Members of community clear rubble in the Bronx, in Decade of Fire. with Audience Award laurels

Update (7/9): With voting now closed and a total of 13,331 votes, we are thrilled to announce the winner of the Independent Lens Audience Award:

Decade of Fire

Congrats to filmmakers Vivian Vázquez Irizarry, Gretchen Hildebran and Julia Steele Allen, and producer Neyda Martinez, on their win. And kudos to all of the films that were a part of this season, which would not be possible without you. A big thanks to our audience for submitting their votes, which was the highest we’d ever had, and in one of the closest of races. We’ll see you all next season!


Original post: This Independent Lens season started way back in October of 2019, which seems even farther ago than it actually is, but now that our season is over we hope all 19 of the films we presented on PBS are etched in your memory banks. What better time to pick your favorite? We know having to favor just one — or in this case we’re allowing you to vote for up for three — is a nearly impossible task. If you could take only one of these powerful documentaries with you to a desert island, which would you choose?

Vote now in our 2019-2020 Independent Lens Audience Award to have your voice heard. The deadline to vote for your favorite film is Wednesday, July 8 at 5 pm PT.

Last year’s Audience Award winner was Out of State; who will reign supreme this time around? Have your say.