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Letter from Waco

by Don Howard and Terri Clemens

A humorous portrait of “the West’s most southern city,” a place governed by four principles: race, religion, death, and football.

Medora

by Andrew Cohn and Davy Rothbart

A community beset by a crippled economy and dwindling population is the setting for this documentary following a down-but-not-out varsity basketball team over a season. The team’s struggle to compete parallels the town’s own fight for survival.

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Men Who Swim

by Dylan Williams

A humorous and poignant film about a group of middle-aged men who find unlikely success as members of Sweden's all-male synchronized swim team.

Independent Lens

The New Ball Game

by Stephen Holmes

Now that baseball is big business, The New Ball Game asks whether small towns will be able to keep minor league professional teams afloat.

Nuclear Family

by Don Howard

Forming a cinéma vérité metaphor for the American family, the rites of Texas football, cheerleading, and weddings shed light on how we pass sexual identity on to our children.

Okie Noodling

by Bradley Beesley

There’s nothing quite like the thrill of catching a 60-pound catfish with your bare hands ("noodling"), and that’s just what Oklahoma fishermen have been doing for hundreds of years.

True Stories

Run Like a Girl

by Carol Cassidy

Run Like a Girl explores how teenage athletes try to find a balance between strength and femininity within a society where girls are expected to be docile, delicate, and compliant.

Shadya

by Danny Hakim, Udi Kalinsky, and Roy Westler

Shadya Zoabi, a charismatic 17-year-old karate world champion, strives to succeed on her own terms within her traditional Muslim village in northern Israel.

Independent Lens, Global Voices, Women and Girls Lead, Diverse Muslim Voices, Global Perspectives Collection

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Shaolin Ulysses: Kungfu Monks in America

by Mei-Juin Chen and Martha Burr

Armed with the celebrated Shaolin training of body and mind made popular in kungfu movies, five Zen Buddhist monks set out to make new lives teaching their craft in unlikely parts of America.

Independent Lens, Global Voices, True Stories

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Small Ball: A Little League Story

by Louis Alvarez and Andrew Kolker

Follow the hope, thrills, and excitement of players, parents, and coaches as a team of 11- and 12-year-old Little Leaguers go from their small Northern California town all the way to the 2002 Little League Baseball World Series Championship in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

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