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Hell and Back Again

by Danfung Dennis

What does it mean to lead men in war? What does it mean to come home — injured physically and psychologically — and build a life anew?

Independent Lens

Kind Hearted Woman

by David R. Sutherland

In a special two-part series, acclaimed filmmaker David Sutherland creates an unforgettable portrait of Robin Charboneau, a 32-year-old divorced single mother and Oglala Sioux woman living on North Dakota’s Spirit Lake Reservation.

Frontline, Independent Lens, Women and Girls Lead

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King Corn

by Aaron Woolf, Curt Ellis, and Ian Cheney

Two recent college graduates plant a single acre of the nation's most powerful crop--corn--and set out to follow it on its journey from a seed to the dinner plate.

Independent Lens

Knee Deep

by Michael Chandler

The true story of attempted murder in a small town in Maine.

Independent Lens

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.

Independent Lens

March Point

by Tracy Rector and Annie Silverstein of Longhouse Media

The journey of three teens from the Swinomish Indian Tribe who make a film about the threat from two local oil refineries.

Independent Lens

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.

Independent Lens

Miss Navajo

by Billy Luther

Following pageant contestants in their quest for the Miss Navajo Nation crown, and featuring personal stories of recent winners, Miss Navajo is a unique celebration of womanhood.

Independent Lens

Muskrat Lovely

by Amy Nicholson

A portrait of a close-knit Chesapeake Bay community and its annual National Outdoor Show, Muskrat Lovely traces the events leading up to the 50th crowning of Miss Outdoors.

Independent Lens

Off the Charts: The Song-Poem Story

by Jamie Meltzer

An engaging look at the fascinating subculture of the song-poem industry, where a dream and a song come together as ordinary people mail in their poems to be set to music for a fee.

True Stories, Independent Lens

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