An anguished Somali father in Minnesota seeks to understand what led his American son to attempt to join the Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria.
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Airing weekly on PBS, this Emmy Award-winning series is television’s leading showcase of independent documentaries — and made by ITVS-funded filmmakers. Watch fascinating human stories that spark conversation about the world’s most pressing issues.
Featured Independent Lens Films
The history and legacy of a groundbreaking multiethnic alliance of community groups that changed the face of 1960s Chicago politics.
The repercussions from the 1995 Chicago heat wave on the city's entrenched poverty, economic and social isolation, and racism.
Indie Lens Storycast
Discover the funny, strange, and dynamic world we live in, only on YouTube. Stories begin September 2017.
Featured Indie Lens Storycast Films
Jewel comes from a long line of skilled native Alaskan hunters. But can she balance the complications of a modern teenager with her connection to village life?
A self-described “fishermom” strives against harsh economics and gender stereotypes to keep her family’s traditional fishing business afloat.
An adopted Korean-American farmer sows only seeds from her native land. Will she cultivate healthy crops and a connection to her heritage?
Meet inspiring individuals from communities across the globe, from India to Ethiopia and El Salvador to Iraq.
Featured Global Voices Films
A Cairo-based filmmaker recounts his interaction with a group of plainclothes policemen while grappling with issues of guilt and morality.
In one of the most remote forests left on earth, a group of girls attends a revolutionary high school and learns to build a better future.
Six Palestinian and Israeli teenage girls participate in a women’s leadership program that transforms their lives.
Explore the future in our groundbreaking series of interactive and interconnected sci-fi shorts. Written and directed by indie filmmakers and digital storytellers.
Featured FUTURESTATES Films
A new breed of labor robot works at a bar with the mission that may be impossible: to excel at his new job while avoiding human injury.
When a bipolar patient abruptly stops taking his digitally encoded psych meds, a therapist named Ant must risk his life to avert catastrophe.
In the future, an injured soldier returns home with prosthetics to replace an arm and leg lost in combat and must reconnect with family.
Women of the World
Join our global movement. Follow women and girls as they face challenges and triumph over adversity, inspiring communities to create real-life solutions to gender inequality.
Featured Women of the World Films
Hannah, Rebecca and Naomi live in the patriarchal world of the Niger Delta. Hannah had her land taken by her husband's family after his death, Rebecca wants to stop having children but her husband won't let her and Naomi suffered at university because she refused to have sex for grades. Their stories are all defined by male domination. Despite the hardship…
Selvi, a former child bride, escapes her violent marriage and goes on to become South India’s first female taxi driver. This is the ten-year journey of a charming, strong, and courageous young woman who defies patriarchal expectations and creates a new life.
Eufrosina's Revolution follows the personal journey and social awakening of Eufrosina, a young indigenous woman from Mexico tirelessly trying to change gender inequality and her political career.