Motherland Afghanistan

by Catherine Gund, Sedika Mojadidi, and Jenny Raskin

Nearly one in seven Afghan women dies in childbirth. Follow an Afghan American filmmaker and her father to his native Afghanistan, where he brings desperately needed medical attention and expertise to the women most susceptible to maternal mortality.

Women of the World, Women and Girls Lead, Global Voices, Independent Lens

On the Border of Desperation

by Nima Sarvestani

Poverty, violence, and extreme conditions in Kurdistan, Iran, are forcing Kurds like Tala into petrol smuggling over the border to Iraq at great risk.

Global Perspectives Collection

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Operation Filmmaker

by Nina Davenport

Iraqi film student Muthana Mohmed — whose school was destroyed by American bombs — lands a dream job working on a Hollywood movie.

Independent Lens

Our Summer in Tehran

by Justine Shapiro

Jewish filmmaker Justine Shapiro and her six-year-old son experience the daily life of three middle class families from very different backgrounds in Tehran, Iran.

Out Run

A film by S. Leo Chiang & Johnny Symons

The world’s only LGBT political party counts on the support of working-class queer hairdressers and transgender beauty queens to help elect a trans woman to the Philippine Congress in a historic campaign to find their voice.

Outlawed in Pakistan

by Habiba Nosheen and Hilke Schellmann

Outlawed in Pakistan tells the story of Kainat Soomro as she takes a rape case through Pakistan’s deeply flawed criminal justice system.


Poor Us: An Animated History of Poverty

by Ben Lewis

Explore the history of grand schemes to eradicate poverty, through a combination of animation, archival material, live action, anecdote, and humor.

Global Voices, Global Perspectives Collection, Why Poverty?

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Project Kashmir

by Senain Kheshgi and Geeta V. Patel

Project Kashmir tests the limits of friendship and costs of war in one of the most dangerous and beautiful places on earth.

Independent Lens

Ram Dass  Fierce Grace

by Mickey Lemie

Building on his past as a Harvard professor, LSD pioneer and spiritual leader, Ram Dass works to transform his recent experience as a stroke survivor into words of wisdom for baby boomers facing aging, death, and dying.

Independent Lens

The Real Slumdogs

by Zigzag Productions

A journey into the heart of Dharavi, Mumbai (setting for the blockbuster Slumdog Millionaire, that looks at what it's like to live in Asia's largest slum, from the point of view of the residents themselves.

Global Perspectives Collection


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