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Banished

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.

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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.

POV

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.

Freedom Fighters

by Jamie Meltzer

Freedom Fighters follows exonerated ex-prisoners who started a detective agency to help free other wrongly incarcerated people, as they rebuild their lives, investigate cases, support each other, and campaign to fix the criminal justice system.

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.

POV, True Stories

Little Hope Was Arson

by Theo Love

A plague of arson in East Texas that saw 10 churches burn to the ground in 2010 ignited the largest criminal investigation in the area’s history, involving local law enforcement, Texas Rangers, and the ATF.

Independent Lens

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.

Independent Lens, Women and Girls Lead

Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton's Cafeteria

by Victor Silverman, Susan Stryker, and Jack Walsh

When San Francisco police raided a popular late-night hangout for transgendered people in 1966, the patrons unexpectedly fought back, helping to launch a broader fight of human rights in America.

Sheriff

by Daniel Kraus

With the help of God, guns, and the hundreds of blood relatives that populate his jurisdiction, Sheriff Ronald E. Hewett oversees Brunswick County, North Carolina — a rural region fraught with murder, robbery, and the occasional theft of ceramic lawn ornaments.

Independent Lens

Shift

by Kelly Anderson

An unconventional love story set in the world of private prisons, where inmates work for giant corporations, starring Chris Meloni.

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