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Lost Sparrow

by Chris Billing

Three decades ago, two Crow Indian brothers ran away from home and no one knew why. Their sudden and mysterious deaths sent shockwaves through a tiny upstate New York community. Lost Sparrow is their adoptive brother's journey to bring Bobby and Tyler home and confront a painful truth that shattered his family.

Independent Lens

Love Free or Die

by Macky Alston and Sandra Itkoff

Faith, love, marriage, homosexuality, and the Episcopal Church collide in the first openly gay Bishop Gene Robinson of New Hampshire.

Independent Lens

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Mary Lou Williams: The Lady Who Swings the Band

by Carol Bash

From the birth of jazz to the height of rock and roll, Mary Lou Williams was a leading musical innovator who was determined to create in a world that could not see past her race or gender.

Women and Girls Lead

Maya Angelou: The People's Poet

by Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn Whack

The full story of the eloquent poet, writer, and performer Maya Angelou, from the depths of her hardscrabble roots in the Depression-era South to her finding international fame as one of our greatest living authors and social commentators.

American Masters


by Geralyn Pezanoski

Mine is a powerful story about the essential bond between humans and animals, told against the backdrop of one of the worst disasters in U.S. history.

Independent Lens

Muscle Shoals

by Greg "Freddy" Camalier

Muscle Shoals, Alabama is the unlikely breeding ground for some of America's most creative and defiant music. This film is a history of the small Alabama city’s remarkable legacy in rock and soul music, focusing in large part on the huge contributions from FAME Studios founder Rick Hall.

Independent Lens

Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property

by Frank Christopher, Charles Burnett, and Kenneth Greenberg

The historical search for the mysterious Nat Turner, leader of the legendary 1831 slave rebellion, has inspired academics, novelists, dramatists, and others in a fierce battle over who he was and what he means to America.

Independent Lens

Negroes with Guns: Rob Williams and Black Power

by Sandra Dickson, Churchill Roberts, Cara Pilson, and Cindy Hill

Negroes with Guns follows Robert Williams’s journey from North Carolina community leader to exile in Cuba and China, a journey that brought the issue of armed self-defense to the forefront of the Black Power and civil rights movements.

Independent Lens

The New Black

by Yoruba Richen

Centering on the historic fight to win marriage equality in Maryland, The New Black takes viewers into the pews, onto the streets, and provides a seat at the kitchen table as it looks at how the African American community grapples with the divisive gay rights issue.

Women and Girls Lead, Independent Lens

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Niños de la Memoria

by Kathryn Smith Pyle and María Teresa Rodríguez

Hundreds — possibly thousands — of children disappeared from El Salvador in the midst of that country's civil war in the 1980s. Niños de la Memoría follows three of those children as they return to their native country in search of identity and answers.

Global Voices


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