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  • In Watts, it takes an urban village to raise a school. Set against the backdrop of a politically and socially divided nation, A SCHOOL GROWS IN WATTS reflects on the dense, often tragic history of South Los Angeles and the systemic barriers facing children in inner cities like it. Weaving...

  • The Silent Goldens is documentary about the unique grief millions of survivors of suicide loss face in the destructive silence that descends in its aftermath. Thirty years after a loving mother and wife took her life her daughter breaks the taboo initiating conversations with those who knew her...

  • THE COMEDOWN is a gripping look at the country’s escalating overdose crisis, the misunderstood causes & little-known cures. It seeks to deconstruct deadly, society-wide misperceptions that are actively contributing to this crisis. We present the 50 years of science that suggests that...

  • Black Hair Empire is the untold story of the rise and fall of the African American dominated hair care industry, from post-slavery to the current day.   It is the saga of four generations of African-Americans who forged their imprint into American business, their influence upon popular culture, and the fight for racial equality and economic parity.

  • "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...

  • Beloved Land, Beloved Country.  A story of Love, Hope and Healing.

    How do you heal from social trauma?This film explores Hawaiian Identity in the future.  Can we survive the affects of globalization?   Will any original cultures survive?  Are we just one more of the many cultures destined...

  • The Paper Trail: Into the Hornet's Nest chronicles modern American homesteader Lydia Doleman as she helps mobilize her community to block a massive timber sale in an attempt to defend the Little Applegate Valley of Southern Oregon.  Motivated by a government agency eager to log, Lydia and others...

  • Welcome to the The Mindfulness Movement’s page on the International Documentary Association (IDA) website – the place to donate to make this film a reality. All donations are tax-deductible for US residents! Donors from other countries should check their local tax rules.

    We’re currently...

  • Skid Row Marathon is a feature length documentary that follows Judge Craig Mitchell and his running club as they prepare for a variety of running events including the Accra International Marathon in Ghana, Africa, the LA Marathon and the upcoming Rome Marathon in March 2015.Many of the club...

  • In a country of 1,000 newly discovered species, 840 known languages, 115 square miles of dense rainforest, and 7 million people there is 1 tiny island that holds huge consequences.

    Nestled in the Milne Bay Province of Papua New Guinea is Misima Island. There, the people are coping with...

  • When Congressman John Lewis advocates “get in the way,” he stands behind his words, whether advancing civil rights in the 1960s or leading a 26-hour sit-in for gun control in the House this past June following the Orlando shootings. Former chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating...

  • In 2011, the FBI officially proclaimed rap group Insane Clown Posse’s “Juggalo” fan base a “loosely affiliated hybrid gang.” Since the gang accusation, hundreds if not thousands of Juggalos have been directly affected. But Insane Clown Posse, or ICP for short, and their Juggalo fan base are...

  • California has more biodiversity than any other state in the USA, but many of its unique flora and fauna are facing the threat of extinction.  With charismatic biologists as hosts, this ninety minute documentary film will highlight nine of these species, creating empathy with them as we explore...

  • A student film launches a homeless man on a ten-year journey to reclaim his life, his family and his past as a gifted musician.

    Homeless for twenty years in San Francisco, a charismatic panhandler named Moses meets Fran, a Spanish film student, who casts him as the central character in...

  • Coached into Silence explores sexual abuse in youth sports. Filming since 2009, it tells the stories of a diverse group of athletes whom the system failed to protect. Far more sinister than those failures of prevention, we shed light on the organizational, institutional and legal systems which...

  • This one-hour documentary will tell the story of how the son of a mill worker from the industrial north of England come to design the modern Los Angeles cityscape. John Parkinson is the architect who created many of the city's most iconic structures, including LA City Hall, The Coliseum - the...

