Armed in America: Police & Guns

Join PBS for a town hall conversation examining the militarization of police and the nation’s gun violence epidemic. Armed in America: Police & Guns, a one-hour special event moderated by award-winning journalist Michel Martin, weekend host of NPR’s “All Things Considered,” explores whether U.S. police forces are becoming increasingly militarized. Among those that participated in this conversation are … READ MORE

Abigail Disney Wields the Power of Dialogue with The Armor of Light

Abigail Disney (her grandfather was Roy O. Disney, Walt’s brother and co-founder of the Walt Disney Company, just to get that out of the way) has long been a producer of award-winning documentaries, including producing Pray the Devil Back to Hell, The Invisible War (Emmy-winning, Oscar-nominated film for Independent Lens, 2013), and the five-part PBS special series Women, War … READ MORE

Scott Christopherson and Brad Barber Capture a Man on a Mission

Utah-based filmmakers Scott Christopherson and Brad Barber found a supremely compelling story right in their own backyard for their film Peace Officer. The film is several things at once: a personal journey with a man who experienced a tragedy, former sheriff “Dub” Lawrence who established and trained one of Utah’s first SWAT teams, only to see that … READ MORE

Gun Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Guns in America?

No matter what your stance is on gun ownership, you may be surprised to learn the real trends fueling the debate. In conjunction with the PBS broadcast premieres of the documentaries Peace Officer (airs Monday, May 9 at 9pm) and The Armor of Light (airs Tuesday, May 10 at 8pm) in a two-part special “Armed in America,” we … READ MORE

The Evolution of SWAT Team Equipment: From WWII Rifles to BearCats

When former Davis County Sheriff William “Dub” Lawrence, the subject of the Independent Lens film Peace Officer [Monday, May 9 at 9pm on PBS; check local listings], established one of Utah’s first SWAT teams in 1975 he initially required a four-officer unit, but he could only find three men in his department who met the physical fitness requirements. Forty … READ MORE

PBS to Present “Armed in America” Town Halls, a Special Two-Night Event After Independent Lens

PBS will present ARMED IN AMERICA, a special two-night television event exploring the nation’s rising gun violence, is scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, May 9-10, 2016. Armed in America centers around two acclaimed documentaries presented by Independent Lens: Peace Officer, about a former sheriff who, after establishing and training Utah’s first SWAT team, raises questions about the dangers … READ MORE

Human Rights Lawyer Philippe Sands Confronts Children of Nazis with Painful Past

While some might call Philippe Sands the on-screen host of My Nazi Legacy, the new film by David Evans that is based on Sands’ new book, he’s actually the probing, searching journalistic heart at the center of this powerful documentary. The book, East West Street: On the Origins of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity, published … READ MORE

Downton Abbey Director David Evans Talks About Nazi Legacy Doc

Award-winning English director David Evans helmed the feature film Fever Pitch (the original, superior British version about soccer, starring Colin Firth, for which Nick Hornby adapted his best-selling book of the same name), and is now established as a leading director of high-end TV drama in the UK, including Shameless, Downton Abbey, and Russell T. Davies’s … READ MORE

Blood Guilt: 12 Movies about Healing after Heinous Crimes

Niklas Frank and Horst von Wächter are the adult children of high-ranking Nazi officers. As we learn in My Nazi Legacy, their fathers sent tens of thousands of people to their deaths, and Niklas and Horst spent decades dealing with the legacy of that birthright, though not in the same way. While both men speak … READ MORE

Independent Lens Wins 2016 Peabody Award for India’s Daughter

Independent Lens is proud to announce that Leslee Udwin’s India’s Daughter, which premiered on the PBS series in November 2015, is the winner of a 2016 Peabody Award. The Peabody Awards are bestowed by the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication; this is Independent Lens’s 16th Peabody Award. India’s Daughter recounts … READ MORE

Zimbabwe Constitution Update: Still In Flux

The film Democrats, which premieres on Independent Lens on PBS Monday, April 18 [check local listings], traces the challenges and tensions that arose in Zimbabwe over the attempt to charter a new national constitution. While that African nation had a constitution before, this new document was to usher the country into a new, more democratic era. … READ MORE