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Independent Lens

Independent Lens
Airing weekly on PBS, the five-time Emmy Award-winning series Independent Lens is an independent film festival in your living room. Each week we introduce a new documentary film from among the best independent filmmakers working today. Watch Mondays, 10/9c.

Latest Episodes

Let the Fire Burn Air date: 05-13-2014 Watch
http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/2365227336/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false On May 13, 1985, a longtime feud between the city of Philadelphia and controversial radical urban group MOVE came to a deadly climax. Using only archival news coverage and interviews, this film brings to life one of the most tumultuous and largely forgotten clashes between government and citizens... /episodes/get/12682 /episode/12682 Independent Lens: Let the Fire Burn /episode-player/12682
A Fragile Trust Air date: 05-06-2014 Watch
http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/2365221475/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false This film reveals the shocking story of Jayson Blair, the most infamous serial plagiarist of our time, and how he unleashed the massive scandal that rocked The New York Times and the entire world of journalism. As an important chapter in the history of journalism, the Jayson Blair scandal is also a... /episodes/get/12582 /episode/12582 Independent Lens: A Fragile Trust /episode-player/12582
The Trials of Muhammad Ali Air date: 04-14-2014 Watch
http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/2365205244/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false This is the story of Ali's toughest bout: his battle to overturn the five-year prison sentence he received for refusing U.S. military service. The film explores Ali's exile years when he was banned from boxing and found himself in the crosshairs of conflicts concerning race, religion, and wartime... /episodes/get/12388 /episode/12388 Independent Lens: The Trials of Muhammad Ali /episode-player/12388
Brothers Hypnotic Air date: 04-08-2014 Watch
http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/2365199703/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false The brotherhood of the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble is literal. Through an unorthodox upbringing, the eight boys were forged into a band as children by their father, Chicago jazz maverick Phil Cohran. Now as young men, making their way on the streets of New York and in the music business, with stardom... /episodes/get/12338 /episode/12338 Independent Lens: Brothers Hypnotic /episode-player/12338
Medora Air date: 04-01-2014 Watch
http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/2365195424/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false A once-booming rural community with a thriving middle class has seen its factories and farms close as the population dwindles. A deeply personal look at small-town life, this film follows a down-but-not-out varsity basketball team as its struggles to compete parallel the town’s own fight for... /episodes/get/12154 /episode/12154 Independent Lens: Medora /episode-player/12154
Wham! Bam! Islam! Air date: 04-01-2014 Watch
http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/2151623292/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false When a Kuwaiti psychologist launches a comic series based on the 99 virtues of Allah, he runs up against suspicion from Muslims and the harsh realities of the global marketplace. /episodes/get/1509 /episode/1509 Independent Lens: Wham! Bam! Islam! /episode-player/1509
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The Atom Smashers
Physics, politics and international competition collide as scientists race to find one of the most elusive sub-atomic particles ever theorized: the Higgs boson. After funding cut backs, Fermilab (a premier U.S. government research laboratory focusing on particle physics) is struggling to survive....
Air date: 11/25/2008
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http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/1334523763/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false Physics, politics and international competition collide as scientists race to find one of the most elusive sub-atomic particles ever theorized: the Higgs boson. After funding cut backs, Fermilab (a premier U.S. government research laboratory focusing on particle physics) is struggling to survive.... /episodes/get/1506 /episode/1506 Independent Lens: The Atom Smashers /episode-player/1506
Adjust Your Color: The Truth of Petey Greene
The unlikely story of America's original shock jock who battled the system and his own demons during a time of civil unrest in the nation's capital.
Air date: 02/03/2009
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http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/1799416888/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false The unlikely story of America's original shock jock who battled the system and his own demons during a time of civil unrest in the nation's capital. /episodes/get/6727 /episode/6727 Independent Lens: Adjust Your Color: The Truth of Petey Greene /episode-player/6727
Whatever It Takes
What?s a child?s education worth? For one visionary rookie principal, it?s priceless. At the Bronx Center for Science...
Air date: 03/30/2010
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http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/2240628509/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false What?s a child?s education worth? For one visionary rookie principal, it?s priceless. At the Bronx Center for Science... /episodes/get/1510 /episode/1510 Independent Lens: Whatever It Takes /episode-player/1510
When I Rise
In 1957, Barbara Smith Conrad, a gifted University of Texas music student found herself at the epicenter of racial controversy, struggling against the odds and ultimately ascending to the heights of international opera.
Air date: 02/08/2011
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http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/1784212283/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false In 1957, Barbara Smith Conrad, a gifted University of Texas music student found herself at the epicenter of racial controversy, struggling against the odds and ultimately ascending to the heights of international opera. /episodes/get/6728 /episode/6728 Independent Lens: When I Rise /episode-player/6728
Me Facing Life: Cyntoia's Story - Available through March
March is Women's History Month and to celebrate we're bringing you 10 films as part of the Women and Girls Lead Online Film Festival. Watch Me Facing Life: Cyntoia's Story, that follows the sad and startling story of Cyntoia Brown, who is serving a life sentence for a murder she committed at age of...
Air date: 03/01/2011
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http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/1822666163/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false March is Women's History Month and to celebrate we're bringing you 10 films as part of the Women and Girls Lead Online Film Festival. Watch Me Facing Life: Cyntoia's Story, that follows the sad and startling story of Cyntoia Brown, who is serving a life sentence for a murder she committed at age of... /episodes/get/1497 /episode/1497 Independent Lens: Me Facing Life: Cyntoia's Story - Available through March /episode-player/1497
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