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  • Duty Free is a feature-length documentary about an immigrant mother, who, after working every day of her life to support her two kids on one paycheck, is abruptly fired from her job at the age of 75. As she struggles to find new work to support herself, her son decides to repay her sacrifices by...

  • For more than fifty years Paul R. Williams was one of the most successful architects in Los Angeles. At a time when most African Americans worked as servants or laborers, Paul Williams was designing some of the most luxurious homes and important commercial buildings in Southern California. Among...

  • Cairo to the Cloud tells the captivating story of the Cairo Geniza, a vast treasure trove of manuscripts discovered in the “geniza,” or sacred storeroom, of an ancient synagogue in Old Cairo.

    The Geniza is not only the largest cache of Jewish history ever found, it is a window into a...

  • What’s it mean to be called the “Latino Obama”? To be the person whom people say a whole section of the United States population could conceivably see as their spokesperson, their inspiration, their leader based solely on skin color and language identification? It’s a heavy mantle to be assigned...

  • "Growing Together Again" tells the story of German and European unity more than a quarter of a century after the opening of the Wall.  It begins in Berlin where the memory of East-West division runs deep and the drive to achieve a common European destiny remains a top priority.  Since 2015...

  • In 1977, a book of photographs captured an awakening – women shedding the cultural restrictions of their childhoods and embracing their full humanity. Feminists – What Were They Thinking? revisits those photos, those women and those times and takes aim at our culture today that alarmingly shows...

  • Life Underground is a transmedia project that invites visitors on a journey through the subways of the world and into the personal stories of their passengers.

    Shot in multiple cities around the world, Life Underground captures the pulse of these vibrant environments and the millions of...

  • Can women truly be free in a society that imprisons them for being raped?

    In-Justice shines a spotlight on the impossible choices Afghan women face in a society that keeps them locked in bonds of tradition by presenting an intimate portrait of two heroic women, Gulnaz and...

  • Drawing on his own childhood struggles adjusting to life in the US, Lebanese-American Mark Kabban uses soccer to help kids like Yousif Khummi, a recent refugee from Iraq, emerge from the shadow of war and develop a sense of identity and possibility in the United States. East County Yalla follows...

  • Cyberspace is a battlefield. Anonymous accounts and fake news on social media are the modern weapons of choice. Games Without Frontiers reveals how Facebook in particular has stoked anger and destabilised societies wherever it’s gone.

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  • The counter-culture's main communications vehicle during the 1960s and 1970s was the alternative press. "License to Tell" traces the history of this explosion of writing through one of its most colorful and wildest creators. Master of the "Playboy" interview, Ken Kelley helped create the "LA...

  • 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...

  • Growing up in rural Ohio with cerebral palsy would not be easy. As a toddler, Cordell’s Mom would drive him three times a week, two hours each way, for five hours of physical therapy to teach Cordell the basic life skills.  He spent a year away from home at the age of five attending an...

  • The word “amateur” has an apologetic ring. But it comes from “amatore”, Latin for “lover”. Britain’s oldest amateur filmmaking club struggles to survive, as its members grow old amid flickering memories and hardships. In the northern industrial town of Bradford, England, a handful of diehard...

  • "The Hosts" shows the perspective of five different Brazilians who were affected by the 2014 FIFA World Cup in different ways - from a woman selling street food by the stadiums, to a man who was displaced by construction works. It's a social-political portrayal of Brazilians in this historical...

  • Documentary filmmaker Vanessa Yuille follows friend and cohort Matthew Jacobs, writer of the 1996 TV movie Doctor Who, as he is reluctantly pulled back into the fandom that rejected his work 20 years earlier. The journey not only becomes hilarious and emotionally perilous for the duo, but also...

  • State Trooper Jessie Osborn is called to check out a suspicious sedan on a remote Alaskan Highway. The brief encounter leaves one man dead and turns Jessie’s life into a nightmare. The incident explodes in the press and Jessie’s world turns upside down in a perfect storm of suspicion and...

