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Docs For Schools 2011

BEING ELMO: A PUPPETEER’S JOURNEY
D: Constance Marks | USA | 76 min
Narrated by Whoopi Goldberg, this Sundance Special Jury Prize-winner sneaks us behind the scenes at Sesame Street to reveal the inspirational story of Kevin Clash, shy puppeteer and creator of the world’s favourite Muppet.
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BETTER THIS WORLD
D: Katie Galloway, Kelly Duane de la Vega | USA | 95 min
In this provocative study of post 9/11 paranoia, two earnest childhood friends seek to impress a revolutionary-activist-turned-FBI-informant. Homemade bombs lead to domestic terrorism charges, culminating in a controversial entrapment defense.
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BLOOD IN THE MOBILE
D: Frank Piasecki Poulsen | Germany, Denmark | 82 min
Are the minerals in your mobile phone contributing to the violence in eastern Congo? Filmmaker Frank Poulsen documents one of the world’s most notorious mines and exposes its links to the bloodshed that plagues the region.
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BOY CHEERLEADERS
D: James Newton | UK | 59 min
On a tough South Leeds estate, an all-boy cheerleading team the DAZL Diamonds rehearses for nationals. Led by their flamboyant coach, these sensitive kids breakdance, break down and break free—Billy Elliot-style.
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BUDRUS
D: Julia Bacha | USA | 115 min
Through peaceful protest and skillful leadership, one man heroically struggles for 10 months to protect his small Palestinian village from being arbitrarily divided by an Israeli-built barrier in this gripping and inspirational tale.
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ECO PIRATE: THE STORY OF PAUL WATSON
D: Trish Dolman | Canada | 110 min
Founder of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and co-founder of Greenpeace, Paul Watson has been on a crusade to save our oceans for 40 years—and he’s not about to let corrupt or lily-livered governments stop him now.
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THE HOLLYWOOD COMPLEX
D: Dan Sturman, Dylan Nelson | Canada | 110 min
Every spring, thousands of hopeful child actors flock to Hollywood for television’s crushingly competitive “pilot season.” Many stay with their families at the Oakwood apartment complex, a place where dreams are chased at surprising costs.

HOW ARE YOU DOING RUDOLF MING?
D: Roberts Rubins | Lativa | 60 min
Twelve years old and misunderstood, Ming creates ultra-violent movies from drawings on long strips of paper, his creativity as undeniable as his passion for gore. What happens when a concerned priest in his Latvian village commissions a film for a special church screening?
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I BOUGHT A RAINFOREST
D: Helena Nygren, Jacob Andrén | Sweden | 58 min
Jacob Andrén, like over 400,000 other Swedish children, remembers raising money to help save a rainforest. Twenty years later, wondering if his efforts made any real impact, he visits Costa Rica to see whether his piece of land remains preserved.
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THE PIRATE TAPES
D: Matvei Zhivov, Roger Singh, Andrew Moniz, Rock Baijnauth | Canada | 72 min
In this riveting tale of danger, politics and international intrigue, a Somali-Canadian journalist risks his life to infiltrate a Somali pirate cell. His hidden camera footage is woven with insights into the complex causes that turned ordinary fishermen into marauders.
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POSTER GIRL
D: Sara Nesson | USA | 38 min
Sara Nesson’s Oscar-nominated debut follows Iraq War veteran Robynn Murray’s harrowing battle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. A one-time poster girl for young women in combat, Murray’s raw emotion devastates and inspires in this impassioned journey towards healing and self-discovery.
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SOUNDTRACK FOR A REVOLUTION
D: Bill Guttentag, Dan Sturman | USA | 82 min
The story of the American civil rights movement as told through its powerful music – the freedom songs protestors sang on picket lines, in mass meetings, in paddy wagons, and in jail cells as they fought for justice and equality.
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YOU’VE BEEN TRUMPED
D: Anthony Baxter | UK | 95 min
When Donald Trump sets out to build the world’s most luxurious golf resort in the bonniest village in Scotland, residents chafe at his particular brand of American know-how. David meets coiffed Goliath in this scrappy exposé.
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