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15 Reasons to Live
I Curmudgeon: The Personal Films of Alan Zweig

The human desire for meaning finds vivid expression in the fifteen vignettes set forth in Alan Zweig’s quietly instructive film about what makes life worth living.
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The Act of Killing
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In this groundbreaking and chilling documentary, executive produced by Errol Morris and Werner Herzog, the unrepentant former members of Indonesian death squads are challenged to re-enact some of their many murders in the style of the American movies they love.
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Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir
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In this intimate, newly-released portrait tracing her life and career, Amy Tan opens up with remarkable frankness about her painful past, and how writing has helped her heal.
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Bill Cunningham: New York
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A chronicle of the elusive, eccentric photographer who documented the intersection of fashion and society for over 50 years.
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The Cool School
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Oscar-winning director Morgan Neville (Won’t You Be My Neighbour?) takes you back to the birth of Los Angeles’ modern art scene in the 1950s. Featuring narration by actor Jeff Bridges, a breezy jazz score, and interviews with Dennis Hopper, Dean Stockwell, Frank Gehry and more.
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The Devil's Horn
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Acclaimed filmmaker Larry Weinstein offers a fascinating look at this beloved and feared instrument alongside riveting tales of history’s greatest saxophone players.
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Fire at Sea
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In this Academy Award finalist for Best Documentary, acclaimed director Gianfranco Rosi (Notturno) uses his skills of quiet observation to shine a unique perspective on the European refugee crisis.
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I, Curmudgeon
I Curmudgeon: The Personal Films of Alan Zweig

To be negative or not to appear to be negative, that is the question. Alan Zweig enlists a raucous cast of fellow ‘sour, angry, miserablist truth-tellers,’ including Fran Lebowitz, Harvey Pekar and Scott Thompson, to examine the risks of being a naysayer in a society continually pitching the positive.
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Lovable
I Curmudgeon: The Personal Films of Alan Zweig

How long have you been alone? Why can’t you find love? Is being solo merely taboo, or is it proof that you’re unlovable? With his signature candour and humour, Alan Zweig reflects on why he is still single at mid-life while boldly challenging the dominant romantic myths and expectations of our culture.
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Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present
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Occasioned by a retrospective at The Museum of Modern Art, Marina Abramovic prepares for one of her most striking performances yet, in which she sits still in a gallery seated across from various spectators one by one, seven hours a day, six days a week.
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Rem Koolhaas: A Kind of Architect
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Rarely has an architect caused as much sensation outside of the architecture community as Rem Koolhaas. This engaging portrait provides full access to the Dutch visionary's process, philosophies and most revered accomplishments around the world, including the Seattle Library and the Casa da Musica concert hall in Porto.
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Hottest Shorts of Hot Docs: A Concerto Is a Conversation

Acclaimed film composer (When They See Us, Green Book, Bridgerton) and jazz pianist Kris Bowers sits down with his 91-year-old grandfather, who reflects on his journey to California from Jim Crow Florida.
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Hottest Shorts of Hot Docs: Broken Orchestra

project that mobilized a community to repair hundreds of instruments for students, in response to funding cuts for music education programs in Philadelphia.
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Hottest Shorts of Hot Docs: GirlsBoysMix

Nine-year-old Wen Long was born intersex. She isn't interested in being a boy or a girl, she's only interested in being herself. Tired of explaining herself, she wishes the whole world understood what intersex was and delivers a powerfully candid and playful lesson about acceptance and education in this challenge of the gender binary.
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Hottest Shorts of Hot Docs: Help, I've Gone Viral

Upon returning home to Norway after a holiday in Indonesia, Audun Kvitland pens an ode to Nasi Padang, West Sumatra's most famous culinary export. He uploads his ditty to YouTube, and much to his surprise, it becomes a viral sensation in Indonesia. A tasty little morsel that unites people through music and food.
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Hottest Shorts of Hot Docs: Svonni vs. the Swedish Tax Agency

A Sámi woman fights for her right to claim a tax deduction against the purchase of a dog. Why the Swedish authorities fail to recognize the dog's use as a reindeer herding tool versus a pet opens up a larger discussion about Indigenous rights and economic discrimination in this humorous takedown of the Swedish government's ignorance of Sámi culture.
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Hottest Shorts of Hot Docs: Wearable Tracy

