Independent Lens

Independent Lens

1999 - 2018, Other, Other
Filmmakers' documentaries, dramas and comic shorts.

Episode Guide

  • Independent Lens - Rat Film (Season 19 Episode 11)
    Season 19 Episode 11:

    Rat Film

    Tracing Baltimore's history through a film that uses rats, as well as humans, to chronicle oppression in poor communities.

  • Independent Lens - Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities (Season 19 Episode 10)
    Season 19 Episode 10:

    Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities

    Historically black colleges and universities play a pivotal role in shaping American history, culture and national identity.

  • Independent Lens - Winnie (Season 19 Episode 9)
    Season 19 Episode 9:


    Director Pascale Lamche's portrait of South African activist Winnie Mandela features unseen archival footage and interviews with her close comrades.

  • Independent Lens - I Am Another You (Season 19 Episode 8)
    Season 19 Episode 8:

    I Am Another You

    Chinese filmmaker Nanfu Wang follows a homeless man on a journey across America, exploring the meaning of freedom.

  • Independent Lens - The Force (Season 19 Episode 7)
    Season 19 Episode 7:

    The Force

    An in-depth look at the Oakland Police Department, its struggle to comply with a federal mandate for reform and its effort to police in a time of transparency and accountability.

  • Independent Lens - I Am Not Your Negro (Season 19 Episode 6)
    Season 19 Episode 6:

    I Am Not Your Negro

    Filmmaker Raoul Peck examines James Baldwin's unfinished book about the lives and assassinations of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.

  • Independent Lens - Unrest (Season 19 Episode 5)
    Season 19 Episode 5:


    Director Jennifer Brea, confined to her bed due to chronic fatigue syndrome, documents how people around the world live and function with this disease.

  • Independent Lens - The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin (Season 19 Episode 4)
    Season 19 Episode 4:

    The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin

    The life and work of storyteller Armistead Maupin, including his evolution from a conservative son of the Old South to a gay rights pioneer.

  • Independent Lens - Supergirl (Season 19 Episode 3)
    Season 19 Episode 3:


    Naomi Kutin, an Orthodox Jewish girl from New Jersey, fights to hold on to her powerlifting title as she navigates adolescence, cyberbullying and health issues.

  • Independent Lens - Shadow World (Season 19 Episode 2)
    Season 19 Episode 2:

    Shadow World

    Inside the international trade in weapons, not just in national defense, but also how it covertly fosters corruption and determines economic and foreign policies.

  • Independent Lens - Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary (Season 19 Episode 1)
    Season 19 Episode 1:

    Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary

    Events, passions and experiences that impacted the life and music of jazz artist John Coltrane.

  • Independent Lens - Real Boy (Season 18 Episode 20)
    Season 18 Episode 20:

    Real Boy

    A transgender teen works to repair a strained relationship with his family and forges a friendship with folk singer Joe Stevens.

  • Independent Lens - Farmer/Veteran (Season 18 Episode 19)
    Season 18 Episode 19:


    An Army combat veteran manages his PTSD and becomes a farmer in North Carolina following his deployments in Iraq.

  • Independent Lens - They Call us Monsters (Season 18 Episode 18)
    Season 18 Episode 18:

    They Call us Monsters

    Three young offenders in the Compound, a facility housing the most violent juvenile offenders in Los Angeles, face adult sentences for their crimes.

  • Independent Lens - Forever Pure (Season 18 Episode 17)
    Season 18 Episode 17:

    Forever Pure

    Two Muslim soccer players picked up by Israel's Beitar Jerusalem F.C. are subjected to racist attacks by their own fans.

  • Independent Lens - The Prison in Twelve Landscapes (Season 18 Episode 16)
    Season 18 Episode 16:

    The Prison in Twelve Landscapes

    Places across the U.S. where prisons affect lives.

  • Independent Lens - National Bird (Season 18 Episode 15)
    Season 18 Episode 15:

    National Bird

    Despite the possible consequences, three U.S. veterans speak out against the secret U.S. drone war.

  • Independent Lens - The Last Laugh (Season 18 Episode 14)
    Season 18 Episode 14:

    The Last Laugh

    Auschwitz survivor Renee Firestone and Jewish comics and thinkers discuss whether topics such as the Holocaust should be off-limits to comedy.

  • Independent Lens - SEED: The Untold Story (Season 18 Episode 13)
    Season 18 Episode 13:

    SEED: The Untold Story

    Farmers, scientists, lawyers and seed-keepers protect seeds, thereby protecting the future of food.

  • Independent Lens - Newtown (Season 18 Episode 12)
    Season 18 Episode 12:


    The community of Newtown, Conn., tries to heal in the days following the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

  • Independent Lens - Ovarian Psycos (Season 18 Episode 11)
    Season 18 Episode 11:

    Ovarian Psycos

    Women cruise the streets of Boyle Heights, East Los Angeles and Lincoln Heights inspiring women to reclaim their neighborhoods and make them safer.

  • Independent Lens - The Bad Kids (Season 18 Episode 10)
    Season 18 Episode 10:

    The Bad Kids

    California's Black Rock Continuation High School provides education for students at risk of dropping out of school.

  • Independent Lens - Tower (Season 18 Episode 9)
    Season 18 Episode 9:


    Survivors of the 1966 mass shooting at the University of Texas frame the events of the day and offer perspectives on its impact.

  • Independent Lens - Accidental Courtesy (Season 18 Episode 8)
    Season 18 Episode 8:

    Accidental Courtesy

    Black musician Daryl Davis meets and befriends Ku Klux Klan members hoping to forge racial conciliation.

  • Independent Lens - Birth of a Movement (Season 18 Episode 7)
    Season 18 Episode 7:

    Birth of a Movement

    D.W. Griffith's 1915 "The Birth of a Nation" starts a dialogue about race relations and representation.

  • Independent Lens - The Witness (Season 18 Episode 6)
    Season 18 Episode 6:

    The Witness

    The brother of murder victim Kitty Genovese, the woman who was repeatedly stabbed on a street in Queens, N.Y., in 1964, re-examines his sister's life and death.

  • Independent Lens - What Was Ours (Season 18 Episode 5)
    Season 18 Episode 5:

    What Was Ours

    A tribal elder and Vietnam veteran visits the underground archives of Chicago's Field Museum, where he and two young Arapaho explore ancestral objects that had vanished from their tribe years before.

  • Independent Lens - Containment; Excerpt From Uranium Drive-in (Season 18 Episode 4)
    Season 18 Episode 4:

    Containment; Excerpt From Uranium Drive-in

    Governments around the world struggle to protect future generations from nuclear waste; excerpt from "Uranium Drive-In."

  • Independent Lens - Best and Most Beautiful Things (Season 18 Episode 3)
    Season 18 Episode 3:

    Best and Most Beautiful Things

    A 20-year-old woman, legally blind and diagnosed on the autism spectrum, explores love and empowerment in Maine.

  • Independent Lens - Meet the Patels (Season 18 Episode 2)
    Season 18 Episode 2:

    Meet the Patels

    Actor Ravi Patel, whose traditional Hindu parents are eager for him to find a mate, enters the semi-arranged marriage system in America.

  • Independent Lens - Best of Enemies (Season 18 Episode 1)
    Season 18 Episode 1:

    Best of Enemies

    The debates between Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley during the 1968 political conventions.

  • Independent Lens - T-Rex: Her Fight for Gold (Season 17 Episode 20)
    Season 17 Episode 20:

    T-Rex: Her Fight for Gold

    Claressa "T-Rex" Shields, 17, from Flint, Mich., wins the gold medal in women's boxing at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

  • Independent Lens - TRAPPED (Season 17 Episode 19)
    Season 17 Episode 19:


    Healthcare providers and others in Texas, Mississippi and Alabama fight new Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers (TRAP) laws designed to restrict abortion access.

  • Independent Lens - Dogtown Redemption (Season 17 Episode 18)
    Season 17 Episode 18:

    Dogtown Redemption

    Three street recyclers fight for survival in one of the poorest neighborhoods in Oakland, Calif.

  • Independent Lens - The Armor of Light (Season 17 Episode 17)
    Season 17 Episode 17:

    The Armor of Light

    An Evangelical anti-abortion activist and a black mother whose son was murdered both fight against gun violence.

  • Independent Lens - Peace Officer (Season 17 Episode 16)
    Season 17 Episode 16:

    Peace Officer

    Former Sheriff William J. "Dub" Lawrence, founder of Utah's first SWAT team, addresses the increased militarized state of the police.

  • Independent Lens - My Nazi Legacy (Season 17 Episode 15)
    Season 17 Episode 15:

    My Nazi Legacy

    Niklas Frank and Horst von Wachter explore the characters of their fathers, Hans Frank and Otto von Wachter, two men responsible for thousands of deaths during World War II.

  • Independent Lens - Democrats; Soft Vengeance (Season 17 Episode 14)
    Season 17 Episode 14:

    Democrats; Soft Vengeance

    Filmed over the course of three years, Zimbabwe attempts to draft its first-ever democratic constitution; activist Albie Sachs fights for social justice in South Africa.

  • Independent Lens - Welcome to Leith (Season 17 Episode 13)
    Season 17 Episode 13:

    Welcome to Leith

    White supremacist Craig Cobb and his followers attempt to take over the town of Leith, N.D.

  • Independent Lens - An Honest Liar (Season 17 Episode 12)
    Season 17 Episode 12:

    An Honest Liar

    Retired magician James "The Amazing" Randi dedicates his life to exposing frauds.

  • Independent Lens - Wilhemina's War (Season 17 Episode 11)
    Season 17 Episode 11:

    Wilhemina's War

    A grandmother tries to help her family through HIV in the rural south, where living with AIDS is a grim reality.

  • Independent Lens - (T)ERROR (Season 17 Episode 10)
    Season 17 Episode 10:


    A counterterrorism informant for the FBI befriends a suspected jihadist without informing his superiors.

  • Independent Lens - A Ballerina's Tale (Season 17 Episode 9)
    Season 17 Episode 9:

    A Ballerina's Tale

    Misty Copeland makes history as the first black female principal dancer with the American Ballet Theater.

  • Independent Lens - No Mas Bebes (No More Babies) (Season 17 Episode 8)
    Season 17 Episode 8:

    No Mas Bebes (No More Babies)

    The history of Mexican-American women who were sterilized against their will during the 1960s and '70s at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center.

  • Independent Lens - In Football We Trust (Season 17 Episode 7)
    Season 17 Episode 7:

    In Football We Trust

    Polynesian-American high-school football players in Utah aim for careers in pro sports while dealing with day-to-day gang violence and poverty.

  • Independent Lens - Autism in Love (Season 17 Episode 6)
    Season 17 Episode 6:

    Autism in Love

    Four adults with varying degrees of autism navigate dating, romance and relationships.

  • Independent Lens - Chuck Norris vs Communism (Season 17 Episode 5)
    Season 17 Episode 5:

    Chuck Norris vs Communism

    A black market VHS racketeer and a female translator bring the magic of film to Romanians during the 1980s.

  • Independent Lens - East of Salinas (Season 17 Episode 4)
    Season 17 Episode 4:

    East of Salinas

    A third-grader and his teacher are sons of migrant farm workers.

  • Independent Lens - Mimi and Dona (Season 17 Episode 3)
    Season 17 Episode 3:

    Mimi and Dona

    A 92-year-old woman, still caring for her 64-year-old disabled daughter, realizes it is time to find her daughter a new home.

