by Marco Williams

From the 1860s to the 1920s, towns across the U.S. violently expelled African American residents. Today, these communities remain virtually all white. As black descendants return to demand justice, Banished exposes the hidden history of racial cleansing in America.

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Be Good, Smile Pretty

By Tracy Droz Tragos and Chris Donahue

As one of the 20,000 Americans who lost their fathers in Vietnam, a daughter embarks on an intense, personal journey to reclaim the memory of her father, who died in the war when she was an infant.

Independent Lens

Beauty Is Embarrassing

by Neil Berkeley

Raised in the mountains of Tennessee, Wayne White found success as one of the creators of the TV show, Pee-wee’s Playhouse, which led to more work designing some of the most arresting and iconic images in pop culture.

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Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo

by Jessica Oreck

Japan's traditional fascination with insects could help Westerners re-imagine their relationship to nature.

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Behind the Rainbow

by Jihan El-Tahri

Can the deal between South Africa’s old apartheid regime and its new government withstand the test of time?

Global Voices, Global Perspectives Collection, Independent Lens

Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey

by Constance Marks

Kevin Clash grew up dreaming of working with his idol, master puppeteer Jim Henson. Today, he is the man behind Elmo, among Sesame Street's most beloved characters.

Independent Lens

Best of Enemies

by Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon

Legendary nationally televised debates in 1968 between two great public intellectuals, Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley, defined a new era of public discourse in the media, the moment TV’s political ambition shifted from narrative to spectacle.

Independent Lens

Between the Folds

by Vanessa Gould

Between the Folds chronicles the stories of 10 fine artists and intrepid theoretical scientists who have abandoned careers and hard-earned graduate degrees — all to forge unconventional lives as modern-day paper-folders.

Independent Lens

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Beyond the Call

by Adrian Belic

In a Mother Teresa-meets-Indiana Jones adventure, three middle-aged friends and ex-soldiers travel the world delivering humanitarian aid to the front lines of war.

Independent Lens


by Duane Baughman

Bhutto chronicles the life of one of the most complex and fascinating world leaders of our time, Benazir Bhutto.

Global Perspectives Collection, Women and Girls Lead, Independent Lens, Diverse Muslim Voices


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