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Docs For Schools 2008

BIGGER, STRONGER, FASTER
D: Christopher Bell | USA | 106 min
Is it still cheating if everyone’s doing it? This engaging and provocative examination of America’s steroid culture offers illuminating insight into the ethical and health issues of this current worldwide phenomenon.
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THE BLACK LIST
D: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders | USA | 87 min
The term “blacklist” gets poignantly redefined. African-Americans, including Chris Rock, Rev. Al Sharpton, Sean “Puffy” Combs and Toni Morrison, share their vividly personal and politically controversial views on black America.
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CLUB NATIVE
D: Tracey Deer | Canada | 88 min
Stories of love and rebellion unfold on the Kahnawake Mohawk reserve as residents struggle with the consequences of marrying white. Director Tracey Deer crafts an intimate look at the complex policies that dictate status.
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FLOW: FOR THE LOVE OF WATER
D: Irena Salina | USA | 93 min
An alarming global tour of the emerging catastrophe threatening the world’s water supply – and the greed and politics precipitating it - Flow is an informative and urgent call to action.
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KIDS + MONEY
D: Lauren Greenfield | USA | 32 min
Only in L.A. can a 14-year old rationalize dropping a grand on a purse. Kids from pampered and poor neighbourhoods discuss the pressures of money – getting it, spending it and learning to live without it.
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THE LAST CONTINENT
D: Jean Lemire | Canada | 105 min
Scientists and filmmakers spend a year on a schooner in the Antarctic studying climate change’s effects on deep winter in this stunningly cinematic, vérité-style adventure full of risk, joy and life-threatening danger.
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PLANET B-BOY
D: Benson Lee | USA | 95 min
Japan, Korea and France clash in the B-Boy Battle of the Year. The dancers’ infectious energy and mad skillz make for a ridiculously entertaining competition. The globalization of hip hop culture is here – r u ready?
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TAKING ROOT: THE VISION OF WANGARI MAATHAI
D: Lisa Merton, Alan Dater | USA | 81 min
The inspiring story of Nobel laureate Wangari Maathai whose simple act of planting trees inspired Kenya’s environmental movement, protected the human rights of its people, and defended the democracy of an entire nation.
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TRIAGE: DR. JAMES ORBINSKI’S HUMANITARIAN DILEMMA
D: Patrick Reed | Canada | 88 min
Tirage chronicles the return of the former president of Médecins Sans Frontières to Somalia and Rwanda where he confronts his past and the tragedy he faced in choosing who would live and who would die.
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