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The Amasong Chorus: Singing Out

by Jay Rosenstein

In a small Illinois college town, a music student creates a lesbian/feminist choral group, transforming the community as she builds an award-winning ensemble.

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The Amish & Us

by Dirk Eitzen

A documentary that examines the impact of the tourist industry on an Amish community in Pennsylvania.

Applewise

by Anthony Sloan

A portrait of one family's struggle to maintain one of only two remaining family-run apple orchards in Wise County, Virginia.

Backbone of the World: The Blackfeet

by Pam Roberts

Filmed amid the beauty of the Rockies, Backbone of the World: The Blackfeet recounts the tale of the Badger-Two Medicine, the last Blackfeet sacred treaty land threatened by a government call for oil exploration.

The Battle for Mono Lake

by Stephen Jay Fisher

Thirty years of controversy, grassroots action, and unlikely alliances finally led to a way to protect a desert lake.

Blacking Up: Hip-Hop's Remix of Race and Identity

by Robert A. Clift

As hip-hop music and culture continue to redefine American life, its influence exposes the high stakes of the struggle to cross or maintain the cultural divide.

The Buffalo War

by Matthew Testa and Bryan Cole

The Buffalo War examines the culture clash between Native Americans, ranchers, environmentalists, and government agents currently battling over the yearly slaughter of America's last wild bison.

True Stories

The Burning Barrel

by Christina Craton and Timothy Schwab

The Burning Barrel explores the personal costs of consumerism in the rise and fall of a small rural community.

Butte, America

by Pamela Roberts

Butte, America chronicles the rise and fall of a small mining town with a larger-than-life spirit — where fortunes were made and lost, and where community was precious, but life was cheap.

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Cayutaville

by Diana Frank

In a rural New York community — where peace and beauty are an illusions — two families make sense of the tragedies they face.

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