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The Ovarian Psycos

By Joanna Sokolowski and Kate Trumbull-LaValle

Based in the heart of Los Angeles’ Eastside, and building upon the legacy of the Chicano/a and civil rights movement, the irreverently named Ovarian Psycos Cycle Brigade are a ferocious and unapologetic group of young women of color, cycling through the barrios and boulevards of the Eastside, committed to collectively confronting racism and violence, and demanding and creating safe spaces for women.

Paperback Dreams

by Alex Beckstead

Focusing on two landmark booksellers: Cody's and Kepler's Books, Paperback Dreams is the story of the rise and fall of the independent bookstore.

Saigon, U.S.A.

by Lindsey Jang and Robert C. Winn

A look at the changing identity of Little Saigon, a Vietnamese community in Orange County, California, and its struggles to reconcile the demons of the past with present life in America.

Sonic Trace: Dropping In

by Anayansi Diaz-Cortes and Carmen Vidal

In the midst of one of America’s most failed school districts, Youth Build Boyle Heights (YBBH) is a beacon of hope. Sonic Trace follows a year in the life of a small high school in the heart of a troubled neighborhood in East LA.

Street Soldiers

by Avon Kirkland

San Francisco's Omega Boys Club reaches out to America's most endangered: young African American men.

The Waiting Room

by Peter Nicks and Linda Davis

The Waiting Room is a cinema verité portrait of a California city's public safety-net hospital as it struggles to handle patient overload in a swooning economy and a constantly shifting landscape of health care policy.

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The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill

by Judy Irving

The true story of a bohemian St. Francis in San Francisco and his remarkable relationship with a flock of wild red and green parrots.

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