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HBO Documentary Films

Works: 276 works in 614 publications in 2 languages and 54,268 library holdings
Genres: Documentary films  Nonfiction films  Documentary television programs  History  Biography  Environmental films  Historical television programs  Nonfiction television programs  Social problem films  Political films 
Roles: pre, Producer, fds
Classifications: F334.B69, 363.349220976090511
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by HBO Documentary Films
When the Levees Broke : a Requiem in Four Acts by Spike Lee( Visual )

10 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 2,128 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The world watched in horror as Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans on August 29, 2005. Many were shocked, not only by the scale of the disaster, but the slow, inept and disorganized response of the emergency and recovery efforts. Structured into four acts, each dealing with a different aspect of the events that preceded and followed Katrina's catastrophic passage through New Orleans. Tells the heartbreaking personal stories of those who endured this harrowing ordeal and survived to tell the tale
Autism the musical( Visual )

2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 1,235 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Profiles five children with autism, their parents, and acting coach Elaine Hill as they take on the enterprise of a full-length stage production
Citizenfour by Laura Poitras( Visual )

5 editions published between 2000 and 2015 in English and held by 1,221 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A real life thriller unfolds by the minute, giving audiences unprecedented access to filmmaker Laura Poitras and journalist Glenn Greenwald’s encounters with Edward Snowden in Hong Kong, as he hands over classified documents providing evidence of mass indiscriminate and illegal invasions of privacy by the National Security Agency (NSA). CITIZENFOUR not only shows you the dangers of governmental surveillance - it makes you feel them. The film has won over 60 awards and nominations, including the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature."--Container
Hot coffee( Visual )

7 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 1,142 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Analyzes and discusses so called "frivolous law suits" and the impact of tort reform on the United States judicial system. Discusses several cases and relates each to tort reform in the U.S
4 little girls by Spike Lee( Visual )

3 editions published between 2001 and 2010 in English and held by 1,114 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Film documentaire, 4 little girls revient sur l'attentat à la bombe dans une église afro-américaine qui, en 1963, tua quatre fillettes âgées de 11 à 14 ans."--[]
Project Nim by James Marsh( Visual )

8 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 1,107 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of Nim, the chimpanzee who became the focus of a landmark 1970s experiment to show that an ape could learn to communicate with language if raised and nurtured like a human child. But as Nim's natural instincts take over and the humans trusted with his well-being fail to protect him, Project Nim uncovers the unflinching and extraordinary journey of one animal thrust into human society
Addiction a 14-part series by Abel Ferrara( Visual )

13 editions published between 2007 and 2012 in English and held by 1,101 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Strives to break through the myths and explain what addiction really is, what causes it, and how to get the best available treatments
Unchained memories readings from the slave narratives by Whoopi Goldberg( Visual )

2 editions published between 2003 and 2008 in English and held by 1,091 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When the Civil War ended in 1865, more than 4 million slaves were set free. By the late 1930's, 100,000 former slaves were still alive. In the midst of the Great Depression, journalists and writers traveled the country to record the memories of the last generation of African-Americans born into bondage. Over 2,000 interviews were transcribed as spoken, in the vernacular of the time, to form a unique historical record
Thin( Visual )

2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 1,048 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This film takes us inside the walls of Renfrew Center, a residential facility for the treatment of women with eating disorders, closely following four young women who have spent their lives starving themselves-- often to the verge of death
Which way home( Visual )

11 editions published between 2009 and 2012 in Spanish and English and held by 1,030 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Each year, thousands of Latin American migrants travel hundreds of miles to the United States, with many making their way on the tops of freight trains. Roughly five percent of those traveling alone are children. Which Way Home follows several unaccompanied child migrants as they journey through Mexico en route to the U.S. on a freight train called "The Beast."--Publisher Web site
White light, black rain the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by Steven Okazaki( Visual )

