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5 Netflix Streaming Titles You May Not Know Are Available & May Want To Check Out (8/16/13)

5 Netflix Streaming Titles You May Not Know Are Available & May Want To Check Out (8/16/13)

It’s a documentary-heavy list this week; no fluffy fiction for you to watch this weekend. 

Without further ado, here’s this week’s list of 5:

1 – So you say you missed it when it was in theaters, on PBS and you haven’t rented or purchased it on DVD, and you really want to see it?

No sweat… Kartemquin Films critically acclaimed, award-winning documentary, The Interrupters, is streaming on Netflix right now. So you’re just a few clicks away from meeting The Interrupters, including Ameena Matthews in her fifth year working as a violence interrupter for CeaseFire, as well as Cobe Williams, Eddie Bocanegra, and the Director of CeaseFire Illinois, Tio Hardiman.

Trailer below:

2 – From acclaimed director Eugene Jarecki, and executive producers Danny Glover, John Legend and Russell Simmons comes the riveting new documentary, The House I Live In.

Filmed in more than twenty states, the film tells the stories of individuals at all levels of America’s so-called “War on Drugs,” looking at this war from several key POVs.

From the dealer, to the narcotics officer, the inmate, to the federal judge, the film offers a penetrating look inside America’s criminal justice system, revealing the profound human rights implications of U.S. drug policy.

The feature doc (4 years in the making) premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last year, where it reportedly caused quite a stir, polarizing audiences, en route to winnng the Grand Jury Prize in its category, and continued to play the international film festival circuit.

Watch the trailer below:

3 – The story goes… While filming a documentary on racism in Mississippi in 1965, Frank De Felitta forever changed the life of an African American waiter and his family. More than 40 years later, Frank’s son Raymond (director of City Island) returns to the site of his father’s film to examine the repercussions of their fateful encounter.

The documentary titled Booker’s Place: A Mississippi Story, is described as a intensely personal film about children struggling to understand their parents is also a heartbreaking portrait of the legacy of intolerance.

Trailer below:

4 – The Ambassador, from Danish director Mads Brügger – a darkly comic, genre-bending piece of film journalism from the international provocateur, which attempts to expose the global scheme of political corruption and exploitation happening in the Central African Republic. 

Armed with a phalanx of hidden cameras, black-marked diplomatic credentials and a bleeding-edge wit, Bruegger transforms himself into an outlandish caricature of a European-African Consul. As he immerses himself in the life-threatening underworld of nefarious bureaucrats, Bruegger encounters blood diamond smuggling, bribery, and even murder–while somehow managing to crack amazing razor-sharp barbs at every steps along the way. From each absurdly terrifying/hilarious situation to the next, The Ambassador is a one-of-a-kind excursion from the man whom The Huffington Post called “the most provocative filmmaker in the world.”

As you might have guessed, the film drew a bit of controversy around the time of its release – controversy covered on this blog last year. In short, the government took legal action against Brügger, because he allegedly used a fake diplomatic title – “Consul General and Ambassador-At-Large” accredited to the Central African Republic – when shooting The Ambassador. And with that, the Government launched a full-scale investigation into how he managed to accomplish this..

The government also wasn’t too pleased with the portrait the documentary paints of the country, essentially as one that’s destructively corrupt.

Now you get to see it firsthand.

Trailer follows:

5. Titled Machete Maidens Unleased, the film exploitation history story goes… from the early ’70s well into the ’90s the Philippines was a back-lot for a bevy of B-movie film projects. The country was utilized for its inexpensive labor, “exotic” locations and distinct lack of rules. 
And from there, a large body of genre work emerged – monster movies, jungle prison movies, blaxploitation and kung fu hybrids – all miraculously made at a time when the country’s political situation was repressive at best. 
Described as “the ultimate insiders’ account of genre filmmaking in the Philippines,” Machete Maidens Unleashed features interviews with several local and international men and women who contributed to the “movement,” all adding their distinct and honest accounts of this Devil-may-care school of filmmaking. 
Included are an array of the many outrageous film clips from some of these films.
The filmmaker, Mark Hartley’s previous film was another similar chronicle, although of the history of exploitation film in Australia, titled Not Quite Hollywood, which I also recommend. 
Check out the NSFW trailer below for Machete Maidens Unleashed; you should be able to identify some of the films and faces within it, if you’re up on your exploitation – specifically blaxploitation cinema.

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