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by Sophie Sartain
A 92-year-old mother, Mimi, who has cared 64 years for Dona, a daughter who has an intellectual disability, faces the inevitable and has to find her daughter a home. This poignant, heartbreaking and, at times, humorous documentary tells the story of a quirky and fiercely devoted mother-daughter duo.
by Gabrielle Mullem
A look at a creative and music jazz camp in New Orleans for blind and visually-impaired teenagers run by master musician Henry Butler.
by Joanne Caputo
The founder of On a Roll talk radio, Greg Smith travels the globe in his power wheelchair, but finds his own nation's capital inaccessible — a minor challenge compared to living independently and having safe intimate relationships.
Independent Lens, True Stories
by Mickey Lemie
Building on his past as a Harvard professor, LSD pioneer and spiritual leader, Ram Dass works to transform his recent experience as a stroke survivor into words of wisdom for baby boomers facing aging, death, and dying.
by David E. Simpson, J.J. Hanley, and Gordon Quinn
A look at the fallout from the American medical establishment's incorrect assessment in the 1950s that autism was the result of poor mothering, leaving a generation of women who were branded emotionally frigid, or "refrigerator mothers," with permanent scars.
by Chantelle Squires, Manju Varghese, Coby Cox, and Sterling Van Wagenen
In the first three years since returning home from active duty, four U.S. Marines fight the internal battle of reintegration.
by Ellen Schneider
A series of first-person video diaries.
by Jennifer Redfearn
Tocando la Luz weaves three stories – all set in the blind community of Havana, Cuba – into a tale of personal independence.
by Lizzie Gottlieb
Nicky Gottlieb was a child of extraordinary talents and odd behavior. At age 21, he was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome, a high functioning form of autism. Today’s Man follows Nicky over the course of six years as he struggles to leave the safety of his family’s home and find his own place in the world.
by Laurel Chiten
Twisted reveals the agonies and challenges of dystonia, a neurological disorder that forces muscles into abnormal — often painful — movements or postures.