Grappling with poverty, crime, and more, in Venezuela’s Las Brisas district, families’ hopes for the children hang on the escape found in a local youth orchestra.
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Featured Independent Lens Films
A rookie alderwoman in Evanston, Illinois led the passage of the first tax-funded reparations bill for Black Americans and stirs up a debate about the debt owed from the U.S.
Five queer comic book artists journey from the margins of the DIY underground comix scene to mainstream acceptance, exploring art as a tool for social change.
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Featured Indie Lens Storycast Films
Jewel comes from a long line of skilled native Alaskan hunters. But can she balance the complications of a modern teenager with her connection to village life?
A self-described “fishermom” strives against harsh economics and gender stereotypes to keep her family’s traditional fishing business afloat.
Inspired by Jeff Chang’s acclaimed collection of essays, this series asks the questions: why and how did we become so divided? What can we do now to be alright?
Meet inspiring individuals from communities across the globe, from India to Ethiopia and El Salvador to Iraq.
Featured Global Voices Films
A Cairo-based filmmaker recounts his interaction with a group of plainclothes policemen while grappling with issues of guilt and morality.
In one of the most remote forests left on earth, a group of girls attends a revolutionary high school and learns to build a better future.
Six Palestinian and Israeli teenage girls participate in a women’s leadership program that transforms their lives.
Explore the future in our groundbreaking series of interactive and interconnected sci-fi shorts. Written and directed by indie filmmakers and digital storytellers.
Featured FUTURESTATES Films
A new breed of labor robot works at a bar with the mission that may be impossible: to excel at his new job while avoiding human injury.
When a bipolar patient abruptly stops taking his digitally encoded psych meds, a therapist named Ant must risk his life to avert catastrophe.
In the future, an injured soldier returns home with prosthetics to replace an arm and leg lost in combat and must reconnect with family.
Women of the World
Join our global movement. Follow women and girls as they face challenges and triumph over adversity, inspiring communities to create real-life solutions to gender inequality.
Featured Women of the World Films
Hannah, Rebecca and Naomi live in the patriarchal world of the Niger Delta. Hannah had her land taken by her husband's family after his death, Rebecca wants to stop having children but her husband won't let her and Naomi suffered at university because she refused to have sex for grades. Their stories are all defined by male domination. Despite the hardship…
Selvi, a former child bride, escapes her violent marriage and goes on to become South India’s first female taxi driver. This is the ten-year journey of a charming, strong, and courageous young woman who defies patriarchal expectations and creates a new life.
Eufrosina's Revolution follows the personal journey and social awakening of Eufrosina, a young indigenous woman from Mexico tirelessly trying to change gender inequality and her political career.