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.
Global Spirit: Earth Wisdom for a World In Crisis
Due to climate change, the United Nations has realized that native peoples may possess some critical keys to the survival of our species and ecosystems. Global Spirit documents the proceedings of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, and also interviews a range of renowned indigenous leaders and tribal representatives.
Global Spirit: Sound of the Soul
A compelling portrait of an Arab country where Muslims, Christians, and Jews have lived together in relative peace for centuries. Photographed during the Fez Festival of World Sacred Music,Sound of the Soul demonstrates how music is a unifying, transcendent force, and a strong starting point for reducing conflict and crossing religious divides.