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by Lixin Fan and Mila Aung-Thwin
Set against the backdrop of the world’s largest annual human migration, Last Train Home follows the Zhang family who travel home on Chinese New Year to reunite with their teenage daughter.
POV, Global Perspectives Collection
by Marlo Poras and Yu Ying Wu Chou
Two spirited daughters from China's last remaining matrilineal ethnic minority are thrust into the worldwide economic downturn when they lose the only jobs they've ever known.
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.
Independent Lens, Global Voices, Women and Girls Lead, Women of the World
by Nitza Gonen and Dalit Kimor
In the Israeli Arab village of Tamra, eight widows challenge social conventions and establish the Azka Pickle Cooperative, seeking financial independence for themselves and their children.
Women and Girls Lead, Global Perspectives Collection, Wide Angle, Global Voices
by Ben Lewis
Explore the history of grand schemes to eradicate poverty, through a combination of animation, archival material, live action, anecdote, and humor.
Global Perspectives Collection, Global Voices, Why Poverty?
by Fahad Mustafa
In Kanpur, India, a city with 15 hour power outages, a nimble young electrician provides robin-hood style services to the poor. Meanwhile, the first female chief of the electricity utility company is on a mission to dismantle the illegal connections, for good.
Global Perspectives Collection, Independent Lens
by Mahmoud al Massad
Abu Ammar, one of thousands of ex-Mujahideen in Jordan, now struggles to support his family on his meager earnings from recycling discarded cardboard. After years of fighting against the Soviets in Afghanistan, Ammar struggles with his faith and the social realities of life in the hometown of the infamous al Qaeda leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
Independent Lens, Global Perspectives Collection, Global Voices
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 Perspectives Collection, Global Voices
by Nicole Newnham and Maren Grainger-Monsen
Amlan Ganguly, a lawyer-turned social entrepreneur, has sown hope in the poorest neighborhoods of Calcutta by empowering children to become leaders in improving health, transforming their communities for the better.
Independent Lens, Women and Girls Lead, Women of the World
by Lisa Sleeth and Jim Butterworth
Thousands of North Korean refugees risk their lives trying to escape their homeland and China, aided by activists via an underground railroad.
Independent Lens, Global Voices