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Stott Pilates with Moira.
cover imageHave a seat and learn the routine of stretching, strengthening and breathing that works the arms, legs, and torso to leave you feeling strong, stretched and streamlined, without leaving the chair. A gentle workout that can be performed by all ages and ability levels.

Oliver Sacks :
cover imageA month after receiving a fatal diagnosis in January 2015, Oliver Sacks sat down for a series of filmed interviews in his apartment in New York City. For eighty hours, surrounded by family, friends, and notebooks from six decades of thinking and writing about the brain, he talked about his life and work, his abiding sense of wonder at the natural world, and the place of human beings within it. Drawing on these deeply personal reflections, as well as nearly two dozen interviews with close friends, family members, colleagues, and patients, and archival material from every point in his life.

Vietnam
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Trances
cover image"The groundbreaking Moroccan band Nass El Ghiwane is the subject of this captivating documentary by Ahmed El Maanouni, who filmed the four musicians during a series of electrifying live performances in Tunisia, Morocco, and France; on the streets of Casablanca; and in intimate conversations. Storytellers through song and traditional instruments, and with connections to political theater, the band became a local phenomenon and an international sensation, thanks to its rebellious lyrics and sublime, fully acoustic sound, which draws on Berber rhythms, Malhun sung poetry, and Gnawa dances. Both a concert movie and a free-form audiovisual experiment, bolstered by images of the bands rapt audience, Trances is pure cinematic poetry." --From container.

Autism goes to college
cover image"Five students on the spectrum take us on campus and into their lives to see how they're doing college. Every fall, more and more students on the spectrum who are capable of academic work at the college level go off to college. Getting in is often easy enough, but navigating college on the spectrum can be challenging in many ways. So students are figuring it out by doing it. From deciding which school will be the best fit, to interactions with professors and peers, facing roommate situations, handling money, homesickness, finding work, overcoming setbacks and staying on track to graduate, these students come up against aspects of college life students typically encounter"--Film website, viewed Sept. 8, 2020.

Minding the gap
cover imageThe extraordinary debut from documentarian Bing Liu weaves a story of skateboarding, friendship, and fathers and sons into a coming-of-age journey of courageous vulnerability.

Hemingway
cover image"Examine the visionary work and turbulent life of one of the greatest and most influential American writers: Ernest Hemingway. Intimate and insightful, the series weaves together Hemingway's biography with excerpts from his work. The film penetrates the myth of Hemingway to reveal a deeply troubled and ultimately tragic figure." --From publisher.

The gates
cover imageStarting with an original attempt in 1979, this film documents the ambitions, planning, and ultimate achievement of Christo's project to install a series of cloth-hung gates in Central Park. The film follows the artists Christo and Jeanne Claude and they navigate through various meetings, arguments, facing an opposing host of city officials, private representatives, artists, and citizens. Over 20 years later the artists fulfill their hope of creating a shared artwork for the community, the camera capturing the ultimate result and public reactions.

Nova.
cover imageWhere do nature's building blocks, called the elements, come from? They're the hidden ingredients of everything in our world, from the carbon in our bodies to the metals in our smartphones. Watch as David Pogue unlocks their secrets.

Nova.
cover imageAfter the events of "Hunting the Elements", venture on a worldwide quest to find the key molecules and chemical reactions that have paved the way for human civilization, life, the universe, and everything.

Eagle power
cover imageEagles dominate the skies. But what makes these predators so special? Researchers put one eagle to the test, and stunning up-close footage reveals her incredible strength, eyesight, and flying skills.

A perfect planet
cover imageExplores the wide variety of life found all over the earth.

The Comedy Store
cover imageThe documentary series brings to life the legends, heartbreak, and history created at the Comedy Store, which over the past 47 years has launched the careers of a breathtaking array of stars. As a Comedy Store alum, former stand-up comic Binder spotlights one of pop culture's great laboratories with never-before-seen footage and incisive, emotional interviews with some of the biggest names in comedy.

