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Independent Lens
Genre: Arts
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.

Below is a list of broadcasts scheduled to air in the next 60 days on any of our three channels.

Episode #1320
Facing The Storm: Story of The American Bison
Bison have had a rich and complex relationship with the people of North America. From the first Americans who relied on bison for food, shelter and clothing to modern wildlife conservationists who are struggling to re-establish a place for bison in the Great Plains, this program introduces viewers to a rich history of human sustenance, exploitation, conservation and spiritual relations with the ultimate icon of wild America.
Learn more about this episode » 56 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

tpt MN Channel 2.2

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

tpt Life Channel 2.3

Sun Nov 23rd @ 4:30 am

Episode #1605
Happiness
Pyanki is a nine-year-old monk living in Laya, a Bhutanese village perched high in the Himalayas. The nearest road is a three-day walk distant, and Pyanki has never even left his village. In 2012, however, the world will come to him: Laya will at long last be connected to electricity, and the first television will flicker on before Pyanki's eyes. He will have access to 46 television stations for 13 hours every day. How will these images shape a child so isolated from commerce, materialism and celebrity? By Thomas Balmes.
56 minutes long
tpt MN Channel 2.2

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

tpt Life Channel 2.3

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episode on this channel.

Episode #1520
God Loves Uganda
This film explores the role of the American Evangelical movement in fueling Uganda's terrifying turn towards the proposed death penalty for homosexuality.
Learn more about this episode » 1 hour, 26 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

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episode on this channel.

tpt MN Channel 2.2

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episode on this channel.

tpt Life Channel 2.3

Sat Dec 13th @ 11:30 pm

Episode #1417
The Revolutionary Optimists
Children in the slums of Calcutta are starting a revolution. Called to action by visionary former attorney Amlan Ganguly, the 'Daredevils' have already made radical health and sanitation improvements in one of the city's poorest slums -- awakening a neglected populace to the real possibility of change.
56 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

tpt MN Channel 2.2

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #1509
Blood Brother
This film is a portrait of Rocky Braat, a young man who longed to find a family. He didn't know it but this desire would lead him to an AIDS hostel in India, a place of unspeakable hardship, where he would find almost more love and need than he could bear.
1 hour, 26 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

tpt MN Channel 2.2

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

tpt Life Channel 2.3

Sat Dec 20th @ 11:30 pm

Episode #1604
Powerless
In Kanpur, India, a city with 15-hour power outages, a nimble young electrician provides Robin Hood-style services to the poor. Meanwhile, the first female chief of the electricity utility company is on a mission to dismantle the illegal connections, for good. By Deepti Kakkar and Fahad Mustafa.
56 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

Mon Dec 22nd @ 12:00 am

tpt MN Channel 2.2

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

tpt Life Channel 2.3

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #1501
The Graduates
This two-part special examines the many roots of the Latino dropout crisis through the eyes of six inspiring young students who are part of an ongoing effort to increase graduation rates for a growing Latino population. These student profiles offer a first-hand perspective on the challenges facing many Latino high school students, including over-crowded schools, crime-ridden neighborhoods, teen pregnancy and pressure to contribute to the family finances.
Learn more about this episode » 56 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

tpt MN Channel 2.2

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #1502
The Graduates
This two-part special examines the many roots of the Latino dropout crisis through the eyes of six inspiring young students who are part of an ongoing effort to increase graduation rates for a growing Latino population. These student profiles offer a first-hand perspective on the challenges facing many Latino high school students, including over-crowded schools, crime-ridden neighborhoods, teen pregnancy and pressure to contribute to the family finances.
Learn more about this episode » 56 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

tpt MN Channel 2.2

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #1404
Solar Mamas
Welcome to India's Barefoot College, founded by Bunker Roy to provide rural women living in poverty with an education that empowers them to make their communities self-reliant and sustainable. Rafea -- a 30-year-old Jordanian mother of four -- is traveling outside of her village for the first time to attend Barefoot's solar engineering program. Once there, she will join women like her from Guatemala, Kenya, Burkina Faso and Colombia to learn concrete skills to change their communities.
Learn more about this episode » 56 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

tpt MN Channel 2.2

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

tpt Life Channel 2.3

Sun Dec 28th @ 12:00 am

Episode #1516
The Trials of Muhammad Ali
This film covers Muhammad Ali's toughest bout: his battle to overturn the five-year prison sentence he received for refusing U.S. military service. It explores Ali's exile years when he was banned from boxing and found himself in the crosshairs of conflicts concerning race, religion, and wartime dissent.
Learn more about this episode » 1 hour, 26 minutes long
tpt MN Channel 2.2

