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Blessed Is the Match

by Roberta Grossman

Narrated by Joan Allen, Blessed Is the Match is the first documentary feature about Hannah Senesh, the World War II-era poet and diarist who became a paratrooper, resistance fighter and modern-day Joan of Arc. Safe in Palestine in 1944, Hannah joined a mission to rescue Jews in her native Hungary. Hannah parachuted behind enemy lines, was captured, tortured, and ultimately executed by the Nazis.

Women and Girls Lead, Global Voices, Independent Lens

Born to Fly: Elizabeth Streb vs. Gravity

by Catherine Gund

Not just a choreographer, Elizabeth Streb is a wildly extreme action architect. Born to Fly: Elizabeth Streb vs. Gravity traces the evolution of Streb’s movement philosophy as she pushes herself and her dancers from the ground, to the wall, and to the sky.

Independent Lens

Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin

by Nancy Kates and Bennett Singer

Despite his achievements as a master strategist and tireless activist in the Civil Rights Movement, Bayard Rustin was silenced and imprisoned — largely because he was an openly gay man in a homophobic era.


Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore?

by Frank Popper

Follow the 2004 Missouri Democratic primary to replace retiring former House Majority Leader Dick Gephardt from inside the campaign of Jeff Smith, a 29-year-old part time political science teacher.

Independent Lens

Chicago 10

by Brett Morgen

Mixing animation and archival footage, Director Brett Morgen’s Chicago 10 explores the buildup to and unraveling of the protest at the 1968 Democratic National Convention and the 1969 conspiracy trial that followed.

Independent Lens

Chisholm '72: Unbought & Unbossed

by Shola Lynch and Phil Bertelsen

In 1972, black congresswoman Shirley Chisholm ran for the Democratic Presidential nomination, launching a groundbreaking campaign that united an unlikely coalition of supporters from every walk of life.


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.

Women and Girls Lead, Independent Lens

Dancing with Photons

by Beverly Morris

Nuclear scientist and Navajo native Dr. Fred Begay blends seemingly contrary beliefs — traditional Navajo world order and nuclear physics.

The Democratic Promise: Saul Alinsky & His Legacy

by Bob Hercules and Bruce Orenstein

An examination of legendary community organizer Saul Alinsky’s life and legacy through the work being done by contemporary “people’s organizations.”

Double Dare

by Amanda Michell, Karen Johnson, and Danielle Renfrew

Follow the Hollywood stuntwomen who doubled for Wonder Woman and Xena: Warrior Princess as they struggle to stay employed, stay thin and stay sane in this notoriously macho profession.

Independent Lens


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