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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 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.
by David Berger and Holly Maxon
An insider's view of jazz and life in 20th-century America, as told by legendary bassist and photographer Milt Hinton (1910-2000) and his fellow musicians.
by Ela Troyano
Legendary Afro-Cuban pop singer Lupe Yoli, the Queen of Latin Soul, was famous for her emotional — and controversial — performances before her tragic death in 1992.