TV Schedule

Independent Lens is on summer break, but will return Monday nights this fall. Check back for the new season schedule in September.

  • Previously Featured

    Three African American women holding campaign signs and literature for a ballot measure in support of marriage equality.
    Sunday, June 15 at 10:30 PM
    by Yoruba Richen

    Centering on the historic fight to win marriage equality in Maryland, this documentary takes viewers into the pews, the streets, and kitchen tables to look at how the African American community grapples with the gay rights issue.

  • A man wearing a bow tie, bandana, and t-shirt reading: AIDS Poster Boy.
    June 14 at 10 PM
    by David Weissman

    When AIDS arrived in San Francisco in 1981, it decimated a community, but also brought people together in inspiring and moving ways to support and care for one another and to fight for dignity and a cure.

  • Black-and-white image of ACT UP activist standing next to a banner reading Silence = Death.
    June 2 at 10 PM
    by David France

    The story of two grassroots coalitions — ACT UP and Treatment Action Group — made up of innovative activists, many of them HIV-positive, who fought to turn AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition. An encore presentation.

  • A man places his hand on a boy's head
    May 19 at 10 PM
    by Roger Ross Williams

    Inspired by his own African American Baptist roots, director Roger Ross Williams explores a place where religion and African culture intersect, as Ugandan and American pastors spread evangelical values to millions desperate for a better life.

  • Delbert Africa is arrested by police after the 1978 gun battle.
    May 12 at 10 PM
    by Jason Osder

    This documentary brings to life one of the most tumultuous clashes between government and citizens in modern U.S. history, as a longtime feud between Philadelphia police and radical urban group MOVE came to a tragic climax in 1985.

  • A pensive looking close-up of Jayson Blair.
    May 5 at 10 PM
    by Samantha Grant

    A Fragile Trust tells the shocking story of Jayson Blair, the most infamous serial plagiarist of our time, and how he unleashed the massive scandal that rocked The New York Times and the entire world of journalism.

  • Greg Abbott showing the batteries in his converted car.
    April 28 at 10 PM
    by Chris Paine

    In 2006, thousands of new electric cars were purposely destroyed by the same car companies that built them. Today, less than five years later, the electric car is back ... with a vengeance. An encore presentation.

  • Rick Hall and Clarence Carter in the studio
    April 21 at 9 PM
    by Greg "Freddy" Camalier

    In this joyful film, Gregg Allman, Bono, Clarence Carter, Mick Jagger, Etta James, Alicia Keys, Keith Richards, Percy Sledge, and others bear witness to Muscle Shoals's magnetism, mystery, and why it remains influential today.

  • Black-and-white image of a young Muhammad Ali with a crowd of young African American men.
    April 14 at 10 PM
    by Bill Siegel and Rachel Pikelny

    The story of the explosive crossroads of Muhammad Ali’s life, after the famed boxer’s conversion to Islam and refusal to serve in the Vietnam War left him banned from boxing and facing a five-year prison sentence.

  • Brothers Hypnotic on stage with lead rapping
    April 7 at 10 PM
    by Reuben Atlas

    Eight brothers who were forged into a band as children by their father, Chicago jazz maverick Phil Cohran, now try to march to their own beat on the streets of New York and in the music business as the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble.

  • A portrait of several members of the Medora High basketball team.
    March 31 at 10 PM
    by Andrew Cohn and Davy Rothbart

    A community beset by a crippled economy and dwindling population is the setting for this documentary following a down-but-not-out varsity basketball team over a season. The team’s struggle to compete parallels the town’s own fight for survival.

  • A group portrait of the women of the Austin chapter of the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance.
    March 24 at 10 PM
    by Alexandra Lescaze

    A group of women friends who met via the Austin chapter of the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance and have tried every diet and diet pill, go through weight-loss surgery in an effort to lose hundreds of pounds. The experience presents a host of issues and consequences, some they never could have imagined.

  • Rose Mapendo embracing her daughter, Nangabire.
    March 17 at 10 PM
    by Beth Davenport and Elizabeth Mandel

    When civil war came to Rose’s Congolese village, she was separated from her five-year-old daughter, Nangabire. Rose managed to escape with nine of her 10 children and was eventually resettled in Phoenix, Arizona. More than a decade later, mother and daughter are reunited in the U.S. where they must come to terms with the past and build a new future. An encore presentation.

