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Docs For Schools 2012

BROOKLYN CASTLE
D: Katie Dellamaggiore | USA | 100 min
Producing national champions straight out of junior high, I.S. 318 is a chess powerhouse. But when the financial crisis brings severe budget cuts to its after-school programs, promising students become pawns in school board politics.
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CHARLES BRADLEY: SOUL OF AMERICA
D: Poull Brien | USA | 74 min
What are the odds of a 62-year-old illiterate soul singer from Brooklyn’s projects making it in the music industry? Bring your hankies. Feel the love. Prepare to be astonished.
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DETROPIA
D: Rachel Grady, Heidi Ewing | USA | 90 min
Once home to the American dream, Detroit has been hard hit by economic depression and population decline. Academy Award-nominated directors behind Jesus Camp and 12th & Delaware deftly craft a haunting humanistic portrait of a city on the brink of disaster.
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FINDING NORTH
D: Lori Silverbush, Kristi Jacobson | USA | 84 min
From hard-working families surviving on food-bank handouts to children of low-income households facing obesity due to a reliance on cheap fast food, Finding North puts a different face on poverty—that of the working poor.
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GRACE, MILLY, LUCY… CHILD SOLDIERS
D: Raymonde Provencher | Canada | 71 min
Ugandan girls who were abducted and forced into battle for the Lord’s Resistance Army – often with babies on their backs and machine guns in their hands – now fight for peace and to save other girls form the same hell.
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H2OIL
D: Shannon Walsh | Canada | 81 min
Alberta’s oil sands now make Canada America’s major oil supplier, but the billion-dollar industry extracts a terrible price: some of the cleanest water on earth is used to make the dirtiest oil in the world, with catastrophic results.
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ONLY THE YOUNG
D: Elizabeth Mims, Jason Tippet | USA | 72 min
One last summer of first loves, friendship and adventure in a small desert town is captured as the lives of three teenagers move from the security of childhood into an ever-changing adult world.
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QUEEN OF VERSAILLES
D: Lauren Greenfield | USA, Netherlands, UK, Denmark | 100 min
Meet Jackie Siegel: mother of eight, former Mrs. Florida, and owner of the largest private home in the world. Alas a sweeping economic crisis threatens to wake this Queen from her American dream.
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RADIOMAN
D: Mary Kerr | UK | 72 min
Once a homeless alcoholic, Radioman is now a fixture of NYC film sets. With over a hundred Hollywood cameos and A-listers like Meryl, Marty, George and Cher as pals, he gets noticed… but not as he would like.
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SOMEWHERE IN BETWEEN
D: Linda Goldstein Knowlton | USA | 94 min
After adopting her own daughter from China, Linda Goldstein Knowlton follows four remarkable Chinese-born adoptees as they come of age between two cultures. Each girl seats her roots and her own future in inspiring ways.
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WAITING FOR LIGHTNING
D: Jacob Rosenberg | USA | 90 min
To many people, jumping the Great Wall of China on a skateboard would be unthinkable, but to Danny Way it’s just another in a series of personal challenges that shape his journey of passion without limitations.
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WE ARE LEGION: THE STORY OF THE HACTIVISTS
D: Brian Knappenberger | USA | 93 min
Delve inside the world of Anonymous, the radical “hacktivist” collective that has redefined civil disobedience for the digital age, and discover why this powerful force makes corporations and governments nervous.
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THE WORLD BEFORE HER
D: Nisha Pahuja | Canada, Germany, USA, UK | 90 min
As young hopefuls compete in a Bombay beauty pageant, village girls undergo combat training in a rural fundamentalist camp. Director Nisha Pauja brilliantly captures the clash between modernity and tradition faced by young women in India.
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