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Ovarian Psycos

Ovarian Psycos is about a new generation of fierce, unapologetic and feminist women of color from the Eastside of Los Angeles who confront injustice, build community, and redefine identity through a raucous, irreverently named bicycle crew: The Ovarian Psycos Cycle Brigade.

Air Date 3/27/17

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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.
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  • #1810 — The Bad Kids |
    New Saturday, Apr 1 at 9:03pm TPT LIFE
  • #1518 — A Fragile Trust: Plagiarism, Power, and Jayson Blair at The New York Times/Lies |
    Saturday, Apr 1 at 10:30pm TPT LIFE
  • #1605 — Happiness |
    New Sunday, Apr 2 at 12am TPT LIFE
  • #1810 — The Bad Kids |
    New Sunday, Apr 2 at 3am TPT LIFE
  • #1518 — A Fragile Trust: Plagiarism, Power, and Jayson Blair at The New York Times/Lies |
    Sunday, Apr 2 at 4:30am TPT LIFE
  • #1518 — A Fragile Trust: Plagiarism, Power, and Jayson Blair at The New York Times/Lies
    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.
    Saturday, Apr 1 at 10:30pm TPT LIFE
    Sunday, Apr 2 at 4:30am TPT LIFE
  • #1519 — Let The Fire Burn
    On May 13, 1985, a longtime feud between the city of Philadelphia and controversial radical urban group MOVE came to a deadly climax. By order of local authorities, police dropped military-grade explosives onto a MOVE-occupied rowhouse. TV cameras captured the conflagration that quickly escalated and resulted in the tragic deaths of 11 people (including five children) and the destruction of 61 homes. It was only later discovered that authorities decided to "...let the fire burn." Using archival news coverage and interviews, first-time filmmaker Jason Osder brings to life one of the most tumultuous and largely forgotten clashes between government and citizens in modern American history.
    Saturday, Apr 15 at 10:30pm TPT LIFE
    Sunday, Apr 16 at 4:30am TPT LIFE
  • #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.
    New Monday, May 8 at 12am TPT 2
  • #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.
    New Sunday, Apr 30 at 12am TPT LIFE
  • #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.
    New Sunday, Apr 2 at 12am TPT LIFE
  • #1707 — No Mas Bebes (No More Babies)
    Explore the case of Mexican-American women who claim they were coercively sterilized at a Los Angeles hospital in the late 1960s and 1970s. Meet the mothers, young Chicana lawyers and whistle-blowing doctors who exposed the shocking practice.
    New Sunday, Apr 2 at 11:35pm TPT 2
    New Saturday, Apr 8 at 11:30pm TPT LIFE
  • #1718 — Dogtown Redemption
    Meet street recyclers who fight to survive in one of the poorest neighborhoods of Oakland, California. Their poignant personal stories raise questions about race, class and the rights of the poor.
    New Sunday, Apr 23 at 11:30pm TPT 2
    New Saturday, Apr 29 at 10pm TPT LIFE
    New Sunday, Apr 30 at 3:56am TPT LIFE
  • #1806 — The Witness
    In 1964, Kitty Genovese was repeatedly stabbed on a street in Queens, New York. Soon after, the media asserted that 38 neighbors watched but did nothing to help. Follow the efforts of Kitty's brother as he re-examines his sister's life and death.
    New Sunday, Apr 16 at 10:32pm TPT 2
    New Monday, Apr 17 at 4:32am TPT 2
  • #1810 — The Bad Kids
    Located in an impoverished Mojave Desert community, Black Rock Continuation High School is an alternative school for students at risk of dropping out; Black Rock is their last chance. Extraordinary educators believe that empathy and life skills, more than academics, give these underserved students command of their own futures.
    New Saturday, Apr 1 at 9:03pm TPT LIFE
    New Sunday, Apr 2 at 3am TPT LIFE
  • #1811 — Ovarian Psycos
    Based in the heart of Los Angeles' Eastside, and building upon the legacy of the Chicano/a and civil rights movement, the irreverently named Ovarian Psycos Cycle Brigade are a ferocious and unapologetic group of young women of color, cycling through the barrios and boulevards of the Eastside, committed to collectively confronting racism and violence, and demanding and creating safe spaces for women.
    New Sunday, Apr 2 at 10:38pm TPT 2
    New Monday, Apr 3 at 4:33am TPT 2
    New Saturday, Apr 8 at 10:30pm TPT LIFE
    New Sunday, Apr 9 at 4:30am TPT LIFE
  • #1812 — Newtown
    Newtown explores the aftermath of the mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, where 20 first-graders and six of their educators were killed on December 14, 2012. Joining the ranks of a growing club to which no one wants to belong, the lives of several characters profoundly affected by the fallout of gun violence interconnect and propel the town toward introspection and action.
    New Monday, Apr 3 at 8pm TPT 2
    New Tuesday, Apr 4 at 2am TPT 2
    New Saturday, Apr 8 at 9pm TPT LIFE
    New Sunday, Apr 9 at 3am TPT LIFE
  • #1813 — Seed: The Untold Story
    Follow passionate seed keepers around the world who are determined to protect humanity's 12,000-year-old food legacy. In the last century, 94 percent of seed varieties have disappeared.
    New Sunday, Apr 23 at 10:32pm TPT 2
    New Monday, Apr 24 at 4:32am TPT 2
    New Saturday, Apr 29 at 9pm TPT LIFE
    New Sunday, Apr 30 at 2:56am TPT LIFE
  • #1814 — The Last Laugh
    Hear Mel Brooks, Sarah Silverman, Carl Reiner and other Jewish comics and thinkers discuss the provocative question of whether any topic - including the Holocaust - should be off-limits in comedy.
    New Monday, Apr 24 at 9pm TPT 2
    New Tuesday, Apr 25 at 3am TPT 2
    New Sunday, Apr 30 at 10:33pm TPT 2
    New Monday, May 1 at 4:33am TPT 2
  • #1815 — National Bird
    National Bird is the first in-depth investigation of the U.S. drone war with unique access to two courageous women, a drone-target analyst and a retired intelligence officer, who connect with a former NSA analyst to become whistleblowers on the drone program, risking backlash.
    New Sunday, May 7 at 10:30pm TPT 2
    New Monday, May 8 at 4:30am TPT 2


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