Well groomed
cover imageThis documentary travels a year in the humorous and visually stunning world of competitive creative dog grooming alongside the women transforming their beloved poodles into living sculptures.

Seahorse
cover imageOne trans man's pioneering quest to fulfill an age-old desire: to start his own family. Freddy yearns to start a family but for him, this ordinary desire comes with unique challenges. He is a gay transgender man. Deciding to carry his own baby took years of soul searching, but nothing could prepare him for the reality.

Ride with Norman Reedus.
cover imageNorman Reedus and his guests travel by motorcycle exploring custom bike shops, tattoo parlors, and other areas of interest around the country.

The dog doc
cover imageA pioneer of integrative medicine, veterinarian Dr. Marty Goldstein attracts four-legged patients from around the world, providing holistic treatments for animals after other vets have given up hope.

Alaska animal rescue
cover imageAlaskan heroes rescue, rehabilitate, research, and celebrate the wild animals of America's last frontier. Representing three renowned conservation centers, these animal lovers work by land, sea, and air in one of the most challenging places on our planet protecting Alaska's wildlife.

That's wild
cover imageThe award-winning feature documentary tells the inspiring journey of Cliff, Ahmani, and Nicholas, three underserved teenage boys from Atlanta, attempting to climb four 12,000 ft snowcapped peaks in the heart of the Colorado wilderness, all while overcoming their own personal mountains.

Into the Grand Canyon
cover imageJournalists Pete McBride and Kevin Fedarko set out on assignment for National Geographic Magazine to traverse the Grand Canyon by foot. They hope this 750-mile walk will help them better understand one of America's most revered landscapes and the commercial developments poised to alter it forever.

The mindfulness movement
cover imageProfiles the growing number of people who believe mindfulness. A peaceful quality of attention anyone can develop by simply focusing on the present moment in a non-judgmental way is the key to creating a healthier, happier world. Featuring Deepak Chopra, Jewel, Dan Harris, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Daniel Goleman, Sharon Salzberg, George Mumford, Bill George and more.

Pizza, a love story
cover imageMarinara sauce runs red through the streets of New Haven in this surprising, delectable documentary which profiles three pizza restaurants, Pepe, Sally's, and Modern, that together stand as the cornerstone of the town's Italian-American heritage and connoisseurs of the tastiest incarnations of America's favorite comfort food. This mouth-watering documentary will make viewers laugh and leave them hungry.

The adventures of modern art
cover imageThis elaborately produced documentary series made up of six episodes plunges into Parisian life at the beginning of the twentieth century, a hotbed of artistic creation with the blossoming of Fauvism, Cubism, Dadaism, and Surrealism. Through illustrations, animation and stunning original archival footage, the films trace the highs and lows, scandals and celebrations, tragedies, and the triumphs that shaped the phenomenal period of Modern Art from the basement of the 'Bateau-lavoir.'

An accidental studio
cover imageCharts the early years of HandMade Films seen through the eyes of the filmmakers, key personnel, and the man who started it all: former Beatle George Harrison. Featuring unreleased archive interviews and footage with Harrison, exclusive interviews with Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam, Richard E. Grant, Neil Jordan, Ray Cooper, and unseen interviews with Bob Hoskins.

Heartsounds
cover imageAn award-winning movie that has been featured in twelve film festivals. It tells a story about a young woman's lifelong fascination with penguins and how they transformed her life in a time of need. There are 40 species of these flightless birds that make their home in the South Pole. Newborns must stay out of the ocean until their feathers are waterproof and depend on their parents to provide food and shelter. Like humans, not all penguin chicks look the same.

Great world train journeys
cover imageRide the rails around the world and experience exotic, adventurous destinations in luxury and style. This is a collection of world-class international train excursions.

