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On a small island in central Russia, inside a former monastery converted into a high security prison, inmate Boris Bezotechestvo is serving a life sentence in solitary confinement. This startling documentary chronicles one day in his life, advancing a complex and troubling assessment of crime and punishment.


Examines the rise and fall of socialism in Albania, tracing thenation's history from its 1944 establishment as a communist republic by Enver Hoxha to its recent emergence from decades of authoritarian rule following Hoxha's death in 1985.



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Examines the life and work of one of the century's most important and original bio- medical scientists, and winner of the 1937 Nobel Prize for Medicine.



In a sleepy Hungarian village, after the First World War, a series of arsenic murders took place. Over 140 bodies were discovered. The victims, all men, were apparently killed by their wives.



Chronicles the struggle for survival of this former Soviet Republic since its independence following the break-up of the Soviet Union.



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This cinÉma-vÉritÉ documentary, shot in high definition video, follows seven Russian teenagers who came to America to become country music stars.



They are young, ambitious and want to achieve international fame. Meet the boys and girls of the Moscow Academy for Choreography, one of Russia’s seven state schools for ballet - and the most famous.



Traces the struggles of five Soviet Jewish Refuseniks and their families, from the origins of their desire to emigrate from the Soviet Union to their recent resettlement in Israel.



This video portrays human dimensions of Poland's Solidarity movement in 1980-81 that were obscured by Cold-War rhetoric: the efforts of workers, artists and intellectuals who joined together to create a thriving civil society within a totalitarian state.



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An observational documentary about the sometimes bizarre, sometimes absurd daily happenings at a civil registry office in St. Petersburg, where people from all walks of life come to record the most significant events in their lives.



The peaceful "Velvet Revolution" of November 1989, which put an end to decades of communist rule in Czechoslovakia, has led to a remarkable transforamtion of people's day-to-day lives.



In 1918, just a year after the Russian Revolution, Lenin, together with the Minister of Culture, Anatoly Lunacharski, issued a government resolution providing for the erection of monuments honoring revolutionary thinkers such as Marx and Engels, as well as writers, philosophers, scientists and artists. Lenin's plan also prescribed the removal from the squares and streets of all monuments depicting the Tsars and their servants.



The incredible story of how a treasure trove of banned Soviet art worth millions of dollars was found in the desert of Uzbekistan develops into a larger exploration of how art survives in times of oppression. A fascinating documentary about a group of visionary artists and one man who risked his life to rescue their work.
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This video chronicles the 500-year history of the Stroganoff family in Russia. At first they were wealthy peasants, later industrialists and colonizers of new lands.



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What is it like to have God-like surgical powers, yet to struggle against your own humanity? This film follows a renowned brain surgeon to Eastern Europe as he confronts an under-funded healthcare system and the dilemmas of the doctor-patient relationship. Original soundtrack by Nick Cave.



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This historical documentary examines the Stalinist purges and terror in the former Soviet Union during the Thirties and Forties, when an estimated twenty million people lost their lives-some in labor camps, others starved in state-induced famine, and many others executed for "crimes against the state."



A meticulous study of a steel and clay factory in the Urals, Sergei Loznitsa's Factory is an artfully composed meditation on man and machine.

 


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Is the small village of Durakovo - where residents unquestioningly obey a self-appointed leader - a microcosm of Russia today? For God, Tsar and the Fatherland deftly explores what drives the current strain of Russian patriotism, and why many of the country's citizens oppose Western-style democracy.



This striking documentary reveals the incredible story behind the greatest bank robbery that ever occurred in a Communist state - a tale of disillusionment, resistance, government propaganda, and Jewish life behind the iron curtain.



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Begun nearly two years before his death, this fascinating documentary offers a meticulous account of the life and final days of ex-FSB agent Alexander Litvinenko, who died of radiation poisoning in November 2006. In the process, it provides extraordinary insight into the current political climate in Russia.



