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Justice in the Coalfields

by Anne Lewis

Examine the community and family toll surrounding the 1989 Pittston Coal Strike, its effects on the rank-and-file miners, and on those neighbors, shopkeepers, sons and daughters, both united and divided.

Land (and how it gets that way)

by Walter Brock

A look at how land-use issues are affecting one community in Kentucky, and how the ramifications translate to other communities across the nation.

Letter from Waco

by Don Howard and Terri Clemens

A humorous portrait of “the West’s most southern city,” a place governed by four principles: race, religion, death, and football.

Mai's America

by Marlo Poras

When a spunky, mini-skirted daughter of Ho Chi Minh’s revolution leaves cosmopolitan Hanoi for a high school exchange program in rural Mississippi, her ideas about freedom, America, Vietnam, and herself are thrown into question.

POV, Global Voices

Muskrat Lovely

by Amy Nicholson

A portrait of a close-knit Chesapeake Bay community and its annual National Outdoor Show, Muskrat Lovely traces the events leading up to the 50th crowning of Miss Outdoors.

Independent Lens

Night Ride

by Andrew Garrison

A boy's night ride in the Appalachian countryside allows him to learn a thing or two about life and his father from his wild-livin' uncle.

Okie Noodling

by Bradley Beesley

There’s nothing quite like the thrill of catching a 60-pound catfish with your bare hands ("noodling"), and that’s just what Oklahoma fishermen have been doing for hundreds of years.

True Stories

The Parking Lot Movie

by Meghan Eckman

The Parking Lot Movie chronicles the rarefied world of one small parking lot in a college town, and the asphalt philosophers who work as attendants there.

Independent Lens

Razing Appalachia

by Sasha Waters Freyer

The last 40 families of Blair, West Virginia stay to fight America's second-largest coal company as mountaintop removal mining threatens their homes.

Independent Lens, True Stories

The Rural Studio

by Charles Schultz

At the Rural Studio, founder and Auburn University Professor Samuel Mockbee and his architecture students leave the abstract world of the university to live and work in Alabama's economically depressed Black Belt Region — transforming a community in the process.

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