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Hope Along the Wind: The Life of Harry Hay

by Eric Slade and Jack Walsh

Hope Along the Wind: The Life of Harry Hay examines how through a landmark lawsuit against the Los Angeles Police Department, activist Harry Hay and his group, the Mattachine Society, changed the face of gay rights in America.

I.M. Pei: Building China Modern

by Eugene Shirley

After 70 years in the U.S., renowned architect I.M. Pei returns to his ancestral home of Suzhou, China to build a modern museum in this ancient city.

American Masters

If I Can't Do It

by Walter Brock

An unflinching portrait of a disabled man who is pushing for independence and an equal slice of the American pie.


If I Had a Hammer

by Tim Brachoki

Pete Seeger’s life and music serves as a parallel narrative to the struggles for increased democracy and social justice in America since 1930.


by Ramona Diaz

Clips, interviews, home movies and more reveal how the former first lady of the Philippines courted, claimed, used, and abused power for nearly four decades.

Global Voices, Independent Lens

In the Family

by Joanna Rudnick

In the Family follows filmmaker Joanna Rudnick as she navigates an uncertain world with the knowledge that she has an 85 percent lifetime risk of breast cancer and a 60-percent lifetime risk of ovarian cancer.


In the Realms of the Unreal

by Jessica Yu

This experimental documentary portrays the work of Henry Darger, a janitor by day and “outsider artist” by night who transcended social isolation and poverty by creating his own world through art.


Iron Ladies of Liberia

by Daniel Junge, Siatta Scott-Johnson, Henry Ansbacher, and Jonathan Stack

Go behind the scenes with Africa’s first freely elected female head of state, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, of Liberia.

Global Voices, Women and Girls Lead, Global Perspectives Collection, Independent Lens

Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child

by Tamra Davis

Director Tamra Davis pays homage to her friend, the iconoclastic artist Jean-Michel Basquiat in this examination of a brilliant life cut short.

Independent Lens

Jimmy Scott: If You Only Knew

by Brian Gerber and Matthew Buzzell

Overcoming Kallman's Syndrome, prejudice, self-destruction and powerful enemies in the music industry, rediscovered jazz legend Jimmy Scott recounts his rise and fall and rise again as one of the most distinctive vocalists of our time.

Independent Lens


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