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  • Canvassers for marriage equality take the issues to the street corner.
    The New Black

    Canvassers for marriage equality take the issues to the street corner.

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  • Alice Walker made history as the first African American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize.
    Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth

    Alice Walker made history as the first African American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize.

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  • Follow six Latino high school students as they strive to succeed.
    The Graduates/Los Graduados

    Follow six Latino high school students as they strive to succeed.

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  • Three young people try to forge a better future for the Oglala Lakota tribe.
    Young Lakota

    Three young people try to forge a better future for the Oglala Lakota tribe.

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  • David Sutherland on the "magic" of filmmaking.
    Kind Hearted Woman

    David Sutherland on the "magic" of filmmaking.

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  • The most shocking cover up in the United States military is not what you would expect.
    The Invisible War

    The most shocking cover up in the United States military is not what you would expect.

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  • One year in the life of a city grappling with violence.
    The Interrupters

    One year in the life of a city grappling with violence.

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  • Organizing women to plant trees became an act of political resistance in Kenya.
    Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai

    Organizing women to plant trees became an act of political resistance in Kenya.

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  • Watch the series trailer, premiering October 1 & 2 on Independent Lens.
    Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

    Watch the series trailer, premiering October 1 & 2 on Independent Lens.

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  • Follow the evolution of America's favorite superheroine.
    Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines

    Follow the evolution of America's favorite superheroine.

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Film Collection

Women and Girls Lead offers a collection of films by prominent independent filmmakers. These films focus on women who are working to transform their lives, their communities, and the world. Films will be added throughout the life of the campaign.
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Landmark Mini-Series on Public Television

A Path Appears: From the Creators of Half the Sky

From the team that brought you the groundbreaking Half the Sky, A Path Appears goes to Colombia, Haiti, Kenya, and the USA to uncover the harshest forms of gender-based oppression and human rights violations, and solutions being implemented to combat them.

Premieres on Independent Lens in early 2015

Half the Sky

by Maro Chermayeff, Jamie Gordon, and Mikaela Beardsley

This multi-platform project is centered around a four-hour PBS primetime national and international broadcast event based on Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn's widely acclaimed book, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.

Premiered on Independent Lens October 1 and 2, 2012

Kind Hearted Woman

by David Sutherland

In a special two-part series, acclaimed filmmaker David Sutherland creates an unforgettable portrait of Robin Charboneau, a 32-year-old divorced single mother and Oglala Sioux woman living on North Dakota’s Spirit Lake Reservation.

A co-presentation by Independent Lens and FRONTLINE, premiered April 1, 2013

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MAKERS

Executive Produced by Dyllan McGee

MAKERS is a six-part PBS series profiling the impact women have had over the past 50 years in six industries — comedy, politics, space, war, business, and Hollywood. A landmark television and digital-video initiative in collaboration with AOL, MAKERS aims to be the largest and most dynamic collection of women’s stories ever assembled.

Premieres on PBS in September 2014

Women, War & Peace

by Abigail Disney, Gini Reticker, and Pamela Hogan

Women, War & Peace, a five-part PBS mini-series, is a global media initiative on the roles of women in peace and conflict.

Premiered October 11, 2011

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Past Public Television Broadcasts

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.

Premiered on American Masters February 7, 2014

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Bhutto

by Duane Baughman

An intimate look at one of the most fascinating and significant world leaders of our time, Benazir Bhutto.

Blessed Is the Match

by Roberta Grossman

Narrated by Joan Allen, Blessed Is the Match is the first documentary feature about Hannah Senesh, the World War II-era poet and diarist who became a paratrooper, resistance fighter and modern-day Joan of Arc. Safe in Palestine in 1944, Hannah joined a mission to rescue Jews in her native Hungary. Hannah parachuted behind enemy lines, was captured, tortured, and ultimately executed by the Nazis.

Broadcasting on Global Voices August 4, 2013

Chahinaz: What Rights for Women?

by Samia Chala and Patrice Barrat

Through her curiosity and self-discovery, Chahinaz, a 20-year-old Algerian student, begins to wonder what life is like for women in other Muslim countries and around the world.

Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock

by Sharon La Cruise

A look at the life of African American political activist and newspaper publisher Daisy Bates.

The Day My God Died

by Andrew Levine and Geralyn Dreyfous

This unforgettable examination of the growing plague of sex slavery weaves footage from Bombay brothels with stories of young girls whose lives have been shattered by the child sex trade.

The Graduates/Los Graduados

by Bernardo Ruiz

The struggles and triumphs of Latino and Latina students from across the United States are explored through their own eyes in this documentary about the challenges faced in the American public education system.

Premiered on Independent Lens October 28, 2013

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Granito

by Pamela Yates, Peter Kinoy, and Paco de Onís

Discover how a 26-year-old documentary became vital forensic evidence in the trial of a dictator for human-rights abuses.

