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women in blue

Women In Blue

Directed by: Deirdre Fishel

Year Released: 2019

A high-profile police shooting rocks the Minneapolis Police Department, and its reform-minded first female chief is forced to resign. Following three women officers – who carry on the fight to transform the MPD and restore community trust – WOMEN IN BLUE explores gender, violence and policing in America.

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women war & peace ii

Women War & Peace II

Directed by: Eimhear O'Neill, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Geeta Gandbhir, Julia Bacha, Gini Reticker

Year Released: 2019

In a year when women are mobilizing and running for office in unprecedented numbers, WOMEN, WAR & PEACE II returned to PBS in March 2019 in honor of Women’s History Month. The new series demonstrates how some of the biggest international stories of recent memory are shaped by women. An all-female cast of directors present four never-before-told stories about the women who risked their lives for peace, changing history in the process.

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on account of sex

On Account of Sex

Directed by: Kathleen Hughes

Year Released: 2016

Phyllis Schlafly honed her political skills in the conservative movement of the 1950s and 1960s, then put them to work to stop the ERA. She traveled the country decrying the proposed amendment, which sought to ensure equal rights for women under law, as “anti-family” and un-American. In the process, she built a coalition of evangelical Christians and political conservatives that influenced the modern conservative movement. Schlafly helped send the ERA down in defeat in 1982, but the battle for equal rights continued. Since then, many of the goals the ERA aimed for have been achieved by other means. And the predictions Schlafly made about what would happen if the amendment succeeded – from women serving in the military to gay rights – have also come to pass.​

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the armor of light

Emmy Winner 2017

The Armor of Light

Directed by: Abigail E. Disney

Year Released: 2015

THE ARMOR OF LIGHT, follows the journey of an Evangelical minister trying to find the courage to preach about the growing toll of gun violence in America. The film tracks Reverend Rob Schenck, fixture on the political far right, who breaks with orthodoxy by questioning whether being pro-gun is consistent with being pro-life. Along the way, Rev. Schenck meets Lucy McBath, the mother of Jordan Davis, an unarmed teenager who was murdered in Florida and whose case has cast a spotlight on “Stand Your Ground” laws. Lucy is on a difficult journey of her own, trying to make sense of her devastating loss while using her grief to effect some kind of viable and effective political action-where so many before her have failed. ARMOR follows these unlikely allies through their trials of conscience, heartbreak and rejection, as they bravely attempt to make others consider America’s gun culture through a moral lens.

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the trials of spring

The Trials of Spring

Directed by: Gini Reticker

Year Released: 2015

The promise of change spread like wildfire across the Middle East and North Africa in 2011 as men and women stood shoulder to shoulder chanting a simple yet galvanizing slogan: “bread, freedom and social justice for all.” Decades-old repressive regimes fell amid a swell of unity and optimism in the region.

But almost immediately following the fall of Hosni Mubarak in Egypt, women became targets of sexual and physical violence at public protests. The Trials of Spring follows the ensuing fight undertaken by three Egyptian women — Hend Nafea, Khadiga Hennawi, and Mariam Kirollos — to ensure that the goals of the Arab Spring include everyone. They are willing to risk everything in pursuit of their vision.

At the center of the film is the story of Hend Nafea. From a college activist to a central protest figure sexually assaulted by the military, she is determined to seek justice in the courts. Despite criticisms from her conservative family and a meandering bureaucracy, she remains resolute in her vision of freedom: “ nation without torture is a dream that can come true” she says.

The Trials of Spring offers razor-sharp insight into the disturbing and troubled story of Egypt after the Arab Spring, the human rights abuses that came to define it, and the bold women fighting for justice and freedom despite every effort to silence them.

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women, war & peace

Women, War & Peace

Year Released: 2011

This page is about the original Women, War & Peace series from 2011. If you’re looking for Women, War & Peace II airing on PBS in March 2019, click here!

What if you looked at war as though women mattered? What if you looked at peace as though women mattered? These two questions were at the heart of the critically acclaimed PBS five-part special series, Women, War & Peace which aired in 2011. The series has since been exhibited in over 72 countries and has sparked a robust dialogue across the globe about the critical importance of women to insuring lasting peace.

Filmed in conflict zones in Afghanistan, Bosnia, Colombia, and Liberia, the original Women, War & Peace series was created by Abigail E. Disney, Pamela Hogan, Gini Reticker, and was a co-production of THIRTEEN and Fork Films in association with WNET and ITVS.

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pray the devil back to hell

Pray the Devil Back to Hell

Directed by: Gini Reticker

Year Released: 2008

PRAY THE DEVIL BACK TO HELL chronicles the remarkable story of the courageous Liberian women who came together to end a bloody civil war and bring peace to their shattered country. Thousands of women — ordinary mothers, grandmothers, aunts and daughters, both Christian and Muslim — came together to pray for peace and then staged a silent protest outside of the Presidential Palace. Armed only with white T-shirts and the courage of their convictions, they demanded a resolution to the country’s civil war. Their actions were a critical element in bringing about an agreement during the stalled peace talks. A story of sacrifice, unity and transcendence, PRAY THE DEVIL BACK TO HELL honors the strength and perseverance of the women of Liberia. Inspiring, uplifting, and most of all motivating, it is a compelling testimony of how grassroots activism can alter the history of nations.

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alabamaland

Alabamaland

Directed by: April Dobbins

Year Funded: 2018

Jones Farm is a lush, 688-acre farm situated in the heart of western Alabama. Three generations of black women explore their very different ties to this place that shaped them and continues to exert a strange hold on their identities. This is the same plot of land that their ancestors once worked as slaves—a history that is important to their identities and to how they navigate the world.

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amal

Amal

Directed by: Mohamed Siam

Year Funded: 2018

Amal is a feisty teenager growing up in post-revolution Egypt while they’re both undergoing a tremendous change. Within a constant political turmoil, Amal searches for her place, identity, and sexuality in a patriarchal society. Amal, whose name literally translates to “hope”, is embarking on a 6-year compelling journey from childhood to adulthood. Along the way, she realizes her limited options as a woman living in an Arab police state.

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body parts

Body Parts

Directed by: Kristy Guevara-Flanagan

Year Funded: 2018

Body Parts (working title) is a documentary feature exploring the nude female body in Hollywood media—hyper-sexualized, under attack, exploited on- and off- screen. From a wide range of perspectives, the film examines how actresses protect their bodies, how studios push back, and how unions have fought for better standards. The film also looks at how the female and queer gaze are redefining desire and sexuality. From the first body doubles in the 1920s to the digital enhancements of the internet age, the film asks: when scenes are about sex, to whom are they sexy? By what standards? How do race, age and body type factor in?

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crip camp

Crip Camp

Directed by: Nicole Newnham and Jim LeBrecht

Year Funded: 2018

They came as campers, and left as rebels. Just down the road from Woodstock, in the late 1960s and early 1970s, a parallel revolution blossomed in a ramshackle summer camp for disabled teenagers. Crip Camp explores summer camp awakenings that would transform young lives, and America, forever. Told from the point of view of former camper Jim LeBrecht, the film traces the journeys of several teenagers from camp to the raucous early days of the disability rights movement – and up to the present, in this compelling and untold story of a powerful journey towards inclusion.

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disclosure: trans lives on screen

Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen

Directed by: Sam Feder

Year Funded: 2018

Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen is an unprecedented, groundbreaking look at the depiction of transgender people and experiences throughout the history of film and television. Over 100 years of footage, from A Florida Enchantment (1914) to Pose(2018), is woven together with the personal stories of prominent media figures like Laverne Cox, revealing how Hollywood has simultaneously reflected and manufactured our deepest anxieties about gender. Through the specific lens of trans representation on screen, Disclosure shows both the consequences of depicting marginalized communities without their participation, and the liberatory potential of the medium when their voices are centered.

