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Better This World

by Katie Galloway and Kelly Duane de la Vega

Two childhood friends from Midland, Texas fall under the sway of a charismatic revolutionary who leads them down a path that changes their lives forever.


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.

Coal Bucket Outlaw

by Tom Hansell

Built around one day in the life of a Kentucky coal truck driver, Coal Bucket Outlaw offers a startling glimpse into the lives of working people who haul the nation's fuel.

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.


The Cracker Man

by Bruce Kuerten and John DiJulio

An offbeat drama of a life deferred: a woman struggles with duty, flirts with possibility, and ultimately survives catastrophic change.

Daughter from Danang

by Gail Dolgin and Vicente Franco

A Vietnamese mother and her Amerasian daughter are joyously reunited after 22 years, but their illusions are quickly shattered when the reality of cultural differences and years of separation sets in.

American Experience, Global Voices

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.


Farmer Veteran

by Alix Blair, Jeremy M. Lange, and D.L. Anderson

A combat veteran starts a farm to help cultivate a healthier life outside the Army. While the sense of duty he once felt as a soldier returns, his crippling PTSD remains as he and his wife nervously anticipate the birth of their first child.

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

Hell and Back Again

by Danfung Dennis

What does it mean to lead men in war? What does it mean to come home — injured physically and psychologically — and build a life anew?

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