  • Child activists marching through the streets of Calcutta using megaphones to spread health messages.
    March 10 at 10 PM
    by Nicole Newnham and Maren Grainger

    Amlan Ganguly, a lawyer-turned social entrepreneur, has sewn hope in the poorest neighborhoods of Calcutta by empowering children to become leaders in improving health, health, transforming their communities for the better. An encore presentation.

  • Filmmaker Shukree Hassan Tilghman.
    March 3 at 10 PM
    by Shukree Hassan Tilghman

    Shukree Hassan Tilghman, a 29-year-old African American filmmaker, is on a cross-country campaign to end Black History Month. Through this thoughtful, humorous journey, More Than a Month investigates what the treatment of history tells us about race and equality in a "post-racial" America. An encore presentation.

  • A debutante in an elaborate, colonial-era gown smiles onstage.
    February 17 at 10 PM
    by Cristina Ibarra and Erin Ploss-Campoamor

    Dating from the aftermath of the Spanish-American War, the annual debutante ball in Laredo, Texas is unlike any other. Las Marthas follows two Mexican American girls carrying this gilded tradition on their shoulders during a time of economic uncertainty and tension over immigration.

  • An archival black and white photo of an African American man wearing glasses, looking out over a street scene. Text written on the photo reads: X is departing this date for Oxford, Ohio, reports to a blind P.O. box. (some blacked out information)
    February 10 at 10 PM
    by Dawn Porter

    The story of a secret spy agency formed by the state of Mississippi to preserve segregation during the 1950s and ‘60s. Granted broad powers, this commission investigated citizens and organizations in attempts to derail the civil rights movement.

  • Young Latino man protesting Senate Bill 1070 wears T-shirt that reads We Will Not Comply as police attempt to move him.
    January 27 at 10 PM
    by Carlos Sandoval and Catherine Tambini

    The turbulent battle over illegal immigration in Arizona that came to a head with Senate Bill 1070 frames this riveting documentary that tracks multiple perspectives as America eyes the results.

  • Rocky Braat with one of the children
    January 20 at 10 PM
    by Steve Hoover

    An intimate portrait of Rocky Braat, who travels to India as a disillusioned tourist. When he meets a group of HIV-positive children living at an AIDS hostel, a place of unspeakable hardship, he decides to stay and devote his life to them.

  • An overhead view of the Berkeley campus
    January 13 at 10 PM
    by Frederick Wiseman

    Legendary documentarian Frederick Wiseman goes back to school for this intimate yet sprawling film about the University of California at Berkeley, the oldest and most prestigious member of a ten campus public education system.

  • A woman in military attire stares seriously into the camera against a backdrop of armored vehicles.
    January 6 at 10 PM
    by Kirby Dick

    The most shameful and best-kept secret in the U.S. Military? The epidemic of rape and sexual assault within the ranks. An American female soldier in a combat zone is more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire. An encore presentation.

  • Black-and-white image of ACT UP activist standing next to a banner reading Silence = Death.
    December 30 at 10 PM
    by David France

    The story of two grassroots coalitions — ACT UP and Treatment Action Group — made up of innovative activists, many of them HIV-positive, who fought to turn AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition.

  • Sushi master Jiro Ono.
    December 23 at 10 PM
    by David Gelb

    A thoughtful and elegant meditation on work, family, and the art of perfection, chronicling a master sushi chef’s life as both an unparalleled success in the culinary world and a loving yet complicated father.

  • Robin Williams plays a character trapped in a cage.
    December 16 at 10 PM
    by Robert Levi

    The fascinating process of creating new work for the stage is the focus of this documentary that follows two outstanding young playwrights from diverse backgrounds who are striving to get their plays seen.

  • Artist Wayne White seated in his studio next to his paintings and a banjo
    December 9 at 10 PM
    by Neil Berkeley

    Raised in the mountains of Tennessee, Wayne White found success as one of the creators of the TV show, Pee-wee’s Playhouse, which led to more work designing some of the most arresting and iconic images in pop culture. An encore presentation.