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by Margaret Brown
Crew members, families, fishermen, and others still haunted by the Deepwater Horizon explosion provide gripping first-hand accounts of their experience in a disaster that had tragic repercussions up and down the Gulf Coast and beyond.
by Jerry Rothwell, Jonny Persey, and Alison Morrow
Heavy Load follows a UK punk band — whose members include several musicians with learning disabilities — as they record their first album and take center stage at a mainstream music festival.
Global Perspectives Collection
by Gary Hustwit
A film about typography, graphic design, and global visual culture, Helvetica looks at the proliferation of a single typeface.
by Megumi Sasaki
A couple of modest means manages to build one of the most important contemporary art collections in history.
by Christine Turner
Homegoings is a moving portrait of a man and a people — and of the faith, hope and history that sustain them in the face of death. Seen through the eyes of funeral director Isaiah Owens, the beauty and grace of African American funerals are brought to life. Filmed at Owens Funeral Home in New York City's historic Harlem neighborhood, Homegoings takes an up-close look at the rarely seen world of undertaking in the black community.
by Xiaolu Guo
Working on his latest screenplay in Beijing, Hui Rao is suffering from writer’s block when he begins to live as the character he is trying to create.
Independent Lens, Global Perspectives Collection
by Orlando de Guzman
When the tsunami’s waters retreated in the Indonesian territory of Aceh, two opposing forces swept in: foreigners and the Islamic law, Sharia. Indonesia: After the Wave follows the massive influx and subsequent challenge to Aceh’s conservative moral standards.
Frontline World, Global Perspectives Collection
by Deepa Dhanraj
Muslim women from a small town in South India deliver justice in their own courts, posing a radical challenge to their traditional Muslim community and clergy.
Diverse Muslim Voices, Women of the World, Global Voices, Women and Girls Lead, Global Perspectives Collection
by Ilan Ziv
In Jesus Politics, the Bible, & the Ballot, Israeli filmmaker Ilan Ziv goes on a 2,000-mile journey across the country stopping at isolated towns and farms, rural churches and mosques to discover the complex relationship between faith and politics during the 2008 presidential primary elections.
by Sudeshna Bose
Follow a young pickpocket through the streets of Kolkata, where he plies his trade and plays a real-life game of cops and robbers...
Global Voices, Global Perspectives Collection, Independent Lens