Independent Lens Season 14

Season 14

Independent Lens Season 14

First Air Date: October 08, 2012

First Aired on    :   2012
Episodes    :   24 episodes



Episodes

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14x26 Jiro Dreams of Sushi (January 01, 0001)



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14x25 Playwright: From Page to Stage (January 01, 0001)



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14x24 Young Lakota (January 01, 0001)



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14x22 The Graduates (January 01, 0001)



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14x21 The Waiting Room (October 21, 2013)



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14x20 Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman's Journey (September 30, 2013)



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14x19 The Revolutionary Optimists (June 17, 2013)


Amlan Ganguly, a lawyer-turned social entrepreneur, has sown hope in the poorest neighborhoods of Calcutta by empowering children to become leaders in improving health, health, transforming their communities for the better.


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14x18 Detropia (May 27, 2013)


Can the Motor City rise from its ashes? A dynamic cluster of local innovators, entrepreneurs, and proud, self-proclaimed "hustlers” are poised to resurrect Detroit. The result could be a radically new city for the postindustrial age.


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14x17 The Invisible War (May 13, 2013)


The most shameful and best-kept secret in the U.S. Military? The epidemic of rape and sexual assault within the ranks. An American female soldier in a combat zone is more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire.


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14x16 Seeking Asian Female (May 06, 2013)


Two strangers — an aging white man and a young Chinese woman — pursue a marriage brokered by the Internet. They get more than they bargained for when she moves to America to be his bride in this quirky, appealing documentary.


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14x15 The Undocumented (April 29, 2013)


Thousands of migrants have perished in recent years while trying to cross the unforgiving Sonora desert in search of a better life in the United States. The film gives a face to some of the dead, and follows them on their long journey home.


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14x14 The Island President (April 22, 2013)



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14x13 Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines (April 15, 2013)


Wonder Women! explores the nation’s long-term love affair with comic book superheroes and raises questions about the possibilities and contradictions of heroines within the genre. The film goes behind the scenes with Lynda Carter, Lindsay Wagner, Gloria Steinem, Kathleen Hanna, comic writers and artists, and others who offer an enlightening and entertaining counterpoint to the male-dominated superhero genre.


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14x12 The House I Live In; As I Am (April 08, 2013)



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14x11 Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (February 25, 2013)


Profiling Chinese artist-activist Ai Weiwei, who helped design Beijing's iconic Bird's Nest Olympic stadium and later criticized the Games as party propaganda. His opposition to his country's autocratic rule, which he voices in his art and on social media, has caused him many difficulties, as filmmaker Alison Klayman witnesses during the making of this documentary: Government authorities shut down Ai's blog, beat him up, demolish his studio and hold him in secret detention for 81 days.


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14x10 The Powerbroker: Whitney Young's Fight for Civil Rights (February 18, 2013)



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14x09 The Revisionaries (January 28, 2013)


The Texas State Board of Education rewrites teaching and textbook standards once every decade.


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14x08 Beauty Is Embarrassing (January 21, 2013)


Raised in the Tennessee mountains, Wayne White started his career as a cartoonist in NYC. He quickly found success as one of the creators of the Pee-wee's Playhouse TV show which soon led to more work design some of the most arresting and iconic images in pop culture. Recently his word paintings featuring pithy and and often sarcastic text statements finely crafted onto vintage landscape paintings have made him a darling of the fine art world. The movie chronicles the vaulted highs and crushing lows of an artist struggling to find peace and balance between his professional work and his personal art. This is especially complicated for a man who struggles with the virtues he most often mocks in his art...Vanity, ego and fame.


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14x07 Soul Food Junkies (January 14, 2013)


Food traditions are hard to change, especially when they're passed on from generation to generation. Baffled by his dad's unwillingness to change his traditional soul food diet in the face of a health crisis, filmmaker Byron Hurt sets out to learn more about this rich culinary tradition and its relevance to black cultural identity.


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14x06 Park Avenue: Money, Power & the American Dream (November 12, 2012)



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14x05 Solar Mamas (November 05, 2012)



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14x04 Love Free or Die (October 29, 2012)



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14x02 Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide (Part 2) (October 02, 2012)


Filmed in 10 countries, the series follows Nicholas Kristof and celebrity activists America Ferrera, Diane Lane, Eva Mendes, Meg Ryan, Gabrielle Union and Olivia Wilde on a journey to tell the stories of inspiring, courageous individuals. Across the globe oppression is being confronted, and real meaningful solutions are being fashioned through health care, education, and economic empowerment for women and girls.


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14x01 As Goes Janesville (October 08, 2012)


Filmed in 10 countries, the series follows Nicholas Kristof and celebrity activists America Ferrera, Diane Lane, Eva Mendes, Meg Ryan, Gabrielle Union and Olivia Wilde on a journey to tell the stories of inspiring, courageous individuals. Across the globe oppression is being confronted, and real meaningful solutions are being fashioned through health care, education, and economic empowerment for women and girls.




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