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
More Than A Month (Episode #1315H)
KQED 9: Tue, Feb 21, 2012 -- 11:00 PM
Shukree Hassan Tilghman, a 29-year-old African-American filmmaker, is on a cross-country campaign to end Black History Month. Through this tongue-in-cheek journey, "More Than a Month" investigates what the treatment of history tells us about race and equality in a "post-racial" America.
- KQED Life: Thu, Feb 23, 2012 -- 4:00 AM
- KQED Life: Wed, Feb 22, 2012 -- 10:00 PM
- KQED 9: Wed, Feb 22, 2012 -- 5:00 AM
Deep Down (Episode #1206)
KQED World: Wed, Feb 15, 2012 -- 9:00 AM
Beverly May and Terry Ratliff grew up on opposite sides of a mountain ridge in eastern Kentucky, where coal is king. When a mountaintop removal coal mine encroaches on their community, the two find themselves on opposite sides of a debate that divides their community and the world -- who controls, consumes, and benefits from the planet's dwindling supply of natural resources? In a small town in dire economic straits and high unemployment, the coal company's offer to buy land and provide jobs can be hard to resist. What can a community do when it must choose between its present and its future?
The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 (Episode #1314)
KQED Plus: Tue, Feb 14, 2012 -- 10:30 PM
Combining fresh and candid 16mm footage that had lain undiscovered in the cellar of Swedish Television for the past 30 years, with contemporary audio interviews from leading African-American artists, activists, musicians and scholars, this program looks at the people, society, culture and style that fuelled an era of convulsive change, 1967-1975. Utilizing an innovative format that riffs on the popular 1970s mix tape format, this is a cinematic and musical journey into the black communities of America.
- KQED Plus: Wed, Feb 15, 2012 -- 4:30 AM
Garbage Dreams (Episode #1122)
KQED World: Tue, Feb 14, 2012 -- 9:00 AM
Filmed over 4 years, this program follows 3 teenage boys born into the trash trade and growing up in the world's largest garbage village, a ghetto located on the outskirts of Cairo. When their community is suddenly faced with the globalization of its trade, each of the teenage boys is forced to make choices that will impact his future and the survival of his community.
Blessed Is The Match (Episode #1120)
KQED World: Mon, Feb 13, 2012 -- 9:00 AM
Narrated by Joan Allen, this film profiles Hannah Senesh, the World War II-era poet and diarist who became a paratrooper, resistance fighter and modern-day Joan of Arc. Safe in Palestine in 1944, Hannah joined a mission to rescue Jews in her native Hungary. Hannah parachuted behind enemy lines, was captured, tortured and ultimately executed by the Nazis.
William S. Burroughs: A Man Within (Episode #1214)
KQED Life: Sat, Feb 11, 2012 -- 11:00 PM
An iconoclast who himself became an icon, William Burroughs explored the outer boundaries of culture and identity in the 1950s. His work was vilified by conservatives and banned by the US government, but emerged to influence artists for generations to come. Burroughs's friends and colleagues remember the public persona and the private man.
- KQED Life: Sun, Feb 12, 2012 -- 5:00 AM
When I Rise (Episode #1213H)
KQED World: Sat, Feb 11, 2012 -- 4:00 PM
This program profiles Barbara Smith Conrad, a gifted University of Texas music student, who finds herself at the epicenter of racial controversy, struggling against the odds and ultimately ascending to the heights of international opera.
Herskovits at the Heart of Blackness (Episode #1113)
KQED World: Sat, Feb 11, 2012 -- 3:00 PM
Using photo-montage recreations, interviews, animation, original field footage and recordings, the film examines the forgotten legacy of Melville Herskovits. The controversial Jewish anthropologist's writings in the 40s and 50s challenged widely-held assumptions about race and culture by insisting we look at the world through each other's lives and histories.
Lost Souls (Animas Perdidas) (Episode #1117)
KQED World: Fri, Feb 10, 2012 -- 9:00 AM
In 1999, filmmaker Monika Navarro's uncles were deported from the United States to Mexico, forced to leave the only country they knew and, as servicemen, had pledged to protect. Set against the backdrop of increased attention to the U.S.-Mexican border, "Lost Souls (Animas Perdidas)" explores national identity, the lives of immigrants and what happens after deportees are sent to a homeland they no longer consider home.
Men Who Swim (Episode #1210)
KQED World: Wed, Feb 8, 2012 -- 9:00 AM
This program is a humorous and poignant look at a group of middle-aged men who have found unlikely success as members of Sweden's all-male synchronized swimming team. What begins as a weekly escape from the daily grind of work and family responsibilities gradually evolves into a more serious commitment. Inspired by Esther Williams' techniques from the 1950s, these train engineers and meat buyers, archivists and teachers soon become passionate exponents of a sport generally associated with women.
45365 (Episode #1207)
KQED World: Tue, Feb 7, 2012 -- 9:00 AM
Explores the congruities of daily life in an American town - Sidney, Ohio. Through a patient and inquisitive look at the lives and landscapes that make up this community of 20,000 people, the film captures the complexities and ambiguities of their shared experience. Conclusions are left to the audience as the component characters speak and act for themselves, as themselves. These storylines eventually coalesce into a mosaic of faces, places and events. It is an inquisitive look at everyday life in middle America.
Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock (Episode #1313Z)
KQED 9: Thu, Feb 2, 2012 -- 11:00 PM
As a black woman who was a feminist before the term was invented, Daisy Bates refused to accept her assigned place in society. This documentary tells the story of her life and public support of nine black students to attend the all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, which culminated in a constitutional crisis -- pitting a president against a governor and a community against itself.
- KQED Life: Sat, Feb 4, 2012 -- 4:00 AM
- KQED Life: Fri, Feb 3, 2012 -- 10:00 PM
- KQED 9: Fri, Feb 3, 2012 -- 5:00 AM
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