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Companeras

by Elizabeth Massie and Matthew Buzzell

Compañeras profiles America’s first all-female mariachi band, Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles, founded in 1994.

Independent Lens, Global Voices

Heart Strings: The Story of the Kamaka Ukulele

by Dawn Kaniaupio and Stuart Yamane

Heart Strings is the story of Kamaka Hawaii, an instrument manufacturing business run by four generations of one Hawaiian family.

One Night at the Grand Star

by Natasha Uppal

How did L.A.'s Grand Star restaurant become one of the city's liveliest, intergenerational, and culturally-integrated neighborhood nightclubs?

Independent Lens

Real Boy

by Shaleece Haas

Real Boy is the coming-of-age story of Bennett Gwizdalski, a transgender teenager with dreams of musical stardom. During the first two years of his transition from female to male, as Bennett works to repair a strained relationship with his family, he is taken under the wing of his friend and musical hero, the well-known transgender folk singer Joe Stevens.

Sing Faster: The Stagehands' Ring Cycle

by Jon Else

An innovative documentary of Richard Wagner's Ring Cycle opera from the point of view of the union stagehands at the San Francisco Opera.

Summer Sun Winter Moon

by Hugo Perez

An unlikely collaboration between a Blackfeet poet and an unconventional classical composer results in a provocative symphony about the Lewis and Clark expedition from the perspective of American Indians today.

Waila! Making the People Happy

by Daniel Golding

The history and evolution of Waila, the contemporary dance music of southern Arizona's tribal communities.

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