They Call Us Monsters takes viewers behind the walls of the Compound, the facility where Los Angeles houses its most violent juvenile criminals. To their advocates, they’re kids. To the system, they’re adults. To their victims, they’re monsters.
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Featured Independent Lens Films
A meditation on the prison’s disappearance in era of mass incarceration, The Prison in Twelve Landscapes is a journey across America where prisons affect lives.
Based on Andrew Feinstein’s globally acclaimed book The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade, Shadow World reveals the shocking realities of the global arms trade – the only business that counts its profits in billions and its losses in human lives.
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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.
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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.
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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.