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  • At America’s busiest port, longshoreman earn white-collar wages for blue-collar work. But trade policy and automation threaten job prospects and their unique community.

    Filmed in an intimate cinema vérité style, BETWEEN SHIP AND SHORE explores the lives of people who work at the San Pedro...

  • Do U Want It? is an exploration and celebration of the musical culture of New Orleans. The film chronicles the rise of beloved New Orleans' band Papa Grows Funk and uses their illustrious thirteen-year career, from formation up to the band's emotional final shows, as a vehicle to explore the...

  • Comedy writer Steve Young’s assignment to scour bargain-bin vinyl for a Late Night segment becomes an unexpected, decades-spanning obsession when he stumbles upon the strange and hilarious world of corporate musicals in this musical-comedy-documentary. With David Letterman, Martin Short, Chita...

  • Adolescence in the time of post-revolution Egypt that’s shifting around an angry teenager who’s’ turning from an infant into a young woman during an extraordinary context of upheaval and violence.

    A coming of age story filming Amal over more than 4 years from the age of 14 -19, this...

  • “Cassandro, Queen of the Ring” is the true and remarkable story of Saul, a broken boy victim of abuse who found purpose and meaning in the most unlikely of places: the brutal and unforgiving world of Mexican wrestling. Now 30 years later and after having conquered the world, the first openly gay...

  • In Arizona mountains just north of the Mexico border, jaguars, once believed to be killed off in the state, have appeared on camera traps, much to the delight of locals. But though many welcome the rare cats' return, they are gravely threatened by a proposed open-pit copper mine, and the peril...

  • On the verge of shutting herself off from her family to escape her painful past, Sandy receives a phone call from her nephew Lorenzo who tells her he was arrested for domestic violence and didn't know how to change. When she starts to support her nephew on how to change she learns she must...

  • APACHE BLUES: Welcome Home is the journey of two filmmakers, born after the conflict in Vietnam, who are searching for the “truth” between what they have learned in school and from media versus what is reality for the veterans tasked with fighting this unpopular war.

    It is no secret that...

  • The Dead Sea, a transboundary water body - shared by Israelis, Jordanians and Palestinians - is a unique salt-lake, known for its exceptional geographical, biological, and historical value, and is the lowest point on Earth.  Tragically, the Dead Sea is drying up, causing widespread damage,...

  • "Standing Still | Still Standing” is a documentary short that tells the astonishing story of Matthew Sanford—a paraplegic yoga instructor – and three of his students.

    Angie is a trapeze artist whose recent debilitating accident paralyzed her body and threw her entire identity into...

  • Set entirely inside the legendary Folsom State Prison, THE WORK documents an intense four-day group therapy session between convicts and select members of the public. As each man delves deep within themselves, we see profound moments of masculinity, fragility and compassion. And as the...

  • In 1907, Sam’s great grandfather, a Jewish immigrant named Nathan Radutzky, started Joyva, a Jewish candy company that became ubiquitous in Jewish Americana and touched the lives of millions. 111 years after incorporating, Joyva remains in the family and is run by Nathan’s grandchild, Richard,...

  • Dreaming in Somali is a timely exploration of Somali refugees’ integration in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. The documentary follows the Somali-American experience through the eyes of four residents of the Twin Cities – a police officer, a women’s health advocate, a union leader, and an...

  • Los Angeles, summer, 1945, a young boy, whose parents fled from Germany twelve years earlier, is adjusting to his mother’s fragile state of mind. She has just returned from months in a psychiatric hospital. Suddenly he is confronted by his father, who is shouting words he doesn’t understand: “...

  • 5 CENTS is a feature-length documentary that reveals the untold truth about an American and global recycling crisis through a half-century-long war.

  • FACE OF A NATION captures the erosion of the American image as the country loses sight of its vision and values. Probing deeply into national identity, architect Mina Chow investigates the controversy surrounding US participation at World’s Fairs for the last 25 years.  The film asks important questions about the country’s role in the world and perceptions of America’s image. With our diminished presence at World’s Fairs, have we lost sight of what it means to be American?

  • It is freedom summer, 1966, on the sweltering Louisiana bayou. In Plaquemines Parish, a young black fisherman, Gary Duncan, sees a some white boys picking on his teenage cousins outside a newly integrated high school. Diffusing the tension, he gently lays his hand on a white boy’s arm. The boy...

  • Saving the City is a multi-part documentary series with related educational material highlighting successful and unsuccessful examples of urban development throughout the US and Canada so that we can learn to create better places.

