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Missing in Happy Valley - Investigation into Scientology's RPF Camps (1999) - religion / politics / subcultures
This 1999 documentary investigates the Rehabilitation Project Force, the Church of Scientology's internal penal system in which inmates are given degraded treatment and forced into labour. The documentary includes quotations from the RPF creation order, which may be found here. It also includes interviews with notable former members such as Jesse Prince and Gerry Armstrong.
 4664h
Ghosts Of Cite Soleil (2007) - subcultures / crime
In the slum of Cité Soleil, President Aristide's most loyal supporters were ruling as kings. The five major gang leaders were controlling heavily armed young men; the Chiméres. The Secret army of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. "Ghosts of Cité Soleil" is a film about Billy and Haitian 2pac. Two brothers. Gang Leaders of the Chiméres.
 4509h
Made in America (2008) - crime / subcultures
aka: Crips and Bloods: Made in America
With a first-person look at the notorious Crips and Bloods, this film examines the conditions that have lead to decades of devastating gang violence among young African Americans growing up in South Los Angeles.
 4880h
Honeymoon (1969) - entertainment / lifestyle/society / subcultures
This a short documentary of John and Yoko's "Bed-in for Peace", filmed in their hotel room in Amsterdam, 1969, during their honeymoon.
 1498h
Metal: A Headbanger's Journey (2005) - subcultures
Sam Dunn is a 30-year old anthropologist who wrote his graduate thesis on the plight of Guatemalan refugees. Recenly he has decided to study the plight of a different culture, one he has been a part of since he was a 12-year old: the culture of heavy metal. Sam sets out on a global journey to find out why this music has been consistently stereotyped, dismissed and condemned and yet is loved so passionately by its millions of fans. Along the way, Sam explores metals' obsession with some of life's most provacative subjects - sexuality, religion, violence and death - and discovers some things about the culture that even he can't defend. Shot on location in the UK, Germany, Norway, Canada and the US, this documentary is the first of its kind. It is both a defense of a long-misunderstood art form and a window for the outsider into the spectacle that is heavy metal.
 5023h
National Geographic: Doomsday Preppers (2011) - economy / lifestyle/society / subcultures / survival / war
Unique in their beliefs, motivations and strategies, explore the lives of four families preparing for the end of the world as we know it. From bunkers to fortified off-the-grid locations, these doomsday preppers will go to whatever lengths they can to make sure they are prepared for any of life’s uncertainties. And with our expert’s assessment, they will find out their chances of survival if their worst.
 8478h
The Same River Twice (2003) - subcultures
From peyote to prozac, a sensitive portrait of five former hippies now approaching middle age.
 4120h
Liquid Crystal Vision (2002) - subcultures
Liquid Crystal Vision captures the essence of the psychedelic experience as it explores a mystical movement from its roots, explaining in scientific detail why the children of the sixties seek out the most sacred sites on Earth to dance themselves into a transcendental state.
 3626h
National Geographic Inside Bloods And Crips LA Gangs (2010) - crime / subcultures
National Geographic Inside Bloods And Crips LA Gangs: NGC takes viewers to the streets of South Central Los Angeles as it charts the rise of two of the most notorious gangs in America: the Bloods and the Crips. Follow along as an emerging cocaine trade fuels staggering levels of bloodshed and the streets of Los Angeles begin to resemble a war zone. Exclusive interviews include Bloods founder T Rodgers; original Crip Angelo "Barefoot Pookie" White; former LAPD chief Darryl Gates; and LAPD gang unit veteran Tony Moreno.
 3893h
Skinhead Attitude (2003) - subcultures
Swiss filmmaker Daniel Schweizer directs the documentary Skinhead Attitude. Originally shot on mini DV, the film is a history and investigation into the skinhead cult movement in the U.S. and U.K. since the 1960s. The subjects range from lightweight fashionable types to hardcore neo-Nazis. Special consideration is paid to the murder of two "Unity" skinheads in Las Vegas. Includes interviews with musicians Laurel Aitken, Jimmy Pursey, and Ian Stuart. Skinhead Attitude was shown at the 2003 Locarno Film Festival.
 4698h
Butterflies (2009) - internet / subcultures
Following the lives of six young people that are prominent 'weblebrities' on a video site YouTube. The film explores the new media, its power and its future. Will the Internet overcome traditional media? Will new media and traditional media merge? The film documents the struggles and successes of characters and their hopes to become the new 'virtual' celebrities.
 4758h
Beautiful Losers (2008) - subcultures
This documentary follows the lives and careers of a collective group of Do-it-yourself artists and designers who inadvertently affected the art world.
 6262h
Dogtown and Z-Boys (2001) - other / subcultures / sports
Sub-titled "The Birth of Extreme", this documetary takes a look at the transformation of skateboarding from its former image as a land-bound pastime for surfers to its status today as an extreme and acrobatic sport in its own right. Starting from the California surf community of Dogtown, the film follows the evolution of modern skateboarding through it's 70's heyday, its decline during the 80's, and its eventual (and highly lucrative) return in the 90's.
