Independent Lens: Season 8 (2006 - 2007)

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Air date: Oct 24, 2006

"The World According to Sesame Street." The documentary examines efforts to produce international versions of the series. The delightful film follows Sesame Workshop staffers as they travel to various countries and meet with producers to begin creating the new programs. "I think this will open up a window to a new world where there is more harmony," says Bangladesh producer Fuad Chowdhury. "And where learning is fun."

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Air date: Oct 24, 2006

In "Still Life With Animated Dogs," animator Paul Fierlinger reflects on the positive impact the dogs he has owned over the years have had on him. Included: Fierlinger relates how, as a young man in Communist Czechoslovakia, he learned a lesson in civil disobedience from his dog Roosevelt.

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Air date: Oct 31, 2006

The residents of Golden Hill, Maryland explain the traditions unique to the annual Miss Outdoors Pageant and National Outdoor Show, as well as its positive influence on the community as a whole.

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Air date: Nov 7, 2006

Filmmakers Barbara Multer-Wellin and Jeffrey Abelson pay tribute to three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Paul Conrad in this documentary featuring nearly 200 of his best-known cartoons in addition to interviews with Conrad's family, friends, and colleagues. While the prominent cartoonist has been honored with many prestigious awards throughout his rich and rewarding career, the distinction that Conrad holds dearest is the inclusion of his name on Richard Nixon's 1973 list of enemies. A native of Cedar Rapids, IA, Conrad first began cartooning for the University of Iowa's student newspaper while earning his B.A. in art. Upon graduation, Conrad quickly landed a job at the Denver Post , where he would remain for 14 years and meet his future wife Kay King. Later lured away to the Los Angeles Times , Conrad played a pivotal role in helping the local, right-leaning publication transform itself into an influential paper of national significance. While many critics would attempt to fault Conrad for his liberal stance on issues, he refused to bend to any political party and frequently showed just how informed his opinions truly were by setting his sights on Republicans and Democrats alike. Later, when the Los Angeles Times went from being a family-owned publication to the lone asset of a massive, multi-faceted corporation, Conrad opted to strike a deal with Tribune Media Syndicate that allowed him to draw four cartoons a week for papers that circulated nationwide.

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Air date: Nov 21, 2006

Director Cal Skaggs' "Democracy on Deadline" looks at challenges faced by reporters on the job in Mexico, Israel, Russia, Afghanistan and the U.S.

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Air date: Nov 28, 2006

"Two Square Miles" follows residents of Hudson, N.Y., over a two-year period. Included: a mayoral race and efforts to build a cement plant in the city. Also: clips from civic meetings, where issues regarding historic preservation, zoning laws, tax assessments and affordable housing are discussed. Directed by Barbara Ettinger.

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Air date: Dec 12, 2006

A profile of writer John Fante (1909-83), whose credits include the 1939 novel "Ask the Dust" and the screenplay for "Walk on the Wild Side" (1962).

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Air date: Dec 19, 2006

Director Nicole Cattel's film "Revolucion: Five Visions" examines the work of photographers who've chronicled life in Cuba under Fidel Castro. Included Raúl Corrales, José Figueroa, Manuel Piña, René Peña and Rogelio López Marin.

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Air date: Dec 26, 2006

Four short films, including "My Life...Disoriented," about two Asian sisters whose lives are disrupted after their family moves to another city; "Paris, 1951," a documentary about a middle-aged woman who learns that her dad isn't her biological father; "Someday Flowers Bloom," about a Japanese woman's challenges after she moves to Montana with her American husband; and "The Zit," an animated tale about a boy trying to get rid of a pesky skin blemish.

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Air date: Jan 2, 2007

"A Fish Story" examines the efforts of two women to improve the lives of New England fishermen and their families. Angela Sanfilippo (Gloucester Fishermen's Wives Association) and Shareen Davis (Chatham Fishermen's Wives Coalition) share their experiences dealing with politicians and environmentalists as they try to resolve economic and environmental issues.

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