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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.
by Charlotte Lagarde and Lisa Denker
A portrait of Hawaiian surf legend and community activist Rell Kapolioka'ehukai Sunn, who died of breast cancer at age 47.
Independent Lens, True Stories
by Megumi Sasaki
A couple of modest means manages to build one of the most important contemporary art collections in history.
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.
by Justin Weinstein and Tyler Measom
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.
by Ramona Diaz
Clips, interviews, home movies and more reveal how the former first lady of the Philippines courted, claimed, used, and abused power for nearly four decades.
Global Voices, Independent Lens
by Daniel Junge, Siatta Scott-Johnson, Henry Ansbacher, and Jonathan Stack
Go behind the scenes with Africa’s first freely elected female head of state, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, of Liberia.
Global Voices, Women and Girls Lead, Global Perspectives Collection, Independent Lens
by Tamra Davis
Director Tamra Davis pays homage to her friend, the iconoclastic artist Jean-Michel Basquiat in this examination of a brilliant life cut short.
by Brian Gerber and Matthew Buzzell
Overcoming Kallman's Syndrome, prejudice, self-destruction and powerful enemies in the music industry, rediscovered jazz legend Jimmy Scott recounts his rise and fall and rise again as one of the most distinctive vocalists of our time.
by Dick Rude
This eight-minute mini-rockumentary features legendary Clash frontman Joe Strummer on his last tour.