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First Person Plural

by Deann Borshay

In 1966, Deann Borshay Liem was adopted by an American family and was sent from Korea to her new home. Growing up in California, the memory of her birth family was nearly obliterated until recurring dreams lead Borshay Liem to discover the truth: her Korean mother was very much alive.

POV, True Stories

Golden Threads

by Lucy Winer and Karen Eaton

Profiling the life of lesbian activist Christine Burton, Golden Threads is about growing old in America.


A Healthy Baby Girl

by Judith Helfand

A woman who contracted cancer as the result of exposure to a synthetic hormone in utero documents her journey with humor and grace.


An Honest Liar

by Tyler Meason

An Honest Liar is the story of world-famous magician, escape artist, and renowned enemy of deception James “The Amazing” Randi, bringing to life Randi’s intricate investigations that publicly exposed psychics, faith healers, and con-artists with quasi-religious fervor.

Independent Lens

The Horse Boy

by Michel Orion Scott

When their son is diagnosed with autism, one Texas couple seeks the best medical treatment. Nothing works — until they discover their son’s connection to horses, and take a spiritual journey to Mongolia on an epic quest for healing.

Independent Lens

House of Girls

by Karen Cooper

Five young women share thoughts about the difficulties and joys of being alive and female.

I Stare at You and Dream

by Susan Mogul

The filmmaker and three friends reveal their struggles, wounds and romantic entanglements in an intimate look at four lives in progress.

In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee

by Deann Borshay Liem

Filmmaker Deann Borshay Liem goes on a quest to search for her “double” — a girl named Cha Jung Hee — in an attempt to resolve a case of mistaken identity when a South Korean orphanage switched their identities.

POV, Global Voices

The Jew in the Lotus

by Laurel Chiten and Lucia Small

The story of eight Jewish delegates invited to India by the Dalai Lama to share the secret of the Jewish people’s spiritual survival in exile.

Kelly Loves Tony

by Spencer Nakasako

A young Southeast Asian couple wrestle with the nebulous cultural zone between first and second generation immigrant life.



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