Independent Lens: Winnie
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela is one of the most misunderstood and intriguing of contemporary female political figures. Winnie explores her life and contribution to the struggle to bring down apartheid, with insight from Winnie, those closest to her and the enemies who sought to extinguish her radical capacity to shake up the order of things.
Independent Lens: I Am Another You
Meet Dylan, a drifter who has left a comfortable home and loving family for a life of intentional homelessness and unfettered adventure. Fascinated by his choice and rejection, filmmaker Nanfu Wang follows Dylan in a portrait of an American quest for freedom that unfolds as a haunting and unforgettable story of family, illness, and love.
Independent Lens: The Force
At a powder keg moment in American policing, The Force presents a fly-on-the-wall look deep inside the long-troubled Oakland Police Department as it struggles to confront federal demands for reform, a popular uprising following events in Ferguson, Missouri, and an explosive sex scandal.
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.