Influenza, 1918
cover imageIn the spring of 1918, an army private reported to a hospital in Kansas. He was diagnosed with the flu, an illness that doctors knew little about. By the end of WWI, America was ravaged by a flu epidemic that killed 675,000 people.

The Black Church
cover image"Chronicles the rich history of an institution at the heart of the African American experience. Beginning with enslavement, traveling through Emancipation, Jim Crow, the Great Migration, the Civil Rights movement, and ending in the present-day, Gates takes viewers on a journey through time, focusing on the key events, charismatic figures, political debates, and musical traditions that have shaped, and been shaped by, the Black Church. The series also explores the complexity of these spaces of worship at a time when many believe it is at a crossroads. A chorus of leading scholars, ministers, and cultural influencers who grew up in the Black Church will weigh in and give meaning to events past and present."--Container.

Roger & me
cover imageChronicles "the efforts of the world's largest corporation, General Motors, as it turns its hometown of Flint, Michigan, into a ghost town. In his quest to discover why GM would want to do such a thing, filmmaker Michael Moore, a Flint native, attempts to meet the chairman, Roger Smith, and invite him out for a few beers up in Flint to 'talk things over'. In between his efforts to see Smith, Moore, the son of a Flint autoworker, takes us on a bizarre journey through Flint accompanied along the way by Ronald Reagan, Miss America, Pat Boone, Bob 'Newlywed Game' Eubanks, and TV evangelist Robert Schuller -- all of whom show up to save Flint from destruction"--Producer's website.

Ruth
cover imageRuth: Justice Ginsburg in her own Words tells the improbable story of how Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who couldn't get a job despite graduating first in her law school class in a tie and making Law Review at Harvard and Columbia Law Schools, became an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. It also reveals both the public and private sides of a resilient, resourceful woman who has survived the hostility of the profoundly male universe of government and law to become a revered Justice and icon for gender equality and women's rights.

Rolling Thunder Revue
cover imageMartin Scorsese's pseudo-documentary about Bob Dylan's legendary 1975 tour, which featured a band of troubadours including Joan Baez, Allen Ginsberg, and Joni Mitchell, blends behind-the-scenes archival footage, interviews, and narrative mischief. While the bulk of "Rolling Thunder Revue" is compiled from filming taken during the tour, there are sequences of fictional material also.

Billie
cover imageDocumentary on the famed jazz singer Billie Holiday, and her would-be biographer.

Ken Burns.
cover imageIt is a rare look at the over four-decade intimate relationship Ken Burns has with his America and beloved community of Walpole, NH, and the importance that a "sense of place" and belonging has in one's life. That the essential American fabric of patriotism and goodness are woven through each of us, and often, the road less traveled is a good decision.

Nature's fear factor
cover imageWhen top predators disappeared from Mozambique's Gorongosa National Park, other animals fell into unusual patterns. Now scientists are reintroducing wild dogs to restore the park's 'landscape of fear' and with it the natural balance of the ecosystem.

The age of nature
cover imageExplore humanity's relationship with nature and wildlife, as scientists and conservationists from all over the world examine ways that can restore the planet? The documentary series asks whether newfound awareness of nature could bring about a new chapter in the human story.

Wonders of the Arctic
cover imageThe ongoing quest to explore and come to terms with the Arctic is presented in the context of the crucial role that ice plays in the north in this feature documentary.

Islands of wonder
cover imageJourney to three of the most exotic, mysterious, and remote islands on Earth: Madagascar, Borneo, and Hawaii. These isolated and iconic tropical islands harbor remarkable wildlife and human castaways found nowhere else on Earth. In a rapidly changing world, these fragile islands are a vital gauge for the health of the planet.

Peggy Lee
cover imagePeggy Lee singer, songwriter, actress, and artist who spanned genres and generations with music that remains vital and captivating. Peggy's biggest hits are featured here: Fever; I'm a Woman; Alright, Okay You Win; Lover; Big Spender; It's A Good Day and the Grammy Award-winning Is That All There Is. This special collection of Peggy's television appearances also offers an enticing variety of more favorites.

