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Happiness

by Thomas Balmés

A Himalayan village in Bhutan, the nearest road a three-day walk away, is connected to electricity for the first time. A 9-year-old monk leaves for the city in search of a TV, in a story of the bittersweet seduction of technology and progress.

Independent Lens, Global Perspectives Collection

Upcoming broadcasts 

Hell and Back Again

by Danfung Dennis

What does it mean to lead men in war? What does it mean to come home — injured physically and psychologically — and build a life anew?

Independent Lens

Kind Hearted Woman

by David R. Sutherland

In a special two-part series, acclaimed filmmaker David Sutherland creates an unforgettable portrait of Robin Charboneau, a 32-year-old divorced single mother and Oglala Sioux woman living on North Dakota’s Spirit Lake Reservation.

Frontline, Independent Lens, Women and Girls Lead

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King Corn

by Aaron Woolf, Curt Ellis, and Ian Cheney

Two recent college graduates plant a single acre of the nation's most powerful crop--corn--and set out to follow it on its journey from a seed to the dinner plate.

Independent Lens

Knee Deep

by Michael Chandler

The true story of attempted murder in a small town in Maine.

Independent Lens

The Last Cowboy

by Jon Alpert

Filmed over two decades in the life of Vern Sager and his family, The Last Cowboy captures a family's struggle to preserve a vanishing way of life as cowboys and Indians in the Badlands of South Dakota.

Independent Lens

Little Hope Was Arson

by Theo Love

A plague of arson in East Texas that saw 10 churches burn to the ground in 2010 ignited the largest criminal investigation in the area’s history, involving local law enforcement, Texas Rangers, and the ATF.

Independent Lens

Upcoming broadcasts 

March Point

by Tracy Rector and Annie Silverstein of Longhouse Media

The journey of three teens from the Swinomish Indian Tribe who make a film about the threat from two local oil refineries.

Independent Lens

Medora

by Andrew Cohn and Davy Rothbart

A community beset by a crippled economy and dwindling population is the setting for this documentary following a down-but-not-out varsity basketball team over a season. The team’s struggle to compete parallels the town’s own fight for survival.

Independent Lens

Miss Navajo

by Billy Luther

Following pageant contestants in their quest for the Miss Navajo Nation crown, and featuring personal stories of recent winners, Miss Navajo is a unique celebration of womanhood.

Independent Lens

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