About Independent Lens

If I were heading for a desert island with only one complete set of DVDs, I’d be taking Independent Lens. There’s no more authentic way to stay in touch with real people and life as it is. I never feel alone in the world when I'm watching an episode, even if I’m by myself. —Bill Moyers

Airing weekly on the PBS primetime schedule, Independent Lens is television's largest showcase of independent documentary film. Each week we bring you another original documentary film, made by one of the best independent filmmakers working today. In its first 12 seasons, Independent Lens received 11 Emmy Awards (nine News & Documentary Emmys, two Primetime Emmys), 14 Peabody Awards, 5 duPont Awards, and has been nominated for 7 Academy Awards. In addition, Independent Lens was the winner of the 2013 International Documentary Association Best Continuing Series Award.

This season, Independent Lens returns with a diverse slate of independent films over the course of its nine-month season that will take you around the United States and across the world.

Independent Lens explores fascinating human stories, from a tale of twins growing up a world apart, to the role that Japanese cultural attitudes may have played in a devastating train crash, to what will happen in a remote Bhutanese village when television comes to town. The show will also take you from a hardscrabble Midwestern town and three of its determined teenage residents, to Gulf Coast communities still unraveling the response to the devastating Deepwater Horizon oil spill. We’ll meet a pioneering gay couple whose fight for justice raged on for 40 years, eventually paving the way for the defeat of the Defense of Marriage Act, and hear from a filmmaker exploring what led him to become a bank robber as a teenager in Texas as he returns to the scene of the crime. From Afghanistan to Kenya, and across the United States, these are just some of the many incredible stories we’ll share in season 13.

Independent Lens also launches this new season with a fresh look and logo, designed to reflect the energy and evolution of the series. Remaining true to its original focus of offering the best documentary films to viewers, Independent Lens seeks to bring these rich stories to even wider, more diverse audiences, engage communities in conversations, and provide an authentic space for many voices.

Independent Lens airs Monday nights on most PBS member stations. Check your local listings, and don’t miss an episode! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and in our newsletter to keep up to date with the latest news, updates, promotions, reviews, and schedule.

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Modified 10/29/14