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Frozen Angels (#724)

This program presents the future of human reproduction available today in Los Angeles. With dreamlike cinematography, the film takes a roller-coaster ride through the business of DNA from different perspectives: wealthy sperm bank presidents, expectant surrogate mothers, gene designers, hate radio talk show hosts, infertile suburban couples, now-adult designer babies, blonde and blue-eyed egg donors and feminist lawyers. [86 minutes] Closed Captioning

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Series Description: This acclaimed Emmy Award-winning anthology series features documentaries and a limited number of fiction films united by the creative freedom, artistic achievement and unflinching visions of their independent producers. INDEPENDENT LENS features unforgettable stories about a unique individual, community or moment in history. The series is supported by interactive companion Web sites and national publicity and community engagement campaigns.

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  • Wannabe: Life and Death in a Small Town Gang (#101)

    Studies the rise of gangs and youth violence in the middle class community of Appleton, Wisconsin. [56 minutes]

  • Nothing But The Truth (#102)

    A mesmerizing look at the fanatical circus atmosphere at the Santa Monica County Court house during the OJ Simpson civil trial. Both advocates for and against Simpson share their theories, belief and emotions to anyone who will listen. From comparisons between O.J. and "The Rocky Horror Picture Show's" Dr. Frankenfurter to the "Christian Women for OJ" group, this program looks at the media and spectator frenzy that arose from this high profile trial. [56 minutes]

  • Visas and Virtue/I Am Viet Hung (#103)

    VISAS AND VIRTUE is based on the true story of the man known as Japan's Oskar Schindler. In 1940, against the commands of his country and at the risk of ruining his career, Japan's diplomat to Lithuania, Chiune Sugihara, wrote almost 2,000 visas that allowed an estimated 4, 000 - 6,000 Jews escape from the Nazi regime. In I AM VIET HUNG, passion for art and cultural legacy lend elegance to the fading memories of a Vietnamese opera singer struggling to keep his art form alive. [56 minutes]

  • The Man Who Drove with Mandela (#104)

    Juxtaposing dramatic 1st person narrations by Corin Redgrave as Williams with interviews with activists in the anti-apartheid and Communist movements in South Africa, this docu-drama presents the life of Cecil Williams -- freedom fighter, theatre benefactor, gay rights advocate and homosexual. Williams was with Mandela when they were both arrested in 1962 -- an arrest that resulted in Mandela's long-term imprisonment [56 minutes]

  • Born In Th U.S.A. (#204)

    Three out of every four Americans becomes a parent, yet most of us have never really considered what having a "normal" birth means. How much technology is appropriate for most women? Is the full range of safe options available, and to whom? How do we decide what is best for us? BORN IN THE U.S.A. explores the landscape of current maternity care through the eyes of three caregivers: an obstetrician working at a teaching hospital, a licensed midwife attending home births, and a certified nurse-midwife bridging both worlds in an urban, out-of-hospital birth center. This provocative film raises questions about technology, safety, quality of care, and current childbirth practices in America. [56 minutes]

  • Abandoned: The Betrayal of America's Immigrants (#303)

    Produced and directed by David Belle, this program shows the results of the most recent wave of anti-immigrant sentiment in the United States. New immigration laws passed in 1996 by the U.S. Congress are causing thousands of families to be torn apart as loved ones are sent back to countries where they have not lived since they were infants. Through the poignant personal stories of immigrants, the program depicts a cross-section of lives changed forever. [56 minutes]

  • Good Kurds, Bad Kurds (#304)

    Kevin McKiernan's career as a photojournalist has taken him to some of the world's most troubled regions, from Nicaragua to West Africa; his work, nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, has been published by Time, Newsweek and The New York Times. But McKiernan discovered a story that the national press wouldn't touch: a campaign of ethnic cleansing perpetrated against the Kurdish minoritiies by the Turkish military, using U.S.-made weapons. McKiernan's independently produced film delves deeply into the U.S. complicity in this human rights disaster, indicting the mainstream news outlets that, by staying quiet, help perpetuate the violence. Shot in part by Haskell Wexler, GOOD KURDS, BAD KURDS travels from Santa Barbara, home to a small Kurdish refugee community, to Washington, D.C., where an activist struggles to gain the attention of lawmakers and the media and fight his deportation, and to Turkey, where the anti-Kurd campaign seems to be accelerating. [81 minutes]

  • Who Owns The Past? (#305)

    This documentary narrated by Academy Award winner Linda Hunt and directed by Jed Riffe ("The Last Yahi"), tells the story of how the discovery of a 9000-year-old skeleton on the banks of the Columbia River near Kennewick, Washington, has re-ignited the conflict between anthropologists and Indian people over the control of human remains found on ancestral Indian lands. [56 minutes]

  • The Split Horn: Life of a Hmong Shaman In America (#306)

    This film by Taggart Siegel follows the 17-year journey of Paja Thao, a Hmong ("mung") shaman, and his family transplanted from the mountains of Laos during the Vietnam War to America's heartland. As his children turn to cartoons, computer games and Christianity, Paja struggles to keep his family connected to their 5,000-year-old shamanic traditions. [56 minutes]

  • Romancing The Throne (#310)

    ROMANCING THE STONE focuses on the King of Lesotho, who was thrust upon the throne when his father was killed in a car crash in 1996. Used to a relaxed life as a thirtysomething bachelor, he was unprepared for either the responsibility of office or the commitment of the marriage required of him. [56 minutes]

  • Maggie Growls (#401)

    Maggie Kuhn (1905-1995) founded the Gray Panthers after being forced to retire at the age of 65, in what Ralph Nader describes as "the most significant retirement in history." It galvanized Maggie's campaign against mandatory retirement and ageism. Her outrage fueled a political chain reaction that left society's treatment of older Americans forever changed. [56 minutes]

  • Off The Charts: The Song-Poem Story (#402)

    This program looks at the strange underworld of the song-poem industry. In this little-known subculture, "ordinary" people respond to come-on ads in the back pages of magazines ("Send in Your Lyrics -- Make $50,000 in Royalties!"), mailing in their heartfelt but often bizarre poems to music industry companies that, for cash, set those poems to music. [60 minutes]

  • On This Island (#403)

    On an isolated Maine island of 350 people, a clash over arts education spins out of control into vandalism and death threats, tearing apart friends and neighbors. This original musical about the island's life attempts to heal the community's wounds through songs about lobstering, loneliness and the beauty of the sea. Narrated by Sigourney Weaver. [60 minutes]

  • Downside Up (#404)

    Since the 1980s, the rural working class town of North Adams, Massachusetts, has struggled to kick- start its economy following the mill closings. In 1999, the town completed efforts to retool its economic engine with the opening of the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. This program explores how, over a period of 15 years, North Adams has united its blue collar base with visionaries from the art world to reinvent itself in the post-industrial economy. [56 minutes]

  • Strange Fruit (#407)

    Radio stations banned it, but when Billie Holiday sang "Strange Fruit" the whole world listened anyway. Sprung from the pen of an unknown Bronx schoolteacher named Abel Meeropol, the song continues to mesmerize musicians and civil rights advocates alike with its chilling vision of a lynching. This program shows how a little-known Jewish songwriter and an African- American icon created a song that changed America. [56 minutes]

  • Bird By Bird with Annie: A Portrait of Anne Lamott (#408)

    From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Freida Lee Mock ("Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision") comes this engaging portrait of the best-selling author and laugh out loud humorist Anne Lamott ("Bird by Bird, " "Operating Instructions," "Crooked Little Heart," "Traveling Mercies," "Blue Shoe"). The moving story of a survivor and an iconoclast, the film follows Annie through a year of writing, teaching and mothering. Lamott, a recovering alcoholic and single mother who is both a born-again Christian and liberal activist, shares her unique insights on such universal concerns as loss, alienation, bad hair days, loneliness, creativity, motherhood, unfirm thighs, faith and the meaning of life. [56 minutes]

  • Sisters In Resistance (#409)

    During the Nazi occupation of France, four very young women -- who were neither Jews nor Communists, nor in any danger of arrest --chose to risk their lives as resistance fighters. Brought together in Ravensbruck concentration camp, they helped one another survive. Airing in conjunction with Holocaust Remembrance Day, this program shares the story of four heroines whose intense friendship, riveting memories and social activism lasted long after the war was won. [56 minutes]

  • Heart of the Sea: Kapolioka'ehukai (#410)

    HEART OF THE SEA is a portrait of Hawaiian legend Rell Kapolioka' ehukai Sunn, who died of breast cancer at the age of 47. Known worldwide as a pioneer of women's professional surfing, Rell Sunn achieved iconic status, not only for her physical power and beauty, but also for her high-profile community activism. Through her feats and her canny use of the media, she left behind a larger-than-life story that was her greatest gift. [56 minutes]

  • Guns and Mothers (#411)

