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Hand Changes

by Gregory Gilbert

An investigation of the cyclic social, economic and political changes influencing farm labor on Virginia's eastern shore for 400 years.

The Homestretch

by Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly

Three homeless teens brave Chicago winters, high school pressures, and life on the streets to build a brighter future. Against the odds, they recover from a life of abandonment to create new, surprising definitions of home.

Independent Lens


by Patrick Creadon and Christine O'Malley

One Nation. Under Stress. In Debt.

Land (and how it gets that way)

by Walter Brock

A look at how land-use issues are affecting one community in Kentucky, and how the ramifications translate to other communities across the nation.

A Lion in the House

by Julia Reichert and Steve Bognar

This inspiring, harrowing and intimate series follows five children as they fight against cancer with the help of their families, nurses, and doctors over a span of six years.

Independent Lens

Livable Landscapes: By Chance or by Choice?

by Melissa Paly

Examining the connection between landscape and community in northern New England, Livable Landscapes: By Chance or By Choice? looks at how growth and sprawl affect quality of life and how a community works to preserve its unique character.

Livelyhood - The Workday that Wouldn't Die

by The Working Group

Livelyhood is a series about work life and its relationship to our families, communities and the larger questions the country faces as the economy shifts at light speed.


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

Motherland Afghanistan

by Catherine Gund, Sedika Mojadidi, and Jenny Raskin

Nearly one in seven Afghan women dies in childbirth. Follow an Afghan American filmmaker and her father to his native Afghanistan, where he brings desperately needed medical attention and expertise to the women most susceptible to maternal mortality.

Independent Lens, Global Voices, Women and Girls Lead, Women of the World

One Last Bet

by Roynn Lisa Simmons

The personal obsessions and tragedies associated with gambling addiction and the emotional crap shoot of living an addicted life.


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