Independent Lens Presents Three New Premieres January 2016
Mondays at 10 p.m. ET (check local listings) on PBS
This January Independent Lens premieres three new documentaries on Mondays at 10 p.m. ET (check local listings) on PBS. Details and a schedule are below.
Monday, January 4, 2016 at 10 p.m. ET
In 1980s Romania, thousands of Western films -- mostly Hollywood action movies -- smashed through the Iron Curtain, opening a window into the free world. A black market VHS racketeer and a courageous female translator brought the magic of film to the people -- and fueled a revolution. Directed by Ilinca Calugareanu.
Monday, January 11, 2016 at 10 p.m. ET
Finding love can be hard enough for anyone, but for those with an autism spectrum disorder, the challenges may seem overwhelming. The disorder can jeopardize the core characteristics of a successful relationship -- communication and social interaction. Autism in Love, directed by Matt Fuller, offers a warm and stereotype-shattering look at four people as they pursue and manage romantic relationships.
Monday, January 25, 2016 at 10 p.m. ET
No Más Bebés, directed by Renee Tajima-Peña, tells the story of a little-known, but landmark event of women's history and reproductive rights, a struggle that unfolded four decades ago in Los Angeles. The film recounts how a small group of Mexican immigrant mothers and activists sued county doctors, the state, and the U.S. government after they were sterilized while giving birth at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center during the late 1960s and 1970s. Many of the mothers spoke no English, and charged that they had been forced to consent to having their tubes tied by doctors and nurses during the late stages of labor -- often based on little more than the question "More babies?"