Tracing Baltimore's history through a film that uses rats, as well as humans, to chronicle oppression in poor communities.
Historically black colleges and universities play a pivotal role in shaping American history, culture and national identity.
Director Pascale Lamche's portrait of South African activist Winnie Mandela features unseen archival footage and interviews with her close comrades.
Chinese filmmaker Nanfu Wang follows a homeless man on a journey across America, exploring the meaning of freedom.
An in-depth look at the Oakland Police Department, its struggle to comply with a federal mandate for reform and its effort to police in a time of transparency and accountability.
Filmmaker Raoul Peck examines James Baldwin's unfinished book about the lives and assassinations of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.
Director Jennifer Brea, confined to her bed due to chronic fatigue syndrome, documents how people around the world live and function with this disease.
The life and work of storyteller Armistead Maupin, including his evolution from a conservative son of the Old South to a gay rights pioneer.
Naomi Kutin, an Orthodox Jewish girl from New Jersey, fights to hold on to her powerlifting title as she navigates adolescence, cyberbullying and health issues.
Inside the international trade in weapons, not just in national defense, but also how it covertly fosters corruption and determines economic and foreign policies.
Events, passions and experiences that impacted the life and music of jazz artist John Coltrane.
A transgender teen works to repair a strained relationship with his family and forges a friendship with folk singer Joe Stevens.
An Army combat veteran manages his PTSD and becomes a farmer in North Carolina following his deployments in Iraq.
Three young offenders in the Compound, a facility housing the most violent juvenile offenders in Los Angeles, face adult sentences for their crimes.
Two Muslim soccer players picked up by Israel's Beitar Jerusalem F.C. are subjected to racist attacks by their own fans.
Places across the U.S. where prisons affect lives.
Despite the possible consequences, three U.S. veterans speak out against the secret U.S. drone war.
Auschwitz survivor Renee Firestone and Jewish comics and thinkers discuss whether topics such as the Holocaust should be off-limits to comedy.
Farmers, scientists, lawyers and seed-keepers protect seeds, thereby protecting the future of food.
The community of Newtown, Conn., tries to heal in the days following the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Women cruise the streets of Boyle Heights, East Los Angeles and Lincoln Heights inspiring women to reclaim their neighborhoods and make them safer.
California's Black Rock Continuation High School provides education for students at risk of dropping out of school.
Survivors of the 1966 mass shooting at the University of Texas frame the events of the day and offer perspectives on its impact.
Black musician Daryl Davis meets and befriends Ku Klux Klan members hoping to forge racial conciliation.
D.W. Griffith's 1915 "The Birth of a Nation" starts a dialogue about race relations and representation.
The brother of murder victim Kitty Genovese, the woman who was repeatedly stabbed on a street in Queens, N.Y., in 1964, re-examines his sister's life and death.
A tribal elder and Vietnam veteran visits the underground archives of Chicago's Field Museum, where he and two young Arapaho explore ancestral objects that had vanished from their tribe years before.
Governments around the world struggle to protect future generations from nuclear waste; excerpt from "Uranium Drive-In."
A 20-year-old woman, legally blind and diagnosed on the autism spectrum, explores love and empowerment in Maine.
Actor Ravi Patel, whose traditional Hindu parents are eager for him to find a mate, enters the semi-arranged marriage system in America.
The debates between Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley during the 1968 political conventions.
Claressa "T-Rex" Shields, 17, from Flint, Mich., wins the gold medal in women's boxing at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
Healthcare providers and others in Texas, Mississippi and Alabama fight new Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers (TRAP) laws designed to restrict abortion access.
Three street recyclers fight for survival in one of the poorest neighborhoods in Oakland, Calif.
An Evangelical anti-abortion activist and a black mother whose son was murdered both fight against gun violence.
Former Sheriff William J. "Dub" Lawrence, founder of Utah's first SWAT team, addresses the increased militarized state of the police.
Niklas Frank and Horst von Wachter explore the characters of their fathers, Hans Frank and Otto von Wachter, two men responsible for thousands of deaths during World War II.
Filmed over the course of three years, Zimbabwe attempts to draft its first-ever democratic constitution; activist Albie Sachs fights for social justice in South Africa.
White supremacist Craig Cobb and his followers attempt to take over the town of Leith, N.D.
Retired magician James "The Amazing" Randi dedicates his life to exposing frauds.
A grandmother tries to help her family through HIV in the rural south, where living with AIDS is a grim reality.
A counterterrorism informant for the FBI befriends a suspected jihadist without informing his superiors.
Misty Copeland makes history as the first black female principal dancer with the American Ballet Theater.
The history of Mexican-American women who were sterilized against their will during the 1960s and '70s at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center.
Polynesian-American high-school football players in Utah aim for careers in pro sports while dealing with day-to-day gang violence and poverty.
Four adults with varying degrees of autism navigate dating, romance and relationships.
A black market VHS racketeer and a female translator bring the magic of film to Romanians during the 1980s.
A third-grader and his teacher are sons of migrant farm workers.
A 92-year-old woman, still caring for her 64-year-old disabled daughter, realizes it is time to find her daughter a new home.
The rape and murder of a 23-year-old medical student in Delhi, India, sparks an international movement.
A Vietnam veteran comes to terms with his combat experience so he is able to help others.
Married in 1975, Richard and Tony lead a 40-year fight for legal immigration status for same sex spouses.
The group responsible for the 1971 break-in of a Pennsylvania FBI office and the subsequent theft of thousands of files speaks out about the impact of the act.
Choreographer Elizabeth Streb pioneers a movement form that explores physical and emotional human potential.
The evolution of Hina Wong-Kalu, a transgender native Hawaiian teacher who embraces both male and female spirit.
The continuing effects of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Three Chicago teenagers overcome high school pressures and homelessness as they work toward graduation and building a future.
The largest criminal investigation in East Texas ensues after ten churches are burned down.
A filmmaker unlocks a family secret that leads to the truth about her biological father.
Using Gunnar Myrdal's 1944 investigation of Jim Crow racism to explore the power of unconscious biases.
Black photographers have recorded the lives and aspirations of generations, from slavery to present day.
A 21-year-old infantryman in Afghanistan attempts to alert the military to heinous war crimes committed by his platoon; an animated short film about a teenage military recruit alone in the desert.
Filmmaker Darius Clark Monroe returns to his Texas hometown to try to determine why he robbed a bank as a teenager.
Three boys navigate childhood and adolescence in the old mining town Rich Hill, Mo.
A 9-year-old monk ventures out of his Bhutanese village and experiences electricity.
A young electrician helps the poor in Kanpur, India; the first female chief of the electricity utility company seeks to dismantle illegal connections.
The Japanese pursuit of efficiency may jeopardize people's safety, as evidenced by the West Japan Railway crash of 2005.
Twin baby girls adopted by two sets of parents on different sides of the globe reunite in Norway when the girls are eight years old.
Five children and their families address bullying in schools.
Activists, families and clergy on both sides of the effort to legalize gay marriage in Maryland.
Western religion and African culture intersect as Ugandan and American pastors spread the word of God to millions of people in East Africa.
The clash between Philadelphia police and the radical group MOVE ends with 11 deaths and the destruction of 61 homes.
The New York Times reporter Jayson Blair is caught plagiarizing the work of other reporters and adding fabricated details to his stories.
FAME Studios founder Rick Hall brings blacks and whites to Muscle Shoals, Ala., to record some of the most important songs of all time.
From 1967 to 1970, Muhammad Ali is stripped of his heavyweight title and banned from boxing after he refuses U.S. military service.
The eight brothers of the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble are influenced by their father, jazz musician Phil Cohran.
A small town and its high school basketball team both fight for survival.
Morbidly obese women endure weight-loss surgery.
Mexican-American girls preserve the annual Martha Washington Pageant and Ball for debutantes in Laredo, Texas.
The Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission's role in the civil rights movement, including the integration of the University of Mississippi and the trial of Medgar Evers.
Arizona struggles with illegal immigration a year after passing its "papers please" law.
Rocky Braat devotes his life to HIV-infected orphans in India.
Filmed during the fall 2010 semester, Frederick Wiseman documents life at the University of California at Berkeley.
Activists from ACT UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group) help identify new drugs that may be beneficial to people with AIDS.
Japanese sushi chef Jiro Ono's 10-seat restaurant located in a Tokyo subway station attracts visitors from around the globe.
Two young playwrights from different backgrounds come together to create a new language for the stage.
Three young people living in South Dakota's Pine Ridge Reservation are faced with difficult choices when the tribe's female president threatens to build a women's clinic on the sovereign territory of the reservation.
Native American teams from three different tribes compete in a dangerous form of horse racing.
Efforts to increase graduation rates for Latino students.
Efforts to increase graduation rates for Latino students.
People wait long hours in the ER waiting room at Highland Hospital in Oakland, Calif., a primary care facility for 250,000 individuals of varying nationalities, ethnicities and religions.
Filipino singer-songwriter Arnel Pineda deals with the demands of his newfound fame as the lead singer of rock band Journey.
Amlan Ganguly transforms some of the poorest slums of Kolkata, India, by empowering children to become leaders in improving health and sanitation.
Rape and sexual assault within the ranks of the U.S. military, including the isolation of women who report the crimes.
Detroit residents prepare to create a new city in a post-industrial America.
