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Claiming Open Spaces

by Austin Allen

Claiming Open Spaces explores African-American culture as it clashes with the design of the modern American city. The film includes a comprehensive section on New Orleans — the vital place of historical significance that this city holds, and its role in continuing African American tradition and culture. The film is both a critical examination of the design and histories of American urban open space, as well as a celebration of leisure, recreation, and resistance.

Colorvision

by Marc Johnson

A multicultural series showcasing the best short films and videos illustrating cultural diversity.

Copyright Criminals

by Benjamin Franzen and Kembrew McLeod

Can you own a sound? Copyright Criminals examines the history and influence of musical sampling, provoking debates about copyright, compensation, and creativity in the age of intellectual property.

Independent Lens

Counting on Democracy

by Danny Schechter and Faye M. Anderson

Uncovering racial exclusion, voting rights violations and the subversion of a recount in the most contested and controversial election in U.S. history, Counting on Democracy investigates the disenfranchisement of voters in Florida during the 2000 Presidential election.

Crips and Bloods: Made in America

by Stacy Peralta

It’s a civil war that’s lasted 40 years. Passed down from son to son. Fought eye for an eye. More than 15,000 dead and counting, while the world stands by. Welcome to South Central Los Angeles.

Independent Lens

Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock

by Sharon La Cruise

A look at the life of African American political activist and newspaper publisher Daisy Bates.

Independent Lens, Women and Girls Lead

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Digital Divide

by David Bolt

This series examines the role technology plays in deepening societal divisions based on race, gender and class, and how the lack of access to computers threatens to widen these gaps.

Dinka Diaries

by Filmon Mebrahu

Five Sudanese refugee orphans resettled near Philadelphia use digital cameras to tell their experiences adjusting to American culture and a new way of life.

Dreams on Fire

by Marlo Bendau

A youth intervention program at the Los Angeles Fire Department is influencing hundreds of lives.

Epiphany in Progress

by Michal Goldman

A look at the tumultuous first year of an experimental middle school of low-income, ethnically diverse students in inner-city Boston.

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