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Okie Noodling

by Bradley Beesley

There’s nothing quite like the thrill of catching a 60-pound catfish with your bare hands ("noodling"), and that’s just what Oklahoma fishermen have been doing for hundreds of years.

True Stories

Red White Black & Blue

by Tom Putnam

In a secret battle that cost thousands of lives but was never revealed to the American public, the Japanese army invaded Alaska in June 1942. Sixty years later, two veterans embark on an intense and emotional journey, returning to their former battlefield.

Independent Lens

The Return

by Katie Galloway and Kelly Duane de la Vega

The Return weaves together stories of those affected after California voters passed Prop. 36, which amended the harsh 3 Strikes Law, the first time U.S. history citizens voted to shorten sentences of the incarcerated.

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

A Son's Sacrifice

by Yoni Brook and Musa Syeed

When 27-year-old Imran Uddin struggles to take over his father’s halal slaughterhouse during the annual Qurbani holiday, he leads the local Muslim community in a ritual that tests his devotion to his family and his faith.

Global Voices, Independent Lens, Diverse Muslim Voices

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Sons of Cuba

by Andrew Lang

Deep in the the unseen heart of modern-day Cuba, a group of unforgettable young boxers fights not only for their own dreams, for the fading memory of the Revolution.

Global Voices

Stray Dog

by Debra Granik

Portrait of a veteran, Stray Dog is at once a powerful look at the vet experience, a surprising love story, and a fresh exploration of what it takes to survive in the hardscrabble heartland of America.

Independent Lens

Sumo East and West

by Ferne Pearlstein and Robert Edwards

One of Japan’s most time-honored and insular traditions, sumo wrestling offers an earthshaking window into the cultural collision of East and West, as worldwide interest grows and increasing numbers of foreigners rise to the top professional ranks.

Global Voices, Independent Lens

Victory Is Your Duty

by Andrew Lang and Mandy Chang

At the legendary Havana Boxing Academy, physical training and revolutionary indoctrination go hand in hand, grooming young boys to fight for the honor of the Cuban revolution.

Global Perspectives Collection, Wide Angle

Young Yakuza

by Jean Pierre Limosin and Christian Baute

When a troubled young man rejects school, jobs, and family, his desperate mother decides to take one last chance to save him — by handing him over to the Japanese mafia for one year and letting him choose his own path.

Global Voices, Global Perspectives Collection

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