Author Archives: Independent Lens

Test Your Implicit Bias with Science

Created by Project Implicit, a research collaboration between scientists at Harvard, the University of Virginia, and the University of Washington, this Implicit Association Test (IAT) aims to “[measure] the strength of associations between concepts (e.g., black people, gay people) and … Continue reading

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Domestic Violence Quiz

In conjunction with the three-part series A Path Appears [episode 3 airs Monday night February 9], which focuses on gender-based oppression and human rights violations in America and around the world, we invite you to test yourself on some surprising facts and … Continue reading

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Maro Chermayeff on the Making of A Path Appears

From the creative team behind the acclaimed series Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, A Path Appears follows Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn and a group of dedicated actor/advocates to Colombia, Haiti, Kenya, … Continue reading

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Targeting Sex Buyers, Not Sex Sellers: Arresting Demand for Prostitution

By Lisa Ko The following article is presented in conjunction with the broadcast television premiere of A Path Appears on PBS’s Independent Lens (airs Monday, January 26, February 2 & 9; check local listings for the date and time in … Continue reading

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Independent Lens Announces New Fall Slate

On the heels of receiving ten News and Documentary Emmy nominations, Independent Lens announced today that its new season will open with the critically-acclaimed documentary Bully. Directed by Sundance and Emmy Award-winner Lee Hirsch, the film brings human scale to this … Continue reading

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Independent Lens Statement on Somaly Mam

Due to the questions that have recently been raised regarding Somaly Mam, one of the women featured in Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, PBS has stopped offering to public television stations episode one of Half the Sky, which included Ms. Mam. … Continue reading

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The Trials of Muhammad Ali: Q&A with Bill Siegel

Editor’s note: This interview with filmmaker Bill Siegel is brought to you in partnership with our friends at POV, and conducted by excellent, widely-respected independent journalist Tom Roston, who writes the Doc Soup blog. You can also visit the blog … Continue reading

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Which Film Will Be This Season’s Audience Favorite? It’s Up to You!

Statues, laurels, trophies, medals, plaques, certificates … there are plenty of awards to be won in the film business, but there is only ONE Independent Lens Audience Award, honoring our fans’ favorite film of the season. Like audience awards at … Continue reading

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The Revolutionary Optimists Filmmakers on Finding Hope in Kolkata’s Slums

Amlan Ganguly is a visionary. This lawyer-turned-community activist is not only changing a neighborhood, but also changing the way its youngest residents envision their lives. In this character-driven and highly cinematic documentary, acclaimed filmmakers Nicole Newnham (The Rape of Europa, … Continue reading

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Wonder Women! Inspires Wonder City Game

Originally posted on Beyond the Box. Wonder City has been developed as companion game to the PBS documentary feature, Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines. While the film encourages young audiences to explore pop cultural history as a means of thinking … Continue reading

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