The Emmy Award-winning series Independent Lens on PBS returns for its 13th season, with a new slate of acclaimed, original documentaries, made by award-winning independent filmmakers. The new season takes viewers around the globe to communities they wouldn't otherwise get to know, to explore fascinating human stories. Independent Lens airs Monday nights at 10/9c (check local listings).
by Tracy Droz Tragos and Andrew Droz Palermo
Rich Hill follows three teenage boys, Andrew, Harley, and Appachey, as they struggle with isolation, broken families, and lack of opportunity, providing an immersive and realistic picture of growing up poor in America.
by Darius Clark Monroe
In this gripping blend of documentary, true crime, and personal essay, a filmmaker confronts his past, dissecting the circumstances that led him to commit a bank robbery as a young man, and his journey of reflection and forgiveness.
by Dan Krauss
The Kill Team is the story of Specialist Adam Winfield, a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan who attempted to alert the Army to the murders of unarmed civilians, and who then himself was implicated in one of the killings and charged with first degree murder.
by Maro Chermayeff
From the team that brought you the groundbreaking Half the Sky, A Path Appears goes to the USA, Colombia, Haiti, and Kenya to uncover the harshest forms of gender-based oppression and human rights violations, and solutions being implemented to combat them.
by Thomas Allen Harris
An artist-filmmaker takes a deeply personal look back through the parallel histories of how African Americans have been depicted in commercial photography, contrasted with how they were captured in family photos.
by Llewellyn Smith, Christine Herbes-Sommers, and Kelly Thomson
Using the story of Gunnar Myrdal’s 1944 investigation of Jim Crow racism as a springboard, American Denial explores the power of unconscious biases and how the ideals of liberty, equality, and justice still impact notions of race and class today.
by Lacey Schwartz
Lacey Schwartz grew up in an upper-middle-class household with two loving Jewish parents. When she discovers that the man she's always assumed was her father is not her biological parent, she unlocks a powerful family secret.
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.
by Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly
Three homeless teens brave Chicago winters, high school pressures, and life on the streets to build a brighter future. Against all odds, they recover from a life of abandonment to create new, surprising definitions of home.
by Margaret Brown
Crew members, families, fishermen, and others still haunted by the Deepwater Horizon explosion provide gripping first-hand accounts of their experience in a disaster that had tragic repercussions up and down the Gulf Coast and beyond.
by Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson
Over the course of a momentous year, Kumu Hina, a native Hawaiian mahu (transgender) teacher, inspires a tomboyish young girl to claim her place as leader of an all-male hula troupe, as she herself searches for love and a fulfilling romantic relationship with an unpredictable young Tongan man.
by Catherine Gund
Not just a choreographer, Elizabeth Streb is a wildly extreme action architect. Born to Fly: Elizabeth Streb vs. Gravity traces the evolution of Streb’s movement philosophy as she pushes herself and her dancers from the ground, to the wall, and to the sky.
by Johanna Hamilton
A group of ordinary citizens broke into a small FBI office in Pennsylvania in 1971 and shared with the world their findings on COINTELPRO, the FBI’s illegal surveillance program. Now, they tell their story publicly for the first time