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el retorno /the return

El Retorno /The Return

Directed by: Luz Zamora

Year Funded: 2018

El Retorno /The Return is the story of Aura Taibel, an immigrant woman with a gut-wrenching backstory who arrived in the U.S. to work, to forge a new path in her life. The film follows Aura during her last months in New York before joining the wave of Colombians returning home since peace was declared.

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going to mars: the nikki giovanni project

Going to Mars: The Nikki Giovanni Project

Directed by: Michèle Stephenson and Joe Brewster

Year Funded: 2018

Going to Mars: The Nikki Giovanni Project recounts the story of acclaimed poet, Nikki Giovanni and the revolutionary historical periods through which she lived—from the Civil Rights and Black Arts Movement, to present-day Black Lives Matter. Combining visually innovative treatments of her poetry, along with intimate vérité, rich archival footage, and Giovanni’s own captivating contemporary performances, Going to Mars pushes the boundaries of biographical documentary film to reveal the enduring influence of one of America’s greatest living artists and social commentators.

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how to have an american baby

How to Have an American Baby

Directed by: Leslie Tai

Year Funded: 2018

There is a city in Southern California that is teeming with pregnant women from China. How to Have an American Baby is a kaleidoscopic voyage, told through multiple perspectives, into the booming shadow economy catering to Chinese birth tourists who travel to the U.S. on birthing vacations in order to obtain U.S. citizenship for their babies.

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lights camera uganda

Lights Camera Uganda

Directed by: Cathryne Czubek and Hugo Perez

Year Funded: 2018

As a child growing up during Uganda’s civil war, Isaac Nabwana escaped into American action movies. As an adult making bricks for a living, he decided one day to abandon brick making to make action movies, and turned his home in the slum into “Wakaliwood,” Uganda’s first action movie studio. When the trailer for their first action movie, Who Killed Captain Alex, goes viral, it attracts the attention of film nerd Alan Hofmanis who shows up unannounced on Isaac’s doorstep one day. With Alan’s marketing skills, they attract international attention and press from all over the world. But their newfound celebrity soon threatens to unravel everything that they’ve built.

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midnight traveler

Midnight Traveler

Directed by: Hassan Fazili

Year Funded: 2018

When the Taliban puts a bounty on Afghan director Hassan Fazili’s head, he is forced to flee with his wife and two young daughters. Capturing their uncertain journey, Fazili shows firsthand the dangers facing refugees seeking asylum and the love shared between a family on the run.

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one child nation

One Child Nation

Directed by: Nanfu Wang and Lynn Zhang

Year Funded: 2018

First-time mother and filmmaker Nanfu Wang uncovers the untold history of China’s One-Child policy and the generations of parents and children forever shaped by this social experiment.

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rajada dalka nations hope

Rajada Dalka Nations Hope

Directed by: Hana Mire

Year Funded: 2018

If playing ball meant risking your life…what would you do?

Diving deep inside the Somali National Women’s basketball team’s first season of since the civil war, former basketball players Mulki Nuur and Suad Galow shepherds their team of fearless young women to overcome violent threats and reclaim their place on the international stage.

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reentry

Reentry

Directed by: Jennifer Redfearn

Year Funded: 2018

In the era of mass incarceration, women are now the fastest growing population in U.S. prisons. Three unforgettable mothers rebuild their lives and mend relationships with their children after being incarcerated and separated from their families for years.

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represent

Represent

Directed by: Hillary Bachelder

Year Funded: 2018

Represent follows three parallel stories of women stepping up for the first time to run for local office across the Midwest: Myya Jones, a 22-year-old recent graduate running for Mayor of Detroit, Bryn Bird, a produce farmer in rural Ohio fighting for progressive values as township trustee, and Julie Cho, a first-generation Korean American running on the Republican ticket in Illinois. With behind-the-scenes verité and thought-provoking archival, Represent sets these deeply personal stories of triumph and tragedy against a backdrop of the current women’s movement for equal representation in our democracy.

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syrian families film

Syrian Families Film

Directed by: Megan Mylan

Year Funded: 2018

No bond is more profound than that between parent and child, and no role more primal than that of protector. That elemental bond is our point of entry for an immersive look at how war fractures families and the choices parents must make to protect and provide for their children. The film unfolds in chapters featuring Syrian families in Turkey, Greece, Germany, the U.S. and Syria.  We look beyond the chaotic rawness of war to slow down and connect with four determined families after the bombs are no longer overhead.  They have survived the unspeakable – each losing a vital piece of themselves: a spouse, a home, a child, a limb— only to find that the world is not ready to welcome them. Each story is an intimate portrait of discrete human lives—with expectations and aspirations for their futures that have come to a crashing halt.

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the rashomon effect

The Rashomon Effect

Directed by: Lyric R Cabral

Year Funded: 2018

What happened when unarmed Black teen Michael Brown was fatally shot by White police officer Darren Wilson?

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wednesdays in mississippi

Wednesdays in Mississippi

Directed by: Marlene McCurtis

Year Funded: 2018

In the summer of 1964 a quiet revolution began in Mississippi when a group of Black and White women reached across the chasm of race, class, geography, and religion to end segregation in America. This quiet revolution was called “Wednesdays in Mississippi.” The story of these brave women has never been told. It is a story of courage, danger, and transformation. The one hour documentary film Wednesdays in Mississippi will finally tell their story.

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62 days

62 Days

Directed by: Rebecca Haimowitz

Year Funded: 2017

62 Days is a documentary film about Marlise Muñoz, a brain-dead pregnant woman whose family was forced to keep her on life support against her wishes. This film shows the human story behind the headlines, and shines a light on a controversial law.

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93queen

93Queen

Directed by: Paula Eiselt

Year Funded: 2017

93Queen follows a group of tenacious Hasidic women who are shattering the glass ceiling in their Hasidic Brooklyn neighborhood to create the first all-female volunteer EMS corps in NYC.

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belly of the beast

Belly of the Beast

Directed by: Erika Cohn

Year Funded: 2017

Belly of the Beast intimately chronicles the journey of women fighting reproductive injustice in their communities.

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dispatches from cleveland

Dispatches from Cleveland

Directed by: Catherine Gund

Year Funded: 2017

Dispatches from Cleveland is a feature-length documentary in five parts that closely examines the city of Cleveland, Ohio, one of the most racially divided cities in America, in the wake of the police murder of 12-year-old Tamir Rice. The film follows ordinary people – long shaken by police misconduct, social discrimination, and poverty – whose love for their home pushes them to work together to bring about real change.

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ernie & joe

Ernie & Joe

Directed by: Jenifer McShane

Year Funded: 2017

Ernie & Joe is an intimate portrait of two Texas police officers who are helping change the way police respond to mental health calls.  The film takes audiences on a personal journey, weaving together their experiences during their daily encounters with people in crisis. These two officers are not your everyday cops. They are part of the San Antonio Police Department’s 10-person Mental Health Unit.

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for ahkeem

For Ahkeem

Directed by: Jeremy S. Levine and Landon Van Soest

Year Funded: 2017

Beginning one year before the events in Ferguson, Missouri, Levine and Van Soest’s intimate and cinematic For Ahkeem is the coming of age story of 17-year-old Daje Shelton in neighboring North St. Louis. Falling in love and fighting with mom, Daje struggles with typical teen growing pains, but also must increasingly combat the institutional and social roadblocks that keep black teens like her from succeeding in America.

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i am evidence

I Am Evidence

Directed by: Trish Adlesic and Geeta Gandbhir

Year Funded: 2017

Every year, hundreds of rape kits containing DNA evidence are left untested by police around the country. Over 175,000 kits have been uncovered to date, resting in backlogs and storage facilities, each of them an unsolved case. Currently, only eight states (Georgia, Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Texas, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York) have passed laws requiring that rape kits be tested by police. As a result, decades worth of kits have been shelved, perpetrators remaining free and victims ignored, the potentially crucial evidence left to languish.

