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This acclaimed Emmy Award-winning anthology series features documentaries and a limited number of fiction films united by the creative freedom, artistic achievement and unflinching visions of their independent producers. INDEPENDENT LENS features unforgettable stories about a unique individual, community or moment in history. The series is supported by interactive companion Web sites and national publicity and community engagement campaigns.

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  • INDEPENDENT LENS: Cooked: Survival by Zip Code

    Revisit the shocking and oft-forgotten impacts of a deadly heat wave that overtook Chicago in 1995.

    Airdate: 2/3/2020

    Time: 10:00 - 11:00 PM

    INLE: 2109

    OB: 2/3/2020

  • INDEPENDENT LENS: Leftover Women

    Meet three of the professional Chinese women who are labeled "leftover" because they are unmarried.

    Airdate: 2/10/2020

    Time: 10:00 - 11:30 PM

    INLE: 2108

    OB: 2/10/2020

  • INDEPENDENT LENS: We Believe in Dinosaurs

    Witness Creationism and science collide aboard an enormous Noah's Ark in rural Kentucky.

    Airdate: 2/17/2020

    Time: 10:00 - 11:30 PM

    INLE: 2110

    OB: 2/17/2020

  • INDEPENDENT LENS: Always in Season

    A grieving mother embarks on a quest for racial justice after her teenage son's suspicious death.

    Airdate: 2/24/2020

    Time: 10:00 - 11:30 PM

    INLE: 2111

    OB: 2/24/2020


    Visit a remote Mojave Desert high school where educators help at-risk students build better futures.

    Airdate: 3/2/2020

    Time: 10:00 - 11:30 PM

    INLE: 1810

    OB: 3/20/17

  • INDEPENDENT LENS: National Bird

    Follow three veterans determined to break the silence around America’s secret drone war.

    Airdate: 3/9/2020

    Time: 10:00 - 11:30 PM

    INLE: 1815

    OB: 5/1/17

  • INDEPENDENT LENS: I Am Another You

    Join Chinese filmmaker Nanfu Wang and a charming young drifter as they explore freedom and America.

    Airdate: 3/16/2020

    Time: 10:00 - 11:30 PM

    INLE: 1908

    OB: 1/29/2018

  • INDEPENDENT LENS: One Child Nation

    Explore the untold history and rippling impact of China's former one-child policy.

    Airdate: 3/30/2020

    Time: 10:00 - 11:30 PM

    INLE: 2112

    OB: 3/30/2020


    Follow a filmmaker to ERs, jails and homeless camps to tell intimate stories behind mental illness.

    Airdate: 4/13/2020

    Time: 10:00 - 11:30 PM

    INLE: 2113

    OB: 4/13/2020

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