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Independent Lens

Independent Lens introduces a new documentary film each week from among the best independent filmmakers working today, creating an independent film festival in your living room.

Episodes

Season 20
Wildland tells the story of a single wildland firefighting crew as they struggle with...

Specials

A follow-up to East of Salinas, The Dreamer revisits Jose Ansaldo, a bright, optimistic...
Sophie Sartain, director of the Independent Lens documentary Mimi and Dona, which...
With parents working long hours in the fields, third grader Jose Ansaldo turns to his...
In this piece by filmmaker Mat Hames, we get to know more about Eastern Shoshone tribal...
Pastor Sam Saylor, whose son was shot and killed in Hartford, CT shortly before the Sandy...
In Tallahassee, Florida, Mayor Andrew Gillum, the local sheriff, a student victim of a...
50 years after a gunman opened fire from the tower at University of Texas — the first...
Learn some of the astonishing statistics about the history of SWAT usage in United States...
Former Black Panther Jamal Joseph describes how his thirst for violence was directed...
Ericka Huggins, a former leader in the Black Panther, shares her admiration for the...
Ron "Stray Dog" Hall and his wife go biker patch shopping.
1971 filmmaker Johanna Hamilton joins The Burglary author Betty Medsger and Citizen Four...
In this video extra, learn more about the story of Clela Rorex, former County Clerk in...
Immigrant teens face discrimination, language barriers, unfamiliar cultural traditions —...
Can't Hold Me Back follows Detroit teen Fernando Parraz as he overcomes a mountain of...
Nada Me Detiene sigue a un adolescente de Detroit, Fernando Parraz, en su lucha por...
Inmigrantes adolescentes enfrentan la discriminación, barreras del idioma, tradiciones...
It’s the last few weeks of high school for Yessenia, a soft-spoken senior with two small...
Son las últimas pocas semanas de la preparatoria para Yessenia, una estudiante del cuarto...
Sharon Montano de Oakland decide regresar a la escuela a los 20 años después de varios...
¡Avancemos! sigue a un grupo de estudiantes del octavo año en San Antonio terminando su...
Sharon Montano of Oakland decides to go back to school at age 20 after several years of...
Skipping Up follows a group of eighth graders in San Antonio as they finish their year in...

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A new documentary film each week from among the best independent filmmakers working today.

Upcoming Episodes

Mon 12/17, 10:00pm
Man on Fire

Grand Saline, Texas, a town east of Dallas, has a history of racism, a history the community doesn’t talk about. This shroud of secrecy ended when Charles Moore, an elderly white preacher, self-immolated to protest the town’s racism in 2014,...

Sat 1/12, 11:00pm
My Country No More

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