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A beautiful and poetic film about the last remaining Jews in Birobidzhan, the world's first Jewish autonomous region, established in a distant corner of Siberia in the 1920s.



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IThis historical video documents the tragic history of an agrarian commune established in the Soviet Union during the Twenties. Although the 1917 Russian Revolution abolished many previous restrictions on Jewish life, Jews remained the victims of pogroms and other violence during the ensuing Civil War.



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Kasimir Malevich (1878-1935), a Russian painter best known for his founding in 1913 of the Suprematism movement, is one of the founding fathers of the avant-garde. This video portrays the vision of this innovative artist whose aesthetic ideas revolutionized customary perceptions of the fine arts.



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This video traces the history of Birobidzhan, the capital of the Soviet Union's Jewish Autonomous Region, from 1928 to the present.



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Somewhere in Russia, a primate laboratory tried to cross-breed monkeys and humans. But that's only half the story in this fascinating documentary about a once-renowned scientific institute struggling to survive in a fractured Eastern Europe.



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This historical video uses rare film footage, an extensive collection of archival photos, and interviews with former residents to re-create the fabric of daily life in the predominantly Jewish market town, or shtetl, of Luboml in prewar Poland.



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Portrays a summer camp on a tiny island in the Adriatic Sea for Bosnian and Croatian children traumatized by the war in the former Yugoslavia.



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My Grandfather's House, a personal documentary, follows filmmaker Eileen Douglas's determined search to find her grandfather's house in Lithuania, the home he lived in and left behind in 1911 when he fled, at 16, from Kovno to America to escape the Tsar's Army.



An in-depth look at Ukraine's historic Orange Revolution. Assembled from over 300 hours of original footage and archival materials, featuring penetrating interviews with key players, this documentary chronicles one of the most successful non-violent revolutions in decades.

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Tells the story of the Theresienstadt concentration camp in Czechoslovakia, which was used by the Nazis during WWII in an elaborate hoax to deceive world opinion about the Third Reich's extermination campaign against the Jews.



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Filmmaker Steven Bognar documents the story of his father, Bela, who, as a young Hungarian idealist, took up arms against Soviet tanks in the streets of Budapest in 1956.



An award-winning film from Russian documentary filmmaker Sergei Loznitsa, Portrait is an evocative snapshot of a disappearing way of life, a meditation on old and new Russia.

  


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This video chronicles the filmmaker’s quest to uncover the mystery of her Slovak identity and heritage. As a young girl growing up during the Cold War, she was curious about the 'strange' language spoken by her grandmother and the enigma that shrouds her past.



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This inspirational video chronicles the emotional journey home of one Holocaust survivor—Pola Susswein.



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This historical video chronicles the Roma (Gypsy) Holocaust—Porraimos, or "the devouring." It is the first American documentary to expose how the pseudo-science of eugenics was used to persecute not only Jews, but also Gypsies.



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In 1991 the violent secession of Slovenia, Yugoslavia's Western republic, struck the first spark in the Balkan war which defined the opening chapters of the post Cold War era.



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This video, part of a series of documentaries on conflict resolution in the world’s trouble spots, depicts the bitter civil war in the former Yugoslavia.



Narrated by Academy Award winning actor Chris Cooper, Primo Levi's Journey is a picaresque road trip through history, and a fascinating look at how Europe - and the world in general - has changed since the end of WWII.



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Offers a fascinating overview of artistic activity in Croatia during the recent war in the former Yugoslavia, revealing the diversity and vitality of its artists as well as how their work was profoundly influenced by the conflict.



A poetic journey into the groundbreaking theories of Russian scientist Igor Novikov, renowned for his work in astrophysics and amazing theories on the concept of time.



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Focuses on the Russian city of Ekaterinburg as a case-study illustration of the former Soviet Union's difficult transition from a socialist to a capitalist economy.



