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LaTonya Myers, in a San Antonio Spurs hat, celebrates a job offer, in Philly D.A.
Where Are They Now?

May 24, 2021

UPDATE: LaTonya Myers Inspires Others to Reform the Justice System

Independent Lens in Beyond the Films

By Renée Gasch LaTonya Myers spent nine months in jail because she couldn’t afford bail. Assessed as a “high-risk” to society by a computer algorithm, she faced the toughest of…...

From First Rainbow Coalition: Young Lords members protest at 18th Ave. Police Station, Chicago
Beyond the Films

January 28, 2020

From Race Riots to Rainbow Coalitions and Heatwaves: Chicago Activism on Racial and Economic Justice

Craig Phillips in Beyond the Films

It would be foolhardy to try to succinctly sum up the political history of one of America's most historically politically complicated cities--Chicago--in one sweeping post. Rather, consider this a basic…...

Activist Jose
Interviews

January 22, 2020

Finding Common Ground: The Story of an Unlikely Chicago Alliance

Craig Phillips in Interviews

It takes an incredible amount of tenacity and belief in a project to stick with it for 14 years, but that's just how long it took for Ray Santisteban to…...

Lance Gumbs at the Shinnecock Pow Wow
Beyond the Films

November 15, 2019

For Tribal Communities, Battle Over Land Is Nothing New

Independent Lens in Beyond the Films

By Jordan Dresser Sometimes, two people can look out of the same window and see two very different things.  This outlook sprang to my mind while watching Treva Wurmfeld’s Conscience…...

Dolores Huerta, with Cesar Chavez, in public speech from the 60s, in a film strip image
Beyond the Films

March 21, 2018

Screenwriter Josefina López on how Dolores Huerta is the Mother of Inspiration

Independent Lens in Beyond the Films

by Josefina López The award-winning screenwriter (Real Women Have Curves), playwright, and activist López writes her own personal perspective on her connection to and parallels with Dolores Huerta's story. I…...

Anti-War March Chicago, 1968 (public domain)
Lists

September 13, 2017

12 Documentaries About the Vietnam War on the American Homefront

Noel Murray in Lists

On Sunday, September 17th, PBS will debut the latest project from Ken Burns and his frequent collaborator Lynn Novick: the ten-part, 18-hour series The Vietnam War. Just like Burns and…...

Maya Angelou headscarf at fence headscarf, credit: Wayne Miller/Magnum
Lists

March 22, 2017

Nine Great Documentaries About Women Activists

Sharon Knolle in Lists

As Women’s History Month continues, we’re shining the spotlight on women activists who faced down injustice, pioneered paths for other women and girls, or have fought heroically trying to save…...

Elle in full uniform in The Invisible War stands at the Vietnam War Memorial
Film History

March 08, 2017

Meet the Trailblazers of Documentary Activism

Sean Axmaker in Film History

We think of the cinema of activism in documentary filmmaking as a relatively modern phenomenon, something first awakened in the 1960s and 1970s and popularized by the likes of Michael…...

rape protesters in India hold a candle-lit vigil

November 13, 2015

Anti-Rape Culture Activism Takes to the Streets and Online

Craig Phillips in Beyond the Films

When you watch the harrowing, even jaw-dropping, film India's Daughter, which premieres Monday on Independent Lens [check local listings], the case of the rape and murder of Jyoti Singh will stay with…...

February 22, 2013

Ai Weiwei Sparks Social Media Flames in China

Rebecca Huval in Uncategorized

[caption id="attachment_3298" align="alignleft" width="300"] Ai Weiwei has heavily criticized the Chinese government through social media.[/caption] Ai Weiwei is a fearless Tweeter. In 140-character snippets, the gruff Chinese artist, activist, and…...

Danny Glover at the Writer's Guild of America East Solidarity Rally in Washington Square (2007)
Interviews

February 07, 2012

Black Power Mixtape Co-Producer Danny Glover Opens Up

Brooke Shelby Biggs in Interviews

[caption id="attachment_691" align="alignleft" width="242"] Joslyn Barnes and Danny Glover, co-founders of Louverture Films. Photo by Mark Seliger[/caption] Our friends over at The Progressive Magazine have generously allowed us to share…...