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Frontierland / Frontierlandia

by Jesse Lerner a nd Rubén Ortiz Torres

A look at the convergence of Mexican and American cultures where least expected — in Vancouver’s Chinatown, and in the homes of European collectors of pre-Columbian art.

Garbage Dreams

by Mai Iskander

The world’s largest garbage village is just outside Cairo. The Zabaleen (Arabic for “garbage people”) recycle 80 percent of the trash they collect, but now multinational corporations threaten their livelihood.

Independent Lens, Global Voices, Global Perspectives Collection

Girl Trouble

by Lexi Leban and Lidia Szajko

Shot over a period of four years, Girl Trouble documents the compelling personal stories of three teenage girls entangled in San Francisco's failing juvenile justice system.

Independent Lens

Girls Like Us

by Jane C. Wagner and Tina DiFeliciantonio

A disarming look into the lives of teenage girls, working to shape their identities in the ’90s.

POV

God Willing

by Evangeline Griego

An exploration of an American religious sect known as "The Church" whose leader preaches a strict path to salvation and the efforts by some family members to extricate loved ones from it.

Going on 13

by Kristy Guevara-Flanagan and Dawn Valadez

A brave and unflinching look into the face of modern-day puberty, Going on 13 follows four urban girls of color over the span of four years.

Guns & Mothers

by Thom Powers

Two mothers with opposing views on gun control expand the contentious debate to include women who fall on both sides of a historically male-dominated issue.

Independent Lens

Harambee!

by Liz Nealon

A family drama set in the housing projects of Brooklyn during the African American celebration Kwanzaa, starring Howard Rollins.

Hard Road Home

by Macky Alston

Hard Road Home follows two former felons in different stages of life on the outside.

Independent Lens

A Hard Straight

by Goro Toshima

A gang member, a hustler, and a small-time dealer discover that walking out the prison gates is just the beginning in this intimate film on the experience of doing time and trying to go straight.

Independent Lens

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