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The Trials of Muhammad Ali

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.

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Trudell

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.

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Tulia, Texas

by Cassandra Herrman and Kelly Whalen

Tulia, Texas is the story of a small town’s search for justice and the price Americans pay for the nation’s war on drugs.

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Two Spirits

by Lydia Nibley

Fred Martinez was a Navajo boy who was also a girl. In an earlier era, he would have been revered. Instead, he was murdered.

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We Were Here

by David Weissman

When AIDS arrived in San Francisco in 1981, it decimated a community, but also brought people together in inspiring and moving ways to support and care for one another and to fight for dignity and a cure.

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When I Rise

by Mat Hames, James Moll, and Michael Rosen

When I Rise is about Barbara Smith Conrad, a gifted University of Texas music student who finds herself at the epicenter of racial controversy, struggling against the odds and ultimately ascending to the heights of international opera.

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