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After the Storm

by Andrew Grace

After the Storm is an interactive documentary that tells the first-person story of what happens in the wake of a devastating tornado that ripped through central Alabama in 2011. Written as a letter to future disaster survivors, it’s a universal story of survival, healing, and resilience.

Anatomy of a Springroll

by Paul Kwan and Arnold Iger

One man's journey from the food-filled streets of San Francisco to Saigon, as he searches for the secret ingredient to blend the traditions of his family's culture with his adopted American life.

Global Voices

Arusi Persian Wedding

by Marjan Tehrani

Iranian American filmmaker Marjan Tehrani chronicles her brother's return to Iran as he travels with his American wife to have a traditional Persian wedding and explore his lost heritage.

Independent Lens, Global Voices

Autism In Love

by Matt Fuller

Four adults at different places on the autism spectrum open up their personal lives as they navigate romantic relationships. Eye-opening, first-person portrayals show that despite many challenges faced by those with autism, love can find a way

Independent Lens

Baby, It's You

by Anne Makepeace

When 40-something filmmaker Anne Makepeace "can't get pregnant the fun way," she turns the camera on herself, her husband, and their idiosyncratic siblings and embarks on a tender and tumultuous journey through the complex maze of contemporary fertility science.


Be Good, Smile Pretty

By Tracy Droz Tragos and Chris Donahue

As one of the 20,000 Americans who lost their fathers in Vietnam, a daughter embarks on an intense, personal journey to reclaim the memory of her father, who died in the war when she was an infant.

Independent Lens

Black Is ... Black Ain't

by Marlon Riggs

Marlon Riggs's final film explores questions of "blackness" and black identity.

The Blinking Madonna & Other Miracles

by Beth Harrington

Filmmaker Beth Harrington is sucked into a media vortex when she accidentally captures "the miracle of the Blinking Madonna" on video during an Italian American religious feast, leading her to explore myth and faith in the lives of American Catholic women, including herself.

Brincando el Charco: Portrait of a Puerto Rican

by Frances Negrón-Muntaner

An experimental narrative that explores the definitions of Puerto Rican social, political, and sexual identities in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

Bronx Princess

by Yoni Brook and Musa Syeed

Follow the journey of an American teenager who travels to Ghana, West Africa to reunite with her royal father.



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