Independent Lens

Best of Enemies

Legendary nationally televised debates in 1968 between two great public intellectuals, Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley, defined a new era of public discourse in the media, the moment TV’s political ambition shifted from narrative to spectacle.

Air Date 10/3/16

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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.
Upcoming Air Dates
  • #1705 — Chuck Norris vs Communism |
    Saturday, Nov 5 at 10:30pm TPT LIFE
  • #1705 — Chuck Norris vs Communism |
    Sunday, Nov 6 at 4:30am TPT LIFE
  • #1711 — Wilhemina's War |
    New Sunday, Nov 6 at 11:30pm TPT 2
  • #1701 — Stray Dog |
    Saturday, Nov 12 at 9pm TPT LIFE
  • #1711 — Wilhemina's War |
    Saturday, Nov 12 at 11:30pm TPT LIFE
  • #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.
    Sunday, Nov 13 at 10:30pm TPT 2
    Monday, Nov 14 at 4:30am TPT 2
  • #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.
    Sunday, Nov 13 at 11:30pm TPT 2
    Saturday, Nov 19 at 10pm TPT LIFE
    Sunday, Nov 20 at 4am TPT LIFE
  • #1701 — Stray Dog
    From the director of the Oscar-nominated Winter's Bone comes this portrait of a motorcycle-riding Vietnam veteran. There's more to Ronnie "Stray Dog" Hall than meets the eye; behind the tattoos and leather vest is a man dedicated to helping his fellow vets and immigrant family as he comes to terms with his combat experience.
    Saturday, Nov 12 at 9pm TPT LIFE
    Sunday, Nov 13 at 3am TPT LIFE
  • #1705 — Chuck Norris vs Communism
    See how the power of cinema ignited a revolution in 1980s Romania, as an intrepid VHS bootlegger and a brave translator brought western movies to audiences behind the Iron Curtain.
    Saturday, Nov 5 at 10:30pm TPT LIFE
    Sunday, Nov 6 at 4:30am TPT LIFE
  • #1711 — Wilhemina's War
    A Southern grandmother struggles to help her family through the scourge of HIV, but may be unable to save those she loves. AIDS is one of the leading causes of death for black women in the rural south, where living with HIV is a grim reality.
    New Sunday, Nov 6 at 11:30pm TPT 2
    Saturday, Nov 12 at 11:30pm TPT LIFE
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