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  • Celluloid Man

    Episode 1

    Directed by Shivendra Singh Dungarpur • 2012 • India
    Starring P. K. Nair, Krzysztof Zanussi, Lester James Peries

    An engaging, heartfelt look at one man’s battle to preserve his nation’s cinematic heritage, CELLULOID MAN is an intimate portrait of legendary Indian archivist P. K. Nair, who founde...

  • Spettacolo

    Episode 2

    Directed by Jeff Malmberg and Chris Shellen • 2017 • United States

    Once upon a time, villagers in a small town in Tuscany came up with a remarkable way to confront their issues: they turned their lives into a play. Every summer, their piazza became a stage and residents of all ages played a part...

  • Freedom Fields

    Episode 3

    Directed by Naziha Arebi • 2018 • Libya, United Kingdom

    An inspiring love letter to sisterhood and the power of sports, this courageous, gorgeously shot documentary from Naziha Arebi follows three women as they attempt to establish the first female soccer team in postrevolution Libya—a dream met...

  • Here the Seats Are Vacant

    Episode 4

    Directed by Shiva Sanjari • 2016 • Iran

    The lives of Iranian women working in film changed drastically after the Islamic Revolution of 1979. Shahrzad was sold by her father when she was only twelve years old, and was forced to dance in a cabaret in Tehran. Years passed and she became a famous ac...

  • Platform

    Episode 5

    Directed by Sahar Mosayebi • 2021 • Iran, China
    Starring Elaheh Mansourian, Shahrbanoo Mansourian, Soheila Mansourian

    A ROCKY-esque tale of determination and grit, PLATFORM follows three Iranian sisters as they compete to become international champions of wushu, a Chinese martial art. The sister...

  • Infinite Football

    Episode 6

    Directed by Corneliu Porumboiu • 2018 • Romania
    Starring Laurentiu Ginghina

    Romanian New Wave leader Corneliu Porumboiu (12:08 EAST OF BUCHAREST) directs this at once hilarious and poignant look at an ordinary man’s extraordinary ambitions. Ever since a leg fracture ended his aspirations of beco...

  • Radiograph of a Family

    Episode 7

    Directed by Firouzeh Khosrovani • 2020 • Norway, Iran

    “Mother married a photo of Father,” says director Firouzeh Khosrovani in the opening of this deeply personal documentary. She’s not speaking metaphorically. Her mother Tayi literally married a portrait of Hossein in Tehran; he was in Switzerl...

  • The Second Game

    Episode 8

    Directed by Corneliu Porumboiu • 2014 • Romania
    Starring Adrian Porumboiu, Corneliu Porumboiu

    Cinema doesn’t get much more minimalist—or more casually inventive—than this unique experimental documentary from Corneliu Porumboiu, which consists solely of a videotape of a snowy 1988 Bucharest socce...

  • Marx Can Wait

    Episode 9

    Directed by Marco Bellocchio • 2021 • Italy
    Starring Marco Bellocchio, Alberto Bellocchio, Pier Giorgio Bellocchio

    1968 was the year Camillo died. Nearly fifty years after the death of his twin brother at the age of twenty-nine, acclaimed director Marco Bellocchio (FISTS IN THE POCKET) gathers h...

  • The Broker

    Episode 10

    Directed by Azadi Moghadam • 2018 • Iran

    This documentary is about the work of a few brokers in a marriage-minded dating office in Iran. The manager, Mrs. Sadri, and her colleagues try to pair people for marriage using self-taught and experience-oriented methods, while Sadri’s two colleagues, Fe...

  • Searching for Sugar Man

    Episode 11

    Directed by Malik Bendjelloul • 2012 • Sweden, United Kingdom
    Starring Stephen Segerman, Sixto Rodriguez, Regan Rodriguez

    This Academy Award–winning documentary tells the incredible true story of Rodriguez, the greatest seventies rock star who never was. After being discovered in a Detroit bar, ...

  • The Fog of War

    Episode 12

    Directed by Errol Morris • 2003 • United States
    Starring Robert S. McNamara

    This Oscar-winning documentary is a twentieth-century fable, the story of an American dreamer who rose from humble origins to the heights of political power. Robert S. McNamara was both witness to and participant in many...

