Documentaries

The Weight of the Nation for Kids™ DVD Ship Today!

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Weight of the Nation for Kids DVD

 

This May, HBO® addresses the issue of childhood obesity in the three-part series The Weight of the Nation for Kids®, HBO’s® companion to its 2012 four-part, multi-platform documentary series, The Weight of the Nation. Developed in partnership with some of the world’s foremost health-research organizations, The Weight of the Nation spotlights the facts and myths of this crisis, showing how obesity affects the health of the nation and cripples the health care system– and The Weight of the Nation for Kids brings it down to (kid!) size, presented in a fun, family-friendly format. Incorporating interviews with young students as they make simple changes to their diets, school menus, or activities, the films reveal just how effective these kids are at bringing about bigger changes in their world – whether it’s students advocating for local, fresh produce as in Kebreeya’s Salad Days, trading in video-game sports for real-life sports in Quiz Ed!, or convincing school boards to provide healthier lunch options in The Great Cafeteria Takeover. Driven to improve themselves and their communities, the kids of The Weight of the Nation for Kids are an inspiration to those of all ages

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Manhunt™ DVD Now Available!

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Manhunt DVD

 

The May 1, 2011 raid on Abbottabad, Pakistan that culminated in the killing of Osama bin Laden took 40 minutes. The CIA’s hunt for bin Laden took two decades. An official selection of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival®, Manhunt® tells the remarkable true story of the nearly 20-year pursuit of the world’s most notorious terrorist. Directed by Emmy®-nominee Greg Barker, the film features testimony and recollections – some shared for the first time – from top CIA officers, many of them women, who labored to eliminate bin Laden’s terrorist organization and eventually the man himself. Based on the book “Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden – from 9/11 to Abbottabad” by Peter Bergen, this documentary feature is a real-life spy thriller that reveals behind-the-scenes accounts from CIA analysts, targeters and operatives, who testify to the disagreements, frustrations, tragedies and triumphs that make up this fascinating yet painful chapter in American military and political history. How the pieces of this ever-changing puzzle come together – of Osama bin Laden, al-Qaeda, and their violent determination to strike the United States – is the backbone of the story.

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An Apology to Elephants™ DVD Ships Today!

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

An Apology to Elephants DVD

 

Elephants are among the Earth’s most majestic and intelligent creatures – but for hundreds of years, they have suffered under the hands of humans. We have poached them for their tusks, chained them up in captivity, and destroyed their natural habitats. Narrated and executive produced by Oscar® nominated actress Lily Tomlin and directed and produced by Emmy® winner Amy Schatz, An Apology to Elephants is an HBO® family documentary that illustrates how elephants live in the wild – from their matriarchal structure to their truly impressive memories – and examines the problems and issues that arise when they are brought to live in captivity in zoos and circuses. This film traces our long history with elephants and features beautiful nature footage, juxtaposed with disturbing behind-the-scenes video of the cruel ways that circuses break down elephants’ spirits in order to get them to perform. The film also shows how people have been striving to spread awareness and improve the conditions for the scores of elephants still living in North America.

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An Apology to Elephants® on DVD!

Monday, September 30th, 2013

An Apology to Elephants DVD

 

Elephants are among the Earth’s most majestic and intelligent creatures – but for hundreds of years, they have suffered under the hands of humans. We have poached them for their tusks, chained them up in captivity, and destroyed their natural habitats. Narrated and executive produced by Oscar® nominated actress Lily Tomlin and directed and produced by Emmy® winner Amy Schatz, An Apology to Elephants is an HBO® family documentary that illustrates how elephants live in the wild – from their matriarchal structure to their truly impressive memories – and examines the problems and issues that arise when they are brought to live in captivity in zoos and circuses. This film traces our long history with elephants and features beautiful nature footage, juxtaposed with disturbing behind-the-scenes video of the cruel ways that circuses break down elephants’ spirits in order to get them to perform. The film also shows how people have been striving to spread awareness and improve the conditions for the scores of elephants still living in North America.

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Fall to Grace™ DVD Available Today!

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

Fall To Grace DVD

 

For Jim McGreevey, August 12, 2004 was, in his words, “a train wreck.” That was the day the New Jersey governor, after his affair with a man was exposed in the media, famously announced his resignation and declared himself “a gay American” on live TV. After his political downfall and the ugly divorce that followed, McGreevey found himself stripped of the trappings of his former life, and at an existential crossroads. In Act One of his life, as he calls it, he married twice, fathered two daughters, and reveled in the power and perks of political office. Fall to Grace® chronicles Act Two, in which an older, grayer McGreevey is living a simpler life, and is in the midst of a spiritual quest that has led him to a deeply rewarding place. For Alexandra Pelosi’s camera, McGreevey opens up about how the political limelight fed his ego and addiction to adoration – an addiction that ultimately “brought no more permanent happiness than heroin provides a junkie,” he says from a large suburban home he shares with his partner and several dogs. People with this need, continues McGreevey, are often drawn to politics, Hollywood or the ministry, which is now where he aspires to be.

 

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In Vogue®: The Editor’s Eye™ DVD Ships Today!

