Independent Lens

Containment

Part observational essay filmed in weapons plants, Fukushima, Japan, and deep underground, and part graphic novel, Containment weaves between an uneasy present and an imaginative but troubled distant future, exploring the idea that over millennia, nothing stays put.

Air Date 1/9/17

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
  • #1813 — Seed: The Untold Story |
    Saturday, Apr 29 at 9pm TPT LIFE
  • #1718 — Dogtown Redemption |
    Saturday, Apr 29 at 10pm TPT LIFE
  • #1604 — Powerless |
    Sunday, Apr 30 at 12am TPT LIFE
  • #1813 — Seed: The Untold Story |
    Sunday, Apr 30 at 3am TPT LIFE
  • #1718 — Dogtown Redemption |
    Sunday, Apr 30 at 4am 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.
    Monday, May 8 at 12am TPT 2
    Sunday, May 14 at 4:40am TPT LIFE
  • #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.
    Sunday, Apr 30 at 12am 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.
    Saturday, Apr 29 at 10pm TPT LIFE
    Sunday, Apr 30 at 4am 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.
    Saturday, Apr 29 at 9pm TPT LIFE
    Sunday, Apr 30 at 3am 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.
    Sunday, Apr 30 at 10:33pm TPT 2
    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
    Monday, May 8 at 4:30am TPT 2
    Saturday, May 13 at 10:37pm TPT LIFE
  • #1816 — The Prison In Twelve Landscapes
    More people are imprisoned in the United States at this present moment than in any other time or place in history, yet prisons themselves have never felt further away or more out of sight. The Prison in Twelve Landscapes is a film about the prison in which we never see an actual penitentiary. A meditation on the prison's disappearance in the era of mass incarceration, the film unfolds as a cinematic journey through a series of ordinary places across the USA where prisons affect lives.
    New Sunday, May 14 at 11:30pm TPT 2
    Saturday, May 20 at 10:34pm TPT LIFE
    Sunday, May 21 at 4:34am TPT LIFE
  • #1817 — Forever Pure
    The story of famed Israeli soccer club Beitar Jerusalem F.C. after it acquired two Muslim players, which led to a racist backlash and a lot of soul-searching from their new teammates.
    New Sunday, May 21 at 11:30pm TPT 2
    Saturday, May 27 at 10:33pm TPT LIFE
    Sunday, May 28 at 4:33am TPT LIFE
  • #1818 — They Call Us Monsters
    This film takes viewers behind the walls of the Compound, the facility where Los Angeles houses its most violent juvenile criminals. To their advocates, they're kids. To the system, they're adults. To their victims, they're monsters. Also included is the short film "FACING LIFE" which follows the sad and startling story of Cyntoia Brown, who is serving a life sentence for a murder she committed at the age of 16."
    New Sunday, May 28 at 10:30pm TPT 2
    Monday, May 29 at 4:30am TPT 2
  • #1819 — Farmer/Veteran
    A combat veteran starts a farm to help cultivate a healthier life outside the Army. While the sense of duty he once felt as a soldier returns, his crippling PTSD remains as he and his wife nervously anticipate the birth of their first child.
    Monday, May 29 at 9pm TPT 2
    Tuesday, May 30 at 3am TPT 2

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