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Sentencing the Victim

by Liz Oakley and Joanna Katz

After surviving a vicious gang-rape attack, a South Carolina woman is transformed into a committed and eloquent activist challenging laws she believes favor prisoners’ rights over victims’ rights.

Women and Girls Lead, Independent Lens


by Daniel Kraus

With the help of God, guns, and the hundreds of blood relatives that populate his jurisdiction, Sheriff Ronald E. Hewett oversees Brunswick County, North Carolina — a rural region fraught with murder, robbery, and the occasional theft of ceramic lawn ornaments.

Independent Lens

Sisters in Law

by Kim Longinotto and Florence Ayisi

A compassionate state prosecutor and court president dispense wisdom, wisecracks, and justice in fair measure at one small courthouse in Cameroon.

Women and Girls Lead, Global Voices, Independent Lens, Global Perspectives Collection

Spies of Mississippi

by Dawn Porter

Spies of Mississippi tells the story of a secret spy agency formed by the state of Mississippi to preserve segregation during the 1950s and ‘60s. Granted broad powers, this commission investigated citizens and organizations in attempts to derail the civil rights movement.

Independent Lens


by Rebecca Dreyfus

In 1990, two thieves dressed as police officers gained entrance to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, successfully executing the largest art heist in modern history.

Independent Lens

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

Troop 1500

by Ellen Spiro and Karen Bernstein

Their mothers may be convicted thieves, murderers, and drug dealers, but the Girl Scouts of Troop 1500 want to be doctors, social workers, and marine biologists.

Women and Girls Lead, Independent Lens, True Stories

Tulia, Texas

by Cassandra Herrman and Kelly Whalen

Tulia, Texas is the story of a small town’s search for justice and the price Americans pay for the nation’s war on drugs.

Independent Lens

Two Spirits

by Lydia Nibley

Fred Martinez was a Navajo boy who was also a girl. In an earlier era, he would have been revered. Instead, he was murdered.

Independent Lens

The Undocumented

by Marco Williams

The Undocumented investigates migrant deaths along the U.S.-Mexico border and the efforts of the Mexican Consulate and the medical examiner to repatriate the remains back to Mexico.

Independent Lens


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