  • Independent Lens - India's Daughter (Season 17 Episode 2)
    Season 17 Episode 2:

    India's Daughter

    The rape and murder of a 23-year-old medical student in Delhi, India, sparks an international movement.

  • Independent Lens - Stray Dog (Season 17 Episode 1)
    Season 17 Episode 1:

    Stray Dog

    A Vietnam veteran comes to terms with his combat experience so he is able to help others.

  • Independent Lens - Limited Partnership (Season 16 Episode 18)
    Season 16 Episode 18:

    Limited Partnership

    Married in 1975, Richard and Tony lead a 40-year fight for legal immigration status for same sex spouses.

  • Independent Lens - 1971 (Season 16 Episode 17)
    Season 16 Episode 17:


    The group responsible for the 1971 break-in of a Pennsylvania FBI office and the subsequent theft of thousands of files speaks out about the impact of the act.

  • Independent Lens - Born to Fly: Elizabeth Streb vs. Gravity (Season 16 Episode 16)
    Season 16 Episode 16:

    Born to Fly: Elizabeth Streb vs. Gravity

    Choreographer Elizabeth Streb pioneers a movement form that explores physical and emotional human potential.

  • Independent Lens - Kumu Hina (Season 16 Episode 15)
    Season 16 Episode 15:

    Kumu Hina

    The evolution of Hina Wong-Kalu, a transgender native Hawaiian teacher who embraces both male and female spirit.

  • Independent Lens - The Great Invisible (Season 16 Episode 14)
    Season 16 Episode 14:

    The Great Invisible

    The continuing effects of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

  • Independent Lens - The Homestretch (Season 16 Episode 13)
    Season 16 Episode 13:

    The Homestretch

    Three Chicago teenagers overcome high school pressures and homelessness as they work toward graduation and building a future.

  • Independent Lens - Little Hope Was Arson; A City in Flames (Season 16 Episode 12)
    Season 16 Episode 12:

    Little Hope Was Arson; A City in Flames

    The largest criminal investigation in East Texas ensues after ten churches are burned down.

  • Independent Lens - Little White Lie (Season 16 Episode 11)
    Season 16 Episode 11:

    Little White Lie

    A filmmaker unlocks a family secret that leads to the truth about her biological father.

  • Independent Lens - American Denial (Season 16 Episode 10)
    Season 16 Episode 10:

    American Denial

    Using Gunnar Myrdal's 1944 investigation of Jim Crow racism to explore the power of unconscious biases.

  • Independent Lens - Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People (Season 16 Episode 9)
    Season 16 Episode 9:

    Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People

    Black photographers have recorded the lives and aspirations of generations, from slavery to present day.

  • Independent Lens - The Kill Team; Confusion Through Sand (Season 16 Episode 8)
    Season 16 Episode 8:

    The Kill Team; Confusion Through Sand

    A 21-year-old infantryman in Afghanistan attempts to alert the military to heinous war crimes committed by his platoon; an animated short film about a teenage military recruit alone in the desert.

  • Independent Lens - Evolution of a Criminal (Season 16 Episode 7)
    Season 16 Episode 7:

    Evolution of a Criminal

    Filmmaker Darius Clark Monroe returns to his Texas hometown to try to determine why he robbed a bank as a teenager.

  • Independent Lens - Rich Hill (Season 16 Episode 6)
    Season 16 Episode 6:

    Rich Hill

    Three boys navigate childhood and adolescence in the old mining town Rich Hill, Mo.

  • Independent Lens - Happiness (Season 16 Episode 5)
    Season 16 Episode 5:


    A 9-year-old monk ventures out of his Bhutanese village and experiences electricity.

  • Independent Lens - Powerless (Season 16 Episode 4)
    Season 16 Episode 4:


    A young electrician helps the poor in Kanpur, India; the first female chief of the electricity utility company seeks to dismantle illegal connections.

  • Independent Lens - Brakeless (Season 16 Episode 3)
    Season 16 Episode 3:


    The Japanese pursuit of efficiency may jeopardize people's safety, as evidenced by the West Japan Railway crash of 2005.

  • Independent Lens - Twin Sisters (Season 16 Episode 2)
    Season 16 Episode 2:

    Twin Sisters

    Twin baby girls adopted by two sets of parents on different sides of the globe reunite in Norway when the girls are eight years old.

  • Independent Lens - Bully (Season 16 Episode 1)
    Season 16 Episode 1:


    Five children and their families address bullying in schools.

  • Independent Lens - The New Black (Season 15 Episode 23)
    Season 15 Episode 23:

    The New Black

    Activists, families and clergy on both sides of the effort to legalize gay marriage in Maryland.

  • Independent Lens - God Loves Uganda (Season 15 Episode 22)
    Season 15 Episode 22:

    God Loves Uganda

    Western religion and African culture intersect as Ugandan and American pastors spread the word of God to millions of people in East Africa.

  • Independent Lens - Let the Fire Burn (Season 15 Episode 21)
    Season 15 Episode 21:

    Let the Fire Burn

    The clash between Philadelphia police and the radical group MOVE ends with 11 deaths and the destruction of 61 homes.

  • Independent Lens - A Fragile Trust: Plagiarism, Power and Jayson Blair at The New York Times; Lies (Season 15 Episode 20)
    Season 15 Episode 20:

    A Fragile Trust: Plagiarism, Power and Jayson Blair at The New York Times; Lies

    The New York Times reporter Jayson Blair is caught plagiarizing the work of other reporters and adding fabricated details to his stories.

  • Independent Lens - Muscle Shoals; Waiting for a Train: The Toshio Hirano Story (Season 15 Episode 19)
    Season 15 Episode 19:

    Muscle Shoals; Waiting for a Train: The Toshio Hirano Story

    FAME Studios founder Rick Hall brings blacks and whites to Muscle Shoals, Ala., to record some of the most important songs of all time.

  • Independent Lens - The Trials of Muhammad Ali (Season 15 Episode 18)
    Season 15 Episode 18:

    The Trials of Muhammad Ali

    From 1967 to 1970, Muhammad Ali is stripped of his heavyweight title and banned from boxing after he refuses U.S. military service.

  • Independent Lens - Brothers Hypnotic (Season 15 Episode 17)
    Season 15 Episode 17:

    Brothers Hypnotic

    The eight brothers of the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble are influenced by their father, jazz musician Phil Cohran.

  • Independent Lens - Medora (Season 15 Episode 16)
    Season 15 Episode 16:


    A small town and its high school basketball team both fight for survival.

  • Independent Lens - All of Me: A Story of Love, Loss, and Last Resorts (Season 15 Episode 15)
    Season 15 Episode 15:

    All of Me: A Story of Love, Loss, and Last Resorts

    Morbidly obese women endure weight-loss surgery.

  • Independent Lens - Las Marthas (Season 15 Episode 14)
    Season 15 Episode 14:

    Las Marthas

    Mexican-American girls preserve the annual Martha Washington Pageant and Ball for debutantes in Laredo, Texas.

  • Independent Lens - Spies of Mississippi (Season 15 Episode 13)
    Season 15 Episode 13:

    Spies of Mississippi

    The Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission's role in the civil rights movement, including the integration of the University of Mississippi and the trial of Medgar Evers.

  • Independent Lens - The State of Arizona (Season 15 Episode 12)
    Season 15 Episode 12:

    The State of Arizona

    Arizona struggles with illegal immigration a year after passing its "papers please" law.

  • Independent Lens - Blood Brother (Season 15 Episode 11)
    Season 15 Episode 11:

    Blood Brother

    Rocky Braat devotes his life to HIV-infected orphans in India.

  • Independent Lens - At Berkeley (Season 15 Episode 10)
    Season 15 Episode 10:

    At Berkeley

    Filmed during the fall 2010 semester, Frederick Wiseman documents life at the University of California at Berkeley.

  • Independent Lens - How to Survive a Plague (Season 15 Episode 9)
    Season 15 Episode 9:

    How to Survive a Plague

    Activists from ACT UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group) help identify new drugs that may be beneficial to people with AIDS.

  • Independent Lens - Jiro Dreams of Sushi (Season 15 Episode 8)
    Season 15 Episode 8:

    Jiro Dreams of Sushi

    Japanese sushi chef Jiro Ono's 10-seat restaurant located in a Tokyo subway station attracts visitors from around the globe.

  • Independent Lens - Playwright: From Page to Stage (Season 15 Episode 7)
    Season 15 Episode 7:

    Playwright: From Page to Stage

    Two young playwrights from different backgrounds come together to create a new language for the stage.

  • Independent Lens - Young Lakota (Season 15 Episode 6)
    Season 15 Episode 6:

    Young Lakota

    Three young people living in South Dakota's Pine Ridge Reservation are faced with difficult choices when the tribe's female president threatens to build a women's clinic on the sovereign territory of the reservation.

  • Independent Lens - Indian Relay (Season 15 Episode 5)
    Season 15 Episode 5:

    Indian Relay

    Native American teams from three different tribes compete in a dangerous form of horse racing.

  • Independent Lens - The Graduates (Season 15 Episode 4)
    Season 15 Episode 4:

    The Graduates

    Efforts to increase graduation rates for Latino students.

  • Independent Lens - The Graduates (Season 15 Episode 3)
    Season 15 Episode 3:

    The Graduates

    Efforts to increase graduation rates for Latino students.

  • Independent Lens - The Waiting Room; Let Me Down Easy (Season 15 Episode 2)
    Season 15 Episode 2:

    The Waiting Room; Let Me Down Easy

    People wait long hours in the ER waiting room at Highland Hospital in Oakland, Calif., a primary care facility for 250,000 individuals of varying nationalities, ethnicities and religions.

  • Independent Lens - Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey (Season 15 Episode 1)
    Season 15 Episode 1:

    Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey

    Filipino singer-songwriter Arnel Pineda deals with the demands of his newfound fame as the lead singer of rock band Journey.

  • Independent Lens - The Revolutionary Optimists (Season 14 Episode 17)
    Season 14 Episode 17:

    The Revolutionary Optimists

    Amlan Ganguly transforms some of the poorest slums of Kolkata, India, by empowering children to become leaders in improving health and sanitation.

  • Independent Lens - The Invisible War (Season 14 Episode 16)
    Season 14 Episode 16:

    The Invisible War

    Rape and sexual assault within the ranks of the U.S. military, including the isolation of women who report the crimes.

  • Independent Lens - Detropia (Season 14 Episode 15)
    Season 14 Episode 15:


    Detroit residents prepare to create a new city in a post-industrial America.

  • Independent Lens - Seeking Asian Female (Season 14 Episode 14)
    Season 14 Episode 14:

    Seeking Asian Female

    An aging white man finds love with a Chinese bride online.

  • Independent Lens - The Undocumented (Season 14 Episode 13)
    Season 14 Episode 13:

    The Undocumented

    Coroners and volunteers locate and identify thousands of bodies of illegal border crossers lost in the Arizona desert.

  • Independent Lens - The Island President (Season 14 Episode 12)
    Season 14 Episode 12:

    The Island President

    President Mohamed Nasheed addresses global warming in the Maldives.

  • Independent Lens - Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines (Season 14 Episode 11)
    Season 14 Episode 11:

    Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines

    The evolution of "Wonder Woman" began with a comic book in the 1940s.

  • Independent Lens - The House I Live In; As I Am (Season 14 Episode 10)
    Season 14 Episode 10:

    The House I Live In; As I Am

    Stories illustrate the war on drugs in the U.S.; Chris Dean's observations about life.

  • Independent Lens - Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (Season 14 Episode 9)
    Season 14 Episode 9:

    Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

    Chinese contemporary artist and activist Ai Weiwei.

