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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

Deep Water

by Louise Osmond and Jerry Rothwell

The compelling story of the fateful voyage of Donald Crowhurst, an amateur yachtsman who entered the most daring nautical challenge ever — the very first solo, non-stop, round-the-world boat race.

Global Perspectives Collection, 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

End of Waiting Time

by Perez Molero, Jesus Sanjurjo, and Valerie Delpierre

During the long dictatorship of Spanish General Francisco Franco, hundreds of people were arrested, executed or disappeared. Today, the families of those who vanished have begun to search for answers about their relatives.

Global Perspectives Collection, Global Voices

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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

Harlem in Montmartre: A Paris Jazz Story

by Dante James and Charles Hobson

Based on the book by William Shack, Harlem in Montmartre: A Paris Jazz Story looks at the impact of African American performers and musicians during the great jazz era in Paris.

Great Performances

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

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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

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