An aging white man finds love with a Chinese bride online.
Coroners and volunteers locate and identify thousands of bodies of illegal border crossers lost in the Arizona desert.
President Mohamed Nasheed addresses global warming in the Maldives.
The evolution of "Wonder Woman" began with a comic book in the 1940s.
Stories illustrate the war on drugs in the U.S.; Chris Dean's observations about life.
Chinese contemporary artist and activist Ai Weiwei.
Civil rights leader Whitney M. Young Jr. becomes the head of the National Urban League, garnering support from the white elite as well as three presidents.
The Texas State Board of Education rewrites teaching and textbook standards once every decade.
Artist Wayne White searches for balance between his work and art.
Soul food's relevance to black cultural identity.
A 30-year-old Jordanian mother of four travels outside her village for the first time to attend a solar engineering program at India's Barefoot College.
In 2003, Gene Robinson becomes the first openly gay bishop.
Residents of Janesville, Wis., cope with the shutdown of their General Motors Corp. factory.
The luxury apartment building at 740 Park Avenue in New York boasts the highest number of billionaires in the U.S.
Champion weightlifter Cheryl Haworth strives to defend her status as her career winds down.
The people of San Francisco respond to AIDS in 1981.
Four Amerasian children left behind by their fathers, U.S. servicemen serving in the Philippines.
A U.S. Marine fights in Afghanistan and recovers at home in North Carolina.
Students in Tucson High School's Mexican American Studies Program fight to save their classes.
A young nomadic couple live with their infant daughter in the high grasslands of eastern Tibet.
The Ponce family circus in Mexico.
The history of the relationship between bison and the people of North America.
The global resurgence of electric cars.
Haiti's past and present is explored through the music of the country's oldest and best-known band.
Kevin Clash, the man behind Elmo, follows his dreams to be a puppeteer.
A first-person account of life inside the Traditions Alzheimer's & Other Dementia Care Unit at the Reutlinger Community for Jewish Living in Danville, Calif.
A filmmaker creates a satirical cross-country campaign to end Black History Month.
A cinematic and musical journey into America's black communities from 1967-1975.
Civil rights activist Daisy Bates supports nine black students who register to attend an all-white high school in Little Rock, Ark.
The apartheid regime in Pretoria crumbles; Nelson Mandela is freed from prison and in 1990, he is elected president.
A boycott and divestment campaign targets Western corporations in business with the South African regime.
Blacks lead a movement to force the U.S. to reverse its policies toward South Africa.
After the death of resistance leader Steven Biko, young people in the West join an international movement to sanction and isolate South Africa.
South Africa institutes laws against nonwhites and imprisons Nelson Mandela.
The National Film Registry is a collection of 550 films that represent cinema's contribution to American culture.
Francesca Woodman's photographic career ended with her suicide at the age of 22.
The Wampanoag of Cape Cod, Mass., and Martha's Vineyard revive their language more than a century after the last native speaker died.
Deaf teens from New York discuss American Sign Language Poetry.
Fred Fay pushes for disability rights while struggling to survive after a spinal cord injury.
JoEllen Marsh, 20, searches for her sperm-donor father.
A Kuwaiti psychologist launches a comic series of 99 superheroes based on the 99 virtues of Allah.
A hate crime takes the life of Navajo Fred Martinez, a 16-year-old who possessed both male and female traits.
The small town of Shelbyville, Tenn., deals with rapid demographic change and immigrant integration.
Japanese philosophies about insects.
Former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, the first Muslim woman elected to lead an Islamic nation, was struck down by assassins in 2007.
A Nazi propaganda film used by historians provides insight into life in the Warsaw Ghetto in 1942.
After an attack leaves him with brain damage and physical injuries, Mark Hogancamp creates his own therapy by constructing a miniature World War II-era town in his backyard.
Artist Vik Muniz travels to the world's largest garbage dump in Brazil; there he photographs catadores, collectors, as they pick through materials to sell for recycling.
Discovered through his graffiti art in the late 1970s, Jean-Michel Basquiat sold his first painting to Deborah Harry and became best friends with Andy Warhol.
Banned Soviet art was stashed in the desert of Uzbekistan.
Separated during civil war in a Congolese village, a woman reunites with her daughter more than 10 years later, after resettling with her other children in Phoenix.
Cyntoia Brown faces life in prison for killing a man who picked her up for sex when she was 16.
Novelist William S. Burroughs influenced artists for generations.
A University of Texas music student struggles against racial tension and reaches ultimate success in international opera.
Singers and musicians with mental and physical disabilities exude musical talent.
Three teenage boys from Haiti reflect on their country and their lives.
Filmmaker Dylan Williams joins an all-male synchronized swim team.
A new generation of students prepare to become ordained religious professionals.
