Independent Lens: Season 1 (1999)

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Air date: Aug 9, 1999

A report on "gangsta" inroads in Middle America focuses on a murder-suicide in Appleton, Wis., filmmaker John Whitehead's hometown, where three teens were found dead in May 1995, days after another gang member had been murdered. Whitehead looks for explanations in interviews with parents of the dead youths, as well as Appleton teachers and police. Also: TV news footage of the incident and excerpts from court sessions.

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Air date: Aug 16, 1999

This "Mondo O.J." documentary was produced and directed by Mark Steven Shepherd, who was working as a cameraman for CNN during the 1996-97 O.J. Simpson civil trial. Fascinated with the people, events and sideshow spectacle outside the Santa Monica courthouse, Shepherd dropped out of freelance camerawork to make this low-budget film featuring unemployed hecklers, opinionated placard-holders, singers and composers (The 12 Days of O.J.), food vendors, police, memorabilia peddlers, and assorted wackos surrounding the courthouse, plus scenes of tourists at the O.J. and Simpson houses and a Marcia Clark book signing. Shown at the 1998 Mill Valley Film Festival.

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Air date: Aug 23, 1999

"Visa and Virtues" concerns a Japanese diplomat's dealings with Jewish refugees in Lithuania during WWII. "I Am Viet Hung" profiles an elderly Vietnamese opera singer living in uneasy retirement in the U.S., as younger Vietnamese grow increasingly indifferent to his art and accomplishments.

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Air date: Aug 30, 1999

"The Man Who Drove with Mandela" profiles Cecil Williams, a white (and gay) South African theater director and anti-apartheid activist who was arrested with Nelson Mandela in 1962 (the fugitive Mandela was posing as Williams' chauffeur at the time). Corin Redgrave portrays Williams in reenacted "self-reflections." Directed by Greta Schiller ("Paris Is a Woman").

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Air date: Sep 6, 1999

This film follows up on the spiritual truths pursued and examined in author Rodger Kamenetz's best-seller of the same title. As readers of the book know, Kamenetz based his writings on the 1990 pilgrimage of eight Jews to meet with Tibet's XIV Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, India. The film delves deeper into the role that intense personal suffering plays in helping people discover human truths rarely understood by others. The New England Film and Video Festival bestowed its Outstanding Personal Vision Award on this program.

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Air date: Sep 13, 1999

Two dramas: A devout woman sees the face of Jesus in a "Holy Tortilla." A blind jazz critic forges an unlikely friendship with a locksmith in "Lock and Key." Margarita: Adelina Anthony. Roberto: Julio Cedillo. Rosa: Cecilia Flores ("Holy Tortilla"). Maxine: Qwendolyn Mulumba. Dexter: E. Patrick Coker ("Lock and Key").

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Air date: Sep 20, 1999

Following six New York City women as they conceive children and raise them without the assistance of a partner.

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Air date: Sep 27, 1999

The San Francisco Opera's 1990 mounting of Richard Wagner's "Der Ring des Nibelungen"---as seen and heard by the opera's stagehands, particularly Ken "Spike" Kirkland, who keeps up a running commentary throughout the hour, which concludes with the four "Ring Cycle" operas---all 17 hours of them---compressed into 60 seconds.

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Air date: Oct 4, 1999

"Secret People," a 1998 documentary about the Federal Government's hospital for patients with Hansen's disease (better known as leprosy) in Carville, La. The hour recalls the facility's history (when it was founded in 1921, patients were held in quarantine), and includes interviews with patients.

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Air date: Oct 11, 1999

"I Can't Believe I Married a Lesbian," a marital post-mortem by filmmaker Gordon Stuart Perkin. Included: interviews with his ex-wife, and relatives and friends.

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