 9382h
Cutie and the Boxer (2013) - lifestyle/society / subcultures
Watch Cutie and the Boxer: For years, Ushio Shinohara has been one of the leading, and most underappreciated, alternative artists in Japan and New York City with an wildly esoteric style. For many of those years, his wife, Noriko, has been a faithful companion to this idiosyncratic man, but grew want to be more. This film covers the relationship of these special couple as Ushio struggles for commercial success on his own terms. Meanwhile, we also follow Noriko pursuing her own artistic vision with her semi-autobiographical line art project that reveals much about her own soul as eloquently as her husband's work.
 3114h
Crumb (1994) - entertainment / biography / savants / subcultures / other
An intimate portrait of the controversial cartoonist and his traumatized family.
 10996h
Black Air: The Buick Grand National Documentary (2012) - biography / history / industry / subcultures
It was a strange and curious misfit. Though born a Buick, the Grand National was clearly something else. It was too quick and too brutish to carry that stodgy name. There was something inside the car trying to get out. BLACK AIR is a feature-length documentary about Buick's premier but paradoxical 1980s performance car.
 3005h
Dark Days (2000) - subcultures / lifestyle/society
A cinematic portrait of the homeless population who live permanently in the underground tunnels of New York City.
 8925h
Style Wars (1984) - music / lifestyle/society / subcultures
'This documentary on subway grafitti in New York City in the early 1980s had it all: it was beautifully shot, had a great soundtrack, and captured the essence of what was going on in the city after the 70s and under the regime of Mayor Kotch. The best thing about this documentary is how it can be studied on so many levels- it makes you realize why "bombing" is done and what it accomplishes. It helps you understand the psychological reasoning behind it, and how it plays on human character traits such as territorial rights, pursuit and the need for recognition. It shows how graffitti had a strong impact on society, and how it tore some homes apart. A must see- plus a great representation of early hip hop music and style. Love those TWAs! (Teeny Weeny Afros!) 9 out of 10.'
 4658h
The Dhamma Brothers (2008) - subcultures
East meets West in the Deep South. An overcrowded maximum-security prison-the end of the line in Alabama's correctional system-is dramatically changed by the influence of an ancient meditation program. Behind high security towers and a double row of barbed wire and electrical fence dwells a host of convicts who will never see the light of day. But for some of these men, a spark is ignited when it becomes the first maximum-security prison in North America to hold an extended Vipassana retreat, an emotionally and physically demanding course of silent meditation lasting ten days. The Dhamma Brothers tells a dramatic tale of human potential and transformation as it closely follows and documents the stories of the prison inmates at Donaldson Correction Facility who enter into this arduous and intensive program.
 4065h
National Geographic Taboo: Misfits (2011) - subcultures
Misfits are people who live outside of their cultural norms. Some are born into that situation, while others seek it.
 1120h
Ice People (2008) - anthropology / lifestyle/society / subcultures
Unique in the genre of exploration and adventure films, ICE PEOPLE takes you on one of the earth's most seductive journeys-Antarctica. Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker Anne Aghion spent four months "on the ice" with modern-day polar explorers, to find out what drives dedicated researchers to leave the world behind in pursuit of science, and to capture the true experience of living and working in this extreme environment. And, as it turns out, the film also witnesses one of the most significant discoveries about climate change in recent Antarctic science. Intense public focus on climate change has turned the shores of Antarctica into a new tourist mecca, making the earth's coldest continent the hot place to be. But, inland from the penguins and ice floes is a magical Antarctica of volcanoes, boulder-strewn valleys and ominous glaciers. Only a small number of scientific research teams get there, braving severe conditions to learn about our planet's history, and make predictions about our future. ICE PEOPLE heads out into the "deep field" with noted geologists Allan Ashworth and Adam Lewis, and two undergrad scientists-in-the-making, where they scour across hundreds of miles to find tiny, critical signs of ancient life. Their findings would give the first evidence of a green Antarctica over 14 million years ago, that disappeared with a sudden shift in the temperature of the continent. The most authentic film about life on the ice since the trailblazing expeditions to Antarctica chronicled nearly a century ago, ICE PEOPLE conveys the vast beauty, the claustrophobia, the excitement and the stillness of an experience set to nature's rhythm.
 5082h
ON Video Magazine (2000) - sports / subcultures / lifestyle/society / other
aka: ON Video Skateboarding Magazine
Do you remember On Video Magazine? Seriously, if you do, you know exactly what the current generation of skateboarders are missing out on. On Video Magazine was a super well edited set of skateboarding films.