A new generation of students prepare to become ordained religious professionals.
Relationships and interactions of people and their community.
A mountaintop-removal coal mine divides the residents of a community in eastern Kentucky.
Filmmaker Chris Billing investigates the deaths of his adopted brothers, two Crow Indian boys who disappeared in 1978.
Although Mexican-American Pvt. Felix Longoria died fighting the Japanese during World War II, a funeral parlor at Three Rivers, Texas, refused to hold a wake for him.
The portrayal of Native Americans in cinema.
The social and cultural influence of advertising.
Members of a select group of men serve as attendants at the same parking lot in Charlottesville, Va.
A cab driver tries to help an old man who wants to die.
Vietnamese refugees fight against the opening of a toxic government-imposed landfill in New Orleans.
Two American women -- one Muslim, one Hindu -- sneak cameras into Kashmir, India, to document the costs of war.
A family embarks on a physical and spiritual journey from Texas to Mongolia in search of a cure for their son's autism.
A second-generation single mother comes to terms with the meaning of family.
A community outside of Cairo, Egypt, recycles 80 percent of the trash collected.
Industrial farming, mining and urban development have paved the way for droughts, starvation, floods and climate change.
At the age of 22, Hannah Senesh parachutes into Nazi-occupied territory to save Hungarian Jews.
Tenzin Zopa leads the search for the reincarnation of his deceased master, Geshe Lama Konchog.
The first year of the Bronx Center for Science & Mathematics, a high school in New York's South Bronx.
National identity, the lives of immigrants and what happens to deportees who are sent back to their homeland.
Four teenagers who have lost their sight struggle to fit in, prepare for college, and live independently.
South Africa's political problems, struggles and realities.
Animals left behind during Hurricane Katrina; a filmmaker mixes images of his home before and after Hurricane Katrina.
The writings of Jewish anthropologist Melville Herskovits challenged popular assumptions about race and culture.
Priscilla, 9, pursues her dream of becoming the youngest female rap artist.
Music sampling and debates about artistic expression, copyright law and money.
A New England senior citizen chorus rehearses for its new show.
The Rev. Paul O'Brien arrives at Saint Patrick Parish in Lawrence, Mass., and finds ethnic tensions churning in a working-class community.
Some theoretical scientists and fine artists become modern paper-folders.
Creativity and design impact how people relate to manufactured objects like cell phones and toothbrushes.
László Kovács and Vilmos Zsigmond escaped the Soviet oppression of the Hungarian Revolution to become successful cinematographers in Hollywood.
An aspiring musician suffers a setback when his kidney fails and he must search for a living organ donor.
American Indian tribes face opposition in changing the energy habits of traditional fossil fuel dependent utilities and electric cooperatives.
The police offer a pickpocket a full pardon if he will help them track down more criminals.
Five generations of mining families illustrate the story of Butte, Mont., once the world's largest producer of copper; narrator Gabriel Byrne.
Herb and Dorothy Vogel built one of the most important contemporary art collections in history.
Director Juan Mandelbaum investigates what happened to those who were kidnapped during the 1976-1983 military dictatorships in Argentina.
Political battles that led to the "don't ask, don't tell" policy of the U.S. military.
Survivors of the 1972 Andes plane crash recall how they survived in the mountains for 60 days with no food, water or supplies.
Interviews with former and current members of the Crips and the Bloods, two of the most notorious and violent street gangs in America.
Surviving Japanese Kamikaze pilots recall their brutal training and experiences.
The history of the United Workers Cooperative Colony, a cooperative apartment built in the Bronx in the 1920s by Jewish garment workers.
Jack and Ina write secret love letters while held in a concentration camp.
Nobel Peace Prize laureate Wangari Maathai reclaims her land and culture by planting trees.
Rural Africans are at the forefront of community-based conservation and preservation of wildlife.
An ex-Mujahideen soldier longs for a peaceful life after years of fighting in the Soviet-Afghan war.
At the start of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, a man returns to Iran with his American wife to have a traditional Persian wedding.
At America's oldest Mardi Gras in Mobile, Ala., events remain segregated between whites and blacks; a 13-year-old poet proposes a "new race."
In 1999, undercover narcotics officer Thomas Coleman and his drug task force arrested dozens of residents of Tulia, Texas, for selling drugs.
America's first shock jock, Petey Greene, holds nothing back on his raw, uncensored radio and TV shows in the late 1960s and the '70s.
Historians and designers talk about fonts, and why Helvetica reigns as the most popular.
Iraqi film student Muthana Mohmed gets his dream job working on a Hollywood movie, where expectations and misunderstandings collide.
The relationship between Edith Beale and her daughter, Edie, aunt and cousin to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, was chronicled in a film and Broadway musical.
