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At Berkeley

by Frederick Wiseman

Explore the major aspects of university life at The University of California at Berkeley, the oldest and most prestigious member of a 10-campus public education system, and one of the finest research and teaching facilities in the world.

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by Lee Hirsch

Highlighting the challenges faced by bullied kids, Bully shows parents and teachers addressing aggressive behaviors beyond “kids will be kids” clichés, and captures a growing movement to change how bullying is handled.

Independent Lens

The Calling

by Danny Alpert

It takes a true calling to make faith a way of life.

Independent Lens, Diverse Muslim Voices

Can't Hold Me Back

by Betty Bastidas and Madeline Bair

Can't Hold Me Back follows Detroit teen Fernando Parraz as he overcomes a mountain of roadblocks to become the first in his family to earn a high school diploma — his ticket out of the struggles of inner-city poverty and violence.

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The Creek Runs Red

by Bradley Beesley, James Payne, and Julianna Brannum

The Environmental Protection Agency calls the former lead mining town of Picher, Oklahoma one of the most toxic places in America, but a dwindling population still calls it home. The Creek Runs Red explores the human response to environmental disaster, and the complex connections between people and place.

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East of Salinas

by Laura Pacheco and Jackie Mow

Born in Mexico but living in Salinas, California, third-grader José Ansaldo loves school. With little support at home, he turns to his teacher Oscar Ramos, who inspires him to imagine a life beyond the fields where his parents work.

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The Eyes of Me

by Keith Maitland

How do you see yourself, when you can’t see at all? Follow four visually impaired teenagers in Texas as they face the usual challenges of adolescence while simultaneously learning to navigate a world designed for the sighted.

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by Kayo Hatta, Linda Barry, and Eleanor Nakama-Mitsungaga

Adapted from Lois-Ann Yamanaka’s Wild Meat and the Bully Burgers, this dramatic short follows 13-year-old Lovey of Hilo, Hawaii, as she tries to be anything but herself.

Independent Lens

Girl Wrestler

by Diane Zander

Texas teenager Tara Neal wrestles through the last year that state guidelines allow her to compete with boys, amid conflict and pressures from family and community.

Independent Lens, True Stories

The Great Pink Scare

by Tug Yourgrau and Dan Miller

The little-known 1960 felony conviction of three gay Smith College professors marked the peak of sexual McCarthyism, pitting an individual’s right to privacy against national security claims.

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