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Lioness Impact Continues: Pentagon to Change Women in Combat Rules

News today that the Pentagon plans to change some of its long-standing rules on women in combat, to reflect the reality that the ban currently in place does not represent the reality on the battlefield. Lioness, a film that influenced this policy change, aired on Independent Lens in 2008 (and was rebroadcast in December 2011). … READ MORE

Sharon La Cruise Discusses Daisy Bates, “a Different Kind of Hero”

Premiering tonight, February 2 on Independent Lens (check your local listings), Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock examines the life and legacy of Daisy Bates, who organized nine African American children to integrate Central High School in the Arkansas capitol in 1957, after the Supreme Court decision on Brown vs. The Board of Education. … READ MORE

Women & Girls Lead Coming to PBS This Fall

Independent Lens is honored to be a part of the innovative public media initiative Women and Girls Lead. The project seeks to use the power of documentary storytelling and the reach of public media to connect and inspire viewers around the world about issues that affect girls and women. A number of the films coming … READ MORE

Viewer Tracy Chiles McGhee is One Inspired Woman

During Women’s History Month, we aired a number of documentaries featuring incredibly smart, brave, and talented women including Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai (Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai) and Rose Mapendo (Pushing the Elephant). That got us to thinking about all of the amazing women in the world and how each of … READ MORE

Which Woman Has Inspired You Most? A Contest

It’s contest time again! First, tune in tonight (March 29, 2011 at 10 PM – check local listings) for the broadcast premiere of Pushing the Elephant. It is the story of Rose Mapendo, who has managed to overcome astounding odds to survive genocide in the Congo, resettle as a refugee in the United States, reunite … READ MORE

‘The Day My God Died’ Hero Up for CNN Award

Anuradha Koirala, who was featured in the 2004 Independent Lens film The Day My God Died, has been nominated as a Top 10 CNN Hero. Voting for the prestigious honor is now closed, but the Hero of the Year will be honored on Thanksgiving Day on CNN. The Day My God Died, by Andrew Levine, … READ MORE