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leftover women

Leftover Women

Directed by: Shosh Shlam, Hilla Medalia

Year Funded: 2017

China’s one-child policy has created an untenable situation for many stigmatized single women who are under immense pressure from society, from families afraid of losing face, and from a government desperate to maintain population numbers. Filmmakers Shosh Shlam and Hilla Medalia explore this phenomenon, from the spectacle of awkward public dating contests and government sponsored matchmaking festivals to parents’ marriage markets and excruciating family encounters. Leftover Women is a poignant and ultimately hopeful profile of three brave women seeking to define life and love on their own terms.

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louisiana justice

Louisiana Justice

Directed by: Tom Casciato

Year Funded: 2017

In America’s capital of wrongful conviction, a man is imprisoned at 19 for a murder and rape he didn’t commit – and spends nearly a quarter century fighting to be freed.

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muhi - generally temporary

Muhi - Generally Temporary

Directed by: Rina Castelnuovo-Hollander, Tamir Elterman

Year Funded: 2017

Muhi, a brave and spirited boy from Gaza has been living in an Israeli hospital accompanied by his grandfather for the last 7 years.

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one bullet afghanistan

One Bullet Afghanistan

Directed by: Carol Dysinger

Year Funded: 2017

In One Bullet Afghanistan, a filmmaker embedded with the military befriends the mother of an Afghan civilian casualty, a 14-year-old boy shot by unidentified forces. Over many years she follows Bibi Hajji, fighting for her family’s survival on the real frontlines of America’s longest war.

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pc594: the art of rebellion

PC594: The Art of Rebellion

Directed by: Libby Spears

Year Funded: 2017

The Art of Rebellion is a film that follows LA-based street artist, activist, and single mother, Lydia Emily, as she defies a crippling diagnosis that threatens to take away her livelihood. Fighting against an unforgiving healthcare system while she battles the symptoms of progressive multiple sclerosis, Lydia ties paintbrushes to her failing hands to create large-scale works of creative resistance.

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same god

Same God

Directed by: Linda Midgett

Year Funded: 2017

In 2016, a black, female professor at Wheaton College, IL lost her job for wearing a hijab and claiming that Christians and Muslims worship the “Same God.” The ensuing controversy exposed the simmering rifts within evangelical Christians over race, Islamophobia and gender… foreshadowing the even deeper schism over Donald Trump and the shocking presidential election.

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the 8th

The 8th

Directed by: Aideen Kane, Lucy Kennedy, Maeve O'Boyle

Year Funded: 2017

The 8th tells the story of one of the most divisive issues in Irish history: a ban on abortion inserted into the constitution in 1983. To this day, if a woman is caught having an abortion in Ireland she could face up to 14 years in prison. This film tells the story of Ireland’s ambiguous abortion laws, the women who are suffering as a consequence and the battle that is being fiercely fought on both sides of the campaign to change reproductive rights in Ireland.

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the 9 to 5 film project

The 9 to 5 Film Project

Directed by: Julia Reichert

Year Funded: 2017

In the early 1970s, secretaries across America, fed up with low pay and disrespect, took to the streets and formed a movement, calling it 9 to 5.
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the gut (working title)

The Gut (working title)

Directed by: Jennifer Taylor

Year Funded: 2017

In a small blue-collar city in Vermont, Rutland Mayor Christopher Louras and a passionate group of volunteers lead the fight to resettle Syrian refugees in their town. The Rutland community sharply divides into those who embrace resettlement as an engine for economic growth and new diversity for a white and graying town, and those who fear majority-Muslim newcomers will seed terrorism and drain social services. Closely following Chris and an evolving ensemble of intersecting characters over two years, The Gut (working title) explores what happens what changes – and what doesn’t – when small-town America meets the Syrian civil war.

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the infiltrators

The Infiltrators

Directed by: Cristina Ibarra, Alex Rivera

Year Funded: 2017

When two young immigrant-activists get detained by Border Patrol, on purpose, their mission to expose the abuses inside a detention center becomes much more complex and dangerous than they imagined…

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when i say africa

When I Say Africa

Directed by: Cassandra Herrman

Year Funded: 2017

When I Say Africa follows a young American in Africa and a Kenyan activist in the U.S. as they question the mission to “save” Africa, and investigate the consequences of our good will.
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$2 a day

$2 a Day

Directed by: Jennifer Redfearn and Tim Metzger

Year Funded: 2016

Based on the award-winning book $2 A Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America by Kathryn Edin and Luke Shaefer, the film examines a level of extreme poverty in America that most people don’t think exists.
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a thousand girls like me

A Thousand Girls Like Me

Directed by: Sahra Mani

Year Funded: 2016

When a 23-year-old Afghan woman, Khatera, confronts the will of her family and the traditions of her country to seek justice for years of sexual abuse from her father, she sheds light on the faulty Afghan judicial system and the women it rarely protects. One woman’s obstinate battle to make her voice heard demonstrates the power of action over fear.
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after fire

After Fire

Directed by: Brittany Huckabee

Year Funded: 2016

One in five new recruits to the U.S. armed forces is a woman, and women are the fastest growing group of veterans. Set in the military outpost of San Antonio, Texas, After Fire offers an intimate look at the challenges these women face when they return from service. The film’s central character, Valerie, is a retired Air Force military police officer who now works as a mental health counselor. As she seeks to help other veterans with hidden wounds, she realizes she must confront her own past – leading an ensemble cast of women on a journey of healing with honesty, courage and humor. The resulting film throws a spotlight on the human toll of problems like rape in the military, combat injuries and VA dysfunction, telling a universal story about how people overcome trauma.
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blowin' up

Blowin' Up

Directed by: Stephanie Wang-Breal

Year Funded: 2016

Blowin’ Up (formerly Imitation of Choice) is the story of an innovative human trafficking court, the compassionate 53-year-old Japanese-American judge who runs it, and the women who pass through its doors every day. Arrested in police raids for prostitution-related offenses, the women in Judge Toko Serita’s court are presented with three options: plead guilty to a criminal offense, fight the charge, or take the state’s offer to attend a handful of counseling sessions and get their record wiped clean. Through raw and intimate cinéma vérité storytelling, Blowin’ Up invites audiences to witness the growing pains of this emerging court, and explores how we define trafficking and prostitution from the perspectives of the criminal justice system, the social welfare system, and, most importantly, the women and girls who are at the center of it all.

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call her ganda

Call Her Ganda

Directed by: PJ Raval

Year Funded: 2016

Grassroots activists in the Philippines are spurred into action when a local transgender woman is found dead in a motel room with a 19-year-old U.S. marine as the leading suspect. As they demand answers and a just trial, hidden histories of U.S. colonization come bubbling to the surface.
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even when i fall

Even When I Fall

Directed by: Sky Neal and Kate McLarnon

Year Funded: 2016

Even When I Fall tells the story of three remarkable young Nepali women, all survivors of human trafficking into corrupt big-top circuses across India. They met as teenagers in a Kathmandu refuge after they had been rescued and it is here that we begin our story – in the often overlooked aftermath of a childhood spent in captivity and forced labour. They were inadvertently left with a secret weapon by their captors – their breathtaking skill as circus performers. Even When I Fall traces their journey as they work hard with 10 other survivors of human trafficking to build Circus Kathmandu – Nepal’s first and only circus – following their stories as they face the families that sold them and seek acceptance within their own communities. With Circus Kathmandu they discover a new strength, pride and something more: a sense of responsibility that comes with the stage – to use the crowd’s attention to spread a message, to educate against trafficking. Quickly their work grows to an international stage – from the rich beauty of the Kathmandu Valley, through the dusty poverty-stricken border towns of the Terai plains and finally to the bright lights and crowds of the famous Big Top at England’s spectacular Glastonbury Festival. The film witnesses three remarkable young women finding their voices as campaigners against human trafficking and modern-day slavery.
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good ol girl

