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by Michal Goldman and Ellen Brodsky
New York City cops in the Great Depression called it Little Moscow, but for the 2,000 Jewish immigrant residents of the United Workers Cooperative Colony, a.k.a. “the Coops,” it was their first taste of the American dream. At Home in Utopia bears witness to an epic social experiment, following two generations of residents and their commitment to radical ideas of racial equality and rights for tenants and workers.
by Filmon Mebrahu
Five Sudanese refugee orphans resettled near Philadelphia use digital cameras to tell their experiences adjusting to American culture and a new way of life.
by Courtney Hayes and Tim Gallagher
A Fish Story is a tale of two women who lead their communities in a battle against a coalition of national environmental groups for control of the ocean. Three hundred years of fishing tradition and the health of the ocean hang in the balance.
by Christine Turner
Homegoings is a moving portrait of a man and a people — and of the faith, hope and history that sustain them in the face of death. Seen through the eyes of funeral director Isaiah Owens, the beauty and grace of African American funerals are brought to life. Filmed at Owens Funeral Home in New York City's historic Harlem neighborhood, Homegoings takes an up-close look at the rarely seen world of undertaking in the black community.
by Jonathan Olshefski and Sabrina Schmidt Gordon
Shot over nearly a decade, Quest: The Fury and the Sound was originally planned as a documentary portrait of the Rainey family and their home music studio, which serves as a special sanctuary within their North Philadelphia neighborhood. When a stray bullet wounds their youngest daughter, the film shows the family’s strength in the face of adversity and their dedication to being a force for good in their community.
by James Rutenbeck
At St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Lawrence, Massachusetts, “Love thy neighbor” is easier said than done when immigration uncovers ethnic tensions that threaten to split the congregation.
by Sierra Pettengill and Jamila Wignot
Gathering under the banner of the Tea Party, Katy and John are angry and believe America's salvation lies in a return to true conservative values. Town Hall is an intimate look at two years in the lives of these activists as they fight to preserve their vision.
by Barbara Ettinger and Sven Huseby
Two Square Miles tracks the conflicts in the small town of Hudson, New York as a proposed multinational coal-fired cement plant threatens to reshape the community.
by Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly
On call 24/7 for the past six years, three senior citizens have made history by greeting nearly one million U.S. troops at a tiny airport in Maine.
by Anne Makepeace
The Wampanoag nation of southeastern Massachusetts revives their native tongue, a language that was silenced for more than 100 years.
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