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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 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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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 Werner Herzog
Available on:
Online Video (Free)
Year Released:
 2000

Wings of Hope is a 2000 made-for-TV documentary directed by Werner Herzog. The film explores the story of Juliane Koepcke, a German Peruvian woman who was the sole survivor of Peruvian flight LANSA Flight 508 following its mid-air disintegration after a lightning strike in 1971.

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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:
 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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Available on:
Online Video (Free)
Year Released:
 2007

Narrated by Paul Newman, The Price of Sugar follows Father Christopher Hartley, a charismatic Spanish priest, as he organizes some of this hemisphere's poorest people to fight for their basic human rights.

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by Christopher Hitchens
Available on:
Online Video (Free)
Year Released:
 1994

Christopher Hitchens investigates whether Mother Teresa of Calcutta deserves her saintly image. Probes her campaigns against contraception and abortion and her relationships with right-wing political leaders.

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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.

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