About Independent Lens

Independent Lens is America’s home for independent documentary film, airing Monday nights on PBS member stations and available to stream on the PBS Video App. Find out what’s coming soon.

“The [2020/21] season of Independent Lens features a rich variety of documentaries, each telling timely and fascinating stories that raise critically important questions that reflect the times in which we’re living,” says Lois Vossen, Executive Producer of Independent Lens. “This season we explore the most extreme, hateful corners of the internet, as well as what it takes for women to pursue public office. We see the horrors faced by female inmates in today’s correctional system, and exactly what and who is stifling the growth of renewable energy in this country. These impressive films delve deep into the most pressing issues facing our nation, through the eyes of some of the most talented and incisive documentary filmmakers working today.

Independent Lens films have won 25 Emmy Awards, 23 Peabody Awards, five duPont-Columbia University Awards, and have received 10 Academy Award nominations. Independent Lens received the International Documentary Association (IDA) Award for Best Continuing Series in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2017.