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Broken Heart Land

by Jeremy and Randy Stulberg

A conservative Oklahoma family is shattered when their gay teenage son commits suicide after a town debate about Gay and Lesbian History Month. As they unravel the mystery behind his death, they discover a tragic secret, and begin to question their own civic responsibility.

By Invitation Only

by Rebecca Snedeker

New Orleans filmmaker Rebecca Snedeker gives an unprecedented look at the secrets and inner workings of the old-line Carnival societies and debutante balls of Mardi Gras.

Country Boys

by David Sutherland

Country Boys is a universal coming-of-age story told through the eyes of Chris and Cody, two teenage boys struggling to find meaning and direction as they grow up in one of America’s poorest regions.

Frontline

The Education of Shelby Knox

by Marion Lipshutz and Rose Rosenblatt

When Texas teenager Shelby Knox joins a youth group on a campaign for better sex education in high schools, she begins to question her deeply conservative Southern Baptist upbringing.

POV

The Eyes of Me

by Keith Maitland

How do you see yourself, when you can’t see at all? Follow four visually impaired teenagers in Texas as they face the usual challenges of adolescence while simultaneously learning to navigate a world designed for the sighted.

Independent Lens

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For Once in My Life

by Jim Bigham and Mark Moormann

Every member of the Spirit of Goodwill band copes with incredible challenges and obstacles, but nothing holds them back when it's time to rock the house.

Independent Lens

Girl, Adopted

by Melanie Judd and Susan Motamed

Girl, Adopted is a contemporary coming-of-age story that follows 13-year-old Weynsht from her orphanage in Ethiopia's capital city to an adoptive American family in rural Arkansas.

Global Voices

Larry v. Lockney

by Mark Birnbaum and Jim Schermbeck

When Larry Tannahill and the ACLU challenge a proposal for mandatory drug testing in schools, because Tannahill believes it violates his 12-year-old son's rights, they meet with hostility and ostracism from the small community of Lockney, Texas.

True Stories, POV

Mai's America

by Marlo Poras

When a spunky, mini-skirted daughter of Ho Chi Minh’s revolution leaves cosmopolitan Hanoi for a high school exchange program in rural Mississippi, her ideas about freedom, America, Vietnam, and herself are thrown into question.

Global Voices, POV

Me Facing Life: Cyntoia's Story

by Daniel Birman

Follows the sad and startling story of Cyntoia Brown, who is serving a life sentence for a murder she committed at age of 16.

Women and Girls Lead, Independent Lens

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