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by Tony DeNonno
A look at one of the most enduring Italian folk traditions in America — the 110-year-old “Dance of the Giglio” celebration.
by Byron Hurt
Take an in-depth look at masculinity in rap music and hip-hop culture — where creative genius, poetic beauty, and mad beats collide with misogyny, violence, and homophobia.
Independent Lens, Women and Girls Lead
by John Baynard
The story of a homeless couple’s five-year struggle to stay together — on and off the street.
by Christine Turner
Homegoings is a moving portrait of a man and a people — and of the faith, hope and history that sustain them in the face of death. Seen through the eyes of funeral director Isaiah Owens, the beauty and grace of African American funerals are brought to life. Filmed at Owens Funeral Home in New York City's historic Harlem neighborhood, Homegoings takes an up-close look at the rarely seen world of undertaking in the black community.
by Susan Mogul
The filmmaker and three friends reveal their struggles, wounds and romantic entanglements in an intimate look at four lives in progress.
by Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg
Explosive portrait of young men coming of age in the world of a local community gym, evoking the need for positive role models and recognizing potential in young lives.
POV, True Stories
by Frank Blythe
This two-part series goes inside modern Native American communities in both urban and reservation settings, revealing a diverse people working to revitalize their culture.
by Steve James
A look at a group of men and women — most of them former gang leaders and ex-cons — that are trying to "interrupt" shootings and protect their communities from the violence they once employed.
Women and Girls Lead, Frontline, Diverse Muslim Voices
by Tamra Davis
Director Tamra Davis pays homage to her friend, the iconoclastic artist Jean-Michel Basquiat in this examination of a brilliant life cut short.
by Sudeshna Bose
Follow a young pickpocket through the streets of Kolkata, where he plies his trade and plays a real-life game of cops and robbers...
Global Voices, Global Perspectives Collection, Independent Lens