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by Loren Mendell
The unlikely story of America's original shock-jock — Petey Greene — who battled the system and his own demons during a time of civil unrest in the nation's capital.
by Vital Pictures
Swedish economist Gunnar Myrdal identified a powerful force in American life: the acceptance of the contradiction between the American Creed held dear and political and social behavior. Through the story of Myrdal’s four year-investigation of Jim Crow racism, his own personal story and the thinking and work of select sociologists, psychologists, and historians, the film explores the contours and consequences today of implicit bias and "denial."
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.
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
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.
by Robert Levi
The composer of "Take the A-Train" and other Duke Ellington hits, Billy Strayhorn struggled with obscurity and prejudice as a successful gay man in the tumultuous middle of the 20th century.
by Goran Hugo Olsson
A fascinating look at America's Black Power movement as seen through the eyes of Swedish filmmakers who shot hours of footage in the late 1960s and 1970s with many of the movement's leaders.
Women and Girls Lead, Independent Lens
By Rodney Evans, Jim McKay, and Aimee Schoof
Bruce Nugent, the black gay writer who co-founded the journal Fire!! with Langston Hughes and others, inspires a gay teenager through memories of the Harlem Renaissance.
by Reuben Atlas
The brotherhood of the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble is literal. Not-always-willing participants in an unorthodox upbringing, the eight boys were forged into a band as children by their father, Chicago jazz maverick Phil Cohran. Now as young men, making their way on the streets of New York and in the music business, with stardom on the horizon, they must test their father's ideals against their own brotherly vision.
by Benjamin Franzen and Kembrew McLeod
Can you own a sound? Copyright Criminals examines the history and influence of musical sampling, provoking debates about copyright, compensation, and creativity in the age of intellectual property.