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Muscle Shoals

by Greg "Freddy" Camalier

Muscle Shoals, Alabama is the unlikely breeding ground for some of America's most creative and defiant music. This film is a history of the small Alabama city’s remarkable legacy in rock and soul music, focusing in large part on the huge contributions from FAME Studios founder Rick Hall.

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Muskrat Lovely

by Amy Nicholson

A portrait of a close-knit Chesapeake Bay community and its annual National Outdoor Show, Muskrat Lovely traces the events leading up to the 50th crowning of Miss Outdoors.

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Newtown

Newtown explores the aftermath of the mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, where 20 first-graders and six of their educators were killed on December 14, 2012.

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Objectified

by Gary Hustwit

Through vérité footage and in-depth conversations, Objectified documents the creative processes of some of the world’s most influential product designers, and looks at how the things they make impact our lives.

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The Order of Myths

by Margaret Brown

Beneath the surface of pageantry at America’s oldest Mardi Gras lies a complex story about race relations and the ever-present racial divide in America.

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The Parking Lot Movie

by Meghan Eckman

The Parking Lot Movie chronicles the rarefied world of one small parking lot in a college town, and the asphalt philosophers who work as attendants there.

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Recycle

by Mahmoud al Massad

Abu Ammar, one of thousands of ex-Mujahideen in Jordan, now struggles to support his family on his meager earnings from recycling discarded cardboard. After years of fighting against the Soviets in Afghanistan, Ammar struggles with his faith and the social realities of life in the hometown of the infamous al Qaeda leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

Global Voices, Global Perspectives Collection, Independent Lens

The Revolutionary Optimists

by Nicole Newnham and Maren Grainger-Monsen

Amlan Ganguly, a lawyer-turned social entrepreneur, has sown hope in the poorest neighborhoods of Calcutta by empowering children to become leaders in improving health, transforming their communities for the better.

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

Rich Hill

by Tracy Droz Tragos and Andrew Droz Palermo

Rich Hill follows three teenage boys, Andrew, Harley, and Appachey, as they struggle with isolation, broken families, and lack of opportunity, providing an immersive and realistic picture of growing up poor in America.

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Scenes from a Parish

by James Rutenbeck

At St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Lawrence, Massachusetts, “Love thy neighbor” is easier said than done when immigration uncovers ethnic tensions that threaten to split the congregation.

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