  • Independent Lens - The Powerbroker: Whitney Young's Fight for Civil Rights (Season 14 Episode 8)
    Season 14 Episode 8:

    The Powerbroker: Whitney Young's Fight for Civil Rights

    Civil rights leader Whitney M. Young Jr. becomes the head of the National Urban League, garnering support from the white elite as well as three presidents.

  • Independent Lens - The Revisionaries (Season 14 Episode 7)
    Season 14 Episode 7:

    The Revisionaries

    The Texas State Board of Education rewrites teaching and textbook standards once every decade.

  • Independent Lens - Beauty Is Embarrassing (Season 14 Episode 6)
    Season 14 Episode 6:

    Beauty Is Embarrassing

    Artist Wayne White searches for balance between his work and art.

  • Independent Lens - Soul Food Junkies (Season 14 Episode 5)
    Season 14 Episode 5:

    Soul Food Junkies

    Soul food's relevance to black cultural identity.

  • Independent Lens - Solar Mamas (Season 14 Episode 4)
    Season 14 Episode 4:

    Solar Mamas

    A 30-year-old Jordanian mother of four travels outside her village for the first time to attend a solar engineering program at India's Barefoot College.

  • Independent Lens - Love Free or Die (Season 14 Episode 3)
    Season 14 Episode 3:

    Love Free or Die

    In 2003, Gene Robinson becomes the first openly gay bishop.

  • Independent Lens - As Goes Janesville (Season 14 Episode 2)
    Season 14 Episode 2:

    As Goes Janesville

    Residents of Janesville, Wis., cope with the shutdown of their General Motors Corp. factory.

  • Independent Lens - Park Avenue: Money, Power & the American Dream (Season 14 Episode 1)
    Season 14 Episode 1:

    Park Avenue: Money, Power & the American Dream

    The luxury apartment building at 740 Park Avenue in New York boasts the highest number of billionaires in the U.S.

  • Independent Lens - Strong! (Season 13 Episode 27)
    Season 13 Episode 27:


    Champion weightlifter Cheryl Haworth strives to defend her status as her career winds down.

  • Independent Lens - We Were Here (Season 13 Episode 26)
    Season 13 Episode 26:

    We Were Here

    The people of San Francisco respond to AIDS in 1981.

  • Independent Lens - Left by the Ship (Season 13 Episode 25)
    Season 13 Episode 25:

    Left by the Ship

    Four Amerasian children left behind by their fathers, U.S. servicemen serving in the Philippines.

  • Independent Lens - Hell and Back Again (Season 13 Episode 24)
    Season 13 Episode 24:

    Hell and Back Again

    A U.S. Marine fights in Afghanistan and recovers at home in North Carolina.

  • Independent Lens - Precious Knowledge (Season 13 Episode 23)
    Season 13 Episode 23:

    Precious Knowledge

    Students in Tucson High School's Mexican American Studies Program fight to save their classes.

  • Independent Lens - Summer Pasture (Season 13 Episode 22)
    Season 13 Episode 22:

    Summer Pasture

    A young nomadic couple live with their infant daughter in the high grasslands of eastern Tibet.

  • Independent Lens - Circo (Season 13 Episode 21)
    Season 13 Episode 21:


    The Ponce family circus in Mexico.

  • Independent Lens - Facing the Storm: Story of the American Bison (Season 13 Episode 20)
    Season 13 Episode 20:

    Facing the Storm: Story of the American Bison

    The history of the relationship between bison and the people of North America.

  • Independent Lens - Revenge of the Electric Car (Season 13 Episode 19)
    Season 13 Episode 19:

    Revenge of the Electric Car

    The global resurgence of electric cars.

  • Independent Lens - When the Drum Is Beating (Season 13 Episode 18)
    Season 13 Episode 18:

    When the Drum Is Beating

    Haiti's past and present is explored through the music of the country's oldest and best-known band.

  • Independent Lens - Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey (Season 13 Episode 17)
    Season 13 Episode 17:

    Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey

    Kevin Clash, the man behind Elmo, follows his dreams to be a puppeteer.

  • Independent Lens - You're Looking at Me Like I Live Here and I Don't (Season 13 Episode 16)
    Season 13 Episode 16:

    You're Looking at Me Like I Live Here and I Don't

    A first-person account of life inside the Traditions Alzheimer's & Other Dementia Care Unit at the Reutlinger Community for Jewish Living in Danville, Calif.

  • Independent Lens - More Than a Month (Season 13 Episode 15)
    Season 13 Episode 15:

    More Than a Month

    A filmmaker creates a satirical cross-country campaign to end Black History Month.

  • Independent Lens - The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 (Season 13 Episode 14)
    Season 13 Episode 14:

    The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975

    A cinematic and musical journey into America's black communities from 1967-1975.

  • Independent Lens - Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock (Season 13 Episode 13)
    Season 13 Episode 13:

    Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock

    Civil rights activist Daisy Bates supports nine black students who register to attend an all-white high school in Little Rock, Ark.

  • Independent Lens - Have You Heard From Johannesburg?: Free at Last (Season 13 Episode 12)
    Season 13 Episode 12:

    Have You Heard From Johannesburg?: Free at Last

    The apartheid regime in Pretoria crumbles; Nelson Mandela is freed from prison and in 1990, he is elected president.

  • Independent Lens - Have You Heard From Johannesburg?: The Bottom Line (Season 13 Episode 11)
    Season 13 Episode 11:

    Have You Heard From Johannesburg?: The Bottom Line

    A boycott and divestment campaign targets Western corporations in business with the South African regime.

  • Independent Lens - Have You Heard From Johannesburg?: From Selma to Soweto (Season 13 Episode 10)
    Season 13 Episode 10:

    Have You Heard From Johannesburg?: From Selma to Soweto

    Blacks lead a movement to force the U.S. to reverse its policies toward South Africa.

  • Independent Lens - Have You Heard From Johannesburg?: The New Generation (Season 13 Episode 9)
    Season 13 Episode 9:

    Have You Heard From Johannesburg?: The New Generation

    After the death of resistance leader Steven Biko, young people in the West join an international movement to sanction and isolate South Africa.

  • Independent Lens - Have You Heard From Johannesburg?: Road to Resistance (Season 13 Episode 8)
    Season 13 Episode 8:

    Have You Heard From Johannesburg?: Road to Resistance

    South Africa institutes laws against nonwhites and imprisons Nelson Mandela.

  • Independent Lens - These Amazing Shadows (Season 13 Episode 7)
    Season 13 Episode 7:

    These Amazing Shadows

    The National Film Registry is a collection of 550 films that represent cinema's contribution to American culture.

  • Independent Lens - The Woodmans (Season 13 Episode 6)
    Season 13 Episode 6:

    The Woodmans

    Francesca Woodman's photographic career ended with her suicide at the age of 22.

  • Independent Lens - We Still Live Here -- as Nutayunean (Season 13 Episode 5)
    Season 13 Episode 5:

    We Still Live Here -- as Nutayunean

    The Wampanoag of Cape Cod, Mass., and Martha's Vineyard revive their language more than a century after the last native speaker died.

  • Independent Lens - Deaf Jam (Season 13 Episode 4)
    Season 13 Episode 4:

    Deaf Jam

    Deaf teens from New York discuss American Sign Language Poetry.

  • Independent Lens - Lives Worth Living (Season 13 Episode 3)
    Season 13 Episode 3:

    Lives Worth Living

    Fred Fay pushes for disability rights while struggling to survive after a spinal cord injury.

  • Independent Lens - Donor Unknown (Season 13 Episode 2)
    Season 13 Episode 2:

    Donor Unknown

    JoEllen Marsh, 20, searches for her sperm-donor father.

  • Independent Lens - Wham! Bam! Islam! (Season 13 Episode 1)
    Season 13 Episode 1:

    Wham! Bam! Islam!

    A Kuwaiti psychologist launches a comic series of 99 superheroes based on the 99 virtues of Allah.

  • Independent Lens - Two Spirits (Season 12 Episode 25)
    Season 12 Episode 25:

    Two Spirits

    A hate crime takes the life of Navajo Fred Martinez, a 16-year-old who possessed both male and female traits.

  • Independent Lens - Welcome to Shelbyville (Season 12 Episode 24)
    Season 12 Episode 24:

    Welcome to Shelbyville

    The small town of Shelbyville, Tenn., deals with rapid demographic change and immigrant integration.

  • Independent Lens - Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo (Season 12 Episode 23)
    Season 12 Episode 23:

    Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo

    Japanese philosophies about insects.

  • Independent Lens - Bhutto (Season 12 Episode 22)
    Season 12 Episode 22:


    Former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, the first Muslim woman elected to lead an Islamic nation, was struck down by assassins in 2007.

  • Independent Lens - A Film Unfinished (Season 12 Episode 21)
    Season 12 Episode 21:

    A Film Unfinished

    A Nazi propaganda film used by historians provides insight into life in the Warsaw Ghetto in 1942.

  • Independent Lens - Marwencol (Season 12 Episode 20)
    Season 12 Episode 20:


    After an attack leaves him with brain damage and physical injuries, Mark Hogancamp creates his own therapy by constructing a miniature World War II-era town in his backyard.

  • Independent Lens - Waste Land (Season 12 Episode 19)
    Season 12 Episode 19:

    Waste Land

    Artist Vik Muniz travels to the world's largest garbage dump in Brazil; there he photographs catadores, collectors, as they pick through materials to sell for recycling.

  • Independent Lens - Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child (Season 12 Episode 18)
    Season 12 Episode 18:

    Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child

    Discovered through his graffiti art in the late 1970s, Jean-Michel Basquiat sold his first painting to Deborah Harry and became best friends with Andy Warhol.

  • Independent Lens - The Desert of Forbidden Art (Season 12 Episode 17)
    Season 12 Episode 17:

    The Desert of Forbidden Art

    Banned Soviet art was stashed in the desert of Uzbekistan.

  • Independent Lens - Pushing the Elephant (Season 12 Episode 16)
    Season 12 Episode 16:

    Pushing the Elephant

    Separated during civil war in a Congolese village, a woman reunites with her daughter more than 10 years later, after resettling with her other children in Phoenix.

  • Independent Lens - Me Facing Life: Cyntoia's Story (Season 12 Episode 15)
    Season 12 Episode 15:

    Me Facing Life: Cyntoia's Story

    Cyntoia Brown faces life in prison for killing a man who picked her up for sex when she was 16.

  • Independent Lens - William S. Burroughs: A Man Within (Season 12 Episode 14)
    Season 12 Episode 14:

    William S. Burroughs: A Man Within

    Novelist William S. Burroughs influenced artists for generations.

  • Independent Lens - When I Rise (Season 12 Episode 13)
    Season 12 Episode 13:

    When I Rise

    A University of Texas music student struggles against racial tension and reaches ultimate success in international opera.

  • Independent Lens - For Once in My Life (Season 12 Episode 12)
    Season 12 Episode 12:

    For Once in My Life

    Singers and musicians with mental and physical disabilities exude musical talent.

  • Independent Lens - Children of Haiti (Season 12 Episode 11)
    Season 12 Episode 11:

    Children of Haiti

    Three teenage boys from Haiti reflect on their country and their lives.

  • Independent Lens - Men Who Swim (Season 12 Episode 10)
    Season 12 Episode 10:

    Men Who Swim

    Filmmaker Dylan Williams joins an all-male synchronized swim team.

  • Independent Lens - The Calling (Season 12 Episode 9)
    Season 12 Episode 9:

    The Calling

    A new generation of students prepare to become ordained religious professionals.