Good Ol Girl

Directed by: Sarah Brennan Kolb

Year Funded: 2016

According to a study conducted by Lincoln Financial, by 2033 there will not be a single ranch operator under the age of 50. The majority of the current ranching generation’s eldest sons are leaving the family business for bigger, better-paying jobs in the city. The ranching way of life is quickly disappearing. Nowhere is this greater felt than in Texas – a state built on the dirt, gumption, and lore of the West. Because of this, there is a steady rise of Texas women inheriting family ranches from their fathers. A greying, often prejudiced generation must make way for a new, significantly more diverse group that it doesn’t understand. With its distinctly iconic American landscape and folkloric characters, ranching is the most cinematic allegory for America as a whole. If Texas Ranching dies out because of insurmountable intolerance, so might America.
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liyana

Liyana

Directed by: Aaron Kopp and Amanda Kopp

Year Funded: 2016

A talented group of orphaned children in the Kingdom of Swaziland confront past trauma through the creation of a fictional character, a young girl named Liyana. The world that they imagine for her is brought to life in a unique style of animation. Drawing from painful memories, the children describe a violent attack at Liyana’s home. In the aftermath of this terrible night, Liyana must embark on a dangerous quest into the wilderness. Profound insight is revealed as the children shape their heroine’s mythic journey, and parallels are drawn between Liyana’s fate, and that of the young storytellers.

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love the sinner

Love the Sinner

Directed by: Jessica Devaney and Geeta Gandbhir

Year Funded: 2016

In the wake of the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Evangelical Christians grapple with their relationship to the LGBTQ community.

Queer filmmaker Jessica Devaney grew up deeply immersed in Evangelical Christianity in Florida. After breaking with her youth as a nationally recognized activist and leader among conservative Evangelicals, Jessica left Florida and didn’t look back. She built a life that took her as far away from home as possible. Over time, her daily life became a progressive echo chamber.

The mass shooting at Pulse was a wake up call. By avoiding hard conversations with church leadership, had she missed opportunities to challenge homophobia?

Love the Sinner probes our responsibility to face bias in our communities and push for dignity and equality for all.

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the way madness lies

The Way Madness Lies

Directed by: Sandra Luckow

Year Funded: 2016

Duanne Luckow begins a scary, dangerous and ever-escalating cycle of arrests, incarcerations, Mental institutional stays including Oregon State Hospital (The setting of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest), an inability to aid and assist in his own defense and releases to the streets without a plan. Until court ordered, he exercises his right to refuse treatment. HIPPA laws intended to protect his privacy, inadvertently cuts off his most ardent advocates from access to him, leaving him vulnerable to an overburdened system. Serendipitous events and coincidences gave documentary filmmaker, Sandra Luckow, access to intimate and illuminating footage because Duanne is her brother. With their cameras, they expose an ineffectual and inhuman system as well as themselves.

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cooked: survival by zipcode

Cooked: Survival by Zipcode

Directed by: Judith Helfand

Year Funded: 2015

In Cooked: Survival by Zipcode, filmmaker Judith Helfand takes audiences from one of the most extreme heat waves in US history deep into the politics of disaster.

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drawing the tiger

Drawing the Tiger

Directed by: Amy Benson and Scott Squire

Year Funded: 2015

Filmed over seven years, Drawing the Tiger is an intimate portrait of a family in Nepal who get a chance to break their cycle of poverty: Their brightest child is awarded a scholarship to attend school in the city. When her life ends tragically, the family is forced to survive without her and her education—the opportunity they believed would change their fate. It is the story of the power of girls’ education from the perspective of its absence.

** 2015 Hot Docs Film Festival

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girl unbound: the war to be her

Girl Unbound: The War to Be Her

Directed by: Erin Heidenreich

Year Funded: 2015

Her home is “the most dangerous place on earth,” where sports are decried as un-Islamic, and girls rarely leave their homes. But she did. She’s a world-renowned athlete and a flashpoint in her country’s battle over feminine identity.  She is Maria Toorpakai Wazir, the young woman known as Genghis Khan.

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hard hatted woman

Hard Hatted Woman

Directed by: Lorien Barlow

Year Funded: 2015

A feature documentary film about women breaking down gender barriers in blue-collar construction trades.

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massacre river

Massacre River

Directed by: Suzan Beraza

Year Funded: 2015

Each year, millions of tourists flock to the Dominican Republic for a taste of tropical paradise and for one of the island’s main attractions: sex. Massacre River tells the story of two women, a Haitian sex worker and a Dominican prostitute-turned-activist, as they strive to build better lives for their families. Through their stories, we discover the racial tension and violent demonstrations that have erupted recently as two nations, the Dominican Republic and Haiti, attempt to share the island of Hispaniola.

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netizens

Netizens

Directed by: Cynthia Lowen

Year Funded: 2015

What happens when the place where you work, socialize, love and play becomes toxic? Netizens chronicles the proliferation of online harassment and abuse women journalists, technologists, game developers and others face as it spills from the web to the most intimate corners of their lives.

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roll red roll

Roll Red Roll

Directed by: Nancy Schwartzman

Year Funded: 2015

Go behind the headlines of notorious high school sexual assault to witness the social media fueled “boys will be boys” culture that let it happen. In small-town Ohio, at a pre-season football party, a horrible incident took place. What transpired would garner national attention and result in the sentencing of two key offenders. As amateur crime blogger Alex Goddard uncovers disturbing evidence on Facebook, Youtube, and Twitter, documenting the assault of a teenage girl by members of the beloved high school football team, questions linger around the collusion of teen and adult bystanders.  Roll Red Roll explores the complex motivations of both perpetrators and bystanders in this story, to unearth the attitudes at the core of their behavior. The Steubenville story acts as a cautionary tale of what can happen when adults look the other way and deny that rape culture exists. With unprecedented access to police documents, exhibits and evidence, the documentary feature unflinchingly asks: “why didn’t anyone stop it?”
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shivani

Shivani

Directed by: Jamie Dobie

Year Funded: 2015

The parents of a three-year old girl in India believe her to be the reincarnation of their son, and train her to become an Olympic archery champion.

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the arrivals

The Arrivals

Directed by: Heidi Ewing

Year Funded: 2015

On a search to escape poverty and homophobia in Mexico, two men leave home and make the dangerous journey to New York City. But social and economic freedom costs them more than they ever imagined.

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the babushkas of chernobyl

The Babushkas of Chernobyl

Directed by: Holly Morris and Anne Bogart

Year Funded: 2015

4, a defiant community of women scratch out an existence on some of the most toxic land on Earth. They share this hauntingly beautiful but lethal landscape with an assortment of visitors– scientists, soldiers, and even ‘stalkers’ — young thrill-seekers who sneak in to pursue post-apocalyptic video game-inspired fantasies. Why the film’s central characters, Hanna, Maria and Valentyna, chose to return after the disaster – defying the authorities and endangering their health – is a remarkable tale about the pull of home, the healing power of shaping one’s destiny, and the subjective nature of risk.
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tickling giants

Tickling Giants

Directed by: Sara Taksler

Year Funded: 2015

The true story of Bassem Youssef, a heart surgeon, who launches a satirical news program amidst the chaos of the Egyptian Revolution. Under constant threat of arrest by the Egyptian government, Bassem and his staff manage to transform “Al Bernameg” into one of the most popular comedy shows in the world. This is a film about free speech, non-violent action, and the power of satire.

