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West Virginia used to run on coal --- but no longer. In this four-part documentary series, former miners, union members, environmentalists, and students work to bring their beloved home state into the 21st century.
Mental health is important! No one knows that better than comedian Maria Bamford. Now she’s opening up the discussion with fellow comedians and artists who share their own experiences. Join their funny, moving, and utterly candid conversations.
What is life like in North Korea? A few years ago, Korean-American filmmaker Christina Choe visited the now-forbidden country to get insight into the lives of its citizens and secretly film her experiences. (Things did not go according to plan.)
The price of war is every life it touches. In the United Kingdom, that includes a town of people who build fighter jets, Quaker activists determined to stop arms sales to Saudi Arabia, and refugees caught in the middle.
Across America, being trans can put your life at risk. Director Tony Zosherafatain visits North Carolina, Texas, Mississippi, and Idaho to meet individuals impacted by anti-trans laws and leaves inspired by their fight to exist in their own country.
After a night he can’t remember, Dr. Ari Milus seeks out his sleep disorder specialist. But when the doctor is found dead, he questions his own involvement as repressed memories resurface of a dangerous religious leader known as the Wordmaker.
A dark, visceral drama and a tale of redemption. Joseph is a broken man who decides to confront his painful past, meeting an unexpected kindred spirit along the way. From director Shane Meadows, with a career-defining performance by Stephen Graham.
Most Americans have a special way of discussing issues of death: ignore it. In this new documentary series, five terminally ill people break that silence, offering testimonies about life, faith, love, and fear from a place where death is imminent.
A timely mash-up of original sketches, musical performances, animation and rare Second City footage. Featuring Second City alumni and famous friends and filmed from basements, bedrooms and bunkers from across the country.
The political cartoonists of The Nib have teamed up for a new animated series that strikes at the heart of our present-day dystopia. Now Season 2 is here featuring sizzling satire from the likes of Matt Bors, Jen Sorensen and Emily Flake.
Now that we know he’s a false prophet, Sri Kumare can get even more real with his spiritual guidance. In this season, Kumare tackles modern issues like loneliness, anxiety, and diet with hilarious lessons. Who knew that loneliness was like cheese?
When an earthquake unburies three skeletons, strange phenomena begin to occur around a single dad, his young son, an incarcerated woman, and a mentalist. One officer tries to find the truth, but she’s met with inexplicable revelations at every turn.
Meet the next big names in music. Four young Black women musicians from Chicago talk about their inspirations, personal hardships, and how music has shaped them. Witness their jaw-dropping talent as they rise up in the male-dominated industry.
After a mysterious call sends Katie Bonner on a search for a woman named Tala, she leaves her upscale life behind to enter a dark web of international cover-ups, corruption, and trafficking. She soon realizes her obsession could cost her everything.
In season one, we meet a vastly diverse group of people, from a comedian to a gymnast, who have even more diverse run-ins with the law. Anyone can get stopped by cops, but what happens next largely depends on some pretty unfair factors.
Three short films that examine key issues in the American cultural conversation: incarceration, race, life, death, digital culture, and gender. They may be fictional, but these dizzying one-take videos have the ring of truth.
The road to progress is paved in blood, sweat, and oil. This Nordic drama follows the history-making events that created modern Norway. When a small fishing town discovers something big, six individuals must seize a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
There are two sides to every story. Ordinary topics—a wildfire, a marketing strategy, racial identity, and a traditional West African dish—become lively debates when they’re told by two storytellers with differing perspectives.
New Orleans lore collides with dark magic in this horror anthology series. Created by Coodie & Chike and starring Chad Coleman, PJ Morton and Omar Dorsey, these “Twilight Zone”-style tales expose chilling corners of the Big Easy.
Cathrine and her live-in boyfriend, Simon, have an almost perfect relationship, but the one thing that’s lacking overpowers everything else. When she starts becoming attracted to her female co-worker Selma, her entire love life is put to the test.
There’s only one way to really get to know a writer: over drinks. Reza Aslan sips Old Fashioneds with today’s most important voices in writing, across multiple disciplines, diving into their process, inspiration, and backgrounds. Cheers.
As a mysterious and deadly pandemic begins to spread, a group of residents in the outskirts of a large US city are thrown into chaos, including a conflicted criminal, a disillusioned paramedic, and a grieving mother looking for answers.
Brilliant peacemaker Ann-Mari Sundell takes one final job: to broker an agreement between Turkey and the Kurds. But she soon realizes the mission is nothing like it seems, as shocking truths unfold to reveal a larger, more twisted political game.
In September 2017, the US Virgin Islands were hit hard by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Now, those living on the 32-square-mile island of St. Thomas must learn how to rebuild—and thrive—in the face of unbelievable loss.
New European Parliamentary assistant Samy is tasked with a shark finning amendment, but with virtually no experience, he gets duped by lobbyists, tormented by colleagues, and ghosted by his own boss. Can Samy swim with the sharks or get eaten alive?
