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Maid in America

by Anayansi Prado

Meet Telma, Eva, and Judith, three undocumented workers who toil as cooks, housekeepers, and even surrogate mothers — often at the expense of their own families — as they attempt to pursue their American dreams.

Global Voices, True Stories, Independent Lens

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

The New Americans

by Gordon Quinn, Gita Saedi, and Steve James

Follow a diverse group of immigrants and refugees as they leave their home and families behind and learn what it means to be new Americans in the 21st century.

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

No Más Bebés

by Renee Tajima-Peña and Virginia Espino

At a large Los Angeles maternity ward in the 1960s and 1970s, Mexican-American mothers were frequently pushed into tubal ligations in the late stages of labor — often based on little more than the question “More babies?”

Independent Lens

No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo & Vilmos

by James Chressanthis

Two Hungarian film students escaped communist Hungary in 1956, with little more than a camera and a shopping bag full of film. Over the next 50 years, Laszlo Kovacs and Vilmos Zsigmond would reinvent Hollywood moviemaking for an entire generation — and maintain an iron-clad friendship along the way.

Independent Lens

Operation Filmmaker

by Nina Davenport

Iraqi film student Muthana Mohmed — whose school was destroyed by American bombs — lands a dream job working on a Hollywood movie.

Independent Lens

Pushing the Elephant

by Beth Davenport and Elizabeth Mandel

A story of forgiveness, hope, and the joy of family life, Pushing the Elephant captures one woman’s mission for peace in her country beset by genocidal violence.

Women of the World, Global Perspectives Collection, Women and Girls Lead, Independent Lens


by Spencer Nakasako

Three young Cambodian American men return to the land of their roots wielding video cameras to document their experience of meeting fathers, sisters, and brothers for the first time.

Global Voices, Independent Lens

Sentenced Home

by Nicole Newnham and David Grabias

Raised as Americans in inner-city projects near Seattle, three young Cambodian men are deported back to Cambodia, caught between a tragic past and an uncertain future by a system that doesn't offer any second chances.

Global Voices, Independent Lens


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