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tocando la luz

Tocando la Luz

Directed by: Jennifer Redfearn

Year Funded: 2015

Tocando la Luz (Touch The Light) weaves three stories – all set in the blind community of Havana, Cuba – into a tale of personal independence. As Lis, Mily, and Margarita each face family problems and heartbreak, their dependence on others turns out to be a double-edged sword. From the music halls of Havana to a cinema club for the blind, their stories reveal both the pain and the joys of fighting for yourself.

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trapped

Peabody Winner 2016

Trapped

Directed by: Dawn Porter

Year Funded: 2015

The 2010 midterm election resulted in a seismic rightward shift in America. Newly elected legislators often backed by Tea Party activists brought with them a hard line conservative agenda, and abortion was high on the list of targets.

From 2011 to 2013, hundreds of regulations were passed restricting access to abortion in America. Reproductive rights advocates refer to these as “TRAP” laws, or Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers. While these laws have been enacted in 11 states, Southern clinics, in particular have been hit hardest and are now in a fight for survival. In Texas, less than half of the clinics open in 2013 are still functioning. In Alabama, five clinics struggle to keep their doors open. And in Mississippi, just one abortion clinic remains. Some of the most common requirements with which clinics struggle to comply include: requiring physicians to obtain admitting privileges from local hospitals for any doctor performing abortions, requiring that clinics undertake expensive renovations such as widening hallways by a few inches to accommodate wheelchairs and gurneys they will rarely use, and requiring other regulations usually reserved for hospitals even though abortion providers rarely require such a high level of care.

But even in this hostile environment the doctors, clinic owners and staff refuse to give up. Trapped interweaves the personal stories behind these regulatory battles: from the physician who crisscrosses the country assuring medical services are available; to the strong women who run the clinics; to the lawyers leading the legal charge to eliminate these laws; to the women they are all determined to help. In this feature length character driven film, our main characters fight alongside a dedicated cadre of attorneys to preserve abortion rights in a country living with the mistaken belief that Roe v. Wade still protects a woman’s right to choose.

** 2016 Sundance Film Festival

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when god sleeps

When God Sleeps

Directed by: Till Schauder

Year Funded: 2015

When God Sleeps depicts the journey of Iranian musician Shahin Najafi who is forced into hiding after hard-line clerics offer a $100,000 reward for his murder.

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atomic homefront

Atomic Homefront

Directed by: Rebecca Cammisa

Year Funded: 2014

The City of St. Louis has a little known nuclear past as a uranium-processing center for the Atomic bomb. Government and corporate negligence led to the dumping of Manhattan Project uranium, thorium, and radium, thus contaminating North St. Louis suburbs, specifically in two communities: those nestled along Coldwater Creek – and in Bridgeton, Missouri adjacent to the West Lake-Bridgeton landfill.

 

Our film documents those (mostly women) who have mobilized to get answers, created a powerful coalition and continue to fight for environmental justice.

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be natural

Be Natural

Directed by: Pamela Green

Year Funded: 2014

A documentary searching for Alice Guy-Blaché, who at 23 was the first female director, became a powerful figure in film, then vanished.
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cameraperson

Cameraperson

Directed by: Kirsten Johnson

Year Funded: 2014

After decades shooting top documentaries, cinematographer Kirsten Johnson creates a visually radical memoir investigating how she’s shot and what it might mean to those filmed.

** 2016 Sundance Film Festival<

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from this day forward

From This Day Forward

Directed by: Sharon Shattuck

Year Funded: 2014

From This Day Forward is a moving portrayal of an American family coping with one of the most intimate of transformations. When director Sharon Shattuck’s father came out as transgender and changed her name to Trisha, Sharon was in the awkward throes of middle school. Her father’s transition to female was difficult for her straight-identified mother, Marcia, to accept, but her parents stayed together. As the Shattucks reunite to plan Sharon’s wedding, she seeks a deeper understanding of how her parents’ marriage survived the radical changes that threatened to tear them apart.

** 2015 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

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grit

Grit

Directed by: Cynthia Wade and Sasha Friedlander

Year Funded: 2014

While multinational Lapindo was drilling for natural gas in Indonesia’s East Java in 2006, they hit an underground mud volcano, unleashing a tsunami of hot mud that covered an area twice the size of Central Park. Roads, factories and homes were destroyed, 20 lives were lost and nearly 40,000 people displaced. In a film that inspires one to fight against injustice, we see that over a decade later the mud still flows and neither Lapindo nor the government have made the reparations that they promised. Dian was six years old at the time and her mother Harwati has struggled to raise her. The mother/daughter duo, along with many neighbours, fight against the corporate powers accused of one of the largest environmental disasters in recent history. The film bears witness to Dian’s transformation from a young girl to a politically active teenager determined to defend the powerless.

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hot girls wanted

Emmy Award Nominee 2015

Hot Girls Wanted

Directed by: Jill Bauer and Ronna Gradus

Year Funded: 2014

Thanks to the Internet, thousands of young American women are entering the “amateur” porn world, fulfilling a growing demand for girl-next-door starlets. Hot Girls Wanted follows one such girl, eager to leave small-town life in search of freedom and fame. With the click of a mouse she transforms from A-student to fledgling amateur actress. She initially feels independent and popular starring in professionally produced videos – uploaded on sites garnering an average of 41 million hits a month. But as she and some of her new friends fall deeper into the darker corners of the Internet, and as new faces arrive daily, they’re forced to reconsider an increasingly dubious line of work. Filmmakers Jill Bauer and Ronna Gradus, along with producer Rashida Jones and partners from the Kinsey Institute for Sex Research, rip the lid off of the often unchecked amateur porn industry. ** 2015 Sundance Film Festival

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out in the night

Out in the Night

Directed by: Blair Dorosh-Walther

Year Funded: 2014

Out in the Night follows a group of African American teenagers who went to a gay-friendly neighborhood in New York City for a night out. These lesbian and gender non-conforming friends, Patreese, Renata, Terrain and Venice, were confronted by an older man on the street. They defended themselves. Strangers jumped in to support them and a fight ensued. Only the women were rounded up by police and charged and convicted as perpetrators of gang assault. They became known as The New Jersey 4. The film follows their journey to Rikers Island, to the courtroom, and through slanderous media coverage that labeled them a “Wolfpack” and “Lesbian Gang”. While exploring the fight from all sides through the security camera footage that captured it, that hot August night in 2006 can be seen from many perspectives. But our film’s purpose is to examine the events after the fight: biased media coverage likening the women to “man-hating” animals, and unprecedentedly harsh sentencing by the court. This story shows how four young, queer women of color were unfairly criminalized for defending themselves.

** 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival<

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she's beautiful when she's angry

She's Beautiful When She's Angry

Directed by: Mary Dore

Year Funded: 2014

Born out of the revolutionary zeal of the ’60s and ’70s, the modern women’s liberation movement brought feminism to the mainstream, with bra burnings and massive protests in the name of empowering women to feel equal to their male counterparts at home and in the workplace. But this revolution wasn’t without tension—issues of race, sexuality and the role of men within it all threatened to tear the movement apart. Elucidated by interviews from participants as varied as Rita Mae Brown and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry illuminates the roots of the modern battle for gender equality, one that still rages to this very day.

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strong island

Academy Award Nominee 2018

Strong Island

Directed by: Yance Ford

Year Funded: 2014

Strong Island chronicles the arc of a family across history, geography and tragedy – from the racial segregation of the Jim Crow South to the promise of New York City; from the presumed safety of middle class suburbs, to the maelstrom of an unexpected, violent death. It is the story of the Ford family: Barbara Dunmore, William Ford and their three children and how their lives were shaped by the enduring shadow of race in America. A deeply intimate and meditative film, Strong Island asks what one can do when the grief of loss is entwined with historical injustice, and how one grapples with the complicity of silence, which can bind a family in an imitation of life, and a nation with a false sense of justice.