  • Independent Lens - The Calling (Season 12 Episode 8)
    Season 12 Episode 8:

    The Calling

    A new generation of students prepare to become ordained religious professionals.

  • Independent Lens - 45365 (Season 12 Episode 7)
    Season 12 Episode 7:


    Relationships and interactions of people and their community.

  • Independent Lens - Deep Down (Season 12 Episode 6)
    Season 12 Episode 6:

    Deep Down

    A mountaintop-removal coal mine divides the residents of a community in eastern Kentucky.

  • Independent Lens - Lost Sparrow (Season 12 Episode 5)
    Season 12 Episode 5:

    Lost Sparrow

    Filmmaker Chris Billing investigates the deaths of his adopted brothers, two Crow Indian boys who disappeared in 1978.

  • Independent Lens - The Longoria Affair (Season 12 Episode 4)
    Season 12 Episode 4:

    The Longoria Affair

    Although Mexican-American Pvt. Felix Longoria died fighting the Japanese during World War II, a funeral parlor at Three Rivers, Texas, refused to hold a wake for him.

  • Independent Lens - Reel Injun (Season 12 Episode 3)
    Season 12 Episode 3:

    Reel Injun

    The portrayal of Native Americans in cinema.

  • Independent Lens - Art & Copy (Season 12 Episode 2)
    Season 12 Episode 2:

    Art & Copy

    The social and cultural influence of advertising.

  • Independent Lens - The Parking Lot Movie (Season 12 Episode 1)
    Season 12 Episode 1:

    The Parking Lot Movie

    Members of a select group of men serve as attendants at the same parking lot in Charlottesville, Va.

  • Independent Lens - Goodbye Solo (Season 11 Episode 27)
    Season 11 Episode 27:

    Goodbye Solo

    A cab driver tries to help an old man who wants to die.

  • Independent Lens - A Village Called Versailles (Season 11 Episode 26)
    Season 11 Episode 26:

    A Village Called Versailles

    Vietnamese refugees fight against the opening of a toxic government-imposed landfill in New Orleans.

  • Independent Lens - Project Kashmir (Season 11 Episode 25)
    Season 11 Episode 25:

    Project Kashmir

    Two American women -- one Muslim, one Hindu -- sneak cameras into Kashmir, India, to document the costs of war.

  • Independent Lens - The Horse Boy (Season 11 Episode 24)
    Season 11 Episode 24:

    The Horse Boy

    A family embarks on a physical and spiritual journey from Texas to Mongolia in search of a cure for their son's autism.

  • Independent Lens - Sunshine (Season 11 Episode 23)
    Season 11 Episode 23:


    A second-generation single mother comes to terms with the meaning of family.

  • Independent Lens - Garbage Dreams (Season 11 Episode 22)
    Season 11 Episode 22:

    Garbage Dreams

    A community outside of Cairo, Egypt, recycles 80 percent of the trash collected.

  • Independent Lens - Dirt! The Movie (Season 11 Episode 21)
    Season 11 Episode 21:

    Dirt! The Movie

    Industrial farming, mining and urban development have paved the way for droughts, starvation, floods and climate change.

  • Independent Lens - Blessed Is the Match (Season 11 Episode 20)
    Season 11 Episode 20:

    Blessed Is the Match

    At the age of 22, Hannah Senesh parachutes into Nazi-occupied territory to save Hungarian Jews.

  • Independent Lens - Unmistaken Child (Season 11 Episode 19)
    Season 11 Episode 19:

    Unmistaken Child

    Tenzin Zopa leads the search for the reincarnation of his deceased master, Geshe Lama Konchog.

  • Independent Lens - Whatever It Takes (Season 11 Episode 18)
    Season 11 Episode 18:

    Whatever It Takes

    The first year of the Bronx Center for Science & Mathematics, a high school in New York's South Bronx.

  • Independent Lens - Lost Souls (Animas Perdidas) (Season 11 Episode 17)
    Season 11 Episode 17:

    Lost Souls (Animas Perdidas)

    National identity, the lives of immigrants and what happens to deportees who are sent back to their homeland.

  • Independent Lens - The Eyes of Me (Season 11 Episode 16)
    Season 11 Episode 16:

    The Eyes of Me

    Four teenagers who have lost their sight struggle to fit in, prepare for college, and live independently.

  • Independent Lens - Behind the Rainbow (Season 11 Episode 15)
    Season 11 Episode 15:

    Behind the Rainbow

    South Africa's political problems, struggles and realities.

  • Independent Lens - Mine; Home (Season 11 Episode 14)
    Season 11 Episode 14:

    Mine; Home

    Animals left behind during Hurricane Katrina; a filmmaker mixes images of his home before and after Hurricane Katrina.

  • Independent Lens - Herskovits at the Heart of Blackness (Season 11 Episode 13)
    Season 11 Episode 13:

    Herskovits at the Heart of Blackness

    The writings of Jewish anthropologist Melville Herskovits challenged popular assumptions about race and culture.

  • Independent Lens - P-Star Rising (Season 11 Episode 12)
    Season 11 Episode 12:

    P-Star Rising

    Priscilla, 9, pursues her dream of becoming the youngest female rap artist.

  • Independent Lens - Copyright Criminals (Season 11 Episode 11)
    Season 11 Episode 11:

    Copyright Criminals

    Music sampling and debates about artistic expression, copyright law and money.

  • Independent Lens - Young at Heart; George and Rosemary (Season 11 Episode 10)
    Season 11 Episode 10:

    Young at Heart; George and Rosemary

    A New England senior citizen chorus rehearses for its new show.

  • Independent Lens - Scenes From a Parish (Season 11 Episode 9)
    Season 11 Episode 9:

    Scenes From a Parish

    The Rev. Paul O'Brien arrives at Saint Patrick Parish in Lawrence, Mass., and finds ethnic tensions churning in a working-class community.

  • Independent Lens - Between the Folds (Season 11 Episode 8)
    Season 11 Episode 8:

    Between the Folds

    Some theoretical scientists and fine artists become modern paper-folders.

  • Independent Lens - Objectified (Season 11 Episode 7)
    Season 11 Episode 7:


    Creativity and design impact how people relate to manufactured objects like cell phones and toothbrushes.

  • Independent Lens - No Subtitles Necessary: László & Vilmos (Season 11 Episode 6)
    Season 11 Episode 6:

    No Subtitles Necessary: László & Vilmos

    László Kovács and Vilmos Zsigmond escaped the Soviet oppression of the Hungarian Revolution to become successful cinematographers in Hollywood.

  • Independent Lens - D Tour (Season 11 Episode 5)
    Season 11 Episode 5:

    D Tour

    An aspiring musician suffers a setback when his kidney fails and he must search for a living organ donor.

  • Independent Lens - Power Paths (Season 11 Episode 4)
    Season 11 Episode 4:

    Power Paths

    American Indian tribes face opposition in changing the energy habits of traditional fossil fuel dependent utilities and electric cooperatives.

  • Independent Lens - Journals of a Wily School (Season 11 Episode 3)
    Season 11 Episode 3:

    Journals of a Wily School

    The police offer a pickpocket a full pardon if he will help them track down more criminals.

  • Independent Lens - Butte, America (Season 11 Episode 2)
    Season 11 Episode 2:

    Butte, America

    Five generations of mining families illustrate the story of Butte, Mont., once the world's largest producer of copper; narrator Gabriel Byrne.

  • Independent Lens - Herb and Dorothy (Season 11 Episode 1)
    Season 11 Episode 1:

    Herb and Dorothy

    Herb and Dorothy Vogel built one of the most important contemporary art collections in history.

  • Independent Lens - Our Disappeared; Nuestros Desaparecidos (Season 10 Episode 26)
    Season 10 Episode 26:

    Our Disappeared; Nuestros Desaparecidos

    Director Juan Mandelbaum investigates what happened to those who were kidnapped during the 1976-1983 military dictatorships in Argentina.

  • Independent Lens - Ask Not (Season 10 Episode 25)
    Season 10 Episode 25:

    Ask Not

    Political battles that led to the "don't ask, don't tell" policy of the U.S. military.

  • Independent Lens - Stranded: The Andes Plane Crash Survivors (Season 10 Episode 24)
    Season 10 Episode 24:

    Stranded: The Andes Plane Crash Survivors

    Survivors of the 1972 Andes plane crash recall how they survived in the mountains for 60 days with no food, water or supplies.

  • Independent Lens - Crips and Bloods: Made in America (Season 10 Episode 23)
    Season 10 Episode 23:

    Crips and Bloods: Made in America

    Interviews with former and current members of the Crips and the Bloods, two of the most notorious and violent street gangs in America.

  • Independent Lens - Wings of Defeat (Season 10 Episode 22)
    Season 10 Episode 22:

    Wings of Defeat

    Surviving Japanese Kamikaze pilots recall their brutal training and experiences.

  • Independent Lens - At Home in Utopia (Season 10 Episode 21)
    Season 10 Episode 21:

    At Home in Utopia

    The history of the United Workers Cooperative Colony, a cooperative apartment built in the Bronx in the 1920s by Jewish garment workers.

  • Independent Lens - Steal a Pencil for Me (Season 10 Episode 20)
    Season 10 Episode 20:

    Steal a Pencil for Me

    Jack and Ina write secret love letters while held in a concentration camp.

  • Independent Lens - Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai (Season 10 Episode 19)
    Season 10 Episode 19:

    Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai

    Nobel Peace Prize laureate Wangari Maathai reclaims her land and culture by planting trees.

  • Independent Lens - Milking the Rhino (Season 10 Episode 18)
    Season 10 Episode 18:

    Milking the Rhino

    Rural Africans are at the forefront of community-based conservation and preservation of wildlife.

  • Independent Lens - Recycle (Season 10 Episode 17)
    Season 10 Episode 17:


    An ex-Mujahideen soldier longs for a peaceful life after years of fighting in the Soviet-Afghan war.

  • Independent Lens - Arusi Persian Wedding (Season 10 Episode 16)
    Season 10 Episode 16:

    Arusi Persian Wedding

    At the start of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, a man returns to Iran with his American wife to have a traditional Persian wedding.

  • Independent Lens - The Order of Myths; Bi-Racial Hair (Season 10 Episode 15)
    Season 10 Episode 15:

    The Order of Myths; Bi-Racial Hair

    At America's oldest Mardi Gras in Mobile, Ala., events remain segregated between whites and blacks; a 13-year-old poet proposes a "new race."

  • Independent Lens - Tulia, Texas (Season 10 Episode 14)
    Season 10 Episode 14:

    Tulia, Texas

    In 1999, undercover narcotics officer Thomas Coleman and his drug task force arrested dozens of residents of Tulia, Texas, for selling drugs.

  • Independent Lens - Adjust Your Color: The Truth of Petey Greene (Season 10 Episode 13)
    Season 10 Episode 13:

    Adjust Your Color: The Truth of Petey Greene

    America's first shock jock, Petey Greene, holds nothing back on his raw, uncensored radio and TV shows in the late 1960s and the '70s.

  • Independent Lens - Helvetica (Season 10 Episode 12)
    Season 10 Episode 12:


    Historians and designers talk about fonts, and why Helvetica reigns as the most popular.

  • Independent Lens - Operation Filmmaker (Season 10 Episode 10)
    Season 10 Episode 10:

    Operation Filmmaker

    Iraqi film student Muthana Mohmed gets his dream job working on a Hollywood movie, where expectations and misunderstandings collide.

