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by Jon Alpert
Filmed over two decades in the life of Vern Sager and his family, The Last Cowboy captures a family's struggle to preserve a vanishing way of life as cowboys and Indians in the Badlands of South Dakota.
by Andrew Cohn and Davy Rothbart
A community beset by a crippled economy and dwindling population is the setting for this documentary following a down-but-not-out varsity basketball team over a season. The team’s struggle to compete parallels the town’s own fight for survival.
by Mary John. Prairie PTV, and CEN
The history of the Native American Spirit Lake Nation through three generations of one family.
Produced and Directed by Rita Baghdadi and Jeremiah Hammerling
Generations of family farming go up in flames as North Dakota oil rush leaves human memory, culture and identity scorched in its wake. My Country, No More follows one rural American family’s path of resistance through the rise and fall of the boom.
by Eileen Littig
An examination of the origins and consequences of immigration patterns in Wisconsin established for Southeast Asian and Latino immigrants.
by Lisa Blackstone
Each July for more than 30 years, polka lovers from around the United States have descended on the tiny rural town of Gibbon, Minnesota for the Gibbon Polka Fest.
by Taggart Siegel and Teri Lang
Against all odds, John Peterson abandons conventional chemical farming and fights local hysteria to build a thriving organic farm and a progressive farm community.
by Tracy Droz Tragos and Andrew Droz Palermo
Rich Hill follows three teenage boys, Andrew, Harley, and Appachey, as they struggle with isolation, broken families, and lack of opportunity, providing an immersive and realistic picture of growing up poor in America.
by Debra Granik
Portrait of a veteran, Stray Dog is at once a powerful look at the vet experience, a surprising love story, and a fresh exploration of what it takes to survive in the hardscrabble heartland of America.
by John Whitehead
The gang-related murder/suicide of four teenagers rocks a quiet Wisconsin community.