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Docs For Schools 2009

AFGHAN STAR
D: Havana Marking | UK | 90 min
Is Afghanistan ready for its own Kelly Clarkson? After years of repressive Taliban rule that banned music and dancing, a TV signing competition à la American Idol attempts to reinstate art, democracy and tribal unity.
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BLACK WAVE: THE LEGACY OF THE EXXON VALDEZ
D: Robert Cornellier | Canada | 90 min
In 1989 the Exxon Valdez ran aground off Alaska, spewing millions of gallons of crude into Prince William Sound. Masterful filmmaking contrasts personal testimonies, corporate spin and shocking statistics to create a sting indictment of ExxonMobil’s irresponsibility.
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BURMA VJ: REPORTING FROM A CLOSED COUNTRY
D: Anders Høgsbro Østergaard | Denmark | 85 min
This critically-acclaimed, multiple-award winner reveals the incredible story of the underground view of journalists in Burma and their tactics for bringing footage of 2007’s massive uprising to the world.
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INSIDE HANA’S SUITCASE
D: Larry Weinstein | Canada, Czech Republic | 90 min
A name scrawled on a suitcase delivered from Auschwitz leads a Japanese teacher to unravel the mystery of its owner, a young Jewish girl. Documentary and drama blend in this film of astonishing power and hope, based on the best-selling book.
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INVISIBLE CITY
D: Hubert Davis | Canada | 75 min
Oscar-nominated director Hubert Davis follows the lives of two black teenagers over there years as they navigate issues of race, crime and notions of manhood in Toronto’s Regent Park community.
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PROM NIGHT IN MISSISSIPPI
D: Paul Saltzman | Canada | 90 min
When Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman offers to pay for his hometown high school’s first-ever integrated senior prom, Charlton’s long-standing traditions and racial tensions intensify as students prepare for the big day.
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REPORTER
D: Eric Daniel Metzgar | USA | 92 min
Pulitzer Prize-winning New York times columnist Nicholas Kristof delves into the horrific humanitarian atrocities in the Congo, searching for the story what will galvanize an increasingly jaded and detached Western reader.
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RISEUP
D: Luciano Blotta | Argentina, Jamaica, USA | 88 min
In the heart of Jamaica talent abounds but opportunity is scarce. With amazing music and electrifying performances, RiseUp follows three distinctive artists in their struggle to rise from the underground music scene to reggae super-stardom.
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THE YES MEN FIX THE WORLD
D: Andy Bichlbaum, Mike Bonanno, Kurt Engfehr | France, UK, USA | 90 min
The Yes Men are back, bravely and brilliantly infiltrating corporate corridors with outrageous political pranks. Can they find a way to defeat the cult of greed and save civilization from its excesses? Yes, they can.
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ZOMBIE GIRL: THE MOVIE
D: Aaron Marshall, Justin Johnson, Erik Mauck | USA | 91 min
Perhaps the best “making-of” movie since Hearts of Darkness, this irresistible doc chronicles 12-year-old Emily’s inspirational two-year struggle to complete her directorial debut Pathogen.
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