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Killing In The Name 
39 minutes
Director: Jed Rothstein
Year: 2010
Country: USA
Thu 6:00 pm , Fri 9:00 pm

Ashraf and his bride Nadia were celebrating their wedding when an Al-Qaeda suicide bomber walked in and blew himself up. The couple lost 27 members of their family, including both of their fathers. The question of how someone could do such a thing has haunted Ashraf since that day, and is what is driving him to rise from tragedy to take an unprecedented step— breaking the silence in the Muslim community on this taboo subject by speaking out against terrorism. We follow Ashraf on his personal quest to speak with victims and perpetrators, and expose the true costs of terrorism. From a jihadi recruiter for Al-Qaeda,to an Islamic militant behind one of the world's worst terrorist attacks, to a madrassa filled with young boys ready to fulfill the duty of jihad, Ashraf takes us around the world to see if one man can speak truth to terror, and begin to turn the global tide. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary: Short Subject. [adult content, subtitles]

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The Warriors of Qiugang 
39 minutes
Director: Ruby Yang
Year: 2010
Country: USA/China

Zhang Gongli is a farmer who grew up in the village of Qiugang. When private chemical companies took over an old state-owned enterprise that had long produced pesticides and dyes. As production ramped up, black waters flooded the fields. Fish died, crops failed, and large numbers of villagers succumbed to cancer. When his own fields could no longer be farmed, Zhang filed a lawsuit against the factory. When he lost, he began a five-year, stubborn, dangerous campaign. Zhang and his allies drew up a petition to bring to Beijing, recruited support from local media, reached out for help from a local NGO and made contact with environmental activists from across China. A rare portrait of grassroots activism in contemporary China is revealed - leading us past the headlines and clichés to offer a memorable portrait of villagers wrestling with, and transformed by, China’s headlong rush into modernity. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary: Short Subject. [subtitles]
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