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The Fight in the Fields: Cesar Chavez and the Farmworkers' Struggle

by Rick Tejada-Flores and Ray Telles

This is the story of the United Farmworkers Union (UFW) and its leader Cesar Chavez, who inspired Latino activism of the ’60s and ’70s, and involved millions in a nonviolent struggle for social justice.

The Fire Next Time

by Patrice O'Neill

Against the dramatic backdrop of Northwest Montana, The Fire Next Time profiles a rapidly growing community caught in a web of intolerance and conflict.

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Forgotten Fires

by Michael Chandler and Vivian Kleiman

When two young men burn down two historic black churches in rural South Carolina, the community is forced to confront the true state of race relations in the post-civil rights South.

Greetings from Out Here

by Ellen Spiro

This tongue-in-cheek and pedal-to-the-metal on-the-road journey through the backroads of the South documents gay life in the boonies and beyond.

Guide Season

by Michael Hacker and Dennis Aig

In this drama set in rural Montana, a hunting guide must reconcile his life with the changing social attitudes that threaten to render his work obsolete or even immoral.

Hand Changes

by Gregory Gilbert

An investigation of the cyclic social, economic and political changes influencing farm labor on Virginia's eastern shore for 400 years.

Happiness

by Thomas Balmés

A Himalayan village in Bhutan, the nearest road a three-day walk away, is connected to electricity for the first time. A 9-year-old monk leaves for the city in search of a TV, in a story of the bittersweet seduction of technology and progress.

Global Perspectives Collection, Independent Lens

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The Hayloft Gang: The Story of the National Barn Dance

by Stephen Parry

From the Great Migration of the 1920s through the hardships of World War II, The National Barn Dance unified rural Americans with traditional folk music and country humor.

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Hell and Back Again

by Danfung Dennis

What does it mean to lead men in war? What does it mean to come home — injured physically and psychologically — and build a life anew?

Independent Lens

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Here Comes Uncle Joe

by Wooyoung Choi and Sinae Ha

Smiles, loves, and tears are shared between 800 old people in 15 remote villages in South Korea, and the only deliveryman, Uncle Joe, who connects them with the modern world.

Global Perspectives Collection, Global Voices

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