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S16 Ep4: Powerless

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A literal power struggle exists in Kanpur, India, which suffers from day-long electricity cuts. In the <i>Independent Lens</i> documentary <i>Powerless</i>, we meet a Robin Hood-like electrician, a “katiyabaaz” renowned for his prowess in stealing power, and the first female chief of the local power supply company, as they each try to solve the city’s energy crisis in very different ways.

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About the Film

Learn more about the people at the heart of this literal struggle for power.

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Episodes of Independent Lens5

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Independent Lens

S15 Ep3: Indian Relay

Watch this film through November 17, 2017.

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S15 Ep3: Indian Relay

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S14 Ep10: The House I Live In

Watch this film through August 15th.

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S14 Ep10: The House I Live In

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Independent Lens

S10 Ep23: Crips and Bloods: Made in America

Watch this film up to August 8th.

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S10 Ep23: Crips and Bloods: Made in America

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Clips of Independent Lens587

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Independent Lens

Real Boy - A Family Thanksgiving, Apart - Clip

Real Boy premieres on PBS’s Independent Lens on Monday, June 19, 2017.

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Real Boy - A Family Thanksgiving, Apart - Clip

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Independent Lens

S18 Ep20: Real Boy - Beard and a Haircut - Clip

Real Boy premieres on PBS’s Independent Lens on Monday, June 19, 2017.

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S18 Ep20: Real Boy - Beard and a Haircut - Clip

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S18 Ep20: Real Boy - Bennett’s Mom Comes to Support Him - Cl

Real Boy premieres on PBS’s Independent Lens on Monday, June 19, 2017.

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S18 Ep20: Real Boy - Bennett’s Mom Comes to Support Him - Cl

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S18 Ep19: Farmer/Veteran - "The Little Dude in Your Brain" -

Farmer/Veteran premieres on PBS’s Independent Lens on Monday, May 29, 2017.

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S18 Ep19: Farmer/Veteran - "The Little Dude in Your Brain" -

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Independent Lens

S18 Ep19: Farmer/Veteran - My "I Don't Kill People" Pills -

Farmer/Veteran premieres on PBS’s Independent Lens on Monday, May 29, 2017.

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S18 Ep19: Farmer/Veteran - My "I Don't Kill People" Pills -

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Independent Lens

S18 Ep19: Farmer/Veteran - Shellshock Then and Now - Clip

Farmer/Veteran premieres on PBS’s Independent Lens on Monday, May 29, 2017.

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S18 Ep19: Farmer/Veteran - Shellshock Then and Now - Clip

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S18 Ep18: They Call Us Monsters - Jarad's Victim Speaks - Cl

They Call Us Monsters premieres on PBS’s Independent Lens on Monday, May 22, 2017.

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S18 Ep18: They Call Us Monsters - Juan's Unrequited Crush -

They Call Us Monsters premieres on PBS’s Independent Lens on Monday, May 22, 2017.

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Previews of Independent Lens225

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Independent Lens

S19: Independent Lens 2017-2018 Season - Trailer

PBS’s Independent Lens new season starts on Monday, November 6, 2017.

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S19: Independent Lens 2017-2018 Season - Trailer

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Independent Lens

S18 Ep20: Real Boy - Trailer

Real Boy premieres on PBS’s Independent Lens on Monday, June 19, 2017.

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S18 Ep20: Real Boy - Trailer

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Independent Lens

S18 Ep19: Farmer/Veteran - Trailer

Farmer/Veteran premieres on PBS’s Independent Lens on Monday, May 29, 2017.

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S18 Ep19: Farmer/Veteran - Trailer

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Independent Lens

S18 Ep18: They Call Us Monsters - Trailer

They Call Us Monsters premieres on PBS’s Independent Lens on Monday, May 22, 2017.

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