Composer John Adams and director Peter Sellars create an opera about J. Robert Oppenheimer's development of the atomic bomb.
The life of author Harold Louis Doc Humes was consumed with ideas about politics, literature and protest.
Physicists search for the Higgs Boson, a particle important to the understanding of how the universe is held together.
Three teens from the Swinomish tribe investigate the impact of two oil refineries on their tribal community in LaConner, Wash.
A group of female U.S. Army support soldiers became the first women in U.S. history to serve in direct ground combat.
Josh Osborne hatched a plan with his friends and relatives to kill his mother after she reneged on a deal which would have left the family farm to him.
Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf addresses his ideas for a democratized society.
Filmmaker Brett Morgen mixes animation with archival footage to tell the story of the conspiracy trial of the Chicago Seven.
Parents of a 13-year-old Japanese girl kidnapped by North Korean spies work for 30 years to bring her home; host Terrence Howard.
Amateur yachtsman Donald Crowhurst takes part in the first solo, nonstop, around-the-world boat race; host Terrence Howard.
The Ferus Gallery's art scene from 1956 to 1966; Terrence Howard hosts.
A Mexican-American sent to prison in 1960 wages a legal battle against the violence and abuse of inmates' rights in the Texas penal system; host Terrence Howard.
Filmmaker Socheata Poeuv grew up in the U.S., never knowing her family had survived the Khmer Rouge genocide.
A Sikh man from Mesa, Ariz., is murdered, a victim of a hate crime in the wake of Sept. 11; host Terrence Howard.
Male roles in the hula tradition with Robert Cazimero, a teacher at the only all-male hula school in Hawaii.
Two college graduates plant a single acre of corn and follow it on its journey to the dinner table.
An openly gay man of Navajo and Puerto Rican descent, Jock Soto retired from the New York City Ballet at age 40 after a 24-year career.
Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles, America's first all-female mariachi band, was founded in 1994 and is comprised of 12 members.
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, president of Liberia, is Africa's first freely elected female head of State.
Three former felons in New York are in different stages of life after doing time.
From the 1860s to the 1920s, towns and counties across America violently expelled black communities, forcing thousands from their homes.
A Sikh-American family makes its way to the Grand Canyon but gets trapped in the desert.
While writing a screenplay, Hui Rao begins to live the life of the character he is creating.
A young Muslim-American strives for acceptance from his father's conservative community as he takes over the family business.
The evolving interplay between new discoveries in stem cell research and the courage of people living with disease and injury.
Filmmaker Lizzie Gottlieb tries to understand her brother's world after he is diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome at the age of 21.
Ralph Nader has worked as a consumer advocate for more than 40 years and has run for president four times.
The staff of Pennsylvania State University's campus newspaper face challenges such as declining circulation and barriers to investigative reporting.
One small courthouse in the African nation of Cameroon is run by state prosecutor Vera Ngassa and court president Beatrice Ntuba.
The mining town of Picher, Okla., is divided by fears of health risks, environmental politics and racial tensions between American Indians and white society.
A 21-year-old competes in the Miss Navajo Nation pageant which showcases a contestant's skills in dance, music and sheep slaughtering.
Two U.S. soldiers revisit the Aleutian Island of Attu in Alaska, the site where 3,000 Japanese troops invaded in 1942.
The Israeli disengagement from the Gaza Strip and efforts to achieve democracy.
Eight-year-old children in China compete for the position of Class Monitor.
Will Shortz, editor of The New York Times crossword puzzle, and the puzzle constructors with whom he collaborates.
1960s' New York's Latin music scene dubs singer Lupe Victoria Yoli "the queen of Latin soul."
Street musician Mark Bittner relates with a flock of wild red-and-green parrots.
Two families are practicing members of Jehovah's Witnesses.
Three Cambodian refugees raised as Americans in inner-city projects near Seattle, face deportation.
An 80-year-old survivor of internment camps, Hiroshima and homelessness confronts his past in the midst of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York.
The Enron corporate disaster resulted in top executives walking away with more than $1 billion, leaving investors and employees with nothing.
Ethiopian coffee growers fight for fair trade among multinational companies.
Jasmine and her teenage friends endure a brutal work environment at a blue jeans factory.
The fates of Death Row inmates Robert Tarver and Madison Hobley and the factors that influence who lives and who dies.
Two thieves dressed as police officers stole 13 works from Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990.
Teacher Jeff Smith starts a youth-oriented insurgent campaign during the 2004 Missouri Democratic primary to replace retiring Rep. Dick Gephardt.
Machismo in rap music and hip-hop culture.
Afghan-American filmmaker Sedika Mojadidi examines her father's efforts as an OB/GYN trying to help prevent women from dying in childbirth.