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

In Vogue: The Editor's Eye DVD

 

HBO Documentary Films® presents an exclusive 60-minute documentary profiling the world’s most influential fashion magazine – told through the eyes of several of its most iconic fashion editors. Drawing on Vogue’s® exceptional archives, the film explores Vogue’s cultural impact since its launch in 1892, and features behind-the-scenes interviews with editors who have contributed to the magazine’s legacy, including current editor-in-chief Anna Wintour and fashion editors Babs Simpson, Grace Coddington, Tonne Goodman, Phyllis Posnick, Jade Hobson, Carlyne Cerf, Polly Mellen, and Camilla Nickerson. In addition, Vogue subjects Nicole Kidman and Sarah Jessica Parker, industry icon Hamish Bowles, and designers Nicolas Ghesquière and Marc Jacobs each recall their experience collaborating with the top photographers and image makers of the day. Spanning well over a century of changing trends in fashion, photography and feminism, In Vogue is an engrossing look at how Vogue pictorial spreads have shaped and been shaped by the times, through the artistic vision and dedicated work of its talented fashion editors.

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Witness™ DVD Available Today!

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Witness DVD

 

Some of the world’s most dangerous places are not declared warzones, but cities or regions where drug trafficking, ethnic tensions, poverty, gang violence and political corruption have combined to create the most violent hotspots on Earth. In these areas, the situation is often so volatile that major news organizations have left, or dare not to go at all. Only a handful of photojournalists remain, armed with just their cameras, to document the horrors and attempt to make sense of complicated factors that perpetuate the conflicts. HBO Documentary Films’® Witness, a four-part series executive produced by filmmaker Michael Mann and director David Frankham, follows three combat photographers into conflict zones in Mexico, Libya, South Sudan and Brazil. In following these photojournalists, their relations with the people on the ground and their closeness in battle, Witness shows how, even when everyone else seeks cover, the war photographer stands.

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Order Ethel™ on DVD Today!

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Ethel DVD

 

Ethel celebrates the remarkable life of Ethel Kennedy, the wife of Robert F. Kennedy, through a treasure trove of revealing and little-known anecdotes from those who know her best: her family. Directed by her Emmy® -winning daughter Rory Kennedy (HBO®’s The Fence® and Ghosts of Abu Ghraib®), this personal portrait contains Ethel’s first extended interview in more than 20 years. An official selection at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, the documentary highlights the remarkable life of the Kennedy matriarch, and the decades-long love story between Ethel, now 84, and her late husband. Described by one of her daughters as “the most fiercely competitive person I’ve ever met,” Ethel comes across as a force of nature in the film, but also self-effacing and modest. Given the Kennedys’ place at the forefront of many events in modern history, the film’s narrative sweep is vast: from the McCarthy hearings and the Civil Rights movement, to Vietnam and the anti-war movement, to the assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Kennedy, and beyond. Intimate, funny, and deeply moving, Ethel offers a rare look inside a political dynasty strengthened by family bonds, a compassion for others, a commitment to service, and a wisdom forged from both hardship and triumph.

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In Vogue: Inside the Editor’s Eye™ DVD Available for Pre-Order!

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

In Vogue: The Editor's Eye DVD

 

HBO Documentary Films® presents an exclusive 60-minute documentary profiling the world’s most influential fashion magazine – told through the eyes of several of its most iconic fashion editors. Drawing on Vogue®’s exceptional archives, the film explores Vogue’s cultural impact since its launch in 1892, and features behind-the-scenes interviews with editors who have contributed to the magazine’s legacy, including current editor-in-chief Anna Wintour and fashion editors Babs Simpson, Grace Coddington, Tonne Goodman, Phyllis Posnick, Jade Hobson, Carlyne Cerf, Polly Mellen, and Camilla Nickerson. In addition, Vogue subjects Nicole Kidman and Sarah Jessica Parker, industry icon Hamish Bowles, and designers Nicolas Ghesquière and Marc Jacobs each recall their experience collaborating with the top photographers and image makers of the day. Spanning well over a century of changing trends in fashion, photography and feminism, In Vogue is an engrossing look at how Vogue pictorial spreads have shaped and been shaped by the times, through the artistic vision and dedicated work of its talented fashion editors.  Pre-order this documentary on DVD today!

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Saving Face® Now Available on DVD!

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

Saving Face DVD

 

Every year in Pakistan, at least 100 people are victimized by acid attacks. The majority of these are women, and many cases go unreported. With little or no access to reconstructive surgery, survivors are physically and emotionally scarred, while many reported assailants – typically a husband or someone close to the victim – are let go with minimal punishment from the state. Saving Face tells the stories of two acid-attack survivors: Zakia, a 39-yearold whose husband threw acid on her after she filed for divorce, and Rukhsana, a 25-year-old whose husband and inlaws threw acid and gasoline on her, then set her on fire. Charting the arduous attempts to bring their assailants to justice, the film also follows plastic surgeon Dr. Mohammad Jawad, who put his London practice on hold to return to his home country to help Zakia, Rukhsana and other victims. Directed by Oscar® and Emmy®-nominated filmmaker Daniel Junge and Emmy®-winning Pakistani director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Saving Face is a powerful look inside Pakistani society, illuminating each women’s personal journey while showing how reformers are tackling this vexing problem though the passage of a new law that punishes convicted acid attackers with life imprisonment.

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