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Combat Obscura - Daily Life in a Warzone
An unvarnished perspective of the intensity and paradoxes of war shot by Marine Corps videographer Miles Lagoze. This ingeniously edited documentary is composed solely of footage the Corps did not intend for you to see. Nominated for the Grand Jury…
The Rape of Europa - The Systemic Theft and Destruction of Europe's Art Treasures
The Rape of Europa tells the epic story of the systematic theft, deliberate destruction and miraculous survival of Europe's art treasures during the Third Reich and the Second World War. On a journey through seven countries, the film takes the…
The War At Home - Resistance to the Vietnam War
This Oscar-nominated documentary tells the story of the impact of the war in Vietnam on one American town, using the Midwestern city of Madison, Wisconsin as a microcosm for the 1960s Antiwar Movement. Over twenty interviews with antiwar activists, university…
Jim: The James Foley Story - An American Journalist Killed by ISIS
On Thanksgiving Day 2012, American photojournalist James "Jim" Foley was kidnapped in Syria and went missing for two years before the infamous video of his public execution sent shockwaves and introduced much of the world to ISIS. Jim: The James…
Déjà Vu (1858-1961)
Episode 1 of The Vietnam War
PBS
Vietnamese revolutionaries led by Ho Chi Minh end nearly a century of French colonial occupation. Vietnam is divided in two. Communists in the North aim to reunify the country, while America supports Diem's untested regime in the South.
The Sun
The final portrait in a series on the lives of dictators by Alexander Sokurov, THE SUN is a re-imagining of Emperor Hirohito's final days in power during the waning days of WWII. Hirohito wanders through his palace in a child-like…
Garbo the Spy
The Allies called him Garbo. The Nazis dubbed him Alaric. Both sides in World War II were sure Juan Pujol Garcia was their man. In reality, Pujol was a double agent - and his final allegiance was to the Allies.…
Naples ’44 - A Re-Imagining of a British Soldier's Memoirs
In 1943 a young British officer, Norman Lewis, entered a war-torn Naples with the American Fifth Army. Lewis began writing down everything that happened to him during his one-year stay, observing the complex social cauldron of a city that contrived…
The Children of Chabannes - Rescue, Refugees, & Moral Courage
In the spirit of Louis Malle's "Au Revoir les Enfants" and Steven Spielberg's "Schindler's List," the Emmy Award-winning documentary "The Children of Chabannes" has been called "a moving record of the unassuming, uncompromising heroism of ordinary people" (New York Times)…
The Cause - 1861
Part of the Series: Ken Burns: The Civil War
PBS
Beginning with a searing indictment of slavery, this first episode dramatically evokes the causes of the war, from the Cotton Kingdom of the South to the northern abolitionists who opposed it. Here are the burning questions of Union and States'…
A Necessary War
Part of the Series: Ken Burns: The War
PBS
After a haunting overview of the Second World War, an epoch of killing that engulfed the world from 1939 to 1945 and cost at least 50 million lives, the inhabitants of four towns -- Mobile, Alabama; Sacramento, California; Waterbury, Connecticut;…
Basic Training - The Training Techniques of the American Military
This classic Frederick Wiseman documentary follows a company of draftees and enlisted men through the nine weeks of the basic training cycle. The varieties of training techniques used by the army in converting civilians to soldiers are illustrated in scenes…
The Night of Broken Glass
After seizing power, the Nazis began their crusade against Jews with discriminatory laws and the looting of property; they turned to violence openly in what has come to be known as Kristallnacht: the night of broken glass. In November 1938…
Paris 1919 - Negotiating Peace After WWI
For six months in 1919, Paris was the capital of the world. The last shots had just been fired in the most devastating war of all time - and the old global order lay in tatters. Delegations from over 30…
D-Day: The Price of Freedom
Five D-Day veterans return to Normandy and re-visit the locations they landed on June 6, 1944, sharing their own very personal stories of war. New England region Emmy Awards for writing and photography.
Pride of Our Nation
Part of the Series: Ken Burns: The War
PBS
By June 1944, there are signs on both sides of the world that the tide of the war is turning. On June 6, 1944 -- D-Day -- in the European Theater, a million and a half Allied troops embark on…
The Ghost Army
PBS
During World War II, a hand-picked group of American GI's undertook a bizarre mission: create a traveling road show of deception on the battlefields of Europe, with the German Army as their audience. The 23rd Headquarters Special Troops used inflatable…
Thank You For Your Service - The Reality of War Inflicted Mental Illnesses
The U.S. military faces a mental health crisis of historic proportions. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE takes aim at our superficial understanding of war trauma and the failed policies that result. Director Tom Donahue (Casting By) interweaves the stories of…
Homeland: Iraq Year Zero
In February 2002 - about a year before the U.S. invasion - Iraqi filmmaker Abbas Fahdel traveled home from France to capture everyday life as his country prepared for war. No strangers to war, the Iraqis thought they understood what…
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Firestorm
After suffering heavy losses of aircraft during attacks on German factories, Winston Churchill orders cities to be targeted in order to smash German morale and reduce the number of workers available for the Nazi war machine. Hundreds of thousands of…