  • Independent Lens - Grey Gardens: From East Hampton to Broadway (Season 10 Episode 9)
    Season 10 Episode 9:

    Grey Gardens: From East Hampton to Broadway

    The relationship between Edith Beale and her daughter, Edie, aunt and cousin to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, was chronicled in a film and Broadway musical.

  • Independent Lens - Wonders Are Many: The Making of Doctor Atomic (Season 10 Episode 8)
    Season 10 Episode 8:

    Wonders Are Many: The Making of Doctor Atomic

    Composer John Adams and director Peter Sellars create an opera about J. Robert Oppenheimer's development of the atomic bomb.

  • Independent Lens - Doc (Season 10 Episode 7)
    Season 10 Episode 7:


    The life of author Harold Louis Doc Humes was consumed with ideas about politics, literature and protest.

  • Independent Lens - The Atom Smashers (Season 10 Episode 6)
    Season 10 Episode 6:

    The Atom Smashers

    Physicists search for the Higgs Boson, a particle important to the understanding of how the universe is held together.

  • Independent Lens - March Point (Season 10 Episode 5)
    Season 10 Episode 5:

    March Point

    Three teens from the Swinomish tribe investigate the impact of two oil refineries on their tribal community in LaConner, Wash.

  • Independent Lens - Lioness (Season 10 Episode 4)
    Season 10 Episode 4:


    A group of female U.S. Army support soldiers became the first women in U.S. history to serve in direct ground combat.

  • Independent Lens - Knee Deep (Season 10 Episode 3)
    Season 10 Episode 3:

    Knee Deep

    Josh Osborne hatched a plan with his friends and relatives to kill his mother after she reneged on a deal which would have left the family farm to him.

  • Independent Lens - Dinner With the President: A Nation's Journey (Season 10 Episode 2)
    Season 10 Episode 2:

    Dinner With the President: A Nation's Journey

    Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf addresses his ideas for a democratized society.

  • Independent Lens - Chicago 10 (Season 10 Episode 1)
    Season 10 Episode 1:

    Chicago 10

    Filmmaker Brett Morgen mixes animation with archival footage to tell the story of the conspiracy trial of the Chicago Seven.

  • Independent Lens - Abduction: The Megumi Yokota Story (Season 9 Episode 27)
    Season 9 Episode 27:

    Abduction: The Megumi Yokota Story

    Parents of a 13-year-old Japanese girl kidnapped by North Korean spies work for 30 years to bring her home; host Terrence Howard.

  • Independent Lens - Deep Water (Season 9 Episode 26)
    Season 9 Episode 26:

    Deep Water

    Amateur yachtsman Donald Crowhurst takes part in the first solo, nonstop, around-the-world boat race; host Terrence Howard.

  • Independent Lens - The Cool School (Season 9 Episode 25)
    Season 9 Episode 25:

    The Cool School

    The Ferus Gallery's art scene from 1956 to 1966; Terrence Howard hosts.

  • Independent Lens - Writ Writer (Season 9 Episode 24)
    Season 9 Episode 24:

    Writ Writer

    A Mexican-American sent to prison in 1960 wages a legal battle against the violence and abuse of inmates' rights in the Texas penal system; host Terrence Howard.

  • Independent Lens - New Year Baby (Season 9 Episode 23)
    Season 9 Episode 23:

    New Year Baby

    Filmmaker Socheata Poeuv grew up in the U.S., never knowing her family had survived the Khmer Rouge genocide.

  • Independent Lens - A Dream in Doubt (Season 9 Episode 22)
    Season 9 Episode 22:

    A Dream in Doubt

    A Sikh man from Mesa, Ariz., is murdered, a victim of a hate crime in the wake of Sept. 11; host Terrence Howard.

  • Independent Lens - Na Kamalei: The Men of Hula (Season 9 Episode 21)
    Season 9 Episode 21:

    Na Kamalei: The Men of Hula

    Male roles in the hula tradition with Robert Cazimero, a teacher at the only all-male hula school in Hawaii.

  • Independent Lens - King Corn (Season 9 Episode 20)
    Season 9 Episode 20:

    King Corn

    Two college graduates plant a single acre of corn and follow it on its journey to the dinner table.

  • Independent Lens - Water Flowing Together (Season 9 Episode 19)
    Season 9 Episode 19:

    Water Flowing Together

    An openly gay man of Navajo and Puerto Rican descent, Jock Soto retired from the New York City Ballet at age 40 after a 24-year career.

  • Independent Lens - Companeras (Season 9 Episode 18)
    Season 9 Episode 18:


    Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles, America's first all-female mariachi band, was founded in 1994 and is comprised of 12 members.

  • Independent Lens - Iron Ladies of Liberia (Season 9 Episode 17)
    Season 9 Episode 17:

    Iron Ladies of Liberia

    Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, president of Liberia, is Africa's first freely elected female head of State.

  • Independent Lens - Hard Road Home (Season 9 Episode 16)
    Season 9 Episode 16:

    Hard Road Home

    Three former felons in New York are in different stages of life after doing time.

  • Independent Lens - Banished (Season 9 Episode 15)
    Season 9 Episode 15:


    From the 1860s to the 1920s, towns and counties across America violently expelled black communities, forcing thousands from their homes.

  • Independent Lens - American Made (Season 9 Episode 14)
    Season 9 Episode 14:

    American Made

    A Sikh-American family makes its way to the Grand Canyon but gets trapped in the desert.

  • Independent Lens - How Is Your Fish Today? (Season 9 Episode 13)
    Season 9 Episode 13:

    How Is Your Fish Today?

    While writing a screenplay, Hui Rao begins to live the life of the character he is creating.

  • Independent Lens - A Son's Sacrifice (Season 9 Episode 12)
    Season 9 Episode 12:

    A Son's Sacrifice

    A young Muslim-American strives for acceptance from his father's conservative community as he takes over the family business.

  • Independent Lens - Mapping Stem Cell Research: Terra Incognita (Season 9 Episode 11)
    Season 9 Episode 11:

    Mapping Stem Cell Research: Terra Incognita

    The evolving interplay between new discoveries in stem cell research and the courage of people living with disease and injury.

  • Independent Lens - Today's Man (Season 9 Episode 10)
    Season 9 Episode 10:

    Today's Man

    Filmmaker Lizzie Gottlieb tries to understand her brother's world after he is diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome at the age of 21.

  • Independent Lens - An Unreasonable Man (Season 9 Episode 9)
    Season 9 Episode 9:

    An Unreasonable Man

    Ralph Nader has worked as a consumer advocate for more than 40 years and has run for president four times.

  • Independent Lens - The Paper (Season 9 Episode 8)
    Season 9 Episode 8:

    The Paper

    The staff of Pennsylvania State University's campus newspaper face challenges such as declining circulation and barriers to investigative reporting.

  • Independent Lens - Sisters in Law (Season 9 Episode 7)
    Season 9 Episode 7:

    Sisters in Law

    One small courthouse in the African nation of Cameroon is run by state prosecutor Vera Ngassa and court president Beatrice Ntuba.

  • Independent Lens - The Creek Runs Red (Season 9 Episode 6)
    Season 9 Episode 6:

    The Creek Runs Red

    The mining town of Picher, Okla., is divided by fears of health risks, environmental politics and racial tensions between American Indians and white society.

  • Independent Lens - Miss Navajo (Season 9 Episode 5)
    Season 9 Episode 5:

    Miss Navajo

    A 21-year-old competes in the Miss Navajo Nation pageant which showcases a contestant's skills in dance, music and sheep slaughtering.

  • Independent Lens - Red White Black & Blue (Season 9 Episode 4)
    Season 9 Episode 4:

    Red White Black & Blue

    Two U.S. soldiers revisit the Aleutian Island of Attu in Alaska, the site where 3,000 Japanese troops invaded in 1942.

  • Independent Lens - Storm of Emotions (Season 9 Episode 3)
    Season 9 Episode 3:

    Storm of Emotions

    The Israeli disengagement from the Gaza Strip and efforts to achieve democracy.

  • Independent Lens - Please Vote for Me (Season 9 Episode 2)
    Season 9 Episode 2:

    Please Vote for Me

    Eight-year-old children in China compete for the position of Class Monitor.

  • Independent Lens - Wordplay (Season 9 Episode 1)
    Season 9 Episode 1:


    Will Shortz, editor of The New York Times crossword puzzle, and the puzzle constructors with whom he collaborates.

  • Independent Lens - La Lupe: Queen of Latin Soul (Season 8 Episode 27)
    Season 8 Episode 27:

    La Lupe: Queen of Latin Soul

    1960s' New York's Latin music scene dubs singer Lupe Victoria Yoli "the queen of Latin soul."

  • Independent Lens - The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill (Season 8 Episode 26)
    Season 8 Episode 26:

    The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill

    Street musician Mark Bittner relates with a flock of wild red-and-green parrots.

  • Independent Lens - Knocking (Season 8 Episode 25)
    Season 8 Episode 25:


    Two families are practicing members of Jehovah's Witnesses.

  • Independent Lens - Sentenced Home (Season 8 Episode 24)
    Season 8 Episode 24:

    Sentenced Home

    Three Cambodian refugees raised as Americans in inner-city projects near Seattle, face deportation.

  • Independent Lens - The Cats of Mirikitani (Season 8 Episode 23)
    Season 8 Episode 23:

    The Cats of Mirikitani

    An 80-year-old survivor of internment camps, Hiroshima and homelessness confronts his past in the midst of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York.

  • Independent Lens - Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (Season 8 Episode 22)
    Season 8 Episode 22:

    Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room

    The Enron corporate disaster resulted in top executives walking away with more than $1 billion, leaving investors and employees with nothing.

  • Independent Lens - Black Gold (Season 8 Episode 21)
    Season 8 Episode 21:

    Black Gold

    Ethiopian coffee growers fight for fair trade among multinational companies.

  • Independent Lens - China Blue (Season 8 Episode 20)
    Season 8 Episode 20:

    China Blue

    Jasmine and her teenage friends endure a brutal work environment at a blue jeans factory.

  • Independent Lens - Race to Execution (Season 8 Episode 19)
    Season 8 Episode 19:

    Race to Execution

    The fates of Death Row inmates Robert Tarver and Madison Hobley and the factors that influence who lives and who dies.

  • Independent Lens - Stolen (Season 8 Episode 18)
    Season 8 Episode 18:


    Two thieves dressed as police officers stole 13 works from Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990.

  • Independent Lens - Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore? (Season 8 Episode 17)
    Season 8 Episode 17:

    Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore?

    Teacher Jeff Smith starts a youth-oriented insurgent campaign during the 2004 Missouri Democratic primary to replace retiring Rep. Dick Gephardt.

  • Independent Lens - HIP-HOP: Beyond Beats and Rhymes (Season 8 Episode 16)
    Season 8 Episode 16:

    HIP-HOP: Beyond Beats and Rhymes

    Machismo in rap music and hip-hop culture.

  • Independent Lens - Motherland Afghanistan (Season 8 Episode 15)
    Season 8 Episode 15:

    Motherland Afghanistan

    Afghan-American filmmaker Sedika Mojadidi examines her father's efforts as an OB/GYN trying to help prevent women from dying in childbirth.

  • Independent Lens - Billy Strayhorn: Lush Life (Season 8 Episode 14)
    Season 8 Episode 14:

    Billy Strayhorn: Lush Life

    Billy Strayhorn, Duke Ellington's co-composer and arranger, leads a discreet life as a gay man in the 1940s and 1950s.

  • Independent Lens - Twisted (Season 8 Episode 13)
    Season 8 Episode 13:


    A basketball coach and an artist living with dystonia, a neurological disorder forcing muscles to twist into abnormal movements or postures, seek treatment while battling the disease.

