The State of Arizona captures the explosive emotions and complex realities behind Arizona's headline-grabbing struggle with illegal immigration. From ground zero of the nation's immigration debate, the film follows Arizona's controversial "show me your papers" law through the stories of Arizonans on all sides of this divisive issue - from those who wrote it, to those who supported it, to those who dreaded its wrath.
Pressing issues in education today are explored through the eyes of a diverse array of Latino and Latina adolescents from across the United States, offering first-hand perspectives on key challenges facing both the students and their families, as well as educators and community leaders.
This film reveals the shocking story of Jayson Blair, the most infamous serial plagiarist of our time, and how he unleashed the massive scandal that rocked The New York Times and the entire world of journalism. As an important chapter in the history of journalism, the Jayson Blair scandal is also a complex story about power, ethics, representation, race, and accountability in the mainstream media.
Este programa explora los problemas mas urgentes de la educaci n de hoy a trav s de los ojos de seis estudiantes latinos por todos los EE.UU. El primer episodio: 'Las J venes' presenta a Stephanie, una activista en ciernes en el Sur de Chicago; Chastity, una adolescente de una familia sin hogar en el Bronx; y Darlene, una estudiante de Tulsa regresando a los estudios despu s de quedar embarazada.
A journey into the heart of East Africa, where Ugandan pastors and their American counterparts spread God s word and evangelical values to millions desperate for a better life. Inspired by his own African American Baptist roots, director Roger Ross Williams explores a place where religion and African culture intersect.
Although a solid student, Stephanie Alvarado was discouraged by her school s tough reputation. She became involved in Voices of Youth in Chicago Education, which aims to decrease the city s dropout rate through projects like peer jury, where students help peers who committed a minor infraction. After getting involved, Stephanie s grades improved and she became more active in her community.
How to Survive a Plague is the story of two coalitions ACT UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group) made up of self-made activists, many of them HIV-positive, who challenged the pharmaceutical industry, then helped it to identify promising new drugs, moving them from experimental trials to patients in record time.
In this video extra from the Independent Lens documentary All of Me, we see a support group for people including some of the Girls who ve had or will have weight-loss surgery. In the group they are encouraged to talk about changes in attitude and changes in latitude.
In this video companion piece to the Independent Lens documentary, Young Lakota, Sunny Clifford says goodbye to her employer at the grocery store and to her twin sister, Serena, as she prepares to go away to college in England.
Alongside scenes and images from the Independent Lens documentary At Berkeley, filmmaker Frederick Wiseman talks about why he wanted to do a film about the extraordinarily complicated place that is the University of California, Berkeley, which fits well into his institutional series, as well as about the unprecedented access he was given, and why showing it on public television is so important.
A group of women friends who met via the Austin chapter of the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance and have tried every diet and diet pill, go through weight-loss surgery in an effort to lose hundreds of pounds. The experience presents a host of issues and consequences, some they never could have imagined.
Sharon Montano of Oakland decides to go back to school at age 20 after several years of substance abuse and other struggles. When she discovers Civicorps Academy, she finally gets another shot at a high school diploma and a future.
Juan Bernabe came to the U.S. from the Dominican Republic with his mother at age 11. When he was 14, he came out as gay and was subject to bullying by peers. Feeling isolated and afraid to confide in his mother, Juan was on the verge of dropping out. The performing arts program at Lawrence (Mass.) High School kept him in school and helped him gain confidence about his identity.
Nada Me Detiene sigue a un adolescente de Detroit, Fernando Parraz, en su lucha por vencer una monta a de obst culos para ser el primero de su familia en obtener su diploma de bachillerato el boleto para sobrepasar los obst culos de la pobreza del centro de la ciudad y la violencia.
In this clip from the Independent Lens documentary Muscle Shoals, producer Rick Hall and multiple musicians try to nail down exactly what the Muscle Shoals sound is, and what it is is a coming together of styles. From Hillbilly background to black musicians, they were open to any genre, with the bass and drums turned up.
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