New Documentaries & Educational DVDs

Why are we fat? cover
Obesity is the biggest health crisis on the planet. This documentary explains the reasons for rapid weight gain and looks at what people can do about it.
Who put the Klan into the Ku Klux Klan cover
In this surprising documentary, archaeologist and historian Neil Oliver examines the links between racism today in the Deep South and the Scots who first occupied it.
Fidel Castro : an unauthorised biography cover
Discover the public and personal life of Fidel Castro, from his upbringing to the beginning of his dissent and beyond, and everything that led to the man history knows today.
Bullied cover
Over two million children are bullied every year, and 4,400 high school students commit suicide. Victims often do not know where to turn. This film is their chance to be heard.
Extreme animal weapons : Nature's arms race cover
From lobster claws and dog teeth to bee stings and snake fangs, every creature depends on a weapon. Showcasing astonishing wildlife cinematography, Extreme Animal Weapons investigates the riddle of outsize weaponry, uncovers a bold new theory about what triggers an animal arms race, and explores the secrets that underlie nature's battleground.
Dina cover
Dina's getting married in a few weeks and there's still so much to do. She has to move her boyfriend, Scott, from his parents' house to her apartment, and settle him in to only the second home he's ever had, all while juggling his schedule as an early morning Walmart door greeter. She has to get her dress, confirm arrangements with the venue, and make peace with her family, who remain nervous for their beloved Dina after the death of her first husband.
Charlie and the curious otters cover
Otters are playful, adaptable and champion swimmers - they have captivated cameraman Charlie Hamilton James for the last 25 years. He has filmed them more than anyone else. Now, through the eyes of three orphaned river otters, a set of groundbreaking experiments and some incredible wild encounters, Charlie wants to reveal their survival secrets and exactly why he believes they are so special.
I voted? : does your vote count? cover
A feature-length, non-partisan documenatary which examines the capture and counting of ballots in American elections. It asks the question, What are the specific assurances of accuracy and security in American voting? The answers are both surprising and disturbing.
Dawson City : frozen time cover
"This meditation on cinema's past from Decasia director Bill Morrison pieces together the bizarre true history of a long-lost collection of 533 nitrate film prints from the early 1900s. Located just south of the Arctic Circle, Dawson City was settled in 1896 and became the center of the Canadian Gold Rush that brough 100,000 prospectors to the area. It was also the final stop for a distribution chain that sent prints and newsreels to the Yukon. The films were seldom, if ever, returned. The now-famous Dawson City Collection was uncovered in 1978 when a bulldozer working its way through a parking lot dug up a horde of film cans. Morrison draws on these permafrost-protected, rare silent films and newsreels, pairing them with archival footage, interviews, historical photographs, and an enigmatic score by Sigur Ros collaborator and composer Alex Somers. Dawson City : Frozen Time depicts the unique history of this Canadian Gold Rush town by chronicling the life cycle of a singular film collection through its exile, burial, rediscovery, and salvation"--Container.
Marina Abramović : the artist is present cover
Seductive, fearless, and outrageous, Serbian performance artist Marina Abramovic has been redefining art for nearly forty years. Using her body as a vehicle, she creates performances that challenge, shock, and move us. This is a mesmerizing journey into the world of radical performance and an intimate portrait of an astonishingly magnetic, endlessly intriguing woman who draws no distinction between life and art.
Baka, people of the forest cover
An award-winning drama-documentary about the Baka pygmies of Cameroon's Dju rainforest. Made over two years, the film reveals the pygmies' symbiotic relationship with the living world of the forest: gathering insects and fruit, hunting, fishing and scaling 140 ft. trees in search of honey; and also offers a rare insight into their folk-lore-rich culture with music and healing dances woven around the forest and its myths.
The filmmakers cover
"They swim with sharks, confront venomous snakes, and stalk hungry lions. They're National Geographic filmmakers, and for these remarkable adventurers, capturing unforgettable footage in the wild is not just a job, it's a way of life ... Meet the talented professionals who go behind the camera every day and sometimes risk their lives to bring us extraordinary images of nature's most amazing creatures"--Container insert.
Sea nasties cover
"Comedian Leslie Nielsen hosts a natural history comedy about "sea nasties" and reveals that the oceans are full of creatures that sting, shock, poke, and poison. But, during this entertaining and informative look at seemingly terrifying ocean creatures, Nielsen learns that his fears of the ocean may be exaggerated after all"--Container.
Savage garden cover
In this funny new natural history comedy, National Geographic reveals what the world looks like from the insects point of view.
The pearl cover
A cinematic and intimate profile of four transgender women that come out for the first time in their senior years in the hyper masculine culture of the Pacific Northwest.
Nasser's republic : the making of modern Egypt cover
The first film for an American audience about Gamal Abdel Nasser, one of the Arab world's most transformative leaders. In 1952, as an unknown young Egyptian colonel, Nasser led a coup that became a revolution. Over the next eighteen years, Nasser emerged as a titanic figure, and as a champion of Arab progress and African liberation. But what he could not offer was democracy; instead he established the region's first and much emulated military authorization regime.
Cassette : a documentary mixtape cover
Cassette inventor Lou Ottens digs through his past to figure out why the audiotape won't die. Rock veterans like Henry Rollins, Thurston Moore, and Ian MacKaye join a legion of young bands releasing music on tape to push Lou along on his journey to remember.
What lies upstream cover
Investigating a massive chemical spill in West Virginia that left 300,000 people without drinking water for months, filmmaker Cullen Hoback uncovers government and corporate collusion with frightening nationwide public health implications.
Esteem : the power of vulnerability cover
Australian filmmaker Peter Charles Downey takes viewers on a personal and cathartic journey of empowerment, redemption, and powerfully healing documentary cinema.
Crazywise cover
The traditional wisdom of indigenous cultures often contradicts modern views about a mental health crisis. Is it a 'calling' to grow or just a 'broken brain'? This documentary explores what can be learned from people around the world who have turned their psychological crisis into a positive transformative experience.
Awake, a dream from Standing Rock cover
"Record of the massive peaceful resistance led by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to the Dakota Access Pipeline through their land and underneath the Missouri River."--Website.
Destination truth. cover
Travel to some of the most extreme locations on Earth with world adventurer Josh Gates. Follow Josh and his crew as they dive into the local cultures and search for clues to the existence of strange creatures and paranormal phenomena.
Unsupersize us cover
Five subjects all suffer from common health issues and puts them on regimen of a plant based diet and exercise for six weeks. The results are impressive as the five people quickly turn their health around in the six-week period.
Quest : a portrait of an American family cover
It is the moving portrait of the Rainey family living in North Philadelphia. Beginning at the dawn of the Obama presidency, Christopher "Quest" Rainey, and his wife, Christine'a "Ma Quest" raise a family while nurturing a community of hip-hop artists in their home music studio. It's a safe space where all are welcome, but this creative sanctuary can't always shield them from the strife that grips their neighborhood.
Thank you for playing cover
Follows game developer Ryan Green as he creates the game "That dragon, cancer" as a way to cope with his infant son Joel's terminal cancer diagnosis.