ben hooks

Duty of the Hour

The story of Dr. Ben Hooks is an exploration of this nation's long, complex, and difficult history of race in America. "Duty of the Hour," a documentary that examines Benjamin L. Hooks' rise from the streets of segregated Memphis to the national stage, encourages each of us to ask, 'Am I making the seconds of my life count?'? Are we engaged in the civic affairs of our local, state, and national community? Whether we choose to live a private life or a life on a larger stage, the documentary makes the point that almost all of us can make a personal commitment to get involved with issues and people that shape our world.

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Religulous

Bill Maher interviews some of religion's oddest adherents. Muslims, Jews and Christians of many kinds pass before his jaundiced eye. Maher goes to a Creationist Museum in Kentucky, which shows that dinosaurs and people lived at the same time 5,000 years ago. He talks to truckers at a Truckers' Chapel. (Sign outside: "Jesus love you.") He goes to a theme park called Holy Land in Florida. He speaks to a rabbi in league with Holocaust deniers. He talks to a Muslim musician who preaches hatred of Jews.

The Trees

The Trees is a film documenting the concept, design and construction of the National September 11th Memorial Plaza. Filmed over the course of five years, "The Trees" documents the journey of over 400 Swamp White Oaks from their temporary home in New Jersey to the World Trade Center Memorial Plaza. Through the stories of those who design, plan, and construct the Memorial, The Trees explores the evolution of one of the world’s most innovative “ green” roof gardens. The film shows public reaction to this lasting, yet ever-changing memorial to the victims of the September 11th attacks.

Standing in the Shadows of Motown

This documentary mixes performances, interviews and reenactments to celebrate the Funk Brothers, the 1960s soul hitmakers. As the musicians behind the Temptations, the Four Tops and others, the "brothers" were hugely successful, yet relatively anonymous compared to the famous singers they backed.