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Penelope Spheeris’ Decline of Western Civilization Rises Again




Editor’s note: While these aren’t Independent Lens films of course, the Decline films are some of our very favorite music docs, make for perfect summertime viewing, and are finally all out together on DVD. Read on for critic Noel Murray’s exclusive take on … Continue reading




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Nine Movies about American Radicals




By Noel Murray There’s something deeply and inherently provocative in movies that tell stories about open rebellion against the United States government, because they force us to think harder about what it really means to be a good citizen. Are … 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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Celebrate Women’s History Month with These Docs




March is Women’s History Month, and, like a lot of people, of course, I feel like women should be honored and celebrated every day of the year, but the idea behind an official month is to, as stated on the Library … Continue reading




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Black History Month: From the Independent Lens Archives




Our programming aims to celebrate black history more than just during the month February, but Black History Month is certainly a great time to pause and reflect on African American history both distant and recent. We’ve collected some of our favorite … Continue reading




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Moral Dilemmas in 10 War Films




By Craig Phillips The central dilemma in Dan Krauss‘s documentary The Kill Team (premiering on PBS tonight) is grappled with by an American soldier in Afghanistan who found members of his platoon were committing immoral war crimes, and wanted to blow the whistle … Continue reading




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American Dreaming: Small Towns Through the Movies




By Craig Phillips Rich Hill is a new example of a realistic portrayal of a small American town, through the eyes of three young residents and their struggling families, but the fascination with (capital letters intended) Small Town America has been … Continue reading




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Best Documentaries of 2014: Scanning the Critics’ Lists




The critics have spoken. And they’re saying… a lot of different things, but when it comes to picking the best documentary films of the year there is plenty of common ground. We’ve surveyed a wide variety of critics and publications … Continue reading




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5 Independent Lens Films for Veteran’s Day




In honor of our nation’s veterans on Veteran’s Day, we’ve compiled a list of a few Independent Lens films that centered around American soldiers. While the day was initially intended to honor soldiers who fought in WWI (timed with the 11th … Continue reading




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LGBT Pride: Movies That Rocked Their World




June is LGBT Pride Month, and traditionally it’s been both a time for reflection on gay history and struggles (originally created to commemorate the Stonewall riots of June 1969), along with a colorful, pride-ful celebration of many important achievements and milestones. Since Independent Lens is naturally … Continue reading




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