Billy Strayhorn, Duke Ellington's co-composer and arranger, leads a discreet life as a gay man in the 1940s and 1950s.
A basketball coach and an artist living with dystonia, a neurological disorder forcing muscles to twist into abnormal movements or postures, seek treatment while battling the disease.
Three middle-aged men deliver life-saving humanitarian aid to civilians and doctors around the world.
A 17-year-old Israeli-Arab woman with feminist ideas strives to succeed within her traditional Muslim village in northern Israel.
Two women lead their communities in battles against national environmental groups for control of the ocean.
A selection of short films focuses on teenagers: "My Life... Disoriented," "The Zit" and "Someday Flowers Bloom."
Five Cuban photographers have very different perspectives on their art and the Cuban Revolution.
John Fante struggles as a writer in Los Angeles during the 1930s.
Residents, artists and activists in Hudson, N.Y., protest the proposal for a multinational coal-fired cement plant.
Journalists and others in Afghanistan, Israel, Mexico, Nigeria, Russia, Sierra Leone and the U.S. work to make and keep societies free.
Political cartoonist Paul Conrad's 50-year career spans 11 U.S. presidents, from Harry S. Truman through George W. Bush.
Animator Paul Fierliger presents an artist's view of people and dogs.
A Chesapeake Bay community prepares for the 50th crowning of Miss Outdoors during the National Outdoor Show.
The drama and complexities of producing international versions of "Sesame Street" in Bangladesh, Kosovo and South Africa.
The emotional and economic impact of experimental treatments; diagnosis disparities; the difference between giving up and letting go.
A family must decide when to stop cancer treatment, as another family tries to figure out how to feel "normal" again when treatment succeeds.
Maverick farmer John Peterson abandoned traditional farming to move toward building an organic and progressive farm community.
Three college professors faced felony convictions after a 1960 police raid uncovered homoerotic magazines in their homes.
Two teenage brothers work in the Cerro Rico silver mines in Bolivia to earn money so they can attend school.
Filmmakers explore the future of human reproduction through dreamlike cinematography and personal stories.
An 11-year-old girl tries to be someone other than herself; a Sikh-American family questions its traditions and trust.
The core musicians of the Philadelphia Orchestra.
The history of professional bowling in the United States; four pro bowlers compete in the newly modernized PBA.
Three illegal soldiers experience war, death and love in a small neighborhood ruled by a group affiliated with Colombia's illegal paramilitary armies.
The philosophy and motivations behind the work of activist and poet John Trudell and his relationship to contemporary Indian history.
The history of women firefighters in America includes the story of Lt. Brenda Berkman of the Fire Department of New York.
A Girl Scout troop unites daughters with mothers who are serving time at the Gatesville Prison in Texas.
Playwright Oakley Hall was on the verge of national recognition when a fall transformed his life in 1978.
A three-night riot in Rochester, N.Y., was the culmination of poverty, joblessness and racial discrimination.
Robert Williams led his hometown against the Ku Klux Klan and inspired the Black Power movement.
Disability divides couples in a nursing home; elders' sons and daughters must care for their parents and children; healthy seniors fear moving out of their homes.
Three girls entangled in San Francisco's juvenile justice system.
Sheriff Ronald E. Hewett oversees the rural region of Brunswick County, North Carolina.
Five short films focus on pivotal moments in friendships.
The women of St. Scholastica Monastery in Duluth, Minn., pursue a balanced life based on the Rule of St. Benedict.
North Korean refugees and activists escape their homeland and China on a secretive underground railroad.
Three Latinas face challenges as they leave their families to pursue their dreams in the United States.
Comic Ahmed Ahmed, Mayda del Valle, Hawaiian poet Haunani-Kay Trask and Kate Rigg share their views on race in America.
Twin sisters drift apart as one heads to America while the other embraces the Cuban revolution.
A family shares their reactions and changing attitudes on the military and global politics when they lose a son to the Iraq war.
Cowboy Vern Sager and his family live on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in the Badlands of South Dakota for two decades.
Sergio Vieira de Mello devoted his life to global efforts while he was U.N. high commissioner for human rights.
George Clinton expressed the cultural alienation of young African Americans with his band Parliament Funkadelic.
An artist rejected by his family because of his homosexuality gains a stronger sense of self from gay writer Bruce Nugent.
The razing of a Mexican-American village in Los Angeles to build Dodger Stadium caused controversy.
Hollywood stuntwomen for "Wonder Woman" and "Xena: Warrior Princess" struggle in a male-dominated business.
An experimental court in Red Hook, Brooklyn, which sentences offenders to job training, drug counseling and community service.
Modern-day Vietnam as seen through the eyes of eight young people who were born either at the end of the war or shortly thereafter.
Imelda Marcos, former first lady of the Philippines, shares her story.
