The composer of "Take the A-Train" and other Duke Ellington hits, Billy Strayhorn struggled with obscurity and prejudice as a successful gay man in the tumultuous middle of the 20th century.
Four films — including the two grand prize-winners of the first Independent Lens Online Shorts Festival — explore questions of love, displacement, belonging, and identity. Short Stack 2006 looks at the rise and fall of a boy's first zit, uprooted sisters taking on a new school, revelations ...
Trapped in the middle of the desert on their way to the Grand Canyon, a Sikh American family has only one hope: the remote highway and the occasional car that drives by. This film confronts issues of tradition, faith, conformity, and sacrifice.
Adapted from Lois-Ann Yamanaka’s Wild Meat and the Bully Burgers, this dramatic short follows 13-year-old Lovey of Hilo, Hawaii, as she tries to be anything but herself.
Combining images and archival footage with interviews and performances, this biography reveals the philosophy and motivations behind Native American activist and poet John Trudell’s work and its relationship to contemporary Indian history.
Negroes with Guns follows Robert Williams’s journey from North Carolina community leader to exile in Cuba and China, a journey that brought the issue of armed self-defense to the forefront of the Black Power and civil rights movements.
Meet Telma, Eva, and Judith, three undocumented workers who toil as cooks, housekeepers, and even surrogate mothers — often at the expense of their own families — as they attempt to pursue their American dreams.
Race Is the Place presents the creative visions of a group of multicultural actors, poets, visual artists and musicians on America’s most pressing social issues.
This film invokes the glory days of the Harlem Renaissance through the memories of Bruce Nugent (Robinson), who co-founded the revolutionary literary journal Fire!! with legendary authors Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, and Wallace Thurman.
Don Normark's haunting photographs evoke a lost Mexican-American village in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, razed in the 1950s to build Dodger Stadium.
The founder of On a Roll talk radio, Greg Smith travels the globe in his power wheelchair, but finds his own nation's capital inaccessible — a minor challenge compared to living independently and having safe intimate relationships.
One day at a Woolworth lunch counter, four young men changed the course of history.
Los Angeles, once the whitest city in America, is now the most multicultural city in the world. Yet the city’s cultural transformation has gone largely overlooked by the movies, the media and even by many of its residents.
Three young Cambodian American men living in San Francisco return to the land of their roots wielding video cameras to document their experience of meeting fathers, sisters, and brothers for the first time.
Through a journey that takes her back to her roots in Thailand, a second-generation Mien American woman strives to come to terms with her late father’s death, his drug addiction, and the murder of her sister.
Every Child Is Born a Poet is a multimedia chronicle of Nuyorican author Piri Thomas’s transformation from gang member and prison convict to acclaimed writer, activist, and educator.