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Blacking Up: Hip-Hop's Remix of Race and Identity

by Robert A. Clift

As hip-hop music and culture continue to redefine American life, its influence exposes the high stakes of the struggle to cross or maintain the cultural divide.

The Boy Mir - Ten Years in Afghanistan

by Phil Grabsky

Follow eight-year-old Mir over 10 years in post-9/11 Afghanistan.

Global Perspectives Collection, Global Voices

The Buffalo War

by Matthew Testa and Bryan Cole

The Buffalo War examines the culture clash between Native Americans, ranchers, environmentalists, and government agents currently battling over the yearly slaughter of America's last wild bison.

True Stories

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.

Butte, America

by Pamela Roberts

Butte, America chronicles the rise and fall of a small mining town with a larger-than-life spirit — where fortunes were made and lost, and where community was precious, but life was cheap.

Independent Lens


by Diana Frank

In a rural New York community — where peace and beauty are an illusions — two families make sense of the tragedies they face.


by Donna Dewey and Daniel Junge

An observational documentary about the on- and off-court struggles of Native American basketball players at Wyoming Indian High School.

Independent Lens

Children of the Sun

by Ran Tal and Amir Harel

Tracing Israel’s kibbutz movement, Children of the Sun follows members of the Zionist elite from their birth in the 1920s and 1930s to the crisis that weakened the movement

Global Perspectives Collection, Global Voices


by Aaron Schock

Living and performing on the road since the 19th century, the hardscrabble Ponce family circus struggles to preserve their art and way of life against the backdrop of Mexico's collapsing rural economy.

Independent Lens

Class of '27

by James Rutenbeck, Nina Alvarez, and Dustinn Craig

Students, educators, parents, and guardians in three locations, from poor Appalachia, to West Coast farms and a Native American reservation in Minnesota, come together against the odds to guide their children into successful graduates of the class of ’27.


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