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Independent Lens

This acclaimed Emmy Award-winning anthology series features documentaries and a limited number of fiction films united by the creative freedom, artistic achievement and unflinching visions of their independent producers. INDEPENDENT LENS features unforgettable stories about a unique individual, community or moment in history. The series is supported by interactive companion Web sites and national publicity and community engagement campaigns.

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Real Boy is the coming-of-age story of Bennett, a trans teenager with dreams of musical...
A combat veteran starts a farm to help cultivate a healthier life outside the Army. While...
This film takes viewers behind the walls of the Compound, the facility where Los Angeles...
The story of famed Israeli soccer club Beitar Jerusalem F.C. after it acquired two Muslim...
More people are imprisoned in the United States at this present moment than in any other...
National Bird is the first in-depth investigation of the U.S. drone war with unique...
Hear Mel Brooks, Sarah Silverman, Carl Reiner and other Jewish comics and thinkers...
Follow passionate seed keepers around the world who are determined to protect humanity's...
Newtown explores the aftermath of the mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, where 20...
Based in the heart of Los Angeles' Eastside, and building upon the legacy of the Chicano/...
Located in an impoverished Mojave Desert community, Black Rock Continuation High School...
Explore the deadly August 1, 1966, mass shooting at the University of Texas that left 16...
Meet African-American musician Daryl Davis, who has a peculiar passion - meeting and...
Learn how D.W. Griffith's 1915 The Birth of a Nation unleashed a battle still waging...
In 1964, Kitty Genovese was repeatedly stabbed on a street in Queens, New York. Soon...
A tribal elder and Vietnam vet, who hasn't left the Wind River Indian Reservation in over...
Explore our attempts to plan for our radioactive future and the startling failure to...
Best and Most Beautiful Things is a celebration of outcasts everywhere, following a...
Ravi Patel is almost 30 and still single, and his tradition-minded Hindu family is not...
In 1968, Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley Jr. changed TV news forever with their...
Meet Claressa "T-Rex" Shields, who rose from the streets of Flint, Michigan, and at 17...
Go inside the contentious issue of abortion rights through the story of health care...
Following two families who stand firm for their controversial and misunderstood Christian...
Meet street recyclers who fight to survive in one of the poorest neighborhoods of Oakland...
Meet two Christians - an Evangelical anti-abortion activist and an African-American...
Meet Dub Lawrence, a crusading former sheriff whose investigations highlight the...
Meet the sons of two Nazi war criminals who jointly were responsible for thousands of...
Watch history being made as Zimbabwe attempts to draft its first-ever democratic...
Explore how residents of a North Dakota town struggle against a notorious white...
Meet James "The Amazing" Randi, the famed magician and self-proclaimed "honest liar" who...
A Southern grandmother struggles to help her family through the scourge of HIV, but may...
Watch a covert terrorism sting unfold as a longtime counterterrorism informant takes on...
Explore the rise of Misty Copeland, who made history as the first African-American female...
Explore the case of Mexican-American women who claim they were coercively sterilized at a...
Explore the story behind the Polynesian pipeline to the NFL through the lives of high...
Follow four adults on the autism spectrum as they open up their personal lives and...
See how the power of cinema ignited a revolution in 1980s Romania, as an intrepid VHS...
East of Salinas is a story about immigration, childhood, and circumstance. With little...
Meet an unforgettable mother-daughter duo facing tough choices as they age. For 92-year-...
Learn how the harrowing rape and murder of a promising 23-year-old female medical student...
From the director of the Oscar-nominated Winter's Bone comes this portrait of a...
In a real-life fairy tale, a Filipino singer is plucked from YouTube to front the iconic...
Filmmaker Lacey Schwartz grew up in a typical upper middle class Jewish household in...
A 9-year-old monk has never before left his Bhutanese village perched high in the...
How does a 16-year-old go from honors student to bank robber? Filmmaker Darius Clark...
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side, Enron: The Smartest...
In 1975, when American Richard married Australian native Tony in one of the first same...
In 1971, long before Edward Snowden's revelations of NSA surveillance, a group of...
Not just a choreographer, Elizabeth Streb is a wildly extreme action architect. Born to...
Over the course of a momentous year, Kumu Hina, a native Hawaiian mahu (transgender)...
On April 20, 2010, the Gulf Coast was devastated by the largest offshore oil spill in U.S...
The Homestretch follows three homeless teens as they fight to stay in school and...
January 2010: In the “buckle of the Bible Belt,” 10 churches burn to the ground in just...
Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines traces the fascinating evolution...
Two strangers — an elderly American man and a young Chinese woman — pursue a marriage...
Children in the slums of Calcutta are starting a revolution. Called to action by...
In the wake of recent events that have sparked a national dialogue, American Denial...
For the last 170 years, pioneering African American photographers — men and women,...
Episode 3: “Violence and Solutions” Episode 3 follows Nicholas Kristof and Regina Hall...
