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The Last Cowboy

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.

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Medora

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.

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Mitakuye Oyasin: All My Relatives

by Mary John. Prairie PTV, and CEN

The history of the Native American Spirit Lake Nation through three generations of one family.

New Faces on Main Street

by Eileen Littig

An examination of the origins and consequences of immigration patterns in Wisconsin established for Southeast Asian and Latino immigrants.

Polka Time

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.

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The Real Dirt on Farmer John

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.

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Rich Hill

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.

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Wannabe: Life and Death in a Small Town Gang

by John Whitehead

The gang-related murder/suicide of four teenagers rocks a quiet Wisconsin community.

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