Dolores Huerta at a press conference, as seen in the movie Dolores
Independent Film

March 07, 2018

From Jane to Dolores, Agnès to Elsa, Documentaries on Unheralded Women Who Made History

Sharon Knolle in Independent Film

In celebration of Women's History Month (every March), we focus on great recent documentaries about great women, all who forged their own path in times and places where that wasn't expected…...

Elle in full uniform in The Invisible War stands at the Vietnam War Memorial
Film History

March 08, 2017

Meet the Trailblazers of Documentary Activism

Sean Axmaker in Film History

We think of the cinema of activism in documentary filmmaking as a relatively modern phenomenon, something first awakened in the 1960s and 1970s and popularized by the likes of Michael…...

From the film

May 27, 2016

Based on a True Story: 8 Documentaries that Inspired Feature Films

Sean Axmaker in Film History

True stories have been a prime inspiration for movies for as long as there have been movies. Early films recreated historical events and breaking news for eager audiences and films…...

September 06, 2011

Announcing our 10th Season of Remarkable Independents!

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It's that time again! Time for the premiere of a new and glorious season of Independent Lens, with an eclectic and inspiring schedule full of independent documentaries guaranteed to surprise,…...

August 09, 2011

Which Docs Should Everyone See Before They Die?

Brooke Shelby Biggs in Where Are They Now?

Current TV's ongoing series about the greatest (arguably) 50 documentaries of the past 20 years premiered last week. Here's the trailer: How many on Current's list do you think you…...

August 03, 2011

Test Your Documentary Know-How!

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It's summer, and we're basking in a plethora of great docs in theaters, on PBS, and online. We need to keep ourselves sharp, so we test each other on our…...

December 21, 2010

The Resurgence of the Documentary

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Kenneth Turan, the Los Angeles Times film critic, devoted his year-end column to documentary films, which he says enjoyed "remarkable resurgence" in 2010: "It's also hardly a secret that the…...

November 11, 2010

Poll: The Greatest War Documentary Ever Made?

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We at Independent Lens would like to wish all of our servicemen and servicewomen -- past and present -- and their families a happy Veterans Day. Check out this video…...