Episode 2: “Breaking the Cycle of Poverty” Episode 2 visits West Virginia, Haiti, and...
Episode 1: "Sex Trafficking in the USA" Episode 1 focuses on survivors trafficked into a...
Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winner Rich Hill follows three teenage boys, Andrew,...
A literal power struggle exists in Kanpur, India, which suffers from day-long electricity...
The Independent Lens documentary Brakeless investigates what led the driver...
In the Independent Lens documentary Twin Sisters, twin girls in China are...
The Independent Lens documentary Bully is an intimate, unflinching look at...
A formidable figure standing at 5'8" and weighing more than 300 pounds, Cheryl Haworth...
Locho and Yama are nomadic herders in Tibet's high grasslands, who carve their existence...
See how the African-American community is grappling with gay rights in light of the gay...
On May 13, 1985, a longtime feud between the city of Philadelphia and controversial...
This film reveals the shocking story of Jayson Blair, the most infamous serial plagiarist...
This is the story of Ali's toughest bout: his battle to overturn the five-year prison...
The brotherhood of the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble is literal. Through an unorthodox...
When a Kuwaiti psychologist launches a comic series based on the 99 virtues of Allah, he...
A once-booming rural community with a thriving middle class has seen its factories and...
The “Girls” have been friends — and morbidly obese — for years. They met via the Austin...
An intimate look at Benazir Bhutto, the first Muslim woman elected in history to lead an...
In the lingering aftermath of the U.S.-Mexican War, the border town of Laredo, Texas...
The story of a secret spy agency formed by the state of Mississippi to preserve...
Filmmaker Shukree Hassan Tilghman sets off on a cross-country campaign to end Black...
Take an in-depth look at masculinity in rap music and hip-hop culture — where creative...
Daisy Bates was a complex, unconventional, and largely forgotten heroine of the civil...
This topical documentary captures the explosive emotions and complex realities behind...
An intimate portrait of Rocky Braat, who traveled to India as a disillusioned tourist....
Jiro Dreams of Sushi is the story of 85-year-old Jiro Ono, owner and meticulous chef of a...
The hope and determination of American Indian life is revealed in this story about what...
This film explores pressing issues in education today through the eyes of six Latino and...
Este programa explora los problemas mas urgentes de la educación de hoy a través de los...
JoEllen Marsh is 20 years old, and has never met her father. As she goes in search of her...
Delve into the rarefied world of one small parking lot in a college town, and the asphalt...
In the midst of a mid-life crisis, filmmaker Dylan Williams tries to cheer himself up by...
Fred Martinez was one of the youngest hate-crime victims in modern history when he was...
Border Patrol agents, Native Americans, smugglers, ranchers, retirees and Samaritans form...
In "The House I Live In," director Eugene Jarecki ("Why We Fight") gives a historical...
Whitney M. Young Jr. was one of the most celebrated -- and controversial -- leaders of...
Once every decade, the highly politicized Texas State Board of Education rewrites the...
Take a ride through the life and current times of one of America’s most important artists...
Baffled by his dad's reluctance to change his traditional soul food diet in the face of a...
Welcome to India's Barefoot College, founded by Bunker Roy to provide rural women living...
Gene Robinson is a man whose two primary passions are in direct conflict: his love for...
From the day the GM factory closes through a showdown with national resonance at the...
Texas teenager Tara Neal insists that girls and boys should be able to wrestle on the...
Revisit the turbulent 1960s, when a new revolutionary culture emerged with the Black...
For nearly a century, American servicemen were stationed at Subic Bay in the Philippines...
From the first Americans who relied on bison for food, shelter and clothing, to modern...
March is Women's History Month and to celebrate we're bringing you 10 films as part of...
March is Women's History Month and to celebrate we're bringing you 10 films as part of...
The apartheid regime in Pretoria crumbles under pressure from a united popular uprising...
Faced with governments reluctant to take meaningful action against the apartheid regime,...
The most effective tactic in globalizing the fight against apartheid was the grassroots...
Only a decade removed from the height of its own civil rights movement, the United States...
When South Africa's ruling whites brutally suppress a youth uprising in Soweto and murder...
Just as the United Nations adopts the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, South Africa...
In the midst of Haiti's lush mountains and historical relics is an epidemic of over 500,...
March is Women's History Month and to celebrate we're bringing you 10 films as part of...
After a vicious attack leaves him brain damaged and broke, Mark Hogancamp seeks recovery...
Me Facing Life: Cyntoia's Story follows the sad and startling story of Cyntoia Brown, who...
In 1957, Barbara Smith Conrad, a gifted University of Texas music student found herself...
What’s a child’s education worth? For one visionary rookie principal, it’s priceless. At...
How do you see yourself, when you can't see at all? Follow four visually impaired...
The unlikely story of America's original shock jock who battled the system and his own...
Physics, politics and international competition collide as scientists race to find one of...
Two recent college graduates plant a single acre of the nation's most powerful crop--corn...

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