Marchers at a Black and Brown Unity rally in Chicago, June 2020. Photo by Mateo Zapata/Courtesy of Quiet Pictures.

September 09, 2020

Honor Hispanic Heritage Month with Eight Unique Documentaries

Independent Lens in Lists

By Lola Méndez Hispanic Heritage Month has been honored annually in the United States since 1968 when President Lyndon Johnson first launched it as Hispanic Heritage Week. In 1988, President…...

Vintage photos from the winemaking history of the Robledo family from their collection
Beyond the Films

May 08, 2019

Harvest Season’s Historical Roots: Latinos in the Napa and Sonoma Valleys

Claralyse Palmer in Beyond the Films

Bittersweet -- this is the taste you’re left with after watching Harvest Season’s central storylines come to a close. Loved ones are reunited while wineries are engulfed in flames and…...

Winemaker Vanessa Robledo control-burning her dry grapevines

May 07, 2019

Bernardo Ruiz Tells Story of the Central Role Latinos Play in California Wine Industry

Craig Phillips in Behind the Films

Two-time Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker Bernardo Ruiz, who was born in Guanajuato, Mexico and grew up in Brooklyn, made his directorial feature debut with the PBS film Reportero, about attacks on the press…...


July 20, 2018

Great American Melting (Crock)Pot: Comfort Food Recipes from Independent Lens Family

Craig Phillips in Beyond the Films

In trying times, we turn to food. Especially comfort food, recipes from childhood, from our families, that warm our spirits and send us back to simpler times. We reached out…...

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…...

Dolores Huerta, black and white photo, from

March 13, 2018

Peter Bratt Feels the Calling to Tell Dolores Huerta’s Story

Craig Phillips in Interviews

Filmmaker Peter Bratt's first feature Follow Me Home, a San Francisco International Film Festival Audience Award winner, was produced with his brother Benjamin Bratt, which they followed with the heartfelt indie film La…...

East of Salinas filmmakers Laura Pacheco and Jackie Mow (l-r), in front of a sea-themed mural.

December 25, 2015

Laura Pacheco and Jackie Mow Tell the Story of a Farmworker’s Studious Son

Craig Phillips in Interviews

Not just a filmmaker but a trained anthropologist, Laura Pacheco has traveled the world to tell the stories of people overcoming the odds of their rough circumstances, including for the Emmy…...

Tamalada, by artist Carmen Lomas Garza, via Smithsonian collection
Beyond the Films

September 15, 2015

Hispanic Heritage Month and The State of Arizona

Craig Phillips in Announcements

[caption id="attachment_7177" align="alignnone" width="600"] Tamalada, by artist Carmen Lomas Garza, via Smithsonian American Art Museum[/caption] What began in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week became National Hispanic Heritage Month 20 years later…...