American Masters: Lorraine Hansberry - Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart
At a time when women, people of color, and homosexuals were confined to the margins of society, Lorraine Hansberry ("A Raisin in the Sun") boldly challenged U.S. society to live up to its ideals. Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart tells the dramatic story of the young, gifted and black woman who chose words to fight injustice — on stage and off.
Illuminates the history of discriminatory laws and practices at the root of the affordable housing crisis in the U.S., revealing how gentrification is traditionally molded and dictated by those in power. City Rising features a growing movement of advocacy as communities fight gentrification and seek responsible development in California.
Work & Happiness: The Human Cost of Welfare
Our welfare system spent more than $1 trillion in social spending last year, which would be a worthwhile expenditure if it was breaking the cycle of poverty. Many think it’s doing just the opposite. Work & Happiness dives into the lives of individuals who are currently on welfare, and examines the struggles they experience with our current system.
Humble Beauty: Skid Row Artists
Follow a group of talented homeless and formerly homeless artists from the area of Los Angeles known as Skid Row, reportedly home to the largest concentration of indigent people in the U.S. Humble Beauty chronicles spontaneous moments from the artists' lives, captured intimate interviews and charted the evolution of their artwork.
POV: Made in L.A.
Follow the remarkable story of three Latina immigrants, Lupe, Maura and María, working in Los Angeles sweatshops as they embark on a three-year odyssey to win basic labor protections from a trendy clothing retailer. Made in L.A. is a story about immigration, the power of unity and the courage it takes to find your voice.
Independent Lens: I Am Not Your Negro
I Am Not Your Negro envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, a radical narration about race in America, using the writer’s original words. The documentary is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter, challenging the very definition of what America stands for.
Independent Lens: Unrest
Filmmaker Jennifer Brea was a Harvard PhD student when she was struck down by a mysterious fever that left her bedridden. Eventually diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome, she and her new husband, Omar, were left to grapple with how to shape a future together in the face of a lifelong illness. At its very core, Unrest is a love story.
Independent Lens: The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin
Examining the life and work of Armistead Maupin, one of the world's most beloved storytellers, following his evolution from a conservative son of the Old South into a gay rights pioneer whose novels have inspired millions to claim their own truth. Untold Tales is told in playful and poignant fashion, reflective of the author himself.