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Where's My Roy Cohn? | Documentary

If you were in his presence, you knew you were in the presence of evil. Where's My Roy Cohn? Opens NY/LA on September 20

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BURKINABÈ RISING: The Art of Resistance in Burkina Faso

iara Lee Culture of Resistance Films
Burkinabè Rising showcases creative nonviolent resistance in Burkina Faso, a small, landlocked country in West Africa, home to a vibrant community of artists and engaged citizens, who provide an example of making inspirational political change.

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The Documentary Highlighting the Real Green Book

Hannah Giorgis The Atlantic
The real 'Green Book' made Jim Crow-Era Travel safer. The documentary, which aired February 25 on the Smithsonian channel, positions Green’s ambitious project as a necessary response to white-supremacist violence—and as a community-building tool.

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Estela Bravo’s Fidel (2001), A Documentary

Joanne Bealy Bright Lights Film Journal
Bravo's film was commissioned by Channel 4 in Britain, and won the Distinguished Achievement for Excellence in Documentary Filmmaking from the Urbanworld Film Festival in New York, and played the Toronto International Film Festival to sold-out crowds despite the fact that it opened three days after the September 11th attacks. It has played in arthouses throughout the U.S. It and several other films about Castro, can now be viewed on YouTube and are also listed below.

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Coal and Silk: Two Impressive New Documentaries

Eric A. Gordon Hollywood Progressive
"Ludlow: Greek Americans in the Colorado Coal War" and "The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble" -- two new documentaries, both of them stunning not only in their execution but in their implications, raise all the critical issues about the worth of human life. One takes place in the violent coal mines of the Southwest a century ago, and another takes place today in many locales leading up to appearances in concert halls all over the world.
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