I Was Worth 50 Sheep

by Nima Sarvestani

Sabere was just 10 years old when she was sold to a man in his fifties. For the next six years she was both slave and wife, miscarrying four times. Now 16, she is fighting for her freedom.

Invoking Justice

by Deepa Dhanraj

Muslim women from a small town in South India deliver justice in their own courts, posing a radical challenge to their traditional Muslim community and clergy

Premiered on Global Voices July 14, 2013

The Interrupters

by Steve James

A look at a group of men and women — most of them former gang leaders and ex-cons — that are trying to "interrupt" shootings and protect their communities from the violence they once employed.

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The Invisible War

by Kirby Dick

The Invisible War exposes one of the United States's most shameful and best-kept secrets: the epidemic of rape within the military. Today, a female soldier in Iraq and Afghanistan is more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire.

Premiered on Independent Lens May 13, 2013

Lioness

by Meg McLagan and Daria Sommers

An intimate look at war through the eyes of women on the front lines and the U.S. military policy that bans them from combat.

Motherland Afghanistan

by Catherine Gund, Sedika Mojadidi, and Jenny Raskin

Nearly one in seven Afghan women dies in childbirth. Follow an Afghan American filmmaker and her father to his native Afghanistan, where he brings desperately needed medical attention and expertise to the women most susceptible to maternal mortality.

The New Black

by Yoruba Richen

Gay gospel singer Tonex and the head of the National Black Justice Coalition challenge homophobia in the black church and confront traditionally white gay organizations around issues of race.

Premiered on Independent Lens on Sunday, June 15, 2014

Pickles, Inc.

by Nitza Gonen and Dalit Kimor

In the Israeli Arab village of Tamra, eight widows challenge social conventions and establish the Azka Pickle Cooperative, seeking financial independence for themselves and their children.

Pushing the Elephant

by Beth Davenport and Elizabeth Mandel

A story of forgiveness, hope, and the joy of family life, Pushing the Elephant captures one woman’s mission for peace in her country beset by genocidal violence.

Rebel

by María Agui Carter

Shrouded in mystery and long the subject of debate, the amazing story of Loreta Velazquez is one of the Civil War’s most gripping forgotten narratives.

Premiered on Voces May 24, 2013

The Revolutionary Optimists

by Nicole Newnham and Maren Grainger-Monsen

Amlan Ganguly, a lawyer-turned social entrepreneur, has sewn hope in the poorest neighborhoods of Calcutta by empowering children to become leaders in improving health, health, transforming their communities for the better.

Premiered on Independent Lens June 17, 2013

Shadya

by Danny Hakim, Udi Kalinsky, and Roy Westler

Shadya Zoabi, a charismatic 17-year-old karate world champion, strives to succeed on her own terms within her traditional Muslim village in northern Israel.

Solar Mamas

by Mona Eldaief and Jehane Noujaim

Jordanian wife and mother Rafea is leaving home for the first time — to attend a college in India that is training rural women to become solar energy engineers.

Part of Why Poverty?

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Strong!

by Julie Wyman

Weightlifter Cheryl Haworth struggles to defend her champion status as her lifetime weightlifting career inches towards its inevitable end.

Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai

by Lisa Merton and Alan Dater

The dramatic story of Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai, whose simple act of planting trees grew into a global movement.

Troop 1500

by Ellen Spiro and Karen Bernstein

Their mothers may be convicted thieves, murderers, and drug dealers, but the Girl Scouts of Troop 1500 want to be doctors, social workers, and marine biologists.

Waiting for the Revolution

by Rodrigo Vazquez

Following two newly elected indigenous leaders from the campaign trail to their first year in office, filmmaker Rodrigo Vasquez journeys into the heart of the democratic revolution in Bolivia.

We Still Live Here - Âs Nutayuneân

by Anne Makepeace

The Wampanoag nation of southeastern Massachusetts revives their native tongue, a language that was silenced for more than 100 years.

Welcome to the World

by Brian Hill

Welcome to the World asks: Is it worse to be born poor than to die poor? This film looks at child and maternal mortality as indicators of poverty in the U.S., Cambodia, and Sierra Leone.

Part of Why Poverty?

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Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines

by Kristy Guevara-Flanagan and Kelcey Edwards

Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines traces the fascinating evolution and legacy of Wonder Woman. From the birth of the comic book superheroine in the 1940s to the blockbusters of today, Wonder Women! looks at how popular representations of powerful women often reflect society's anxieties about women's liberation.

Premiered on Independent Lens April 15, 2013

Young Lakota

By Marion Lipschutz and Rose Rosenblatt

When South Dakota abortion politics bring political turmoil to the doorstep on the Pine Ridge Reservation, three young idealists and the tribe's first female president have to decide how far they will go to change politics as usual in their own community.

Premiered on Independent Lens November 25, 2013

The viewpoints presented in the catalog of Women and Girls Lead films do not necessarily represent the viewpoints or endorsements of the Women and Girls Lead partner organizations.