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Blessed Is the Match

by Roberta Grossman

Narrated by Joan Allen, Blessed Is the Match is the first documentary feature about Hannah Senesh, the World War II-era poet and diarist who became a paratrooper, resistance fighter and modern-day Joan of Arc. Safe in Palestine in 1944, Hannah joined a mission to rescue Jews in her native Hungary. Hannah parachuted behind enemy lines, was captured, tortured, and ultimately executed by the Nazis.

Women and Girls Lead, Global Voices, Independent Lens

The Desert of Forbidden Art

by Amanda Pope and Tchavdar Georgiev

The Desert of Forbidden Art is an incredible story about a group of visionary Soviet-era artists and one man who risked his life to rescue their work.

Independent Lens

Doping for Gold

by Alison Rooper

In the 1970s, female East German athletes came from nowhere to dominate international sport. But behind their success lay a horrifying secret. Doping for Gold reveals the truth behind the biggest state-sponsored doping program the world has ever known, creating a timely perspective on today’s many sports drug scandals.

Global Perspectives Collection, Secrets of the Dead

Escape from Auschwitz

by Alex Dunlop

The story of two young Slovak Jews who managed to escape and help save as many as 120,000 Jews by sharing their detailed account of the Auschwitz concentration camp.

Global Perspectives Collection, Secrets of the Dead

Hiding and Seeking: Faith and Tolerance After the Holocaust

by Menachem Daum

Filmmaker Menachem Daum passes on the lessons he learned from his parents’ post-Holocaust crisis of faith to his own children and grandchildren, hoping to show how to be true to one’s deepest beliefs while being open to all people.

POV

The Mosquito Problem & Other Stories

by Andrey Paounov, and Martichka Bozhilova

In a world instantly transformed by ideologies, regimes, and dreams of economic prosperity, characters’ lives intersect in a sinister past and nuclear future.

Global Voices, Global Perspectives Collection

My Perestroika

by Robin Hessman and Rachel Wexler

My Perestroika follows five ordinary Russians living in extraordinary times — from their sheltered Soviet childhood, to the collapse of the Soviet Union during their teenage years, to the constantly shifting political landscape of post-Soviet Russia.

Global Perspectives Collection, POV, Global Voices

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No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo & Vilmos

by James Chressanthis

Two Hungarian film students escaped communist Hungary in 1956, with little more than a camera and a shopping bag full of film. Over the next 50 years, Laszlo Kovacs and Vilmos Zsigmond would reinvent Hollywood moviemaking for an entire generation — and maintain an iron-clad friendship along the way.

Independent Lens

A Story of People in War and Peace

by Vardan Hovhannisyan

After 12 years, journalist and former P.O.W., Vardan Hovhannisyan returns to the Soviet Union in search of answers to the war and lessons for peace.

Global Voices, Global Perspectives Collection

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