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Reel Injun: On the Trail of the Hollywood Indian

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.

Independent Lens

Signal to Noise: Life with Television

by Cara Mertes

A look behind the screen at TV's intense pursuit of viewers.

Small Ball: A Little League Story

by Louis Alvarez and Andrew Kolker

Follow the hope, thrills, and excitement of players, parents, and coaches as a team of 11- and 12-year-old Little Leaguers go from their small Northern California town all the way to the 2002 Little League Baseball World Series Championship in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

Stranger with a Camera

by Elizabeth Barret and Judi Jennings

By examining a single incident — the 1967 murder of a documentary filmmaker by an eastern Kentucky landowner — Stranger with a Camera raises questions about representation and interrogates the documentary medium itself.

POV

Sunshine

by Karen Skloss

Director Karen Skloss is herself the result of an unplanned pregnancy, and now finds herself pregnant and single in her 20s. She shares this intimate story of two mothers and the circumstances that afforded them very different options.

Independent Lens

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The Team

by Patrick Reed

A look at a dramatic TV soap opera series, created after Kenya's violent 2007 presidential election, that Kenyans hope will help bridge deep ethnic divisions.

Global Voices, Global Perspectives Collection

The Weather Underground

by Sam Green and Bill Siegel

Speaking candidly for the first time on camera about their experiences, members of the Weather Underground face their pasts as privileged young men and women who turned to systematic violence in their efforts to stop the Vietnam War and start a revolution. Narrated by Lili Taylor.

Independent Lens

Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines

by Kristy Guevara-Flanagan and Kelcey Edwards

Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines traces the fascinating evolution and legacy of Wonder Woman. From the birth of the comic book superheroine in the 1940s to the blockbusters of today, Wonder Women! looks at how popular representations of powerful women often reflect society's anxieties about women's liberation.

Women and Girls Lead, Independent Lens, Women of the World

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The World According to Sesame Street

by Linda Goldstein Knowlton and Linda Hawkins Costigan

The World According to Sesame Street explores the drama and complexities behind producing international versions of the world’s most popular children’s television program.

Independent Lens

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