the lives of adorable, unusual and lovable pets. From a hedgehog's first swim, to puppies and kittens making friends with ducks, turtles, and even a pygmy goat, these furry friends are simply too loveable, too curious, too cute.
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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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    • Vampira and me [videorecording] : a film
      Vampira and me [videorecording] : a film
      by R.H. Greene
      When Maila Nurmi took to the TV airwaves in 1954 as the original gothic scream queen Vampira, a national craze was set off. Haughty, domineering, and an instant icon of female power and sexuality, Vampira cast her spell over other rebels and rabble-rousers of the day, including James Dean, Marlon Brando and Elvis Presley. But the woman behind the facade was both far more intricate and much more fragile than the character that made her famous, and the price of momentary glory and cult superstardom was almost unbearably high.
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    • L'eclisse [videorecording]
      L'eclisse [videorecording]
      un film di coproduzione, Interopa Film-Cineriz, Paris Film Production
      Tells the story of a young woman who leaves one lover only to drift into a relationship with another. Using the architecture of Rome as a backdrop for the couple's doomed affair, the director reaches the apotheosis of his modernist style, returning to his favorite themes: alienation and the difficulty of finding connections in an increasingly mechanized world.
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    • All that heaven allows
      All that heaven allows
      A Universal - International Picture
      The film follows the blossoming love between a well-off suburban widow and her handsome and earthy younger gardener. After their romance prompts the scorn of her selfish children and snooty country club friends, she must decide whether to pursue her own happiness or carry on a lonely, hemmed-in existence for the sake of the approval of others.
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    • The abominable crime [videorecording]
      The abominable crime [videorecording]
      a film by Micah Fink
      Explored is the religious-based culture of homophobia in Jamaica through the eyes of gay Jamaicans who are forced to choose between their homeland and their lives. Included are personal accounts from Jamaica's leading human-rights activist, Maurice Tomlinson, and a lesbian single mother who survived a brutal anti-gay shooting. Offered is an intimate first-person perspective on the risks and challenges of seeking asylum aboard.
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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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    • Bettie Page reveals all
      Bettie Page reveals all
      a film by Mark Mori
      An intimate look at one of the world's most recognized sex symbols, told in her own words for the first time, impoverished southern family, to high school salutatorian, to scandalous '50s pin-up model, to shocking retirement in 1957 at the peak of her modeling career. With a stunning array of gorgeous photographs, unusual archival material, and playful movie footage.
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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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    • Codebreaker
      Codebreaker
      Patrick Sammon and Paul Sen present
      The remarkable and tragic story of one of the 20th century's most important people. Alan Turing set in motion the computer age and his World War II codebreaking helped turn the tide of the Second World War. Instead of receiving accolades, he faced terrible persecution. In 1952, the British Government forced him to undergo chemical castration as punishment for his homosexuality. In despair, Turing committed suicide. He was only 41 years old.
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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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    • Genius on hold
      Genius on hold
      Top Cat Productions LLC presents a Walter T. Shaw production of a Gregory Marquette film
      Examines the life of Walter Shaw, a telecommunications inventor who, prevented by corporate greed and government corruption from achieving success through obtaining the patents that he deserved, allowed himself to be exploited by the mafia, who had use for his inventions, and whose decline contributed to his son's turning to a life of crime as a jewel thief.
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    • Glickman [videorecording]
      Glickman [videorecording]
      HBO Documentary Films presents a Sikelia/Blind Date production
      Before Marv Albert, Bob Costas, and Mike Breen, there was Marty Glickman. The documentary chronicles the life and career of Glickman, a Jewish-American athlete turned broadcaster who pioneered many of the techniques, phrases, and programming innovations that are commonplace in sports reporting today. A multi-sport athlete with blistering speed, he was a teammate of Jesse Owens on the 1936 U.S. Olympic track team.
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    • The labyrinth [videorecording] : the testimony of Marian Koodziej = Labirynt : swiadectwo Mariana Koodzieja
      The labyrinth [videorecording] : the testimony of Marian Koodziej = Labirynt : swiadectwo Mariana Koodzieja
      a December 2nd production
      Memory, art, love, and hell collide as an Auschwitz survivor finally confronts the horrors of his past after 50 years of silence. Marian Koodziej was on one of the first transports to enter Auschwitz. He was given number 432. He survived and never spoke of his experience for 50 years. After a serious stroke in 1993, he began rehabilitation by doing pen and ink drawings depicting the experiences he and others endured in the concentration camp. These drawings, in their skeletal detail, are a gripping depiction of the pain, death, and horrors of the camp. While most of the drawings represent the memories of a young man's hellish experiences in Auschwitz, some tell stories of small acts of kindness and dignity. Marian's story of survival, of persistence, of life before, during, and after Auschwitz are a testament to the human spirit. Marian's drawings and art installations, which he called The Labyrinth, fill the large basement of a church near Auschwitz and draw visitors into the horrific reality of the Holocaust. In 'The labyrinth', Marian takes the audience on a journey through his drawings and art installations. Through the blending of his testimony and the graphic drawings, we explore the memories and nightmares of a man, who like so many others buried experiences deep within. Why would a confrontation with death late in life, trigger the need to record his long-suppressed memories? And why in this graphic, metaphorical way? This documentary raises these questions in a visually stunning way.
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    • Life according to Sam
      Life according to Sam
      HBO Documentary Films presents a Fine Films production
      "An official selection of the Sundance Film Festival, Life According to Sam follows one family's courageous fight to save their only son from a rare and fatal aging disease. Directed by Oscar winners Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine (Inocente), this highly personal and life-affirming journey is propelled by the captivating presence of Sam Berns. Funny, perceptive and fiercely intelligent, 16-year old Sam is the catalyst for his physician parents' relentless drive to discover a medical breakthrough that may one day shed light on unlocking the aging process in us all."--Container.
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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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    • Mondays at Racine [videorecording]
      Mondays at Racine [videorecording]
      HBO Documentary Films and Bad Hair Days Films
      Tells the uplifting story of Rachel Demolfetto and Cynthia Sansone, two sisters who do their part in the fight against cancer by providing free beauty treatments to cancer patients at their salon every month.
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    • The People vs. Paul Crump [videorecording]
      The People vs. Paul Crump [videorecording]
      produced by William Friedkin.
      Paul Crump, who robbed the Chicago stockyards on March 20, 1953, with four other black men, shot one guard to death. He was sentenced to die in the electric chair. William Friedkin met Crump in the Cook County Jail. Friedkin was impressed by the "model prisoner", Crump. Friedkin produced this documentary as an impassionate plea for Crump's return to society.
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    • Radio wars [videorecording]
      Radio wars [videorecording]
      Mohr Productions presents
      "Take a daring and unconventional look at the history of radio. From the pitched battles surrounding its invention to the secret fights for dominance between old and new media, radio has always been at war. Few of radio's struggles have been as dramatic as satellite radio's battle in the stars. This clash turned traditional radio business models upside down, redefined free speech, and put over one million investors on a billion dollar roller coaster ride as companies Sirius and XM fought to survive. Go behind the scenes and witness radio's tumultuous past"--Container.
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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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    • Shelter Island
      Shelter Island
      director, Michael Canzoniero.
      Outsider artist Harald Olson and his eccentric patron Jimmy Olinkiewicz found each other on Shelter Island, NY, and teamed up to sell paintings roadside. The semi-homeless painter and the father of an autistic child were magically connected, and together took friendship to a new level when they secured a major gallery showing of Olson's unconventional work in NYC. An elegant, beautiful tale of how art, compassion and creativity can unlock hidden potential in unexpected places.
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    • The short game [videorecording]
      The short game [videorecording]
      Netflix presents
      The best seven year-old golfers from around the world descend on the world famous Pinehurst Golf course in North Carolina to determine the next world champion and who might become golf's next phenomenon. It follows eight young golfers vying for the title of world champion.
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    • Zombie apocalypse.
      Zombie apocalypse.

