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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: Shadow World

    Explore the billion-dollar global arms trade through those who perpetrate and investigate it.

    Airdate: 11/20/2017

    Time: 9:30 - 11:00 PM

    INLE: 1902

    OB: 11/20/17

  • INDEPENDENT LENS: Mimi and Dona

    Meet an unforgettable, deeply connected mother-daughter duo facing tough choices as they both age.

    Airdate: 12/4/2017

    Time: 10:00 - 11:00 PM

    INLE: 1703

    OB: 11/23/15


    Explore the aftermath and resilience of a community devastated by the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook.

    Airdate: 12/11/2017

    Time: 10:00 - 11:30 PM

    INLE: 1812

    OB: 4/3/17


    Meet Naomi, a seemingly ordinary Orthodox Jewish preteen from New Jersey whose extraordinary talent — breaking world powerlifting records — turns her into an international phenomenon in this unique coming-of-age story.

    Airdate: 12/18/2017

    Time: 10:00 - 11:30 PM

    INLE: 1903

    OB: 12/18/17

  • INDEPENDENT LENS: Meet the Patels

    Explore the influence of culture and identity on an intense, personal, important part of life—love.

    Airdate: 12/25/2017

    Time: 10:30 - 11:30 PM

    INLE: 1802

    OB: 12/26/16

  • INDEPENDENT LENS: The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin

    Meet the frank and funny creator of the groundbreaking “Tales of the City” series.

    Airdate: 1/1/2018

    Time: 10:00 - 11:30 PM

    INLE: 1904

    OB: 1/1/2018


    Follow filmmaker Jennifer Brea’s struggle with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in this intimate documentary.

    Airdate: 1/8/2018

    Time: 10:00 - 11:30 PM

    INLE: 1905

    OB: 1/8/2018

  • INDEPENDENT LENS: I Am Not Your Negro

    Explore James Baldwin’s unfinished book about race in America in this Oscar-nominated documentary.

    Airdate: 1/15/2018

    Time: 10:00 - 11:30 PM


    OB: 1/15/18


    Go deep inside the long-troubled Oakland Police Department as it struggles with demands for reform.

    Airdate: 1/22/2018

    Time: 9:00 - 10:30 PM

    INLE: 1907

    OB: 1/22/2018

  • INDEPENDENT LENS: I Am Another You

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

    Airdate: 1/29/2018

    Time: 10:00 - 11:30 PM

    INLE: 1908

    OB: 1/29/2018

  • INDEPENDENT LENS: Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Historically Black Colleges & Universities

    Explore the pivotal role HBCUs have played in shaping American history, culture and national identity.

    Airdate: 2/19/2018

    Time: 12:00 - 12:00 AM


    OB: Monday, February 19, 2018

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