When God Sleeps – Living on the Run – Clip

In this excerpt from the Independent Lens film When God Sleeps, Iranian musician Shahin Najafi, who is forced into hiding after hardline clerics issue a fatwa for his death, fears a friend’s car may be rigged with a bomb. Najafi may now reside in Europe but lives every day in fear–even if that doesn’t stop … READ MORE

Look & See: Wendell Berry’s Kentucky – Trailer

Look & See: Wendell Berry’s Kentucky is a portrait of the changing landscapes and shifting values of rural America through the voice of writer, farmer, and activist Wendell Berry. Centered in his native Henry County, Kentucky, Look & See is an elegy to a lost way of life that was once the bedrock of America–the … READ MORE

The Art of the Shine – Trailer

You might pass them on the sidewalk, at the mall or at the airport. They’re the shoe shiners, purveying an old school trade that seems like something out of the Mad Men era, out of step with our fast-paced, disposable consumer culture. But for the “shiners” in Stacey Tenenbaum’s joyous and quirky film The Art … READ MORE

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

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 Mission, shot on location in their hometown of San Francisco,  “an honest attempt to portray the destructiveness of violence in the Latino community” (Hollywood Reporter). … READ MORE

When God Sleeps – Trailer

Would you risk your life for what you believe in? When God Sleeps is a rap-punk-rock documentary about Iranian musician Shahin Najafi, who is forced into hiding after hardline clerics issue a fatwa for his death, incensed by a rap song focusing on women’s and human rights. Risking his life every time he steps on … READ MORE

Rat Film

In his critically-acclaimed directorial debut, Theo Anthony uses the rat to burrow into the dark, complicated history of Baltimore. A unique blend of history, science and sci-fi, poetry and portraiture, Rat Film explores how racial segregation, discriminatory lending practices known as “redlining,” and environmental racism built the Baltimore that exists today.

Filmmaker Theo Anthony’s Ratty Exploration of Urban Segregation

In the New York Times critics’ pick review of Theo Anthony’s Rat Film, Jeannette Catsoulis wrote: “Equal parts disturbing and humorous, informative and bizarre, Rat Film is a brilliantly imaginative and formally experimental essay on how Baltimore has dealt with its rat problem and manipulated its black population.” She continues, “Anthony shines as much light on racist urban … READ MORE

Tell Them We Are Rising

The rich history of America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) began before the end of slavery, flourished in the 20th century, and profoundly influenced the course of the nation for over 150 years — yet remains largely unknown. With Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities, the latest documentary … READ MORE

Dolores – Young Dolores Huerta Takes on Sacramento – Clip

In this excerpt from the Independent Lens film Dolores, we see how activist Dolores Huerta, when she was just starting out as a community organizer in her mid-20s in 1959, quickly made a name for herself as a lobbyist and fierce advocate for Latinos, immigration rights, and labor justice. Her dedication helped get key legislation passed … READ MORE

Tell Them We Are Rising – Separate But Unequal – Clip

In this excerpt from the Independent Lens documentary Tell Them We Are Rising, future Supreme Court justice Thurgood Marshall, not a great student when an undergrad at Lincoln University but who became a brilliant legal mind at Howard University Law School, takes a road trip in 1934 with Howard Law dean Charles Hamilton Houston to … READ MORE