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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 #1416
The Invisible War
This documentary investigates one of America's most shameful and best kept secrets: the epidemic of rape within the U.S. military. The film paints a startling picture of the extent of the problem -- today, a female soldier in combat zones is more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire. The Department of Defense estimates there were a staggering 22,800 violent sex crimes in the military in 2011. Among all active-duty female soldiers, 20 percent are sexually assaulted. Female soldiers aged 18 to 21 accounted for more than half of the victims.
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.

Episode #1411
Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superhe
This program traces the evolution and legacy of Wonder Woman. From the birth of the comic book superheroine in the 1940s to the blockbusters of today, this film looks at how popular representations of powerful women often reflect society's anxieties about women's liberation.
56 minutes long
tpt MN Channel 2.2

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episode on this channel.

tpt Life Channel 2.3

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episode on this channel.

Episode #1610
Little White Lie
Filmmaker Lacey Schwartz grew up with two loving Jewish parents. When she discovers that the man she's always assumed was her father is not her biological parent, she unlocks a powerful family secret about her real father's identity.
56 minutes long
tpt MN Channel 2.2

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #1327
Strong
Cheryl Haworth is a young woman with a big dream: to be the strongest woman in the world. As the 300-pound U.S. Olympic weightlifter prepares for the Beijing 2008 Olympics, she struggles with injury, confidence and her place in a world where larger women are not readily accepted.
Learn more about this episode » 56 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

Sun Mar 29th @ 11:30 pm

tpt MN Channel 2.2

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #1318
When The Drum Is Beating
This documentary explores Haiti's complex past and present through the music of the country's oldest and best-known band and the memories of its founder and leader, Ulric Pierre-Louis. As Haiti disintegrates around them, the three generations of musicians who make up Septentrional struggle to persevere and prevent this national treasure from being lost forever.
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

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episode on this channel.

tpt Life Channel 2.3

Sun Apr 5th @ 12:00 am

Episode #1412
The Island President
President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives is a man with a bigger problem than any other world leader has ever faced -- the literal survival of his country and everyone in it. After bringing democracy to the Maldives, he must now ensure that his tiny country doesn't disappear under rising sea levels. That means capturing the attention of global superpowers, forging alliances, persuading the skeptical, and learning the ropes of international political horse-trading. Despite the size of his country and his political challenges at home, Mohamed Nasheed has become one of the leading international voices for urgent action on climate change.
1 hour, 26 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

Mon Apr 6th @ 4:30 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 #1609
American Denial
"American Denial" uses the story of Gunnar Myrdal's 1944 investigation of Jim Crow racism as a springboard to explore the power of unconscious biases and how the ideals of liberty, equality and justice still affect notions of race and class today. By Llewellyn Smith.
56 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.

Episode #1611
Little Hope Was Arson / a City in Flames
This is a gripping portrait of a community terrorized from the inside out. In 2010, 10 churches were burned down in one month, igniting the largest criminal investigation in East Texas history. By Theo Love.
1 hour, 26 minutes long
tpt MN Channel 2.2

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #1511
Spies of Mississippi
This film tells the story of a secret spy agency formed by the state of Mississippi to preserve segregation during the 1950s and '60s. Granted broad powers, this commission investigated citizens and organizations in attempts to derail the civil rights movement.
56 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

Mon Apr 13th @ 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 #1612
The Homestretch
Follow three smart and ambitious Chicago teens who brave frigid winters, high school pressures and homelessness as they fight to stay in school, graduate and build a future. By Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly.
56 minutes long
tpt MN Channel 2.2

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

Episode #1514
Medora
A community beset by a crippled economy and dwindling population is the setting for this documentary, following a down-but-not-out varsity basketball team over a season. The team's struggle to compete parallels the town's own fight for survival.
Learn more about this episode » 1 hour, 25 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

Sun Apr 19th @ 11:30 pm

tpt MN Channel 2.2

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

tpt Life Channel 2.3

Sat Apr 25th @ 11:30 pm

Episode #1613
The Great Invisible
Explore the stories behind the disastrous Deepwater Horizon oil spill, from fallout to aftermath, and its continuing effects on a region dependent on nature. The film includes unprecedented access to footage from the oil rig before the spill. By Margaret Brown.
1 hour, 26 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

Sun Apr 26th @ 11:00 pm

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.


