Aug. 09, 1999
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Independent Lens

Airing weekly on PBS, the five-time Emmy Award-winning series Independent Lens is a film festival in your living room. Each week we bring you another original documentary film, made by one of the best independent filmmakers working today.


Independent Lens Season 21 (2019-2020)

21x01 21 21x01 Made in Boise
A surprising industry has emerged in Boise, Idaho: Women are becoming paid reproductive surrogates for people from around the world. Here, four women share their experiences as they ...
Oct. 28, 2019
21x02 21 21x02 Decade of Fire
Why the Bronx burned in the 1970s. Included: archival and home movie footage; and insights from retired FDNY firefighters, Bronx historians and community organizers.
Nov. 04, 2019
21x03 21 21x03 The Interpreters
Afghan and Iraqi interpreters risked their lives aiding American troops and are now in danger unless they emigrate.
Nov. 11, 2019
21x04 21 21x04 Jewel's Hunt & Conscience Point
Jewel's Hunt - Can Jewel balance the complications of a modern teenager with her connection to village life? Conscience Point - A Native American activist fights to protect her tribe ...
Nov. 18, 2019
21x05 21 21x05 ATTLA
The gripping but little-known story of legendary Alaska Native dogsled champion, George Attla.
Dec. 16, 2019
21x06 21 21x06 American Nomads
As the cost of living rises across the United States, so too is the number of people who dwell in their vehicles. Some travel across the country looking for work and to fulfill the ...
Jan. 14, 2020
21x07 21 21x07 Accept the Call
Yusuf Abdurahman, who left Somalia as a refugee 25 years ago, has his worst fear realized when his son is arrested in an FBI counterterrorism sting. Follow Yusuf as he strives to understand ...
Jan. 20, 2020
21x08 21 21x08 The First Rainbow Coalition
The history and legacy of a groundbreaking multiethnic alliance of community groups that changed the face of 1960s Chicago politics.
Jan. 27, 2020
21x09 21 21x09 Cooked: Survival by Zip
The 1995 Chicago heatwave led to 739 deaths in a week, consisting mostly of poor, elderly, and African American residents.
Feb. 03, 2020
21x10 21 21x10 Leftover Women
China's severe demographic imbalance has led to a social crisis for single women who are faced with the constant pressure to marry.
Feb. 10, 2020
21x11 21 21x11 Blind Love
Blind Love follows four single, blind millennials in their quest for love. With assists from their eager circle of family and friends, these young men and women hope to find The One. ...
Feb. 14, 2020
21x12 21 21x12 We Believe In Dinosaurs
We Believe in Dinosaurs tells the story of the building of an enormous, $120 million Noah’s Ark at the Creation Museum in rural Williamstown, Kentucky, an exhibit designed to prove ...
Feb. 17, 2020
21x13 21 21x13 Always in Season
Explores recent grassroots efforts to acknowledge the victims of lynching, repair the damage, and reconcile in four U.S. communities.
Feb. 24, 2020
21x14 21 21x14 One Child Nation
Nanfu Wang uncovers the startling, untold history of China's One-Child policy.
Mar. 30, 2020
21x15 21 21x15 Bedlam
Haunted by the death of a mentally ill sister, psychiatrist Ken Rosenberg takes on the role of filmmaker to examine a national health crisis.
Apr. 13, 2020
21x16 21 21x16 The Hottest August
This cinematic experience offers a mirror onto a society on the verge of catastrophe, registering the anxieties, distractions, and survival strategies that preoccupy ordinary liv ...
Apr. 20, 2020
21x17 21 21x17 Jim Allison: Breakthrough
The astounding, true story of one warm-hearted, stubborn man’s visionary quest to find a cure for cancer.
Apr. 27, 2020
21x18 21 21x18 Rewind
For as long as Sasha Neulinger can remember, a video camera was ever-present, with his father constantly filming - from birthday parties, to hockey games, to holidays. But his father’s ...
May. 11, 2020
21x19 21 21x19 Eating Up Easter
A sudden boom in tourism trade that brings in money - and waste - and a changing climate that threatens the fragile ecology on Easter Island.
May. 25, 2020
21x20 21 21x20 Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project
Marion Stokes secretly recorded American television 24 hours a day for 30 years, from 1975 until her death in 2012. Long before the era of “fake news”, the Philadelphia-based ...
Jun. 15, 2020
21x21 21 21x21 Pipe Dreams
Focuses on five organ players, each with their own pressures and abilities as they compete in the Canadian International Organ Competition.
Jun. 22, 2020

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