Category Archives: Eye Opening

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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Powerbroker Filmmaker Bonnie Boswell on How Her Youth Shaped Her Film

Filmmaker Bonnie Boswell has an unusually close tie to her forthcoming film, The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights. Whitney Young, Jr., was her uncle, and his parents helped raise her. We sat down with Boswell to learn more … Continue reading

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Hundreds of Voucher Schools Teach Creationism in Science Classes

Zack Kopplin, a student at Rice University and a science education advocate, learned about the Independent Lens film The Revisionaries and contacted us. Kopplin, a winner of the Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Award in Education, has done some intensive research … Continue reading

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