The city that never sleeps? In this four-part documentary series about New Yorkers who work at night, we follow a baker, a fishmonger, a medical resident, and others whose workdays don’t get going until after the sun goes down.
Five kids, an erratic brother, a sleazy boss, a seductive co-worker, and a wife he can’t let go. Guy Nehama must navigate all of this while chasing his lifelong dream of being a stand-up comedian. No wonder his hair is gray.
Sten is a grieving widower who’s never truly lived. His 20-something son, Aron, is navigating his first love and his 37-year-old daughter, Clara, is sick of societal pressures and online dating. Love isn’t this family’s forte, but they’re learning.
The Trump administration is doing everything to keep Mexican and Central American migrants from crossing into the United States. Filmmaker Jordi Ruiz Cirera traveled to Tijuana and asked four migrant children to imagine the life that may await them.
Jacobo Vidal loves his family, he’s just not the most loving guy. His obsession with protecting them ends up causing more problems than solutions. As the family matures over 16 years, he’ll question everything he knew about being a father.
Julien is 31, unemployed, and lives at home with mom. When he runs into his high school sweetheart, she reveals they have a teenage son. Now he’s on a mission to be a good father and win back his girl, but first he’s got some growing up to do.
Would Georgia O’Keeffe have her place in art history if she hadn’t moved to New Mexico? Would Naoshima still be an empty island without Tadao Ando’s touch? See how eight artists and places have forever changed their respective landscapes.
Academy Award winner for Best Documentary Film, the story follows the murder of a white woman and the Black teen that everyone—from officers to journalists—was ready to condemn. When his defense lawyer joins the case, everything changes.
To us they’re mundane objects, but to them they’re priceless. House on Fire asks individuals to save one thing if their house were ablaze. The items they choose tell entire stories about culture, identity, and the true value of material possessions.
Get a glimpse at the future of health and rehab through five individuals testing out groundbreaking new technology and programs, from robotic exoskeletons to virtual reality pain relief. Judging by their stories, the future is bright.
In this darkly comic new digital series, a young woman navigates her way thru New York. It can be hard when you're using an Instagram that time-travels, debating a portal to another dimension, or battling your roommates during an apocalypse.
How do you transform tragic properties like the Flight 93 crash site or the motel where Dr. King was assassinated into a positive communal space? Real estate expert Randall Bell says: don’t erase the past, change the narrative.
The global movement Death Over Dinner encourages friends, colleagues, and even total strangers to get together, share a meal, and build healthier relationships with their own mortality by discussing ideas and feelings about death.
Nathan Silver has been casting his mother, Cindy, in his films since 2012. In this documentary series, we follow the pair as they try to repair their relationship over the dinner table, at the synagogue, and, finally, on the set of a film.
The premise is simple: one random caller is chosen and Chris Gethard talks to that person for 30 unfiltered minutes. From a caller who recently discovered she’s gay to a walking ghost magnet, the stories range from inspiring to downright chilling.
It doesn’t get more iconic than a dance competition set on the streets of NYC hosted by vogue legend Cesar Valentino. Watch as 20 distinctly different dancers twirl, jeté, and flip down sidewalks, steps, and crosswalks to win Best Walk.
At 24, Anne finally has her life in order, but all of that is about to change. She gets restless with her job and relationship, her family is falling apart, and after one ex cuts her off, another shows up on her doorstep. A lot can change before 25.
Recently graduated with her own place, Anne seems to be figuring it all out, but when she runs into her first girlfriend, Lily, she thinks back on all the ex-girlfriends and lovers who have shaped—and confused—her idea of love, life, and adulthood.
There are 75 different categories of American work visas - but one of the best known is O-1, the “genius” visa designated for people who have attained profound professional achievement. We explore what it takes to qualify for this rare status.
Writer, director, and performer Wyatt Cenac stars in this new digital series about a Brooklyn resident moonlighting as a crime-fighting vigilante. Nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Short Form Comedy or Drama Series - 2018.
Dr. Merel Kindt is a clinical psychologist with a new way to treat, or even eliminate, phobias and the effects of emotional trauma. Amazingly, it seems to work. In this four-part series, we follow the doctor as she cares for terrified patients.
What are you good at? Choosing a doughnut? Spying on other people’s text messages? Touching your toes? Even though you might not have the kind of achievements you believe are worth bragging about, these bright spots are still worth celebrating.
A group of Jewish senior citizens in Palm Desert finds community in an unlikely place: the local Wendy’s fast-food franchise, where every week they celebrate Shabbat with candles, prayers, and milkshakes.
In late November of 2016, outside Petah Tikva City Hall, two Israelis attacked a 40-something African refugee, Babikir Adham-Uvdo, after reportedly seeing him speaking with a group of white Jewish girls.
In this short, shot in one continuous take and made by Jim Cummings we meet Crystal, who’s just like any other American millennial: glued to her phone, avoiding her student loans, and sticking up liquor stores for a quick hit of cash.
