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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.

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

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.

Independent Lens

Seoul Train

by Lisa Sleeth and Jim Butterworth

Thousands of North Korean refugees risk their lives trying to escape their homeland and China, aided by activists via an underground railroad.

Independent Lens, Global Voices

T-Shirt Travels

by Shantha Bloemen

An eye-opening documentary tracing how secondhand clothing donated to charity in the western world eventually lands in Zambia, Africa, and how the communities that trade and resell these clothes are impacted.

Independent Lens, Global Voices

Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai

by Lisa Merton and Alan Dater

The dramatic story of Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai, whose simple act of planting trees grew into a global movement.

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

Los Trabajadores/The Workers

by Heather Courtney

Focusing on the lives of Juan and Ramon, immigrant day laborers working in Austin, Texas, Los Trabajadores/The Workers explores the contradictions that haunt America's dependence on and discrimination against immigrant labor.

Independent Lens

Two Square Miles

by Barbara Ettinger and Sven Huseby

Two Square Miles tracks the conflicts in the small town of Hudson, New York as a proposed multinational coal-fired cement plant threatens to reshape the community.

Independent Lens

A Village Called Versailles

by S. Leo Chiang

A Village Called Versailles is the story of a Vietnamese American community on the edge of New Orleans that fought the opening of a toxic government-imposed landfill near their homes.

Global Voices, Independent Lens

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The Waiting Room

by Peter Nicks and Linda Davis

The Waiting Room is a cinema verité portrait of a California city's public safety-net hospital as it struggles to handle patient overload in a swooning economy and a constantly shifting landscape of health care policy.

Independent Lens

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