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Straightlaced—How Gender's Got Us All Tied Up
With a fearless look at a highly charged subject, Straightlaced unearths how pressures around gender and sexuality are confining American teens. These stories reflect a diversity of experiences, demonstrating how gender role expectations and homophobia are interwoven, and illustrating the…
Maid in America
They clean other people's homes and raise other families' children -- often leaving their own families behind. Maid in America is an intimate look into the lives of three Latina immigrants working as nannies and housekeepers in Los Angeles, three…
Split: Divorce Through Kids' Eyes
Split is a deeply personal film made in collaboration with children aged 6-12, exploring the often frightening and always life altering separation of their parents. Split gives us the children's perspective on divorce... no adults, no experts... just kids speaking…
abUSed: The Postville Raid
The perversion of the U.S. Constitution, the rule of law, and due process, and the human face of immigration are revealed through the gripping personal stories of the individuals, the families and the town that survived the most brutal, most…
Concrete, Steel & Paint - A Film About Crime, Restoration and Healing
When men in a state prison join with victims of crime to create a mural about healing, their views on punishment, remorse, and forgiveness collide. Finding consensus is not easy - but as the participants move through the creative process,…
That's a Family! - Divorce, LGBT, Single Parents & More
An outstanding and highly entertaining documentary that gives children and adult insights into what it's like to grow up in very diverse family structures. THAT'S A FAMILY! Will stretch your mind and touch your heart, no matter what your age.…
It's Still Elementary - Reexamining LGBT Issues in Schools
It's STILL Elementary examines the incredible impact of the groundbreaking original documentary, It's Elementary - Talking About Gay Issues in School. It's a great case study of how documentary filmmaking coupled with a robust grassroots campaign, can literally change the…
It's Elementary—Talking About Gay Issues in School
It's Elementary features elementary and middle schools where (mainly heterosexual) teachers are challenging the prevailing political climate and its attempt to censor any dialogue in schools about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Rather than focusing on the debate between…
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Pidgin: The Voice of Hawai'i
What if you are made to feel ashamed when you speak your "mother tongue" or ridiculed because of your accent? "Pidgin: the Voice of Hawai'i" addresses these questions through its lively examination of Pidgin - the language spoken by over…
In the Name of Love
What's motivating the thousands of Russian women who sign up with agencies to meet and marry American men? From the gray skies of St. Petersburg to sunny California ranches, we see the financial and emotional pros and cons of exporting…
The Insular Empire: America in the Mariana Islands
Six thousand miles west of California, the Mariana Islands are American territory; but after generations of loyalty, the people of Guam and the Northern Marianas still remain second-class US citizens. Following the personal stories of four indigenous island leaders, this…
Land of Opportunity
Through the eyes of urban planners, community organizers, displaced youth, immigrant workers, and public housing residents, this verite-style documentary reveals how the story of New Orleans is the story of urban America: how democratic processes can fail us, how economic…
Tales of the Waria
Indonesia is home to the world's largest Muslim population. It is also home to the "warias," a community of biological men who live openly as women. In this eye-opening documentary, four warias search for romance and intimacy. They encounter a…
Man Oh Man - Growing Up Male in America
Man Oh Man takes a loving, curious look at the forces which mold young boys into men. Men from all walks of life speak with humor and sadness about what is expected of them. This film explores personal definitions of…
Freedom Machines
Freedom Machines, a PBS Special, dramatically explores the concept of "disability" through the intimate stories of adults and children who are using modern technologies to change their lives. The film asks: if people have access to the tools that can…
Silences
Silences is the true story of the filmmaker and his family's denial that he is bi-racial. Set in Maumee, Ohio, an idyllic Midwestern suburb with manicured lawns and historic homes, Silences follows the filmmaker's journey to understand his mother, Harriet…
Brasslands - Uniting Cultures Through Music
A vibrant ethnography of the cultures, lives and stories that collide in the Balkans at the world's largest brass band festival. Brasslands explores the explosive recent popularity of Balkan brass music through the stories of three musicians whose lives revolve…
There Once was an Island - Te Henua e Nnoho
What if your community had to decide whether to leave their homeland forever and there was no help available? This is the reality for the culturally unique Polynesian community of Takuu, a tiny low-lying atoll in the South Western Pacific.…
Before You Know It
The subjects of BEFORE YOU KNOW IT are no ordinary senior citizens. They are go-go booted bar-hoppers, love struck activists, troublemaking baton twirlers, late night Internet cruisers, seasoned renegades and bold adventurers. They are also among the estimated 2.4 million…
Mr. Cao Goes to Washington
What happens when the naivete of a political rookie clashes with the realities of racial politics of the American South and ultra-partisan struggles in Washington DC? Mr. Cao Goes To Washington follows the unexpected journey of Rep. Joseph Cao-the first…