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by Werner Herzog
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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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Year Released:
 2007

This biography explores whether Americans should celebrate Jackson or apologize for him. The program reveals the world of America's 7th president, who boldly founded the Democratic Party -- yet was viewed by his enemies as an American Napoleon.

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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...

4.
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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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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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by Christopher Hitchens
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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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by Charles Bukowski
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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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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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by Nelson Mandela
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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 Jacques Derrida
Available on:
Online Video (Free)
Year Released:
 2002

What if you could watch Socrates, on film, rehearsing his Socratic dialogues? What if there was footage of Descartes, Thoreau, or Shakespeare as themselves at work and in their daily life? Might we now look at these figures differently, with perhaps a deeper understanding of their work and lives?

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