Santa's wild home
cover imageGreen lights dance across a star-filled sky, and snowflakes sparkle on the trees. It is little wonder Lapland is famous as a realm of elves and flying reindeer, the magical home of Santa Claus. This northernmost region of mainland Europe, however, is a real place, with real animals such as reindeer, Great Gray owls, wolverines, eagles, wolves, musk oxen, and Brown bears who live out their lives in the tundra and forest.

Fat 2
cover imageThe sequel to the international sensation that delves deeper into the age old question: 'What should people be eating?' Health experts talk about the conflicts between plant eaters and meat eaters and how hidden machinations in the food industry are the reasons why we believe what we do about food and optimal health.

StormLapse
cover imageA visceral immersion into the most beautiful and violent weather on Earth transports viewers into spectacular supercell thunderstorms and tornadoes.

Can we cool the planet?
cover imageAs global temperatures continue to rise, scientists are wondering if there are solutions beyond reducing emissions. Enter geoengineering. From sucking carbon straight out of the air to physically blocking out sunlight, the options may seem far-fetched. Can geoengineering really work? How much would it cost? And what are the risks of engineering Earth's climate?

Europe's new wild
cover imageThe inspiring story of the wild rebirth of a continent. Across four episodes, the series reveals the spectacular resurgence of nature across Europe's most varied and breathtaking landscapes. From the Arctic Circle to rich river wetlands, from deep forest to rugged mountain peaks, witness Europe's most iconic wildlife thrive and flourish in the most unexpected places.

How it feels to be free
cover imageTake an unprecedented look at the intersection of African American women artists, politics and entertainment and hear the story of how six trailblazing performers--Lena Horne, Abbey Lincoln, Diahann Carroll, Nina Simone, Cicely Tyson and Pam Grier--changed American culture through their films, fashion, music, and politics.

Planet Earth Collection.
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Hesburgh
cover imageA unique glimpse at more than fifty years of American history. Educator, civil rights champion, advisor to presidents, envoy to popes, theologian and activist, Rev. Theodore Hesburgh was called on by countless world leaders to tackle the most challenging issues of the day. He built a reputation as a savvy political operator with a penchant for bridging the divide between bitter enemies. Through it all, he remained a man armed with fierce intelligence, quick wit, and an unyielding moral compass.

Discoveries... Costa Rica.
cover imageCoffee has played a large role in the development of Costa Rica and has contributed to social, cultural and political institutions. It is still one of country's major agricultural exports. The legacy of the *grano de oro* (golden bean) began in the 18th century and continues to this day. Costa Rican coffee beans are considered among the highest quality coffees in the world. Get an in depth look into the entire process.

A tribute to Bruce Springsteen
cover imageThe sold-out event, which was hosted by Jon Stewart, recognized Springsteen's extraordinary creative accomplishments as well as his significant charitable work and featured performances by Bruce Springteen and the E Street Band in addition to more than a dozen performances of Springsteen's work by other artists.

What was ours
cover imageLike millions of indigenous people, many Native American tribes do not control their own material history and culture. For the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes living on the isolated Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming, new contact with lost artifacts risks opening old wounds but also offers the possibility for healing. What Was Ours is the story of how a young journalist and a teenage powwow princess, both of the Arapaho tribe, traveled together with a Shoshone elder in search of missing artifacts in the vast archives of Chicago's Field Museum. There they discover a treasure trove of ancestral objects, setting them on a journey to recover what has been lost and build hope for the future.

No passport required with Marcus Samuelsson.
cover imageEach week chef Marcus Samuelsson, an immigrant himself, visits a new city to learn about the dynamic and creative ways a particular community has made its mark. Season Two has him visiting Seattle's Filipino community, West African neighborhoods in Houston, Philadelphia's Italian-Americans, the Portuguese in Boston, a widespread Armenian community throughout SoCal, and the Chinese traditions of Las Vegas.

