Independent Lens: Season 3 (2001)

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Air date: Sep 7, 2001

"Confederacy Theory" examines the controversy surrounding the Confederate flag in South Carolina. Included: a history of the Confederate flag since the Civil War. Filmmaker: Ryan Deussing.

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Air date: Sep 14, 2001

Silicon Valley activists struggling to bridge the digital divide are profiled in "Secrets of Silicon Valley." Magda Escobar, the director of Plugged In, a non-profit computer-training center in East Palo Alto, Cal., networks easily with high-tech heavyweights, but worries: "What happens when Plugged In is no longer the sexy thing to fund?" Raj Jayadev's worries are here and now. A temporary employee at a printer-assembly plant, he began protesting working conditions and was soon fired.

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Air date: Sep 21, 2001

"Abandoned: The Betrayal of America's Immigrants" focuses on the impact of 1996 immigration legislation on permanent residents who have been convicted of minor crimes. David Belle is the producer-director.

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Air date: Sep 28, 2001

"Good Kurds, Bad Kurds" explores the contrasting situations faced by Kurds living in Iran and Turkey. Both chafe under their own governments' rule, but they're treated differently by the U.S. Government. Filmmaker: Kevin McKiernan.

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Air date: Oct 5, 2001

"Who Owns the Past?" concerns the conflict between anthropologists and Native Americans over the discovery of a 9000-year-old skeleton on the banks of the Columbia River near Kennewick, Wash. At issue: the control of human remains found on ancestral Indian lands. Linda Hunt narrates.

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Air date: Oct 12, 2001

"The Split Horn" chronicles the 17-year odyssey of a Hmong shaman and his family from Laos to Wisconsin. Filmmaker Taggart Siegel focuses on the cultural transformation the family undergoes as the father struggles to maintain ties to the old ways.

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Air date: Oct 19, 2001

"Undetectable" follows the physical and psychological ups and downs of six Boston-area AIDS patients who take a "cocktail" of drugs to survive. Directed by Jay Corcoran.

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Air date: Oct 26, 2001

Carnival workers spend most of their time on the road, but where do they go when they're not upping or downing a show somewhere in the American heartland? Chances are good that they spend part of their year in Gibsonton, FL, a small town that since the 1930s has been the winter home for a disproportionately large number of carney workers. The town's appeal is attributable to favorable zoning laws that allow easy storage of carnival rides and housing of performing animals (not every town welcomes elephants) and a large number of like-minded neighbors unlikely to comment upon the presence of bearded ladies in the neighborhood (a former carnival "giant" who stood over eight feet tall was once elected Gibsonton's fire chief, while a midget served as chief of the police force). Gibtown is a documentary that looks at the history of this unusual community, and pays a visit to a number of the people who call it home when their work doesn't call them to the highway.

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Air date: Nov 2, 2001

"Open Outcry" follows traders in action at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Filmmaker: Jon Else.

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Air date: Nov 9, 2001

"Romancing the Throne" follows Prince Mohato of the South African kingdom of Lesotho as he assumes the crown in 1996 upon the sudden death of his father. An important requirement for the single prince: finding a suitable bride. That's no small task for the prince, who had been living a bachelor's lifestyle in London. Filmmaker Dominic Ozanne is a personal friend of the Prince Mohato.

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