Erie: The Canal That Made America
The Erie Canal released the promise of a new nation. It transformed the national patterns of immigration and commerce, created the financial capital of the world, left the Mississippi and the port of New Orleans in the dust of its immediate success, and transported new ideas and social movements.
POV: Almost Sunrise
In an attempt to put haunting combat experiences behind them, two friends embark on an epic 2,700-mile trek on foot across America, seeking redemption and healing as a way to close the moral chasm opened by war. Almost Sunrise captures an unprecedented portrait of veterans — one of hope, potential and untold possibilities.
Independent Lens: Shadow World
Based on "The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade," Shadow World reveals the shocking realities of the global arms trade, the only business that counts its profits in billions and its losses in human lives. The film exposes how a defense industry that is supposed to enhance security instead gives us the opposite: a more dangerous world.
Independent Lens: Chasing Trane - The John Coltrane Documentary
Set against the social, political and cultural landscape of the times, Chasing Trane brings saxophone great John Coltrane to life, as a man and an artist. The film is the definitive look at the boundary-shattering musician whose influence continues to this day.
America's Secret War
In the shadows of the Vietnam War, the CIA organized a secret war in neighboring Laos to prevent communism from spreading deeper into Southeast Asia. The Hmong fought for the U.S. - and for themselves - to keep Ho Chi Minh’s regime from destroying their way of life.
Nothing Left to Lose
While the Vietnam War slowly fades away in our collective memory, there remains a group of Vietnamese in Thailand who are still searching for a new place to call home. Nothing Left to Lose is the story of the stateless Vietnamese refugees who have lived in hiding for 25 years hoping to one day reclaim the dignity of being recognized as a person.
Nobody Dies: A Film About a Musician, Her Mom and Vietnam
San Francisco-based indie singer-songwriter Thao Nguyen journeys to Vietnam for the first time and brings her mother- who hasn't been back since the fall of Saigon. The trip causes Thao to reflect on her upbringing in the United States, her extended family in Vietnam, all the while unraveling like a love letter to her mom.
Journey Home to the USS Arizona
After the Pearl Harbor attack, 19-year-old Raymond Haerry Sr. swam through oil and fire to Ford Island, where he opened fire on Japanese planes and later, recovered the bodies of his fallen shipmates. Follow his family as they travel from New Jersey to the USS Arizona Memorial in Honolulu, Hawaii, to place his ashes aboard the sunken battleship.