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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.


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

How to Survive a Plague

by David France

How to Survive a Plague is the story of two grassroots coalitions — ACT UP and Treatment Action Group — made up of innovative activists, many of them HIV-positive, who fought to turn AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition.

Independent Lens

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

Indonesia: After the Wave

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

Invoking Justice

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

Jesus Politics, the Bible, & the Ballot

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.

Journals of a Wily School

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

Karla's Arrival

by Koen Suidgeest

Karla's Arrival explores the subculture of Managua's second-generation street kids through the experience of a 19-year-old mother raising her child on the same streets she grew up on.

Global Perspectives Collection

King Kamehameha: A Legacy Renewed

by Mary Baker

King Kamehameha: A Legacy Renewed documents how the town of Kohala, Hawaii is transformed when an art conservator arrives to restore the community's cherished bronze sculpture.


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