A woman's last letter to her son coincides with the German seizure of her Ukrainian city in 1941.
The history of the Ramones, from the 1970s to their 2002 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Africa's famous song "Mbube" inspired "The Lion Sleeps Tonight."
The life and career of jazz bassist and photographer Milt Hinton.
A storefront church in a poor neighborhood of Washington, D.C., provides hope for four parishioners.
Two elderly women share their political beliefs at a home for senior citizens.
Interviews with activists and participants of the first federally funded National Women's Conference, which took place in November 1977.
American-born Janet Rosenberg Jagan becomes president of Guyana in 1997.
Greg Smith, founder of On a Roll Talk Radio, discusses life and disabilities.
Four college students stage a sit-in at a Woolworth's lunch counter in 1960.
Cultures clash as a U.S. energy company buys an electric company in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia.
Albert Cullum teaches students to excel.
A gang member, a hustler and a drug dealer try to reform while on parole.
Short films include "Fine Line Between Cute and Creepy," "La Puppe," "A Monster's Calling," "The School," "Why the Anderson Children Didn't Come to Dinner."
A factory worker questions his life; a Tokyo woman investigates her fellow commuters.
By state regulations, a 13-year-old Texas girl must stop coed wrestling after her next birthday.
Young girls are abducted from their villages and turned into sex slaves.
History of Los Angeles and its multicultural diversity.
The Taliban and the U.S. bombing campaign affects the lives of Afghan women.
People enjoy an annual polka festival in Gibbon, Minn.
Writer and illustrator Theodor Geisel rises to prominence as the innovative Dr. Seuss.
How music student Kristina Boerger created an award-winning lesbian-feminist choir in a small Illinois college town.
Profiles of some of the most prominent American sumo wrestlers and the sport's Japanese history.
A first generation Indian-American uses Cosmopolitan magazine as a guide to become an American bachelor.
A Mien woman travels to her homeland of Thailand to reunite with family and come to terms with her father's death, his drug addiction and her sister's murder.
Three Cambodian men, raised in San Francisco, travel to Cambodia to meet their families.
A night out at the Grand Star in Los Angeles's Chinatown; a Chinese woman's film expresses her roots in two countries.
Hundreds of socialist revolutionaries, calling themselves the Weathermen, bomb the U.S. Capitol, break Timothy Leary out of prison, and evade an FBI manhunt in the 1960s and '70s.
Former Harvard professor and LSD experimenter, Richard Alpert, 70, is now Indian guru Ram Dass, a best-selling author who copes with the effects of a massive stroke.
Israeli filmmaker David Fisher and his siblings search for their long-lost sister.
How Afro-Cuban-Puerto Rican poet Piri Thomas confronted and overcame poverty, racism, violence and isolation.
The World Bank's role in directing Zambia's economic policies and why so many Africans remain impoverished.
Rape victim Joanna Katz tells her story of challenging the parole system to heal herself and to give courage to other women of violent crimes.
Seventy-six year-old musician Jimmy Scott shares his rise from poverty and obscurity to worldwide recognition.
Black doctors, lawyers and journalists who created a vacation resort at Oak Bluffs in Martha's Vineyard.
An exploration shows the impact of Nat Turner, leader of the 1831 slave rebellion, on understanding the racial history of the United States.
Two brothers continue to hope their mother will recover from a drug addiction; a man transforms childhood abuse into a life of confidence and strength.
Texan Curtis Boyd relinquishes his ministry in the 1960s to become a doctor, with the idea that all women have the right to a safe abortion.
The exploits of the Hackberry Ramblers' band include a bayou crab boil and an appearance at the Grand Ole Opry.
Vignettes on modern manhood include such topics as getting dumped, biking 70 miles to see a girl, arguing about basketball.
The experience of three missionaries, from the time they receive their mission calls to the end of their 22-month missions in Germany.
A filmmaker turns to a psychologist, a comic, a rock band and actresses for insight into the poetry of Emily Dickinson.
The female chamber ensemble, Eroica Trio, prepare for the debut of their latest work while balancing their personal lives.
Historians describe Livermore California's legends, including a supernatural light bulb, a cursed totem pole, scandalous photos and an ominous nuclear lab.
The filmmaker chronicles her struggle to grieve for the father she never knew, a soldier who died in Vietnam.
A Palestinian-American man returns to Palestine for an arranged marriage.
Profiles of the fighting monks of the Shaolin Monastery who have brought their styles to New York, Houston and Las Vegas.
The dramas "Broken Sky" and "Junkyard Saints" explore the Latino experience of prism dreams, memories and reality.
Artist Vik Muniz uses his knowledge of the history of photography to demonstrate how images can deceive.