    Programs are arranged by theme, not city, so we can...

  • Since the Puritans first landed at Plymouth Rock, shame around sex has been as American as apple pie. But from Stonewall and sexual liberation to marriage equality and #MeToo, more and more Americans refuse to suffer in silence.

    To make sense of this shifting cultural landscape, reporter...

  • Two men’s lives collided in a CIA black site. One was a psychologist on-hire to get terrorists to talk by any means. The other, accused of being a 9/11 plotter, was his 'Patient Zero'.Fifteen years on, the contractor James MItchell is defending himself against war crimes charges, and the...

  • The Music of the Golden Triangle and the Cycles of Life, a one-hour documentary film formatted for public television, bears witness to the ancestral songs and ceremonies of many of the 130 different tribal peoples who inhabit the mountain jungles of the Golden Triangle.Filmed over four years in...

  • A daughter finds a connection to the late father she never wanted to know through an unlikely source: a rare synthesizer he invented in the ‘70s. Twenty five years after his death, she resurrects the machine and, in doing so, comes to know the man behind it.

  • In a region scarred by conflict, with a people stained by distrust, a simple act of kindness may be the most difficult act of all to conclude.  “The Eyes of Eden” is the documentary tale of an effort to restore hope to a seemingly hopeless circumstance, one child, one family, one village, at a...

  • Who were the men and women of Project Apollo? Where are they today? What do they think of the extraordinary effort they helped make possible? On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, 'When We Were Apollo' is an intimate and personal look at the Apollo Space Program through...

  • Bella, Citizen Artist is a feature-length film about the life, work, influences and impact of California-based choreographer Bella Lewitzky. Described as "...one of the greatest American dancers of our age," Lewitzky was the star of the Lester Horton Dance Group, the first American inter-racial...

  • The inspiring story of an accomplished open water swimmer’s attempt to become the first woman to swim 30 miles through a stretch of cold, rough and shark-inhabited waters near the San Francisco coast.

  • In Ethiopia, there is a community of over nine thousand Jews. They speak Hebrew, keep kosher and have relatives in Israel, yet Israel continues to deny their appeals for aliyah — the Jewish birthright to become a citizen of Israel. They survive within a temporary, difficult reality in Ethiopia,...

  • The women of the Jordanian national football team share one dream: to qualify for the World Cup. For the first time in the team’s 13-year history, this dream is within their reach. Our film follows the team through the World Cup qualifiers as they attempt to make history, challenging generations...

  • “The Ballad of Don Lewis” is the story of a pioneering musician and electronic engineer whose genius and technological vision personified both the creative freedom and the institutional fears that defined the music industry during the 1970s & 80s.

    An African American born in the...

  • THE BOOKSELLERS is a lively, behind-the-scenes look at the New York rare book world and the fascinating people who inhabit it. 

    Antiquarian booksellers are part scholar, part detective and part businessperson, and their personalities and knowledge are as broad as the kinds of books they...

  • Humanity, Technology and the American Dream.

    Jobsolete is a feature documentary exploring technological unemployment and what it means for society at large.

    Humanity innovating technology has created abundance and solved countless problems, which before that moment, seemed...

  • Bell’s Angels is the untold story of Coach Franke Ann Bell, a woman who defied all odds to become one of the most famous swim coaches you’ve never heard of. Franke’s coaching career has all the makings of a classic underdog story. She was one of the first female head coaches in the ‘good ol’...

  • The Wild One illuminates the journey of an unsung artist, Jack Garfein - Holocaust camp survivor, Actors Studio co-founder and teacher, celebrated Broadway director and controversial filmmaker. Tessa Louise-Salomé invites viewers into an intimate and creative exploration of the mind,...

  • The affirmative action battleground has moved beyond Black and White to a new arena: Asian America. Though Asian Americans make up less than 5% of the national population, some say their percentages in higher education are too high, while others say they are too low. In 2012, a civil rights...

  • Marine biologist and explorer Andreas B. Heide braves frigid winter conditions in the Norwegian Arctic aboard his small sailboat Barba as he embarks on a quest to better understand the ocean’s top predator, Orca. Joined by dedicated bioacoustics researcher Dr. Heike Vester they investigate the...

  • The 50 is a documentary about 50 men, who while serving life or long-term prison sentences, had the opportunity to take part in the first-ever Drug and Alcohol Counselor Training program in the California state prison system. The story is an exploration of what redemption looks like for men who...