2 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 1,023 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In August 1945, the world was transformed in the blink of an eye when American forces dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and then Nagasaki. The destruction was unprecedented and the bombings precipitated the end of World War II. Contains archival footage and stunning photography. Interviews are from both Japanese survivors and the Americans who believed that their involvement would help end a brutal conflict
The Alzheimer's project( Visual )

3 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 883 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Alzheimer's project features a four-part documentary series (The memory loss tapes; Grandpa, will you remember me?, Caregivers, and Momentum in science), 15 short supplemental films, a website, and a nationwide community-based information and outreach campaign, to capture what it means to experience the disease, to be a child or grandchild of one who suffers, and to care for those who are affected
How to die in Oregon( Visual )

7 editions published between 2010 and 2016 in English and held by 830 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1994, Oregon became the first state to legalize physician-assisted suicide. Since then, more than 500 Oregonians have taken their mortality into their own hands. Filmmaker Peter Richardson gently enters the lives of the terminally ill as they consider whether--and when--to end their lives by lethal overdose. Richardson examines both sides of the complex, emotionally charged issue. What emerges is a life-affirming, staggeringly powerful portrait of what it means to die with dignity
The weight of the nation( Visual )

9 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 826 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"CONSEQUENCES examines the scope of the obesity epidemic and explores the serious health consequences of being overweight or obese. CHOICES offers viewers the skinny on fat, revealing what science has shown about how to lose weight, maintain weight loss and prevent weight gain. CHILDREN IN CRISIS documents the damage obesity is doing to our nation's children. Through individual stories, this film describes how the strong forces at work in our society are causing children to consume too many calories and expend too little energy; tackling subjects from school lunches to the decline of physical education, the demise of school recess and the marketing of unhealthy food to children. CHALLENGES examines the major driving forces causing the obesity epidemic, including agriculture, economics, evolutionary biology, food marketing, racial and socioeconomic disparities, physical inactivity, American food culture, and the strong influence of the food and beverage industry."--Producers
The Loving story( Visual )

5 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 822 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On June 2, 1958, Richard Loving and his fiancee Mildred Jeter traveled from Caroline County, VA, to Washington, D.C. to be married. Later, the newlyweds were arrested, tried and convicted of the felony crime of miscegenation. Two young ACLU lawyers took on the Lovings case, fully aware of the challenges posed. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously in their favor on June 12, 1967 and resulted in sixteen states being ordered to overturn their bans on interracial marriage
Ghosts of Abu Ghraib by Rory Kennedy( Visual )

2 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 783 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Interviews with perpetrators, witnesses, and victims examining the abuses that occurred in the fall of 2003 at the notorious Iraqi prison. Probes the psychology of how typical American men and women came to commit these atrocious acts
A small act by Jennifer E Arnold( Visual )

6 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 761 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"When Hilde Back sponsored a young, rural Kenyan student, she thought nothing of it. She never imagined her quarterly donation of $15 would pave the way for Chris Mburu's journey to Harvard Law School. Years later, Chris has become a United Nations human rights lawyer working to combat genocide and discrimination. He decides to seek out the stranger who dramatically transformed his life and is astonished to learn his benefactor, Hilde, is a Holocaust survivor."
Alive day memories : home from Iraq( Visual )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 716 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A look at the physical and emotional cost of war through soldiers' memories of their "alive day," the day they narrowly escaped death in Iraq. Actor James Gandolfini interviews ten soldiers about their memories, their feelings on their future, and more
Gasland by Josh Fox( Visual )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 709 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A sequel to the documentary Gasland, Gasland, Part II continues filmmaker Josh Fox's exploration of the dangers of the process of natural gas extraction known as hydraulic fracturing, commonly referred to as "fracking", chronicling the spread of the practice further in the U.S. as well as in 32 countries worldwide
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Unchained memories readings from the slave narratives
Alternative Names
Home Box Office (Firm). Documentary Films

White light, black rain the destruction of Hiroshima and NagasakiThe Alzheimer's project