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Top 10 New Documentary DVDs - April 24, 2007

About.com Documentaries, April 24, 2007

New documentaries on DVD for late April include...

1. Al Franken: God Spoke (2006)

The comedian, Air America personality, and U.S. Senate candidate from Minnesota reveals his political passions and unique humor in this 2006 film festival favorite from Chris Hegedus and Nick Doob.

2. Planet Earth: The Complete BBC Series (2007) - DVD, HD, and Blu-ray

Narrated by David Attenborough, this mammoth undertaking from the makers of Blue Planet: Seas of Life is the culmination of 5 years of filming in over 200 locations. The result is a stunning portrait of our planet's diverse wildlife and ecosystems.
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3. Forgiving Dr. Mengele (2007)

Late in life, holocaust survivor Eva Moses Kor began a crusade unthinkable to many: forgiving Nazis. Eva was held at Auschwitz and subjected to torturous biological experiments along with her twin sister Miriam. After meeting a former Nazi SS doctor, Miriam becomes convinced that holding on to her anger is unhealthy. Her position finds her plenty of critics. Reviewed at the Cleveland Film Festival by Anne Price
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4. The Lost Tomb of Jesus (2007)

The Lost Tomb of Jesus, produced for the Discovery Channel by James Cameron (Titanic) captured plenty of headlines and controversy in the days before its airing in March, 2007. The film presents recent archaeological research surrounding what may be the Jerusalem tomb of Jesus and his family - including Mary Magdalene.

5. The Hidden Child (2006)

Fewer than 100,000 Jewish children survived the Holocaust (of an estimated 1.6 million). Many survived as "hidden children" in the attics, basements, remote farms, and other places far from view. The Hidden Child is the story of Maud Dahme, who was protected as a child by a family in the Netherlands.

6. The Documentaries of Louis Malle (1962)

This box set from Criterion's new Eclipse label compiles the rare nonfiction works of Louis Malle (My Dinner With Andre, Elevator to the Gallows). Documentaries in this six disc set include: Vive le Tour, Humain, Trop Humain, Place de la Republic, Phantom India, Calcutta, God's Country, and ...and the Pursuit of Happiness.

7. Into the Fire: American Women in the Spanish Civil War (2002)

In 1936 nearly 80 American women are known to have defied U.S. policy to join the fight against fascism in Spain serving in roles as nurses, journalists, writers and others. Director Julia Newman tells the stories of some of these remarkable women.
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8. Leonard Cohen: Under Review, 1934-1977 (2006)

This documentary (not to be confused with the acclaimed 2006 film Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man), looks at the Canadian poet and musician through rare performace footage and insight from musicians who were close to him and biographer Ira Nadel.
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9. In Debt We Trust (2006)

A well-timed companion to the recent theatrical documentary Maxed Out, Danny Schechter's documentary examines how a "small cabal of credit card companies, media conglomerates, and the Bush administration" have developed a loosely-regulated culture of credit dependency or "21st-century serfdom." Based on Robert Manning's book "Credit Card Nation."
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10. Surviving the Dust Bowl (2006)

This PBS American Experience documentary examines the social upheaval that happened when over-farming and drought combined to create an ecological disaster. Produced by Chana Gazit.
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This story ran on About.com Documentaries on April 24, 2007.