Watch Independent Lens Online - Full Episodes
Independent Lens is series on PBS that airs dramatic and documentary films. The series is always hosted by a well-known actor or actress. The films that the show airs usually have been on the independent theater circuit and have received wide-acclaim and awards. The show is called Independent Lens because the films highlighted in the series are all shot by independent directors and producers. There is no big studio or corporate influence.
The films all deal with contemporary social issues or international political concerns. Some of the films that Independent Lens has shown have gone on to win Academy Awards for best documentary films. One example of this is the documentary Enron: The Smartest Guys In The Room. This film dealt with the rise and fall of the Enron corporation, which resulted in many of the firm employees losing their pensions because the company have been lying in its accounting.
Each episode is a film dealing with a contemporary topic. Sometimes the series tackles difficult issues such as documentaries filmed in war-town regions or a drug abuser's home. Other episodes are more informative-based with a light-hearted look at an aspect of American life, such as episodes looking at popular cuisines. There are episodes that deal with the rise of hip-hop music and even one dedicated to teenagers preparing for prom. The stated goal of the series is to show viewers an aspect of the world by taking them to a corner that they otherwise would not see.
The films shown on Independent Lens are of a diverse nature. There are episodes that focus on the historical backgrounds of comic book characters. There is episode that examines the difficulties between the rich and poor in America by focusing on one street in New York City that goes through bad neighborhood and good neighborhoods.
Sometimes the series focuses on problems from a global perspective looking an political and finances and other issues that span several different countries. Other times, the episodes pick a town or a street and take a narrow focus on some issue there.
Every year, viewers vote on what the best documentary film was and it receives the Audience Award.
Independent Lens Full Episode Guide:
Season 14 (4 full episodes, 1 clip available)
Episode 16 - Detropia
First Aired: May 27, 2013
Episode 15 - The Invisible War
First Aired: May 13, 2013
Episode 14 - Seeking Asian Female
First Aired: May 06, 2013
Episode 13 - The Undocumented
First Aired: April 29, 2013
- Episode 12 - The Island President
- Episode 11 - Wonder Women! The Untold Story of Ame...
- Episode 10 - The House I Live In
- Episode 9 - The Power Broker
- Episode 7 - The Revisionaries
- Episode 6 - Beauty Is Embarrassing
- Episode 5 - Soul Food Junkies
- Episode 4 - Park Avenue: Money, Power & the Ameri...
- Episode 3 - Solar Mamas
- Episode 2 - Love Free or Die
- Episode 1 - As Goes Janesville
- Episode 0 - Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into...
Season 13 (4 full episodes, 35 clips available)
- Episode 24 - Strong!
- Episode 23 - We Were Here
- Episode 22 - Hell and Back Again
- Episode 21 - Left by the Ship
- Episode 20 - Precious Knowledge
- Episode 19 - Summer Pasture
- Episode 18 - Circo
- Episode 17 - Facing the Storm: Story of the Americ...
- Episode 16 - When the Drum is Beating
- Episode 15 - Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey
- Episode 14 - You're Looking at Me Like I Live Here...
- Episode 13 - More Than a Month
- Episode 12 - The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975
- Episode 11 - Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Roc...
- Episode 10 - Have You Heard from Johannesburg? Par...
- Episode 9 - Have You Heard from Johannesburg: The...
- Episode 8 - Have You Heard from Johannesburg? Roa...
- Episode 7 - These Amazing Shadows
- Episode 6 - The Woodmans
- Episode 5 - We Still Live Here - As Nutayunean
- Episode 4 - Deaf Jam
- Episode 3 - Lives Worth Living
- Episode 2 - Donor Unknown
- Episode 1 - Wham! Bam! Islam!