No passport required
cover imageFollow chef Marcus Samuelsson as he immerses himself in diverse immigrant communities and cuisines in cities across the US. In each hour, Marcus will travel to a different city and dive into a new food culture. He'll discover the important immigrant histories - and delicious culinary traditions - that shape the way America eats today.

Elvis on tour
cover imageDocumentary featuring Elvis Presley's 1972 comeback concerts, as well as montages from Elvis's early career.

Sweetgrass
cover imageAn unsentimental elegy to the American West follows the last modern-day cowboys to lead their flocks of sheep up into Montana's breathtaking and often dangerous Absaroka-Beartooth mountains for summer pasture. This astonishingly beautiful yet unsparing film reveals a world in which nature and culture, animals and humans, vulnerability and violence are all intimately meshed.

Collective
cover imageIn 2015, a fire at Bucharest's Colectiv club leaves 27 dead and 180 injured. Soon, more burn victims begin dying in hospitals from wounds that were not life-threatening. Then a doctor blows the whistle to a team of investigative journalists. One revelation leads to another as the journalists start to uncover vast health care fraud. When a new health minister is appointed, he offers unprecedented access to his efforts to reform the corrupt system but also to the obstacles he faces.

Belushi
cover imageDirector R.J. Cutler takes a revealing look at the brilliant life of comedic legend John Belushi. Known for his iconic characters and sketches on both stage and screen, few people knew his personal side, until now. Never-before-seen photos, letters and home-movies from the Belushi family archive give intimate access to the world-famous superstar. Family and friends who knew him best share intimate memories, including Dan Aykroyd, Gilda Radner, Chevy Chase, Penny Marshall, Lorne Michaels and Harold Ramis.

Zappa
cover image"With unfettered access to the Zappa Vault, and the archival footage contained within, ZAPPA explores the private life behind the mammoth musical career that never shied away from the political turbulence of its time. Alex Winter’s assembly features appearances by Frank’s widow Gail Zappa and several of Frank’s musical collaborators including Mike Keneally, Ian Underwood, Steve Vai, Pamela Des Barres, Bunk Gardner, David Harrington, Scott Thunes, Ruth Underwood, Ray White and others." --From container.

40 tours around the sun
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10 minute solution.
cover image"No time to exercise? We have the solution for you-- the 10 Minute Solution! Everyone can find at least ten minutes in their day, and we've developed 5 yoga segments that are just 10 minutes each. The easy to follow workouts will show you how to gain all the strength, flexibility, and mind-calming benefits that yoga has to offer. Plus with these mini segments, yoga can fit into even the busiest of schedules. Split the programs into 5 separate routines or do them all together for one incredible, invigorating, mind and body workout!"--Container.

10 minute solution.
cover imageA collection of Latin dance-inspired workouts that can be customized to fit any schedule. Do one routine for 10 minutes or select up to all five for a 50 minute workout. Includes cardio, toning, and fat burning exercises.

10 minute solution.
cover imageThis unique Pilates workout breaks down the body parts into five focused, 10 minute segments including Pilates for Abs, Pilates for buns and Thighs, Sculpting Pilates, Pilates Burn, and Pilates for Flexibility. You can also customize the workout using your remote control.

10 minute solution.
cover imageButt lift concept made popular by hit infomercial. Totally programmable DVD. Consumers can control which workouts to play and the order to play them for a custom workout each time.

10 minute solution.
cover imageEveryone can find at least ten minutes in their day to shape up their body with these Pilates workouts.

10 minute solution
cover imageTen minute workouts to shape up your whole body. The workouts covered are boot camp, pilates, kickboxing, ballet, and yoga.

10 minute solution.
cover imageTen-minute kickboxing-inspired workouts designed to burn fat and trim and tone all areas of the body.

