Independent Lens

Tuesday 10:00 PM on PBS Premiered Aug 09, 1999 In Season


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Episode Guide

  • Specials
    • No episodes have been added for this season of Independent Lens.
  • Season 19
    • No episodes have been added for this season of Independent Lens.
  • Season 17

      A Ballerina's Tale
      A profile of Misty Copeland, the first African-American female principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre, who learned she had six fractures in her left shin after reaching a career pinnacle—dancing the lead in "Firebird" at the Metropolitan Opera House. The film chronicles her recovery, emergence as a pop-culture celebrity and performance in "Swan Lake." Also: the lack of women of color at major ballet companies; and how ballet's emphasis on thin bodies impacts the health of dancers.moreless
    • No Mas Bebes (No More Babies)
      The story of Mexican immigrant women who claim they were coerced into being sterilized while giving birth at L.A. County-USC Medical Center during the 1960s and '70s.
    • In Football We Trust
      The Polynesian pipeline to the NFL is examined via the stories of four high-school players in Utah, each of whom face numerous off-field obstacles.
    • Autism in Love
      Autism in Love
      Episode 6
      Four adults on the autism spectrum share their experiences as they navigate the world of romantic relationships. Two, Dave and Lindsey, have been together for eight years, and have come to accept each other's quirks and ways of communicating. Lenny, who lives with his mom, struggles to meet and date girls. And Stephen, who's been married for 20 years, faces a sad challenge: helping his wife Gita, who's been diagnosed with a terminal illness.moreless
    • Chuck Norris vs. Communism
      "Chuck Norris vs. Communism" examines the role that Hollywood action-adventure movies played in fomenting revolution in 1980s-era Romania, a cloistered country behind the Iron Curtain led by dictator Nicolae Ceausescu (1918-89). The films, which starred the likes of Chuck Norris and Sylvester Stallone, were smuggled into the country and dubbed into Romanian; and while they weren't five-star flicks, they showed the five-star life led by those in the West, including supermarkets full of food.moreless
    • East of Salinas
      East of Salinas
      Episode 4
      "East of Salinas" documents the story of a bright third grader and his teacher in California's Salinas Valley. Born in Mexico, José has attended seven schools in three years; and his family shares an apartment with another family. His parents are undocumented, which means his—and their—future in the U.S. is anything but secure. His teacher, Oscar Ramos, who was also born to migrant workers, faces his own set of challenges, including educating students who often come to school hungry.moreless
    • Mimi and Dona
    • India's Daughter
      India's Daughter
      Episode 2
      The story of Jyoti Singh, a 23-year-old medical student who was brutally raped and murdered in 2012 India. She had sought a better life for herself, her family and country, and hoped one day to build a free hospital in her parents' village. The documentary also explores the motivations and values of the six men who raped her via interviews with their family members and lawyers; and spotlights activists who are seeking to improve the realities faced by women within India's patriarchal society.moreless
    • Stray Dog
      Stray Dog
      Episode 1
      The Season 17 premiere profiles Vietnam veteran Ron "Stray Dog" Hall, a burly biker from southern Missouri who owns and operates an RV park. The film accompanies him on a journey with other vets to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.; and also explores his home life, where he faces typical pressures, including economic. He's also newly married to a Mexican woman; and the arrival of her twin sons spotlights the gap between the America immigrants see and reality of modern rural life.moreless
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