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As the title suggests, a series of documentaries resembles an independent film festival in its diversity of subject matter, from hula dancing to crossword mania as captured by a roster of edgy and creative filmmakers.

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Four organ players, with their own pressures and abilities, prepare for the Canadian International Organ Competition in Montreal.
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For 30 years, Marion Stokes records American television, creating a comprehensive archive of the media on 70,000 VHS tapes that are being digitized for future generations.
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Historically black colleges and universities play a pivotal role in shaping American history, culture and national identity.

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