The Emmy Award-winning series Independent Lens on PBS returns, 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 Debra Granik
Portrait of a veteran, Stray Dog is at once a powerful look at the vet experience, a surprising love story, and a fresh exploration of what it takes to survive in the hardscrabble heartland of America.
by Leslee Udwin
The story of the brutal gang rape and murder in Delhi of a 23-year-old medical student, Jyoti Singh, India’s Daughter also examines the outrage the case caused in India, a country beset by extreme poverty and archaic cultural attitudes towards gender equality.
by Sophie Sartain
A 92-year-old mother, Mimi, who has cared 64 years for Dona, a daughter who has an intellectual disability, faces the inevitable and has to find her daughter a home. This poignant, heartbreaking and, at times, humorous documentary tells the story of a quirky and fiercely devoted mother-daughter duo.
by Laura Pacheco and Jackie Mow
Born in Mexico but living in Salinas, California, third-grader José Ansaldo loves school. With little support at home, he turns to his teacher Oscar Ramos, who inspires him to imagine a life beyond the fields where his parents work.
by Matt Fuller
Four adults at different places on the autism spectrum open up their personal lives as they navigate romantic relationships. Eye-opening, first-person portrayals show that despite many challenges faced by those with autism, love can find a way
by Renee Tajima-Peña and Virginia Espino
At a large Los Angeles maternity ward in the 1960s and 1970s, Mexican-American mothers were frequently pushed into tubal ligations in the late stages of labor — often based on little more than the question “More babies?”
by Tony Vainuku
In Football We Trust is the yet-untold story of the Polynesian football pipeline, from the Islands to Utah via the Mormon Church — to the NFL.