Independent Lens

Clip 1 | The State of Arizona | Preview

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This topical documentary captures the explosive emotions and complex realities behind Arizona’s headline-grabbing struggle with illegal immigration. Tracking the year after Arizona passes SB1070, its controversial “papers please” law, the film tells the stories of Arizonans on all sides of this divisive issue and depicts a state and its people testing the edges of our democratic values.

A History of Pakistan | Bhutto Film Module

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This module shows a brief montage of the pivotal moments in Pakistan's birth as a nation, and the critical economic, political and social issues that the country faces.

Clip 4 | The State of Arizona | Russell Pearce Rallies a Crowd

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In this excerpt from the Independent Lens documentary The State of Arizona, State Senator Russell Pearce rallies an outdoors pro-SB1070 crowd, citing murders along the border and how he feels he has the Founding Fathers on his side. Meanwhile, frustrated anti-SB1070 activists like Jorge Martinez meet to discuss strategy.

Bolivia’s Indigenous Workers | Waiting for the Revolution Film Module

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This module provides background on Bolivia, teaching students about the lives and economic plight of its indigenous people. Various footage captures the rise of coca growing, failed U.S. attempts at eradication and the assent of a poor coca grower, Evo Morales, to the Bolivian presidency in 2005. Students will also follow the campaign of Jiovana Navia, who becomes one of only a few women serving in the Bolivian Parliament. She is elected with the help of a labor organization called PLANE.

Clip 3 | The State of Arizona | Salvador Reza Tracks Sheriffs Pulling Over Latino Drivers

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In this excerpt from the Independent Lens documentary The State of Arizona, activist Salvador Reza, a founder of the Puente Movement, tracks the Sheriff department pulling over and interrogating Latinos on suspicion of being illegal immigrants. Reza and his associates use cameras to film the activity, while he also talks about SB1070 being the “287(g) [Agreement] on steroids.”

Egypt’s 2005 Election | Shayfeen.com Film Module

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In this module, students meet three Egyptian women who form a watchdog organization to monitor the 2005 multi-party elections; the first such elections allowed by President Mubarak in 25 years. They witness and report electoral fraud and voter intimidation, particularly in communities where there is support for opposition parties.

Clip 2 | The State of Arizona | A Wall Goes Up

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Rudy Peña, a fifth generation of Mexican descent, reflects on a surprising divide within the Latino community. He talks about his family history and how he feels ostracized by newer Mexican immigrants because he doesn’t speak Spanish and doesn’t feel the way they do.

PLANE’s Fight for Workers’ Rights | Waiting for the Revolution Film Module

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In this module, Representative Navia and President Morales struggle to implement legislation that provides greater equality for indigenous peoples, the nationalization of resources, agrarian reform, and support for worker programs like PLANE. Violence intensifies around the country as wealthy landowners stymie legislation in the Parliament and workers in PLANE are not paid for months. PLANE leader, Esther Encinas accuses Navia of betraying the women who elected her.

Stephanie's Story: Alternatives to "Zero Tolerance" | The Graduates Film Module

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Students will learn about alternatives to "zero tolerance" school discipline policies and examine how policies that rely heavily on suspension and expulsion can be an obstacle to student success and explore alternatives, especially peer juries, conflict management, and other youth empowerment models. This film module spotlights the peer jury program at Stephanie's school.

The Convention | Chicago 10 Film Module

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This module highlights protest strategies used by activist organizations like MOBE and the Yippies during the Democratic National Convention in 1968. Viewers will see the activities of convention delegates juxtaposed with the activities of the protestors, including archival footage of the march that escalated into a violent confrontation with Chicago police.

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