Author Archives: Independent Lens

I Identify: What Forces Determine Your Identity?

In Little White Lie [airing on PBS this coming Monday, March 23 at 10pm; check local listings], filmmaker Lacey Schwartz uncovers an identity-altering family secret, and then embarks on a journey of discovery as she contends with her new sense of self. The film challenges … Continue reading

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Nine Movies about Family Secrets

By Noel Murray  When Lacey Schwartz applied to Georgetown at age 18, she left the “racial identity” box unchecked, but did submit a photograph, and not long after she was accepted at the university, she was invited to join the … Continue reading

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Indie Lens Goes South by Southwest

By Elisabeth Copper, Independent Lens social media manager Independent Lens is packing up and heading down to Austin for what’s going to be our busiest SxSW yet. I know, I know, I say that every year. But take a look … Continue reading

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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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