Almost There

by Dan Rybicky and Aaron Wickenden

Outsider artist Peter Anton, 82, has spent decades obsessively chronicling his rollercoaster of a life into a massive, illustrated autobiography, and nothing — not poverty, isolation, or crippling disabilities — will stop him from seeing it published.

The Amasong Chorus: Singing Out

by Jay Rosenstein

In a small Illinois college town, a music student creates a lesbian/feminist choral group, transforming the community as she builds an award-winning ensemble.

Independent Lens

American Aloha: Hula Beyond Hawaii

by Lisette Flanary and Evann Siebens

Few American icons are as well known for their popular kitsch as the hula dance. From old Hollywood movies to entertainment for tourists, the hip-swaying girls in grass skirts and colorful lei have long masked an ancient cultural tradition. Now, after years of being shadowed by stereotypes, the hula is experiencing a rebirth that celebrates Hawaiian culture across the American mainland.

POV, True Stories

American Denial

by Llewellyn Smith, Christine Herbes-Sommers, and Kelly Thomson

Using the story of Gunnar Myrdal’s 1944 investigation of Jim Crow racism as a springboard, American Denial explores the power of unconscious biases and how the ideals of liberty, equality, and justice still impact notions of race and class today.

Independent Lens

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An American Love Story

by Jennifer Fox

A true-life series about a black man and a white woman who have struggled for 30 years against racial stereotypes and societal prejudice to keep their family together.

American Promise

by Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson

Follow Idris and his best friend Seun from kindergarten through high school for a personal look at the achievement challenges and prospects for African American boys of all socioeconomic backgrounds in America.

POV

The Amish & Us

by Dirk Eitzen

A documentary that examines the impact of the tourist industry on an Amish community in Pennsylvania.

Anatomy of a Springroll

by Paul Kwan and Arnold Iger

One man's journey from the food-filled streets of San Francisco to Saigon, as he searches for the secret ingredient to blend the traditions of his family's culture with his adopted American life.

Global Voices

Ancestors in the Americas: Chinese in the Frontier West

by Loni Ding

The relationships between 19th century Chinese immigrants and the people and issues they encountered in America.

And Baby Makes Two

by Judy Katz and Oren Rudavsky

Single motherhood is no longer the exclusive province of teenagers; white middle class women in their 30s and 40s are now joining its ranks, forcing us to look anew at the nuclear family.

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