  • Independent Lens - Beyond the Call (Season 8 Episode 12)
    Season 8 Episode 12:

    Beyond the Call

    Three middle-aged men deliver life-saving humanitarian aid to civilians and doctors around the world.

  • Independent Lens - Shadya (Season 8 Episode 11)
    Season 8 Episode 11:


    A 17-year-old Israeli-Arab woman with feminist ideas strives to succeed within her traditional Muslim village in northern Israel.

  • Independent Lens - A Fish Story (Season 8 Episode 10)
    Season 8 Episode 10:

    A Fish Story

    Two women lead their communities in battles against national environmental groups for control of the ocean.

  • Independent Lens - Short Stack 2006 With My Life Disoriented (Season 8 Episode 9)
    Season 8 Episode 9:

    Short Stack 2006 With My Life Disoriented

    A selection of short films focuses on teenagers: "My Life... Disoriented," "The Zit" and "Someday Flowers Bloom."

  • Independent Lens - Revolucion: Five Visions (Season 8 Episode 8)
    Season 8 Episode 8:

    Revolucion: Five Visions

    Five Cuban photographers have very different perspectives on their art and the Cuban Revolution.

  • Independent Lens - A Sad Flower in the Sand (Season 8 Episode 7)
    Season 8 Episode 7:

    A Sad Flower in the Sand

    John Fante struggles as a writer in Los Angeles during the 1930s.

  • Independent Lens - Two Square Miles (Season 8 Episode 6)
    Season 8 Episode 6:

    Two Square Miles

    Residents, artists and activists in Hudson, N.Y., protest the proposal for a multinational coal-fired cement plant.

  • Independent Lens - Democracy on Deadline: The Global Struggle for an Independent Press (Season 8 Episode 5)
    Season 8 Episode 5:

    Democracy on Deadline: The Global Struggle for an Independent Press

    Journalists and others in Afghanistan, Israel, Mexico, Nigeria, Russia, Sierra Leone and the U.S. work to make and keep societies free.

  • Independent Lens - Paul Conrad: Drawing Fire (Season 8 Episode 4)
    Season 8 Episode 4:

    Paul Conrad: Drawing Fire

    Political cartoonist Paul Conrad's 50-year career spans 11 U.S. presidents, from Harry S. Truman through George W. Bush.

  • Independent Lens - Still Life With Animated Dogs (Season 8 Episode 3)
    Season 8 Episode 3:

    Still Life With Animated Dogs

    Animator Paul Fierliger presents an artist's view of people and dogs.

  • Independent Lens - Muskrat Lovely (Season 8 Episode 2)
    Season 8 Episode 2:

    Muskrat Lovely

    A Chesapeake Bay community prepares for the 50th crowning of Miss Outdoors during the National Outdoor Show.

  • Independent Lens - The World According to Sesame Street (Season 8 Episode 1)
    Season 8 Episode 1:

    The World According to Sesame Street

    The drama and complexities of producing international versions of "Sesame Street" in Bangladesh, Kosovo and South Africa.

  • Independent Lens - A Lion in the House (Season 7 Episode 29)
    Season 7 Episode 29:

    A Lion in the House

    The emotional and economic impact of experimental treatments; diagnosis disparities; the difference between giving up and letting go.

  • Independent Lens - A Lion in the House (Season 7 Episode 28)
    Season 7 Episode 28:

    A Lion in the House

    A family must decide when to stop cancer treatment, as another family tries to figure out how to feel "normal" again when treatment succeeds.

  • Independent Lens - The Real Dirt on Farmer John (Season 7 Episode 27)
    Season 7 Episode 27:

    The Real Dirt on Farmer John

    Maverick farmer John Peterson abandoned traditional farming to move toward building an organic and progressive farm community.

  • Independent Lens - The Great Pink Scare (Season 7 Episode 26)
    Season 7 Episode 26:

    The Great Pink Scare

    Three college professors faced felony convictions after a 1960 police raid uncovered homoerotic magazines in their homes.

  • Independent Lens - The Devil's Miner (Season 7 Episode 25)
    Season 7 Episode 25:

    The Devil's Miner

    Two teenage brothers work in the Cerro Rico silver mines in Bolivia to earn money so they can attend school.

  • Independent Lens - Frozen Angels (Season 7 Episode 24)
    Season 7 Episode 24:

    Frozen Angels

    Filmmakers explore the future of human reproduction through dreamlike cinematography and personal stories.

  • Independent Lens - Fishbowl; American Made (Season 7 Episode 23)
    Season 7 Episode 23:

    Fishbowl; American Made

    An 11-year-old girl tries to be someone other than herself; a Sikh-American family questions its traditions and trust.

  • Independent Lens - Music From the Inside Out (Season 7 Episode 22)
    Season 7 Episode 22:

    Music From the Inside Out

    The core musicians of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

  • Independent Lens - A League of Ordinary Gentlemen (Season 7 Episode 21)
    Season 7 Episode 21:

    A League of Ordinary Gentlemen

    The history of professional bowling in the United States; four pro bowlers compete in the newly modernized PBA.

  • Independent Lens - La Sierra (Season 7 Episode 20)
    Season 7 Episode 20:

    La Sierra

    Three illegal soldiers experience war, death and love in a small neighborhood ruled by a group affiliated with Colombia's illegal paramilitary armies.

  • Independent Lens - Trudell (Season 7 Episode 19)
    Season 7 Episode 19:


    The philosophy and motivations behind the work of activist and poet John Trudell and his relationship to contemporary Indian history.

  • Independent Lens - Taking the Heat: The First Women Firefighters of New York City (Season 7 Episode 18)
    Season 7 Episode 18:

    Taking the Heat: The First Women Firefighters of New York City

    The history of women firefighters in America includes the story of Lt. Brenda Berkman of the Fire Department of New York.

  • Independent Lens - Troop 1500 (Season 7 Episode 17)
    Season 7 Episode 17:

    Troop 1500

    A Girl Scout troop unites daughters with mothers who are serving time at the Gatesville Prison in Texas.

  • Independent Lens - The Loss of Nameless Things (Season 7 Episode 16)
    Season 7 Episode 16:

    The Loss of Nameless Things

    Playwright Oakley Hall was on the verge of national recognition when a fall transformed his life in 1978.

  • Independent Lens - July '64 (Season 7 Episode 15)
    Season 7 Episode 15:

    July '64

    A three-night riot in Rochester, N.Y., was the culmination of poverty, joblessness and racial discrimination.

  • Independent Lens - Negroes With Guns: Rob Williams and Black Power (Season 7 Episode 14)
    Season 7 Episode 14:

    Negroes With Guns: Rob Williams and Black Power

    Robert Williams led his hometown against the Ku Klux Klan and inspired the Black Power movement.

  • Independent Lens - Almost Home (Season 7 Episode 13)
    Season 7 Episode 13:

    Almost Home

    Disability divides couples in a nursing home; elders' sons and daughters must care for their parents and children; healthy seniors fear moving out of their homes.

  • Independent Lens - Girl Trouble (Season 7 Episode 12)
    Season 7 Episode 12:

    Girl Trouble

    Three girls entangled in San Francisco's juvenile justice system.

  • Independent Lens - Sheriff (Season 7 Episode 11)
    Season 7 Episode 11:


    Sheriff Ronald E. Hewett oversees the rural region of Brunswick County, North Carolina.

  • Independent Lens - Short Stack: Lost & Found (Season 7 Episode 10)
    Season 7 Episode 10:

    Short Stack: Lost & Found

    Five short films focus on pivotal moments in friendships.

  • Independent Lens - Sisters: Portrait of a Benedictine Community (Season 7 Episode 9)
    Season 7 Episode 9:

    Sisters: Portrait of a Benedictine Community

    The women of St. Scholastica Monastery in Duluth, Minn., pursue a balanced life based on the Rule of St. Benedict.

  • Independent Lens - Seoul Train (Season 7 Episode 8)
    Season 7 Episode 8:

    Seoul Train

    North Korean refugees and activists escape their homeland and China on a secretive underground railroad.

  • Independent Lens - Maid in America (Season 7 Episode 7)
    Season 7 Episode 7:

    Maid in America

    Three Latinas face challenges as they leave their families to pursue their dreams in the United States.

  • Independent Lens - Race Is the Place (Season 7 Episode 6)
    Season 7 Episode 6:

    Race Is the Place

    Comic Ahmed Ahmed, Mayda del Valle, Hawaiian poet Haunani-Kay Trask and Kate Rigg share their views on race in America.

  • Independent Lens - Mirror Dance (Season 7 Episode 5)
    Season 7 Episode 5:

    Mirror Dance

    Twin sisters drift apart as one heads to America while the other embraces the Cuban revolution.

  • Independent Lens - A Family at War (Season 7 Episode 4)
    Season 7 Episode 4:

    A Family at War

    A family shares their reactions and changing attitudes on the military and global politics when they lose a son to the Iraq war.

  • Independent Lens - The Last Cowboy (Season 7 Episode 3)
    Season 7 Episode 3:

    The Last Cowboy

    Cowboy Vern Sager and his family live on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in the Badlands of South Dakota for two decades.

  • Independent Lens - En Route to Baghdad (Season 7 Episode 2)
    Season 7 Episode 2:

    En Route to Baghdad

    Sergio Vieira de Mello devoted his life to global efforts while he was U.N. high commissioner for human rights.

  • Independent Lens - Parliament Funkadelic: One Nation Under a Groove (Season 7 Episode 1)
    Season 7 Episode 1:

    Parliament Funkadelic: One Nation Under a Groove

    George Clinton expressed the cultural alienation of young African Americans with his band Parliament Funkadelic.

  • Independent Lens - Brother to Brother (Season 6 Episode 28)
    Season 6 Episode 28:

    Brother to Brother

    An artist rejected by his family because of his homosexuality gains a stronger sense of self from gay writer Bruce Nugent.

  • Independent Lens - Chavez Ravine: A Los Angeles Story (Season 6 Episode 27)
    Season 6 Episode 27:

    Chavez Ravine: A Los Angeles Story

    The razing of a Mexican-American village in Los Angeles to build Dodger Stadium caused controversy.

  • Independent Lens - Double Dare; Piki & Poko: Taking the Dare! (Season 6 Episode 26)
    Season 6 Episode 26:

    Double Dare; Piki & Poko: Taking the Dare!

    Hollywood stuntwomen for "Wonder Woman" and "Xena: Warrior Princess" struggle in a male-dominated business.

  • Independent Lens - Red Hook Justice (Season 6 Episode 25)
    Season 6 Episode 25:

    Red Hook Justice

    An experimental court in Red Hook, Brooklyn, which sentences offenders to job training, drug counseling and community service.

  • Independent Lens - Vietnam: The Next Generation (Season 6 Episode 24)
    Season 6 Episode 24:

    Vietnam: The Next Generation

    Modern-day Vietnam as seen through the eyes of eight young people who were born either at the end of the war or shortly thereafter.

  • Independent Lens - Imelda (Season 6 Episode 23)
    Season 6 Episode 23:


    Imelda Marcos, former first lady of the Philippines, shares her story.

  • Independent Lens - The Last Letter; Zyklon Portrait; The Walnut Tree (Season 6 Episode 22)
    Season 6 Episode 22:

    The Last Letter; Zyklon Portrait; The Walnut Tree

    A woman's last letter to her son coincides with the German seizure of her Ukrainian city in 1941.

