American Made

by Sharat Raju and Marcus Cano

American Made confronts issues of tradition, faith, conformity and sacrifice when a Sikh American family is stranded in the desert on their way to the Grand Canyon.

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Art & Copy

by Doug Pray

Meet the real Mad Men (and women!) in Art & Copy, an intimate look at the people behind the curtain of modern consumer culture.

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Arusi Persian Wedding

by Marjan Tehrani

Iranian American filmmaker Marjan Tehrani chronicles her brother's return to Iran as he travels with his American wife to have a traditional Persian wedding and explore his lost heritage.

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As Goes Janesville

by Brad Lichtenstein

From the day the GM factory closes through a showdown with national resonance at the state capitol, As Goes Janesville traces the impact of the economic crisis on the people of Janesville, Wisconsin.

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Ask Not

by Johnny Symons

As wars rage in the Middle East, the U.S. military is eager for more recruits — unless they happen to be openly gay.

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At Berkeley

by Frederick Wiseman

Explore the major aspects of university life at The University of California at Berkeley, the oldest and most prestigious member of a 10-campus public education system, and one of the finest research and teaching facilities in the world.

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At Home in Utopia

by Michal Goldman and Ellen Brodsky

New York City cops in the Great Depression called it Little Moscow, but for the 2,000 Jewish immigrant residents of the United Workers Cooperative Colony, a.k.a. “the Coops,” it was their first taste of the American dream. At Home in Utopia bears witness to an epic social experiment, following two generations of residents and their commitment to radical ideas of racial equality and rights for tenants and workers.

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The Atom Smashers

by Clayton Brown, Monica Ross, and Andrew Suprenant

After funding cut backs, Fermilab — a premier U.S. government research laboratory focusing on particle physics — is struggling to survive. Physics, politics and international competition collide as scientists race to find one of the most elusive sub-atomic particles ever theorized: the Higgs boson.

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Baby Mama High

by Heather Ross

It’s the last few weeks of high school for Yessenia, a soft-spoken senior with two small daughters and a boyfriend who’d rather she stay at home than go to school. Yessenia is forced to choose: stand up for herself and her daughters, or give in to expectation.

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Banished

by Marco Williams

From the 1860s to the 1920s, towns across the U.S. violently expelled African American residents. Today, these communities remain virtually all white. As black descendants return to demand justice, Banished exposes the hidden history of racial cleansing in America.

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