Author Archives: Craig Phillips

About Craig Phillips

ITVS/Independent Lens Interactive Editor and film nerd, based in San Francisco.

Little White Lie: Lacey Schwartz Uproots Her Family Tree

As a girl, Lacey Schwartz grew up wondering why she had darker skin, which became a source of embarrassment for her and eventually led her to question everything. Little White Lie is the filmmaker’s personal journey through a lifelong legacy of … Continue reading

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Celebrate Women’s History Month with These Docs

March is Women’s History Month, and, like a lot of people, of course, I feel like women should be honored and celebrated every day of the year, but the idea behind an official month is to, as stated on the Library … Continue reading

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Island President Update: Former Maldives President Arrested

On Sunday (February 22), former president Mohamed Nasheed was arrested in the Maldives, refused bail by the court, and faces 10-15 years in prison. Since his arrest he was reportedly injured by the police and denied legal representation. He was brought into … Continue reading

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Filmmaker Talks about New Film on Racial Bias in America Then and Now

American Denial tells the the story of Swedish researcher Gunnar Myrdal, whose landmark 1944 study, An American Dilemma, probed deep into the United States’ racial psyche. The documentary weaves a narrative that exposes some of the potential underlying causes of racial … Continue reading

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Black Family History Through a Lens

A wonderful companion piece to Thomas Allen Harris‘s new film Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People is his Digital Diaspora Family Reunion project — a roadshow connecting communities and history through family photographic archives. Read more about the project in … Continue reading

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Thomas Allen Harris Goes Through a Lens Darkly

The first documentary to explore the role of photography in shaping the identity, aspirations, and social emergence of African Americans from slavery to the present, Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People probes the recesses … Continue reading

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Black History Month: From the Independent Lens Archives

Our programming aims to celebrate black history more than just during the month February, but Black History Month is certainly a great time to pause and reflect on African American history both distant and recent. We’ve collected some of our favorite … Continue reading

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A Path Appears: Hopeful Updates

The three-part series A Path Appears may have just concluded its run on PBS [and for a limited time you can watch all three episodes online if you missed it], but the work we see in the series is obviously … Continue reading

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Jessica Posner Odede: From New York to Nairobi

In the final episode of A Path Appears (part three airs tonight on PBS; check local listings), Jessica Posner Odede and her husband Kennedy Odede bring us into the incredible work they are doing with their program Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO), … Continue reading

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Esta Soler Imagines a Future Without Domestic Violence

Esta Soler, an expert on violence against women and children, founded Futures Without Violence over 30 years ago and transformed it into one of the world’s leading violence prevention agencies. Soler’s work to prevent violence against women has been featured … Continue reading

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