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Adjust Your Color: The Truth of Petey Greene

by Loren Mendell

The unlikely story of America's original shock-jock — Petey Greene — who battled the system and his own demons during a time of civil unrest in the nation's capital.

Independent Lens

Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth

by Pratibha Parmar

Writer and human-rights activist Alice Walker’s story is an inspiring personal journey of a life lived with passionate commitment to truth and justice – ideals that sprang from a background of poverty and violent racism.

American Masters, Women and Girls Lead

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by Marco Williams

From the 1860s to the 1920s, towns across the U.S. violently expelled African American residents. Today, these communities remain virtually all white. As black descendants return to demand justice, Banished exposes the hidden history of racial cleansing in America.

Independent Lens

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.

A Class Apart

by Carlos Sandoval

A Class Apart brings to life the heroic struggle of Mexican Americans from Texas to dismantle the discrimination targeted against them.

American Experience

Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock

by Sharon La Cruise

A look at the life of African American political activist and newspaper publisher Daisy Bates.

Women and Girls Lead, Independent Lens

February One: The Story of the Greensboro Four

by Rebecca Cerese and Steven Channing

One day at a Woolworth lunch counter, four young men changed the course of history.

Independent Lens

The Longoria Affair

by John J. Valadez

In Texas after World War II, a funeral home refuses to care for a dead Mexican American soldier’s body “because the whites wouldn’t like it,” sparking nationwide outrage and helping to launch a civil rights movement.

Independent Lens

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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


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