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

tpt Life Channel 2.3

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #1513
All of Me: a Story of Love, Loss, and Last Resorts
The "Girls" have been friends -- and morbidly obese -- for years. But now, having weight-loss surgery is about to upset everything they thought they knew about health, happiness, friendship and love.
56 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

Mon Dec 29th @ 12:00 am

tpt MN Channel 2.2

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

tpt Life Channel 2.3

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episode on this channel.

Episode #1606
Rich Hill
Follow three boys as they navigate the often-treacherous road between childhood and adolescence in an economically depressed Missouri town. Despite the isolation and deprivation, they long for the American Dream. By Tracy Droz Tragos and Andrew Droz Palermo.
1 hour, 26 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

Sun Jan 11th @ 11:30 pm

tpt MN Channel 2.2

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

tpt Life Channel 2.3

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #1517
Muscle Shoals / Waiting For a Train: The Toshio Hira
Muscle Shoals, Alabama, is the unlikely breeding ground for some of America's most creative and defiant music. There, FAME Studios founder Rick Hall brought black and white together in a cauldron of racial hostility to create music for the generations. This program will air with the short film "Waiting For A Train: The Toshio Hirano Story."
Learn more about this episode » 1 hour, 56 minutes long
tpt MN Channel 2.2

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

tpt Life Channel 2.3

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #1607
Evolution of a Criminal
Join filmmaker Darius Clark Monroe as he returns to the scene of the crime to explore what led him to rob a bank as a teenager in Texas, through interviews with family, friends and mentors. Executive produced by Spike Lee.
1 hour, 26 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

Sun Jan 18th @ 11:30 pm

tpt MN Channel 2.2

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

tpt Life Channel 2.3

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.


This list includes any broadcasts that aired in the past 2 months on any of our three channels.

Episode #1320
Facing The Storm: Story of The American Bison
Bison have had a rich and complex relationship with the people of North America. From the first Americans who relied on bison for food, shelter and clothing to modern wildlife conservationists who are struggling to re-establish a place for bison in the Great Plains, this program introduces viewers to a rich history of human sustenance, exploitation, conservation and spiritual relations with the ultimate icon of wild America.
Learn more about this episode » 56 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

tpt MN Channel 2.2

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

tpt Life Channel 2.3

Sat Nov 22nd @ 10:30 pm

Episode #1503
Indian Relay
The hope and determination of modern-day American Indian life is revealed in this story about what it takes to win one of the most exciting and dangerous forms of horse racing practiced anywhere in the world today. From the bitter cold of winter on the Rocky Mountain front to the heat and mayhem of the summer's championship races in Wyoming, Montana, Idaho and Oregon, "Indian Relay" follows several teams from three different American Indian communities as they prepare for and compete across a grueling Indian Relay season -- all hearts set on the glory and honor of winning this year's National Championships.
56 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

tpt MN Channel 2.2

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #1604
Powerless
In Kanpur, India, a city with 15-hour power outages, a nimble young electrician provides Robin Hood-style services to the poor. Meanwhile, the first female chief of the electricity utility company is on a mission to dismantle the illegal connections, for good. By Deepti Kakkar and Fahad Mustafa.
56 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

tpt MN Channel 2.2

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #1603
Brakeless
On April 25, 2005, a West Japan Railway (West JR) commuter train crashed into an apartment building and killed 107 people. Afterward, an official report concluded the cause of the accident was over-speeding when the train's driver tried to make up an 80-second delay. What made the train's driver risk so many lives for an 80-second delay? "Brakeless" looks at Japanese society and asks if it is bound to the pursuit of efficiency at all costs. Have the national virtues of punctuality and loyalty to protocol become societal impediments and even dangers to the people of Japan? By Kyoko Miyake.
56 minutes long
tpt MN Channel 2.2

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #1504
Young Lakota
In a small town in the heart of the Pine Ridge Reservation, Sunny Clifford, her twin sister Serena and their neighbor, Brandon Ferguson, share a common dream of helping to create a better future for their tribe. When South Dakota passes a law criminalizing abortion, their tribal President, Cecelia Fire Thunder, challenges it with a threat to build a clinic on the reservation, drawing Sunny, Serena and Brandon into a political storm that changes the course of each of their lives.
56 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

