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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 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 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

5.
Available on:
Online Video (Free)
Year Released:
 2005

The Academy Award nominated film Murderball is one of the most engaging sports films ever. Thrilling and adrenaline pumping, the documentary film is about the courage of wheelchair bound athletes who stand up against the odds to fulfill their dreams.

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by Ken Burns
Available on:
Online Video (Free)

He was hailed as a champion of the poor and reviled as a dictator. Louisiana's Huey Long rose to Governor and U.S. Senator on a platform of social reform and justice, all the while employing graft and corruption to get what he wanted.

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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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Available on:
Online Video (Free)
Year Released:
 1999

Famous recluse J.D. Salinger has hidden from the world since "The Catcher in the Rye" took the world by storm.

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Available on:
Online Video (Free)
Year Released:
 1999

Rebels: A Journey Underground is an excellent Canadian documentary history of "the counterculture" produced for television in the late 1990s and narrated by Kiefer Sutherland.

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by Alan Watts
Available on:
Online Video (Free)
Year Released:
 1994

Alan Watts is widely considered the West's foremost interpreter of Eastern thought. Distills a great teacher's insight on: The Mood of Zen, Zen and Now, Buddhism, Man and Nature, and the Art of Meditation.

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