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The Blinking Madonna & Other Miracles

by Beth Harrington

Filmmaker Beth Harrington is sucked into a media vortex when she accidentally captures "the miracle of the Blinking Madonna" on video during an Italian American religious feast, leading her to explore myth and faith in the lives of American Catholic women, including herself.

Blood Brother

by Steve Hoover

An intimate portrait of Rocky Braat, who traveled to India as a disillusioned tourist. When he met a group of children with HIV living at an AIDS hostel, a place of unspeakable hardship, he decided to stay and devote his life to them.

Independent Lens

Bronx Princess

by Yoni Brook and Musa Syeed

Follow the journey of an American teenager who travels to Ghana, West Africa to reunite with her royal father.


The Burning Barrel

by Christina Craton and Timothy Schwab

The Burning Barrel explores the personal costs of consumerism in the rise and fall of a small rural community.

By Invitation Only

by Rebecca Snedeker

New Orleans filmmaker Rebecca Snedeker gives an unprecedented look at the secrets and inner workings of the old-line Carnival societies and debutante balls of Mardi Gras.

D Tour

by Jim Granato

Refusing to let a failing kidney deter him, indie rock drummer Pat Spurgeon goes on tour with his band while searching for a donor and administering his own dialysis.

Independent Lens

Daddy & Papa

by Johnny Symons

Exploring the growing phenomenon of gay fatherhood through the stories of four families, Daddy & Papa looks at gay fathers who face both the routine and revolutionary challenges of becoming parents.

Independent Lens

Death of a Shaman

by Fahm Fong Saeyang and Richard Hall

Through a journey that takes her back to her roots in Thailand, a second-generation Mien American woman strives to come to terms with her late father’s death, his drug addiction, and the murder of her sister.

Independent Lens, Global Voices


by Derek Hallquist

Denial is a movie about electricity, gender, filmmaking, and all the ways we lie to ourselves even when faced with overwhelming facts. It is the story of a family coming to terms with hard personal truths against the backdrop of a global crisis.

The Devil Never Sleeps

by Lourdes Portillo

The Devil Never Sleeps is a “whodunit” documentary about family secrets. Filmmaker Lourdes Portillo travels to Mexico to learn the truth about her wealthy uncle’s death.

Global Voices


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