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25 New Documentaries You Shouldn't Miss

American teacher (DVD) [videorecording] — Profiles of four teachers in different areas of the country reveal the frustrating realities of today's teachers and the reasons why so many of our best educators leave the profession altogether.

At the edge of the world [videodisc] — The story of the efforts of the controversial Sea Shepherd Antarctic Campaign against a Japanese whaling fleet.

Billy the Kid [videodisc] — A fascinating look at the myth behind the man who in just a few short years transformed himself from a skinny orphan boy to the most feared man in the West.

Buck [videodisc] — The life and career of real life "horse whisperer" Buck Brannaman.

Cave of forgotten dreams [videodisc] — Filmmaker Werner Herzog visits a cavern in the remote French countryside containing the oldest prehistoric wall paintings yet discovered.

The Hellstrom Chronicle [videodisc] — Stunning microphotography of a variety of insects, including ultra close-ups of wars between ant colonies and a gigantic praying mantis practicing cannibalism.

Ingredients [videodisc] — This film unearths the roots of the local food movement and introduces us to the farms and pioneering restaurants where good food is produced and served.

Inside job [videodisc] — Traces the rise of a rogue financial industry, and analyzes the global financial crisis of 2008 which led to the worst recession since the Great Depression.

Jane's journey [videodisc] — An inspiring portrait of the private person behind the world famous icon, from her childhood home in England, to the Gombe National Park where she began her groundbreaking research.

The last lions [videodisc] — Follow a lioness and her fragile cubs as they take a perilous journey through raging fire, crocodile invested waters, and rival prides in order to survive.

The last mountain [videodisc] — Doucuments the efforts of a small Appalachian town to keep a coal mining company away from their last pristine mountain.

Moguls & movie stars [videodisc]: a history of Hollywood — The history of motion pictures and the film industry in Hollywood. Features movie clips, rare footage, interviews, and insights from historians.

Page one [videodisc]: inside the New York Times — A behind-the-scenes look at the New York Times newsroom as the paper struggles to stay vital in an increasingly digital news world.

Phil Ochs [videodisc]: there but for fortune by First Run Features — The life and career of a signigicant singer-songwriter. Although he was never a household name, in the 1960s folk-protest movement, Phil Ochs was considered a worthy rival to Bob Dylan, largely due to the antiwar anthem I Ain't Marching Anymore.

Prohibition [videodisc]Ken Burns goes beyond the usual tales of gangsters, rum runners, flappers, and speakeasies to present the history of the rise, rule, and fall of the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Project Nim [videodisc] — The story of Nim, the chimpanzee who became the focus of a landmark 1970s experiment to show that an ape could learn to communicate with language if raised and nurtured like a human child.

Ready, set, bag! [videodisc] — The story of regular folks who find fulfillment in their work as grocery baggers. Follow their triumphs and challenges as eight state champions compete for the title of Best Bagger in America.

These amazing shadows [videodisc]: the movies that make America — Every year, 25 films are added to the National Film Registry to be preserved at the Library of Congress. This fascinating documentary is an exploration of their history and significance.

Turtle [videodisc]: the incredible journey — The story of one loggerhead turtle's journey from a young hatchling emerging from the nest in the sand, to a 25-year old adult returning to the same beach to hatch her own young.

Under the boardwalk [videodisc]: the Monopoly story — Following the colorful players who come together to compete for the title of Monopoly World Champion, this engaging film illustrates how the classic board game became a worldwide cultural phenomenon. Narrated by Zachary Levi.

Waste land [videodisc] — A 2010 Oscar nominee for Best Documentary, this film tells the story of the pickers (catadores) who inhabit Jardim Gramacho, the world's largest garbage dump, located on the outkskirts of Rio de Janeiro.

Wild horses in winds of change [videodisc] — An unforgettable journey into the soul of the mustang which offers a fresh understanding of the world horse crisis.

The wildest dream [videodisc]: conquest of Everest by National Geographic Entertainment — Mountain climber George Mallory was obsessed with becoming the first person to conquer Mount Everest. Last seen 800 feet below the summit in 1924, his disappearance and death stunned the world. Seventy years later, climber Conrad Anker found his frozen body.

Woody Allen: A Documentary — Iconic writer, director, actor, comedian, and musician Woody Allen allowed his life and creative process to be documented on-camera for the first time.