Independent Lens: Season 21 (2019 - 2020)


Season 21
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Air date: Oct 28, 2019

A surprising industry has emerged in Boise, Idaho: Women are becoming paid reproductive surrogates for people from around the world. Here, four women share their experiences as they build relationships with intended parents, prepare for the rigors of pregnancy, and navigate the mixed feelings of their own families, who struggle to understand the surrogates' choice to risk the physical and emotional complications of carrying babies for another family.

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Air date: Nov 4, 2019

Why the Bronx burned in the 1970s. Included: archival and home movie footage; and insights from retired FDNY firefighters, Bronx historians and community organizers.

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Air date: Nov 11, 2019

More than 50,000 local interpreters helped protect U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, enabling soldiers to communicate with the local population. But those who took the job were often considered traitors. In the aftermath of war, some have been able to leave their home countries and reach safety, while others still languish in hiding and fear for their lives.

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Air date: Nov 18, 2019

How the onslaught of development in Long Island's wealthy Hamptons has triggered a clash of values. Members of the Shinnecock Indian Nation, farmers and fishing communities seek to stop the building boom and preserve the environment.

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Air date: Dec 1, 2019

The true story of Alaska Native dogsled champion George Attla is presented. With one good leg and fierce determination, he rose to international fame. His racing prowess and ability to identify and train exceptional dogs made him a legend.

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Air date: Jan 20, 2020

Yusuf Abdurahman, who left Somalia as a refugee 25 years ago, has his worst fear realized when his son is arrested in an FBI counterterrorism sting. Follow Yusuf as he strives to understand why his child would leave America and attempt to join ISIS.

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Air date: Jan 27, 2020

The Rainbow Coalition story is told with archival footage and interviews with former members.

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Air date: Feb 10, 2020

Despite successful careers, educated women face the stigma of being unmarried in China.

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Air date: Feb 3, 2020

The story of a heatwave that overtook Chicago in July 1995, killing 739 residents, most of them poor, elderly and African American. The heatwave revealed a long-term crisis of poverty, racism, and economic and social isolation in the city.

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Air date: Feb 17, 2020

The building of a $120 million Noah's Ark exhibit is featured, backed by the Creation Museum in Williamstown, Kentucky. It was designed to prove the Bible is historically and scientifically accurate. Residents who support and oppose it are heard from.

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Critic Reviews for Independent Lens Season 21

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Interviews -- with staff, family members, media scholars - help explain Stokes' forward-thinking understanding of the impact of media and its power to shape public opinion, for better and for worse.

Jun 11, 2020 | Full Review…

"Always in Season" is the kind of socially-conscious and historically-informed documentary that can spark that kind of tough conversation about the nation's racial past -- a conversation that seems so badly needed today.

Feb 21, 2020 | Full Review…

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