When AIDS arrived in San Francisco in 1981, it decimated a community, but also brought people together in inspiring and moving ways to support and care for one another and to fight for dignity and a cure.
Sergeant Nathan Harris led a company of Marines in Southern Afghanistan against a Taliban stronghold. But while war against a ghostlike enemy is unpredictable and frustrating, coming home can be the most unsettling journey of all.
JR, Charlene, and Robert are half American; they are among the many children born to U.S. servicemen who were stationed in military bases in the Philippines until in 1992. Their stories illuminate the limbo of a generation of Filipino Amerasians.
When a highly successful Mexican American Studies program at a high school in Tucson comes under fire for teaching ethnic chauvinism, teachers and students fight back in a modern civil rights struggle.
Summer Pasture is the unique love story of Locho and Yama, a young nomadic couple living with their infant daughter in the high grasslands of Tibet faced with a difficult choice as their way of life begins to give way to the modern world.
Living and performing on the road since the 19th century, the hardscrabble Ponce family circus struggles to preserve their art and way of life against the backdrop of Mexico's collapsing rural economy.
Facing the Storm: Story of the American Bison tells the rich history of the bison, an American icon of the wild with deep ties to native peoples, which is struggling today to reestablish itself in the Great Plains.
In Revenge of the Electric Car, director Chris Paine takes his film crew behind the closed doors of Nissan, GM, and the Silicon Valley start-up Tesla Motors to chronicle the story of the global resurgence of electric cars.
When the Drum Is Beating explores Haiti's complex past and present through the music of the country's oldest and best-known band and the memories of its founder and leader, Ulric Pierre-Louis.
Every day, millions tune in to Sesame Street to see one of the world’s most adored and recognizable characters — a furry red monster named Elmo. Meet Kevin Clash, the man behind the icon.
Lee Gorewitz lives in a care facility for Alzheimer's patients, but she is not simply waiting to die. She is full of curiosity and frustration, struggling to remember herself and make sense of a world that is falling away from her.
Shukree Hassan Tilghman, a 29-year-old African American filmmaker, goes on a cross-country campaign to end Black History Month, investigating what the treatment of history tells us about race and equality in a "post-racial" America.
Combining startling 16mm footage that had lain undiscovered in the cellar of Swedish Television for decades, with contemporary audio interviews, Mixtape looks at the people, society, culture, and style that fuelled an era of convulsive change.
Daisy Bates was a complex, unconventional, and largely forgotten heroine of the civil rights movement who led the charge to desegregate the all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1957.
This five-part series chronicles the history of the global anti-apartheid movement that took on South Africa’s entrenched apartheid regime and its international supporters who considered South Africa an ally in the Cold War.
The National Film Registry is an eclectic collection of films that typify cinema's contributions to American culture. It is a growing roll call of national cultural and artistic treasures that reflect a nation's self-perception, fears, and ambitions.