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Fannie Lou Hamer's America | America ReFramed
A portrait of a civil rights activist and the injustices in America that made her work essential. Through public speeches, personal interviews, and powerful songs of the fearless Mississippi sharecropper-turned-human-rights-activist, the film explores and celebrates the lesser-known life of one of the Civil Rights Movement’s greatest leaders.
A Tale of Three Chinatowns | Local, USA
Dive deep into the survival of urban ethnic neighborhoods in three American cities: Washington, D.C., Chicago, and Boston. Through the voices of residents, community activists, developers, and government officials, the film looks at the forces altering each community and the challenges that go with them, including the pressing issue of urban development and gentrification.
Sands of Silence: Waves of Courage | Doc World
A 15-year quest to expose the underworld of sexual exploitation and trafficking leads reporter Chelo Alvarez-Stehle to the windswept beach where her childhood ended, and family secrets began. As she documents the transformation of a sex-trafficking survivor, Chelo undertakes a parallel journey of healing and introspection, and sets out to shatter the silence about sexual abuse in her own life.
For the Love of Rutland | America ReFramed
An attempt to bring Syrian refugees to invigorate the economically struggling and predominantly white town of Rutland, VT unleashes deep partisan rancor. Despite a lifetime of feeling invalidated and shamed for her poverty and addiction, long-time Rutland resident, Stacie, emerges as an unexpected and resilient leader in a town divided by class, cultural values and political leanings.
Heaven: Can You Hear Me? | Local, USA
In Philadelphia, gun violence is the leading cause of death for young Black men. Explore the impact on families through the eyes of mothers like one woman whose youngest of four sons was murdered. The film demonstrates the challenges gun violence prevention advocates confront while allowing viewers to understand the often-untold trauma and resilience of survivors.
Cocaine Prison | Doc World
Follows the lives of three Bolivians who work at the lowest levels of the cocaine trade, two inmates of a prison film their daily experiences, while one inmate's sister must decide whether to traffic cocaine or pursue a college education. The film bridges the ever-widening gap between the North and the South and brings a new perspective to the War on Drugs being waged in the Andes.
First Vote | America ReFramed
With unparalleled access to a diverse cross section of politically engaged Chinese Americans, watch a character-driven verité look at Chinese American electoral organizing in North Carolina and Ohio. The film weaves their stories from the presidential election of 2016 to the 2018 midterms, and explores the intersections between immigration, voting rights and racial justice.
Metcalfe Park: Black Vote Rising | Local, USA
On April 7, Wisconsin held its primary election at the beginning of the pandemic in the U.S. An estimated 16 percent of Black voters were disenfranchised in Milwaukee. Danell Cross and Melody McCurtis are determined to prevent this from happening again. Follow the mother-daughter activist team as they organize their Black community to prepare for the 2020 presidential election and its challenges.
Border South | Doc World
Filmed over five years, this film follows migrant routes from southern Mexico to the U.S. Mexico Border. A vivid portrait of the thousands of immigrants who disappear along the trail, the film reveals the immigrants’ resilience, ingenuity, and humor as it exposes a global migration system that renders human beings invisible in life as well as death.
In a political moment defined by partisan conflict, explore the state of our democracy as seen through the eyes of two opposing grassroots political leaders in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania: a pivotal county that voted for Obama twice and then flipped to Trump in 2016. Over the course of three years, the film shows that their primary struggle was not against each other, but against the political machines that control their respective parties.
Legal Lens | Local, USA
Twelve Harvard Law students from six countries explore how laws and regulations can both disrupt lives and encourage constructive change. With intimate and powerful profiles of people – either caught in or helped by the levers of the law – the film examines the jeopardy to people's homes and lives.
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn explore the causes and costs of addiction, poverty and incarceration plaguing America, from the inner city to small towns like Yamhill, Oregon. While pockets of empathy and aid exist, are they enough to rescue the thousands of Americans in despair, for whom the American Dream of self-reliance is impossibly out of reach?
Pandemic in Seattle | Local, USA
With exclusive access to Seattle and King County's public health director, get a behind-the-scenes look at how public health cared for it most vulnerable in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. Witness how local officials scrambled to stop the spread of the virus, tracked and isolated those who became ill, and educated people about what they could do to help.