    Maria, mother of four, is a spokeswoman for Second Amendment Sisters and a firm believer in the right to bear arms. Frances is an advocate of gun control who lost three sons to urban bullets. Together, they eloquently expand the contentious debate over gun control to include women who fall on both sides of a historically male-dominated issue. [56 minutes]

  • Razing Appalachia (#412)

    In the face of thunderous blasting and choking dust caused by mountaintop mining, the last 40 families of Blair, WV, stay to fight America's second-largest coal company as it threatens their homes. RAZING APPALACHIA is the story of a remarkable grassroots effort to redefine the role of government and power of corporations over our daily lives. [56 minutes]

  • Hansel Mieth: Vagabond Photographer (#413)

    Her courage and commitment to social justice set the standard for concerned artists everywhere. [56 minutes]

  • Daddy & Papa (#414)

    What if your most controversial act turned out to be the most traditional thing in the world? DADDY & PAPA explores the growing phenomenon of gay fathers and their impact on American culture through the stories of four families, including the filmmaker's. Beyond the age-old struggles all parents face, DADDY & PAPA delves into the particular challenges that gay dads face. From surrogacy and interracial adoption, to the complexities of gay divorce, to the battle for full legal status as parents, this program presents a revealing look at some of the gay fathers who are breaking new ground in the ever-changing landscape of the American family. [56 minutes]

  • Worst Possible Illusion: The Curiosity Cabinet Of Vik Muniz (#501)

    This film takes a look at the work of Brazilian-born contemporary conceptual artist and rising star Vik Muniz -- sculptor, photographer and self-proclaimed magician. Muniz, best known for his book "Seeing Is Believing," which made both the New York Times and the Village Voice top 10 lists of photography books in 1999, uses his knowledge and interest of the history of photography to demonstrate how viewers can be easily deceived by the images around them. [56 minutes]

  • Foto-Novelas 2: Junkyard Saints and Broken Sky (#502)

    A spiritual thriller set in an automotive graveyard and a story based on a real-life plane crash. [56 minutes]

  • Shaolin Ulysses: Kungfu Monks In America (#503)

    The famous fighting monks of the Shaolin Monastery have seen a resurgence throughout the world, aided in part by the popularity of kung-fu movies among the hip-hop set and films like "The Matrix" and "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon." The film follows a handful of Shaolin monks who have brought the style to America, chronicling their adventures in New York City, Houston and Las Vegas. [56 minutes]

  • A Wedding In Ramallah (#504)

    This program puts a human face on the Middle East conflict by chronicling the story of Bassam, a Palestinian American telephone repairman from Cleveland who returns home for an arranged marriage with a "home-made bride." On the West Bank, everyday domestic duties and squabbles are carried out against a backdrop of shelling and violence. Once in America, however, his bride discovers that life in exile is not necessarily an easier alternative. [86 minutes]

  • Be Good, Smile Pretty (#505)

    This personal documentary chronicles the filmmaker's struggle to know and grieve for the father she never knew, a soldier who died in Vietnam when she was a baby. Through her journey of discovery, and those of her family and her father's friends, the film sheds light on the more than 20,000 Americans whose fathers were killed in Vietnam -- and on those who continue to lose parents in war. [56 minutes]

  • Livermore (#506)

    Part history, part mystery, part comedy, this program is an offbeat look at one eccentric California town. A memorable cast of local armchair historians describe some of Livermore's legends -- a supernatural light bulb, a cursed totem pole, a scandalous book of photographs and the ominous nuclear lab. [56 minutes]

  • Eroica! (#507)

    A unique classical music ensemble of three young women take the musical world by storm, collaborating with a struggling composer to debut one of the first triple concertos written since Beethoven's. [56 minutes]

  • Loaded Gun: Life and Death and Dickinson (#508)

    Recruiting a stand-up comic, a rock band, feuding academics and Hollywood actresses to his cause, an irreverent filmmaker searches for the secret something that gave Emily Dickinson her poetic power. [56 minutes]

  • Get The Fire! Young Mormon Missionaries Abroad (#509)

    Three young Mormon men, age 19, embark on a two-year rite of passage in Germany as part of a long-standing worldwide effort by Mormon missionaries to spread their faith at home and abroad. [56 minutes]

  • Make 'em Dance: The Hackberry Ramblers' Story (#511)

    For nearly 70 years, the Hackberry Ramblers have played an infectious, toe-tapping blend of Cajun music and Western swing. MAKE 'EM DANCE tells the story of the remarkable multigenerational band that has been in continuous existence since 1933. Part biography, part road movie, the documentary captures the poignant and funny exploits of these "agin' ragin' Cajuns," from a bayou crab boil to MTV to their first appearance at the Grand Ole Opry. [56 minutes]

  • Life Matters (#512)

    A straight-arrow rural Texan Pentecostal/Baptist minister, Curtis Boyd relinquished the pulpit in the heat of the social changes of the 1960s and became a doctor who provided thousands of safe, illegal abortions prior to Roe v. Wade. Together with a group of east Texas clergy, Dr. Boyd was and remains dedicated to the ideal that all women have the right to a safe abortion. [56 minutes]

  • Why Can't We Be A Family Again?/Downpour Resurfacing (#513)

    Raised by their grandmother, young Raymond and Danny continue to hold out hope for their mother's recovery from drug addiction -- even after she's given up hope herself. WHY CAN'T WE BE A FAMILY AGAIN is an Academy Award-nominated cinema verite portrait exploring the strength and love that bring together two brothers who long to be reunited with their mother. Blending experimental images with an intimate interview with poet and therapist Robert Hall, DOWNPOUR RESURFACING chronicles how one man transformed a childhood of abuse into a life of confidence and strength. Reaching for the language of dreams, the program enlists dancers, musicians, archival footage and a woman performing a tea ritual to illustrate the healing of Hall's story. [56 minutes]

  • Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property (#514)

    A "troublesome property" for his master, Nat Turner has remained a " troublesome property" for the historians, novelists, dramatists and others who have struggled to understand the leader of the famous 1831 slave rebellion. Using an innovative approach that combines documentary techniques, dramatic filmmaking and historical methodology, this program explores how the many meanings of Nat Turner remain critical to understanding the racial history of our country. [56 minutes]

  • A Place of Our Own: Black Resort Communities and the African American Dream (#515)

    Stanley Nelson is a third-generation upper middle- class African American who spent the past 40 summers in Oak Bluffs, an affluent African American resort community on Martha's Vineyard. Building on personal stories of summers past, A PLACE OF OUR OWN explores the world of black doctors, lawyers and journalists who created social clubs, professional organizations and a safe refuge for African Americans. [56 minutes]

  • Jimmy Scott: If You Only Knew (#516)

    Jimmy Scott's voice conveys a young boy's innocence, a soft sensuality and the lessons of 76 hard-lived years of failure and redemption. Through concert footage and intimate interviews, rediscovered jazz legend Jimmy Scott recounts his stranger-than-fiction odyssey through poverty and obscurity to worldwide recognition as one of the most distinctive vocalists of our time. [86 minutes]

  • Sentencing The Victim (#517)

    After Joanna Katz, a South Carolina woman, was brutally tortured and gang-raped, she survived to face her assailants and transform herself into a victim's rights advocate. Called upon to testify at parole hearings year after year, Katz decided to collaborate with a seasoned filmmaker to tell her own story, challenging the parole system in order to heal herself -- and to give courage to other women who have suffered violent crimes. [86 minutes]

  • T-Shirt Travels (#518)

    As a worker with an international aid organization stationed in a remote village in Zambia, filmmaker Shantha Bloemen saw more and more unemployed Zambians selling used clothing from the U.S. in the marketplace. Tracing a winding t-shirt trail carved by global economics, T-SHIRT TRAVELS explores the World Bank's devastating role in directing Zambia's economic policies and the underlying reasons why so many Africans remain in poverty. [56 minutes]

  • Every Child Is Born A Poet: The Life and Work of Piri Thomas (#519)

    In his life and his work, acclaimed Afro-Cuban-Puerto Rican poet Piri Thomas has used creative expression as a means to confront and overcome poverty, racism, violence and isolation. Author of the acclaimed autobiographical novel Down These Mean Streets, Thomas, through poetry, stories and performances, chronicles his journey from Spanish Harlem to prison to life as an author, educator and activist. [56 minutes]

  • Love Inventory (#520)

    Israeli filmmaker David Fisher inspires his four siblings to begin an emotionally challenging search for their long-lost sister. In a creative documentary style, with revealing moments of grief and humor, Fisher dissects a tangled web of relationships to uncover the dark secrets of the past, secrets that his parents were afraid to unearth and that are representative of Israel's own birth pains. [86 minutes]

  • Ram Dass Fierce Grace (#521)

