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Journals of a Wily School

by Sudeshna Bose

Follow a young pickpocket through the streets of Kolkata, where he plies his trade and plays a real-life game of cops and robbers...

Global Voices, Global Perspectives Collection, Independent Lens

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July '64

by Christine Christopher and Carvin Eison

In the summer of 1964, a three-night riot erupted in two predominantly black neighborhoods in downtown Rochester, New York.

Independent Lens

La Sierra

by Scott Dalton and Margarita Martinez

La Sierra follows the lives of three young people living in a Medellín, Colombia neighborhood ruled by violence and a group of teenage paramilitants as they confront war, death, and love.

Independent Lens

Let the Church Say Amen

by David Petersen

In an impoverished Washington, D.C. neighborhood just blocks from the White House, unemployment, homelessness, and violence are part of everyday life. But for some residents, strength and salvation can be found in a tiny storefront church — a former corner store turned spiritual sanctuary.

Independent Lens

Let the Fire Burn

by Jason Osder

Documentary brings to life one of the most tumultuous clashes between government and citizens in modern U.S. history, as a longtime feud between Philadelphia police and controversial radical urban group MOVE came to a tragic climax in 1985.

Independent Lens

Los Angeles Now

by Phillip Rodriguez

Los Angeles Now looks beyond Baywatch and Blade Runner to create a fresh, candid portrait of the future of America’s second largest and most multicultural city.

True Stories, Independent Lens

Maid in America

by Anayansi Prado

Meet Telma, Eva, and Judith, three undocumented workers who toil as cooks, housekeepers, and even surrogate mothers — often at the expense of their own families — as they attempt to pursue their American dreams.

Global Voices, True Stories, Independent Lens

One Night at the Grand Star

by Natasha Uppal

How did L.A.'s Grand Star restaurant become one of the city's liveliest, intergenerational, and culturally-integrated neighborhood nightclubs?

Independent Lens

Ovarian Psycos

By Joanna Sokolowski and Kate Trumbull-LaValle

Based in the heart of Los Angeles’ Eastside, and building upon the legacy of the Chicano/a and civil rights movement, the irreverently named Ovarian Psycos Cycle Brigade are a ferocious and unapologetic group of young women of color, cycling through the barrios and boulevards of the Eastside, committed to collectively confronting racism and violence, and demanding and creating safe spaces for women.

Independent Lens

The Powerbroker: Whitney Young's Fight for Civil Rights

by Bonnie Boswell

Whitney Young was one of the most powerful, controversial, and largely forgotten leaders of the civil rights movement.

Independent Lens

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