Viewing Topic: BiographyView All
Every Child Is Born a Poet: The Life and Work of Piri Thomas

by Jonathan Robinson

Every Child is Born a Poet is a multimedia chronicle of Nuyorican author Piri Thomas’s transformation from gang member and prison convict to acclaimed writer, activist, and educator.

Independent Lens, True Stories

The Farmer's Wife

by David Sutherland

A landmark portrait of three tumultuous years in the life of a Nebraska farm couple, chronicling three years of their struggle to save their farm and their marriage.

Frontline

February One: The Story of the Greensboro Four

by Rebecca Cerese and Steven Channing

One day at a Woolworth lunch counter, four young men changed the course of history.

Independent Lens

The Fight in the Fields: Cesar Chavez and the Farmworkers' Struggle

by Rick Tejada-Flores and Ray Telles

This is the story of the United Farmworkers Union (UFW) and its leader Cesar Chavez, who inspired Latino activism of the ’60s and ’70s, and involved millions in a nonviolent struggle for social justice.

First Face: The Buck Starts Here

by Jim Wolpaw and Steven Gentile

George Washington visited the home of artist Gilbert Stuart to sit for what is considered one of the most famous portraits ever created — Washington’s stoic image on the one dollar bill.

Garbage Warrior

by Oliver Hodge and Rachel Wexler

Garbage Warrior tells the story of maverick architect Michael Reynolds, his crew of renegade house builders from New Mexico, and their fight to introduce radically different ways of living.

Global Perspectives Collection

Garrison Keillor: The Man on the Radio in the Red Shoes

by Peter Rosen

American Masters

Golden Threads

by Lucy Winer and Karen Eaton

Profiling the life of lesbian activist Christine Burton, Golden Threads is about growing old in America.

POV

Grey Gardens: From East Hampton to Broadway

by Kelly and Lou Gonda, with Albert Maysles

How did two women living in unimaginable squalor and total isolation become legendary icons? And how did their gothic story end up as, of all things, a Broadway musical?

Independent Lens

Hansel Mieth: Vagabond Photographer

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.

Independent Lens

EXPLORE FILMS

By Topic