    When Harvard expelled faculty members Richard Alpert and Timothy Leary in 1963 for LSD experimentation, Alpert traveled to India and returned transformed into the beloved guru Ram Dass. Now in his 70s, the author of the best-seller Be Here Now continues to inspire people all over the world as he deals with the effects of a massive stroke. [86 minutes]

  • The Weather Underground (#522)

    During the late 1960s and early 1970s, several hundred young women and men tried to spark a socialist revolution. The Weathermen waged a low-level war against the U.S. government: bombing the Capitol building, breaking Timothy Leary out of prison and evading one of the largest FBI manhunts in history. Former members look back on this notorious movement, speaking candidly about their experiences. Lili Taylor narrates. [86 minutes]

  • One Night at the Grand Star/Double Exposure (#523)

    In Los Angeles, there's only one place where you can celebrate the synchronicity of an old-school Chinatown establishment, classic jazz, DJ culture and the underground dance scene: the Grand Star. Find out how this restaurant became one of the city's liveliest and most intergenerational and culturally integrated neighborhood nightclubs. In DOUBLE EXPOSURE an artist and self-proclaimed "old Chinese lady" sets out to explore her own identity and prove that it's never too late to take a risk by making her first film in her 60s. The result? An experimental program that expresses her roots in two countries through self-effacing humor, double-exposed images and an immigrant's long look back at her native China. [56 minutes]

  • Refugee (#524)

    Three young Cambodian American men, raised on the streets of San Francisco's tough Tenderloin district, travel to Cambodia wielding video cameras to capture their experiences of meeting fathers, sisters and brothers for the first time. These family reunions reveal the quagmire of Cambodian political upheaval and military invasion, as well as the heavy toll of years spent apart in different worlds. [56 minutes]

  • Death of a Shaman (#525)

    Through a journey that takes her back to her roots in Thailand, a young Mien woman from Sacramento strives to come to terms with her father's death and drug addiction, and her sister's murder. Reunited with her Mien relatives, she begins to grasp the complexity of her father's past and experience the nuances of lost identity. [56 minutes]

  • Cosmopolitan (#526)

    When his wife and daughter abandon him, East Indian immigrant Gopal (Roshan Seth) reinvents himself as an all-American bachelor. With women's magazines as his guide, he pursues Mrs. Shaw (Carol Kane), the divorcee next door. But he finds there's more to love than the pages of Cosmo would suggest. [56 minutes]

  • Sumo East and West (#527)

    In recent years, the ancient art of sumo has witnessed the rise of an increasing number of foreigners to the top of its professional ranks. From Hawaii to Atlantic City, the experiences of American wrestlers provide an entertaining glimpse at the past, present and future of sumo, revealing how this former bastion of Japanese tradition is grappling with globalizing Western forces. [56 minutes]

  • The Amasong Chorus: Singing Out (#528)

    When lesbian music student Kristina Boerger moved to a small Illinois college town, she didn't find a ready-made community. So she created one with what she loved best: choral singing. Assembling a ragtag group of volunteers, she created a lesbian choir in the middle of this conservative area. Showing the choir's evolution into a nationally accepted and recognized award-winning ensemble, THE AMASONG CHORUS documents how the spirit and dedication of one person can help transform a community. [56 minutes]

  • The Political Dr. Seuss (#601)

    Explores a little-known side of Dr. Seuss and some interesting inspirations behind his works. [86 minutes]

  • Polka Time (#602)

    Each July for more than 30 years, polka lovers from around the United States have descended on the tiny rural town of Gibbon, Minnesota, for the Gibbon Polka Fest. Meet numerous "polka people" and performers as they demonstrate their love and hope for the future of polka through dance, music, personal stories and observations. [26 minutes]

  • Afghanistan Unveiled (#603)

    Filmed by the first-ever team of women video journalists trained in Afghanistan, this uncompromising film reveals the effects on Afghan women of the Taliban's repressive rule and of the U.S.-sponsored bombing campaign. Leaving Kabul for the first time and traveling to rural regions of the country, the filmmakers present footage of women whose lives have been devastated by recent events. [56 minutes]

  • Los Angeles Now (#604)

    Look beyond Hollywood to create a fresh candid portrait of America's second largest city. [56 minutes]

  • The Day My God Died (#605)

    Young girls whose lives were shattered by the child sex trade describe the day they were abducted from their villages as "the day my god died." By weaving footage from the brothels of Bombay with these girls' stories, producer Andrew Levine offers an unforgettable examination of the growing plague of child sex slavery. [56 minutes]

  • Girl Wrestler (#606)

    Follows teenager Tara Neal as she deals with fierce policy debates while facing boys on the mat. [56 minutes]

  • Fine/Doki-Doki (#607)

    Fine.: When factory worker Ed is confronted by a co-worker's pressing question over lunch, he begins to question his own decisions and his current life as a husband, father and suburbanite. Doki-Doki: In suburban Tokyo, Yumi finds herself waiting every day with the same group of strangers for the same seats on the same train. Who are these fellow commuters? Where do they live? What are they like? One day, she decides to find out. [56 minutes]

  • Short, Not Sweet (#608)

    Five shorts ranging from funny to creepy to downright scary prove that just because they're short, they don't have to be sweet. [56 minutes]

  • A Hard Straight (#609)

    A gang member, a hustler and a small-time dealer. They served their sentences and they're on parole. Now they're about to discover that walking out the prison gates is just the beginning. This intimate and dramatic film sheds light on the profound experience of doing time and trying to go straight. [56 minutes]

  • A Touch of Greatness (#610)

    Stunning footage and interviews showcase the lives transformed by maverick teacher Albert Cullum. [56 minutes]

  • Power Trip (#611)

    Amid pervasive blackouts and corruption, an American energy company purchases a formerly state-run electricity company in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia. Cultures clash, tempers flare, and managers and locals tussle as a struggling nation attempts to build itself from beneath the rubble of Soviet collapse. [86 minutes]

  • February One: The Story of the Greensboro Four (#612)

    A sit-in at a Woolworth's lunch counter in North Carolina in 1960 was a pivotal civil rights event. [56 minutes]

  • On A Roll: Disability and the American Dream (#613)

    Greg Smith and his family bare all in this unflinching portrait of a 65-pound man striving for the American dream. Fueled by discrimination, Smith created "On a Roll" talk radio from his wheelchair in 1992. The father of three travels the globe but finds his own nation's capital inaccessible -- a minor challenge compared to living independently and having safe intimate relationships. [56 minutes]

  • Thunder In Guyana/United States of Poetry (#614)

    When the filmmaker's cousin was elected Guyana's president seven years ago, Janet Rosenberg Jagan -- considered one of the founders of Guyana along with her husband, Cheddi Jagan -- became the first American-born woman to lead a nation. This program interweaves family history and Guyanese history with the extraordinary life story of one unconventional woman. THE UNITED STATES OF POETRY goes from coast to coast, and from poet laureates to up and comers, to give viewers a new look at the spoken word and to breath life into the poetry that surrounds us every day. [56 minutes]

  • Sisters of '77 (#615)

    On an historic weekend in November 1977, 20,000 women and men attended the first federally funded National Women's Conference in Houston, Texas, where they caucused, argued and finally hammered out resolutions that revolutionized the women's movement. This program features archival footage and interviews with past and current activists and participants. [56 minutes]

  • Sunset Story (#616)

    Eighty-one-year-old Irja and her 95-year-old best friend Lucille are the only lucid residents at a senior citizens' home for political progressives. This program delves into their world, revealing how these women salvage support and community in their old age. [56 minutes]

  • Let The Church Say Amen (#617)

    Easter in Washington, DC, means children hunting for eggs on the White House lawn. But blocks away is one of America's poorest neighborhoods, where a storefront church serves as a beacon of hope. Tracing the lives of four parishioners in the months before Easter, this film shows how the holiday's promise helps pull them through adversity. [86 minutes]

  • Keeping Time: The Life, Music and Photographs of Milt Hinton (#619)

    Legendary jazz bassist Milt Hinton (1910-2000) was also a skilled photographer and storyteller. This insider's view of jazz and life in 20th-century America is told by Hinton and fellow musicians, including Branford Marsalis and Quincy Jones. Archival footage and hundreds of Hinton's photographs document his unique journey. [56 minutes]

  • A Lion's Trail (#620)

    An illiterate Zulu musician wrote Africa's most famous song, "Mbube" -inspiration for the pop classic "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" - and received pennies for his efforts. Traveling into the musical worlds of South Africa and America, this film celebrates the song's timeless power while revealing injustices within the international recording industry. [56 minutes]

  • End of the Century: The Ramones/Joe Strummer Rocks Again! (#621)

    In 1974, a new sound hit New York City's underground music scene: a band of misfits called The Ramones. This film follows this quartet of unlikely rock stars, known as the progenitors of punk, through more than two decades of touring, recording and bickering - from a shared Queens childhood to their 2002 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Producers: Jim Fields and Michael Gramaglia. Rock icon and former legendary frontman for The Clash, Joe Strummer is hot on the comeback trail, touring America and Japan via concert footage and interviews before his untimely death in 2002. [116 minutes]