  • Independent Lens - End of the Century: The Ramones; Joe Strummer Rocks Again (Season 6 Episode 21)
    Season 6 Episode 21:

    End of the Century: The Ramones; Joe Strummer Rocks Again

    The history of the Ramones, from the 1970s to their 2002 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

  • Independent Lens - A Lion's Trail (Season 6 Episode 20)
    Season 6 Episode 20:

    A Lion's Trail

    Africa's famous song "Mbube" inspired "The Lion Sleeps Tonight."

  • Independent Lens - Keeping Time: The Life, Music and Photographs of Milt Hinton (Season 6 Episode 19)
    Season 6 Episode 19:

    Keeping Time: The Life, Music and Photographs of Milt Hinton

    The life and career of jazz bassist and photographer Milt Hinton.

  • Independent Lens - Let the Church Say Amen (Season 6 Episode 17)
    Season 6 Episode 17:

    Let the Church Say Amen

    A storefront church in a poor neighborhood of Washington, D.C., provides hope for four parishioners.

  • Independent Lens - Sunset Story (Season 6 Episode 16)
    Season 6 Episode 16:

    Sunset Story

    Two elderly women share their political beliefs at a home for senior citizens.

  • Independent Lens - Sisters of '77 (Season 6 Episode 15)
    Season 6 Episode 15:

    Sisters of '77

    Interviews with activists and participants of the first federally funded National Women's Conference, which took place in November 1977.

  • Independent Lens - Thunder in Guyana; United States of Poetry (Season 6 Episode 14)
    Season 6 Episode 14:

    Thunder in Guyana; United States of Poetry

    American-born Janet Rosenberg Jagan becomes president of Guyana in 1997.

  • Independent Lens - On a Roll: Disability and the American Dream (Season 6 Episode 13)
    Season 6 Episode 13:

    On a Roll: Disability and the American Dream

    Greg Smith, founder of On a Roll Talk Radio, discusses life and disabilities.

  • Independent Lens - February One: The Story of the Greensboro Four (Season 6 Episode 12)
    Season 6 Episode 12:

    February One: The Story of the Greensboro Four

    Four college students stage a sit-in at a Woolworth's lunch counter in 1960.

  • Independent Lens - Power Trip (Season 6 Episode 11)
    Season 6 Episode 11:

    Power Trip

    Cultures clash as a U.S. energy company buys an electric company in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia.

  • Independent Lens - A Touch of Greatness (Season 6 Episode 10)
    Season 6 Episode 10:

    A Touch of Greatness

    Albert Cullum teaches students to excel.

  • Independent Lens - A Hard Straight (Season 6 Episode 9)
    Season 6 Episode 9:

    A Hard Straight

    A gang member, a hustler and a drug dealer try to reform while on parole.

  • Independent Lens - Short, Not Sweet (Season 6 Episode 8)
    Season 6 Episode 8:

    Short, Not Sweet

    Short films include "Fine Line Between Cute and Creepy," "La Puppe," "A Monster's Calling," "The School," "Why the Anderson Children Didn't Come to Dinner."

  • Independent Lens - fine/Doki-Doki (Season 6 Episode 7)
    Season 6 Episode 7:


    A factory worker questions his life; a Tokyo woman investigates her fellow commuters.

  • Independent Lens - Girl Wrestler (Season 6 Episode 6)
    Season 6 Episode 6:

    Girl Wrestler

    By state regulations, a 13-year-old Texas girl must stop coed wrestling after her next birthday.

  • Independent Lens - The Day My God Died (Season 6 Episode 5)
    Season 6 Episode 5:

    The Day My God Died

    Young girls are abducted from their villages and turned into sex slaves.

  • Independent Lens - Los Angeles Now (Season 6 Episode 4)
    Season 6 Episode 4:

    Los Angeles Now

    History of Los Angeles and its multicultural diversity.

  • Independent Lens - Afghanistan Unveiled (Season 6 Episode 3)
    Season 6 Episode 3:

    Afghanistan Unveiled

    The Taliban and the U.S. bombing campaign affects the lives of Afghan women.

  • Independent Lens - Polka Time (Season 6 Episode 2)
    Season 6 Episode 2:

    Polka Time

    People enjoy an annual polka festival in Gibbon, Minn.

  • Independent Lens - The Political Dr. Seuss (Season 6 Episode 1)
    Season 6 Episode 1:

    The Political Dr. Seuss

    Writer and illustrator Theodor Geisel rises to prominence as the innovative Dr. Seuss.

  • Independent Lens - The Amasong Chorus: Singing Out (Season 5 Episode 28)
    Season 5 Episode 28:

    The Amasong Chorus: Singing Out

    How music student Kristina Boerger created an award-winning lesbian-feminist choir in a small Illinois college town.

  • Independent Lens - Sumo East and West (Season 5 Episode 27)
    Season 5 Episode 27:

    Sumo East and West

    Profiles of some of the most prominent American sumo wrestlers and the sport's Japanese history.

  • Independent Lens - Cosmopolitan (Season 5 Episode 26)
    Season 5 Episode 26:


    A first generation Indian-American uses Cosmopolitan magazine as a guide to become an American bachelor.

  • Independent Lens - Death of a Shaman (Season 5 Episode 25)
    Season 5 Episode 25:

    Death of a Shaman

    A Mien woman travels to her homeland of Thailand to reunite with family and come to terms with her father's death, his drug addiction and her sister's murder.

  • Independent Lens - Refugee (Season 5 Episode 24)
    Season 5 Episode 24:


    Three Cambodian men, raised in San Francisco, travel to Cambodia to meet their families.

  • Independent Lens - One Night at the Grand Star/Double Exposure (Season 5 Episode 23)
    Season 5 Episode 23:

    One Night at the Grand Star/Double Exposure

    A night out at the Grand Star in Los Angeles's Chinatown; a Chinese woman's film expresses her roots in two countries.

  • Independent Lens - The Weather Underground (Season 5 Episode 22)
    Season 5 Episode 22:

    The Weather Underground

    Hundreds of socialist revolutionaries, calling themselves the Weathermen, bomb the U.S. Capitol, break Timothy Leary out of prison, and evade an FBI manhunt in the 1960s and '70s.

  • Independent Lens - Ram Dass Fierce Grace (Season 5 Episode 21)
    Season 5 Episode 21:

    Ram Dass Fierce Grace

    Former Harvard professor and LSD experimenter, Richard Alpert, 70, is now Indian guru Ram Dass, a best-selling author who copes with the effects of a massive stroke.

  • Independent Lens - Love Inventory (Season 5 Episode 20)
    Season 5 Episode 20:

    Love Inventory

    Israeli filmmaker David Fisher and his siblings search for their long-lost sister.

  • Independent Lens - Piri Thomas (Season 5 Episode 19)
    Season 5 Episode 19:

    Piri Thomas

    How Afro-Cuban-Puerto Rican poet Piri Thomas confronted and overcame poverty, racism, violence and isolation.

  • Independent Lens - T-Shirt Travels (Season 5 Episode 18)
    Season 5 Episode 18:

    T-Shirt Travels

    The World Bank's role in directing Zambia's economic policies and why so many Africans remain impoverished.

  • Independent Lens - Sentencing the Victim (Season 5 Episode 17)
    Season 5 Episode 17:

    Sentencing the Victim

    Rape victim Joanna Katz tells her story of challenging the parole system to heal herself and to give courage to other women of violent crimes.

  • Independent Lens - Jimmy Scott: If You Only Knew (Season 5 Episode 16)
    Season 5 Episode 16:

    Jimmy Scott: If You Only Knew

    Seventy-six year-old musician Jimmy Scott shares his rise from poverty and obscurity to worldwide recognition.

  • Independent Lens - A Place of Our Own (Season 5 Episode 15)
    Season 5 Episode 15:

    A Place of Our Own

    Black doctors, lawyers and journalists who created a vacation resort at Oak Bluffs in Martha's Vineyard.

  • Independent Lens - Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property (Season 5 Episode 14)
    Season 5 Episode 14:

    Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property

    An exploration shows the impact of Nat Turner, leader of the 1831 slave rebellion, on understanding the racial history of the United States.

  • Independent Lens - Why Can't We Be a Family Again?; Downpour Resurfacing (Season 5 Episode 13)
    Season 5 Episode 13:

    Why Can't We Be a Family Again?; Downpour Resurfacing

    Two brothers continue to hope their mother will recover from a drug addiction; a man transforms childhood abuse into a life of confidence and strength.

  • Independent Lens - Life Matters (Season 5 Episode 12)
    Season 5 Episode 12:

    Life Matters

    Texan Curtis Boyd relinquishes his ministry in the 1960s to become a doctor, with the idea that all women have the right to a safe abortion.

  • Independent Lens - Make 'Em Dance: The Hackberry Ramblers' Story (Season 5 Episode 11)
    Season 5 Episode 11:

    Make 'Em Dance: The Hackberry Ramblers' Story

    The exploits of the Hackberry Ramblers' band include a bayou crab boil and an appearance at the Grand Ole Opry.

  • Independent Lens - Man Bites Shorts (Season 5 Episode 10)
    Season 5 Episode 10:

    Man Bites Shorts

    Vignettes on modern manhood include such topics as getting dumped, biking 70 miles to see a girl, arguing about basketball.

  • Independent Lens - Get the Fire! Young Mormon Missionaries Abroad (Season 5 Episode 9)
    Season 5 Episode 9:

    Get the Fire! Young Mormon Missionaries Abroad

    The experience of three missionaries, from the time they receive their mission calls to the end of their 22-month missions in Germany.

  • Independent Lens - Loaded Gun: Life and Death and Dickinson (Season 5 Episode 8)
    Season 5 Episode 8:

    Loaded Gun: Life and Death and Dickinson

    A filmmaker turns to a psychologist, a comic, a rock band and actresses for insight into the poetry of Emily Dickinson.

  • Independent Lens - Eroica! (Season 5 Episode 7)
    Season 5 Episode 7:


    The female chamber ensemble, Eroica Trio, prepare for the debut of their latest work while balancing their personal lives.

  • Independent Lens - Livermore (Season 5 Episode 6)
    Season 5 Episode 6:


    Historians describe Livermore California's legends, including a supernatural light bulb, a cursed totem pole, scandalous photos and an ominous nuclear lab.

  • Independent Lens - Be Good, Smile Pretty (Season 5 Episode 5)
    Season 5 Episode 5:

    Be Good, Smile Pretty

    The filmmaker chronicles her struggle to grieve for the father she never knew, a soldier who died in Vietnam.

  • Independent Lens - A Wedding in Ramallah (Season 5 Episode 4)
    Season 5 Episode 4:

    A Wedding in Ramallah

    A Palestinian-American man returns to Palestine for an arranged marriage.

  • Independent Lens - Shaolin Ulysses: Kungfu Monks in America (Season 5 Episode 3)
    Season 5 Episode 3:

    Shaolin Ulysses: Kungfu Monks in America

    Profiles of the fighting monks of the Shaolin Monastery who have brought their styles to New York, Houston and Las Vegas.

  • Independent Lens - Foto-Novelas 2: Junkyard Saints and Broken Sky (Season 5 Episode 2)
    Season 5 Episode 2:

    Foto-Novelas 2: Junkyard Saints and Broken Sky

    The dramas "Broken Sky" and "Junkyard Saints" explore the Latino experience of prism dreams, memories and reality.

  • Independent Lens - Worst Possible Illusion: The Curiosity Cabinet of Vik Muniz (Season 5 Episode 1)
    Season 5 Episode 1:

    Worst Possible Illusion: The Curiosity Cabinet of Vik Muniz

    Artist Vik Muniz uses his knowledge of the history of photography to demonstrate how images can deceive.

