Independent Lens


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

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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
  • #1805 — What Was Ours |
    New Sunday, Jan 22 at 10:30pm TPT 2
  • #1606 — Rich Hill |
    Sunday, Jan 22 at 11:30pm TPT 2
  • #1805 — What Was Ours |
    Monday, Jan 23 at 4:30am TPT 2
  • #1805 — What Was Ours |
    Saturday, Jan 28 at 9pm TPT LIFE
  • #1606 — Rich Hill |
    Saturday, Jan 28 at 10pm TPT LIFE
  • #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.
    Sunday, Feb 12 at 11:30pm TPT 2
  • #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.
    Sunday, Jan 22 at 11:30pm TPT 2
    Saturday, Jan 28 at 10pm TPT LIFE
    Sunday, Jan 29 at 4am TPT LIFE
  • #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.
    Saturday, Feb 18 at 11:30pm TPT LIFE
    Sunday, Feb 19 at 4:30am TPT LIFE
  • #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.
    Monday, Jan 30 at 12am TPT 2
    Saturday, Feb 4 at 11:30pm TPT LIFE
  • #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.
    Sunday, Feb 12 at 12am TPT LIFE
  • #1709 — A Ballerina's Tale
    Explore the rise of Misty Copeland, who made history as the first African-American female principal dancer with the prestigious American Ballet Theater. Get an intimate look at this groundbreaking dancer during a crucial period in her life.
    Saturday, Feb 11 at 11pm TPT LIFE
    Sunday, Feb 12 at 5am TPT LIFE
  • #1803 — Best and Most Beautiful Things
    Best and Most Beautiful Things is a celebration of outcasts everywhere, following a precocious young blind woman who disappears into quirky obsessions and isolation. With humor and bold curiosity, she chases love and freedom in the most unexpected of places: a provocative fringe community.
    Sunday, Feb 5 at 11:30pm TPT 2
    Saturday, Feb 11 at 10pm TPT LIFE
    Sunday, Feb 12 at 4am TPT LIFE
  • #1805 — What Was Ours
    A tribal elder and Vietnam vet, who hasn't left the Wind River Indian Reservation in over 40 years, visits the underground archives of Chicago's Field Museum with two young Arapaho to explore ancestral objects kept in boxes for many years. Together they try to learn how these artifacts vanished from their tribe in the first place.
    New Sunday, Jan 22 at 10:30pm TPT 2
    Monday, Jan 23 at 4:30am TPT 2
    Saturday, Jan 28 at 9pm TPT LIFE
    Sunday, Jan 29 at 3am TPT LIFE
  • #1807 — Birth of a Movement
    Learn how D.W. Griffith's 1915 The Birth of a Nation unleashed a battle still waging today about race relations and representation, and the power and influence of Hollywood. Featuring Spike Lee, Reginald Hudlin, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and others.
    New Sunday, Feb 12 at 10:30pm TPT 2
    Monday, Feb 13 at 4:30am TPT 2
    Saturday, Feb 18 at 10:30pm TPT LIFE
  • #1808 — Accidental Courtesy
    Meet African-American musician Daryl Davis, who has a peculiar passion - meeting and befriending members of the Ku Klux Klan in an attempt to change their minds and forge racial conciliation, one racist at a time.
    New Sunday, Feb 19 at 10:30pm TPT 2
    Monday, Feb 20 at 4:30am TPT 2
    Saturday, Feb 25 at 11pm TPT LIFE
  • #1809 — Tower
    Explore the deadly August 1, 1966, mass shooting at the University of Texas that left 16 dead. "Tower" reframes the events of that day via the perspectives of those who lived through it and examines the effects of the shooting over the last 50 years.
    New Tuesday, Feb 14 at 9pm TPT 2
    Wednesday, Feb 15 at 3am TPT 2
    Saturday, Feb 18 at 9pm TPT LIFE
    Sunday, Feb 19 at 3am TPT LIFE
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