Independent Lens - Season 6

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


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Episode Guide

  • Brother to Brother
    Brother to Brother
    Episode 27
    An art student makes friends with a homeless man in New York name Bruce, who turns out to be a former well-known artist from the Harlem Renaissance. Bruce recalls his story through a series of flashbacks, showing the young student that society's views on homophobia and racism from 60 years past are not so different from options in the world today.moreless
  • Chavez Ravine: A Los Angeles Story
    In the Chavez Ravine: A Los Angeles Story episode of the television program Independent Lens, the show looks back to the forced eviction of more than 300 Mexican families from the small Los Angeles village of Chavez Ravine. Though the city promised to build affordable housing at the site, they later sold the land to the owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers who built the team's baseball stadium there.moreless
  • Double Dare / Piki and Poko: Taking the Dare!
    Two extremely talented women, behind the scenes of Hollywood's most famous stunts, are Jeannie Epper and Zoe Bell. These beautiful and tough stunt women have filmed some of the best action scenes, in both Wonder Woman, and Xena: Warrior Princess. From jumping off rooftops, running through fire, or getting ran over by vehicles, these girls can take on any stunt you put in front of them. A special feature is also included entitled "Piki & Poko: Taking The Dare!", which focuses around the strategic ideas the employ to try to save the world, as well as harness their own powerful and internal forces to change their lives.moreless
  • Red Hook Justice
    Red Hook Justice
    Episode 24
    Red Hook is a New York neighborhood with a complicated past and an uncertain future. Red Hook Community Justice Center is an experimental court that aims to break the cycle of crime and incarceration that plagues Red Hook. Instead, offenders work to improve the neighborhood and strengthen the overall community. Director Meema Spadola documents the process.moreless
  • Vietnam: The Next Generation
    With the majority of Vietnam's population under the age of thirty, the country is experiencing some radical changes. With the country's economy booming, their global presence growing and more citizens being educated than ever before, Vietnam stands on the verge of something great. Can this nation successfully merge communism with capitalism?moreless
  • Imelda
    Episode 22
    Ramona Diaz profiles Imelda Marcos, the "Iron Butterfly." Together with her late husband, ex-president Ferdinand Marcos, Imelda was once the most powerful woman in the Philippines. Even after she and her husband became embroiled in political controversy and fled to Hawaii, Imelda's influence still remains in the land she left behind. She tells her own story in this documentary.moreless
  • The Last Letter / Zyklon Portrait / The Walnut Tree
    When a small city in the Ukraine is completely taken over, by violent and intrusive German armed forces, a helpless Jewish woman knows that the end is closing in on her. Occurring in 1941 she finds the time to pen a letter to her son, which will be her last, before the German soldiers completely seize her city.moreless
  • End of the Century: The Ramones / Joe Strummer Rocks Again
    Punk rock and the Ramones appear in a documentary that takes viewers back to the 70s where a hard-working band started a movement. Filmmaker, Jim Fields, uses archive footage and interviews to tell their story, showing how an underground band became one of the best known names in the industry.
  • Keeping Time: The Life, Music and Photographs of Milt Hinton
    Filmmakers David G. Berger and Holly Maxson direct a documentary about Milt Hinton, one of America's most influential jazz bass players. During the 1920s and beyond, Hinton worked with a variety of jazz greats, perfecting his own distinctive sound. Hinton also revolutionized the studio recording industry by breaking race barriers.
  • A Lion's Trail
    A Lion's Trail
    Episode 18
    The inspiration behind the worldwide classic pop song "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" was born from Africa's most popular tune "Mbube." Penned by an illiterate Zulu musician who gained only pennies from his endeavors, Independent Lens travels through Africa and America to uncover the many injustices of the worldwide music making machine.moreless
  • Let the Church Say Amen
    Filmmaker David Petersen follows four workers from the World Missions for Christ, a church which is located in one of Washington DC's poorest neighborhoods. Unemployment and homelessness have plagued the nation's capital, and this one church does what it can to help the community survive itself. Petersen also reports on how the city's neighborhoods have changed throughout the years.moreless
  • Sunset Story
    Sunset Story
    Episode 16
    Sunset Story from the show Independent Lens is a documentary film for the PBS network that tells the story of Lucille and Irja, two senior citizen women that reside at the Sunset Hall Retirement Home in Los Angeles. The senior home houses individuals that are known as free thinkers and that are progressive when it comes to their political views, and the film follows these two women while they attend everything together from political rallies to manicure appointments, their friendship being the core focus of the story.moreless
