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Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth

by Pratibha Parmar

Writer and human-rights activist Alice Walker’s story is an inspiring personal journey of a life lived with passionate commitment to truth and justice – ideals that sprang from a background of poverty and violent racism.

Women and Girls Lead, American Masters

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The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975

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.

Independent Lens, Women and Girls Lead

Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock

by Sharon La Cruise

A look at the life of African American political activist and newspaper publisher Daisy Bates.

Independent Lens, Women and Girls Lead

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Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes

by Byron Hurt

Take an in-depth look at masculinity in rap music and hip-hop culture — where creative genius, poetic beauty, and mad beats collide with misogyny, violence, and homophobia.

Independent Lens, Women and Girls Lead

The Interrupters

by Steve James

A look at a group of men and women — most of them former gang leaders and ex-cons — that are trying to "interrupt" shootings and protect their communities from the violence they once employed.

Women and Girls Lead, Frontline, Diverse Muslim Voices

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Mary Lou Williams: The Lady Who Swings the Band

by Carol Bash

From the birth of jazz to the height of rock and roll, Mary Lou Williams was a leading musical innovator who was determined to create in a world that could not see past her race or gender.

Women and Girls Lead

Me Facing Life: Cyntoia's Story

by Daniel Birman

Follows the sad and startling story of Cyntoia Brown, who is serving a life sentence for a murder she committed at age of 16.

Independent Lens, Women and Girls Lead

The New Black

by Yoruba Richen

Centering on the historic fight to win marriage equality in Maryland, The New Black takes viewers into the pews, onto the streets, and provides a seat at the kitchen table as it looks at how the African American community grapples with the divisive gay rights issue.

Women and Girls Lead, Independent Lens

Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai

by Lisa Merton and Alan Dater

The dramatic story of Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai, whose simple act of planting trees grew into a global movement.

Independent Lens, Global Perspectives Collection, Women and Girls Lead, Global Voices, Women of the World

When I Rise

by Mat Hames, James Moll, and Michael Rosen

When I Rise is about Barbara Smith Conrad, a gifted University of Texas music student who finds herself at the epicenter of racial controversy, struggling against the odds and ultimately ascending to the heights of international opera.

Independent Lens, Women and Girls Lead

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