OWN DOCUMENTARY CLUB
The OWN Documentary Club aims to engage audiences in the same manner that Oprah's Book Club
significantly changed the reading habits of the country, and was
created to spotlight cinematic documentaries that inspire and entertain.
Rosie O'Donnell is a collaborator for the OWN Documentary Film Club selecting key films and hosting specials that inspire deeper conversations.
Tent City U.S.A. explores a community in Nashville, Tennessee of nearly 100 homeless people who live under a downtown bridge. They work to stay together after a devastating flood destroys their land and forces them to evacuate. As a result of the disaster, the municipally run Homeless Commission opens one seat on its council to a resident of Tent City.
This documentary follows the four candidates as they vie for election, and the process of moving the camp and keeping the community together. "Shelter and home are the most basic human and fundamental human rights, yet increasingly in one of the world's wealthiest societies, more and more of us are losing our homes," says Executive Producer Gabriel Byrne.
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In the award-winning documentary Family Affair
, first time filmmaker Chico Colvard offers an intensely personal examination of his own troubled family history. At 10 years old, Colvard accidentally shot his older sister in the leg. This seemingly random act detonated a chain reaction that exposed his sisters’ sexual abuse and shattered his family. Thirty years later, Colvard ruptures the veils of secrecy and silence again, as he bravely visits his relatives and revisits the past.
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A Mic. A Stage. A Pen. A Page.
Louder Than A Bomb
chronicles the stereotype-confounding stories of four teams as they prepare for and compete in the 2008 event. By turns hopeful and heartbreaking, the film captures the tempestuous lives of these unforgettable kids, exploring the ways writing shapes their world, and vice versa. This is not "high school poetry" as we often think of it. This is language as a joyful release, irrepressibly talented teenagers obsessed with making words dance. How and why they do it—and the community they create along the way—is the story at the heart of this inspiring film.
Louder Than a Bomb
is honored to be the recipient of the 2011 Humanitas Prize for Documentaries. The Humanitas Prizes celebrate films and TV shows that are both entertaining and uplifting and reveal our common humanity.
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Where does an elephant go after a life in the circus?
Sixteen years have passed since circus producer David Balding adopted Flora, the orphaned baby African elephant he lovingly raised as part of his family and made the star of his show. As Flora approaches adulthood, he realizes she is not happy performing.
Ultimately, David must face the difficult truth that the circus in no place for Flora. She needs to be with other elephants.
The road to Flora's retirement, however, is a difficult and emotional journey which tests their bond in unexpected ways. Ten years in the making, One Lucky Elephant explores the consequences of keeping wild animals in captivity, while never losing site of the delicate love story at its heart.
is the anticipated follow-up special to the 2011 Emmy Award nominated OWN Documentary Club film Becoming Chaz
The special follows Chaz as he embraces his new life with his fiancé Jen. Viewers will see the trials and tribulations of the couple's relationship as Chaz prepares for his debut on "Dancing with the Stars" amidst controversy and threats to his life over his decision to participate in the show.