      Staggering out of fiction and into a frightening new reality are the living dead: zombies. Join scientists and self-styled 'zombie preppers' as they explore the probability and impact a zombie plague would have in the real world. Plus, Apocalypse How will explore the many other ways in which the human race could meet its end. Four different episodes and four different perspectives explore the fact and fiction of flesh-eating monsters and what it would take to prepare for them.
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    • Earth under water [videorecording]
      Earth under water [videorecording]
      produced by Picture Films, Ltd for National Geographic Channel
      "Through cutting-edge CGI, National Geographic explores the potential effects of sea level rise on our civilization over the next few centuries."--Container.
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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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    • Grounded
      Grounded

      The movie tells the true tale of an Alaskan wildlife filmmaker's persistent curiosity and quest to test the claims of what appears to be an outrageously simple and too good to be true healing concept: physical, bare skin contact with the Earth, which may have been known by civilizations throughout history.
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    • African PE classes with Adaku
      African PE classes with Adaku

      Experience African movement in three 20-minute fitness classes with Adaku. Includes: Class 1 - Elementary; Class 2 - Middle School; Class 3 - Bonus Class.
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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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    • Cosmos: a spacetime odyssey
      Cosmos: a spacetime odyssey
      Cosmos Studios
      This documentary series explores the history of science and how we found our place in the cosmos.
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    • Bully 911
      Bully 911

      Developed by Seventh Degree Black Belt holder Johnny Gyro and Noel Gyro, and is simple to learn, easy to use and designed to make children feel considerably more confident when coping with bullies by teaching them the tools to escape without getting hurt. Simple techniques will be taught (no martial arts experience necessary) to allow children to defend against chokeholds, hair pulling, arm grabs, and more.
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    • In search of Shakespeare [videorecording]
      In search of Shakespeare [videorecording]
      written and presented by Michael Wood with The Royal Shakespeare Company, director Gregory Doran
      William Shakespeare is arguably the most famous dramatist in history. His many works are still widely read and performed almost 400 years after his death and his stories resonate as much today as they did in Elizabethan times.
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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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    • Elimination chamber 2014
      Elimination chamber 2014

      It's the final and most treacherous stop on the Road to WrestleMania 30. With the show of shows on the horizon, Superstars with the hope of walking into the historic event with championship gold, must first step into the unforgiving chamber. Inside, 5 other Superstars await, all ready to put their careers on the line for a chance at immortality. Who will have the necessary fortitude to outlast the competition? And after the brutality of the chamber, will the winner be able to walk away from the chaos? All the top Superstars such as John Cena, Daniel Bryan, Randy Orton and more will take their game to another level when WWE presents Elimination Chamber 2013. -- Amazon website.
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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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    • 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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    • UFC 167. St Pierre vs. Hendricks
      UFC 167. St Pierre vs. Hendricks

      One of UFC's best pound-for-pound fighters, Georges St-Pierre, has been unbeaten for six years, having defended his welterweight title eight times. On November 16th in Las Vegas, Montreal's finest will face Johny Hendricks, an opponent with the style and desire to end his streak. A two-time NCAA Division I wrestling champion with one-punch knockout power, 'Bigg Rigg' is set on derailing St-Pierre's march to the Hall of Fame in the main event of UFC 167.
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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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    • WWE night of champions 2013
      WWE night of champions 2013

      It's the one night when every championship in WWE is defended. Those who hold the WWE, World Heavyweight, Intercontinental, United States, Divas, and WWE Tag Team Championships must all put their titles on the line against a hungry lineup of challengers.
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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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