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  • A jewish man in a suit is overlapped with the image of the same jewish man in concentration camp outfit

    The story of half million Jews who fought for Central Powers, Germany, Austria-Hungary, in the Great War, has yet to be told.

    Jews had enjoyed full citizen rights for almost 50 years when World War I broke out in the summer of 1914. These German and Austro-Hungarian born Jews, from all...

  • When housing on the lowest rung of the American dream is being devoured by the wealthiest of the wealthy, whose dream are we serving? That’s How We Roll addresses urgent issues of class and economic (im)mobility through the lives of mobile home park residents who can’t afford housing anywhere...

  • When she was 12 years old, just minutes after a family argument, filmmaker Mayumi Maruyama's father hung himself in the garage of his family's suburban American home. DEAR DAD is her effort to both understand and come to terms with her father's tragic death and to confront the cultural wall of...

  • New York City, February 2007 a 7x7 meter, 60-ton wall featuring a mural by legendary pop artist Keith Haring is about to be destroyed. Not because of any political or legal controversy, but because it resides in a Boy's Club on the lower east side of Manhattan that is slated for demolition....

  • Two people walk side by side into the light, in a wooded area

    Filmmaker Lisa Leeman and animation artist Gabi P. reconnect twenty-five years after Leeman profiled Payn’s gender transition in the 1990 documentary Metamorphosis (Sundance Filmmakers’ Trophy/ POV). Now middle-aged, the two artists rekindle a lapsed friendship as they reckon with the past and...

  • Students from different faiths come together in a World Religions class at a public high school in the Midwest. Through their senior year, a basketball coach turned World Religions teacher helps them navigate the nuances of religion, race, and culture while coming to terms with their own...

  • 100 Years From Mississippi is a 60 minute documentary on the life of Mamie Lang Kirkland, a 111-year old African American woman who experienced and survived racial terrorism, segregation, bigotry and bias and yet continued to have hope, joy and love of life, full of the certainty that we can do...

  • America's war veterans are coming home. Without their unit's camaraderie and a sense of mission, recovery from the wounds of war takes a toll. Every 80 minutes, a veteran commits suicide.GROUND OPERATIONS: Battlefields to Farmfields, champions the growing number of returning veterans who are...

  • A marble piece by Vasily Konovalenko.

    A Soviet gem sculptor endures persecution, censorship and self-imposed exile for the sake of his art. His sculptures celebrate the richness of Russian life, culture and history and are a testament to the resilience of the human spirit.

    Vasily Konovalenko (1929-1989) helped revive and...

  • SINS OF COMMISSION slips behind the veil of secrecy into the invisible world of the California Coastal Commission to reveal how their radical ideology risks people's lives, fuels California's wildfires and why no one can do anything to stop it.

  • Reverend James Lawson sits and speaks next to Martin Luther King Jr.

    Authorized Documentary:
    Rev. James Lawson, the man Martin Luther King, Jr. called, “the leading theorist and strategist of nonviolence in the world,” reflects at 93 years of age on the genesis and trajectory of his lifelong practice and teaching of nonviolent direct action. This...

  • Ninety riveting minutes of songs about life and quips about death from the wheelchair of a woman who vows to exit laughing. Once a nationally-known performer of ballads, skits and self-parody, now fated by Lou Gehrig's Disease to perish within a year, the remarkable Carla Zilbersmith will leave...

  • WHO IS ARTHUR CHU? is a feature-length documentary following the 11-time Jeopardy! winner, Arthur Chu, and the transformation he experienced as a result of his time on the iconic game show.Chu's journey begins as a quiet insurance analyst who got a shot at Jeopardy! – and blew it up. Twelve...

  • sHE? Metamorphosis is a film about the lives of female impersonators and their encounters as they thrive in the most conservative region in the nation; the Bible Belt. This will be their story. An exploration into the heart of a conservative southern town, She? Metamorphosis follows ten men in...

  • black and white view of main street in Ada, Oklahoma viewed from above.

    Throughout the span of twenty five years, from 1970 to 1995 and beyond, the cultural environment in the rural town of Ada, Oklahoma (population 17,000) produced an extraordinary number of nationally and internationally acclaimed musical artists that have shaped country, rock and roll, jazz, and...

  • An old portrait photo of a family of six.

    A cross-cultural montage of stories about women who became breadwinners after their husbands were suddenly no longer around. A school teacher in Oregon, USA... A genocide survivor in Phnom Penh, Cambodia...A field laborer in Chihuahua, Mexico... follow the extraordinary stories of ordinary women...

