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Above the Drowning Sea

About the Film 

The dramatic escape of thousands of European Jews to Shanghai, who found safe harbor from the Nazi menace, due to the bravery and daring of the Chinese Consul in Vienna who defied his own government and the Gestapo by issuing visas to the refugees, is revealed in this affecting story of heroism and humanity.

Genre 
Documentary
Running Time 
92 minutes

An Act of Defiance

About the Film 

Set in South Africa’s incendiary segregation era, a gutsy lawyer risks career and family to defend Nelson Mandela and his inner circle, in this historical thriller filled with political and courtroom intrigue.

Genre 
Narrative
Running Time 
123 minutes

The Body Collector

About the Film 

A steely and idealistic investigative journalist fights to unmask a prominent art collector as a murderous Nazi war criminal, in this gripping true-life drama, the highest-rated miniseries in Dutch television history.

Genre 
Narrative
Running Time 
142 minutes

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

About the Film 

Hedy Lamarr, known in the 1930s and ‘40s for her glamour and sex appeal, narrates her trailblazing story to reveal her thwarted ambitions as a brilliant inventor who impacted today’s wireless technology.

Genre 
Documentary
Running Time 
90 minutes

Playing God

About the Film 

A fixture of America’s most tragic events, the charismatic and controversial lawyer charged with the monumental task of calculating the value of a human life following events like the 9/11 attacks and Sandy Hook massacre, is the subject of this perceptive account. Defenders, critics and the families—and Ken Feinberg himself—weigh in on the thorny legal, financial and moral dilemmas of this polarizing figure who at times seems virtually omnipotent.

Genre 
Documentary
Running Time 
95 minutes

Remember Baghdad

About the Film 

Baghdad’s former glamorous age at the dawn of the twentieth century, the utopia lost to violence and intolerance, is revealed in this forgotten story of Iraq’s once prosperous Jewish population that had coexisted with Muslims and Christians in peace and prosperity, before the country’s disintegration from a multiethnic melting pot to a ravaged, war-torn danger zone heralded by Saddam Hussein’s rise to power.

Genre 
Documentary
Running Time 
69 minutes

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