Category Archives: Eye Opening

Art on the Edge: Extreme Dance, Performance, and More

On May 11, Independent Lens presents Born to Fly: Elizabeth Streb vs. Gravity, a film about “extreme action architect” Elizabeth Streb, who was once called the “Evel Knievel of dance.” Her choreography, which she calls POPACTION, “intertwines the disciplines of dance, … Continue reading

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Going Deeper into the Deepwater Horizon Rig

This coming Monday, April 20, marks the 5th anniversary of the disastrous Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion, considered the largest accidental marine oil spill in the history of the oil industry. The Great Invisible, Margaret Brown’s film premiering on Independent Lens on PBS Monday … Continue reading

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Homeless but Not Hopeless: Homeless Youth in America

Youth homelessness is on the rise in the United States, and the numbers aren’t pretty. One in 30 kids (nearly 2.5 million children) of K-12 school age are now homeless in the US, according to a study by the National Center on … 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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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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Is Time Itself Brakeless?

The Nature of Time “I know this much: that there is objective time, but also subjective time, the kind you wear on the inside of your wrist, next to where the pulse lies. And this personal time, which is the … Continue reading

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Uncle Sam Wants (to Spy on) You: Domestic Surveillance in the USA

Spies of Mississippi [premiering on PBS tonight, 2/10, at 10 PM; check local listings], about a previously little-known chapter in the civil rights movement, comes at a time when the subject of domestic spying continues to be on the minds … Continue reading

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Eating Sustainable Fish (and Sushi)

The broadcast premiere of Jiro Dreams of Sushi [Monday, December 23 at 10 PM; check local listings] has those of us here at Independent Lens dreaming not only of sushi, but of fish in general, and the question that keeps coming … Continue reading

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The Waiting Room: U.S. Health Insurance Facts & Figures

In conjunction with the Independent Lens premiere of The Waiting Room on PBS [Monday, October 21 at 10 PM; check local listings], we’ve culled some revealing stats about American health care today. Clearly this is a hot topic, and a … Continue reading

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Ai Weiwei Sparks Social Media Flames in China

Ai Weiwei is a fearless Tweeter. In 140-character snippets, the gruff Chinese artist, activist, and the subject of Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (airing Monday, Feb. 25, on Independent Lens) defends freedom of speech. Social media platforms are “like water and air, … Continue reading

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