The impact of gay fathers on American culture as seen through the lives of four families and issues they've faced, including surrogacy and interracial adoption.
The journey of photographer Hansel Mieth, from Germany to the pages of Life magazine, where she set the standard for concerned artists.
Forty families fighting America's second-largest coal company which is threatening their homes in Blair, W.V.
The debate over gun control with two mothers -- one who believes in the right to bear arms and another who lost three sons to urban bullets.
A profile of Hawaiian surfer Rell Kapolioka'ehukai Sunn, who died of breast cancer at age 47.
Four young women who risked their lives as resistance fighters during the Nazi occupation of France helped each other survive in Ravensbruck concentration camp.
Author Anne Lamott, a recovering alcoholic and single mother, shares insights on various topics including loss, alienation, loneliness and creativity.
How a little-known Jewish songwriter and an African-American icon created a song that changed America.
American Indian Beaver C'Bearing re-evaluates the importance of basketball during his senior year of high school.
Profiles of two men in Austin, Texas, and community reaction to the local day labor program for immigrants.
The dying blue-collar town of North Adams, Mass., unites locals and art luminaries and transforms itself with MASS MoCA, a hub of contemporary art; Nancy Kelly creates the documentary.
John Wulp creates a school musical about his island community to heal a violent clash over arts education; narrator Sigourney Weaver.
A documentary illuminates the odd industry of soliciting people to send in poems to be set to music, with the chance of gaining royalties.
Archival footage, interviews and animation depicts Maggie Kuhn's campaign against mandatory retirement.
Prince Mohato faces responsibility and marriage when he is thrust upon the throne of Lesotho after the sudden death of his father.
The floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, where traders share a common culture, code of conduct and means of communication.
The twilight years of circus and sideshow performers living in Gibsonton, Fla.
HIV drug therapies have physical and psychological effects.
A Laotian shaman living in the United States struggles to keep his family connected to its culture and traditions.
American Indians and archaeologists battle over the remains of the former's ancestors; narrator Linda Hunt.
The ethnic cleansing of Kurds by the Turkish military using U.S.-made weapons provided through Turkey's participation in NATO.
The plight of immigrants and asylum seekers in the United States and their heavy-handed treatment by the Immigration and Naturalization Service.
A year in the lives of two activists grappling with globalization and the speedy social changes brought about by the Internet revolution.
The Confederate flag debate raging in South Carolina that has deeply divided the state and led some to start a new secession movement.
The experiences of Paul Kwan after 25 years in the United States and his sister, a recent immigrant from Hong Kong.
Adulthood experiences defy and reinforce childhood lessons; a carver creates a place for grieving people to heal.
Residents of Alabama's Sand Mountain use music to tell personal stories.
A long-lost film reel from the 1950s helps a Navajo family find a missing brother named John Wayne. Produced by Jeff Spitz.
An American family adopts a Korean orphan; an overworked photographer wants to sell a diner that employs her family.
Female motorcyclists, from casual riders to hard-core bikers, explain what draws them to this male-dominated interest.
How attitudes toward women and childbirth are changing as the fertility business starts to boom. Produced by Marcia Jarmel and Ken Schneider.
Families facing dwarfism reveal the daily problems they face while keeping an eye on the bright side.
Three breast cancer patients discuss their emotional turmoil as their conditions progress. Produced by Bob Burns.
Ten Stanford University students open their college experiences to the cameras, letting them record their academic accomplishments and personal struggles.
How a two-year marriage and a 10-year friendship ended when a man's wife announced that she was a lesbian.
The patients who tried to live a normal life after being quarantined in 1921 following a public panic over Hansen's disease, better known as leprosy.
Stagehands outline their part in a production of Wagner's "The Ring of the Nibelung."
A look inside a support group for single mothers that accepts its members regardless of their individual stories.
A woman finds inspiration in an image of Jesus in a burnt tortilla; a blind jazz-critic befriends a locksmith.
A writer begins a journey of self-discovery when he travels with eight Jewish delegates to see the Dalai Lama.
Anti-apartheid activists examine the life of Cecil Williams, the man arrested with Nelson Mandela in South Africa in 1962.
A Japanese diplomat and his wife help Jewish refugees in World War II Lithuania; a Vietnamese singer struggles to preserve opera.
Filmmaker Mark Steven Shepherd examines the media and spectator circus assembled at the O.J. Simpson trial.
The role that race and family troubles played in a gang-related murder-suicide pact that claimed the lives of four teenagers in Appleton, Wis.
Iranian musician Shahin Najafi is forced into hiding after a fatwa is issued for his death.
Activist Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the first farmworkers union with Cesar Chavez, leads the fight for racial and labor justice.
A film outlines the caste system in Mumbai and how a maid named Lakshmi flourishes despite social boundaries.