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Digital Divide

by David Bolt

This series examines the role technology plays in deepening societal divisions based on race, gender and class, and how the lack of access to computers threatens to widen these gaps.

Dottie Gets Spanked

by Todd Haynes

In one of his early short films — and the only one made for TV — writer/director Todd Haynes tells the post-war suburban tale of a boy whose obsession with an I Love Lucy-esque television comedienne exacerbates his social status as a “feminino,” and his father’s disgust at his “sissified” ways.

The Fire Next Time

by Patrice O'Neill

Against the dramatic backdrop of Northwest Montana, The Fire Next Time profiles a rapidly growing community caught in a web of intolerance and conflict.


A Fragile Trust: Plagiarism, Power, and Jayson Blair at The New York Times

by Samantha Grant

A Fragile Trust: Plagiarism, Power, and Jayson Blair at The New York Times tells the shocking story of Jayson Blair, the most infamous serial plagiarist of our time, and how he unleashed the massive scandal that rocked The New York Times and the entire world of journalism.

Independent Lens

Hansel Mieth: Vagabond Photographer

by Nancy Schiesari

A look at the life of one of America’s great women photographers, one of the first staff photographers at LIFE magazine, whose Depression-era photos and commitment to social justice inspired concerned artists everywhere.

Independent Lens

Happy Fun Room

by Greg Pak

The host of a once-popular kid’s show clashes with child co-stars and crew. The world’s changed and the show’s messages may no longer apply. Can she adapt?



by Gary Hustwit

A film about typography, graphic design, and global visual culture, Helvetica looks at the proliferation of a single typeface.

Independent Lens

Herskovits at the Heart of Blackness

by Llewellyn Smith, Christine Herbes-Sommers, and Vincent Brown

Herskovits at the Heart of Blackness examines the life and work of the Jewish anthropologist Melville Herskovits, whose writings challenged prevailing notions of race and culture.

Independent Lens

High Tech, Low Life

by Stephen T. Maing

Inspired by a search for truth and the potential for fame, a young vegetable seller from Hunan province challenges the boundaries of free speech by reporting on censored news stories in cities throughout China.


Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes

by Byron Hurt

Take an in-depth look at masculinity in rap music and hip-hop culture — where creative genius, poetic beauty, and mad beats collide with misogyny, violence, and homophobia.

Independent Lens, Women and Girls Lead


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