A portrait of Australian bomb-disposal specialist Laith Stevens and his team as they defuse and remove unexploded aircraft bombs dropped on Laos by the U.S. during the "Secret War." Included: a look at youngsters who comb the dangerous fields hunting for scrap metal. Directed by Kim Mordaunt, who cowrote the script with producer Sylvia Wilczynski.
Profiling exotic-animal breeder Dennis Hill, who raises Bengal tigers in his Indiana backyard and sells them to private owners. Hill also deals in bears, leopards and cougars. The film examines his bond with the creatures and his problems with government officials who have threatened to shut him down. Produced and directed by Camilla Calamandrei.
Chronicling the story of a heroin addict who shot more than 30 hours of video to document his drug use and his attempts to kick his habit over what turned out to be the final two years of his life. Directed by Olly Lambert.
A profile of an illegal-immigrant worker from Kyrgyzstan who goes to Moscow, where he is far away from home and his pregnant wife, facing harsh working conditions with low pay and subjected to hate crimes and abuse from employers and unscrupulous employment agencies. Written and directed by Elin Jonsson and Magnus Gertten.
Linda Hattendorf's film "The Cats of Mirikitani" profiles New York City artist Jimmy Mirikitani, a once-homeless man who drew images of cats, internment camps and other pictures while sitting on a SoHo corner. After the Sept. 11 attacks, Hattendorf welcomed Mirikitani into her home and helped him seek out members of his family and find his own living quarters.
The trials and tribulations of farming are explored in director Taggart Siegel's insightful documentary "The Real Dirt on Farmer John," a profile of Illinois farmer John Peterson. The film details Peterson's youth, his financial struggles through the years and his eventual success after converting to organic farming. Peterson narrates the film in a memoir style that displays his humor and his profound love of the land and the crops.
A portrait of Malian history through the lens of photographer Malick Sidibé, whose shots from the late '50s to the early '70s capture the carefree spirit in the early days of his country's independence, before a coup in the '80s led to decades of military dictatorship.
Israeli filmmaker Ido Haar examines the dire living conditions faced by Palestinian illegal laborers, who build luxury houses in Israel that dramatically contrast with the makeshift tents they call home.
A profile of Vanity Fair correspondent Dominick Dunne follows his long-running battle against a legal system that he believes favors those with power and wealth that began when the man who murdered his daughter received a light prison sentence.
Yelena Bonner, widow of Andrei Sakharov (1921-89), Soviet nuclear physicist and 1975 Nobel Peace Prize winner, recalls their exile in Gorky, Russia (now Nizhny Novgorod). He was exiled in 1980 after he denounced the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.