  • The Last Letter/Zyklon Portrait and the Walnut Tree (#622)

    A Jewish woman in a Ukrainian city seized by the Germans in 1941 writes her son a final letter. [86 minutes]

  • Imelda (#623)

    How has the former first lady of the Philippines managed to court, coddle, use and abuse power for nearly four decades? News clips, propaganda films, home movies, verite footage and interviews with Imelda Marcos, her friends and her enemies reveal her methods. [86 minutes]

  • Vietnam: The Next Generation (#624)

    An in-depth look at modern-day Vietnam, where communism and capitalism are going head-to-head. [56 minutes]

  • Red Hook Justice (#625)

    In 2000, an experimental court opened in Brooklyn's Red Hook, a neighborhood plagued by a cycle of unemployment, poverty and crime. Instead of jail time, offenders are sentenced to job training, drug counseling and community service. This film follows the ups and downs of several defendants and staffers involved in a legal revolution that has become a model for courts nationwide. [56 minutes]

  • Double Dare/Piki and Poko: Taking The Dare! (#626)

    As Hollywood stuntwomen for "Wonder Woman" and "Xena: Warrior Princess," Jeannie Epper and Zoe Bell have been set on fire, thrown off buildings, dragged by wild horses and hit by cars. Who are the real women behind these two television icons? This film follows their daily struggles to stay employed, stay thin and stay sane in this notoriously macho profession. The broadcast includes the animated adventure, "Piki & Poko: Taking the Dare!" Piki and Poko, the Eternal Martial Arts Warriors from Another World, attempt to save the universe and master their own awesome powers. [86 minutes]

  • Chavez Ravine: A Los Angeles Story (#627)

    Narrated by Cheech Marin and scored by Ry Cooder, this film shows how a community was betrayed by greed, political hypocrisy and good intentions gone astray. Don Normark's haunting photographs evoke a lost Mexican-American village, in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, razed in the 1950s to build Dodger Stadium. [26 minutes]

  • Brother to Brother (#628)

    A young artist befriends an elderly gay stranger who co-founded the revolutionary journal Fire! [86 minutes]

  • Parliament Funkadelic: One Nation Under A Groove (#701)

    Find out how George Clinton, mastermind behind the band Parliament Funkadelic, expressed the cultural alienation of young African Americans, creating an alternate universe of "aliens" that brought the redemptive power of funk to a world sorely in need of a new point of view. [56 minutes]

  • En Route to Baghdad (#702)

    Vieira de Mello, who devoted his life to global humanitarian efforts, was killed in Iraq in 2003. [56 minutes]

  • The Last Cowboy (#703)

    Vernon Sager is a cowboy struggling to survive in Porcupine, South Dakota, in this story of real cowboys and Indians living in the middle of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Winters with temperatures that reach 30 degrees below zero and summers with prairie fires and frying-pan heat have pushed most of Sager's family and friends off the land. But Vernon still gets up at 3:00 a.m. to saddle his horse and count calves. This program is the real-deal Rawhide, the story of people fighting to preserve a vanishing way of life. [86 minutes]

  • A Family at War (#704)

    When one American family loses their son in the Iraq war, their lives -- and views -- are irrevocably changed. Danish filmmakers follow the Kaylor family over the course of a year, tracing their individual reactions and changing attitudes on the military and global politics. [56 minutes]

  • Mirror Dance (#705)

    Identical twins Margarita and Ramona de Saa became acclaimed ballerinas with the National Ballet of Cuba. Once inseparable, their relationship disintegrated as one sister left for America while the other embraced the Cuban revolution. This program is the story of two women forever linked by birth and dance, but struggling to overcome rifts not only between sisters but also between nations. [56 minutes]

  • Race Is The Place (#706)

    How do American artists address our nation's most pressing social issue? Using spoken, sung and chanted word, African American, Latino, Asian American and Native American authors, performance artists, poets and singers explore the pain, frustration and humor of racism in America. [56 minutes]

  • Maid In America (#707)

    As three of the thousands of Latina immigrants working as nannies and housekeepers in Los Angeles, Judith, Telma and Eva have all left family and friends behind to come to America. This program reveals the challenges these women face as they pursue the American Dream, their significant roles in American households and the globalization of motherhood. [56 minutes]

  • Seoul Train (#708)

    A growing and potentially explosive humanitarian crisis is threatening East Asian peace: the life and death of North Koreans as they try to escape their homeland and China. SEOUL TRAIN exposes the complex geopolitics and bureaucracy entangling the lives of thousands of North Korean refugees as well as the story of activists who put Themselves in harm's way to save them via a clandestine underground railroad. [56 minutes]

  • Sisters: Portrait of a Benedictine Community (#709)

    Shot over two years, SISTERS follows the lives of the women of St. Scholastica Monastery in Duluth, Minnesota. The story is told by the Sisters themselves -- at work, prayer and leisure -- as they pursue a balanced life based on the Rule of St. Benedict and face an uncertain future with spirit, conviction and wit. [56 minutes]

  • Short Stack: Lost & Found (#710)

    They don't make "buddy movies" like this in Hollywood. Independent Lens presents five short films that focus on a pivotal moment in a friendship: "Agora," by Christopher Newberry; "John and Michael," by Shira Avni; "Miracle Mile," by Dong Hyeuk Hwang; "The Raftsman's Razor," by Keith Bearden; and "Reservation Warparties," by Angelique Midthunder. [56 minutes]

  • Sheriff (#711)

    With the help of God, guns and the hundreds of blood relatives that populate his jurisdiction, Sheriff Ronald E. Hewett oversees Brunswick County, North Carolina, a rural region fraught with murder, robbery and the occasional theft of ceramic lawn ornaments. SHERIFF is pure cinema verite, an unexpected portrait of a man trying to do good in a bad world. [56 minutes]

  • Girl Trouble (#712)

    Shot over four years, GIRL TROUBLE is the story of three girls entangled in San Francisco's juvenile justice system. Documenting the girls' remarkable successes and heartbreaking setbacks -- their struggles with poverty, parenthood, violence and homelessness -- it exposes a system that fails to meet the need of girls in trouble. [56 minutes]

  • Almost Home (#713)

    Shot on location in a nursing home, ALMOST HOME tells the real stories of aging: couples both bonded and divided by disability, children torn between caring for their parents and their children, nursing assistants doing unsavory work for poverty wages, healthy elders fearful of moving to the dreaded nursing home and a visionary nursing home director committed to changes that would shuck the nursing home stigma and alleviate such dread. [86 minutes]

  • Negroes with Guns: Rob Williams and Black Power (#714)

    Credited with inspiring the Black Power movement, Robert Williams led his North Carolina hometown to defend itself against the Ku Klux Klan and challenge repressive Jim Crow laws. This program follows Williams' journey from southern community leader to exile in Cuba and China, a journey that brought the issue of armed self-defense to the forefront of the civil rights movement. [56 minutes]

  • July '64 (#715)

    In the summer of 1964, a three-night riot erupted in two predominantly black neighborhoods in downtown Rochester, New York, the culmination of decades of poverty, joblessness and racial discrimination and a significant event in the civil rights era. Using archival footage and interviews with those who were present, this program explores the genesis and outcome of these three devastating nights. [56 minutes]

  • The Loss of Nameless Things (#716)

    In 1978, Oakley Hall was a promising playwright on the verge of national recognition when a mysterious fall violently transformed his life. This program is the haunting story of a young man's fall from grace, of the vibrant artists who surrounded him and what happens when, decades later, a theater company discovers the very play he was writing the night he fell. [86 minutes]

  • Troop 1500 (#717)

    A Girl Scout troop unites daughters with mothers convicted of serious crimes in a Texas prison. [56 minutes]

  • Taking The Heat: The First Women Firefighters of New York City (#718)

    They faced death threats on the job -- from some of the men they worked with. With the story of Lt. Brenda Berkman of the Fire Department of New York at its core, this film explores the history of women firefighters in America and the price these women have paid to serve their communities. [56 minutes]

  • Trudell (#719)

    Native American activist and poet John Trudell fuses radical politics with music, writing and art. [56 minutes]

  • La Sierra (#720)

    La Sierra, a small neighborhood in Medellin, Colombia, is ruled by a group of young men, mostly teenagers, affiliated with Colombia's illegal paramilitary armies. Over one year, this program follows the lives of three of these young people -- two of them paramilitaries themselves -- as they experience war, death and love. [56 minutes]

  • A League of Ordinary Gentlemen (#721)

    Tracing the history of professional bowling in America, from its glory days in the 1950s to its near extinction by the late 1990s, this program follows four pro bowlers as Professional Bowlers Association CEO Steve Miller sets out to modernize the sport. [116 minutes]

