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Can't decide which film to watch? Check out our playlists – curated collections of 6 films that explore a common theme or topic. They make it easy for you to organize your clubs, and they're a great way to begin deeper, ongoing conversations around certain topics.

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Cutie and the Boxer

Zachary Heinzerling / 2013 / 82 min

CUTIE AND THE BOXER is a candid love story exploring the chaotic 40-year marriage of famed “boxing” painter, Ushio Shinohara, and his artist wife, Noriko. Anxious to shed her role as her overbearing husband’s assistant, Noriko finds an identity of her own.

Capturing the Friedmans

Andrew Jarecki / 2003 / 107 min

CAPTURING THE FRIEDMANS documents how a middle-class American family is turned upside down when the father and youngest son are charged with sexually abusing neighborhood children. Through a strange criminal case, we learn about the elusive nature of truth.


Gabriela Cowperthwaite / 2013 / 83 min

BLACKFISH tells the story of Tilikum, a performing killer whale that killed several people while in captivity. The film shows just how nature can get revenge on man when pushed to its limits.

20 Feet From Stardom

Morgan Neville / 2013 / 91 min

20 FEET FROM STARDOM Shines a spotlight on the untold true stories of the backup singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century. Millions know their voices, but no one knows their names.

Kings of Pastry

Chris Hegedus, D.A. Pennebaker / 2009 / 87 min

16 Chefs. 3 Days. 1 Chance.
France’s KINGS OF PASTRY compete for the title of a lifetime: the Meilleurs Ouvriers de France, or Best Craftsmen in France.

The Island President

Jon Shenk / 2011 / 101 mins

THE ISLAND PRESIDENT is the story of President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives, a man confronting a problem greater than any other world leader has ever faced—the literal survival of his country and everyone in it.

The Act of Killing

Joshua Oppenheimer / 2012 / 159 min

THE ACT OF KILLING follows former Indonesian death squad leaders as they are challenged to re-enact the real-life mass killings in the cinematic genres of their choice, from classic Hollywood crime scenarios to lavish musical numbers.

*We recommend that you watch the “Director’s Cut” version of this film*

Food, Inc.

Robert Kenner / 2008 / 94min

FOOD, INC. lifts the veil on America’s food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that’s been hidden from consumers with the consent of the U.S. government’s regulatory agencies.


Josh Fox / 2010 / 107 min

GASLAND is a dramatic and literally explosive story about the highly controversial practice of hydro fracking, a drilling method of natural gas extraction which major corporations believe to be a potential new source of cheap energy.

Jiro Dreams Of Sushi

David Gelb / 2011 / 81 min

JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI is a thoughtful and elegant meditation on work, family, and the art of perfection, chronicling Jiro Ono’s life as both an unparalleled success in the culinary world and as a loving yet complicated father.

Encounters at the End of the World

Werner Herzog / 2007 / 99min

ENCOUNTERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD follows Werner Herzog as he travels to Antarctica, looking to capture its natural beauty and investigate the characters there who, much like their surroundings, cannot be found anywhere else on earth.

If A Tree Falls

Marshall Curry, Sam Cullman / 2011 / 85 min

IF A TREE FALLS offers a rare and provocative look at the Earth Liberation Front, the radical environmental group that the FBI calls America’s number one domestic terrorist threat.