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Gabrielle Roy

This documentary is about one of Canada's most important woman of letters. A visual and intellectual delight, this film is a tribute to the highly acclaimed literary works and fascinating life of Gabrielle Roy. Gabrielle Roy was a fiercely independent woman who defied her destiny and broke gender boundaries in post-war Canada. She was a modern writer and reporter ahead of her time. Award-winning director Léa Pool captures the fragility and greatness of Gabrielle Roy's life by travelling to the places that served as a backdrop for her singular journey.
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2018; 1998
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Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

One of the most important Russian writers of the 20th century, Solzhenitsyn gained worldwide renown for his novels on Soviet labor camps. In 1970, he was offered the Nobel Prize for Literature. His major novels include Cancer Ward, First Circle, and Gulag Archipelago, which finally led to his deportation from the Soviet Union in 1974. The film includes a rare interview with the writer.
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2018; 1999
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Antoine de Saint Exupery, the Last Romantic

An aviation pioneer and an airmail carrier hero, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry rose to world fame with The Little Prince, which continues to be one of the best-selling books in the world. During his lifetime, Saint-Exupéry dreamed of a better world. His startling death and his commitment to the point of sacrifice reveal a heroism that makes him one of the last great romantics. “To be a man is, precisely, to be responsible. It is to feel, when setting one’s stone, that one is contributing to the building of the world”—extract from Wind, Sand and Stars.
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2017; 2016
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Every Word Has Power: The Poetry of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel

Every Word Has Power celebrates Heschel’s words with a concert performance of his poetry set to music by noted singer, composer and musician Basya Schechter. It features interviews with his daughter, Dr. Susannah Heschel; founder of the Abraham Joshua Heschel School, Peter Geffen; and authors Rabbi Shai Held and Dr. Edward Kaplan.
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2017; 2015
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Why Doctor Zhivago Was Dangerous (7/8/14)

When Boris Pasternak finished his novel Dr. Zhivago in 1956, Soviet authorities refused to publish the tale of an individual’s struggle amid the Russian Revolution. A new book, The Zhivago Affair, tells the story of how Pasternak’s novel came to be published and smuggled back into the Soviet Union—with help from the CIA. Jeffrey Brown talks to co-author Peter Finn.
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2017; 2014
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Chinua Achebe: Things Fall Apart (5/27/08)

Brown interviews Chinua Achebe on the 50th anniversary of the publication of Things Fall Apart.
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2017; 2008