Inspiring People

These stories introduce students to extraordinary individuals who transform adversity and inspire change.

Film
While I Yet Live

Five African American women quilters and freedom-fighters from Gee’s Bend, Alabama, share their cultural and family heritage of quilting. 

Film
The Man is the Music

Atlanta-based artist and musician Lonnie Holley finds healing in the transformative power of art.   

Film
Welcome to Canada

Meet a young Syrian refugee who was granted asylum in Canada after fleeing torture and imprisonment by the Assad regime.

Film
Path of Freedom

In a Rhode Island men’s prison, a group of fifty inmates are transforming their lives through the practice of meditation.

Film
I Am Yup'ik

A 16-year-old Alaskan Native leaves his tiny village to compete in a basketball tournament hundreds of miles across frozen tundra.

Film
My Enemy, My Brother

Meet two survivors of the Iran-Iraq war who meet again years later under remarkable circumstances.

Film
Marie's Dictionary

Marie Wilcox is the last fluent speaker of Wukchumni and created a dictionary to keep her language alive.

Film
Barrio de Paz

Nelsa Libertad Curbelo describes the inspiration behind Barrio de Paz, a non-violent youth movement in Guayaquil, Ecuador.

Photo Essay
Kazuaki Tanahashi

Meet an accomplished calligraphy and Zen teacher, Kazuaki Tanahashi, who was born and trained in Japan.

Photo Essay
Food as Medicine

A Northern Californian farmer and soil scientist, through photos and audio clips, shares his love for soil and why farming feels like art. 

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