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Optimism is Revolutionary

The gap between rich and poor worldwide is growing rapidly. Today, over 1 billion people (1 in 6 of us) live in an urban slum and this number is expected to double by the year 2030. That is enough to make anyone pessimistic. For Amlan Ganguly, however, the future is as promising as we make … READ MORE

Earth Day All Year Long: Climate Change Awareness Begins in the Classroom

Scientists overwhelmingly agree that future generations will face serious challenges from climate change, and that human energy consumption plays a significant role in rising temperatures and sea levels globally. Yet despite the media attention this gets (especially around Earth Day), climate literacy rates are startlingly low in the United States. According to a recent NPR piece, … READ MORE

Cyntoia’s Story Finalist for Casey Medal in Journalism for Families and Children

We’re excited to learn that last season’s film Me Facing Life: Cyntoia’s Story by Dan Birman has been named a finalist for the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism from the University of Maryland. The Casey Medals recognize exemplary reporting on children and families in the U.S. Cyntoia’s Story is an examination of juvenile justice in … READ MORE

Attention Teachers: Help Us Make Better Classroom Resources for You

Attention educators! One of our most important projects here at Independent Lens HQ is Community Classroom, an innovative and free resource for teachers, offering short-form film modules adapted from our award-winning documentaries along with standards-based lesson plans for high schools and community colleges, NGOs, and youth organizations. This is one of the ways we turn the many … READ MORE

Ever Have a Teacher Who Changed Your Life?

Teachers — often overworked, frequently underappreciated, sometimes demonized, usually meagerly compensated. But all of us have had teachers who helped us grow up and make sense of the world, and to find our place in it. In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week (but really all year long) we want educators to get the props (and … READ MORE