  • Sisters of '77
    Sisters of '77
    Episode 15
    A look at 1977's National Women's Conference, an event that revolutionized the women's movement.
  • Thunder in Guyana
    Thunder in Guyana
    Episode 14
    Janet Rosenberg Jagan is credited with being the first US lady to become the leader of a nation having being elected as the President of Guyana. With the help of her film making cousin, Independent Lens explores the family history of one of America's most extraordinary political clans, led by one remarkable lady.moreless
  • On a Roll
    On a Roll
    Episode 13
    This episode is a documentary of the well-known radio talk-show host Greg Smith, who was bound to a wheelchair ten years ago after being hit by a drunk driver. Americans with disabilities take the center stage in this film, when director, Joanne Caputo, exposes the challenges they face every day and their success stories.moreless
  • February One: The Story of the Greensboro Four
    On February 1 in 1960, four African American men entered a Greensboro, North Carolina, university that was a previously segregated all-white college. This documentary film retells their story through using archive footage, interviews and reenactments. Producers explore their bravery and how the young men helped to spark the civil rights movement in America.moreless
  • Power Trip
    Power Trip
    Episode 11
    The Soviet Union has fallen, and the country of Georgia is in dire need of energy. Filmmaker, Paul Devlin, heads to Russia with this camera to shoot the riots and protests that take place in the country after an American energy company buys the rights from the new government to distribute energy.moreless
  • A Touch of Greatness
    A look at the life and methods of one of America's most famed and influential teachers, Albert Cullum. Believing that teaching techniques worked best when made fun and interesting, Cullum introduced all manner of approaches that were considered radical at the time, such as the introduction of Shakespearian and Greek dramas to elementary school children. He also authored many bestselling books.moreless
  • A Hard Straight
    A Hard Straight
    Episode 9
    Regina Allen is a friendly mother of three. Richard Salazar is a man with a broken childhood behind him. Aaron Shepard tries not to be bitter in an unforgiving world. In spite of their differences, all three people have something in common. They are all former prisoners, struggling to adapt to the straight and narrow path and avoid any more convictions.moreless
  • Short, Not Sweet
    Short, Not Sweet
    Episode 8
    The short films included are:
    "The Fine Line Between Cute and Creepy"
    "La Puppé"
    "A Monster's Calling"
    "The School"
    "Why the Anderson Children Didn't Come to Dinner"
  • fine. / Doki-Doki
    fine. / Doki-Doki
    Episode 7
    Yumi rides a subway to work every day with the same people, and now she wants to know who they are. The young lady soon digs up a lot of surprises after she starts speaking to her newfound friends. This Japanese short film, directed by Chris Eska, explores how everyday ordinary people isolate themselves from society and disconnect their communication skills.moreless
  • Girl Wrestler
    Girl Wrestler
    Episode 6
    It's 2004, and women's wrestling is now a popular sport. Popular, that is, except in the conservative state of Texas where they have their own ideas of what sports women should participate in. Filmmaker, Diane Zander, follows a thirteen-year-old high school wrestler to the state championship, documenting the teenagers struggles along the way.moreless
  • The Day My God Died
    Andrew Levine directs an exploration of the international sex slave trade, a system that ruins the lives of countless women and children. Young children are exposed to brutal living conditions, as well as to life-threatening sexually transmitted diseases. The film examines some of the most shocking realities surrounding sex trafficking in Bombay.moreless
  • Los Angeles Now
    Los Angeles Now
    Episode 4
    Director Phillip Rodriguez explores the cultural evolution of Los Angeles, California. Rodriguez attempts to show a different side to the city, bypassing the wealthy white socialites who usually appear in Hollywood films. Instead, the documentary looks at the racial and cultural diversity that defines Los Angeles at the turn of the millennium.moreless
  • Afghanistan Unveiled
    An undercover expose of what life is like living under the Taliban. Afghanistan Unveiled is a first of its kind, following female Afghan journalists around their country as they attempt to coax other women into revealing the truth about how they cope in a country run by the notoriously oppressive regime. One of the filmmaker's fathers originally didn't want his daughter to be a part of this documentary, but eventually relented, agreeing that is was necessary to help path the way to freedom.moreless
  • Polka Time
    Polka Time
    Episode 2
    Minnesota's Gibbon Polka Fest hosts thousands of polka-loving partiers in this high-spirited doc.
  • The Political Dr. Seuss
    Theodor Geisel is most commonly known as Dr. Seuss, the writer and illustrator of beloved and whimsical children's books. Not many people know about Dr. Seuss's deeply political and idealistic side. Director Ron Lamothe explores the life of the enigmatic and intelligent author, who often used his children's stories as a way to express his hopes for society.moreless
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