  • In 2006 a severe chemical fire in Apex, North Carolina brought the town to a screeching halt. This monstrous fire at a hazardous-waste disposal plant released a greenish-yellow cloud of deadly chlorine gas and reduced the building to molten ash and the community to an abandoned ghost town....

  • Driven to Abstraction unravels a complex mystery of self-delusion, greed, and fraud-- the ongoing $80 million forgery scandal that rocked the art world and brought down Knoedler, Manhattan’s oldest and most venerable gallery. It also brought down the esteemed gallery director, Ann Freedman, who...

  • On September 30, 1955, actor James Dean set out from Los Angeles in his Porsche Spyder 550 race car to attend the Sports Car Club of America's weekend road races in Salinas, California. He died four hours later on a dangerous, rural highway.

    Back in Hollywood, Dean left behind close...

  • The truth teller project is a docu-series and movement to eradicate shame & stigma. The guests are high profile celebrities who have personally experienced decades of living with shame and stigma.

    Did you know; That twenty-three million Americans suffer from alcohol and drug addiction...

  • In 2005, the Washington Post reported “the number of veterans receiving compensation for the disorder commonly called PTSD has grown nearly seven times as fast as the number receiving benefits for disabilities in general.” Since 2010, military R&D has markedly increased its focus on “...

  • Generations of family farming tradition go up in flames as the North Dakota oil boom leaves human memory, culture and identity scorched in its wake. My Country, No More follows one family's path to resistance, raising a fundamental question: what are we willing to sacrifice in our pursuit...

  • 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...

  • Child slavery is not something we think of as being close to home. In the United States alone, over thousands of children are being enslaved and sold for sex. These children are sold an average of 15 times a day, 6 days a week, totaling 14,040 sex acts a year--generating a $9.8 billion industry...

  • 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...

  • Searching for Kikhia is the true story of a family’s fight against political pressures while searching for their disappeared husband and father Mansur Rashid Kikhia. The former Libyan Foreign Minister and peaceful opposition leader to Qaddafi’s regime is considered a hero in his Libyan and...

  • In 1989, Jim Klages - former cornet soloist of "The President's Own" United States Marine Band - was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, which prompted his early retirement. After years of declining health and unsuccessful medical treatments, Jim tried Gonstead chiropractic treatment, which has...

  • In 1945, two depression-era teenagers from Brooklyn, George and Mel, rode their bikes to Philadelphia for an adventure they’d remember for the rest of their lives—until Mel lost his memory to Alzheimer’s. Now over seventy years later, his grandsons in their early twenties, Alex and Koby, are...

  • John Sears, aka Mule, has been roaming the western United States with his three mules for almost thirty years, trying to find balance between the man-made and the natural world. The 69-year-old and his animals sleep outside, insisting on their right to move as they please. Bemoaning the loss of...

  • 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...

  • For nineteen years ballet director Nancy Clement brought scenes from The Nutcracker to the small town of Hood River, Oregon. December 2016 was the end of this beloved tradition. This film shows how many lives have been touched by this production and shares a rare glimpse behind the scenes as we...

  • Mild-mannered Liansu Wang reunites with his family in San Francisco after 12 years in a Chinese prison. Against his wife’s wishes, he decides to build a replica of the torture chair that left him crippled to seek justice for his sister’s murder and to tell his story to the English-speaking world...

  •  In 2017, 79-year old Jaroslav will leave his land-locked home country and set sail on a trip around the world in a boat he’s been crafting by hand for over forty years. But his voyage through stormy seas began long before that, when he was only ten years old and Communism took hold of...

  • “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...

  • At a remote Mojave Desert high school, extraordinary educators believe that, more than academics, it is love, empathy and life skills that give at-risk students command of their own futures. This coming-of-age story watches education combat the crippling effects of poverty on the lives of the so...

  • The image of the American hero is challenged in this heartfelt portrait of 9/11 first-responder Isaac Ho’opi’i as he struggles to put that traumatic experience behind him with the support of his family and his love of Hawaiian music.