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Independent Lens

Independent Lens

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

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Listen as ordinary New Yorkers attempt to answer the question "What were you doing while the planet burned?" During one sweltering month in 2017, they discuss the biggest issues they face, from climate change to skyrocketing rents to mass shootings.

Air date:
Sun, 04/19/2020 - 22:15

Learn the story of a heat wave that overtook Chicago in July 1995, killing 739 residents, most of them poor, elderly and African American. The heat wave revealed a long-term crisis of poverty, racism, and economic and social isolation in the city.

Air date:
Mon, 02/03/2020 - 04:15
//player.pbs.org/partnerplayer/6aGGIDo08_MUMwzbGi1_PA==/?topbar=false&end=0&endscreen=true&start=0&autoplay=false In 1969, the Chicago Black Panther Party formed alliances across ethnic and racial lines with other community-based movements in the city, including Latino group the Young Lords and southern whites the Young Patriots. Banding together in one of postwar America's most segregated cities to... /episodes/get/99946 /episode/99946 The First Rainbow Coalition /episode-player/99946

Across lines of race and ethnicity, alliances formed among Chicago activists in the '60s.

Air date:
Mon, 01/27/2020 - 04:15
//player.pbs.org/partnerplayer/_rBiDuXTjbC-DFRTHke-rA==/?topbar=false&end=0&endscreen=true&start=0&autoplay=false 25 years after Yusuf Abdurahman left Somalia as a refugee to begin his life anew in Minnesota — which has the largest population of Somalis in America — his worst fear is realized when his 19-year-old-son Zacharia is arrested in an FBI counterterrorism sting operation. Accept the Call captures the... /episodes/get/99700 /episode/99700 Accept the Call /episode-player/99700

Yusuf Abdurahman, who left Somalia as a refugee 25 years ago, has his worst fear realized when his son is arrested in an FBI counterterrorism sting. Follow Yusuf as he strives to understand why his child would leave America and attempt to join ISIS.

Air date:
Mon, 01/20/2020 - 04:15
//player.pbs.org/partnerplayer/QIzNw4YIBvi0OjtV5BvyMQ==/?topbar=false&end=0&endscreen=true&start=0&autoplay=false ATTLA tells the gripping story of George Attla, a charismatic Alaska Native dogsled racer who, with one good leg and fierce determination, became a legendary sports hero in Northern communities around the world. /episodes/get/98710 /episode/98710 ATTLA /episode-player/98710

The gripping story of legendary Alaska Native dogsled racer George Attla.

Air date:
Mon, 12/16/2019 - 04:15
//player.pbs.org/partnerplayer/0HkdCB0ejOK8qtgb7sCuSg==/?topbar=false&end=0&endscreen=true&start=0&autoplay=false Conscience Point tracks the fractured history of the Shinnecock tribe on Long Island alongside the spirited path of one Native woman determined to make a stand: activist Rebecca Hill-Genia who, together with other determined tribal members and allies, has waged a relentless, years-long battle to... /episodes/get/97931 /episode/97931 Conscience Point /episode-player/97931

CONSCIENCE POINT: A golf club built atop a sacred burial ground triggers a woman's relentless fight to protect her tribe from the onslaughts of development. JEWEL'S HUNT [Short Filler]: In a remote village in Western Alaska, a teenage girl and her father turn to the land to feed their family. Indigenous Alaskans have practiced the tradition of subsistence hunting for centuries, but how will it survive in a changing world?

Air date:
Mon, 11/18/2019 - 04:15
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