In 1920, a woman’s body was found burned in Sydney, Australia. The mysterious death became a cause célèbre, and as this lyrical animated film shows, the story is just as haunting almost a century later.
Nominated for an Oscar® in the Live Action Short Film category, The Letter Room follows an empathetic corrections officer (Oscar Isaac) who finds escape in the deeply personal letters written to an inmate on death row. Co-starring Alia Shawkat.
In this provocative short documentary, three women who made the decision to mother from afar tell their stories, and open up about what they lost—and gained—when they left the homes they had shared with their children.
A lone Vietnamese fisherman trying to survive in an apocalyptic future encounters an android he hoped would have remained in his dark past. Sci-fi and nature collide in this dystopian story set against the lush and expansive South China Sea.
They met on the powwow circuit and went on to redefine it. Adrian and Sean are the first same-sex duo to compete in the San Manuel Sweetheart Dance. The Native American tradition was once for hetero couples only — until these trailblazers came along.
Beach balls. Doctor boners. Farts. Snow. This film, starring Cocoon Central Dance Team, just might have invented its own genre: comedy-dance-sketch-fantasy. Consider swapping your Yule log for Cocoon this visually stunning potpourri of...something.
If you see Air Force One at Palm Beach International Airport, it means two things: Donald Trump’s on the putting green, and it’s time for selfies. We spend a day with the rubberneckers and the presidential jet.
In the late 1960s, Richard Atkins started a promising new career as a folk artist—and then lost it in one paralyzing moment. In this mixed-media short, he tells the story of his rise, fall, and the long afterlife of his brief recording career.
Once prosperous, the village of Congo Mirador is now rotting away. At the center are two women on opposing sides of Venezuelan politics. As national elections approach, can the village survive corruption, pollution, and economic decay?
The residents of a Houston retirement home do battle with boredom by taking up a wacky new hobby: playing the kazoo. In this short documentary, they muse about what it means to face your own mortality with “attitude.”
Welcome to Lanzhou, a city in northwest China that’s famous for its beef noodle soup. In this short documentary, we meet some of the students who flock there to learn the secrets of hand-pulling Lanzhou lamian.
Friends, parties, new romance. Some people dive headfirst into their 20s. For Noemí Goldberg, who has unreliable friends, overbearing relatives, and an unwanted pregnancy, her 20s feel more like choppy waters she must wade through.
In this moving short documentary we follow the children of incarcerated women as they board buses organized to help facilitate Mother’s Day visits. For many kids, it’s an all-too-rare opportunity to see their moms.
In this bracing short cut from archival footage, people from Canada’s First Nations move from the woods to the tops of New York skyscrapers—almost all of which have been built in part by Mohawk ironworkers.
This lushly illustrated animated film, presented as a sort of travel notebook, follows a Western traveler as they visit Madagascar and come into contact with a variety of Malagasy customs and rituals—in particular the Famadihana.
Benjamin Netanyahu knew how to manipulate the media long before Trump. The film explores Netanyahu’s rise to power, from popular TV guest to controversial world leader, reflected through four decades of public appearances that changed Israel forever.
What if, instead of going extinct, sea creatures could meld with the detritus and garbage choking their habitats? In this stunning animated short, follow the life cycle of these highly evolved life forms—some of them more metal than flesh.
In Scarborough, UK, a man harnesses the evocative nature of sound with an unusual funeral rite: he will turn a deceased person’s ashes into a vinyl record, allowing friends and family to listen to stories and songs made of literal loved ones.
While packing to emigrate to Canada, a Serbian family is surprised by the arrival of a giant teddy bear. Winner of Best Live Action Short Drama at the 2018 Canadian Screen Awards and the 2017 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Short Film Award.
Ronald McNair became one of NASA’s first African American astronauts; though he died tragically in 1986 on the Challenger space shuttle. In this animated short, part of the StoryCorps interview series, Carl McNair remembers his younger brother.
This stunningly photographed short is suggestive of multiple interpetations and takes us on a strange journey through day and night, the circular nature of death and rebirth, and the many facets of the human psyche.
A surreal comedy about a man who becomes convinced that a vast conspiracy is behind the impossibly rapid gentrification of his London neighborhood. But is it all in his head, or is the truth even darker than he imagines?
From ex-gang members to military veterans, the call centers of Tijuana are filled with English-speaking deportees who have been forced to trade the American Dream for a new life wedged between home and displacement.
Corrupt governments hate them. The future of journalism needs them. Bellingcat’s independent collective of citizen journalists uses groundbreaking investigation tactics to uncover earthshaking truths about everything from war zones to drug cartels.
In this quiet and moving short, an abuelita living alone in Mexico has the reunion of a lifetime. Thanks to a government program, she’s able to visit her undocumented family in the US, meet her granddaughter, and finally be an abuelita again.
The Hyde Amendment denies low-income individuals abortion access. Following an abortion helpline in Philadelphia where every phone counselor goes by Lisa, the film gives voice to women and teens affected by the explicitly discriminatory legislation.