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Tells the compelling stories of three Russians against the backdrop of the former Soviet Union's breakup and historic transition from Communism to Capitalism.



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One of Russia's most renowned filmmakers, Loznitsa has been documenting the changes in his country since the collapse of the Soviet Union. His films are poetic, insightful and haunting portraits of contemporary Russia. This four-volume set includes: Factory | Portrait | The Settlement | The Train Station < /div>


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This video chronicles a crucial period in the life of the great Soviet filmmaker, Sergei Eisenstein (1898-1948), when he left Moscow during WWII for the Kazakhstan capital to film Ivan the Terrible (1943).



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Through interviews with contemporary Viennese Jews and rare archival film, this video traces Jewish life in the Austrian capital, chronicling a history of alternating toleration and expulsion dating back to the tenth century.



A critically-acclaimed, visually arresting documentary about a strange community in the Russian countryside, from renowned documentary filmmaker Sergei Loznitsa.

  


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Elderly folk artist Mayer Kirshenblatt recounts the story behind his paintings which evoke his childhood in a Polish shtetl.



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This historical documentary examines the persecution of Jews in Slovakia during WWII. Surviving members of The Sixth Battalion, a military unit comprised of young Jewish men compelled to do forced labor, recount their own experiences and the persecution of the entire Jewish community during the war in the Slovak State.



A magical portrait of Russia's revolutionary artistic avant-garde - Mayakovsky, Voloshin, Blok, Malevich, Tatlin - through the life of Sonia Dymshitz-Tolstaya, an impassioned artist whose life reflected the social upheavals of her time. She was one of the few Jewish women who became part of this inner circle.



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Chronicles recent changes in Russia, from before the 1991 coup attempt and focusing on life today in post-Soviet Russia.



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This video offers a fascinating tour through the world's largest repository of Russian art, comprising some 400,000 exhibits covering the thousand-year period of Russian history.



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This compelling docu-drama about the Holocaust, based on the memoirs of Eva Erbenova, recounts from a child's-eye view her experiences as a thirteen-year-old girl in Czechoslovakia during World War II, the only one from her family to survive the war.



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In order to facilitate the destruction of Poland's three million Jews, the Nazis forced them to establish Jewish Councils responsible for administration of the Polish ghettos.



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The Soviet Union had recently collapsed, food was scarce, but spirits were high. The tiny dirt road town was turned upside down with audiences and media from every corner of the world - and those involved in the production that summer in Ivye were forever changed.



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Examines the remarkable career of Nikola Tesla (1856-1943), one of the world's greatest inventors, with over 1,000 patents registered in his name.



Set inside an isolated train depot deep, The Train Station is one of Sergei Loznitsa's most haunting films. It is also one of his most pointed social critiques of contemporary Russia.

  


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This video chronicles an infamous political show trial that took place in Czechoslovakia at the height of the Cold War. In 1952 fourteen leading Communists, including Rudolf Slansky, the second most powerful man in the country, were tried on charges of high treason and espionage.



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Portrays the efforts of independent journalists in Serbia, Croatia, and Bosnia-Herzegovina who have been fighting for the democratic ideal of a free press during the war which has devastated the former Yugoslavia.



Under Fire captures powerful first-person accounts by five decorated Soviet women as they describe stepping into a man’s world and fighting amid blood and death.



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This video features candid interviews with the filmmakers-including Vera Chytilova, Jiri Menzel, Jan Nemec, Ivan Passer, and Jan Sverak, among many others-who created the Czech New Wave.



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Examines the former Yugoslav Republic and newly independent country of Macedonia and its efforts to make the difficult transition from socialism to capitalism and to forge a democratic society in which ethnic minorities share equally in political and economic decision making.



Winner of multiple awards, The Woman with the Five Elephants unravels the mystery behind the life and work of the world's greatest translator of Russian literature. A poetic, precise and revelatory investigation into language, meaning, and the tides of history.




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