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by Yoruba Richen
Gay gospel singer Tonex and the head of the National Black Justice Coalition challenge homophobia in the black church and confront traditionally white gay organizations around issues of race.
Women and Girls Lead, Independent Lens
by Bonnie Boswell
Whitney Young was one of the most powerful, controversial, and largely forgotten leaders of the civil rights movement.
by Rachel Lyon and Jim Lopes
Through compelling personal narratives and the often unexpected results of research on race, justice, and the media, Race to Execution exposes the factors that influence who lives and who dies at the hands of the state.
by Neil Diamond
Kemosabe? Loincloths, fringed pants, and feather headdresses? Heap big stereotypes. Reel Injun is an entertaining trip through the evolution of North American Native people ("The Indians") as portrayed in famous Hollywood movies, from the silent era to today. Jim Jarmusch, Clint Eastwood, Graham Greene, John Trudell, and others provide insights into the often demeaning and occasionally hilariously absurd stereotypes perpetuated on the big screen through Hollywood's history.
by Cynthia Salzman Mondell and Allen Mondell
On an historic weekend in November 1977, 20,000 people attended the first federally funded National Women’s Conference in Houston, Texas, where they hammered out resolutions that revolutionized the women’s movement.
by Dawn Porter
The story of a secret spy agency formed by the state of Mississippi to preserve segregation during the 1950s and ‘60s. Granted broad powers, this commission investigated citizens and organizations in attempts to derail the civil rights movement.
by Joel Katz
An exploration of the history and legacy of "Strange Fruit," the song first recorded by Billie Holliday in 1939 which has become an enduring anthem of American civil rights.
by Bann Roy
When the New York City Fire Department tried to push women out of firefighting, Brenda Berkman pushed back. Her story, and those of other pioneer female firefighters, reveals the price these women paid to break the department’s gender barrier.
True Stories, Independent Lens
by Bill Siegel and Kartemquin Films
The Trials of Muhammad Ali covers Ali's toughest bout: his battle to overturn the five-year prison sentence he received for refusing U.S. military service. The film explores Ali's exile years when he was banned from boxing and found himself in the crosshairs of conflicts concerning race, religion, and wartime dissent.
Diverse Muslim Voices, Independent Lens
by Heather Rae
Combining images and archival footage with interviews and performances, this biography reveals the philosophy and motivations behind Native American activist and poet John Trudell’s work and its relationship to contemporary Indian history.