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supergirl

Supergirl

Directed by: Jessie Auritt

Year Funded: 2014

In the male dominated, testosterone-fueled sport of powerlifting, the last person one expects to see is a slight, young, Modern Orthodox Jewish girl. Since she began competitively lifting at the age of eight, Naomi “Supergirl” Kutin  has consistently shocked spectators and lifters alike, breaking one record after another. Standing at 5’0” and weighing 95 lbs, she can squat and deadlift more than double her bodyweight. These feats have not gone unnoticed; Naomi has accumulated a moderate amount of fame. She has appeared in the international media, including multiple television shows, and has a large social media following. Supergirl follows Naomi and her family as they prepare for and compete in powerlifting contests around the country, attempting to break new world records. Simultaneously, the film observes Naomi’s transition from a girl to a young woman as she prepares for her Bat Mitzvah – the symbolic entrance to womanhood in Jewish tradition which occurs at age twelve. The film follows Naomi as she attempts to navigate the disparate worlds of competitive powerlifting and Orthodox Judaism – – facing the physical and psychological challenges of her own body’s growth and development while struggling to conform to strict religious laws. Supergirl observes Naomi as she confronts these issues head on, discovering and building her own physical and emotional strength while figuring out who she is along the way.

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the mask you live in

The Mask You Live In

Directed by: Jennifer Siebel Newsom

Year Funded: 2014

Compared to girls, research shows that boys in the U.S. are more likely to be diagnosed with a behavior disorder, prescribed stimulant medications, fail out of school, binge drink, commit a violent crime, and/or take their own lives. The Mask You Live In, a film that is an exploration of American masculinity, asks society: how are we failing our boys?

** 2015 Sundance Film Festival

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1971

Emmy Award Nominee 2016

1971

Directed by: Johanna Hamilton

Year Funded: 2013

Johanna Hamilton’s 1971 tells the story of eight activists who plotted an intricate break-in to the local FBI offices to expose the illegal surveillance of ordinary Americans. Despite searching for the perpetrators in one of the largest investigations ever conducted, the FBI never solved the mystery behind the identities of the burglars. Until Now. For the first time, the Citizen’s Commission reveal themselves, reflecting on their actions and raising broader questions surrounding security leaks in activism today. ** Nominated, Best Documentary Feature, Tribeca Film Festival 2014

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bei bei

Bei Bei

Directed by: Marion Lipschutz and Rose Rosenblatt

Year Funded: 2013

Bei Bei Shuai, a Chinese immigrant living in Indianapolis, battles charges of murder and feticide. Her crime? Attempting suicide while pregnant. Abandoned by the father of her unborn child and suffering from severe perinatal depression, Bei Bei Shuai attempts suicide while eight months pregnant. She survives the attempt, but her baby, delivered by emergency c-section, dies in her arms three days later. Following devastating personal tragedy, Bei Bei finds herself transformed from a grief stricken mother into a criminal, charged with murder and attempted feticide. Bei Bei is moved to the Marion County Jail where she remains for a year and a half, until her lawyer Linda Pence is able to secure her release on bail. As Bei Bei and Ms. Pence take on the Indiana state justice system, her case begins to gain national attention. Their fight raises important questions about personhood laws, fetal rights, immigrant rights, and the criminalization of the mentally ill.

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vessel

Vessel

Directed by: Diana Whitten

Year Funded: 2013

Dr. Rebecca Gomperts sails a ship around the world, providing abortions at sea for women with no legal alternative. Her idea begins as flawed spectacle, faced with governmental, religious, and military blockade. But with each roadblock comes a more refined mission, until Rebecca realizes she can use new technologies to bypass law – and train women to give themselves abortions using WHO-researched protocols with pills. From there we witness her create an underground network of emboldened, informed activists who trust women to handle abortion themselves. Vessel is Rebecca’s story: one of a woman who hears and answers a calling, and transforms a wildly improbable idea into a global movement.

**Winner, Grand Jury Award, SXSW 2014
**Winner, Special Jury Recognition for Political Change, SXSW 2014

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alias ruby blade

Alias Ruby Blade

Directed by: Alex Meillier

Year Released: 2012

Intrigue. Romance. Revolution. It all comes together in a documentary film which chronicles the tumultuous birth of a new nation in East Timor through a never-before-seen perspective. Kirsty Sword, a young Australian activist, aspired to be a documentary filmmaker, but instead became a underground operative for the Timorese resistance in Jakarta code named ‘Ruby Blade’. Her task: to become a conduit of information and instruction for the enigmatic leader of the resistance, Kay Rala “Xanana” Gusmão, while he was serving life in prison for his revolutionary activities. Through correspondence, they fell in love. Alias Ruby Blade captures their incredible love story from this beginning to the ultimate triumph of freedom in East Timor, demonstrating the astonishing power of ordinary individuals to change the course of history.

** Tribeca Film Festival 2013

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citizen koch

Citizen Koch

Directed by: Carl Deal and Tia Lessin

Year Funded: 2012

In this searing exposé on the state of American Democracy, Deal and Lessin follow the money behind the rise of the Tea Party. In the wake of the Citizens United ruling, the film investigates the impact on unlimited, anonymous spending by corporations and billionaires on the electoral process. Both humorous and deeply troubling, Citizen Koch is an essential portrait of our political time.

** 2013 Sundance Film Festival

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mothers of bedford

Mothers of Bedford

Directed by: Jenifer McShane

Year Funded: 2012

Is it possible to become a better mother while serving time in a maximum security prison? Mothers of Bedford, a feature length documentary, follows five women incarcerated in Bedford Hills Correctional Facility and looks at their lives through the lens of motherhood.
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seeds of time

Seeds of Time

Directed by: Sandy McLeod

Year Funded: 2012

A perfect storm is brewing as agriculture pioneer Cary Fowler races against time to protect the future of our food. Gene banks of the world are crumbling, crop failures are producing starvation inspired rioting, and the accelerating effects of climate change are already affecting farmers globally. But Fowler’s journey, and our own, is just beginning: From Rome to Russia and, finally, a remote island under the Arctic Circle, Fowler’s passionate and personal journey may hold the key to saving the one resource we cannot live without: our seeds.

** CPH: DOX 2013<

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sexy baby

Sexy Baby

Directed by: Jill Bauer and Ronna Gradus

Year Funded: 2012

Sexy Baby is the first documentary film to put faces to a seismic cultural shift: the cyber age is creating a new sexual landscape. While doing research for the film, we had intimate and candid conversations with kids in middle school classrooms, suburban shopping malls, nightclubs, college dorms, and even conducted an informal roundtable during a high school house party. While chronicling trends among small town and big city kids, we discovered this: Having pubic hair is considered unattractive and “gross.” Most youngsters know someone who has emailed or texted a naked photo of themselves. Many kids have accidentally or intentionally had their first introduction to sex be via hardcore online porn. Facebook has created an arena where kids compete to be “liked” and constantly worry about what image to portray – much of what was once private is now made public. Sexy Baby is the first documentary film to put faces to a seismic cultural shift: the cyber age is creating a new sexual landscape.

