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The Perils of Border Crossing: 'The Undocumented'

The story of Francisco Hernandez provides an aptly difficult and elusive focus, in the sense that he has disappeared following his decision to cross the desert.

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Independent Lens: At Home in Utopia

Michal Goldman's film is a loving tribute to those hopes for a heaven on earth in the Coops.

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Independent Lens: Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai

As much as she is celebrated by her constituents and the documentary, Taking Root, Wangari Maathai maintains her faith in "the people."

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Independent Lens: Milking the Rhino

Milking the Rhino tracks the shifting relations among African wildlife, their human neighbors, and eco-tourists.

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Independent Lens: Recycle

As the day dawns in the discerning and detailed Recycle, a bulldozer is pushing cardboard.

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Independent Lens: Lakshmi and Me

In her remarkable documentary, Lakshmi and Me, Nishtha Jain proposes to "cross a line," to film her maid, Lakshmi.

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Independent Lens: Arusi Persian Wedding

While the wedding provides compelling visuals and some minor melodrama, Arusi Persian Wedding is most interesting as it integrates its personal stories details within a broad historical context.

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Independent Lens: The Order of Myths

It's the careful, unsensational revelation of self-delusion that makes The Order of Myths so devastating.

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Independent Lens: Tulia, Texas

As Tulia, Texas follows the many turns of the Drug Task Force case, from the initial convictions to investigations of undercover agent Tom Coleman, it becomes a cautionary tale.

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Independent Lens: Adjust Your Color: The Truth of Petey Greene

As Adjust Your Color recounts, Petey Greene used his groundbreaking radio and television talk shows to influence millions, winning two Emmy awards and varieties of adulation over the years.

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Independent Lens: Helvetica

Helvetica, the film's experts repeat, is sort of generic -- in the sense that it is familiar and enduring, making readers feel comfortable and reassured.

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Independent Lens: Operation Filmmaker

Operation Filmmaker brilliantly reveals how films, politics, and desires do their work.

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Independent Lens: Grey Gardens: From East Hampton to Broadway

A charming, if aptly peculiar, holiday treat, Grey Gardens: From East Hampton to Broadway focuses on the translation of the Maysles' beloved documentary into a Tony Award-winning Broadway musical.

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Independent Lens: Wonders Are Many: The Making of Doctor Atomic

The challenges of portraying the Manhattan Project form the core of the excellent documentary Wonders Are Many: The Making of Doctor Atomic.

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Independent Lens: Doc

Sinuous, dynamic, and utterly compelling, Doc remembers the man as his own lifelong project.

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Independent Lens: The Atom Smashers

Science, in a previous version of the United States, was part of daily, popular culture, a subject and career considered respectable, even admirable.

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Independent Lens: March Point

March Point concentrates on the boys' way out, that is, the movie as a way to tell their story.

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Independent Lens: Lioness

Lioness, Meg McLagan and Daria Sommers' understated, affecting documentary on women in combat in Iraq, shows how they operate in a "grey zone," not quite legal, but following orders.

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Independent Lens: Knee Deep

Knee Deep is actually less interested in the details of who shot Janette Osborne than in the multiple stories that emerged from the crime.

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Independent Lens: Dinner with the President: A Nation's Journey

Dinner with the President: A Nation’s Journey finds a particular, recurring focus in the question of women's rights.

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Independent Lens: Chicago 10

Opening the Fall 2008 season of Independent Lens, Chicago 10 revises old ideas -- about what constitutes history and documentary.

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Independent Lens: Abduction: The Megumi Yokota Story

Abduction tells the story of 13-year-old Megumi, who was walking home from school in Nigata, Japan, and disappeared.

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Independent Lens: Deep Water

Deep Water tracks Donald Crowhurst's voyage over the horizon and into himself, filtered through observations by associates and family members, and amplified by his own logs.

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Independent Lens: The Cool School

Exploring the LA art scene of the 1950s and '60s, The Cool School appreciates the love of surface -- the self-performance and artifice, the illusory forward motion and devotion to consumption -- that defines the city.

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Independent Lens: Writ Writer

As recounted in Susanne Mason's fascinating documentary, Writ Writer, Fred Cruz's story is by turns tragic and inspiring, astonishing and all too typical.

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Independent Lens: New Year Baby

Traveling to Cambodia in her superb documentary, New Year Baby, Socheata Poeuv hopes to find faces to fill in the gaps in her family's story.

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Independent Lens: A Dream in Doubt

A Dream in Doubt observes the struggle to understand American justice and oppression as the story becomes increasingly complicated.

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Independent Lens: Nā Kamalei: The Men of Hula

As Robert Cazimero notes more than once Nā Kamalei: The Men of Hula, his devotion to hula hasn't always been easy.


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