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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.

Women and Girls Lead, American Masters

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The Campaign

by Christie Herring

The true consequences of California’s Proposition 8 vote are revealed through the deeply compelling personal stories of several men and women fighting passionately in defense of same-sex marriage.

Chavez Ravine: A Los Angeles Story

by Jordan Mechner, Don Normark, Andrew Anderson, and Mark Moran

Don Normark's haunting photographs evoke a lost Mexican-American village in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, razed in the 1950s to build Dodger Stadium.

Independent Lens

Crips and Bloods: Made in America

by Stacy Peralta

It’s a civil war that’s lasted 40 years. Passed down from son to son. Fought eye for an eye. More than 15,000 dead and counting, while the world stands by. Welcome to South Central Los Angeles.

Independent Lens

The Delano Manongs

by Marissa Aroy

Larry Itliong instigated the great Delano grape strike of 1965 which resulted in the formation of the United Farmworkers of America, but the Filipino labor organizer has faded from popular memory.

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.

The New Black

by Yoruba Richen

Centering on the historic fight to win marriage equality in Maryland, The New Black takes viewers into the pews, onto the streets, and provides a seat at the kitchen table as it looks at how the African American community grapples with the divisive gay rights issue.

Women and Girls Lead, Independent Lens

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Reel Injun: On the Trail of the Hollywood Indian

by Neil Diamond

Kemosabe? Loincloths, fringed pants, and feather headdresses? Heap big stereotypes. Reel Injun is an entertaining trip through the evolution of North American Native people ("The Indians") as portrayed in famous Hollywood movies, from the silent era to today. Jim Jarmusch, Clint Eastwood, Graham Greene, John Trudell, and others provide insights into the often demeaning and occasionally hilariously absurd stereotypes perpetuated on the big screen through Hollywood's history.

Independent Lens

Two Spirits

by Lydia Nibley

Fred Martinez was a Navajo boy who was also a girl. In an earlier era, he would have been revered. Instead, he was murdered.

Independent Lens

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