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American Harvest (2008)
Director: Angelo Mancuso

The documentary and movie American Harvest powerfully portrays the truth about agriculture and migrant labor in the United States at the present time. In a series of candid interviews with farmers and farmworkers from Florida to Maine the viewer objectively learns the facts and dispels the myths connected with migrant farmworkers. ~amazon.com

Citizen Koch (2013)
Directors: Carl Dean & Tia Lessin

With the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling opening the floodgates for unlimited political spending, it’s now easier than ever to buy an election. But what happens when the voters realize that the billionaires and corporations doing the buying do not have the people’s best interests at heart? This question is at the core of Citizen Koch. ~citizenkoch.com

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Food Inc. (2008)
Starring: Eric Schlosser
Director: Robert Kenner


For most Americans, the ideal meal is fast, cheap, and tasty. Food, Inc. examines the costs of putting value and convenience over nutrition and environmental impact. Director Robert Kenner explores the subject from all angles... The filmmaker takes his camera into slaughterhouses and factory farms where chickens grow too fast to walk properly, cows eat feed pumped with toxic chemicals, and illegal immigrants risk life and limb to bring these products to market at affordable cost. ~Kathleen C. Fennessy

Frontera (2014)
Starring: Ed Harris, Michael Peña,
Eva Longoria, Amy Madigan

Set in the tumultuous Border area of Arizona and Mexico, Frontera follows the events that take place after a former Arizona Sheriff's wife is killed while riding on their Ranch property. It would appear a Mexican man crossing in to the US illegally is at fault. As former Sheriff and current Sheriff search for answers, lives are changed forever and the facts as to who is really at fault in this tragedy are nearly as tenuous and complex as the issues and tensions between the people who live in this region on either side of the line. ~magpictures.com

I AM (2012)
Starring: Tom Shadyac, Thom Hartmann
Director: Tom Shadyac

I AM is an utterly engaging and entertaining non-fiction film that poses two practical and provocative questions: what’s wrong with our world, and what can we do to make it better?   (Tom) Shadyac’s enthusiastic depiction of the brighter side of human nature and reality, itself, is what distinguishes I AM from so many well-intentioned, yet ultimately pessimistic, non-fiction films.  And while he does explore what’s wrong with the world, the film’s overwhelming emphasis is focused on what we can do to make it better. ~iamthedoc.com

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An Inconvenient Truth (2006)
Starring: Al Gore
Director: Davis Guggenheim

An audience and critical favorite, An Inconvenient Truth makes the compelling case that global warming is real, man-made, and its effects will be cataclysmic if we don’t act now. Gore presents a wide array of facts and information in a thoughtful and compelling way: often humorous, frequently emotional, always fascinating. In the end, An Inconvenient Truth accomplishes what all great films should: it leaves the viewer shaken, involved and inspired. ~amazon.com

Inequality for All (2014)
Starring: Robert Reich

Inequality for All features Robert Reich–professor, best-selling author, and Clinton cabinet member–as he demonstrates how the widening income gap has a devastating impact on the American economy. The film is an intimate portrait of a man whose lifelong goal remains protecting those who are unable to protect themselves. Through his singular perspective, Reich explains how the massive consolidation of wealth by a precious few threatens the viability of the American workforce and the foundation of democracy itself. ~amazon.com

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Invictus (2009)
Starring: Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon
Director: Clint Eastwood

What does Nelson Mandela do after becoming president of South Africa? He rejects revenge, forgives oppressors who jailed him 27 years for his fight against apartheid and finds hope of national unity in an unlikely place: the rugby field. Clint Eastwood... directs an uplifting film about a team and a people inspired to greatness. Morgan Freeman... is Mandela, who asks the national rugby team captain... and his squad to do the impossible and win the World Cup. ~amazon.com

Patriocracy (2012)
Director: Brian Malone

Patriocracy explores the extreme polarization in America that cripples the country from tackling its most serious problems. Whether it's the national debt, healthcare reform, the war on terror or illegal immigration, Americans are shouting at each other instead of listening to each other. Patriocracy drills down and illustrates the forces that drive a wedge into the middle ground of America and the solutions required to move forward.
~patriocracy.com

Peaceful Warrior (2006)
Starring: Nick Nolte

Dan Millman is a talented college gymnast with Olympic dreams ... Dan's world is turned upside down when he meets a mysterious stranger he calls Socrates (Nolte), who holds the power to tap into new worlds of strength and understanding. After a serious injury, with the help of Socrates and an elusive young woman named Joy, Dan discovers that he has much to learn and even more to leave behind before he can become a peaceful warrior and find his destiny. ~metacritic.com



A Place at the Table (2012)
Directors: Lori Silverbush, Kristi Jacobson

50 Million Americans - 1 in 4 children - don't know where their next meal is coming from. A Place at the Table tells the powerful stories of three such Americans, who maintain their dignity even as they struggle just to eat. In a riveting journey that will change forever how you think about the hungry, A Place at the Table shows how the issue could be solved forever, once the American public decides - as they have in the past - that ending hunger is in the best interests of us all.
~amazon.com

 

 

Snowden (2016)
Director: Oliver Stone

This politically-charged drama reveals the story of American, the former CIA employee and NSA contractor who leaked thousands of classified documents to the press. What he revealed was that the U.S. government had been spying on its citizens to a greater extent than most people knew, including tapping into their cell phones. After deciding to expose the surveillance activities, Edward fled the country to seek asylum elsewhere. He became the most wanted man in the world — considered a hero by some, and a traitor by others. ~tribute.ca