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A Healthy Baby Girl

by Judith Helfand

A woman who contracted cancer as the result of exposure to a synthetic hormone in utero documents her journey with humor and grace.


An Honest Liar

by Tyler Meason

An Honest Liar is the story of world-famous magician, escape artist, and renowned enemy of deception James “The Amazing” Randi, bringing to life Randi’s intricate investigations that publicly exposed psychics, faith healers, and con-artists with quasi-religious fervor.

Independent Lens

The Horse Boy

by Michel Orion Scott

When their son is diagnosed with autism, one Texas couple seeks the best medical treatment. Nothing works — until they discover their son’s connection to horses, and take a spiritual journey to Mongolia on an epic quest for healing.

Independent Lens

House of Girls

by Karen Cooper

Five young women share thoughts about the difficulties and joys of being alive and female.

How Is Your Fish Today?

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

I Stare at You and Dream

by Susan Mogul

The filmmaker and three friends reveal their struggles, wounds and romantic entanglements in an intimate look at four lives in progress.

In Football We Trust

by Tony Vainuku

In Football We Trust is the yet-untold story of the Polynesian football pipeline, from the Islands to Utah via the Mormon Church — to the NFL.

Independent Lens

In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee

by Deann Borshay Liem

Filmmaker Deann Borshay Liem goes on a quest to search for her “double” — a girl named Cha Jung Hee — in an attempt to resolve a case of mistaken identity when a South Korean orphanage switched their identities.

POV, Global Voices

In the Shadow of the Sun

by Harry Freeland

An intimate story about two very different members of a remote islands' albino community in Tanzania, as a wave of brutal killings targeting people with albinism sweeps their country.

Global Voices, Global Perspectives Collection

The Jew in the Lotus

by Laurel Chiten and Lucia Small

The story of eight Jewish delegates invited to India by the Dalai Lama to share the secret of the Jewish people’s spiritual survival in exile.


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