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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. Actor Stanley Tucci hosts.

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

Episode #1415
Detropia
Detroit was the birthplace of the middle-class; a great city that came with the guarantee of the American dream. Today, the Motor City is suffering from a bad case of post-industrialism. Hit with the deadly combination of myopic executives, corrupt politicians, severe racial tensions and a lack of innovation, Detroit now stands as a shell of its former self. And according to an increasingly loud chorus in the media, Detroit is "dead." But look a little closer and find that Detroit just may be the ultimate incubator for fresh ideas -- a Petri dish of creativity borne out of frustration and unwillingness to give up. With quintessential American pluck and grit, this city just may rise from the ashes thanks to a dynamic cluster of innovators, entrepreneurs and proud, self-proclaimed "hustlers."
1 hour, 26 minutes long
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Episode #1402
As Goes Janesville
From the day the GM factory closes through a showdown with national resonance at the state capitol, "As Goes Janesville" traces the impact of the economic crisis on the people of Janesville, Wisconsin. The film records two years in the lives of laid-off workers, business leaders and elected officials all trying to reinvent their lives and their midwestern town amid the closure of their GM plant and America's worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. The story begins shortly after the factory closed in 2008 and continues through a standoff between the newly-elected governor and 14 Democratic state senators, one of whom is a main character in the film.
Learn more about this episode » 56 minutes long
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Sun Aug 31st @ 12:00 am

Episode #1321
Circo
The Ponce family's hardscrabble circus has lived and performed on the back roads of Mexico since the 19th century, but can their way of life survive into the 21st? "Circo" (Circus) intimately portrays the Ponce family circus as it struggles to make a living from its artistry, sweat and wit against the backdrop of Mexico's collapsing rural economy.
Learn more about this episode » 56 minutes long
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Mon Sep 15th @ 5:00 am

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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
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Mon Sep 22nd @ 12:00 am

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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
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Sat Sep 27th @ 11:30 pm

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
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Mon Sep 29th @ 5:00 am

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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
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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

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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
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Mon Oct 20th @ 4:30 am

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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
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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
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Sun Oct 26th @ 11:30 pm

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

Episode #1301
Wham! Bam! Islam!
When a Kuwaiti psychologist launches a comic series with 99 superheroes based on the 99 virtues of Allah, he runs up against suspicion from Muslims and the harsh realities of the global marketplace.
56 minutes long
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Mon Aug 25th @ 12:00 am

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Episode #1304
Deaf Jam
In this program, a group of New York City deaf teens reveal their passions, frustrations and senses of humor as they discover American Sign Language poetry -- eventually stepping into the world of the youth poetry slams with their hearing peers.
56 minutes long
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Sun Aug 24th @ 12:00 am

Episode #1406
Beauty Is Embarrassing
Wayne White is a nut. The current art-world darling got his big break when he helped create the unhinged children's show "Pee-Wee's Playhouse." His off-kilter style and self-deprecating sense of humor offer a peak into an imagination that refuses to grow up. This film chronicles the vaulted highs and the crushing lows of this Tennessean commercial artist as he struggles to find peace and balance between his work and his art.
1 hour, 26 minutes long
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Episode #1313
Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock
As a black woman who was a feminist before the term was invented, Daisy Bates refused to accept her assigned place in society. This program tells the story of her life and public support of nine black students who registered to attend the all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, which culminated in a constitutional crisis - pitting a president against a governor and a community against itself. Unconventional, revolutionary and egotistical, Bates reaped the rewards of instant fame, but paid dearly for it.
56 minutes long
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Sun Jul 27th @ 12:00 am

Episode #1407
The Revisionaries
In Austin, Texas, 15 people influence what is taught to the next generation of American children. Once every decade, the highly politicized Texas State Board of Education rewrites the teaching and textbook standards for its nearly 5 million schoolchildren. And when it comes to textbooks, what happens in Texas affects the nation as a whole.
56 minutes long
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Mon Jul 14th @ 12:00 am

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Episode #1307
These Amazing Shadows
This program looks at the work of the National Film Preservation Board and the cinematic treasures it strives to save, from Hollywood blockbusters to avant-garde gems, and from the earliest days of film to today. We hear from scholars and artists from across the field, and witness some of the greatest masterpieces of American film, each a vital part of our cultural heritage.
56 minutes long
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Sun Jul 13th @ 12:00 pm

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Episode #1410
The House I Live in / as I Am
The House I Live In": As America remains embroiled in overseas conflicts, a less visible war is taking place at home, costing countless lives, destroying families and inflicting untold damage on future generations of Americans. For over 40 years, the War on Drugs has accounted for 45 million arrests, made America the world's largest jailer and damaged poor communities at home and abroad. Yet for all that, drugs are cheaper, purer and more available today than ever before. This program captures heart-wrenching stories at all levels of America's drug war -- from the dealer to the grieving mother; the narcotics officer to the senator; and the inmate to the federal judge. "As I Am": This short film floats through South Memphis resident Chris Dean's landscape, revealing the lives that have shaped his world. Poetic and powerful imagery combines with the young philosopher's trenchant observations about life.
1 hour, 56 minutes long
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Sat Jul 12th @ 10:30 pm

Episode #1408
The Powerbroker: Whitney Young's Fight For Civil
Whitney M. Young Jr. was one of the most celebrated -- and controversial -- leaders of the civil rights era. This documentary follows his journey from segregated Kentucky to head of the National Urban League. Unique among black leaders, he took the fight directly to the powerful white elite, gaining allies in business and government, including three presidents. Young had the difficult tasks of calming the fears of white allies, relieving the doubts of fellow civil rights leaders and responding to attacks from the militant Black Power movement.
56 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

Mon Jul 7th @ 12:00 am

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Episode #1303
Lives Worth Living
Fred Fay's life proves that one man can change the world, even though he has to lie flat on his back just to stay alive. LIVES WORTH LIVING looks at Fay's struggle to survive after a spinal cord injury and the small group of dedicated activists who formed the Disability Rights Movement to drive the nation towards equal rights.
56 minutes long
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