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Pine Ridge - The Lives and Dreams of Today's Native American Youth
Filmed on the Native American reservation of the same name in South Dakota, where Americans with native blood live a life in the middle -- and yet outside -- of American society, PINE RIDGE explores what shapes the lives and…
Anita - Speaking Truth to Power
Against a backdrop of sex, politics, and race, Anita reveals the intimate story of a woman who spoke truth to power. An entire country watched as a poised, beautiful African-American woman sat before a Senate committee of 14 white men…
How to Die in Oregon
In 1994, Oregon became the first state in the U.S. to legalize physician aid-in-dying. At the time, only two countries (Switzerland and the Netherlands) permitted the practice, but more than 500 Oregonians have since ended their life using the law.…
Check It - A Gang of LGBT Youth in Washington D.C.
This film festival favorite follows a group of African-American gay and transgender youth in one of Washington D.C.'s most violent neighborhoods. After being subjected to constant torment and assault, the group formed their own gang for camaraderie and protection. Official…
We Were Here - The AIDS Years in San Francisco
An intimate, yet epic history of the AIDS years in San Francisco, as told through the stories of five longtime San Franciscans. The film documents the coming of what was called the "Gay Plague" in the early 1980s. It illuminates…
Best and Most Beautiful Things - A Young, Disabled Woman Finds Her Place in the World
In 2009, director Garrett Zevgetis googled the word "Beauty." He had been working on a number of darker-themed documentaries and was determined to find an uplifting story for a future project. The search returned a poignant Helen Keller quote that…
Rich Hill - The Challenges and Dreams of Teenagers in a Rural American Town
Rich Hill, Missouri could be any of the countless small towns that blanket America's heartland. But to teenagers Andrew, Harley and Appachey, it's home. As they ride their skateboards, go to football practice, and arm wrestle their fathers, they are…
Hip Hop - Beyond Beats and Rhymes
Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats & Rhymes provides a riveting examination of manhood, sexism, and homophobia in hip-hop culture. Director Byron Hurt, former star college quarterback, long-time hip-hop fan, and gender violence prevention educator, conceived the documentary as a "loving critique" of…
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Private Violence - Domestic Violence Survivors
This Emmy -nominated documentary explores a simple but deeply disturbing fact of American life: the most dangerous place for a woman in America is her own home. Every day in the U.S., at least four women are murdered by abusive…
Milk - The Politics of Infant Feeding
Through an intimate and artistic lens, MILK brings a universal perspective on the politics, commercialization and controversies surrounding birth and infant feeding over the canvas of stunningly beautiful visuals and poignant voices from around the globe. Inspiring, informative, provocative and…
When Two Worlds Collide - A Battle for Indigenous Amazonian Land
In this tense and immersive tour de force, audiences are taken directly into the line of fire between powerful, opposing Peruvian leaders who will stop at nothing to keep their respective goals intact. On the one side is President Alan…
All Governments Lie - Truth, Deception, and the Spirit of I.F. Stone
Independent journalists expose government lies and corporate deception, inspired by the legendary investigative journalist I.F. Stone. With government deception rampant, and intrusion of state surveillance into private life never more egregious, independent voices like Glenn Greenwald, Jeremy Scahill, and Amy…
Sonita - An Afghan Feminst Rapper
Two-time Sundance Film Festival award winner SONITA tells the inspiring story of Sonita Alizadeh, an 18-year-old Afghan refugee in Iran, who thinks of Michael Jackson and Rihanna as her spiritual parents and dreams of becoming a big-name rapper. For the…
Dreamcatcher - Sex Trafficking & Redemption in Chicago
Sundance award-winner DREAMCATCHER takes us into a hidden world of prostitution and sexual trafficking through the eyes of one of its survivors, Brenda Myers-Powell. A former teenage prostitute with a drug habit, Brenda defied the odds to become a powerful…
Mavis! - Gospel Music Legend and Civil Rights Activist Mavis Staples
An award-winning documentary on gospel/soul music legend and civil rights icon Mavis Staples and her family group, The Staple Singers. From the freedom songs of the '60s and hits like "I'll Take You There" in the '70s, to funked-up collaborations…
Who Is Arthur Chu? - A Jeopardy Champion Fighting for Social Change
This acclaimed documentary follows the controversial 11-time Jeopardy! champion Arthur Chu as he attempts to leverage his viral celebrity to make positive social change online. Following a world premiere at the 2017 Slamdance Film Festival , the film has played…
Do Donkeys Act? - The Mystery and Intrigue of the Donkey
Narrated by Willem Dafoe, DO DONKEYS ACT encourages us to respect a major language barrier we might not otherwise consider, the mystery and intrigue of donkey utterances. We are invited to "step into their shade and listen closely" as we…
Life, Animated - An Autistic Young Man Finds His Voice Though Disney Films
From Academy Award winning director Roger Ross Williams, LIFE, ANIMATED is the inspirational story of Owen Suskind, a young man who was unable to speak as a child until he and his family discovered a unique way to communicate by…
The Incomparable Rose Hartman - Portrait of a Photographer and Her Glamorous Subjects
This entertaining documentary focuses on the career of legendary photographer; Rose Hartman, a fixture of the New York Fashion scene. The film follows Hartman seeking her prey in the "chiffon jungle," going from ateliers, to fashion shows, exhilarating backstage and…
Southwest of Salem - Lesbian Latinas Fight for Justice
Winner of a Peabody Award, a GLAAD Award for Outstanding Documentary, and a Critic's Choice Award for Best First Feature, SOUTHWEST OF SALEM excavates the nightmarish persecution of Elizabeth Ramirez, Cassandra Rivera, Kristie Mayhugh, and Anna Vasquez, four Latina lesbians…