Beginning in May 2017, Lee Kim crafted a hat out of pipe cleaners every day on the subway ride from the Bronx to Manhattan. Spanning everything from the sublime to the surreal, these jaunty headpieces present an opportunity for Kim to create, connect and spark joy in her community.
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Tiny: A Story About Living Small
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Ever dream of trading in the hustle and bustle for something more… minimal? All over the world, people are happily downsizing their lives to move into houses smaller than the average parking spot.
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Vinyl
I Curmudgeon: The Personal Films of Alan Zweig

Zweig’s cult favourite mines the comedy and tragedy of obsessive record collecting. This smart and cranky confessional recognizes the record as an object beyond music, and collecting as a way of searching the heart and mind.
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When Jews Were Funny
I Curmudgeon: The Personal Films of Alan Zweig

Alan Zweig puts the century’s funniest Jews on the hot seat to answer the question: Are Jewish comics funnier?
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The Many Sides of Tony: Laurie Woolever on Bourdain: The Definitive Oral Biography
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Join Laurie Woolever, one of Bourdain’s most intimate confidantes, for a behind scenes look at the life and enduring legacy of the cultural tastemaker and her new book on his life, Bourdain: The Definitive Oral Biography.
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Adventures in France: Bill Buford on the Joys of French Cuisine
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Bestselling food writer Bill Buford offers the inside dish on the art of French cooking and cuisine, and the valuable lessons he learned in writing Dirt, his anticipated follow-up to the bestselling classic, Heat.
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A Living Legacy: MSNBC’s Eddie Glaude on James Baldwin
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Join Princeton historian and MSNBC commentator Eddie Glaude for a timely look at the legacy of the late great public thinker James Baldwin—and how his life and work can serve as a powerful guide for our moment of social change.
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The 1619 Project with Nikole Hannah-Jones of The New York Times

Nikole-Hannah Jones reframed the public’s understanding of the legacy of slavery in America with her award-winning 1619 Project. Recently named one of Time Magazine's 100 most influential people, she joins us to discuss her essential new collection of essays and fiction based on the project, featuring contributions from Ibram X. Kendi, Barry Jenkins, Wesley Morris and more.
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Salman Rushdie on the Languages of Truth
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Join us for an evening of mind-expanding conversation with the Booker Prize-winning, internationally bestselling author Salman Rushdie whose latest collection of non-fiction, Languages of Truth, solidifies his place as one of the most original thinkers of our time.
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On Animals with The New Yorker’s Susan Orlean
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The beloved New Yorker writer and bestselling author of The Orchid Thief joins us to discuss her latest collection of stories, On Animals, a lifetime of musings, meditations, and in-depth profiles about the animal world.
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André Picard, Katie Engelhart and Paul Wells on Aging with Dignity
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It took the pandemic to open our eyes to society’s systemic neglect of our elders. Is it time to reimagine the systems that support them? In conversation with Maclean's’ Paul Wells, The Globe and Mail’s André Picard and veteran journalist Katie Engelhart will help us reassess how we approach life’s final chapters, drawing from their important new books, Neglected No More and The Inevitable.
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After the Fall: Obama Adviser Ben Rhodes on The Future of Democracy
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Why is democracy so threatened in America and around the world? And what can we do about it? Help find the answer with former Obama adviser Ben Rhodes who’s recently released new book, After The Fall, draws inspiration from the politicians, activists and dissidents fighting for a more just and democratic world.
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What's Next for America? The New Yorker's Evan Osnos on Joe Biden
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As President Biden enters his first term in office, join The New Yorker's Evan Osnos for a timely look at the man and his moment in history, as outlined in his anticipated new biography, Joe Biden.
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Walter Isaacson on The Future of Genetics
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The bestselling biographer behind Leonardo da Vinci and Steve Jobs joins Anna Maria Tremonti to discuss his latest book, The Code Breaker, a gripping account of how Nobel Prize winner Jennifer Doudna launched a revolution with the invention of CRISPR, the groundbreaking gene editing tool.
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