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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.

Upcoming Episodes

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  • PHILLY D.A.: Episode Five

    A skeptical parole board and his own pride stand between a man and freedom.

    Airdate: 5/11/2021

    Time: 9:00 - 10:00 PM

    INLE: INLP #105

    OB: 5/11/21

  • PHILLY D.A.: Episode Six

    A councilmember bridges constituents plagued by the opioid crisis with the unorthodox D.A.

    Airdate: 5/18/2021

    Time: 9:00 - 10:00 PM

    INLE: INLP #106

    OB: 5/18/21

  • INDEPENDENT LENS: The Donut King

    Hear the incredible American Dream story of refugee and Christy's Doughnuts founder Ted Ngoy.

    Airdate: 5/24/2021

    Time: 10:00 - 11:30 PM

    INLE: 2214

    OB: 5/24/21

  • PHILLY D.A.: Episode Seven

    Krasner must decide whether to pursue a rarity -- murder charges against a cop.

    Airdate: 5/25/2021

    Time: 9:00 - 10:00 PM

    INLE: INLP #107

    OB: 5/25/21

  • PHILLY D.A.: Episode Eight

    Frustrated Krasner supporters warn he must accelerate plans to phase out cash bail.

    Airdate: 6/1/2021

    Time: 9:00 - 10:00 PM

    INLE: INLP #108

    OB: 6/01/21


    A Muslim mortician uses rituals of death to teach two troubled teenagers how to live better lives.

    Airdate: 6/21/2021

    Time: 10:00 - 11:30 PM

    INLE: 2215

    OB: 6/21/21

  • INDEPENDENT LENS: National Bird

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

    Airdate: Check your local listings

    INLE: 1815

    OB: 5/1/17

  • INDEPENDENT LENS: I Am Not Your Negro

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

    Airdate: Check your local listings


    OB: 1/15/18

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