Forever Pure – Trailer

Beitar Jerusalem Football Club, formed in 1936, is the most popular and controversial soccer team in Israel, a symbol of right-wing politics and the only club in the Premier League never to sign an Arab player. Midway through the 2012-13 season a secretive transfer by the owner, Russian-Israeli oligarch Arcadi Gaydamak, brought two Muslim players … READ MORE

The Last Laugh – Mel Brooks, Sarah Silverman, Comedy and Darkness – Clip

In this excerpt from the Independent Lens film The Last Laugh, writer/director/comedian Mel Brooks (who does his Hitler impression), director Rob Reiner and his dad Carl Reiner, actor and Holocaust survivor Robert Klary, and comedians Sarah Silverman and Judy Gold all talk about the importance of humor on taboo topics like the Holocaust. Gold says … READ MORE

The Last Laugh – My Revenge Against Hitler – Clip

In this excerpt from the Independent Lens film The Last Laugh, Holocaust survivors Elly Gross and Renee Firestone take an indoor gondola ride at Las Vegas’ Venetian Hotel serenaded by “Volare,” but Elly admits she cannot enjoy it because she feels guilt for all those who did not survive Auschwitz and cannot be there to … READ MORE

The Last Laugh – Trailer

The Last Laugh proceeds from the premise that the Holocaust would seem to be an absolutely off-limits topic for comedy. But is it? History shows that even the victims of the Nazi concentration camps themselves used humor as a means of survival and resistance. The Last Laugh weaves together an intimate portrait of Auschwitz survivor … READ MORE

The Prison in Twelve Landscapes – Garbage Jail – Clip

In this excerpt from the Independent Lens documentary The Prison in Twelve Landscapes, Charisse Davidson, a Missouri woman, tells the story of how she came to spend three days in jail for failing to place a lid on her garbage can. She had the choice of paying a steep fine for a ticket she never … READ MORE

The Prison in Twelve Landscapes – Kanye on Cassette – Clip

In this excerpt from the Independent Lens film The Prison in Twelve Landscapes, a representative from sendapackage.com, a company dedicated to sending goods and products to prisoners, shows us audio cassettes (including Kanye’s “Yeezus”) they sell that are made specifically for prisoners — which use glue instead of screws, even though they’re allowed to sell … READ MORE

The Prison in Twelve Landscapes – Trailer

More people are imprisoned in the United States at this present moment than in any other time or place in history, yet prisons themselves have never felt further away or more out of sight. A cinematic journey through a series of seemingly ordinary American landscapes, The Prison in Twelve Landscapes excavates the hidden world of … READ MORE

Ovarian Psycos – Recruiting for Sisterhood of Ovas – Clip

In this excerpt from Independent Lens documentary Ovarian Psycos, the nine core members of the East Los Angeles-based Ovas bicycling brigade meet to debate the best ways to bring in new members. This includes founding member Xela having to let go, to delegate and trust her team as they learn how to be confident recruiters.

Ovarian Psycos

Ovarian Psycos is about a new generation of fierce, unapologetic and feminist women of color from the Eastside of Los Angeles who confront injustice, build community, and redefine identity through a raucous, irreverently named bicycle crew: The Ovarian Psycos Cycle Brigade.

Ovarian Psycos Filmmakers Follow the Ovas Bike Brigade in East L.A.

Ovarian Psycos brought together filmmakers Joanna Sokolowski, who co-produced the Emmy® Award-winning HBO documentary Very Semi-Serious (2015), about New Yorker cartoonists, and Kate Trumbull-LaValle, an award-winning independent documentary filmmaker who first began in the field of social justice media as an educator and media maker. They collaborated to tell the story of the “Ovas,” a raucous, irreverently … READ MORE

The Bad Kids

Located in an impoverished Mojave Desert community, Black Rock Continuation High School is an alternative school for students at risk of dropping out; Black Rock is their last chance. Extraordinary educators believe that empathy and life skills, more than academics, give these underserved students command of their own futures.

Ovarian Psycos – Trailer

Ovarian Psycos is about a new generation of fierce, unapologetic and feminist women of color from the Eastside of Los Angeles who confront injustice, build community, and redefine identity through a raucous, irreverently named bicycle crew: The Ovarian Psycos Cycle Brigade. Through the personal stories of the crew’s rabble-rousing founder, Xela de la X, activist, … READ MORE