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A League of Ordinary Gentlemen

By Chris Browne, Billy Bryan, and Alex Browne

Tracing the history of professional bowling in America from its glory days in the 1950s and 1960s to its near extinction by the late 1990s, A League of Ordinary Gentlemen follows the fate of the newly modernized Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) and four pro bowlers as they compete on tour.

Independent Lens

Man Bites Shorts

by Dan Cronin, Dave Munro, Putnam, Martha Pinson, Tom Schroeder, Paul Sullivan, Josh Blum, and Xandra Castleton

Combining humor, insight, and brevity, six short films explore love, basketball, bicycles, and what it means to be a man.

Independent Lens

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

Na Kamalei: The Men of Hula

by Lisette Marie Flanary

Follow the journey of legendary teacher Robert Cazimero and the only all-male hula school in Hawaii as they celebrate their 30th anniversary and prepare to compete at the world’s largest hula festival. Na Kamalei: The Men of Hula goes beyond deep-rooted stereotypes of "grass skirt girls" and reveals a story of Hawaiian pride — past and present.

Independent Lens

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

Red White Black & Blue

by Tom Putnam

In a secret battle that cost thousands of lives but was never revealed to the American public, the Japanese army invaded Alaska in June 1942. Sixty years later, two veterans embark on an intense and emotional journey, returning to their former battlefield.

Independent Lens

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A Son's Sacrifice

by Yoni Brook and Musa Syeed

When 27-year-old Imran Uddin struggles to take over his father’s halal slaughterhouse during the annual Qurbani holiday, he leads the local Muslim community in a ritual that tests his devotion to his family and his faith.

Global Voices, Independent Lens, Diverse Muslim Voices

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Sons of Cuba

by Andrew Lang

Deep in the the unseen heart of modern-day Cuba, a group of unforgettable young boxers fights not only for their own dreams, for the fading memory of the Revolution.

Global Voices

Sumo East and West

by Ferne Pearlstein and Robert Edwards

One of Japan’s most time-honored and insular traditions, sumo wrestling offers an earthshaking window into the cultural collision of East and West, as worldwide interest grows and increasing numbers of foreigners rise to the top professional ranks.

Global Voices, Independent Lens

Victory Is Your Duty

by Andrew Lang and Mandy Chang

At the legendary Havana Boxing Academy, physical training and revolutionary indoctrination go hand in hand, grooming young boys to fight for the honor of the Cuban revolution.

Global Perspectives Collection, Wide Angle

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