Independent Lens Season 9

Season 9

Independent Lens Season 9

First Air Date: October 16, 2007

First Aired on    :   2007
Episodes    :   26 episodes



Episodes

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9x27 Abduction: The Megumi Yokota Story (June 19, 2008)


A Japanese family searches for their daughter who was abducted by North Korean spies in 1977. / Recalls the 1977 kidnapping of schoolgirl Megumi Yokota from her Japanese hometown by North Korean agents, who took her to North Korea.


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9x26 Deep Water (June 15, 2008)


The amazing and compelling true story of the fateful voyage of Donald Crowhurst, an amateur yachtsman who enters the most daring nautical challenge ever - the very first solo, non-stop, round-the-world boat race. Through re-enactments and interviews with family and friends, the viewer witnesses Crowhurst's maritime inexperience and eventually an ending that shocked a nation.


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9x25 Abduction: The Megumi Yokota Story (June 19, 2008)



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9x24 Writ Writer (June 03, 2008)


Reveals a little-known battle of the Civil Rights Movement, led by an indigent, under-educated prisoner. Texas-born, Mexican American Fred Cruz came of age and found his life's calling in prison, where the sanctioned cruelty and brutality among inmates and guards moved him to fight the state prison system in the court of law.


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9x23 The Cool School (June 10, 2008)


This film follows one woman's quest to uncover the secrets of how her family survived the Khmer Rouge genocide. Socheata Poeuv's family survived the Killing Fields, escaped across the border and became Americans. She searches for the truth about what her family escaped from and why her history has been buried in secrecy for so long.


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9x22 New Year Baby (May 27, 2008)



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9x21 A Dream in Doubt (May 20, 2008)



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9x20 Na Kamalei: The Men of Hula (May 06, 2008)


King Corn is a feature documentary film released in October 2007 following college friends Ian Cheney and Curtis Ellis as they move to Greene, Iowa to grow and farm an acre of corn. In the process, Cheney and Ellis examine the role that the increasing production of corn has for American society. The film shows how the industrialization of corn has all but eliminated the family farm, which is being replaced by larger and larger industrial farms. This trend reflects a larger industrialization of the North American food system, whereby, as was outlined in the film, decisions relating to what crops are grown, and how they are grown, are based more on economic considerations than their ramifications on the environment or the population. This is demonstrated in the film by the production of high fructose corn syrup, an ingredient found in many cheap food products, such as fast food. The two return to the same small town that was coincidentally home to both of their great-grandfathers.


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9x19 Water Flowing Together (April 08, 2008)


Jock Soto, who is Navajo Indian and Puerto Rican as well as gay, retired in June 2005 from the New York City Ballet after a 24-year career; this story climaxes with his emotional retirement at age 40. This is not a film solely for a ballet audience; it is also an exploration of identity, heritage, transition and family.


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9x18 Water Flowing Together (April 08, 2008)



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9x17 Compañeras (April 01, 2008)


With unprecedented access, this intimate documentary goes behind the scenes with Africa's first freelyelected female head of state, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, president of Liberia. The film explores the challenges facing the new president and the extraordinary women surrounding her as they develop and implement policy to rebuild their ravaged country and prevent a descent back into civil war.


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9x16 Iron Ladies of Liberia (March 18, 2008)


Follows two former felons in different stages of life "on the outside." / Examines the challenges faced by ex-convicts as they adjust to life after incarceration. The film focuses on the Exodus Transitional Community, a New York City-based organization (founded by Julio Medina).


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9x15 Hard Road Home (February 26, 2008)


Banished is a documentary film about four U.S. cities, which were part of many communities that violently forced African American families to flee in post-reconstruction America. In incidents which took place in Texas, Missouri, Georgia and Indiana between 1886 and 1923.


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9x14 Banished (February 19, 2008)



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9x13 How Is Your Fish Today? (January 29, 2008)


While working on his latest screenplay in Beijing, Hui Rao experiences writer's block and begins to live the life of the character he is trying to create.


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9x12 American Made (January 22, 2008)



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9x11 A Son's Sacrifice (January 22, 2008)


Dr. Jack Kessler, a prominent neurologist, shifts his diabetes research to stem cell research when his daughter is paralyzed from the waist down. The program brings the stem cell debate to the forefront and examines the constantly evolving interplay between the promise of new discoveries, the controversy of modern science and the courage of people living with devastating disease and injury.


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9x10 Today's Man (January 08, 2008)



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9x09 An Unreasonable Man (December 18, 2007)


This program offers an unsparing look at Ralph Nader, one of the most important and controversial political figures of our time.


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9x08 The Paper (December 11, 2007)


Chronicles the pressure of a year in the life of Pennsylvania State University's Daily Collegian.


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9x06 The Creek Runs Red (November 20, 2007)



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9x05 Miss Navajo (November 13, 2007)



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9x04 Red White Black & Blue (November 06, 2007)


U.S. soldiers who fought on the island of Attu in Alaska during WWII journey back to the location.


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9x03 Storm of Emotions (October 30, 2007)


This is a film explores the Israeli disengagement from the Gaza Strip and efforts to achieve democracy amidst great social and political turmoil. Told from the perspective of the Israeli police force, this film explores how these individuals try to balance their emotions, beliefs and conscience while attempting to maintain civil order and a democratic outcome.


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9x02 Please Vote for Me (October 23, 2007)


This film follows eight-year-old students in an elementary school in China as they campaign for school monitor. This is the first election for a class leader to be held in a school in China. The three candidates campaign, holding debates and showing their intellectual and artistic skills, until one is voted the winner.


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9x01 Wordplay (October 16, 2007)


Fifty million Americans do crossword puzzles each week, many in the venerable New York Times , where Will Shortz has been editor for 12 years. "Wordplay" presents an entertaining and informative look at Shortz' work and that of the puzzle constructors with whom he collaborates, as well as coverage of the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament, an annual competition founded by Shortz, that profiles a number of intelligent and ingratiating contestants.




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