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the invisible war

Academy Award Nominee 2013

The Invisible War

Directed by: Kirby Dick

Year Funded: 2012

The Invisible War is a groundbreaking investigative documentary about one of our country’s most shameful and best kept secrets: the epidemic of rape within our US military. Today, a female soldier in Iraq and Afghanistan is more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire with the number of assaults in the last decade alone in the hundreds of thousands. ** Academy Award Nominee 2012, Best Documentary Feature ** Sundance Film Festival 2012

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the iran job

The Iran Job

Directed by: Till Schauder

Year Funded: 2012

The Iran Job follows American basketball player Kevin Sheppard as he accepts a job to play in one of the world’s most feared countries: Iran. With tensions running high between Iran and the West, Kevin tries to separate sports from politics only to find that politics is impossible to escape in Iran. Along the way he forms an unlikely alliance with three outspoken Iranian women. Thanks to these women, his apartment turns into an oasis of free speech, where they discuss everything from politics to religion to gender roles. Kevin’s season in Iran culminates in something much bigger than basketball: the uprising and subsequent suppression of Iran’s reformist Green Movement – a powerful prelude to the sweeping changes across the Middle East in the wake of the Arab Spring.
** German Film Award 2014 Shortlist – Best Documentary
** Los Angeles Film Festival 2012

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food chains

Food Chains

Directed by: Sanjay Rawal

Year Funded: 2011

In this exposé, an intrepid group of Florida farmworkers battle to defeat the $4 trillion global supermarket industry through their ingenious Fair Food program, which partners with growers and retailers to improve working conditions for farm laborers in the United States. There is more interest in food these days than ever, yet there is very little interest in the hands that pick it. Farmworkers, the foundation of our fresh food industry, are routinelya bused and robbed of wages. In extreme cases they can be beaten, sexually harassed or even enslaved – all within the borders of the United States.

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sun come up

Academy Award Nominee 2011

Sun Come Up

Directed by: Jennifer Redfearn

Year Funded: 2011

Sun Come Up follows the relocation of some of the world’s first environmental refugees, the Carteret Islanders – a community living on a remote island chain in the South Pacific Ocean. When rising seas threaten their survival, the islanders face a painful decision: they must leave their beloved land in search of a new place to call home.

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the only real game

The Only Real Game

Directed by: Mirra Bank

Year Funded: 2011

The Only Real Game is a fighters’ and dreamers’ story about the magic of baseball for people in a remote and troubled place. Once princely Manipur, a strife-torn border state in northeast India, defies civil war, drugs, gun traffic, and HIV/AIDS through love of our national pastime. Dreams chase reality in this ancient region when a small group of baseball-loving New Yorkers, and two Major League Baseball Envoy coaches, team up with Manipuri men, women and children to “Play Ball.” It’s a far away story that brings us to the heart of the great American Game, or as Babe Ruth put it, “the only real game in the world.”

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this is how i roll

This Is How I Roll

Directed by: Kat Vecchio

Year Funded: 2011

Starting in March of 2008, director Kat Vecchio began documenting the rise of men’s flat track roller derby. Chronicling the fringe of a fringe sport, the film follows the rise, occasional ridicule, and good spirited rivalries of men on roller skates. This is How I Roll is about being an outsider, an underdog, and an athlete. It is a story about having a passion for something most people just don’t understand and doing it anyway, in spite of the obstacles, the injuries, and even occasional ridicule. It also happens to be about men, with names like Dr. Spankenstein and Justice Feelgood Marshall, on roller skates.

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family affair

Family Affair

Directed by: Chico Colvard

Year Funded: 2010

Family Affair is an uncompromising documentary by Chico Colvard, which explores the complexities of a family subjected to enormous trauma, the depths of suffering a parent can inflict on his own children and yet also the remarkable resiliency that some people can muster even in the face of all this. The film is a meditation on forgiveness, on grace, and on the capacity of the human spirit to find love and meaning under the worst of circumstances. It was the first film to join OWN (The Oprah Winfrey Network)’s Documentary Film Club.</d

** Sundance Film Festival 2010

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playground

Playground

Directed by: Libby Spears

Year Funded: 2010

Playground is director Libby Spears’ sensitive investigation about the commercial sexual exploitation of American children, revealing that this sinister industry is not a problem exclusive to back-alley brothels in developing countries. Spears intelligently traces the epidemic to its disparate, and decidedly domestic, roots—among them the way children are educated about sex, and the problem of raising awareness about a crime that inherently cannot be shown.

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branded


google, inc. - defending maka angola

Google, Inc. - Defending Maka Angola

Directed by: Maka Angola

Year Released: 2016

Rafael Marques De Morais is a journalist in Angola who runs Maka Angola, one of the largest independent news site in the country. Operating from Rafael’s kitchen table, Maka Angola may have a small staff, but its impact in Angola is massive. Their investigative journalism, covering topics from conflict diamonds, to wartime atrocities and crippling poverty, have given the citizens of Angola a platform where their voices can now be heard.

As a result of his coverage, Rafael has been threatened, thrown in jail and been the target of constant distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks to take Maka Angola offline. Rafael has been able to partner with Jigsaw’s Project Shield, ensuring that his site stayed online and continued its work.

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american express - buffalo returns

American Express - Buffalo Returns

Directed by: Gini Reticker

Year Released: 2015

In the face of a powerful recession, crippling unemployment and a housing crisis, a small, creative and energetic band of Native American businesspeople, with the help of the buffalo, rebuild their community through a growing business, Native American Natural Foods, the company behind Tanka energy bars. Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Gini Reticker weaves together beautiful imagery set to the pulse of the Sioux Nation to carefully tell the story of two entrepreneurs who use tradition and ingenuity to bring opportunity and hope to the people on the Pine Ridge Reservation. After nearly going extinct, the buffalo has returned, bringing a chance for prosperity to the Lakota people.

 

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special projects


missing in brooks county

Missing in Brooks County

Directed by: Lisa Molomot and Jeff Bemiss

Year Released: 2019

Thousands of miles from the politicians in Washington, D.C. who claim to be experts on immigration, there is a place where people are dying. Welcome to Brooks County, Texas, population 4,981. For migrants determined to travel from Latin America to the United States—many fleeing violence and starvation—the most popular route leads through this poor town located 70 miles north of the border. The route is also the deadliest. It is blocked by an interior immigration checkpoint, a military style barricade that diverts migrants into the surrounding harsh desert terrain. As a result, between 300 and 600 migrants succumb to dehydration and exposure in Brooks County every year. Only one in five is ever found. MISSING IN BROOKS COUNTY is a portrait of this struggling American town, caught in the middle of a shameful death-as-deterrence border policy that continues to intensify under President Trump.

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swingers

Swingers

Year Released: 2019

Swingers gets up close and personal with a small group of voters from Pennsylvania who supported President Obama for two terms but then voted for Trump in 2016. These “swingers” from Pennsylvania, one of the nation’s most purple states, cited issues like the economy, jobs, and immigration as key to their flip. The first episode of “Swingers” brings the audience into the homes of these swing voters as they react to news and events about the Trump presidency alongside their family and friends.

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hateship loveship

Hateship Loveship

Directed by: Liza Johnson

Year Released: 2013

A wild teenage girl orchestrates a romance between her nanny and her father, who is a recovering addict.

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return

Return

Directed by: Liza Johnson

Year Released: 2011

When Kelli (Linda Cardellini, Freaks & Geeks, Brokeback Mountain) returns home from war, she expected to slowly but surely settle back into her life with her husband (Michael Shannon, Boardwalk Empire) and kids in the small town she grew up in. But she gradually realizes that the life she left behind is no longer there waiting for her. Depicting Kelli’s struggle to find her place in a life she no longer recognizes, Linda Cardellini delivers a tour de force performance, leading an all-star cast that also includes John Slattery (Mad Men).