Unfortunately, there were only a few issues made and they’re getting super hard to find around the net. If you’re lucky, your old skate shop just might have one piled underneath an older set of leftover unsold skate videos. By all means, if you can you should get your hands on some of these videos. They were amazingly well done and the skateboarding was always top notch, even in today’s insane growth of trickery and standards.

They always had cool themes and a mind blowing intro to each flick. The music was always different and amazing. And my favorite part was the documentaries that they would do at the end of all of the films. Those would be the “featured” article of each issue. Perhaps one of my favorites would have to be the history behind the “Carlsbad gap” or the entire revolution of skateboarding with Rodney Mullen or Natas Kaupas.
 7533h
Deathbowl to Downtown (2008) - sports / subcultures
On one level Deathbowl to Downtown is about street skating, but it's also an overview of skateboarding's shift from the parks and pools of the 70s, to the ramp skating in the 80s, to the street ascendancy of the 1990s and beyond. An entertaining, thought provoking take on why the action on New York's hectic streets represents skateboarding to millions of people worldwide.

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 3071h
Rolled (2012) - entertainment / lifestyle/society / subcultures / other
Documentary filmmaker returns to his hometown to track down the secret club of kids who toilet paper houses that he was a part of in the late nineties. After meeting with the three members he was in the group with, and finding the guy who started it all 1979 - he tracks down the current group of kids only to discover that the tradition hasn't been carried out as expected.
 3459h
Just Like Being There (2012) - lifestyle/society / subcultures
In the gig poster community, creating artwork is more than just a career - it is a way of life. These artists are at the forefront of an expansion of the gig poster genre. In a community with strong roots, dating back to the 1960s, this expansion is controversial - refreshing to some, sacrilegious to others.
 1933h
Archy: Built for Speed, Born to Ride (2008) - biography / sports / subcultures
The film showcases the career of one of surfing's most radical and inventive characters, with colorful commentary from top surfers, his peers, influences, family, and childhood friends. Archy, like Jordan or Tiger, will forever be known by one name, and celebrated for his innovative surfing prowess.
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Stick 'Em Up! (2011) - subcultures / other
Stick 'Em Up! is a captivating film that explores the little-known world of wheat pasting, an inner-city art form that's as provocative as it is misunderstood. Documentary filmmaker Alex Luster delves into the minds and motivations behind some of Houston's most notorious guerilla street artists, capturing the lifespan of their art... conception, creation, placement and - ultimately - removal by the city's abatement enforcement. With commentary by legendary street artists and top local law enforcement officials, Stick 'Em Up! is a gritty, street-smart documentary that reveals the secret truth behind the prolific images you see every day - in cities all across the nation.
 3283h
The Weather Underground (2002) - politics / war / subcultures
The Weather Underground This film tells the unbelievable story of the weathermen the group of 70s radicals who fueled by outrage over the vietnam war & racism in america went underground throughout much of the decade to wage a low-level war against the government. It includes modern day interviews with key members & founders.
 8789h
Splinters (2011) - sports / aquatic / anthropology / history / lifestyle/society / subcultures
Splinters is the first feature-length documentary film about the evolution of indigenous surfing in the developing nation of Papua New Guinea. In the 1980s an intrepid Australian pilot left behind a surfboard in the seaside village of Vanimo. Twenty years on, surfing is not only a pillar of village life but also a means to prestige. With no access to economic or educational advancement, let alone running water and power, village life is hermetic. A spot on the Papua New Guinea national surfing team is the way to see the wider world; the only way.
 3134h
Inside the KKK (2015) - lifestyle/society / subcultures / other
Dan Vernon journeys into the heart of America's most notorious supremacist group, with access to a modern day Missouri chapter: The Traditional American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.