  • Music from the Inside Out (#722)

    The intersection of art and life are at the core of this program, a musical journey featuring the 105 musicians of the Philadelphia Orchestra. The film focuses on the mystery and magic of music itself, creating a mosaic of the stories, ideas and experiences that form the heart of these musicians' lives inside and outside the concert hall. [86 minutes]

  • Fishbowl and American Made (#723)

    FISHBOWL: In the sleepy plantation town of Hilo, Hawaii, 11-year-old Lovey is trying to be anything but herself. In this dramatic short adapted from Lois-Ann Yamanaka's "Wild Meat and the Bully Burgers," Lovey's comical -- and often painful -- quest culminates in one fateful Halloween night. AMERICAN MADE: Trapped in the middle of the desert on their way to the Grand Canyon, a Sikh-American family has only one hope: the remote highway and the occasional car that drives by. This program confronts issues of tradition, faith, conformity and sacrifice after the family's youngest son accuses his turban-clad orthodox father of looking like a terrorist while stranded on a remote desert road. [56 minutes]

  • The Devil's Miner (#725)

    Two young Bolivian brothers brave deadly conditions in mining tunnels to earn money for school. [86 minutes]

  • The Great Pink Scare (#726)

    Explores the fierce clash between an individual's right to privacy & concerns for national security. [56 minutes]

  • The Real Dirt On Farmer John (#727)

    This is the epic tale of Farmer John, a maverick Midwestern farmer who -- in spite of the condemnation from his community -- bravely transforms his farm amidst a failing economy, vicious rumors and arson. In doing so, he creates a bastion of free expression and a revolutionary form of agriculture in rural America. [56 minutes]

  • A Lion in the House - Part 1 (#728)

    This inspiring film follows five children as they fight cancer with the help of their families, nurses and doctors. This harrowing and intimate series spans six years to chronicle how families respond to crises, how courage is found in unlikely places and how the humor and energy of youth can be powerful medicine. [116 minutes]

  • A Lion in the House - Part 2 (#729)

    This inspiring film follows five children as they fight cancer with the help of their families, nurses and doctors. This harrowing and intimate series spans six years to chronicle how families respond to crises, how courage is found in unlikely places and how the humor and energy of youth can be powerful medicine. [116 minutes]

  • The World According to Sesame Street (#801)

    Explores the drama and complexities behind producing international versions of the popular program. [86 minutes]

  • Muskrat Lovely (#802)

    Follows a close-knit Chesapeake Bay community and the events of the 50th crowning of Miss Outdoors. [56 minutes]

  • Still Life with Animated Dogs (#803)

    Animator Paul Fierlinger presents humorous observations of people, dogs & things of a divine nature. [26 minutes]

  • Paul Conrad: Drawing Fire (#804)

    Looks at the life and colorful career of the multiple Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist. [56 minutes]

  • Democracy on Deadline: The Global Struggle for an Independent Press (#805)

    Journalists and champions of independent media work to make and keep their societies free. [116 minutes]

  • Two Square Miles (#806)

    Conflicts unfold as a multinational coal-fired cement plant threatens to reshape Hudson, New York. [56 minutes]

  • A Sad Flower in the Sand (#807)

    The almost forgotten story of the young struggling writer John Fante and his novel, "Ask the Dust." [56 minutes]

  • Revolucion: Five Visions (#808)

    A look at Cuban photographers with differing perspectives on photography and the Cuban Revolution. [56 minutes]

  • SHORT STACK 2006 with My Life Disoriented (#809)

    A selection of four short films that focus on teenagers struggling with different challenges. [56 minutes]

  • A Fish Story (#810)

    Two women battle against a coalition of national environmental groups for control of the ocean. [56 minutes]

  • Shadya (#811)

    A look at the evolution of an Arab-Israeli woman with feminist ideas in a male-dominated culture. [56 minutes]

  • Beyond The Call (#812)

    Three men travel the world delivering live-saving humanitarian aid to civilians and doctors. . [60 minutes]

  • Twisted (#813)

    Meet people with a neurological disorder that causes their muscles to twist in abnormal movements. [56 minutes]

  • Billy Strayhorn: Lush Life (#814)

    Explore the life and career of the unheralded man who changed jazz and popular music forever. [86 minutes]

  • Motherland Afghanistan (#815)

    1 in 7 Afghan women dies in childbirth. Sedika Mojadidi explores the people behind these statistics. [53 minutes]

  • Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes (#816)

    Go beyond the music and profiles several people who use rap as a creative and artistic expression. [56 minutes]

  • Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore? (#817)

    Follow the 2004 Missouri campaign of unknown Jeff Smith, that took on the political establishment. [86 minutes]

  • Stolen (#818)

    Explores the largest art heist in modern history and the fascinating characters involved. [86 minutes]

  • Race to Execution (#819)

    Traces the fates of two Death Row inmates and exposes the factors that influence executions. [56 minutes]

  • China Blue (#820)

    Takes a rare and poignant look at the individuals who toil day-to-day to make the clothes we buy. [56 minutes]

  • Black Gold (#821)

    This eye-opening expose of the $80 billion coffee industry traces one man's fight for fair trade. [86 minutes]

  • ENRON: The Smartest Guys in the Room (#822)

    Top executives from the seventh largest U.S. company walked away with over one billion dollars. [116 minutes]

  • The Cats of Mirikitani (#823)

    An intimate exploration of the lingering wounds of war and the healing powers of friendship and art. [56 minutes]

  • Sentenced Home (#824)

    Three young Cambodian refugees find themselves caught between a tragic past & an uncertain future. [56 minutes]

  • Knocking (#825)

    Reveals how Jehovah's Witnesses have helped shape history beyond the doorstep. [56 minutes]

  • The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill (#826)

    A San Francisco dharma bum falls in with a flock of parrots as he searches for meaning in his life. [86 minutes]

  • La Lupe Queen of Latin Soul (#827)

    Interviews and rare archival footage tell the story of the legendary Afro-Cuban pop singer. [56 minutes]

  • Wordplay (#901)

    An entertaining look at the editor of the crossword puzzle and the celebrity fanatics who enjoy it. [86 minutes]

  • Please Vote for Me (#902)

    Children compete for the position of Class Monitor in an experiment with democracy in China. [56 minutes]

  • Storm of Emotions (#903)

    Examines the Israeli disengagement from the Gaza Strip and efforts to achieve democracy in the area. [86 minutes]

  • Red White Black & Blue (#904)

    U.S. soldiers who fought on the island of Attu in Alaska during WWII journey back to the location. [56 minutes]

  • Miss Navajo (#905)

    Follows contestants in their quest for the Miss Navajo Nation crown, featuring stories of winners. [56 minutes]

  • The Creek Runs Red (#906)

    A town facing serious health risks and age-old racial tensions between Indian and white society. [56 minutes]

  • Sisters In Law (#907)

    A look at a small courthouse in Cameroon where two women help others fight against cases of abuse. [116 minutes]

  • The Paper (#908)

    Chronicles the pressure of a year in the life of Pennsylvania State University's Daily Collegian. [86 minutes]

  • An Unreasonable Man (#909)

    An unsparing look at Ralph Nader, one of the most important and controversial figures our time. [116 minutes]

  • Today's Man (#910)

    The story of Nicky Gottlieb, a former child genius diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome at age 21. [56 minutes]

  • Mapping Stem Cell Research: Terra Incognita (#911)

    Dr. Jack Kessler shifts to stem cell research when his daughter is paralyzed from the waist down. [86 minutes]

  • A Son's Sacrifice (#912)

    A young Muslim American struggles to take over his father's halal slaughterhouse in New York City. [26 minutes]

  • How Is Your Fish Today? (#913)

    Hui Rao has writer's block and begins to live the life of the character he's trying to create. [86 minutes]

  • American Made (#914)

    A son accuses his Sikh-American father of looking like a terrorist while stranded on a desert road. [26 minutes]

  • Banished (#915)

    This program tells the story of three counties that violently expelled African American families from their towns a century ago --and the descendants that return to learn a shocking history. [86 minutes]

  • Hard Road Home (#916)

    Follows two former felons in different stages of life "on the outside." [56 minutes]

  • Iron Ladies of Liberia (#917)

    Go behind the scenes with Africa's first freely-elected female head of state, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. [56 minutes]

  • Companeras (#918)

    A profile of America's first all-female mariachi band, Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles. [56 minutes]

  • Water Flowing Together (#919)

    An intimate portrait of a remarkable dancer, Jock Soto & the disparate worlds that have shaped him. [56 minutes]

  • King Corn (#920)

    Two college graduates embark on a mission to see where America's food comes from--by growing it. [86 minutes]

  • Na Kamalei: The Men of Hula (#921)

