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2018, 108 min, USA, Dir: Louie Psihoyos

This revolutionary new documentary about meat, protein and strength follows the journey of former UFC fighter James Wilks. While researching the optimal diet for recovery after being sidelined by injury, he learned that, contrary to the perception that animal protein is necessary to build muscle and sustain energy levels, Roman gladiators ate little or no meat. That surprising discovery launched a five-year quest to discover the truth in nutrition, taking Wilks to four continents to meet with dozens of the world’s strongest, fastest and toughest athletes, as well as leading experts on athletics, nutrition and anthropology.

1972, 96 min, USA, Dir: Francine Parker

Produced by Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland, F.T.A. is a witty and moving film that chronicles opposition to the Vietnam War. Fonda and Sutherland, along with Holly Near, Michael Alaimo, Rita Martinson and Len Chandler, entertained American troops with a satirical revue called (in the polite version) “Free the Army.” The original theatrical release was curtailed under somewhat mysterious circumstances so the film was never widely seen and reemerges now as an essential piece of cinema and social history.

The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant
2009, HBO, 40 min, USA, Dir: Julia Reichert, Steven Bognar

In 2008 the General Motors assembly plant in Moraine, Ohio, shut its doors two days before Christmas. As a result, 2,500 workers and 200 management staff were left without jobs, with the closure triggering the loss of numerous related jobs and businesses. Directors Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar view the final months of the plant through the workers' eyes as they consider their next steps. While the film focuses on Moraine, the plant's closing reflects profound changes in the American manufacturing landscape that may bring the nation's blue-collar middle class to an end.

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