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The Missing Picture, Rithy Panh's Oscar-nominated film, is a memoir of the horrors of a childhood—his own—under the Khmer Rouge. Panh puts clay figures to use in the storytelling, to remarkable effect.

Finding Vivan Maier is the story of a nanny who spent her down time as a street photographer, taking 100,000 images during her lifetime, mostly in New York and Chicago. Maier, who died in 2009, has recently been discovered and widely praised; John Maloof, Maier's chief advocate, directed, with Charlie Siskel.

If you didn't live through the Anita Hill testimony against Clarence Thomas, then a Supreme Court nominee, it may be hard to understand the impact of Ms. Hill's words. Anita: Speaking Truth to Power, directed by Freida Mock, reminds us of the context of those 1991 hearings and tells the story of Hill's life since that time.

Alejandro Jodorowsky, the Chilean/French filmmaker, began working on a screen adaptation of Frank Herbert's Dune, an epic project that never came to be. Jodorowsky's Dune is a fascinating look at the wild ride that might have been, a movie with a cast including Salvador Dali, Orson Welles and Mick Jagger.

American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs traces the life and views of the 98-year-old social activist and author. Directed by Grace Lee, who is no relation.

Big Joy was the nickname of James Broughton, who directed experimental films, wrote books and poetry, had affairs with men and women, and well and truly lived up to his sobriquet.

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