    The only all-male hula school in Hawai'i prepare to compete at the world's largest hula festival. [56 minutes]

  • A Dream In Doubt (#922)

    In the aftermath of 9/11, a wave of hate crimes terrorized the Sikh-American community in Phoenix. [56 minutes]

  • New Year Baby (#923)

    Follows a woman's quest to uncover the secrets of how her family survived the Khmer Rouge genocide. [56 minutes]

  • Writ Writer (#924)

    Jailhouse lawyer Fred Cruz and his legal battle to secure rights for Texas prisoners are examined. [56 minutes]

  • The Cool School (#925)

    The Ferus Gallery nurtured L.A.'s first generation of significant post-war artists from 1957-68. [56 minutes]

  • Deep Water (#926)

    Amateur yachtsman Donald Crowhurst enters the very first solo, non-stop, round-the-world boat race. [86 minutes]

  • Abduction: The Megumi Yokota Story (#927)

    A Japanese family searches for their daughter who was abducted by North Korean spies in 1977. [86 minutes]

  • Chicago 10 (#1001)

    Animation, archival footage and music are used to tell the story of the Chicago Conspiracy Trial. [116 minutes]

  • Dinner with the President: A Nation's Journey (#1002)

    A journey through Pakistan explores the diverse mindsets of the people and their political system. [56 minutes]

  • Knee Deep (#1003)

    Josh Osborne and a crew of friends and relatives schemed to kill his Mom to get his family farm. [86 minutes]

  • Lioness (#1004)

    In Iraq, a group of women became the first in American history to be sent into direct ground combat. [86 minutes]

  • March Point (#1005)

    Three teens from the Swinomish Tribe investigate the impact of oil refineries on their community. [56 minutes]

  • The Atom Smashers (#1006)

    American physicists lead an international search for the Higgs Boson, the "holy grail" of physics. [56 minutes]

  • Doc (#1007)

    The personal story of literary figure Harold Louis Humes sheds light on life in postwar America. [56 minutes]

  • Wonders Are Many: The Making of Dr. Atomic (#1008)

    Follows a composer and a director as they create a grand opera about the birth of the atomic bomb. [86 minutes]

  • Grey Gardens: from East Hampton to Broadway (#1009)

    The eccentric lives of Edith Beale and her daughter Edie set the stage for a film and a musical. [56 minutes]

  • Operation Filmmaker (#1010)

    After his school is destroyed by American bombs an Iraqi film student works on a Hollywood movie. [86 minutes]

  • Lakshmi and Me (#1011)

    A look at culture where servants are often treated as social inferiors focuses on maid in Mumbai. [56 minutes]

  • Helvetica (#1012)

    Historians and designers discuss this popular font, used on corporate logos and government forms. [56 minutes]

  • Adjust Your Color: The Truth of Petey Greene (#1013)

    Don Cheadle narrates a look at how radio's first shock jock battled the system and his own demons. [56 minutes]

  • Tulia, Texas (#1014)

    A small town's search for justice centers on troubling evidence that surrounds a 1999 drug sting. [56 minutes]

  • The Order of Myths (#1015)

    A complex look at race relations focuses on the segregated events at Mardi Gras in Mobile, Alabama. [86 minutes]

  • Arusi Persian Wedding (#1016)

    American and Iranian cultures clash when a couple plans a Persian Islamic wedding in Iran. [56 minutes]

  • Recycle (#1017)

    After years of fighting, a former Mujahideen soldier tries to earn a living collecting cardboard. [86 minutes]

  • Milking The Rhino (#1018)

    This program examines the deepening conflict between humans and animals in an ever-shrinking world. Exploring wildlife preservation from the perspective of people who live with wild animals, the film provides intimate portraits of rural Africans at the forefront of community- based conservation -- a revolution that is turning poachers into preservationists and local people into the stewards of their land. [56 minutes]

  • Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai (#1019)

    Maathai lead rural Kenyan women to plant trees to address the problems from a degraded environment. [56 minutes]

  • Steal a Pencil for Me (#1020)

    Jack, his wife and the woman of his dreams struggle to survive in the same Nazi concentration camp. [56 minutes]

  • At Home In Utopia (#1021)

    "The Coops," a cooperative apartment complex built in the Bronx by garment workers is recalled. [56 minutes]

  • Wings of Defeat (#1022)

    Reveals a complex history of brutal training and ambivalent sacrifice of Japanese Kamikaze pilots. [56 minutes]

  • Crips and Bloods: Made In America (#1023)

    Hit the streets of South Central Los Angeles to explore the 40 year battle between violent gangs. [86 minutes]

  • Stranded: The Andes Plane Crash Survivors (#1024)

    The survivors recall what it took to live in the mountains for 72 days with no food or supplies. [116 minutes]

  • Ask Not (#1025)

    Reveals the personal stories of gay Americans who serve in military combat under a veil of secrecy. [56 minutes]

  • Our Disappeared/Nuestros Desaparecidos (#1026)

    A personal look at the brutal events of Argentina's military dictatorship from 1976 to 1983. [86 minutes]

  • Herb and Dorothy (#1101)

    With their modest means, Herbert and Dorothy Vogel built an important contemporary art collection. [56 minutes]

  • Butte, America (#1102)

    Gabriel Byrne narrates stories of five generation mining families in working class Butte, Montana. [56 minutes]

  • Journals of a Wily School (#1103)

    Police in Kolkata India offer a young pickpocket a pardon if he helps track down serious criminals. [56 minutes]

  • Power Paths (#1104)

    American Indian tribes explore ways to bring renewable energy projects into their communities. [56 minutes]

  • D Tour (#1105)

    When his kidney begins to fail, an indie rock musician must search for a living organ donor. [86 minutes]

  • No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo & Vilmos (#1106)

    Reveals the journey of innovative Hollywood cinematographers Laszlo Kovacs and Vilmos Zsigmond. [86 minutes]

  • Objectified (#1107)

    Looks at our complex relationship with manufactured objects and the creative people who design them. [56 minutes]

  • Between The Folds (#1108)

    Theoretical scientists and fine artists abandon their careers and forge new lives creating origami. [56 minutes]

  • Scenes from a Parish (#1109)

    A young priest finds boiling ethnic tension in a changing working-class community in Massachusetts. [86 minutes]

  • Young @ Heart/George and Rosemary (#1110)

    Documents the rehearsals for the Young@Heart Chorus in Northampton, MA, whose average age is 81. [116 minutes]

  • Copyright Criminals (#1111)

    An examination of the creative and commercial value of musical sampling details the rise of hip-hop. [56 minutes]

  • P-Star Rising (#1112)

    Priscilla, a nine-year-old rap star travels from Harlem streets to sold out shows around the world. [86 minutes]

  • Herskovits at the Heart of Blackness (#1113)

    Examines the legacy of the controversial anthropologist of the 1940s and 50s, Melville Herskovits. [56 minutes]

  • Mine/Home (#1114)

    A look at the struggles of hurricane victims to reunite with their pets left behind during Katrina. [86 minutes]

  • Behind the Rainbow (#1115)

    Over two tumultuous decades, South Africa has finally arrived on its own bumpy road to democracy. With the 2009 presidential election looming ahead as a historical turning point while the film was made, "Behind the Rainbow" is a previously untold account of the country's political problems, struggles and realities [86 minutes]

  • The Eyes of Me (#1116)

    Four blind teenagers struggle to fit in, prepare for college and live independently. [56 minutes]

  • Lost Souls (Animas Perdidas) (#1117)

    The story of US servicemen deported from the US to Mexico, a place they no longer considered home. [56 minutes]

  • Whatever It Takes (#1118)

    A look at an innovative public high school in New York's South Bronx and its visionary principal. [56 minutes]

  • Unmistaken Child (#1119)

    A shy disciple is unexpectedly appointed to search for the reincarnation of his late Tibetan Master. [86 minutes]

  • Blessed Is The Match (#1120)

    Poet Hannah Senesh became a paratrooper and helped rescue Jews in Hungary during World War II. [56 minutes]

  • Dirt! The Movie (#1121)

    Discover how industrial farming and urban development led us toward droughts and climate change. [56 minutes]

  • Garbage Dreams (#1122)

    Three teenage boys born into the trash trade grow up in a large garbage village outside of Cairo. [56 minutes]

  • Sunshine (#1123)

    The intimate story of a second-generation single mother and her struggle with the idea of family. [56 minutes]

  • The Horse Boy (#1124)

    A family journeys halfway across the world in search of a miracle to heal their autistic son. [56 minutes]

  • Project Kashmir (#1125)

    American women, one Muslim, one Hindu, take cameras to Kashmir where conflicting faiths mean war. [56 minutes]

  • A Village Called Versailles (#1126)

    A Vietnamese community in New Orleans fights against the opening of a toxic landfill after Katrina. [56 minutes]

  • Goodbye Solo (#1127)

