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Life According to Sam

Life According to Sam

At the age of two, Sam Berns was diagnosed with progeria, a fatal progressive aging disease so rare that fewer than 250 children in the world have it. His parents, Drs. Leslie Gordon and Scott Berns, were told that there was no treatment or cure, and they should simply enjoy what limited time they had…

Gideon's Army

Gideon’s Army

Fifty years ago, a landmark Supreme Court case, Gideon v. Wainwright, found that every defendant facing imprisonment has the right to a lawyer. Lawyers who serve as public defenders, providing free legal defense to those who cannot afford it, struggle with enormous case loads, low pay and a criminal justice system whose fairness and competency…

Code Black

Code Black

The U.S. health care crisis is evident in every hospital emergency room. The old LA County Hospital ER was infamous for the seemingly chaotic but effective trauma care delivered in a cramped area called C-Booth. LA had to replace the old hospital, ending its protection from rules governing patient care, paperwork and privacy. This film…

Dancing in Jaffa

Pierre Dulaine, an internationally renowned ballroom dancer, fulfills a life-long dream, taking his NY-based program, Dancing Classrooms, back to his city of birth, Jaffa. For generations, Jaffa has been a city divided by two communities that have grown increasingly apart. Over a 10-week period, Pierre teaches Jewish and Palestinian Israeli children to dance and compete…

Beyond Right and Wrong: Stories of Justice and Forgiveness

Beyond Right and Wrong: Stories of Justice and Forgiveness

Jo Berry’s father died in an IRA bombing in Brighton, England. Bassam and Rami suffered the loss of a daughter in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Beata’s five children were murdered in the Rwandan genocide. How does one recover from such trauma? Does justice heal? Does revenge? Forgiveness? Being human means being capable of doing anything. We…

Valentine Road

Valentine Road

On February 12, 2008, in Oxnard, California, eighth-grade student Brandon McInerney shot his classmate Larry King twice in the back of the head during first period. When Larry died two days later, his murder shocked the nation. Was this a hate crime, one perpetrated by a budding neo-Nazi whose masculinity was threatened by an effeminate…

Linsanity

Linsanity

This is the story of surprising basketball sensation, Jeremy Lin, who burst into the headlines February 2012 with a breakout scoring run at the very moment he faced the end of any hopes of an NBA career, causing basketball fans to go “Linsane.” The son of Taiwan immigrants, Jeremy was a stand-out basketball player in…

Crash Reel, The

The Crash Reel

Snowboarder Shaun White had serious trouble ahead at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics: Kevin Peace had been beating him in other competitions. Just before the Olympic trials, Kevin suffered a devastating traumatic brain injury, landing him not at the trials, but in a coma. Kevin’s close-knit family surrounded him, and his close band of friends keep…

Barzan

Barzan

Sam “Barzan” Malkandi, an Iraqi refugee in the U.S., was working toward his piece of the American Dream in a Seattle suburb. But a footnote in the 9/11 Commission Report connecting him to a high-level Al-Qaeda operative through his childhood nickname changed everything. To neighbors, Sam Malkandi was the model immigrant and perfect family man….

Blood Brother

Blood Brother

Rocky Braat is a young man who longed to find himself a family. He never expected this desire would lead him to an AIDS hostel in India, a place of unspeakable hardship where he would find almost more love and need than he could bear. Rocky never really liked kids. But because of a spontaneous…

Genius of Marian, The

The Genius of Marian

Just after her 60th birthday, Pam White was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and life began to change, slowly but irrevocably, for Pam and everyone around her. Her son, under the premise of helping her write a memoir of her mother –renowned artist Marian Williams Steele, who herself died of Alzheimer’s disease –films Pam over a…

Network, The

The Network

This is the story of the first independent television network, TOLO TV, in one of the most unstable and dangerous places on earth, Afghanistan. In 2002, Kabul was emerging from five years of Taliban terror. Under the Taliban, all forms of media except the state-run radio station had been outlawed. Wanting to help rebuild their…

Forbidden Voices

Forbidden Voices

Their voices are suppressed, prohibited and censored. But world-famous bloggers Yoani Sanchez, Zeng Jinyan and Farnaz Seifi are not frightened of their dictatorial regimes. These fearless women stand for a new, networked generation of modern rebels. In Cuba, China and Iran their blogs shake the foundations of the state information monopoly – putting their lives…

Gold Star Children

Gold Star Children

A Gold Star child is one who has lost a parent to war. This is a cross-generational story of the Gold Star children of Vietnam who mentor the Gold Star children of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The director, a Gold Star child herself, finds the remarkable nine-year-old Cierra Becker, whose father was killed…

Hava Nagila (The Movie)

Hava Nagila (The Movie)

It’s to music what the bagel is to food – a Jewish staple that has transcended its origins and become a worldwide hit. Bob Dylan sang it. Elvis, too. And that’s only the beginning when it comes to Hava Nagila. Follow the infectious party song on its fascinating journey from the shtetls of Eastern Europe…

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