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Butte, America

by Pamela Roberts

Butte, America chronicles the rise and fall of a small mining town with a larger-than-life spirit — where fortunes were made and lost, and where community was precious, but life was cheap.

Independent Lens

California and the American Dream

By Paul Espinosa, Lyn Goldfarb, Jed Riffe, and Emiko Omori

Exploring the dynamics of culture, community, and identity in one of the world’s most diverse regions, the four-part series California and the American Dream reveals how the last 35 years of divergent social trends have changed the state’s Hollywood dreamscape image of the past.

The Caviar Connection

by Dragan Nikolic and Jovana Nikolic

A fishing roulette about the Rat brothers, cats, dogs, and caviar.

Global Voices, Global Perspectives Collection

Children of the Amazon

by Denise Zmekhol

This inspiring story of struggle and resilience reveals how we are all “children of the Amazon,” breathing the same air and sharing the same fate.

Children of the Northern Lights

by Andrew MacLean

Two astronauts on a prospecting mission to find a new supply of energy crash land on a distant planet, where alien beings offer a chance at a survival — but at a great cost.

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Claiming Open Spaces

by Austin Allen

Claiming Open Spaces explores African-American culture as it clashes with the design of the modern American city. The film includes a comprehensive section on New Orleans — the vital place of historical significance that this city holds, and its role in continuing African American tradition and culture. The film is both a critical examination of the design and histories of American urban open space, as well as a celebration of leisure, recreation, and resistance.

Coal Bucket Outlaw

by Tom Hansell

Built around one day in the life of a Kentucky coal truck driver, Coal Bucket Outlaw offers a startling glimpse into the lives of working people who haul the nation's fuel.

Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek

by Leah Mahan

When the graves of former slaves are bulldozed in Mississippi, a native son returns to protect the community they settled — a place now threatened by urban sprawl, hurricanes, and an unprecedented man-made disaster.

America ReFramed

Cooked

by Judith A. Helfand

Cooked looks at the repercussions from the 1995 Chicago heat wave — the most traumatic in U.S. history — and its relationship with Chicago's entrenched poverty, economic and social isolation, and racism.

Cowboys in India

by Simon Chambers, Teddy Leifer, and Paul Taylor

Aided by two locals, director Simon Chambers goes to the poorest area in India where a tribe is fighting to save a sacred mountain from multinational mining moguls who say its resources will bring prosperity to the people.

Global Perspectives Collection, Global Voices

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