Bookmark this page to learn more about the Independent Lens documentaries currently available to watch online at any given moment in time, either on this site or via the PBS app (AppleTV, Amazon Fire, or Roku). Every film listed here is free to stream for a limited time.
While these award-winning documentaries are also a great discussion starter about topics that affect us every day, as a nation, as a society, each one is also a good film in their own right. For your convenience, we here at Independent Lens have collected them all in one easy place — which we will update here — so you can watch now and share with your friends. Revisit these Indie Lens encores new and older, throughout the year! Independent Lens: Great documentaries that stay with you.
Here are newly added encore films (for a limited time only, with streaming dates):
King Corn (available 7/3 to 8/1)
Crips and Bloods: Made in America (available 7/10 to 8/8)
The House I Live In (available 7/17 to 8/15)
American Denial (available 7/24-8/23)
Keep checking back here or to our Watch Video page for more titles.
Behind America’s dollar hamburgers and 72-ounce sodas is a key ingredient that quietly fuels our fast-food nation: corn. In King Corn, two recent college graduates plant a single acre of corn and set out to follow it on its journey from the seed to the dinner plate. “A breezy diary from a pair of first-time farmers, as well as a wry rebuke to a nation devoted to eating cheaply but not necessarily well,” wrote Michael Phillips in the Chicago Tribune, “King Corn makes its points without much finger-wagging.”
Narrated by Forest Whitaker, Crips and Bloods: Made in America combines in-depth interviews with current and former gang members, educators, historians, family members, and experts with historical and present-day footage to graphically portray the rivalry between African American gangs in South Los Angeles.
For the past 40 years, the war on drugs has resulted in more than 45 million arrests, $1 trillion dollars in government spending, and America’s role as the world’s largest jailer. Yet for all that, drugs are cheaper, purer, and more available than ever. Filmed in more than twenty states, The House I Live In captures heart-wrenching stories of those on the front lines — from the dealer to the grieving mother, the narcotics officer to the senator, the inmate to the federal judge — and offers a penetrating look at the profound human rights implications of America’s longest war. Winner of the Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize.
Follow the story of Swedish researcher Gunnar Myrdal whose landmark 1944 study, An American Dilemma, probed deep into the United States’ racial psyche. The film weaves a narrative that exposes some of the potential underlying causes of racial biases still rooted in America’s systems and institutions today.
Set against the sweeping panoramic vistas of the high plains, Indian Relay explores one of the most competitive, dangerous, and thrilling forms of horse racing practiced anywhere in the world today.
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room) presents his take on the gap between rich and poor Americans in Park Avenue: Money, Power and the American Dream. Gibney contends that America’s richest citizens have “rigged the game in their favor,” and created unprecedented inequality in the United States.
Why has it been so hard for Washington to fix our country’s broken immigration system? In Immigration Battle, a special two-hour feature film presentation from FRONTLINE and Independent Lens, acclaimed independent filmmakers Shari Robertson and Michael Camerini take viewers behind closed doors in Washington’s corridors of power to explore the political realities surrounding one of the country’s most pressing and divisive issues.
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