  • vibrantly-colored painting of a Black individual in an American Flag bandanna

    T-Rex is a feature documentary about 17-year old boxer Claressa "T-Rex" Shields who made history this summer when she won the gold medal at the 2012 Olympics, the first time women were allowed to box in the games. The film follows her extraordinary year, from high school in Flint, Michigan, to...

  • Omar Hattab approaches the separation wall in his hometown of Qalqilya, with barbed wire and a guard tower across the top.

    Omar and Yasmeen are determined to make a difference in their communities. They both face the obstacles of the Israeli occupation and both have a need to make the best of life as they know it. They do this by riding their skateboards, but that is just the beginning. Both are instructors at local...

  • In America aggressive driving has reached epidemic proportions. But when aggressive driving turns to road rage, it’s deadly. Traffic confrontations are ending in murder. Everyday people are being punched, stabbed, shot, rammed and driven off roads in driving disputes.

    "How’s My...

  • Stuyvesant, Bronx Science, Brooklyn Tech: some of NYC's top ranked public high schools. Each year, thousands of eighth and ninth graders compete to secure coveted spots at these elite schools by taking the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test, the SHSAT. While African American and Latino...

  • Ken Kelley stares in profile, surrounded by towers of sound recording equipment.

    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...

  • A daughter of Vietnamese refugees, Christine Ha pushes past late life visual impairment and mental health struggles to become a renowned blind celebrity cook. With exclusive access, the feature documentary digs deep into Christine’s cultural heritage, devastating life circumstances, and...

  • teachers crowd a park wearing red on strike for better conditions.

    L.A. is the epicenter of school privatization, and the newly appointed L.A. superintendent just unveiled his plan to dismantle the second largest public school district in the country, but then 98% of L.A. teachers vote to go on strike.

    Union Vice President Cecily Myart-Cruz travels from...

  • The number of women in US prisons has increased by 800% in the past 40 years. In a Midwestern state caught between the opioid epidemic and surging incarceration rates, three unforgettable mothers reinvent themselves and rebuild bonds with their kids after being incarcerated and separated from...

  • A singer in a leather outfit stands before a crowd of fans, one waving a Pride Flag over their shoulders.

    Mashrou’ Leila are indie rock gods in the Arab world. But their fame comes with a price. In a part of the world where singing about politics or sexuality is more than a little risky — and with an openly gay lead singer — Mashrou’ Leila’s very existence and success is unprecedented. As one...

  • Last Note: A Dialogue Between Kaneto Shindo and Benicio Deltoro was created to present Kaneto Shindo to the American film world. Kaneto Shindo is the 2nd oldest living filmmaker in the world. The work is an interview conversation between Kaneto Shindo and Benicio Deltoro. This documentary will...

  • Chinese-American woman holds her phone in her hand while staring out the window of a taxi cab.

    After years of struggling to remain open, the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) embarks on a quest to purchase their building in order to secure financial stability and a permanent home. In order to continue preserving the world’s largest Chinese-American collection, MOCA must become the first...

  • When history fails to preserve stories from our past and present, it's up to us to correct the record. Wilma Mankiller, the first woman elected Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation, is omitted from most history books. She was an activist and a champion to a nation – and it's time the world...

  • DEFINING BEAUTY focuses on the extraordinary lives of five women and their journey toward the 2010 Ms.Wheelchair America pageant. Unlike traditional beauty pageants, Ms.Wheelchair America is a competition based on advocacy, achievement, and communication, that selects the most accomplished and...

  • Ending Edithmae unmasks a seemingly perfect family - wealthy, well-educated, successful and tight knit - who precipitate their mother's death and implode under the glare of homicide detectives. Questioning boundaries between a natural death and murder, the documentary probes our cultural...

  • America’s cowboy culture and opera's hallowed traditions converge in a story that celebrates a timeless legend and the collaborative power of art. RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE: THE MAKING OF A WESTERN OPERA follows Zane Grey’s classic Western dime-store novel as it is reborn onstage in fully...

  • For over 35 years, the gay porn shop, Circus of Books, served as the epicenter for LGBT life and culture in Los Angeles.  Unbeknownst to many in the community it served, the store was cultivated and cared for by its owners, Karen and Barry Mason; a straight couple with three children.  CIRCUS OF...

  • An animated graduate in a green rob holds a megaphone in front of a student protester and latin american individual with a "I am Undocumented" red t-shirt.

    THE UNAFRAID is a feature length documentary that follows the personal lives of three DACA students in Georgia, a state that has banned them from attending their top state universities and disqualifies them from receiving in-state tuition at any other public college. Shot in an observational...

  • "Best Documentary"
    2013 Boston International Film Festival

    Out On A Limb explores the evolution of prosthetics and the exciting advances being made at the intersection of neuroscience, engineering, and robotics. From Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab...