Category Archives: In the News

Border Crossing by the Numbers




Juan Manuel, featured in The Undocumented (airing April 29 on Independent Lens), lived in the United States more than 15 years. Eventually, he was deported to Mexico, away from his children. He died crossing the U.S. border to see his … Continue reading




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The Film That Revolutionized the Discussion about Military Rape




Nominated for an Academy Award, The Invisible War (airing May 13) has changed the way we talk about sexual assault in the military and even impacted policy. After watching The Invisible War, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta transferred the power to prosecute … Continue reading




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Former President of the Maldives Arrested in Male




Former Maldivian president Mohamed Nasheed was arrested this afternoon in Male before his hearing tomorrow at Hulhumale’ Magistrate Court. Nasheed is also the subject of the upcoming Independent Lens documentary The Island President (airing April 22), which chronicles his first year … Continue reading




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Behind the Scenes at the Oscars with Lois Vossen




  Our film The Invisible War may not have scored Oscar gold last night, but we are so proud it came so close. Our very own Lois Vossen, Independent Lens senior series producer, was on the scene, and provided us … 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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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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Revising The Revisionaries: The Texas Board of Ed Loses Power over Textbooks




As recently as last year, the Texas State Board of Education had the power to rewrite history. The Revisionaries (airing Jan. 28 on Independent Lens) captures the scope of the board’s reign. In the documentary’s intro, ABC News reporter Dan … Continue reading




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The Invisible War Nominated for Oscar!




We’re thrilled to report that The Invisible War, a groundbreaking film exposing the epidemic of rape in the U.S. military, is one of five nominees for an Academy Award for best documentary feature.




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Can Food Deserts Become Oases?




In one short but memorable scene in the documentary Soul Food Junkies (premiering on Independent Lens Jan. 14), filmmaker Byron Hurt interviews a woman who just can’t find decent, healthy food in her neighborhood. She gives a local market an earful … Continue reading




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Poll: Nearly Half of People Watch “TV” on Devices Other Than TVs




The results of our poll asking readers how they watch TV are in, and they’re a bit surprising to us: Nearly half of respondents — about 49 percent — view “TV” on their computers and mobile apps. No wonder we … Continue reading




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