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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

How to Survive a Plague

by David France

How to Survive a Plague is the story of two grassroots coalitions — ACT UP and Treatment Action Group — made up of innovative activists, many of them HIV-positive, who fought to turn AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition.

Independent Lens

Iron Ladies of Liberia

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

The Island President

by Jon Shenk, Bonni Cohen, and Richard Berge

The impassioned president of the Maldives struggles to save his vulnerable island nation from the tragic effects of the looming climate apocalypse.

Independent Lens, Diverse Muslim Voices

Lakshmi and Me

by Nishtha Jain and Smriti Nevatia

In this intimate examination of the relationship between Indian filmmaker Nishtha Jain and her young maid, Lakshmi, Jain holds up a mirror to her own culture and the pervasive caste system that can still determine an individual’s fate in life.

Independent Lens, Global Perspectives Collection, Global Voices

A Lion's Trail

by Francois Verster, Dan Jawitz, and Mark J. Kaplan

In the 1920s, Zulu singer Solomon Linda composed "Mbube," a hit melody in his native South Africa. Decades later, it skyrocketed to the top of the international pop charts as "The Lion Sleeps Tonight." Follow this beloved song's rocky history, from South Africa to Brooklyn and back, asking why Linda died penniless, while American artists made millions off of his music.

Independent Lens, Global Voices

Lives Worth Living

by Eric Neudel

Lives Worth Living follows one man's struggle to survive after a spinal cord injury and his role in the earliest days of the Disability Rights Movement.

Independent Lens

Our Disappeared/Nuestros Desaparecidos

by Juan Mandelbaum

They dreamed of a revolution that would transform Argentina. But what happened to this hopeful generation who suddenly “disappeared”?

Independent Lens, Global Voices

A Path Appears

by Maro Chermayeff

From the team that brought you the groundbreaking Half the Sky, A Path Appears goes to the USA, Colombia, Haiti, and Kenya to uncover the harshest forms of gender-based oppression and human rights violations, and solutions being implemented to combat them.

Women and Girls Lead, Independent Lens

Power Trip

by Paul Devlin

What happens when an American energy conglomerate purchases a state-run electricity company in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia? Balancing hot tempers, high drama and widespread corruption, Power Trip explores the implications of globalization and privatization, the chaos of post-Soviet transition, and the real power struggle behind who keeps the lights on.

Global Voices, Independent Lens

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