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Uncle Sam Wants (to Spy on) You: Domestic Surveillance in the USA




Spies of Mississippi [premiering on PBS tonight, 2/10, at 10 PM; check local listings], about a previously little-known chapter in the civil rights movement, comes at a time when the subject of domestic spying continues to be on the minds … Continue reading




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Spies of Mississippi: Filmmaker Dawn Porter Tells Shocking Story




Dawn Porter’s first feature documentary, Gideon’s Army, had an eye toward the future in telling the story of young public defenders fighting for justice. The film brought her a great deal of acclaim as well as exposure at prestigious festivals like … Continue reading




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Remembering the March on Washington and Whitney Young




Incredibly, tomorrow marks the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington, and PBS and Independent Lens are pleased to honor the occasion with a rebroadcast of the illuminating documentary The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights. The program … Continue reading




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Get Your Dose of History: 8 Documentaries for Black History Month




The most fascinating chapters of America’s past, including our stories of tragedy, pride, creativity, and triumph, are arguably contained in African American history. Black History Month is our yearly pop-up reminder to reconnect with these stories. Though, as last year’s … Continue reading




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Powerbroker Filmmaker Bonnie Boswell on How Her Youth Shaped Her Film




Filmmaker Bonnie Boswell has an unusually close tie to her forthcoming film, The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights. Whitney Young, Jr., was her uncle, and his parents helped raise her. We sat down with Boswell to learn more … Continue reading




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A Cherished Last Letter of Civil Rights Leader Whitney Young, Jr.




Journalist Bonnie Boswell has many fond memories of her uncle Whitney Young, Jr., a pivotal behind-the-scenes player in the civil rights movement. In fact, he’s the subject of her upcoming documentary, The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights. (Independent … Continue reading




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‘Green Book’ Helped Keep African Americans Safe on the Road




In Soul Food Junkies (airing 10 p.m. Jan. 14 on Independent Lens; check local listings), filmmaker Byron Hurt briefly describes what it used to be like for African Americans to travel in the United States. He talks about how blacks would take … Continue reading




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Moscow: A Nightmare of Inaccessibility for the Disabled




Lives Worth Living filmmakers Eric Neudel and Alison Gilkey recently returned from presenting their film in Moscow at Breaking Down Barriers, an international disability film festival. The festival is a celebration of diversity, showcasing films from across the globe that … Continue reading




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Filmmaker Discusses Daisy Bates and Black History Month




Independent Lens is kicking off Black History Month this week with Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock (premieres Thursday, February 2 at 10pm in some markets; check local listings). We caught up with filmmaker Sharon La Cruise to talk … Continue reading




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Dr. Angela Davis Reflects on the Black Power Movement




Earlier this month, Independent Lens launched a slate of films celebrating Black History at the Television Critics Association in Los Angeles. While at the event, the series teamed up with PBS NewsHour’s Hari Sreenivasan to interview many of the filmmakers … Continue reading




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