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This year’s 16 films were selected from 862 submissions. Each film is a world premiere.

Bhutto (Directors: Jessica Hernandez and Johnny O’Hara; Screenwriter: Johnny O’Hara)—A riveting journey through the life and work of recently assassinated Benazir Bhutto, former Pakistani prime minister and a polarizing figure in the Muslim world. World Premiere

CASINO JACK & The United States of Money (Director: Alex Gibney)—A probing investigation into the lies, greed and corruption surrounding D.C. super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff and his cronies. World Premiere

Family Affair (Director: Chico Colvard)—An uncompromising documentary that examines resilience, survival and the capacity to accommodate a parent’s past crimes in order to satisfy the longing for family. World Premiere

Freedom Riders (Director: Stanley Nelson)—The story behind a courageous band of civil rights activists called the Freedom Riders who in 1961 creatively challenged segregation in the American South. World Premiere
Gas Land (Director: Josh Fox)—A cross-country odyssey uncovers toxic streams, dying livestock, flammable sinks and weakening health among rural citizens on the front lines of the natural gas drilling craze. World Premiere

I’m Pat _______ Tillman (Director: Amir Bar-Lev)—The story of professional football star and decorated U.S. soldier Pat Tillman, whose family takes on the U.S. government when their beloved son dies in a “friendly fire” incident in Afghanistan in 2004. World Premiere

Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child (Director: Tamra Davis)—The story of artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, whose work defined, electrified and challenged an era, and whose untimely death at age 27 has made him a cultural icon. World Premiere

Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work (Directors: Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg)—A rare, brutally honest glimpse into the comedic process and private dramas of legendary comedian and pop icon Joan Rivers as she fights tooth and nail to keep her American dream alive. World Premiere

Lucky (Director: Jeffrey Blitz)—The story of what happens when ordinary people hit the lottery jackpot.
World Premiere

My Perestroika (Director: Robin Hessman)—Intimately tracking the lives of five Muscovites who came of age just as the USSR collapsed and are adjusting to their post-Soviet reality, My Perestroika maps the contours of a nation in profound transition. World Premiere

The Oath (Director: Laura Poitras)— Filmed in Yemen, The Oath tells the story of two men whose fateful encounter in 1996 set them on a course of events that led them to Afghanistan, Osama bin Laden, 9/11, Guantanamo, and the U.S. Supreme Court. World Premiere

Restrepo (Directors: Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington)—Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington’s year dug in with the Second Platoon in one of Afghanistan’s most strategically crucial valleys reveals extraordinary insight into the surreal combination of back breaking labor, deadly firefights, and camaraderie as the soldiers painfully push back the Taliban. World Premiere

A Small Act (Director: Jennifer Arnold)—A young Kenyan’s life changes dramatically when his education is sponsored by a Swedish stranger. Years later, he founds his own scholarship program to replicate the kindness he once received. World Premiere
Smash His Camera (Director: Leon Gast)—Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis sued him, and Marlon Brando broke his jaw. The story of notorious, reviled paparazzo Ron Galella opens a Pandora’s Box of issues from right to privacy, freedom of the press and the ever-growing vortex of celebrity worship. World Premiere

12th & Delaware (Directors: Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing)—The abortion battle continues to rage in unexpected ways on an unassuming corner in America. World Premiere

Waiting for Superman (Director: Davis Guggenheim)—Waiting for Superman examines the crisis of public education in the United States through multiple interlocking stories—from a handful of students and their families whose futures hang in the balance, to the educators and reformers trying to find real and lasting solutions within a dysfunctional system. World Premiere

Brian on December 9th, 2009 at 8:55 pm 

Where do I get a copy of “Waiting for Superman”? I assume it is not “released” yet – not sure how this works – but I am a willing buyer.

Bre on August 12th, 2010 at 9:58 am 

I would like to purchase a copy of “Freedom Riders” as well as “A Film Unfinished”. I know Oscilloscope has the copy rights to A Film Unfinished, but have not released it for sale at this time.

Michael Foster on September 3rd, 2010 at 1:28 pm 

I am trying to locate the film “Unconditional” by director Gabriel Haze. if it was just release this past month would be be able to find it here?
How do we locate a documentary film that is just being releast?

Sajjadnoor Master on November 4th, 2010 at 3:52 am 

Dear Every body,
Im from a beautifull vally of FATA known as Dara adamkhel.
Im a writer n thinker h.spent my last 7 years in different tribal areas of af.pak , staying with local peoples find the problems in these areas, reasons of growing violence n to observe the things happening in this whole area, , , victom n eye witness of 2 s.side blasts, 1st at a tribal grand jerga, 2nd in Peshawar last year,
recently we are starting our new Production House “Tribal Pictures”, here in Peshawar, n finding some good peoples in u.s. n also in europ,
We welcome you every body & it a great pleasure & honour for us if you visit here at any time.
we have some documentary projects bassed on real stories of things happening here in this whole area e.g “waziristan Express, We wer Pathans, Mission Afghan, n Oh my GOD” etc.
so you or may be your friends related to film/tv have an oppertunity to join us to produce a thrilling documentar/action film here that will shakes the minds & will open many facts on you & your peoples also & much more.
As the focus of world is almost on this area & also world peace n staibility is related with this area but unfortunatly there is no media effort without a specific propagenda to show the ground realities, things happening here n how happening, game of war n drugs lords, reasons of increasing violence, n much more , therefor we want to show them to the world in documentaries, but for this objective we have need for cooperation of good peoples , so please feel free to be in touch, will find here a great fun n strong relations with us.
with best regards, join on facebook , Sajjadnoor Master.

Kelsi on February 23rd, 2012 at 9:32 pm 

I loved Restrepo. It was incredibly moving and brought tears to my eyes. I would buy this and recomend it to every one. I’m not America (I’m Australian), but I belive that this is relevent to every one who have members of their country frighting in any war. This is what they have to live with, so far from home. R.I.P ‘Doc’ Restrepo and all the other soldiers who have died over seas!

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