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by Lourdes Portillo
The Devil Never Sleeps is a “whodunit” documentary about family secrets. Filmmaker Lourdes Portillo travels to Mexico to learn the truth about her wealthy uncle’s death.
by Immy Humes
The amazing adventures of novelist and Paris Review founder Harold Louis “Doc” Humes — featuring a paper house, the Hip Messiah, Don Peyote, Leary, Mailer, Auster, and the FBI. A story about ideas, drugs, literature, protest, and paranoia, that sheds light on American cultural history as well as an original mind.
Global Voices, Independent Lens
by Christen Hepuakoamana‘a Marquez
Filmmaker Christen Marquez's drive to learn the meaning of her enigmatic Hawaiian name impels her to unite her scattered family and come to terms with her estranged, mentally ill mother, who is the only person in the world who knows the meaning of her name.
by Natalia Almada
Filmmaker Natalia Almada brings to life audio recordings she inherited about her great-grandfather, General Plutarco Elías Calles, a revolutionary general who became president of Mexico in 1924.
Global Voices, POV
by Geoffrey Smith and Rachel Wexler
A British neurosurgeon confronts the dilemmas of the doctor-patient relationship on his latest mission to Ukraine.
Global Voices, POV, Global Perspectives Collection
by Darius Clark Monroe
In this gripping blend of documentary, true crime, and personal essay, a filmmaker confronts his past, dissecting the circumstances that led him to commit a bank robbery as a young man, and his journey of reflection and forgiveness.
by Deann Borshay
In 1966, Deann Borshay Liem was adopted by an American family and was sent from Korea to her new home. Growing up in California, the memory of her birth family was nearly obliterated until recurring dreams lead Borshay Liem to discover the truth: her Korean mother was very much alive.
POV, True Stories
by Lucy Winer and Karen Eaton
Profiling the life of lesbian activist Christine Burton, Golden Threads is about growing old in America.
by Judith Helfand
A woman who contracted cancer as the result of exposure to a synthetic hormone in utero documents her journey with humor and grace.
by Tyler Meason
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.