Sun Nov 2nd @ 3:00 pm

tpt MN Channel 2.2

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #1322
Summer Pasture
"Summer Pasture" is the story of a young nomadic couple living with their infant daughter in the high grasslands of eastern Tibet. The film offers a rare window into a highly insular community seldom seen by outsiders. In the collective imagination of Tibet, nomads have traditionally occupied a dual role - romanticized as embodying the purest form of Tibetan identity and mocked as being backwards, uncivilized and inferior.
Learn more about this episode » 1 hour, 26 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

Sun Oct 26th @ 11:30 pm

tpt MN Channel 2.2

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #1602
Twin Sisters
In China in 2003, twin babies Mia and Alexandra were found in a cardboard box and placed in an orphanage, where authorities separated the infants and concealed their sibling relationship. Two sets of prospective adoptive parents - one from California and the other from Norway - meet during the adoption process and launch an investigation that reveals that the girls are sisters. The girls grow up knowing they have a twin living on the other side of the world. When the girls are eight, Mia and her family go to Norway to visit Alexandra, and discover that the girls not only look and act alike, but are unmistakably and inextricably connected to each other. By Mona Friis Bertheussen.
56 minutes long
tpt MN Channel 2.2

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #1306
The Woodmans
This program is a portrait of one family's fall and redemption in the often brutal world of art. Family patriarch George is a professor and painter. Wife and mother Betty is a ceramicist who earns her own show at The Met. Charlie, their son, is a video artist. Most highly regarded is Francesca, their daughter, one of the late 20th century's most recognized photographers, whose fame came after a tragedy that would forever scar the family: her suicide at the age of 22.
1 hour, 26 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

Mon Oct 20th @ 4:30 am

tpt MN Channel 2.2

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

tpt Life Channel 2.3

Sun Nov 2nd @ 4:30 am

Episode #1601
Bully
Highlighting the challenges faced by bullied kids, "Bully" shows teachers and parents addressing aggressive behaviors that defy dismissal with "kids will be kids" cliches, and captures a growing movement to change the ways to address bullying in schools.
1 hour, 26 minutes long
tpt MN Channel 2.2

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #1419
The Waiting Room / Let Me Down Easy
Highland Hospital, a vital part of the city of Oakland, California and the surrounding county, is stretched to the breaking point. It is the primary care facility for 250,000 patients of nearly every nationality, race, and religion, with 250 patients crowding its emergency room every day. This remarkably diverse population -- and the hospital staff charged with caring for them -- is battling its way through seismic shifts in the nation's healthcare system, while weathering the storm of a national recession. Paired with the short film - LET ME DOWN EASY.
1 hour, 26 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

tpt MN Channel 2.2

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #1512
Las Marthas
The annual debutante ball in Laredo, Texas is unlike any other in the country -- its 94 percent Latino debutantes and their attendants all dress as Martha Washington or other patriotic figures from America's colonial period.
56 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

Mon Sep 29th @ 5:00 am

tpt MN Channel 2.2

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

tpt Life Channel 2.3

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #1510
The State of Arizona
This verite documentary captures the explosive emotions and complex realities behind Arizona's headline-grabbing struggle with illegal immigration. Tracking the year after Arizona passed SB1070, its controversial "papers please" law, the film tells the stories of Arizonans on all sides of this divisive issue - activists, politicians, Latino immigrants, controversial Sheriff Joe Arpaio, ranchers and others - and depicts a state and its people testing the edges of our democratic values.
1 hour, 26 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

tpt MN Channel 2.2

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

tpt Life Channel 2.3

Sat Sep 27th @ 11:30 pm

Episode #1316
You're Looking at Me Like I Live Here and I Don't
This documentary is a first-person account of Lee Gorewitz's life inside the Traditions Alzheimer's & Other Dementia Care Unit at the Reutlinger Community for Jewish Living in Danville, California. A total immersion into the fragmented day-to-day experience of the disease, the film reveals Lee's penetrating ruminations and charismatic vitality, challenging our preconceptions of illness and aging.
Learn more about this episode » 56 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

tpt MN Channel 2.2

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episode on this channel.


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