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    • Conduct research, including focus groups and surveys;
    • Improve the Service or other Fork Films websites, applications, marketing efforts, products and services;
    • Send you advertisements and communicate with you regarding our and third party products, services, offers, promotions, rewards and events we think you may be interested in (for information about how to manage these communications and marketing efforts, please see “Your Choices” below); and
    • Fulfill any other purpose disclosed at the time you provide Personal Information.
  4. Sharing of Information. Our agents, vendors, consultants, and other service providers (collectively “Service Providers”) may receive, or be given access to your information, including Personal Information and Usage Information, in connection with their work on our behalf. These Service Providers are prohibited from using your Personal Information for any purpose other than to provide this assistance, although we may permit them to use aggregate information which does not identify you or de-identified data for other purposes.We may also share information about you with third parties for any purposes consistent with our statements under this Privacy Policy or as permitted by applicable law, including as follows:
    • To comply with the law or other legal process, and where required, in response to lawful requests by public authorities, including to meet national security or law enforcement requirements;
    • To protect the rights, property, life, health, security and safety of us, the Service, the individuals involved in our films, or any third party;
    • In connection with, or during negotiations of, any proposed or actual merger, purchase, sale or any other type of acquisition or business combination of all or any portion of our assets, or transfer of all or a portion of our business to another company;
    • With our affiliates for internal business purposes;
    • With our affiliates, business partners, and other third parties for their own business purposes, including direct marketing purposes (California residents have certain rights set forth in “Your California Privacy Rights” below);
    • For purposes disclosed at the time you provide Personal Information; and
    • With your consent or at your direction.

    Without limiting the foregoing, in our sole discretion, we may share aggregated information which does not identify you or de-identified information about you with third parties or affiliates for any purpose.

  5. Sweepstakes, Contests, Promotions. We may offer sweepstakes, contests, surveys, and other promotions (each, a “Promotion”) jointly sponsored or offered by third parties that may require submitting Personal Information. If you voluntarily choose to enter a Promotion, your Personal Information may be disclosed to third parties for administrative purposes and as required by law (e.g., on a winners list). By entering, you agree to the official rules that govern that Promotion, and may, except where prohibited by applicable law, allow the sponsor and/or other parties to use your name, voice and/or likeness in advertising or marketing materials.
  6. Third Party Services, Social Features, and Analytics. Our Service includes hyperlinks to websites, locations, platforms, or services operated by third parties (“Third Party Service(s)“). For example, we may link to third party video services, such as iTunes or Netflix, in order to view our films. These Third Party Services may use Tracking Technologies to independently collect information about you and may solicit Personal Information from you.Certain functionalities on the Service permit interactions that you initiate between the Service and certain Third Party Services, such as third party social networks and video services (“Social and Video Features”). Examples of Social and Video Features include “liking” or “sharing” our content, watching embedded videos using third party video service technology, and otherwise connecting our Service to a Third Party Service. If you use Social and Video Features, and
    potentially other Third Party Services, information you post or provide access to may be publicly displayed on our Service or by the Third Party Service that you use.Similarly, if you post information on a Third Party Service that references our Service (e.g., by using a hashtag associated with Fork Films in a tweet or status update), your post may be used on or in connection with our Service. Also, both Fork Films and the third party may have access to certain information about you and your use of our Service and the Third Party Service.We may use Google Analytics and other Service Providers for analytics services. These analytics services may use Tracking Technologies to help Fork Films analyze Service users and how they use the Service. Information generated by these services (e.g., your IP address and other Usage Information) may be transmitted to and stored by these Service Providers on servers in the U.S. (or elsewhere) and these Service Providers may use
    this information for purposes such as evaluating your use of the Service, compiling statistic reports on the Service’s activity, and providing other services relating to Service activity and other internet usage.To the extent we combine information from Third Party Services with Personal Information we collect directly from you on the Service, we will treat the combined information as Personal Information under this Privacy Policy. Otherwise, the information collected and stored by third parties remains subject to their policies and practices, including whether they continue to share information with us, the types of information shared, and your choices on what is visible to others on Third Party Services. We are not responsible for and make no representations regarding the policies or business practices of any third parties or Third Party Services and encourage you to familiarize yourself with and consult their privacy policies and terms of use.For further
    information on Tracking Technologies and your choices regarding them, please see “Information Collected Automatically” above and “Your Choices” below.
  7. Your Choices.

    A. Accessing Your Information.

    You may access, update, or remove certain information that you voluntarily submitted to us when you made a purchase through the Service by sending an e-mail to us
    here
    . We may require additional information from you to allow us to confirm your identity. Please note that we will retain and use your information as necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce our agreements.B. Tracking Technologies Generally. Regular cookies may generally be disabled or removed by tools available as part of most commercial browsers, and in some instances blocked in the future by selecting certain settings. Browsers offer different functionalities and options so you may need to set them separately.Please be aware that if you disable or remove Tracking Technologies some parts of the Service may not work and that when you revisit the Service your ability to limit browser-based Tracking Technologies is subject to your browser settings and limitations.

    Your browser settings may allow you to automatically transmit a “Do Not Track” signal to online services you visit. Note, however, there is no industry consensus as to what site and app operators should do with regard to these signals. Accordingly, we do not monitor or take action with respect to “Do Not Track” signals or other mechanisms. For more information on “Do Not Track,” visit
    http://www.allaboutdnt.com
    .

    C. Analytics Tracking Technologies

    You may exercise choices regarding the use of cookies from Google Analytics by going to
    https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout
    or downloading the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on. Fork Films is not responsible for effectiveness of, or compliance with, any third-parties’ opt out options or programs or the accuracy of their statements regarding their programs.

    D. Communications

    You can opt out of receiving certain promotional e-mails from us at any time by following the instructions as provided in e-mails to click on the unsubscribe link or by sending an e-mail to us
    here
    with the word UNSUBSCRIBE in the subject field of the e-mail. Please note that your opt out is limited to the e-mail address used and will not affect subsequent subscriptions or non-promotional communications, such as those about your account, transactions, servicing, or Fork Films’s ongoing business relations.

  8. Your California Privacy Rights. California’s “Shine the Light” law permits customers in California to request certain details about how certain types of their information are shared with third parties and, in some cases, affiliates, for those third parties’ and affiliates’ own direct marketing purposes. Under the law, a business should either provide California customers certain information upon request or permit California customers to opt in to, or opt out of, this type of sharing.Fork Films may share personal information as defined by California’s “Shine the Light” law with third parties and/or affiliates for such third parties’ and affiliates’ own direct marketing purposes. If you are a California resident and wish to obtain information about our compliance with this law, please e-mail us
    here
    or send us a letter to Fork Films LLC, 25 East 21st Street, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10010 (Attention: Legal). Requests must include “California Privacy Rights Request” in the first line of the description and include your name, street address, city, state, and ZIP code. Please note that Fork Films is not required to respond to requests made by means other than through the provided e-mail address or mail address.
  9. Children. The Service is intended for a general audience and not directed to children under thirteen (13) years of age. Fork Films does not intend to collect personal information as defined by the U.S. Children’s Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”) in a manner that is not permitted by COPPA. If you are a parent or guardian and believe Fork Films has collected such information in a manner not permitted by COPPA, please e-mail us
    here
    or send us a letter to Fork Films LLC, 25 East 21st Street, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10010 (Attention: Legal), and we will remove such data to the extent required by COPPA.
  10. Data Security. We take reasonable measures to help protect information about you from loss, theft, misuse and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration and destruction. Nevertheless, transmission via the internet is not completely secure and we cannot guarantee the security of your information collected through our Service.
  11. International Transfer. We are based in the U.S. and the information we and our Service Providers collect is governed by U.S. law. If you are accessing the Service from outside of the U.S., please be aware that information collected through the Service may be transferred to, processed, stored and used in the U.S. Data protection laws in the U.S. may be different from those of your country of residence. Your use of the Service or provision of any information therefore constitutes your consent to the transfer to and from, processing, usage, sharing and storage of your information, including Personal Information, in the U.S. as set forth in this Privacy Policy.
  12. Changes to this Privacy Policy. We reserve the right to revise and reissue this Privacy Policy at any time. Any changes will be effective immediately upon posting of the revised Privacy Policy. Your continued use of our Service indicates your consent to the Privacy Policy then posted. If the changes are material, we may provide you additional notice, to your e-mail address.
  13. Contact Us. If you have any questions or comments about this policy, please e-mail us
    here
    or send us a letter to Fork Films LLC, 25 East 21st Street, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10010 (Attention: Legal).