The BEST episodes directed by D.a. Pennebaker

Unlocking The Cage
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#1 - Unlocking The Cage

HBO Documentary Film Series - Season 2017 - Episode 6

Unloclking The Cage explores animal rights lawyer Steven Wise’s unprecedented challenge to break down the legal wall that separates animals from humans. After 30 years of struggling with ineffective animal welfare laws, Wise and his legal team, the Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP), are making history by filing the first lawsuits that seek to transform an animal from a “thing” with no rights to a “person” with legal protections.

Kings of Pastry
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#2 - Kings of Pastry

Storyville - Season 2010 - Episode 8

Imagine a scene never before witnessed - 16 French pastry chefs gathered in Lyon for three intense days of mixing, piping and sculpting everything from delicate chocolates to six-foot sugar sculptures in hope of being declared one of the best by the country's President. This is the prestigious Meilleurs Ouvriers de France competition (Best Craftsmen in France). The blue, white and red striped collar worn on the jackets of the winners is more than the ultimate recognition for every pastry chef - it is a dream and an obsession. The finalists, France's culinary elite, risk their reputations as well as sacrifice family and finances in pursuit of this lifelong distinction of excellence. Similar to the Olympics, the three-day contest takes place every four years and it requires that the chefs not only have extraordinary skill and nerves of steel but also a lot of luck.

The War Room
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#3 - The War Room

Storyville - Season 2002 - Episode 1

The War Room presents a compelling behind the scenes account of the 1992 US Presidential campaign of the then relatively unknown Democratic hopeful Bill Clinton. The film's stars are spin doctors George Stephanopoulous and James Carville, communications director and campaign strategist respectively, completely different in background and personality, but singular in mission. The War Room, released in 1993, follows their rollercoaster ride to Election Day in a documentary classic about the selling of a President.