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Polka Time

by Lisa Blackstone

Each July for more than 30 years, polka lovers from around the United States have descended on the tiny rural town of Gibbon, Minnesota for the Gibbon Polka Fest.

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Power Paths

by Bo Boudart

Power Paths follows a grassroots coalition of Native Americans and environmental groups determined to transform their reservation’s economy to green energy, preserving their land for future generations.

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Razing Appalachia

by Sasha Waters Freyer

The last 40 families of Blair, West Virginia stay to fight America's second-largest coal company as mountaintop removal mining threatens their homes.

True Stories, Independent Lens

The Real Dirt on Farmer John

by Taggart Siegel and Teri Lang

Against all odds, John Peterson abandons conventional chemical farming and fights local hysteria to build a thriving organic farm and a progressive farm community.

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Scenes from a Parish

by James Rutenbeck

At St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Lawrence, Massachusetts, “Love thy neighbor” is easier said than done when immigration uncovers ethnic tensions that threaten to split the congregation.

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Sheriff

by Daniel Kraus

With the help of God, guns, and the hundreds of blood relatives that populate his jurisdiction, Sheriff Ronald E. Hewett oversees Brunswick County, North Carolina — a rural region fraught with murder, robbery, and the occasional theft of ceramic lawn ornaments.

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Short Stack: Lost & Found

by Christopher Newberry, Shira Avni, Keith Bearden, Dong Hyeuk Hwang, and Angelique Midhunter

In friendship, one size fits all. Five short films explore the whimsical, comforting, and transformative powers of the bonds of friendship, from a fairground odyssey and a comic book obsession to identity, loneliness, and loss.

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Summer Pasture

by Lynn True and Nelson Walker

Summer Pasture is the unique love story of Locho and Yama, nomadic herders in Tibet faced with a difficult choice as their way of life begins to give way to the modern world.

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We Still Live Here - Âs Nutayuneân

by Anne Makepeace

The Wampanoag nation of southeastern Massachusetts revives their native tongue, a language that was silenced for more than 100 years.

Women and Girls Lead, Independent Lens

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Welcome to Shelbyville

by Kim A. Snyder

On the eve of the 2008 election, the town of Shelbyville, Tennessee finds itself embroiled in a struggle to come to terms with a new wave of immigrants and grappling with what it means to be American.

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