This Emmy award-winning series is like an independent film festival in your living room. Each episode introduces new documentaries and dramas made by independent thinkers: filmmakers who are taking creative risks, calling their own shots and finding untold stories in unexpected places.
Independent Lens Previous Broadcasts
1971 (Episode #1616H)
KQED 9: Mon, May 18, 2015 -- 10:00 PM
A group of ordinary citizens broke into a small FBI office in Pennsylvania in 1971 and shared with the world their findings on COINTELPRO, the FBI's illegal surveillance program. Now, they tell their story publicly for the first time.
- KQED World: Sat, May 23, 2015 -- 3:00 PM
- KQED Life: Sat, May 23, 2015 -- 4:00 AM
- KQED Life: Fri, May 22, 2015 -- 10:00 PM
- KQED World: Thu, May 21, 2015 -- 11:30 AM
- KQED World: Thu, May 21, 2015 -- 5:30 AM
- KQED 9: Tue, May 19, 2015 -- 4:00 AM
The Revolutionary Optimists (Episode #1417H)
KQED World: Sun, May 17, 2015 -- 4:00 PM
Children in the slums of Calcutta are starting a revolution. Called to action by visionary former attorney Amlan Ganguly, the 'Daredevils' have already made radical health and sanitation improvements in one of the city's poorest slums -- awakening a neglected populace to the real possibility of change.
Born to Fly: Elizabeth Streb Vs. Gravity (Episode #1615H)
KQED 9: Mon, May 11, 2015 -- 10:00 PM
Not just a choreographer, Elizabeth Streb is a wildly extreme action architect. Born to Fly: Elizabeth Streb vs. Gravity traces the evolution of Streb's movement philosophy as she pushes herself and her dancers from the ground, to the wall, and to the sky.
- KQED Life: Sat, May 16, 2015 -- 4:00 AM
- KQED Life: Fri, May 15, 2015 -- 10:00 PM
- KQED World: Thu, May 14, 2015 -- 12:00 PM
- KQED World: Thu, May 14, 2015 -- 6:00 AM
- KQED 9: Tue, May 12, 2015 -- 4:00 AM
Left by the Ship (Episode #1325)
KQED World: Sat, May 9, 2015 -- 6:00 AM
JR, Charlene, Margarita and Robert are half American; they are among the many children born to U.S. servicemen who were stationed in military bases in the Philippines until 1992. Like most Filipino Amerasians, they were left behind by their biological fathers and largely forgotten. Over the course of two years, they delve into the psychological and social consequences of the U.S. military presence and its legacy.
Kumu Hina (Episode #1614)
KQED 9: Mon, May 4, 2015 -- 10:00 PM
Over the course of a momentous year, Kumu Hina, a native Hawaiian mahu (transgender) teacher, inspires a tomboyish young girl to claim her place as leader of an all-male hula troupe, as she herself searches for love and a fulfilling romantic relationship with an unpredictable young Tongan man.
- KQED Life: Sat, May 9, 2015 -- 4:00 AM
- KQED Life: Fri, May 8, 2015 -- 10:00 PM
- KQED World: Thu, May 7, 2015 -- 12:00 PM
- KQED World: Thu, May 7, 2015 -- 6:00 AM
- KQED 9: Tue, May 5, 2015 -- 4:00 AM
Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (Episode #1409H)
KQED Life: Fri, May 1, 2015 -- 9:00 PM
Ai Weiwei is China's most famous international artist and its most outspoken domestic critic. Against a backdrop of strict censorship and an unresponsive legal system, Weiwei expresses himself and organizes people through art and social media. In response, Chinese authorities have shut down his blog, beat him up, bulldozed his newly built studio and held him in secret detention. This documentary is the inside story of a dissident for the digital age who inspires global audiences and blurs the boundaries of art and politics. First-time director Alison Klayman gained unprecedented access to Weiwei while working as a journalist in China. Her detailed portrait provides a nuanced exploration of contemporary China and one of its most compelling public figures.
- KQED Life: Sat, May 2, 2015 -- 3:00 AM