  • Independent Lens - Daddy & Papa (Season 4 Episode 14)
    Season 4 Episode 14:

    Daddy & Papa

    The impact of gay fathers on American culture as seen through the lives of four families and issues they've faced, including surrogacy and interracial adoption.

  • Independent Lens - Hansel Mieth: Vagabond Photographer (Season 4 Episode 13)
    Season 4 Episode 13:

    Hansel Mieth: Vagabond Photographer

    The journey of photographer Hansel Mieth, from Germany to the pages of Life magazine, where she set the standard for concerned artists.

  • Independent Lens - Razing Appalachia (Season 4 Episode 12)
    Season 4 Episode 12:

    Razing Appalachia

    Forty families fighting America's second-largest coal company which is threatening their homes in Blair, W.V.

  • Independent Lens - Guns and Mothers (Season 4 Episode 11)
    Season 4 Episode 11:

    Guns and Mothers

    The debate over gun control with two mothers -- one who believes in the right to bear arms and another who lost three sons to urban bullets.

  • Independent Lens - Heart of the Sea: Kapolioka'ehukai (Season 4 Episode 10)
    Season 4 Episode 10:

    Heart of the Sea: Kapolioka'ehukai

    A profile of Hawaiian surfer Rell Kapolioka'ehukai Sunn, who died of breast cancer at age 47.

  • Independent Lens - Sisters in Resistance (Season 4 Episode 9)
    Season 4 Episode 9:

    Sisters in Resistance

    Four young women who risked their lives as resistance fighters during the Nazi occupation of France helped each other survive in Ravensbruck concentration camp.

  • Independent Lens - Bird by Bird With Annie: A Portrait of Anne Lamott (Season 4 Episode 8)
    Season 4 Episode 8:

    Bird by Bird With Annie: A Portrait of Anne Lamott

    Author Anne Lamott, a recovering alcoholic and single mother, shares insights on various topics including loss, alienation, loneliness and creativity.

  • Independent Lens - Strange Fruit (Season 4 Episode 7)
    Season 4 Episode 7:

    Strange Fruit

    How a little-known Jewish songwriter and an African-American icon created a song that changed America.

  • Independent Lens - Chiefs (Season 4 Episode 6)
    Season 4 Episode 6:


    American Indian Beaver C'Bearing re-evaluates the importance of basketball during his senior year of high school.

  • Independent Lens - Los Trabajadores/The Workers (Season 4 Episode 5)
    Season 4 Episode 5:

    Los Trabajadores/The Workers

    Profiles of two men in Austin, Texas, and community reaction to the local day labor program for immigrants.

  • Independent Lens - Downside Up (Season 4 Episode 4)
    Season 4 Episode 4:

    Downside Up

    The dying blue-collar town of North Adams, Mass., unites locals and art luminaries and transforms itself with MASS MoCA, a hub of contemporary art; Nancy Kelly creates the documentary.

  • Independent Lens - On This Island (Season 4 Episode 3)
    Season 4 Episode 3:

    On This Island

    John Wulp creates a school musical about his island community to heal a violent clash over arts education; narrator Sigourney Weaver.

  • Independent Lens - Off the Charts: The Song-Poem Story (Season 4 Episode 2)
    Season 4 Episode 2:

    Off the Charts: The Song-Poem Story

    A documentary illuminates the odd industry of soliciting people to send in poems to be set to music, with the chance of gaining royalties.

  • Independent Lens - Maggie Growls (Season 4 Episode 1)
    Season 4 Episode 1:

    Maggie Growls

    Archival footage, interviews and animation depicts Maggie Kuhn's campaign against mandatory retirement.

  • Independent Lens - Romancing the Throne (Season 3 Episode 10)
    Season 3 Episode 10:

    Romancing the Throne

    Prince Mohato faces responsibility and marriage when he is thrust upon the throne of Lesotho after the sudden death of his father.

  • Independent Lens - Open Outcry (Season 3 Episode 9)
    Season 3 Episode 9:

    Open Outcry

    The floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, where traders share a common culture, code of conduct and means of communication.

  • Independent Lens - Gibtown (Season 3 Episode 8)
    Season 3 Episode 8:


    The twilight years of circus and sideshow performers living in Gibsonton, Fla.

  • Independent Lens - Undetectable (Season 3 Episode 7)
    Season 3 Episode 7:


    HIV drug therapies have physical and psychological effects.

  • Independent Lens - The Split Horn: Life of a Hmong Shaman in America (Season 3 Episode 6)
    Season 3 Episode 6:

    The Split Horn: Life of a Hmong Shaman in America

    A Laotian shaman living in the United States struggles to keep his family connected to its culture and traditions.

  • Independent Lens - Who Owns the Past? (Season 3 Episode 5)
    Season 3 Episode 5:

    Who Owns the Past?

    American Indians and archaeologists battle over the remains of the former's ancestors; narrator Linda Hunt.

  • Independent Lens - Good Kurds, Bad Kurds (Season 3 Episode 4)
    Season 3 Episode 4:

    Good Kurds, Bad Kurds

    The ethnic cleansing of Kurds by the Turkish military using U.S.-made weapons provided through Turkey's participation in NATO.

  • Independent Lens - Abandoned: The Betrayal of America's Immigrants (Season 3 Episode 3)
    Season 3 Episode 3:

    Abandoned: The Betrayal of America's Immigrants

    The plight of immigrants and asylum seekers in the United States and their heavy-handed treatment by the Immigration and Naturalization Service.

  • Independent Lens - Secrets of Silicon Valley (Season 3 Episode 2)
    Season 3 Episode 2:

    Secrets of Silicon Valley

    A year in the lives of two activists grappling with globalization and the speedy social changes brought about by the Internet revolution.

  • Independent Lens - Confederacy Theory (Season 3 Episode 1)
    Season 3 Episode 1:

    Confederacy Theory

    The Confederate flag debate raging in South Carolina that has deeply divided the state and led some to start a new secession movement.

  • Independent Lens - A Wok in Progress (Season 2 Episode 10)
    Season 2 Episode 10:

    A Wok in Progress

    The experiences of Paul Kwan after 25 years in the United States and his sister, a recent immigrant from Hong Kong.

  • Independent Lens - In Harm's Way; Carved From the Heart (Season 2 Episode 9)
    Season 2 Episode 9:

    In Harm's Way; Carved From the Heart

    Adulthood experiences defy and reinforce childhood lessons; a carver creates a place for grieving people to heal.

  • Independent Lens - Music in Their Bones (Season 2 Episode 8)
    Season 2 Episode 8:

    Music in Their Bones

    Residents of Alabama's Sand Mountain use music to tell personal stories.

  • Independent Lens - The Return of Navajo Boy (Season 2 Episode 7)
    Season 2 Episode 7:

    The Return of Navajo Boy

    A long-lost film reel from the 1950s helps a Navajo family find a missing brother named John Wayne. Produced by Jeff Spitz.

  • Independent Lens - Passing Through; Graham's Diner (Season 2 Episode 6)
    Season 2 Episode 6:

    Passing Through; Graham's Diner

    An American family adopts a Korean orphan; an overworked photographer wants to sell a diner that employs her family.

  • Independent Lens - Girl Gone Bad (Season 2 Episode 5)
    Season 2 Episode 5:

    Girl Gone Bad

    Female motorcyclists, from casual riders to hard-core bikers, explain what draws them to this male-dominated interest.

  • Independent Lens - Born in the USA (Season 2 Episode 4)
    Season 2 Episode 4:

    Born in the USA

    How attitudes toward women and childbirth are changing as the fertility business starts to boom. Produced by Marcia Jarmel and Ken Schneider.

  • Independent Lens - Short Stories (Season 2 Episode 3)
    Season 2 Episode 3:

    Short Stories

    Families facing dwarfism reveal the daily problems they face while keeping an eye on the bright side.

  • Independent Lens - No Hair Day (Season 2 Episode 2)
    Season 2 Episode 2:

    No Hair Day

    Three breast cancer patients discuss their emotional turmoil as their conditions progress. Produced by Bob Burns.

  • Independent Lens - Now & Then: From Frosh to Seniors (Season 2 Episode 1)
    Season 2 Episode 1:

    Now & Then: From Frosh to Seniors

    Ten Stanford University students open their college experiences to the cameras, letting them record their academic accomplishments and personal struggles.

  • Independent Lens - I Can't Believe I Married a Lesbian (Season 1 Episode 10)
    Season 1 Episode 10:

    I Can't Believe I Married a Lesbian

    How a two-year marriage and a 10-year friendship ended when a man's wife announced that she was a lesbian.

  • Independent Lens - Secret People (Season 1 Episode 9)
    Season 1 Episode 9:

    Secret People

    The patients who tried to live a normal life after being quarantined in 1921 following a public panic over Hansen's disease, better known as leprosy.

  • Independent Lens - Sing Faster: The Stagehands' Ring Cycle (Season 1 Episode 8)
    Season 1 Episode 8:

    Sing Faster: The Stagehands' Ring Cycle

    Stagehands outline their part in a production of Wagner's "The Ring of the Nibelung."

  • Independent Lens - And Baby Makes Two (Season 1 Episode 7)
    Season 1 Episode 7:

    And Baby Makes Two

    A look inside a support group for single mothers that accepts its members regardless of their individual stories.

  • Independent Lens - Holy Tortilla; Lock and Key (Season 1 Episode 6)
    Season 1 Episode 6:

    Holy Tortilla; Lock and Key

    A woman finds inspiration in an image of Jesus in a burnt tortilla; a blind jazz-critic befriends a locksmith.

  • Independent Lens - The Jew in the Lotus (Season 1 Episode 5)
    Season 1 Episode 5:

    The Jew in the Lotus

    A writer begins a journey of self-discovery when he travels with eight Jewish delegates to see the Dalai Lama.

  • Independent Lens - The Man Who Drove With Mandela (Season 1 Episode 4)
    Season 1 Episode 4:

    The Man Who Drove With Mandela

    Anti-apartheid activists examine the life of Cecil Williams, the man arrested with Nelson Mandela in South Africa in 1962.

  • Independent Lens - Visas and Virtue; I Am Viet Hung (Season 1 Episode 3)
    Season 1 Episode 3:

    Visas and Virtue; I Am Viet Hung

    A Japanese diplomat and his wife help Jewish refugees in World War II Lithuania; a Vietnamese singer struggles to preserve opera.

  • Independent Lens - Nothing but the Truth (Season 1 Episode 2)
    Season 1 Episode 2:

    Nothing but the Truth

    Filmmaker Mark Steven Shepherd examines the media and spectator circus assembled at the O.J. Simpson trial.

  • Independent Lens - Wannabe: Life and Death in a Small Town Gang (Season 1 Episode 1)
    Season 1 Episode 1:

    Wannabe: Life and Death in a Small Town Gang

    The role that race and family troubles played in a gang-related murder-suicide pact that claimed the lives of four teenagers in Appleton, Wis.

  • Independent Lens - When God Sleeps (Episode 412)
    Episode 412:

    When God Sleeps

    Iranian musician Shahin Najafi is forced into hiding after a fatwa is issued for his death.

  • Independent Lens - Dolores (Episode 411)
    Episode 411:


    Activist Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the first farmworkers union with Cesar Chavez, leads the fight for racial and labor justice.

  • Independent Lens - Lakshmi and Me (Episode 199)
    Episode 199:

    Lakshmi and Me

    A film outlines the caste system in Mumbai and how a maid named Lakshmi flourishes despite social boundaries.