Driving while black :
cover imageChronicling the riveting history and personal experiences, at once liberating and challenging, harrowing and inspiring, deeply revealing and profoundly transforming, of African Americans on the road from the advent of the automobile through the seismic changes of the 1960s and beyond, it explores the deep background of a recent phrase rooted in realities that have been an indelible part of the African American experience for hundreds of years.

A to Z
cover imageThe First Alphabet: Follow the evolution of the written word, from millennia-old carvings in an Egyptian turquoise mine to modern-day alphabets. How Writing Changed the World: The printing press transformed the spread of information, igniting the Industrial Revolution. How did technologies, from pen to paper to printing press, make it all possible?

Audrey
cover image"Actress, humanitarian, film and fashion icon, Audrey Hepburn was undoubtedly one of the greatest legends from the Golden Age of Hollywood. But who was the real Audrey Hepburn? Malnourished as a child, abandoned by her father, and growing up under Nazi occupation in Holland, Hepburn faced a life-long battle with the traumas of her past, which thwarted her dreams of becoming a ballet dancer, and cast a shadow over her personal life. yet she found inner peace, using her superstardom for good as a global ambassador for UNICEF, and bringing her life full circle: first as a victim of war, then a source of relief to millions. A hybrid of rare archve, cinematic dance sequences, and intimate interviews with those who knew her best, this film brings a truly extraordinary woman to life, who stands as a testament to the power of love and forgiveness." -- Adapted from container.

Bruce Springsteen
cover imageIndisputably Springsteen is one of the top five live performers of all time. Here that awe-inspiring legacy is analzsed with passion by a dedicated team of leading critics and journalists. Through careful scrutiny, archival interviews and performances from throughout his career, see why Bruce is still 'The Boss'.

The booksellers
cover imageA behind-the-scenes look at the New York rare book world and the fascinating people who inhabit it.

50 year trip
cover imageThe ultimate collection of John Fogerty and Creedence Clearwater Revival hits performed live at Red Rocks Ampitheatre.

Hacking your mind
cover imageYour mind operates on auto-pilot, there's no reason why you shouldn't have a copy of the owner's manual. Learn how culture and commerce attempt to hack into your system, how to defend yourself, and even how to use those same techniques to improve your life and society.

Suzi Q
cover imageStory of trailblazing American rock singer-songwriter Suzi Quatro, who helped redefine the role of women in rock 'n' roll when she broke out in 1973.

Creem :
cover imageCapturing the messy upheaval of the '70s just as rock was re-inventing itself, the documentary explores the publication's humble beginnings in post-riot Detroit, follows its upward trajectory from underground paper to national powerhouse, then bears witness to its imminent demise following the tragic and untimely deaths of its visionary publisher, Barry Kramer, and its most famous alum and genius clown prince, Lester Bangs, a year later.

Lucy Worsley's Royal palace secrets
cover imageLucy Worsley explores three extraordinary royal palaces: the Tower of London, Hampton Court and Kensington Palace. During lockdown they're closed to visitors, but Lucy has the keys. From William the Conqueror to Princess Diana, they tell the story of almost a thousand years of British monarchy.

Einsatzgruppen
cover image"The armies of the Third Reich invaded the USSR on June 22, 1941. Mobile commandos, the Einsatzgruppen, were following their advance to Stalingrad with the mission of eliminating all Jews on the conquered territories. Between June 1941 and the end of 1943, they shot to death close to two million Jews - men, women and children - from the Baltic countries to the Black Sea. Retrace the mechanisms that drove the Nazis to conduct these meticulous mass murders - the foundations of the industrial extermination of European Jews in the death camps. Relying on archival footage filmed by the Nazi propaganda machine, on the memories of witnesses, the worlds of survivors and also, for the first time, the confessions of the executioners that were found in Germany. This remarkable and disturbing yet captivating film shows a truth impossible to forget"--Container.

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