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Lakshmi and Me

by Nishtha Jain and Smriti Nevatia

In this intimate examination of the relationship between Indian filmmaker Nishtha Jain and her young maid, Lakshmi, Jain holds up a mirror to her own culture and the pervasive caste system that can still determine an individual’s fate in life.

Global Voices, Global Perspectives Collection, Independent Lens

Love Inventory

by David Fisher and Yahaly Gat

Enlisting his four reluctant siblings, an Israeli filmmaker goes looking for a missing person from their past, uncovering a secret that changes their family forever.

Independent Lens, Global Voices

Meet the Patels

by Geeta Patel and Ravi Patel

After he breaks up with his girlfriend, Ravi Patel — almost 30 and single — enters the semi-arranged marriage system in America.

Independent Lens

Motherland Afghanistan

by Catherine Gund, Sedika Mojadidi, and Jenny Raskin

Nearly one in seven Afghan women dies in childbirth. Follow an Afghan American filmmaker and her father to his native Afghanistan, where he brings desperately needed medical attention and expertise to the women most susceptible to maternal mortality.

Women of the World, Women and Girls Lead, Global Voices, Independent Lens

New Year Baby

by Socheata Poeuv

Filmmaker Socheata Poeuv grew up in the United States never knowing that her family had survived the Khmer Rouge genocide. In New Year Baby, she embarks on a journey to Cambodia in search of the truth about her family's past.

Global Voices, Independent Lens

Our Summer in Tehran

by Justine Shapiro

Jewish filmmaker Justine Shapiro and her six-year-old son experience the daily life of three middle class families from very different backgrounds in Tehran, Iran.

Point and Shoot

by Marshall Curry

In 2006, Matt VanDyke, a timid 26-year-old with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, set off on a 35,000 mile motorcycle adventure that eventually led him to Libya, where he joined the rebels fighting dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

POV

Project Kashmir

by Senain Kheshgi and Geeta V. Patel

Project Kashmir tests the limits of friendship and costs of war in one of the most dangerous and beautiful places on earth.

Independent Lens

Relocated Mountains

by Matthew Metcalfe and Julia Parnell

A Kurdish refugee risks his life by traveling back to his homeland to visit his grandmother before she dies.

Global Perspectives Collection

Return to the Border

by NOJA and Sylvie Blum

A Chinese-born filmmaker reflects on the personal ramifications of the political ideals of communism and socialism from his memories of a childhood in the border town of Dandong to his experiences in North Korea.

Global Voices, Global Perspectives Collection

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