Beyond the Films

June 16, 2017

Transgender People Trying to Find Love

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In the Independent Lens film Real Boy, transgender nineteen-year-old Bennett is touched to find his reluctant mother by his side as he undergoes a double mastectomy as part of his…...

Beyond the Films

May 17, 2017

Teachers Beat the “Macho Culture” in Prisons through Art Programs

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In the early 2000s, Hollywood invested in the urban fairy tale where a teacher is called into the principal’s office of a school in a low-income, broken part of town…...

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Beyond the Films

April 20, 2017

Growing Industry: Why Weed Seeds Are Giving Way to Pot Clones

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In the Independent Lens doc SEED: The Untold Story, biodiversity evangelists travel the globe in search of as many seed varieties as they can bank in their vaults before they…...

The Ovas bike brigade pose with bikes in front of a warehouse in East Los Angeles
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March 27, 2017

Girl Power: The Original #SquadGoals (and Just #Goals in General)

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In the Independent Lens documentary Ovarian Psycos, we're introduced to The Ovas — a chicanx (xicanx) feminist group who bike through the streets of East L.A. in honor of sisterhood. While…...

Beyond the Films

February 13, 2017

History or Hate: America’s Controversial Monuments to White Supremacy

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The thing about claiming territory and property is that it takes up space, and taking up space literally makes a huge statement; it becomes a platform for discussing who built…...

Beyond the Films

January 06, 2017

Reading the Signs (or, How I Started Singing the Ace of Base Song Instead of Following Directions)

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Great background music for what you're about to read courtesy of YouTube. If there’s one thing that annoys me more than the six hour drive down the I-5 so I…...