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Available on:
Online Video (Free)
Year Released:
 2010

This documentary for PBS by award-winning filmmaker David Grubin and narrated by Richard Gere, tells the story of the Buddha’s life...

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by Nelson Mandela
Available on:
Online Video (Free)
Year Released:
 1999

As Nelson Mandela prepares to step down as president of South Africa, FRONTLINE presents a deeply personal biography of one of the great figures of the 20th century.

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by Bill Moyers
Available on:
Online Video (Free)
Year Released:
 2013

Since 1992, Bill Moyers has been following the story of two ordinary, hard-working families in Milwaukee -- one black, one white -- as they battle to keep from sliding into poverty.

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Available on:
Online Video (Free)
Year Released:
 1968

Mahatma: Life of Gandhi, 1869–1948 is a 1968 documentary biography film, detailing the life of Mahatma Gandhi.

5.
Available on:
Online Video (Free)
Year Released:
 2010

A vibrant portrait of a Beat Generation icon, WILLIAM S BURROUGHS: A MAN WITHIN explores the brilliant and troubled world of one of our greatest authors.

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Available on:
Online Video (Free)
Year Released:
 2010

Joshua Zeman and Barbara Brancaccio had often heard the legend of Cropsey. For the kids in their neighborhood, Cropsey was the escaped mental patient who lived in the old, abandoned Willowbrook Mental Institution and would come out at night to snatch children off the streets.

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by WGBH History Unit
Available on:
Podcast
Year Released:
 2002

American Experience, television's most-watched history series, brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that helped form our nation.

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Available on:
Online Video (Free)
Year Released:
 1990

NELSON MANDELA: FREE AT LAST is the definitive primer documentary on Nelson Mandela's struggle against Apartheid, with rare footage, interviews with principal players, and the first speech Mandela gave upon his release from prison.

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by Charles Bukowski
Available on:
Online Video (Free)
Year Released:
 2003

Packed with interviews from Bono, Sean Penn, Tom Waits, and more. Bukowski: Born Into This pulls rare footage culled from every phase of Bukowski's past and paints an intimate portrait of writer Charles Bukowski, revealing a tortured man who survived year

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Available on:
Online Video (Free)
Year Released:
 1980

The Day After Trinity (a.k.a. The Day After Trinity: J. Robert Oppenheimer and the Atomic Bomb) is a 1980 documentary film directed and produced by Jon H. Else in association with KTEH public television in San Jose, California.

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