Independent Lens

2017
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S18 Ep20: Real Boy

Expired 4.0 3 x
Real Boy is the coming-of-age story of Bennett, a trans teenager with dreams of musical stardom. During the first two years of his gender transition, as Bennett works to repair a strained relationship with his family, he is taken under the wing of his friend and musical hero, celebrated trans folk singer Joe Stevens.
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S18 Ep19: Farmer/Veteran

Expired 4.0 8 x
A combat veteran starts a farm to help cultivate a healthier life outside the Army. While the sense of duty he once felt as a soldier returns, his crippling PTSD remains as he and his wife nervously anticipate the birth of their first child.
1:20:31

S18 Ep18: They Call Us Monsters

Expired 4.0 4 x
They Call Us Monsters takes viewers behind the walls of the Compound, the facility where Los Angeles houses its most violent juvenile criminals. To their advocates, they’re kids. To the system, they’re adults. To their victims, they’re monsters.
1:26:06

S18 Ep17: Forever Pure

Expired 4.0 14 x
The story of famed Israeli soccer club Beitar Jerusalem F.C. after it acquired two Muslim players, which led to a racist backlash and a lot of soul-searching from their new teammates.
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S18 Ep16: The Prison In Twelve Landscapes

Expired 4.0 5 x
A meditation on the prison’s disappearance in the era of mass incarceration, The Prison in Twelve Landscapes unfolds as a cinematic journey through a series of landscapes across the USA where prisons do work and affect lives.
1:25:24

S18 Ep15: National Bird

Expired 4.0 3 x
National Bird follows whistleblowers who, despite possible consequences, are determined to break the silence around one of the most controversial issues of our time: the secret U.S. drone war. The film gives rare insight through the eyes of both survivors and veterans who suffer from PTSD while plagued by guilt over participating in the killing of faceless people in foreign countries.
1:25:47

S18 Ep14: The Last Laugh

Expired 3.0 8 x
The Holocaust would seem to be an absolutely off-limits topic for comedy — but is it? History shows even the victims of the Nazi concentration camps used humor as a means of survival and resistance. The Last Laugh weaves together stories from Auschwitz survivors and interviews with influential comedians from Mel Brooks to Sarah Silverman, and authors Etgar Keret and Shalom Auslander.
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S18 Ep13: Seed: The Untold Story

Expired 4.0 4 x
Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds, which have been worshipped and treasured since the dawn of humankind. SEED: The Untold Story follows passionate seed-keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy.
1:22:04

S18 Ep12: Newtown

Expired 3.0 4 x
Newtown explores the aftermath of the mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, where 20 first-graders and six of their educators were killed on December 14, 2012.
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Ovarian Psycos

Expired 3.0 2 x
Ovarian Psycos is about a new generation of fierce, unapologetic and feminist women of color from the Eastside of Los Angeles who confront injustice, build community, and redefine identity through a raucous, irreverently named bicycle crew: The Ovarian Psycos Cycle Brigade.
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