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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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//player.pbs.org/partnerplayer/wJIkT-BleoGc6YBIxvFUjw==/?topbar=false&end=0&endscreen=true&start=0&autoplay=false In popular virtual showrooms, China’s super-rich and dirt poor band together to worship their favorite online stars. In this digital universe where everything seems possible, a karaoke singer, a poor migrant worker, and a comedian seek fame, fortune, and human connection, ultimately finding the... /episodes/get/90189 /episode/90189 People's Republic of Desire /episode-player/90189

Meet a generation of young people in China who have come of age online, where virtual relationships are replacing real-life connections. Both the wealthy and the poor gather in online showrooms to worship idols who sing karaoke or host talk shows.

Air date:
Mon, 02/25/2019 - 22:00
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//player.pbs.org/partnerplayer/dtH1gRiA7tigNlFavx9jhg==/?topbar=false&end=0&endscreen=true&start=0&autoplay=false RaMell Ross's Oscar-nominated Hale County This Morning, This Evening, one of the year's most critically acclaimed films, is a dreamy and intimate journey through the world of Hale County, Alabama, a richly detailed glimpse into life in America’s Black Belt. /episodes/get/89832 /episode/89832 Hale County This Morning, This Evening /episode-player/89832

Visit the world of Hale County, Alabama. Composed of intimate and unencumbered moments in the lives of people in the community, the film offers a richly detailed glimpse at life in America's Black Belt.

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Mon, 02/11/2019 - 22:00
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//player.pbs.org/partnerplayer/iLVedGQgusvafWXH2MsnYA==/?topbar=false&end=0&endscreen=true&start=0&autoplay=false The odd and unexpected places where collectibles from America’s troubled racial history are made, bought, sold, and reclaimed. /episodes/get/89687 /episode/89687 Black Memorabilia /episode-player/89687

From the South to Brooklyn to China, meet the people who reproduce, consume and reclaim black memorabilia, racially-charged objects often wrapped in the protective embrace of antiquity and historical preservation.

Air date:
Mon, 02/04/2019 - 22:00
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//player.pbs.org/partnerplayer/0ppq_hY--oxmhDURFMrJhg==/?topbar=false&end=0&endscreen=true&start=0&autoplay=false A cross-country road trip in Elvis’ Presley’s 1963 Rolls-Royce, The King is far more than a musical biopic; it’s a penetrating portrait of America at a critical time in the nation’s history and an unflinching investigation into the state of the American dream. /episodes/get/89487 /episode/89487 The King /episode-player/89487

Climb into Elvis' 1963 Rolls-Royce for a musical road trip that traces the rise and fall of Elvis at a metaphor for the country he left behind. Featuring Alec Baldwin, Rosanne Cash, Ethan Hawke, Chuck D and many more.

Air date:
Mon, 01/28/2019 - 22:00
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Watch this film up to February 4th.

Air date:
Mon, 01/21/2019 - 05:00
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//player.pbs.org/partnerplayer/eZprswyWIIr7C8pJSczUAw==/?topbar=false&end=0&endscreen=true&start=0&autoplay=false A story about giant swamp rats invading coastal Louisiana and the defiant people on the edge of the world, who are defending their communities, culture, and livelihoods from the onslaught of this curious and unexpected invasive species. /episodes/get/89106 /episode/89106 Rodents of Unusual Size /episode-player/89106

Go deep into the bayous with fisherman Thomas Gonzales, who has lived through hurricanes and oil spills but now faces a bigger threat: monstrous 20-pound "swamp rats" who are eating up coastal wetlands. It's man vs. rodent. May the best mammal win.

Air date:
Mon, 01/14/2019 - 22:00
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