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Through a Lens Darkly

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For the last 170 years, pioneering African American photographers — men and women, celebrated and anonymous — have recorded the dramas and aspirations of generations. <i>Through a Lens Darkly</i> traces their spiritual transformation from slavery to economic mobility and social stability, and shows how these photographers helped their communities reclaim self-worth and humanity.

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About the Film

About the Film

Find out what inspired the first documentary about African Americans and photography.

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About OVEE

Find out about upcoming OVEE screenings of Independent Lens films.

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About ITVS

Learn more about the Independent Television Service.

Episodes of Independent Lens16

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TOWER

Watch this film through February 28th.

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TOWER

1:20:53

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Accidental Courtesy

Watch this film up to February 27th.

1:26:16

Accidental Courtesy

1:26:16

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Independent Lens

Birth of a Movement

Watch this film through March 5th.

56:02

Birth of a Movement

56:02

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Park Avenue: Money, Power & the American Dream

Watch this film through November 4, 2019.

53:57

Park Avenue: Money, Power & the American Dream

53:57

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Clips of Independent Lens546

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Ovarian Psycos - East L.A. & Chicano Civil Rights - Clip

Ovarian Psycos premieres on PBS’s Independent Lens on Monday, March 27, 2017.

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Ovarian Psycos - East L.A. & Chicano Civil Rights - Clip

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Ovarian Psycos - Returning to Childhood Home of Abuse - Clip

Ovarian Psycos premieres on PBS’s Independent Lens on Monday, March 27, 2017.

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Ovarian Psycos - Returning to Childhood Home of Abuse - Clip

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Ovarian Psycos - Women Find Strength in Numbers - Clip

Ovarian Psycos premieres on PBS’s Independent Lens on Monday, March 27, 2017.

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Ovarian Psycos - Women Find Strength in Numbers - Clip

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Independent Lens

Like a Battle Scene

TOWER premieres on PBS’s Independent Lens on Tuesday, February 14, 2017.

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Like a Battle Scene

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Birth of a Movement - D.W. Griffith: Son of the South - Clip

Birth of a Movement premieres on PBS’s Independent Lens on Monday, February 6, 2017.

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Birth of a Movement - D.W. Griffith: Son of the South - Clip

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Accidental Courtesy - A Collection of Robes - Clip

Accidental Courtesy premieres on PBS’s Independent Lens on Monday, February 13, 2017.

1:38

Accidental Courtesy - A Collection of Robes - Clip

1:38

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Officer Martinez Makes It to the Tower

TOWER premieres on PBS’s Independent Lens on Tuesday, February 14, 2017.

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Officer Martinez Makes It to the Tower

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Pregnant Freshman Recalls the Moment She Was Shot

TOWER premieres on PBS’s Independent Lens on Tuesday, February 14, 2017.

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Pregnant Freshman Recalls the Moment She Was Shot

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Previews of Independent Lens207

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The Bad Kids - Trailer

The Bad Kids premieres on PBS’s Independent Lens on Monday, April 20, 2017.

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The Bad Kids - Trailer

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TOWER - Trailer

TOWER premieres on PBS’s Independent Lens on Tuesday, February 14, 2017.

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TOWER - Trailer

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Accidental Courtesy - Trailer

Accidental Courtesy premieres on PBS’s Independent Lens on Monday, February 13, 2017.

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Accidental Courtesy - Trailer

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Keith Maitland and Claire Wilson James Talk About TOWER

Filmmaker Keith Maitland and Survivor Claire Wilson James Talk About TOWER

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Keith Maitland and Claire Wilson James Talk About TOWER

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