  • Waltz with Bashir

    Episode 13

    Directed by Ari Folman • 2008 • Israel

    Through innovative, hallucinatory animation, filmmaker Ari Folman delves into the darkest corners of his past in this powerfully cathartic exploration of war, trauma, and memory. One night at a bar, an old friend tells Ari about a recurring nightmare in whi...

  • Gramercy Stories

    Episode 14

    Directed by Joyce Chopra • 2008 • United States

    GRAMERCY STORIES is an inspiring look inside a unique residence in Manhattan that provides a safe home for twenty-five gay and transgender teenagers who have experienced violence at home and on the streets. Told from their candid, often witty persp...

  • Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask

    Episode 15

    Directed by Isaac Julien • 1995 • United Kingdom

    FRANTZ FANON: BLACK SKIN, WHITE MASK explores the world of the preeminent theorist of twentieth-century anticolonialism, a French West Indian psychiatrist and political philosopher whose writings gave expression to the psychological burdens of exi...

  • CzechMate: In Search of Jiří Menzel

    Episode 16

    Directed by Shivendra Singh Dungarpur • 2018 • India
    Starring Jiří Menzel, Antonín Máša, Dušan Hanák

    This epic, indispensable work of cinema scholarship from archivist and filmmaker Shivendra Singh Dungarpur is a remarkable, in-depth portrait of director Jiří Menzel (CLOSELY WATCHED TRAINS) and ...

  • American Movie

    Episode 17

    Directed by Chris Smith • 1999 • United States

    It takes a village to make a movie, but when that village is Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, the results are bizarre, comical, and quintessentially American. With the help of his mother, his eighty-two-year-old uncle, and a local cast of oddballs, DIY f...

  • My Architect

    Episode 18

    Directed by Nathaniel Kahn • 2003 • United States

    Louis I. Kahn, who died in 1974, was one of the greatest architects of the twentieth century, but he left behind an illegitimate son, Nathaniel, and a personal life of secrets and broken promises. MY ARCHITECT takes us on a heartbreaking yet humo...

  • Milford Graves Full Mantis

    Episode 19

    Directed by Jake Meginsky with Neil Young • 2018 • United States
    Starring Milford Graves

    This portrait of renowned percussionist and founding pioneer of avant-garde jazz Milford Graves finds him exploring his kaleidoscopic creativity and relentless curiosity. The film draws the viewer through th...

  • The Cry of Jazz

    Episode 20

    Directed by Edward Bland • 1959 • United States
    Starring George Waller, Dorothea Horton, Melinda Dillon

    Featuring music by Sun Ra and his Arkestra, this landmark semi-documentary explores—via a heated conversation between a group of Black and white jazz aficionados—the relationship between jazz ...

  • Seahorse: The Dad Who Gave Birth

    Episode 21

    Directed by Jeanie Finlay • 2019 • United Kingdom
    Starring Freddy McConnell

    Freddy is thirty and yearns to start a family, but for him this ordinary desire comes with unique challenges: he is a gay transgender man. Deciding to carry his own baby took years of soul searching, but nothing could pr...

  • The Flaming Lips Space Bubble Film

    Episode 22

    Directed by Wayne Coyne and Blake Studdard • 2022 • United States
    Starring Wayne Coyne, Steven Drozd, Jacob Ingalls

    This blissful concert documentary tells the story behind an ingenious spectacle devised by psych-roch legends the Flaming Lips in response to the COVID-19 pandemic: the Space Bubbl...

  • Winged Migration

    Episode 23

    Directed by Jacques Perrin, Jacques Cluzaud, and Michel Debats • 2001 • France

    Each spring, millions of birds take to the skies to embark on incredible odysseys over land and sea, and each fall they fly back on the same route. Four years in the making, Jacques Perrin’s stunning documentary—made ...

  • Martha Clarke Light & Dark: A Dancer’s Journal

    Episode 24

    Directed by Joyce Chopra • 1980 • United States
    Starring Félix Blaska, Martha Clarke, Philip Grausman

    Joyce Chopra traces one year in the artistic evolution of celebrated choreographer Martha Clarke, offering an intimate window into Clarke’s creative process as she sets out to redefine the bound...