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Get the Fire! Young Mormon Missionaries Abroad

by Nancy du Plessis

Three young Mormon men, age 19, embark on a two-year rite of passage in Germany as part of a long-standing worldwide effort by Mormon missionaries to spread their faith at home and abroad.

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The Great Invisible

by Margaret Brown

Crew members, families, fishermen, and others still haunted by the Deepwater Horizon explosion provide gripping first-hand accounts of their experience in a disaster that had tragic repercussions up and down the Gulf Coast and beyond.

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The Guardians

by Ben Crosbie and Tessa Moran

In an ancient Oyamel forest in Donaciano Ojeda, Mexico, millions of monarch butterflies cling to the trees in order to survive the winter, while Mexican farmers struggle to forge a sustainable life in the forest they once destroyed.


by Gary Hustwit

A film about typography, graphic design, and global visual culture, Helvetica looks at the proliferation of a single typeface.

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Herb & Dorothy

by Megumi Sasaki

A couple of modest means manages to build one of the most important contemporary art collections in history.

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by Christine Turner

Homegoings is a moving portrait of a man and a people — and of the faith, hope and history that sustain them in the face of death. Seen through the eyes of funeral director Isaiah Owens, the beauty and grace of African American funerals are brought to life. Filmed at Owens Funeral Home in New York City's historic Harlem neighborhood, Homegoings takes an up-close look at the rarely seen world of undertaking in the black community.


How to Survive a Plague

by David France

How to Survive a Plague is the story of two grassroots coalitions — ACT UP and Treatment Action Group — made up of innovative activists, many of them HIV-positive, who fought to turn AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition.

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Jesus Politics, the Bible, & the Ballot

by Ilan Ziv

In Jesus Politics, the Bible, & the Ballot, Israeli filmmaker Ilan Ziv goes on a 2,000-mile journey across the country stopping at isolated towns and farms, rural churches and mosques to discover the complex relationship between faith and politics during the 2008 presidential primary elections.

King Kamehameha: A Legacy Renewed

by Mary Baker

King Kamehameha: A Legacy Renewed documents how the town of Kohala, Hawaii is transformed when an art conservator arrives to restore the community's cherished bronze sculpture.

Las Marthas

by Cristina Ibarra

In the lingering aftermath of the U.S.-Mexican War, the border town of Laredo, Texas created an annual debutante ball unlike any other. Las Marthas follows two Mexican American girls carrying this gilded tradition on their shoulders during a time of economic uncertainty and tension over immigration.

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