The 12th season of the Emmy Award-winning series Independent Lens on PBS showcases another diverse slate of original documentary films, made by some of the best independent filmmakers working today. We take viewers to places they wouldn't otherwise see, and encounter people they wouldn't otherwise meet. Independent Lens airs Monday nights at 10 PM (check local listings).
by Ramona S. Diaz
In a real-life fairy tale, a Filipino singer is plucked from YouTube to front the iconic American band Journey, and must deal with the pressures of replacing a legend while leading the band on their longest world tour in ages.
by Peter Nicks and Linda Davis
The Waiting Room is a cinema verité portrait of a California city's public safety-net hospital as it struggles to handle patient overload in a swooning economy and a constantly shifting landscape of health care policy.
by Bernardo Ruiz
The struggles and triumphs of Latino and Latina students from across the United States are explored through their own eyes in this documentary about the challenges faced in the American public education system.
by Charles Dye
Follow teams from three different American Indian communities as they prepare for and compete across a grueling Indian Relay season.
By Marion Lipschutz and Rose Rosenblatt
When South Dakota abortion politics bring political turmoil to the doorstep on the Pine Ridge Reservation, three young idealists and the tribe's first female president have to decide how far they will go to change politics as usual in their own community.
by Robert Levi
The lives of two outstanding young playwrights — one, an African American from Miami’s inner city; the other, an Indian American from Cleveland — are brought together inextricably in the process of creating a new language for the stage.
by David Gelb
A thoughtful and elegant meditation on work, family, and the art of perfection, chronicling a master sushi chef’s life as both an unparalleled success in the culinary world and a loving yet complicated father.
by David France
How to Survive a Plague is the story of two grassroots coalitions — ACT UP and Treatment Action Group — made up of innovative activists, many of them HIV-positive, who fought to turn AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition.