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Cowboys, Indians, & Lawyers

by Julia Dengel

A Western community fights over a massive dam proposed to serve Indian-owned, coal-fired power plants, providing an intimate portrait of American pork barrel politics and Anglo-Indian relations.

Crank: Darkness on the Edge of Town

by Todd Jarrell

Crank is an anatomy of one Tennessee town’s waking nightmare and a nation’s struggle against methamphetamine addiction.

The Creek Runs Red

by Bradley Beesley, James Payne, and Julianna Brannum

The Environmental Protection Agency calls the former lead mining town of Picher, Oklahoma one of the most toxic places in America, but a dwindling population still calls it home. The Creek Runs Red explores the human response to environmental disaster, and the complex connections between people and place.

Independent Lens

Deep Down

by Sally Rubin and Jen Gilomen

Deep in the Appalachian mountains of eastern Kentucky, Beverly May and Terry Ratliff find themselves at the center of a contentious community battle over a proposed mountaintop removal coal mine.

Independent Lens

Delafield

by Mark Brodin

The farm community around a 125-year-old rural church is dying. Church members decide to sacrifice their church as the responsible thing to do.

Dude Ranch Days

by Leticia C. Langord

The 100-year history of the western dude ranch is told through interviews with ranchers, wranglers, and dudes.

Facing the Storm: Story of the American Bison

by Doug Hawes-Davis

Facing the Storm: Story of the American Bison tells the rich history of the bison, an American icon of the wild with deep ties to native peoples, which is struggling today to reestablish itself in the Great Plains.

Independent Lens

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The Farmer's Wife

by David Sutherland

A landmark portrait of three tumultuous years in the life of a Nebraska farm couple, chronicling three years of their struggle to save their farm and their marriage.

Frontline

Fenceline: A Company Town Divided

by Slawomir Grunberg and Jane Greenberg

The social divisions in Norco, Louisiana — a company town in the middle of the Mississippi River’s notorious “cancer alley” — are literally black and white.

POV, True Stories

The Fight in the Fields: Cesar Chavez and the Farmworkers' Struggle

by Rick Tejada-Flores and Ray Telles

This is the story of the United Farmworkers Union (UFW) and its leader Cesar Chavez, who inspired Latino activism of the ’60s and ’70s, and involved millions in a nonviolent struggle for social justice.

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