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Detropia

by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady

Can the Motor City rise from its ashes? There is a growing feeling that as Detroit goes, so goes the nation. This film tells the dramatic story of a city and its most innovative people who refuse to leave the building, even as the flames are rising.

Independent Lens

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Downside Up

by Nancy Kelly

Downside Up tells the story of how a blue-collar town in rural Massachusetts reinvented itself in the post-industrial economy by opening the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art.

True Stories, Independent Lens

Education, Education

by Weijun Chen

As China's higher education system becomes more privatized, a new generation of Chinese youth are losing access to it.

Global Voices, Global Perspectives Collection, Why Poverty?

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End of the Rainbow

by Robert Nugent, Mitzi Goldman, Michel Zwecker, and Jean-Pierre Gibrat

End of the Rainbow explores the human dimensions of industrial gold-mining in two remote locations: Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo and Guinea, West Africa.

Global Perspectives Collection, Global Voices

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Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room

by Alex Gibney

An Academy Award-nominated study of one of the biggest business scandals in American history, this film chronicles a corporate disaster in which executives walked away with over $1 billion, leaving investors and employees with nothing.

Independent Lens

Escape from Affluenza: Living Better on Less

by John de Graaf

A sequel to Affluenza, a documentary which introduced Americans to the national epidemic of rampant consumerism and materialism.

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

A Fish Story

by Courtney Hayes and Tim Gallagher

A Fish Story is a tale of two women who lead their communities in a battle against a coalition of national environmental groups for control of the ocean. Three hundred years of fishing tradition and the health of the ocean hang in the balance.

Independent Lens

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Flag Wars

by Linda Goode Bryant and Laura Poitras

What happens when gay white people move into a black working-class neighborhood? This up-close look at gentrification leads viewers on a journey into a divided community.

POV

Garbage Dreams

by Mai Iskander

The world’s largest garbage village is just outside Cairo. The Zabaleen (Arabic for “garbage people”) recycle 80 percent of the trash they collect, but now multinational corporations threaten their livelihood.

Global Voices, Independent Lens, Global Perspectives Collection

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