  • 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...

  • Has media consolidation made us less informed? Has it turned us an angry, divided nation? Or are we giving mass media too much of the blame for our own ambivalence as passive citizens? Broadcasters, for over half a century, were required to serve the public interest—defined as promoting localism...

  • This film will revisit a powerfully formative event in my life:  being bullied daily in a racially-charged high school classroom nearly 4 decades ago.

     With compassionate curiosity, the completed film will use my trauma as a starting point from which to explore the social ramifications...

  • Through intimate stories of patients, families, and medical providers, BEDLAM immerses us in the national crisis surrounding care of the severely mentally ill. Filmed over five years, it brings us inside one of America’s busiest psychiatric emergency rooms, into jails where psychiatric patients...

  • The Pacific Crest Trail is 2,650 miles and connects Canada to Mexico, from Mt. Rainier to the Mojave Desert, in one continuous, tortuous footpath. 24 year-old Sam Fox plans to set a new speed record by running the trail in 60 days, averaging 44 miles each day. Why? To raise $250,000 for...

  • An average American family becomes entrenched in a bizarre web of espionage and corporate secrets when their hacker son is targeted by the U.S. government.

  • 22 years ago, Robert was struck by a freight train that took his leg and caused a rift in his family. Now chronically homeless, Robert has bounced from LA's Skid Row, to the courthouse steps in Long Beach, California. Follow Robert's journey as he tries to reconnect with his...

  • "Refugees Made of Gold" follows the journey of Yolande Mabika and Popole Misenga, Congolese refugees and judo champions fighting to qualify for the 2020 Refugee Olympic Team. Without a country to stand behind, they strive to rediscover and redefine home – with the prospect of gold medals hanging...

  • As Rio de Janeiro prepares to host the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Olympics, a community of self-described “urban Indians” are threatened with forced eviction to make way for a stadium named after the original indigenous inhabitants of the territory. As the mega-events begin threatening a...

  • 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 media platform, Staying Put or Moving On, considers these fundamental questions for seniors and their families: Where and how are we going to live as we grow older? Should we stay in our own homes as we age or should we move on to co-housing, continuing care retirement communities...

  • Dark secrets of poisoned waters in the remote Peruvian Amazon are revealed in this documentary political thriller when indigenous communities take on Big Oil in California Federal Court. While decades of unconscionable extraction practices wreak havoc, visionary leader Apu Tomas Maynas...

  • Driven to Abstraction unravels a mutating tale of self-delusion, greed, and fraud-- the $80 million forgery scandal that rocked the art world and brought down Knoedler, New York City’s oldest and most venerable gallery. Was the gallery’s esteemed director the victim of a con artist who showed up...

  • In the years following the 2010 BP oil disaster, an oil industry insider uncovers a devastating public health disaster, while the industry fights to silence the victims and races towards historic drilling expansion plans set to begin in mid 2019.

  • OUT LOUD chronicles the ups and downs of the first season of the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles -- the largest group of transgender and gender non-conforming people anywhere in the world who come together regularly to sing. These extraordinary choristers don’t just make music. They’re also making...

  • "The Harvard 5" tells the true story of five men – architects and industrial designers, husbands, fathers, lovers. Now known famously as the "Harvard 5", who in a post WWII era of hope and reinvention descended upon the white picked-fenced New England town of New Canaan, Connecticut, caused...

  • As the Western frontier closed, America sought to forcibly re-educate Native Americans at Indian Boarding Schools.  Their motto was “Kill The Indian To Save The Man.”  In 1892, the Pueblo of Isleta sued the Albuquerque Indian School for the return of “Los Cautivos” (The Captives), 36 children...

  • From filmmaker Mark Kitchell (Berkeley in the Sixties, A Fierce Green Fire) comes a new film: Evolution of Organic. It’s the story of organic agriculture, told by those who built the movement. A motley crew of back-to-the-landers, spiritual seekers and farmers’ sons and daughters reject chemical...