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  • Independent Lens unveils its 10th season this fall on PBS with an eclectic lineup of 30 films from a range of independent filmmakers.
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  • The multi-award wining actress will guide Independent Lens through its 10th anniversary season.
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Indies Showcase Line-up

Daughter from Danang

by Gail Dolgin and Vicente Franco

A Vietnamese mother and her Amerasian daughter are joyously reunited after 22 years, but their illusions are quickly shattered when the reality of cultural differences and years of separation sets in.
Screened Monday, July 25 - Wednesday, July 27

Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes

by Byron Hurt

Take an in-depth look at masculinity in rap music and hip-hop culture — where creative genius, poetic beauty, and mad beats collide with misogyny, violence, and homophobia.
Screened Thursday, July 28 – Saturday, July 30


by Justine Shapiro and B.Z. Goldberg

A compelling and humorous take on the Middle East conflict from the perspectives of seven Palestinian and Israeli children living only minutes apart in Jerusalem but locked in separate worlds.
Screened Sunday, July 31 – Tuesday, August 2

The English Surgeon

by Geoffrey Smith and Rachel Wexler

A British neurosurgeon confronts the dilemmas of the doctor-patient relationship on his latest mission to Ukraine.
Screened Wednesday, August 3 – Friday, August 5

New Year Baby

by Socheata Poeuv

Filmmaker Socheata Poeuv grew up in the United States never knowing that her family had survived the Khmer Rouge genocide. In New Year Baby, she embarks on a journey to Cambodia in search of the truth about her family's past.
Screened Saturday, August 6 – Monday, August 8

My Country, My Country

by Laura Poitras and Jocelyn S. Glatzer

Telling the behind-the-scenes story of the January 2005 national elections in Iraq, this provocative documentary is a testament to the courage of people willing to put their lives on the line for the promise of democracy.
Screened Tuesday, August 9 – Thursday, August 11

China Blue

by Micha X. Peled

Jasmine left her village in a remote part of China to get a job and help her family. Now she and her teenage friends at the blue jean factory are trying to survive in a brutal work environment.
Screened Friday, August 12 – Sunday, August 14

If I Can't Do It

by Walter Brock

An unflinching portrait of a disabled man who is pushing for independence and an equal slice of the American pie.
Screened Monday, August 15 – Wednesday, August 17

Please Vote for Me

by Weijun Chen

Please Vote for Me follows 8-year-old students in an elementary school in China as they campaign for class monitor.
Screened Thursday, August 18 – Saturday, August 20

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.
Screened Sunday, August 21 – Tuesday, August 23

Girls Like Us

by Jane C. Wagner and Tina DiFeliciantonio

A disarming look into the lives of teenage girls, working to shape their identities in the ’90s.
Screened Wednesday, August 24 – Friday, August 26

Still Life With Animated Dogs

by Paul Fierlinger

From his dark days in Communist Czechoslovakia through brighter times in the United States, animator Paul Fierlinger has navigated through life with dog as his co-pilot.
Screened Saturday, August 27 – Monday, August 29

Daddy & Papa

by Johnny Symons

Exploring the growing phenomenon of gay fatherhood through the stories of four families, Daddy & Papa looks at gay fathers who face both the routine and revolutionary challenges of becoming parents.
Screened Tuesday, August 30 – Thursday, September 1

A Panther in Africa

by Aaron Matthews

In the 1960s, Pete O’Neal founded the Kansas City chapter of the Black Panther Party. In 1970, he fled the country for Africa where he has lived in exile for more than 30 years.
Screened Friday, September 2 – Sunday, September 4

Lost Boys of Sudan

by Jon Shenk and Megan Mylan

Lost Boys of Sudan follows two young refugees of Sudan’s civil war through their first year in America.
Screened Monday, September 5 – Wednesday, September 7

Iron Ladies of Liberia

by Daniel Junge, Siatta Scott-Johnson, Henry Ansbacher, and Jonathan Stack

Go behind the scenes with Africa’s first freely elected female head of state, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, of Liberia.
Screened Thursday, September 8 – Saturday, September 10

The Oath

by Laura Poitras

The Oath is a story about family, taxis, al Qaeda, Guantanao Bay, and the U.S. Supreme Court.
2011 Best Documentary Emmy Award Nomination
Screened Sunday, September 11 – Tuesday, September 13

Anatomy of a Springroll

by Paul Kwan and Arnold Iger

One man's journey from the food-filled streets of San Francisco to Saigon, as he searches for the secret ingredient to blend the traditions of his family's culture with his adopted American life.
Screened Wednesday, September 14 – Friday, September 16

Two Towns of Jasper

by Marco Williams and Whitney Dow

Using a white crew and a black crew, Two Towns of Jasper documents black and white residents of Jasper, Texas after an African American man was murdered by three white men.
Screened Saturday, September 17 – Monday, September 19

The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers

by Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith

In 1971, Daniel Ellsberg, a leading Vietnam War strategist, concluded that America’s role in the war is based on decades of lies. He leaked 7,000 pages of top-secret documents to The New York Times, an act that led directly to Watergate, President Nixon’s resignation, and the end of the Vietnam War.
2011 Exceptional Merit In Nonfiction Filmmaking Emmy Nomination
Screened Tuesday, September 20 – Thursday, September 22

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