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King Kamehameha: A Legacy Renewed

by Mary Baker

King Kamehameha: A Legacy Renewed documents how the town of Kohala, Hawaii is transformed when an art conservator arrives to restore the community's cherished bronze sculpture.

The Last Conquistador

by John J. Valadez and Cristina Ibarra

The city of El Paso is divided over a new public statue of a conquistador that evokes pride in Hispanics, and outrage among Native Americans who consider him a terrorist.

POV

Letters from the Other Side

by Heather Courtney

Through the personal stories of several Mexican women and the cross-border video letters between them, their loved ones, and strangers, Letters from the Other Side reveals the other side of the immigration story.

Na Kamalei: The Men of Hula

by Lisette Marie Flanary

Follow the journey of legendary teacher Robert Cazimero and the only all-male hula school in Hawaii as they celebrate their 30th anniversary and prepare to compete at the world’s largest hula festival. Na Kamalei: The Men of Hula goes beyond deep-rooted stereotypes of "grass skirt girls" and reveals a story of Hawaiian pride — past and present.

Independent Lens

One Night at the Grand Star

by Natasha Uppal

How did L.A.'s Grand Star restaurant become one of the city's liveliest, intergenerational, and culturally-integrated neighborhood nightclubs?

Independent Lens

Operation Filmmaker

by Nina Davenport

Iraqi film student Muthana Mohmed — whose school was destroyed by American bombs — lands a dream job working on a Hollywood movie.

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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.

Reel Injun: On the Trail of the Hollywood Indian

by Neil Diamond

Kemosabe? Loincloths, fringed pants, and feather headdresses? Heap big stereotypes. Reel Injun is an entertaining trip through the evolution of North American Native people ("The Indians") as portrayed in famous Hollywood movies, from the silent era to today. Jim Jarmusch, Clint Eastwood, Graham Greene, John Trudell, and others provide insights into the often demeaning and occasionally hilariously absurd stereotypes perpetuated on the big screen through Hollywood's history.

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Sing Faster: The Stagehands' Ring Cycle

by Jon Else

An innovative documentary of Richard Wagner's Ring Cycle opera from the point of view of the union stagehands at the San Francisco Opera.

Smitten

by Nancy Kelly

Meet Rene: at age 85, this unusual art collector continues to search for the work of northern California artists, hoping to make his next great discovery.

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