    A Senegalese cab driver and a Southern "good ol' boy" forge a friendship that changes their lives. [86 minutes]

  • The Parking Lot Movie (#1201)

    Centers on a uniquely varied group of parking lot attendants in Charlottesville, Virginia. [56 minutes]

  • Art & Copy (#1202)

    Reveals the work and wisdom of some of the most influential advertising creatives of our time. [86 minutes]

  • Reel Injun (#1203)

    Explores the "Hollywood Indian," the portrayal of American Natives through a century of cinema. [56 minutes]

  • The Longoria Affair (#1204)

    Chronicles the movement launched by a funeral parlor's refusal to serve a Mexican American soldier. [56 minutes]

  • Lost Sparrow (#1205)

    Decades after the deaths of two Crow Indian Brothers, their adoptive brother confronts the mystery. [86 minutes]

  • Deep Down (#1206)

    A mountaintop removal coal mine in Kentucky divides a community in dire economic straits. [56 minutes]

  • 45365 (#1207)

    An inquisitive look at the lives and landscapes that make up this community of Sidney, Ohio. [56 minutes]

  • The Calling (1 of 2) (#1208)

    Seven Muslims, Catholics, Evangelical Christians and Jews train to become professional clergy. [116 minutes]

  • The Calling (2 of 2) (#1209)

    Seven Muslims, Catholics, Evangelical Christians and Jews train to become professional clergy. [116 minutes]

  • Men Who Swim (#1210)

    A group of middle-aged men find unlikely success as members of Sweden's synchronized swimming team. [56 minutes]

  • Children of Haiti (#1211)

    Orphaned teens in Haiti reflect on their country and their lives and share their common dreams. [56 minutes]

  • For Once In My Life (#1212)

    Musicians and singers with mental and physical disabilities make up the Spirit of Goodwill Band. [86 minutes]

  • When I Rise (#1213)

    Racial controversy surrounds a gifted music student as she struggles to succeed in the opera world. [56 minutes]

  • William S. Burroughs: A Man Within (#1214)

    The influential artist's friends and colleagues remember the public persona and the private man. [56 minutes]

  • Me Facing Life: Cyntoia's Story (#1215)

    A woman faces a prison sentence for killing a man who picked her up for sex when she was age 16. [56 minutes]

  • Pushing the Elephant (#1216)

    A mother and daughter reunite a decade after their separation during the Congolese civil war. [86 minutes]

  • The Desert of Forbidden Art (#1217)

    The story of banned Soviet art worth millions that was stashed in a far-off desert of Uzbekistan. [56 minutes]

  • Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child (#1218)

    Director Tamra Davis pays homage to the phenomenal artist who was discovered in the late 1970s. [86 minutes]

  • Waste Land (#1219)

    Artist Vik Muniz creates portraits of people using found materials from where they live and work. [86 minutes]

  • Marwencol (#1220)

    A brain damaged man constructs a 1/6th-scale World War II-era town in his backyard for his therapy. [86 minutes]

  • A Film Unfinished (#1221)

    A Nazi propaganda movie used by historians to show life in the Warsaw Ghetto in 1942 is examined. [86 minutes]

  • Bhutto (#1222)

    Chronicles the life and untimely death of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. [116 minutes]

  • Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo (#1223)

    This documentary explores the history of Japan's love affair with bugs. [56 minutes]

  • Welcome to Shelbyville (#1224)

    A small town grapples with rapidly changing demographics in the heart of America's Bible Belt. [56 minutes]

  • Two Spirits (#1225)

    A revealing look at the life and death of one of the youngest hate-crime victims in modern history. [56 minutes]

  • Wham! Bam! Islam! (#1301)

    A Kuwaiti psychologist launches a comic series with 99 superheroes based on the 99 virtues of Allah. [56 minutes]

  • Donor Unknown/All About Me (#1302)

    Twenty year-old JoEllen Marsh goes in search of the sperm donor father she only knows as Donor 150. [86 minutes]

  • Lives Worth Living (#1303)

    A look at the Disability Rights Movement focuses on one man's struggle after a spinal cord injury. [56 minutes]

  • Deaf Jam (#1304)

    Deaf teens reveal passions, frustrations and humor as they discover American Sign Language poetry. [56 minutes]

  • We Still Live Here - As Nutayunean (#1305)

    The story of the revival of the language of the Wampanoag nation of southeastern, Massachusetts. [56 minutes]

  • The Woodmans (#1306)

    This program is a portrait of one family's fall and redemption in the often brutal world of art. [86 minutes]

  • These Amazing Shadows (#1307)

    The National Film Preservation Board and the cinematic treasures it strives to save are showcased. [56 minutes]

  • Have You Heard from Johannesburg? - Road to Resistance (#1308)

    A close look at the citizen activists who fought for three decades to end apartheid in South Africa. [56 minutes]

  • Have You Heard from Johannesburg? - The New Generation (#1309)

    A close look at the citizen activists who fought for three decades to end apartheid in South Africa. [56 minutes]

  • Have You Heard from Johannesburg? - From Selma to Soweto (#1310)

    A close look at the citizen activists who fought for three decades to end apartheid in South Africa. [56 minutes]

  • Have You Heard from Johannesburg? - The Bottom Line (#1311)

    A close look at the citizen activists who fought for three decades to end apartheid in South Africa. [56 minutes]

  • Have You Heard from Johannesburg? - Free at Last (5 of 5) (#1312)

    A close look at the citizen activists who fought for three decades to end apartheid in South Africa. [56 minutes]

  • Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock (#1313)

    Bates' support of nine black students to attend the all-white high school in Arkansas is examined. [56 minutes]

  • The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 (#1314)

    Combining fresh and candid 16mm footage that had lain undiscovered in the cellar of Swedish Television for the past 30 years, with contemporary audio interviews from leading African-American artists, activists, musicians and scholars, this program looks at the people, society, culture and style that fuelled an era of convulsive change, 1967-1975. Utilizing an innovative format that riffs on the popular 1970s mix tape format, this is a cinematic and musical journey into the black communities of America. [86 minutes]

  • More Than a Month (#1315)

    A 29-year-old African-American filmmaker is on a cross-country campaign to end Black History Month. [56 minutes]

  • You're Looking at Me Like I Live Here and I Don't (#1316)

    A first-person, day-to-day account of Lee Gorewitz's life inside an Alzheimer's treatment facility. [56 minutes]

  • Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey (#1317)

    A look at how puppeteer Kevin Clash followed his dream to be a part of Jim Henson's team. [86 minutes]

  • When the Drum Is Beating (#1318)

    Haiti's most popular band Septentrional has survived corrupt governments and national tragedy. [56 minutes]

  • Revenge of the Electric Car (#1319)

    In 2006, thousands of new electric cars were purposely destroyed. Now the electric car is back. [86 minutes]

  • Facing the Storm: Story of the American Bison (#1320)

    Cattle ranching, urban sprawl and sport hunting has squeezed the bison from the Great Plains. [56 minutes]

  • Circo (#1321)

    The Ponce family circus struggles to succeed against the backdrop of Mexico's collapsing economy. [56 minutes]

  • Summer Pasture (#1322)

    Rapid modernization impacts the traditional nomadic life of one family in Tibet's high grasslands. [86 minutes]

  • Precious Knowledge (#1323)

    Teachers fight back when a Tucson high school's Mexican American Studies program comes under fire. [56 minutes]

  • Hell and Back Again (#1324)

    The story of a Marine at war on the front is intercut with a look at his life in recovery at home. [86 minutes]

  • Left by the Ship (#1325)

    A look at children born to U.S. servicemen who were stationed in military bases in the Philippines. [56 minutes]

  • We Were Here (#1326)

    A look at how the community worked together when AIDS came to San Francisco in the early 1980s. [86 minutes]

  • Strong (#1327)

    Cheryl Haworth is a young woman with a big dream: to be the strongest woman in the world. As the 300-pound U.S. Olympic weightlifter prepares for the Beijing 2008 Olympics, she struggles with injury, confidence and her place in a world where larger women are not readily accepted. [56 minutes]

  • Park Avenue: Money, Power & The American Dream (#1401)

    Billionaires in a Park Avenue building live four miles away from the highest poverty rate in the US. [56 minutes]

  • As Goes Janesville (#1402)

    The impact of the economic crisis on the people of Janesville, Wisconsin is explored. [56 minutes]

  • Love Free or Die (#1403)

    Faith, love, homosexuality and church collide as Gene Robinson becomes the first openly gay bishop. [56 minutes]

  • Solar Mamas (#1404)

    India's Barefoot College provide rural women living in poverty with an education that empowers them. [56 minutes]

  • Soul Food Junkies (#1405)

    The benefits and consequences of the African American traditional soul food diet are examined. [56 minutes]

  • Beauty Is Embarrassing (#1406)

