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Spanish Lake - Political and Economic Oppression in Missouri
A bold and uncompromising documentary focused on economic oppression in the suburb of Spanish Lake, Missouri. Operating without a local government, the lack of community leadership has disastrous effects, including a mass exodus of the white population in the late…
Restoring the Light - A Rural Doctor Brings Healthcare to Chinese Villagers
A rural eye doctor helps underserved villagers in rural China regain their sight and restore their lives. According to the Chinese, to "restore sight" means to "restore light." A local doctor pours his life savings into a non-profit mobile eye…
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Prison State - The Cycle of Incarceration in America
Part of the Series: Frontline
PBS
With this intimate, graphic film, award-winning director Dan Edge follows four residents of a housing project in Louisville, Ky., as they cycle in and out of the state's jails and prisons. More than two years in the making, the program…
70 Acres in Chicago: Cabrini Green - The Demolition of Public Housing in Chicago
Filmed over a period of 20 years, 70 ACRES IN CHICAGO chronicles the demolition of Chicago's Cabrini Green public housing development, the clearing of an African-American community, and the building of mixed-income communities on the valuable land where Cabrini once…
The Invisible Patients - Life at the Edges of the American Healthcare System
This is the story of Jessica Macleod, a nurse practitioner, and four patients she cares for in their homes. With her laptop, satchel and stethoscope, Jessica makes house calls, typically seeing 8-10 patients per day, many of whom live at…
Capoeira: Fly Away Beetle - Can a Ritual Born Out of Slavery Become a Modern Day Movement?
Capoeira, comprised of stylized dance and ritual combat takes its cue from the sacred music of the berimbau. Born from slavery and reborn on the modern streets of Brazil, Capoeira proceeds from the timeless urge for freedom. With stunning cinematography…
Por mis hijos (For my Kids) - A Woman Separated From Her Family Working to Make a Better Life for Her Children
Like thousands of other Latin American women, Norma arrives in Barcelona hoping to find work to help support her family in Honduras. Day after day, Norma walks through the streets of Barcelona trying to fight the loneliness. Every walk she…
Surviving Year One
Part of the Series: America by the Numbers
PBS
The U.S. spends more on healthcare than any other nation, and the biggest portion goes toward pregnancy and childbirth. Despite this, infant mortality rates are appalling. To find out more about this critical issue, visit Rochester, New York, where babies…
The Power of Speech (El poder de la palabra) - Low Income Chilean's Fears for the Future
Hardy sells knickknacks on buses in Santiago. In 2005 a government plan worries him: Chile will soon be a "world class" country, so jobs like his no longer be tolerated. Hardy gathers two thousand colleagues and together they struggle to…
74 Square Meters (74 Metros Cuadrados ) - Following Families in Chile as they Attempt to Integrate into Middle Class Communities
This film follows a social experiment that moves marginalized families into a middle class neighborhood in Valparaiso, Chile. Iselsa and Cathy decide to take part in a project designed by leaders in social architecture which allow them to buy their…
A Road to Home - Stories of Homeless LGBTQ Youth of New York City
Imagine yourself 18 years old wandering city streets without a place to go to sleep or eat or shelter from the cold. Imagine you're homeless because your parents kicked you out when they discovered you are gay or transgender. This…
Dear Mandela - A Story of South Africa's Postapartheid Generation
When the South African government promises to 'eradicate the slums' and begins to evict shack dwellers far outside the city, three friends who live in Durban's vast shantytowns refuse to be moved. DEAR MANDELA follows their journey from their shacks…
Brooklyn Matters - Urban Neighborhoods on the Brink of Change
Brooklyn Matters reveals how a few powerful men tried to tilt the Brooklyn landscape in favor of big real estate at the expense of urban livability. Disregarding time-honored urban planning principles and manipulating a desperate need in the African-American community…
In Sickness and in Wealth
Part of the Series: Unnatural Causes
What are the connections between healthy bodies, healthy bank accounts and skin colour? Our opening episode travels to Louisville, Kentucky, not to explore whether medical care cures us but to see why we get sick in the first place, and…
Homes and Hands - Community Land Trusts in Action
Three tenacious and visionary communities deliver the American dream of owning a home to low-income residents. It has been over 40 years since leaders of the southern civil rights movement formed the first community land trust to secure access to…
Place Matters
Part of the Series: Unnatural Causes
Why is your street address such a good predictor of your health? Latino and Southeast Asian immigrants like Gwai Boonkeut have been moving into long-neglected urban neighborhoods such as those in Richmond, California, a predominantly Black city in the San…
The Elevator Operator - An Immigrant's Experience
Shy and unassuming, Eugene shuttles passengers up and down in a manual elevator while he discusses his work, his emigration from Chernobyl, the joys of fatherhood and his recent US citizenship. In a moment of sadness, he wonders whether leaving…
A Day's Work, A Day's Pay - Welfare-to-Work 
When forced to work at city jobs for well below the prevailing wage and deprived of the chance to go to school, these individuals decide to fight back, demanding programs that will actually help them move off of welfare and…
Shake The Dust - Breakdancing Around the World
From executive producer and rapper Nasir "Nas" Jones and journalist-turned-filmmaker Adam Sjoberg, Shake the Dust chronicles the influence of breakdancing, exploring how it strikes a resonant chord in the slums, favelas and ghettos of the world and far beyond. Showcasing…
The Garden - Fighting for an LA Urban Garden
The fourteen-acre community garden at 41st and Alameda in South Central Los Angeles is the largest of its kind in the United States. Started as a form of healing after the devastating L.A. riots in 1992, the South Central Farmers…