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Rest in Peace, John Trudell.

It has not been a happy month for Native American activists. Recently we said goodbye to Robin Poor Bear, and this week, activist/author/musician/poet John Trudell left this earth. Trudell was the subject of the Independent Lens film from a few years back called simply Trudell, by Heather Rae. One of his last messages, as per his … READ MORE

Sad News about Robin Poor Bear

This weekend we received sad news about the subject of the Independent Lens/FRONTLINE film Kind Hearted Woman. Robin Poor Bear, a.k.a. Charboneau, passed away this Friday at home in North Dakota. We will continue to share updates as they are released. Our hearts here at Independent Lens go out to Robin’s family, especially her two children. It … READ MORE

Immigration Battle: The High-Stakes World of Immigration Reform

Premiering on PBS Tuesday October 20 at 10pm [please check local listings] as a co-presentation of Independent Lens and FRONTLINE, the new documentary Immigration Battle plunges straight into the heart of one of the most divisive issues in America. Filmmakers Michael Camerini and Shari Robertson chronicle the struggle to create meaningful immigration reform over the course of … READ MORE

Coming Fall 2015 to Independent Lens

Independent Lens returns this fall with a new season of documentaries that tell unforgettable stories of courage and resilience, explore the most pressing issues of our time, and take viewers on journeys around the world. Having recently received 11 News & Documentary Emmy nominations (with two wins) and one Primetime Emmy nomination, Independent Lens opens … READ MORE

Welcome to Your New Independent Lens

Greetings indie doc devotees! You might notice things look a bit different around here. Perhaps you’re even reading this on your tablet or smartphone? It’s my pleasure to welcome you to the new Independent Lens website. We took advantage of our summer hiatus to do a site refresh and provide you with faster, better and … READ MORE

Hispanic Heritage Month and The State of Arizona

What began in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week became National Hispanic Heritage Month 20 years later and runs every year September 15 until October 15. The month is a time to celebrate the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. The specific time period … READ MORE

#tbt Throwback Thursday Streaming Returns to Indie Lens

While we put the finishing touches on our slate of exciting fall films, here’s your chance to catch up on recent Indie Lens hits. From the world’s wealthiest address to the serene monasteries of the Himalayas to the rock ‘n’ roll fairy tale of a lifetime, indulge your doc appetite for five consecutive weeks of encore streaming every #tbt. Check … READ MORE