    Tennessean commercial artist Wayne White struggles to find a balance between his work and his art. [86 minutes]

  • The Revisionaries (#1407)

    Once a decade, the Texas State Board of Education rewrites textbook standards for school children. [56 minutes]

  • The Powerbroker: Whitney Young's Fight for Civil Rights (#1408)

    The controversial civil rights era leader and former head of the National Urban League is profiled. [56 minutes]

  • Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (#1409)

    Ai Weiwei is arguably the most internationally celebrated Chinese artist of the modern era. The inscrutable bearded visionary burst onto the scene with vast conceptual installations such as his eight million hand-painted ceramic sunflower seeds inside Tate Modern and went on to design the iconic Bird's Nest stadium for the Beijing Olympics. But at heart, Ai Weiwei is a troublemaker with a serious agenda: to challenge the oppression of the Chinese people by their government with rebellious and irreverent gestures. His activism has cost him his freedom repeatedly, but he never seems to lose his childlike approach to serious dissidence executed with a wink. [86 minutes]

  • The House I Live In (#1410)

    Heart-wrenching stories at all levels of America's drug war, from the dealer to the grieving mother. [116 minutes]

  • Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines (#1411)

    The comic book superheroine Wonder Woman and popular representations of powerful women are explored. [56 minutes]

  • The Island President (#1412)

    President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives has become a leading voices for action on climate change. [86 minutes]

  • The Undocumented (#1413)

    The story of migrants who die trying to cross an unforgiving desert in search of a better life. [86 minutes]

  • Seeking Asian Female (#1414)

    An elderly American man and a young Chinese woman pursue a marriage brokered by the internet. [56 minutes]

  • Detropia (#1415)

    A dynamic cluster of innovators and creative entrepreneurs in Detroit, Michigan are profiled. [86 minutes]

  • The Invisible War (#1416)

    One of America's most shameful secrets, the epidemic of rape within the US military, is examined. [86 minutes]

  • The Revolutionary Optimists (#1417)

    Children are helping to make radical health and sanitation improvements in the slums of Calcutta. [56 minutes]

  • Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey (#1418)

    Filipino Arnel Pineda was plucked from YouTube to become the front man for the rock band Journey. [86 minutes]

  • The Waiting Room/Let Me Down Easy (#1419)

    Highland Hospital in Oakland battles its way through seismic shifts in America's healthcare system. [86 minutes]

  • The Graduates (1 of 2) (#1501)

    An intimate look at how students and teachers are faring in a stressed public education system. [56 minutes]

  • The Graduates (2 of 2) (#1502)

    The roots of the Latino dropout crisis is examined through the eyes of six inspiring young students. [56 minutes]

  • Indian Relay (#1503)

    Teams from three American Indian communities compete in a grueling style of bareback horse racing. [56 minutes]

  • Young Lakota (#1504)

    A proposed abortion clinic in a South Dakota Native American reservation causes a political storm. [56 minutes]

  • Playwright: from Page to Stage (#1505)

    Two playwrights, An African American and an Indian American, create a new language for the stage. [56 minutes]

  • Jiro Dreams of Sushi (#1506)

    Eighty-five-year-old Jiro Ono, considered the world's greatest sushi chef, is profiled in Tokyo. [86 minutes]

  • How to Survive A Plague (#1507)

    Two grassroots coalitions fought to turn AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition. [86 minutes]

  • At Berkeley (#1508)

    This film explores 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. [247 minutes]

  • Blood Brother (#1509)

    The story of Rocky Braat, whose desire to find a family led him to an AIDS hostel in India. [86 minutes]

  • The State of Arizona (#1510)

    The complex realities behind Arizona's struggle with illegal immigration are explored. [86 minutes]

  • Spies of Mississippi (#1511)

    The state of Mississippi formed a spy agency to preserve segregation during the 1950s and '60s. [56 minutes]

  • Las Marthas (#1512)

    Latino debutantes dress like patriotic colonial figures at the debutante ball in Laredo, Texas. [56 minutes]

  • All of Me: A Story of Love, Loss, and Last Resorts (#1513)

    Weight-loss surgery affects the health, friendship and happiness of morbidly obese female friends. [56 minutes]

  • Medora (#1514)

    A varsity basketball team struggles to compete in a community beset by a crippled economy. [86 minutes]

  • Brothers Hypnotic (#1515)

    The Chicago-based Hypnotic Brass Ensemble consists of eight sons of jazz trumpeter Phil Cohran. [56 minutes]

  • The Trials of Muhammad Ali (#1516)

    Muhammad Ali's battle to overturn his prison sentence for refusing US military service is examined. [86 minutes]

  • Muscle Shoals/Waiting for a Train: The Toshio Hirano Story (#1517)

    Muscle Shoals, Alabama is the unlikely breeding ground for some of America's most creative music. [116 minutes]

  • A Fragile Trust: Plagiarism, Power, and Jayson Blair at The New York Times/Lies (#1518)

    The story of serial plagiarist Jayson Blair and the scandal at The New York Times are detailed. [86 minutes]

  • Let The Fire Burn (#1519)

    The clash between Philadelphia police and the radical urban group MOVE in 1985 is chronicled. [86 minutes]

  • God Loves Uganda (#1520)

    A look at how the American Evangelical movement is influencing Uganda's laws against homosexuality. [86 minutes]

  • The New Black (#1521)

    A look at how the African American community grapples with same-sex marriage issues in Maryland. [56 minutes]

  • The Kill Team/Confusion Through Sand (#1522)

    A US infantryman in Afghanistan attempts to expose war crimes committed by his platoon. [86 minutes]

  • Bully (#1601)

    The growing movement to change the ways to address bullying in schools is highlighted. [86 minutes]

  • Twin Sisters (#1602)

    Twin sisters, separated as infants and adopted by families in California and Norway, reunite. [56 minutes]

  • Brakeless (#1603)

    This look at Japanese society questions if it is bound to the pursuit of efficiency at all costs. [56 minutes]

  • Powerless (#1604)

    A nimble young electrician In Kanpur, India provides Robin Hood-style services to the poor. [56 minutes]

  • Happiness (#1605)

    A Bhutanese village high in the Himalayas gets access to television stations for the first time. [56 minutes]

  • Rich Hill (#1606)

    Three boys navigate the road between childhood and adolescence in a depressed Missouri town. [86 minutes]

  • Evolution of a Criminal (#1607)

    Filmmaker Darius Clark Monroe explores what led him to rob a bank as a teenager in Texas. [86 minutes]

  • Through a Lens Darkly (#1608)

    Pioneering African-American photographers have recorded the lives and aspirations of generations. [86 minutes]

  • American Denial (#1609)

    Gunnar Myrdal's 1944 investigation of Jim Crow racism is used to explore unconscious biases. [56 minutes]

  • Little White Lie (#1610)

    An upper-middle-class woman with two loving Jewish parents unlocks a powerful family secret. [56 minutes]

  • Little Hope Was Arson/A City In Flames (#1611)

    In 2010, 10 churches were burned down in a month, igniting a criminal investigation in East Texas. [86 minutes]

  • The Homestretch (#1612)

    Three homeless teens brave Chicago winters and high school pressures to build a brighter future. [56 minutes]

  • The Great Invisible (#1613)

    Explore the stories behind the disastrous Deepwater Horizon oil spill, from fallout to aftermath. [86 minutes]

  • Kumu Hina (#1614)

    A transgender teacher in Hawaii inspires a tomboyish young girl to lead an all-male hula troupe. [56 minutes]

  • Born to Fly: Elizabeth Streb Vs. Gravity (#1615)

    The evolution of choreographer and architect Elizabeth Streb's movement philosophy is traced. [56 minutes]

  • 1971 (#1616)

    In 1971, citizens broke into an FBI office to steal information on an illegal surveillance program. [86 minutes]

  • Limited Partnership (#1617)

    A gay couple took on the US government to fight for marriage and immigration equality for 40 years. [56 minutes]

  • Stray Dog (#1701)

    A motorcycle-riding Vietnam veteran is dedicated to helping his fellow vets and immigrant family. [86 minutes]

  • India's Daughter (#1702)

    The murder of a female medical student in Delhi sparked an international movement for change. [56 minutes]

  • Mimi and Dona (#1703)

    A 92-year-old mother caring for her disabled 64-year-old daughter faces tough choices. [56 minutes]

  • East of Salinas (#1704)

    This story about immigration, childhood and circumstance focuses on a California third grader. [56 minutes]

  • Chuck Norris vs Communism (#1705)

    A VHS bootlegger and brave translator brought western movies to Romanian audiences in the 1980s. [56 minutes]

  • Autism In Love (#1706)

    Follow four adults on the autism spectrum as they navigate dating and romantic relationships. [86 minutes]

  • No Mas Bebes (No More Babies) (#1707)

    The story of Mexican-American women who were sterilized at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center. [56 minutes]

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