Press Releases

  1. COOKED: SURVIVAL BY ZIP CODE PREMIERES ON INDEPENDENT LENS MONDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2020 ON PBS AND PBS.ORG

    January 24, 2020

    (San Francisco, CA) — A Chicago heat wave, one of the deadliest in U.S. history, which left 739 dead in neighborhoods that were predominantly home to Black and low-income families, anchors this searing new documentary feature, COOKED: Survival By Zip Code. Adapted from Eric Klinenberg's ground-breaking book HEAT WAVE: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in

  2. KENNETH ROSENBERG’S BEDLAM TO MAKE ITS BROADCAST DEBUT ON PBS’S INDEPENDENT LENS IN APRIL 2020

    January 24, 2020

    (San Francisco, CA) — In an effort to get to the bottom of the current mental health crisis in the U.S., psychiatrist and documentarian Dr. Kenneth Paul Rosenberg chronicles personal, poignant stories of those suffering from mental illness, including his own family, to bring to light this epidemic and possible solutions. Shot over the course of five

  3. LEFTOVER WOMEN PREMIERES ON INDEPENDENT LENS MONDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2020 ON PBS AND PBS.ORG

    January 17, 2020

    China’s former one-child policy has resulted in a severe demographic imbalance, a country that today has 30 million more men than women. Facing pressure from a government that approaches this ratio as a threat to social stability, and receiving scrutiny from parents who believe that only marriage will create lifelong security for their daughters,

  4. THE FIRST RAINBOW COALITION PREMIERES ON INDEPENDENT LENS MONDAY, JANUARY 27, 2020 ON PBS AND PBS.ORG

    January 16, 2020

    A little-known 1960s movement in Chicago brought together a trailblazing alliance of community groups, including the Black Panthers, to confront social issues. Told through rare archival footage and interviews with former Coalition members, filmmaker Ray Santisteban’s The First Rainbow Coalition took more than a decade to complete and depicts the

  5. ACCEPT THE CALL PREMIERES ON INDEPENDENT LENS MONDAY, JANUARY 20, 2020 ON PBS AND PBS.ORG

    January 8, 2020

    Twenty-five years after Yusuf Abdurahman left Somalia as a refugee to begin his life anew in Minneapolis, Minnesota his worst fear is realized when his 19-year-old-son Zacharia is arrested in an FBI counterterrorism sting. In Accept the Call, filmmaker Eunice Lau chronicles Yusuf’s journey over three years as he tries to understand why his son would