Category Archives: Independent Lens Season

Filmmaker Talks about New Film on Racial Bias in America Then and Now

American Denial tells the the story of Swedish researcher Gunnar Myrdal, whose landmark 1944 study, An American Dilemma, probed deep into the United States’ racial psyche. The documentary weaves a narrative that exposes some of the potential underlying causes of racial … 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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Black Family History Through a Lens

A wonderful companion piece to Thomas Allen Harris‘s new film Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People is his Digital Diaspora Family Reunion project — a roadshow connecting communities and history through family photographic archives. Read more about the project in … Continue reading

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Thomas Allen Harris Goes Through a Lens Darkly

The first documentary to explore the role of photography in shaping the identity, aspirations, and social emergence of African Americans from slavery to the present, Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People probes the recesses … Continue reading

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A Path Appears: Hopeful Updates

The three-part series A Path Appears may have just concluded its run on PBS [and for a limited time you can watch all three episodes online if you missed it], but the work we see in the series is obviously … Continue reading

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Jessica Posner Odede: From New York to Nairobi

In the final episode of A Path Appears (part three airs tonight on PBS; check local listings), Jessica Posner Odede and her husband Kennedy Odede bring us into the incredible work they are doing with their program Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO), … 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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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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