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Hawaiian Music: More Than Just Hula (But Also Hula)

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Independent Lens
PBS


Transport yourself to Hawaii with this diverse collection of great Hawaiian tunes, in tandem with the premiere of the new documentary Kumu Hina, which is about a transgender Hawaiian dance and culture teacher helping a talented young student find their way. The film is full of great music, and here's more for your listening pleasure. Continue


County Clerk Changes History

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Independent Lens
PBS


In this video extra, learn more about the story of Clela Rorex, former County Clerk in Boulder, CO, who in 1975 helped change history by becoming the first in the United States to approve a marriage license for gay couples, including Richard Adams and Tony Sullivan. Their 40-year struggle for marriage equality is featured in Limited Partnership on Independent Lens on PBS, June 15, 2015. Continue


Ho'onani Steps Up

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Independent Lens
PBS


In this excerpt from the Independent Lens documentary Kumu Hina, Ho'onani, a charismatic sixth grade girl who considers herself “in the middle,” takes over leadership of the school’s all-male hula troupe. It becomes a way for her to express her inner-male spirit. Continue


Coming to Independent Lens: The Homestretch

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Independent Lens
PBS


Three homeless teens brave Chicago winters, high school pressures, and life alone on the streets to build a brighter future. Against the odds, they recover from a life of abandonment to create new, surprising definitions of home. Continue


Prince of the Stanza

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The Open Mind
PBS


Richard Blanco, the first openly gay Presidential Inaugural Poet, narrates the bilingual immersion from which his unique American identity emerged in "The Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood." Continue


Targeting Sex Buyers, Not Sex Sellers: Arresting Demand

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Independent Lens
PBS


Many see prostitution laws as discriminatory: a woman can be arrested for prostitution by standing on a street corner with intention to sell, but johns can only be arrested if caught discussing payments in exchange for sex. But now some law enforcement agencies are pursuing a different approach. Here's a deeper look at those stories across the US, in tandem with the premiere of A Path Appears. Continue


TTC Extra: Women Well-Represented at Sundance Film Festival

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To The Contrary
PBS


In contrast to the Oscars, which are dominated by men, the Sundance Film Festival has a good amount of movies for, about, and by women. PANEL: Anushay Hossain, Rina Shah, Patricia Sosa, Amber Smith Continue


Brother Outsider: Filmmaker Interview

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POV
PBS


Brother Outsider filmmaker Nancy Kates and executive producer Sam Pollard describe the mark that Bayard Rustin left on America. Continue


Protests in Port-au-Prince

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Independent Lens
PBS


In this scene from the second episode of the Independent Lens documentary series A Path Appears, Nicholas Kristof and Alfre Woodard arrive in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, just as anti-government protests unfold on the streets after an election has been postponed. Continue


A Girl Named Flevian

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Independent Lens
PBS


In this scene from the third episode of the Independent Lens documentary series A Path Appears, Nicholas Kristof and Mia Farrow join Jessica Posner Odede of Shining Hope in Kibera, a notorious slum in Nairobi, Kenya, as they race to get a violently abused girl named Flavian to the hospital. They discover a disturbing revelation in her case. Continue


AfroPoP l The Carrier

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AfroPop
PBS


This lyrical film follows Mutinta Mweemba, a 28-year-old subsistence farmer living in a polygamous marriage. After learning she is HIV positive and pregnant, Mutinta sets out to keep her unborn child virus-free and to break the cycle of transmission. Continue


You Are the Warriors of Today

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Independent Lens
PBS


In this excerpt from the Independent Lens documentary Kumu Hina, schoolchildren are given an emotional lecture about the true meaning of “Kumu” and about Hawai’ian history. “Hae Hawai’i” is the flag of the state and the teacher wants to make sure they understand that they will continue the legacy as “the true warriors of today.” The kids then sing the former national anthem. Continue


Reunited

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Independent Lens
PBS


In this excerpt from the Independent Lens documentary Kumu Hina, Hina travels from Hawai’i to Fiji to reunite with her husband, a headstrong Tongan man. For all her trepidations, Hina says, “I really can’t wait to see him.” They share a moving reconnection at the airport. Continue


The Homestretch

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Independent Lens
PBS


The Homestretch follows three homeless teens as they fight to stay in school and build a future. Each of these smart, ambitious youths — Roque, Kasey, and Anthony — will surprise, inspire, and challenge audiences to rethink stereotypes of homelessness. As they work to complete their education and recover from a life of abandonment, they create new, surprising definitions of home. Continue


Out in the Silence | Promo

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America Reframed
PBS


When Joe Wilson announces he is to wed a man, a firestorm of controversy ignites in his hometown. Drawn by a plea for help from the mother of a gay teen being bullied at school, Wilson’s journey illustrates the possible transformation of those who have been constrained by a traditional code of silence to summon the courage to break it. Continue


Esta Soler Imagines a Future Without Domestic Violence

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Independent Lens
PBS


Esta Soler, an expert on violence against women and children, founded Futures Without Violence over 30 years ago and transformed it into one of the world’s leading violence prevention agencies. Soler’s work to prevent violence against women led to an appearance in A Path Appears. She spoke to Independent Lens about how far we've come and how far we still have to go. Continue


Brother Outsider: Presidential Medal of Freedom Ceremony

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POV
PBS


On August 8, 2013, President Barack Obama named Bayard Rustin a posthumous recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Rustin was honored for his commitment to equality and justice worldwide. This video is from whitehouse.gov. Continue


The Cycle of Poverty in West Virginia

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Independent Lens
PBS


In this scene from the second episode of the Independent Lens documentary series A Path Appears, Jennifer Garner returns to her home state of West Virginia with Nicholas Kristof to visit rural, impoverished families. They travel with Tonya Bonecutter, a caseworker for Save the Children’s Early Steps, who explains that meth and prescription drugs plague all the families she works with. Continue


Catalina of Cartagena

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Independent Lens
PBS


In this scene from the second episode of the Independent Lens documentary series A Path Appears, Eva Longoria and Nicholas Kristof tour a slum in Cartagena, Colombia, with Catalina Escobar, founder and director of the Juan Felipe Gomez Escobar Foundation (“Juanfe”). They meet young women who are pregnant or already have several children. “She can get any girl to talk,” Longoria tells us. Continue


Battered in Atlanta

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Independent Lens
PBS


In this scene from the third episode of the Independent Lens documentary series A Path Appears, Nicholas Kristof joins the Atlanta police department to investigate a domestic violence case. The victim tells Kristof she doesn’t think it’ll happen again while blaming herself for the attack. Continue


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