 2146h
Fanarchy (2015) - entertainment / lifestyle/society / other / subcultures
The barbarians are at the gate! Fanarchy explores the rise of fan culture and the ways in which modern fandom is challenging the Hollywood system by becoming a creative force in its own right. Questions are raised about copyright, intellectual property and the concept of originality in a re-mix culture.
 1538h
One World Agenda: The Illuminati (2015) - lifestyle/society / mystery / subcultures / other
There is an elite group that controls the world. They run governments, companies and religions - This is the story of the world's most powerful secret and sacred order.
 1917h
Woodstock (1970) - subcultures
The film chronicle of the legendary 1969 music festival/ now with 40 bonus minutes on the directors cut.
 8511h
Obsession: Radical Islamâs War Against the West (2006) - subcultures
Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against the West features footage from Arab television outlets with interviews which are compared with newsreel images of terrorist actions staged by the PLO and other groups in an effort to show parallels between hate-based groups of the past and the current mood among Islamic extremists. Obsession also includes interviews with guerilla fighters, former Hitler Youth members, and terrorist operatives as they discuss the role and function of extremist political and religious groups.
 5971h
Maserati Rick (2009) - subcultures
The life and times of Detroit drug dealer Richard Carter — known to his friends and associates as Maserati Rick — play out with gritty realism in this docudrama featuring Rick’s brothers, Greg and Big “E,” and his son, Maserati Rick Jr. A shrewd salesman with the goods to back up his gift for fast talk, Rick helped found the city’s notorious “Best Friends” drug cartel.
 6944h
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Canada's Genocide (2007) - politics / subcultures / history
Canada’s “dirty secret” – the planned genocide of aboriginal people in church-run Indian Residential Schools – and a clergyman’s efforts to document and make public these crimes.

First-hand testimonies from residential school survivors are interwoven with Kevin Annett’s own story of how he faced firing, “de-frocking”, and the loss of his family, reputation and livelihood as a result of his efforts to help survivors and bring out the truth of the residential schools.

This saga continues, as Annett continues a David and Goliath struggle to hold the government and churches of Canada accountable for crimes against humanity, and the continued theft of aboriginal land.

Unrepentant took nineteen months to film, primarily in British Columbia and Alberta, and is based on Kevin Annett’s book Hidden from History: The Canadian Holocaust. The entire film was a self-funded, grassroots effort, which is reflected in its earthy and human quality.
 4408h
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Skinheads USA: Soldiers of the Race War (1993) - subcultures
"This documentary takes you inside to an actual neo-Nazi Skinhead organization for an extended look at the methods and mentality that fuel the White Power youth movement in America.
 3801h
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The Mark Of Cain (2000) - subcultures
THE MARK OF CAIN 2000

The Mark of Cain is a 2000 documentary film on Russian criminal tattoos directed by Alix Lambert.

The film documents the fading art form and “language” of Russian criminal tattoos, formerly a forbidden topic in Russia.
The now vanishing practice is seen as reflecting the transition of the broader Russian society.

Filmed in some of Russia’s most notorious prisons, including the fabled White Swan, the interviews with prisoners, guards, and criminologists reveal the secret language of “The Zone” and “The Code of Thieves”
(Vor v zakone).
 1099h
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The Hip Hop Project (2006) - subcultures
The Hip Hop Project is the dynamic and inspirational story of a group of New York City teenagers who transform their life stories into powerful works of art, using hip hop as a vehicle for self-development and personal discovery.
 6352h
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infamy (2005) - subcultures
A feature-length documentary about graffiti culture as told through the experiences of six well-known graffiti writers and a graffiti buffer.
 5029h
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