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

Episode #1521
The New Black
Centering on the historic fight to win marriage equality in Maryland, this film takes viewers into the pews, onto the streets, and provides a seat at the kitchen table as it looks at how the African American community grapples with the divisive gay rights issue.
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

Sun Feb 22nd @ 12:00 am

Episode #1518
A Fragile Trust: Plagiarism, Power, and Jayson Bla
Samantha Grant's film tells the shocking story of Jayson Blair, a promising young African-American reporter for The New York Times, caught plagiarizing the work of other reporters and supplementing his own reporting with fabricated details. The ensuing media frenzy left a major blemish on the long history of the Times. The fact that Blair is African American was emphasized repeatedly as accounts of the "Blair Affair" served up sordid details in a tale of deception, drug abuse, racism, mental illness, hierarchy, white guilt and power struggles. Accusations of favoritism, lowered standards for minorities and racism in the newsroom were hotly debated by pundits, while minority journalists said they felt as if their work was suddenly under the microscope because of Blair's flagrant lies.
Learn more about this episode » 1 hour, 26 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.

Episode #1608
Through a Lens Darkly
This is the story of the pioneering African-American photographers - men and women, celebrated and anonymous - who have recorded the lives and aspirations of generations, from slavery to the present. By Thomas Allen Harris.
1 hour, 26 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.

Episode #1515
Brothers Hypnotic
The brotherhood of the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble is literal. Not always willing subjects of a utopian family experiment, the eight boys were forged into a band as children by their father, Chicago jazz maverick Phil Cohran. Now as young men, making their way on the streets of New York and in the music business, with stardom on the horizon, they must test their father's ideals against their own brotherly vision.
Learn more about this episode » 56 minutes long
tpt MN Channel 2.2

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

tpt Life Channel 2.3

Sun Feb 15th @ 12:00 am

Episode #1315
More Than a Month
Shukree Hassan Tilghman, a 29-year-old African-American filmmaker, is on a cross-country campaign to end Black History Month. Through this tongue-in-cheek journey, "More Than a Month" investigates what the treatment of history tells us about race and equality in a "post-racial" 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.

Episode #1511
Spies of Mississippi
This film tells the story of a secret spy agency formed by the state of Mississippi to preserve segregation during the 1950s and '60s. Granted broad powers, this commission investigated citizens and organizations in attempts to derail the civil rights movement.
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

Sun Feb 1st @ 12:00 am

Episode #1324
Hell and Back Again
What does it mean to lead men in war? What does it mean to come home -- injured physically and psychologically -- and build a life anew? In this program, two overlapping narratives are intercut -- the life of a Marine at war on the front and the life of the same Marine in recovery at home -- creating both a dreamlike quality and a strikingly realistic depiction of how Marines experience this war.
Learn more about this episode » 1 hour, 26 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.

Episode #1522
The Kill Team / Confusion Through Sand
"Kill Team" Venture behind closed doors to learn the harrowing story of a 21-year-old U.S. infantryman in Afghanistan who - with the help of his father - attempted to alert the military to heinous war crimes being committed by his platoon. By Dan Krauss. "Confusion Through Sand" - Director Danny Madden's animated short film tells the story of a teenage military recruit alone and scared in a hostile desert.
1 hour, 26 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

Sun Jan 25th @ 11:00 pm

tpt MN Channel 2.2

No previous 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 previous 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 previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

tpt Life Channel 2.3

Sun Jan 18th @ 2:00 pm

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 previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

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 Channel 2.1

Mon Dec 29th @ 4:30 am

tpt MN Channel 2.2

No previous 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 previous airings of this
episode on this channel.


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