by Kyoko Miyake
What led the driver of a Japanese commuter train to speed dangerously, causing a deadly crash? Brakeless investigates this tragic case and whether Japanese society’s pursuit of efficiency at all costs was in part to blame.
By Rodney Evans, Jim McKay, and Aimee Schoof
Bruce Nugent, the black gay writer who co-founded the journal Fire!! with Langston Hughes and others, inspires a gay teenager through memories of the Harlem Renaissance.
by Reuben Atlas
The brotherhood of the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble is literal. Not-always-willing participants in an unorthodox upbringing, the eight boys were forged into a band as children by their father, Chicago jazz maverick Phil Cohran. Now as young men, making their way on the streets of New York and in the music business, with stardom on the horizon, they must test their father's ideals against their own brotherly vision.
by Lee Hirsch
Highlighting the challenges faced by bullied kids, Bully shows parents and teachers addressing aggressive behaviors beyond “kids will be kids” clichés, and captures a growing movement to change how bullying is handled.
by Pamela Roberts
Butte, America chronicles the rise and fall of a small mining town with a larger-than-life spirit — where fortunes were made and lost, and where community was precious, but life was cheap.
by Danny Alpert
It takes a true calling to make faith a way of life.
Independent Lens, Diverse Muslim Voices
by Frank Popper
Follow the 2004 Missouri Democratic primary to replace retiring former House Majority Leader Dick Gephardt from inside the campaign of Jeff Smith, a 29-year-old part time political science teacher.
by Betty Bastidas and Madeline Bair
Can't Hold Me Back follows Detroit teen Fernando Parraz as he overcomes a mountain of roadblocks to become the first in his family to earn a high school diploma — his ticket out of the struggles of inner-city poverty and violence.
by Linda Hattendorf and Masahiro Yoshikawa
When 9/11 threatens 80-year-old Jimmy Mirikitani's life on the streets of New York, the artist begins to confront his painful past and finds hope, humanity, and home.
by Jordan Mechner, Don Normark, Andrew Anderson, and Mark Moran
Don Normark's haunting photographs evoke a lost Mexican-American village in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, razed in the 1950s to build Dodger Stadium.